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Civic Center (St. Paul) - April 13, 1977

  • Includes: 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 Mountain side, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog (?), Trampled Under Foot.
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on September 22, 2007 - 7:43pm
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April 13, 1977
St. Paul
MN
United States
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Setlist: 

Includes: 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 Mountain side, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog (?), Trampled Under Foot.

Note: 
77 programme

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

Press Review: The Song Remains In Flux - Minnesota 1977

First of all, they should drop that opening theme song. It’s a misnomer. Any Zeppy who’s held control of their ears and brain over the past seven years knows that the song hasn’t been the same since Zeppelin II. Live, the British bombardiers, themselves, revealed the title to be a lie during their two vastly different performances last week in the Twin Cities. If anything, they proved that the song remains in flux, from phase to phase, album to album or even night to night.

In the long run, this constant change has preserved vitality in their music which the blues R&R stagnation wished on them by their reactionary legions would have sapped. In the short run, from night to night, however, it meant the difference between the adrenaline explosion of their Civic Centre performance and the monotonous thud of the previous night’s show at the Met Sports Center.

Both of these sold-out concerts (that’s about 33,000 bodies paying a gross of $278,000) followed essentially the same program, opening with the aforementioned Song Remains the Same, and closing over  three hours later with the encore, Rock & Roll. In between there were, of course, three 20-minute solos – guitar, drums and piano – and the musical emphasis for this tour seems to be on their 1975 album Physical Graffiti.
The main difference between the two shows was the group’s energy levels (not to be confused with the volume level), which always remained at the same D-day.

Indicative of the Met show was Jimmy Page sloppily playing a grind-‘em-til-you-find-‘em guitar solo while slouching on a kitchen stool borrowed from Andy Williams. The next night he played the same solo, tightened up tremendously, accenting it with a twisting shuffle, smiles and a rock and roll leap. He had instant audience rapport, playing with and off the crowd rather than in spite of it.

The Met’s slack-happy performance can be partially attributed to their weather-delayed departure from Chicago (their permanent shuttle home-base for this part of the tour.) They were detained at O’Hare Airport until 7:40; arrived in Bloomington at 8:35; made the Met at 8:50 and hit the stage at 9:10. By encore time, 12:15, their stamina reserves were obviously wasted, as evidenced by their shaky stage sauntering and pallid expressions.
The tour photographer, Neal Preston, gave a succinct after-show critique, remarking: “Well, it was probably the worst Led Zeppelin concert I’d ever seen”. (He’s travelled with the group since 1973).

But even this “worst performance ever” held some musical surprises for the less frequent spectator. Keyboardist John Paul Jones’ extended, meaty-chord solo provided a moody bridge between No Quarter and Ten Years Gone. Page, taking most of the leads, led the group through an acoustic half hour. Their offering of English folk-style songs – Black Country Woman, Bron-y-aur Stomp, and Going to California – transformed these champions of heavy metal into a sort of Chieftains gone Haight-Ashbury. They played their wooden instruments proudly and expertly.

However, any momentum that could have been built during this section of obvious band conviction was quickly defeated when some peabrain threw a South Dakota stink-bomb special onto the stage.

The whole group, especially Robert Plant, seemed pissed off about the onslaught of fireworks that’s been greeting them on this tour. On both nights he requested that the crowd keep the fireworks until the fourth. The week before in Chicago, he had reportedly threatened to leave the stage. At St Paul, he reached back to the past for a hippie attempt at communication. “How are we supposed to sing about flowers and love when you’re all packing bombs? It’s silly, isn’t it?”

Led Zeppelin’s music is itself built on distortion and flash, but they stand head and shoulders over their minor-league, bomb popping competition because they continue to connect it all into a purposeful extremely forceful musical whole. Basically, they are better musicians than they are schlock mongers. Although they do dabble self-indulgently in lasers, dry-ice clouds and white noise generators, they have enough integrity to keep them in their proper perspective. On both nights, most effects were followed instantaneously by an ensemble surge or more often by a tight-paced, dexterous guitar break from Page.

