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Memorial Auditorium (Dallas) - April 1, 1977

  • The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, 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, Trampled Underfoot, Rock and Roll.
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April 1, 1977
Dallas
TX
United States
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Setlist: 

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, 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, Trampled Underfoot, Rock and Roll.

Note: 
77 programme

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

Review excerpt: Led Zeppelin Rises to a Night of Firsts

At 8:12pm, the house lights were extinguished. The flickering lights from matches and disposable lighters blossomed around the hall. Twin spotlights cascaded around guitarist Jimmy Page as he hit the opening chords of The Song Remains the Same.

We’re sorry about being 2 ½ years late,” singer Robert Plant said after the second song. “We’ll try to make up for it with little chatter and a lot of music.”

This was an event – Zep’s first show since 1975 and it was happening right here in Dallas. The audience was primed; more so because of Plant’s throat problems.

But Led Zeppelin did not disappoint. The band played for three hours – way over the norm for a rock concert. And for a first show, it was amazingly professional – loose, easy going but never sloppy. If Plant felt too much time was being taken between numbers, he would apologize to the crowd. During one of these apologies, he said: “You realize that this is the first one.” The remark was greeted by a standing ovation.

The first laser beam was spotted at 9:05pm during No Quarter.Smoke was billowing from the side of the stage and John Paul Jones was in the midst of a piano solo when the two green lasers spread from the rear of the stage and cast figure-eights on the ceiling. The fire marshall said he restricted some of the pyrotechnics Zeppelin planned for this show, but they weren’t missed.

The band displayed more of its talents than one would expect from its last couple of albums or last year’smovie The Song Remains the Same, filmed largely at Zep’s Madison Square Garden concert.

Zep devoted a good bit of its show to music such as that found on the second side of the band’s third album – acoustical, almost folk-like in its appeal.

During one number (Battle of Evermore), Page played the mandolin. Jones played acoustic guitar. John Bonham played a tambourine…. And on another (Bron-Y-Aur Stomp), Page played acoustic guitar and Jones played stand-up bass – possibly a first for a “heavy metal” rock band. But these were not the only “firsts” or “records”… The show could make the latest revision of Guinness for:

-The world’s longest drum solo
-The first use of synthesized kettle drums
-The most equipment repair required during a drum solo
-First use of a sliding drum platform that eased Bonham to the stage apron, assuring a standing ovation at the completion of his solo.
-The longest interlude during the drum solo in while not a single cymbal was struck
-The largest revolving ballroom light ball
-The most stage lights
-The most following spotlights (15)
-The cleanest stage

The concert also attracted one of the most well-behaved audiences for a show of this type. These were people who came to see and hear their idols, not to cause trouble. Their calls for an encore seemed to be an honest tribute more than an excuse to set things on fire.

Outside the hall, after the show, vendors hawked Zeppelin t-shirts, posters, programmes and even bumper stickers.

Yes it was an event – and its significance was not lost on the media. Radio station KAFM did a remote broadcast from the lobby after the show. Radio station KZEW played an hour of uninterrupted Led Zeppelin music beginning at midnight. KFWD promised the first couple of persons to come to the Esquire Theater after the show would receive free Led Zeppelin records. (Times, April '77)

 

Notes: 
77 programme

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

Review excerpt: Led Zeppelin Rises to a Night of Firsts

At 8:12pm, the house lights were extinguished. The flickering lights from matches and disposable lighters blossomed around the hall. Twin spotlights cascaded around guitarist Jimmy Page as he hit the opening chords of The Song Remains the Same.

We’re sorry about being 2 ½ years late,” singer Robert Plant said after the second song. “We’ll try to make up for it with little chatter and a lot of music.”

This was an event – Zep’s first show since 1975 and it was happening right here in Dallas. The audience was primed; more so because of Plant’s throat problems.

But Led Zeppelin did not disappoint. The band played for three hours – way over the norm for a rock concert. And for a first show, it was amazingly professional – loose, easy going but never sloppy. If Plant felt too much time was being taken between numbers, he would apologize to the crowd. During one of these apologies, he said: “You realize that this is the first one.” The remark was greeted by a standing ovation.

The first laser beam was spotted at 9:05pm during No Quarter.Smoke was billowing from the side of the stage and John Paul Jones was in the midst of a piano solo when the two green lasers spread from the rear of the stage and cast figure-eights on the ceiling. The fire marshall said he restricted some of the pyrotechnics Zeppelin planned for this show, but they weren’t missed.

