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Riverfront Coliseum - April 19, 1977

  • The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog.
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on September 22, 2007 - 7:49pm
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April 19, 1977
Cincinnati
OH
United States
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Setlist: 

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog.

Note: 
77 programme

Click here to view the US '77 Tour Programme (flipbook)

News Reports:  LED ZEPPELIN FLIES HIGH IN CONCERT: Sensational! Spectacular! Superb!

All these adjectives aptly describe the brilliant concerts given by the legendary Led Zeppelin Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum.

The barons of hard rock, without peer, Led Zeppelin dazzled 36,600 fans with two of the most .memorable concerts in recent years. The Tuesday concert, which I attended, illustrates rather graphically the unparalleled success Zep has seen since its inception in 1968. Truly, Zep is a mysterious group about which little is known, specially since they shy away from press. There are always rumors about the group fluttering around, ranging from bizarre tales of drugs to stories of violence.  Nonetheless, this cloak of mystery which surrounds the British group seems tote the trigger in their success.

While the tough, metallic sounds of the Sixties have almost faded from the rock scene, with a few holdovers like Black Sabbath and a few newcomers like Kiss, Led Zeppelin still flies high on its own brand of helium—a heavy avalanche of  sounds engulfing audiences with dominating raw energy, the basic roots of primitive rock power. Yet, Zep always shows their diversity—and thereby their genius in the rock music field—by playing songs from which their roots began to grow.

Tuesday, starting with "The Song Remains the Same" and ending with "Black Dog," Zep completed a repertoire ranging from their greatest hits like "Stairway to Heaven" to little known English and American folk songs. The wide range proved that collectively the Zep is a brilliantly talented group, the leading exponents of hard rock then and now and maybe for years to come, and that individually the Zep members are among the finest rock has to offer.

Jimmy Page, the guiding genius behind the Zep, composer, collaborator, creator, leader and lead guitarist, is perhaps the best in the business. His range on the lead guitar can go from classical to acoustical to extraterrestrial. And his solo number was simply out of this world, accented by a sensational laser show, which held him in a green box, a yellow pyramid and engulfed him in a glowing red fog cloud.

Equally stunning was the solo by drummer John Bonham, who had the crowd giving a standing ovation at its completion. The solo by John Paul Jones on keyboards paled in contrast to Bonham and Page's performances.

The most effective song of the night was "Stairway to Heaven," that masterpiece created by Page. It concluded the regular set with singer Robert Plant, who was dynamic as always, thrusting his arms upwards at the end of his last high note, reaching for the rainbow created by multi-colored lights, which became reflected off a giant mirrored ball that tossed thousands of brilliantly colored beams of lights all through the audience. It was a breathtaking, spiritual and emotional way to climax one of the best concerts I've ever attended.

It was simply stunning, sensational, spectacular and superb! (K.WILLIAMS/April 1977/News Journal)
 


ZEPPELIN MELEE - CINCINNATI (UPI) — Police reported today about 70 persons were arrested Tuesday night m a melee caused by would-be gate-crashers at a Led Zeppelin rock concert. Several windows were broken and several doors smashed at Riverfront Coliseum, where several hundred persons without tickets milled about, hoping to get into the already sold-out concert. Several persons were hit by rocks and bottles, but no serious injuries were reported.

Inside the coliseum, the concert went on as scheduled. (The Journal, April 1977)

Notes: 
77 programme

Click here to view the US '77 Tour Programme (flipbook)

News Reports:  LED ZEPPELIN FLIES HIGH IN CONCERT: Sensational! Spectacular! Superb!

All these adjectives aptly describe the brilliant concerts given by the legendary Led Zeppelin Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum.

The barons of hard rock, without peer, Led Zeppelin dazzled 36,600 fans with two of the most .memorable concerts in recent years. The Tuesday concert, which I attended, illustrates rather graphically the unparalleled success Zep has seen since its inception in 1968. Truly, Zep is a mysterious group about which little is known, specially since they shy away from press. There are always rumors about the group fluttering around, ranging from bizarre tales of drugs to stories of violence.  Nonetheless, this cloak of mystery which surrounds the British group seems tote the trigger in their success.