John Bonham, the most steady component both nights, drummed a heavy bottom, a tom-tom, and bass driven funk dance. The usually stoic John Paul Jones filled out the bottom doing a booty shaker bump off Page all the while.

Their St Paul finale of Stairway to Heaven was something that I wished those who’d sat through the show the night before or even in 1973 or January 1975 could have witnessed. They finally did this war horse right, with none of the rough draft doodling or uninspired mess that I’d come to expect from the song. They did it vinyl perfect, true to the record but with musical fire and spunk. Page augmented his usual break with a fierce fingered solo that it probably took countless performances to reach and as is the group’s nature, will probably take as many more to hit again. Such is the life of a band in flux. [T.Carr-Live Licks | April 1977]

 

Notes: 
77 programme

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

Press Review: The Song Remains In Flux - Minnesota 1977

First of all, they should drop that opening theme song. It’s a misnomer. Any Zeppy who’s held control of their ears and brain over the past seven years knows that the song hasn’t been the same since Zeppelin II. Live, the British bombardiers, themselves, revealed the title to be a lie during their two vastly different performances last week in the Twin Cities. If anything, they proved that the song remains in flux, from phase to phase, album to album or even night to night.

In the long run, this constant change has preserved vitality in their music which the blues R&R stagnation wished on them by their reactionary legions would have sapped. In the short run, from night to night, however, it meant the difference between the adrenaline explosion of their Civic Centre performance and the monotonous thud of the previous night’s show at the Met Sports Center.

Both of these sold-out concerts (that’s about 33,000 bodies paying a gross of $278,000) followed essentially the same program, opening with the aforementioned Song Remains the Same, and closing over  three hours later with the encore, Rock & Roll. In between there were, of course, three 20-minute solos – guitar, drums and piano – and the musical emphasis for this tour seems to be on their 1975 album Physical Graffiti.
The main difference between the two shows was the group’s energy levels (not to be confused with the volume level), which always remained at the same D-day.

Indicative of the Met show was Jimmy Page sloppily playing a grind-‘em-til-you-find-‘em guitar solo while slouching on a kitchen stool borrowed from Andy Williams. The next night he played the same solo, tightened up tremendously, accenting it with a twisting shuffle, smiles and a rock and roll leap. He had instant audience rapport, playing with and off the crowd rather than in spite of it.

The Met’s slack-happy performance can be partially attributed to their weather-delayed departure from Chicago (their permanent shuttle home-base for this part of the tour.) They were detained at O’Hare Airport until 7:40; arrived in Bloomington at 8:35; made the Met at 8:50 and hit the stage at 9:10. By encore time, 12:15, their stamina reserves were obviously wasted, as evidenced by their shaky stage sauntering and pallid expressions.
The tour photographer, Neal Preston, gave a succinct after-show critique, remarking: “Well, it was probably the worst Led Zeppelin concert I’d ever seen”. (He’s travelled with the group since 1973).

But even this “worst performance ever” held some musical surprises for the less frequent spectator. Keyboardist John Paul Jones’ extended, meaty-chord solo provided a moody bridge between No Quarter and Ten Years Gone. Page, taking most of the leads, led the group through an acoustic half hour. Their offering of English folk-style songs – Black Country Woman, Bron-y-aur Stomp, and Going to California – transformed these champions of heavy metal into a sort of Chieftains gone Haight-Ashbury. They played their wooden instruments proudly and expertly.

However, any momentum that could have been built during this section of obvious band conviction was quickly defeated when some peabrain threw a South Dakota stink-bomb special onto the stage.

The whole group, especially Robert Plant, seemed pissed off about the onslaught of fireworks that’s been greeting them on this tour. On both nights he requested that the crowd keep the fireworks until the fourth. The week before in Chicago, he had reportedly threatened to leave the stage. At St Paul, he reached back to the past for a hippie attempt at communication. “How are we supposed to sing about flowers and love when you’re all packing bombs? It’s silly, isn’t it?”

