Average: 4.7 (231 votes)

August 11, 1979

Stevenage, UK

Knebworth Festival

Setlist:

The Song Remains the Same, Celebration Day, (Out On the Tiles intro) Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Hot Dog, Rain Song, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Sick Again, Achilles Last Stand, Jimmy Page solo, In The Evening, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.

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This was my baptism (8/11/79)

It was a rite of passage for me. I was working in London for the summer as a bartender (Home was in Ireland). I was a university student at the time. I was just 18. My brother and some friends of his from his work and myself went to the show together.

The first thing I remember was how big it was. So many people. The toilets were wooden slabs with holes in them over a deep pit, and you could see all the syringes below. People were wandering through the crowd "Get your hash here!", etc.. 

The bands were OK. Chas and Dave had a hit that summer. The new barbarians, Commander Cody and Todd Rundgren all did good shows. I wasn't that crazy about Southside Johnny. Finally, when it got dark, Zep came on. I could see Plant's mouth move before I could hear the sound. We opted for further back where we could see everything in reasonable comfort. However, we paid the price in distance for that.

Overall, I thought Zeppelin performed OK. Not the best they've ever done. However, what made it work was the fans. It was like a giant family outing for zep fans. It was a very cool thing. Ever since then, if I just happen to mention it, I always get the response...."Oh man, you were there?!!". Very occasionally, I'll run into someone else who was there too, and it's like we were brothers....

My brother, being the pragmatist, drug me out after Whole Lotta Love to beat the crowds back, and I heard them do another number (Communication Breakdown) from outside the arena, which made me mad at my brother at the time :-).

Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and I'll bet every fan there had a better time than the band, becase WE were the fans, and we were together for one summer day in 1979, for one of the last performances by Led Zeppelin.

It was well worth the 8 pounds I paid for my ticket.... :-)