While the tough, metallic sounds of the Sixties have almost faded from the rock scene, with a few holdovers like Black Sabbath and a few newcomers like Kiss, Led Zeppelin still flies high on its own brand of helium—a heavy avalanche of  sounds engulfing audiences with dominating raw energy, the basic roots of primitive rock power. Yet, Zep always shows their diversity—and thereby their genius in the rock music field—by playing songs from which their roots began to grow.

Tuesday, starting with "The Song Remains the Same" and ending with "Black Dog," Zep completed a repertoire ranging from their greatest hits like "Stairway to Heaven" to little known English and American folk songs. The wide range proved that collectively the Zep is a brilliantly talented group, the leading exponents of hard rock then and now and maybe for years to come, and that individually the Zep members are among the finest rock has to offer.

Jimmy Page, the guiding genius behind the Zep, composer, collaborator, creator, leader and lead guitarist, is perhaps the best in the business. His range on the lead guitar can go from classical to acoustical to extraterrestrial. And his solo number was simply out of this world, accented by a sensational laser show, which held him in a green box, a yellow pyramid and engulfed him in a glowing red fog cloud.

Equally stunning was the solo by drummer John Bonham, who had the crowd giving a standing ovation at its completion. The solo by John Paul Jones on keyboards paled in contrast to Bonham and Page's performances.

The most effective song of the night was "Stairway to Heaven," that masterpiece created by Page. It concluded the regular set with singer Robert Plant, who was dynamic as always, thrusting his arms upwards at the end of his last high note, reaching for the rainbow created by multi-colored lights, which became reflected off a giant mirrored ball that tossed thousands of brilliantly colored beams of lights all through the audience. It was a breathtaking, spiritual and emotional way to climax one of the best concerts I've ever attended.

It was simply stunning, sensational, spectacular and superb! (K.WILLIAMS/April 1977/News Journal)
 


ZEPPELIN MELEE - CINCINNATI (UPI) — Police reported today about 70 persons were arrested Tuesday night m a melee caused by would-be gate-crashers at a Led Zeppelin rock concert. Several windows were broken and several doors smashed at Riverfront Coliseum, where several hundred persons without tickets milled about, hoping to get into the already sold-out concert. Several persons were hit by rocks and bottles, but no serious injuries were reported.

Inside the coliseum, the concert went on as scheduled. (The Journal, April 1977)

Setlists: 

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog.

Comments

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This is all that is known to exist from this very enjoyable 1977 show. The playing is slick and there is nary a mistake throughout this concert. Kashmir is very powerful and the opening blast into Sick Again is quite powerful. Robert gets upset at the constant barrage of firecrackers, which are clearly audible on this tape. A rather rowdy audience gets out of control in some point that caused Plant to comment: "It's very difficult to play when you see crowds of people swaying. Keep it cool. Stand still. We don't want to see anybody get hurt."

Ron Pipher's picture

I remember this one not too long before The Who concert came to town(the one where about 13 kids were crushed and killed). We were in the crowd about 50 yards from the entrance getting CRUSHED by the crowd around us. At a couple of points, both my feet were off the ground as the crowd surged towards the entrance. I remember at least one of the doors center glass got broken (basically shattered into thousands of pieces). Some people were crawling on top of everyone elses heads and shoulders towards the door. The humidity was unbelievable. We didn't really care. When we got inside, they fortunately had the a/c on really cold! We really couldn't beleive we were seeing this band. I was dumbfounded.Yes, I got a concert shirt and wore it like a trophy to school the following week. Wish now that I would have kept it, but it was too cool to wear it instead. What a show. What a fucking band. Unbelievable. I really wish Bonham was still here.

JB 's picture

I was front row for this show. We have some awesome photos of that show. There is a mistake on the set list. Yes, the last song was Stairway to Heaven. The encore was Black Dog, but they played Rock and Roll as the last song. Does anyone else remember this?

john noble's picture

These shows were the best concerts that I ever, or will ever see.
Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones created history.
NEVER will there be a concert of this magnatude. I am grateful to be a part of this. I have seen about everyone in the old school rock and roll
era, well this, by far, was lightyears beyond anyone else that I've seen.
Since those shows, well anything else is just a show.
THIS-well this is what the definition of history truly is. I, yes I have experienced the concert of all concerts.