The band displayed more of its talents than one would expect from its last couple of albums or last year’smovie The Song Remains the Same, filmed largely at Zep’s Madison Square Garden concert.

Zep devoted a good bit of its show to music such as that found on the second side of the band’s third album – acoustical, almost folk-like in its appeal.

During one number (Battle of Evermore), Page played the mandolin. Jones played acoustic guitar. John Bonham played a tambourine…. And on another (Bron-Y-Aur Stomp), Page played acoustic guitar and Jones played stand-up bass – possibly a first for a “heavy metal” rock band. But these were not the only “firsts” or “records”… The show could make the latest revision of Guinness for:

-The world’s longest drum solo
-The first use of synthesized kettle drums
-The most equipment repair required during a drum solo
-First use of a sliding drum platform that eased Bonham to the stage apron, assuring a standing ovation at the completion of his solo.
-The longest interlude during the drum solo in while not a single cymbal was struck
-The largest revolving ballroom light ball
-The most stage lights
-The most following spotlights (15)
-The cleanest stage

The concert also attracted one of the most well-behaved audiences for a show of this type. These were people who came to see and hear their idols, not to cause trouble. Their calls for an encore seemed to be an honest tribute more than an excuse to set things on fire.

Outside the hall, after the show, vendors hawked Zeppelin t-shirts, posters, programmes and even bumper stickers.

Yes it was an event – and its significance was not lost on the media. Radio station KAFM did a remote broadcast from the lobby after the show. Radio station KZEW played an hour of uninterrupted Led Zeppelin music beginning at midnight. KFWD promised the first couple of persons to come to the Esquire Theater after the show would receive free Led Zeppelin records. (Times, April '77)

 

Setlists: 

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, 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, Trampled Underfoot, Rock and Roll.

Comments

Argenteum Astrum's picture

The question is if this show was really recorded. Most of traders not listed it so it may be a false recording.

Ken Atkinson's picture

I was at this concert and it was something I'll never forget.

Chris Walker's picture

Hey that's me in the article with the tent! My buddy Scott C. is no longer with us but I remember those two days very well. The local weather man Troy Dungan (bow tie guy) interviewed us as the temp that night went way below freezing. We skipped school on Friday and were called into the principles office Monday morning. He slapped the newspaper down on his desk and said “You guys wanna explain this”? Uhhhhh. I think we ended up selling some tickets to the Vice Principal and all was forgiven! This was my first concert and which was an injustice to all subsequents! Thanks for the web page… Chris W.

"Barney Snowden"'s picture

Great! Unbelievable performances. This, and LZ at Tarrant Co in '75, were the best shows I ever attended.

Kenny Monson's picture

At the age of 19 it was and still is the best concert that I have been to. Being in a small venue sounded great. I will never forget how professional the band was and sounded. I just wish I could of bought some t shirts ect., they sold out fast

David Dawson's picture

I spent the night out there waiting for tickets. I was the second one in and you can imagine my disappointment of getting tickets on row 14 since this was pre-computer. The ticket counter lady explained that VIP's, Radio Stations, friends of the band, ect. consumed most of the front rows.
Anyway... The show was great and so were the laser lights. John Bonhams drum solo on "Moby Dick" was fantastic as a track mounted drum stage moved up front.
Jimmy Page really got down at this show and plant was classic!

Chris U's picture

I feel very fortunate to have seen this show. After all these years, I swear to you that 'Trampled Underfoot' was the last song on the setlist that evening.

Jerry Butler's picture

Best ever show by far !!!!!!!!! I was 18 at the time, some how we got 5th row tickets. I was stoned out of my mind and the anticipation was increadable. When they hit the stage I was so focused on the music it was the only thing I could hear.I will always remember the acoustic set!!! In all the shows I had seen by then to see heavy metal rock and roll gods perform unplugged it was perfect!!! 

Mark mcCord's picture

Awesome show that was and will always be!

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The show of shows... by Mark mcCord (not verified)
1977 Dallas Show by Jerry Butler (not verified)
35 Years Gone by Chris U (not verified)
I was there! by David Dawson (not verified)
Dallas 1977 'Ticket Lineups' Article by Chris Walker (not verified)
fantastic by Ken Atkinson (not verified)
LZ Dallas 1977 by "Barney Snowden" (not verified)
At the age of 19 it was and by Kenny Monson (not verified)