Cheechwizard's picture

Although I'd like to say I remember the event in its entirety, that wouldn't be exactly true, as most of the 1970's were a blur... However, having travelled from Dayton to Cincinnati for the show on the 19th, I do recall being totally mesmerized by this highlight of my life and concert attendance. I am 51 now, and have seen better than a hundred live performances and to date, this is still the only concert I've ever seen where the band was so confident with their live show, that all of the music prior to the concert came from their albums...

What I wouldn't have given to have todays recording technology available when I was 17, being just a few years past 8 track and into cassettes...

Now, I wish I'd saved a few of those brain cells... :)

Led Zeppelin is and always will be the best psychedelic hard core Rock and Roll band of all time...

Jim S's picture

Your descritpion is exactly what I experienced, we must have been in the same area, I had just graduated HS..
Myself and 15 friends came down from Columbus, held onto each other belt loops trying to stay together but they broke.
I ended up on top of the crowd ruching the door and went in on my back with my nose an inch from the door, I got sat down right at the turstile then BAM heard the door explode.
A few of us hooked back up and sat 6 rows off the main floor straight back.
I was in the music business for several years with many many meet & greets, backstage passes with the best and nothing nothing came close to seeing these guys on this night.
I'm 51 now and it will live with me forever!.
Amazing finding this site.

Harry Scudder's picture

Ron, I think we went to the show together (if you are the Ron from Fairfield High School). It was an awesome concert--the best ever! I think I walked in a daze for a week afterwards knowing I had seen one of the greatest rock bands--EVER!

Ron Pipher's picture

Harry! What's up man?! It's me!! Give me a shout dude!!

JCE's picture

Rock and Roll was definitely the last song.  BEST CONCERT EVER!

cathi's picture

This was the same experience I had.  We were there just thinking we could hear the band from outside, then all the sudden, glass crashed and we were sucked in like water...It was crazy...but we made our way to the stands basically behind the stage...perfect seats.  Fantastic show...thinking  back, we were really lucky we weren't crushed to death by the crowd...

Scott's picture

Yes I remember exactly what you are saying. One encore, but two songs played. Rock and Roll and Black Dog were both played. Your memory is correct.

Earlier someone said that the music played before the show was Led Zeppelin music. That is also incorrect. You may remember this. The band was VERY late taking the stage, easily near 2 hours late. Apparently the only album that the soundboard seemed to have was Hotel California, released late in 1976. Well because Zep was so late they had to play this album several times. I'll never forget each time it reached the end the crowd would ROAR thinking the show was about to begin only to hear the opening notes of Hotel California again and BOO so loud, lol. What a night. It was the first time I ever skipped school also, I was in the 8th grade and am 53 yrs old now. I look forward to hearing from you.

Mike's picture

One of the best times I had going to concerts at Riverfront.  We were sitting on the wall for the hockey rink ay the side of the stage level with the band. When the band came out and opened with Song Remains the Same it was on and we were there.  Went both nights but the first is still one of my favorite memories. 

Cindy's picture

I was at this show also, about 5 feet from the door. The people inside were opening the door and pulling it shut really fast taunting the crowd. My feet were off the ground more than once in the surge. When they finally did open the doors, they only opened a few. My right arm was caught in the crowd as I went through the door. I was pulling and pulling, finally able to free myself. Me and my girl friend ran to the front eventually making it to the front row. I remember the cops behind the barrier with blood spattered shirts. What an ordeal.

When the band started, all the horrible events leading up to it were forgotten. Incredible. Going to California and Battle of Evermore were amazing. Sitting on those stools playing acoustic instruments was awesome, especially from the front row.  I loved that show and feel very fortunate to have seen Led Zeppelin.

The way that Zeppelin crowd was handled, it was a ticking time bomb that was unfortunately evenuated at that tragic Who show not long after.

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Yes I do. by Scott (not verified)
Crushed by Cindy (not verified)
I concur by cathi (not verified)
Hey Harry!!!!!! WTF by Ron Pipher (not verified)
One of the best times I had by Mike (not verified)
Rock and Roll was definitely by JCE (not verified)
4-19-77 Show and Set List by JB (not verified)
Did we go to this show together? by Harry Scudder (not verified)
Best time of my life with my clothes on... by Cheechwizard (not verified)
We must have been next to each other! by Jim S (not verified)
Both shows Led Zeppellin by john noble (not verified)
1977 Cincinnati Show by Ron Pipher (not verified)