Led Zeppelin’s music is itself built on distortion and flash, but they stand head and shoulders over their minor-league, bomb popping competition because they continue to connect it all into a purposeful extremely forceful musical whole. Basically, they are better musicians than they are schlock mongers. Although they do dabble self-indulgently in lasers, dry-ice clouds and white noise generators, they have enough integrity to keep them in their proper perspective. On both nights, most effects were followed instantaneously by an ensemble surge or more often by a tight-paced, dexterous guitar break from Page.

John Bonham, the most steady component both nights, drummed a heavy bottom, a tom-tom, and bass driven funk dance. The usually stoic John Paul Jones filled out the bottom doing a booty shaker bump off Page all the while.

Their St Paul finale of Stairway to Heaven was something that I wished those who’d sat through the show the night before or even in 1973 or January 1975 could have witnessed. They finally did this war horse right, with none of the rough draft doodling or uninspired mess that I’d come to expect from the song. They did it vinyl perfect, true to the record but with musical fire and spunk. Page augmented his usual break with a fierce fingered solo that it probably took countless performances to reach and as is the group’s nature, will probably take as many more to hit again. Such is the life of a band in flux. [T.Carr-Live Licks | April 1977]

 

Setlists: 

Includes: 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 Mountain side, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog (?), Trampled Under Foot.

Comments

Steve's picture

I was 19 and got the day off of work at Sears so I could get there early.
It was my favorite concert from my favorite band! The only distracting thing were the firecrackers, bottle rockets and such that was a part of the crowd scene in the 70's. Most vivid memory was the flash pots going off at the beginning of Rock and Roll.

It crushed me to hear Bonham died and Zeppelin was no more, but at least I saw them once!

Dan Spiess's picture

I worked that day not knowing I would be going to a Led Zep concert that night. Got home at 5:15 and the phone rang. A friend asked if I wanted to attend the Zep concert in St. Paul, about 110 miles away from where I was. He didn't have tickets, but wanted to see if we could score some. I agreed to ride with him, hoping that it would all work out. We arrived a half hour before the show, and literally within minutes, we scored two general admission tickets for fifty cents more than the asking price ($8.50). We walked right up to the stage on the main floor, and found a spot right in center front, no more than 10 rows of standing people away.

The concert started right on time, 8pm. I remember the first song or two was "The Song Remains the Same" and shortly thereafter a melody of older songs that included "Dazed and Confused". I remember seeing a beautiful blonde standing just off stage during the concert, making eye contact with Robert Plant. The band would end one song and immediately start another one, maybe taking a 15-30 second break every third or fourth song. This went on for three straight hours. Page was unbelievable. We kept looking for another guitarist on some songs, as he would play both lead and rhythm at the same time! Truly a great night. It turned out to be the only time I got to see them.

Dan M.'s picture

All those years ago! I was in the 7th grade going to school at Battle Creek Junior High School, freshly out of the juvinille dentention center for whatever it was they kept arresting me for back in those days. I guess it was a mixture of skipping school, smoking my stuff, drinking some wine and inviting other lads along for the ride, my bad, but my goodness those were some fun days when I wasn't in juvie!

Anyway I had two tickets to this show and I remember thinking that I would be damned if I was going to miss it. I was just placed into a very nice foster home. I was amazed that I was allowed to go to this concert because everything else about this foster home spelled disipline! But I was up front with the foster dad and he agreed to let me see the show. I ended up taking my foster brother, Howie with me and we had a blast. I'm glad Howie was able to go because I know that it was probably one of the biggest highlights of his short life which ended when he was about 19 and in prison for dope. I was lucky to never see the inside of a jail cell after I turned 18 and eventually got my act together. Now I am 45 and a banker, who'd of ever guessed that one!

Led Zeppelin put on a terrific show but thinking back the music always helped me through those long 2-3 month stints in juvie hall. I always convinced those in authority that it would be the right thing to do to let me have my posters of Zep on the walls and those posters always made me feel like I wasn't alone, I had the music with me. Now the St. Paul Civic Center is gone and made way for the River Center but never again was any concert even close to this one. Alice Cooper was teargased by some derainged fan at this place during his heaviest of drinking days and during the song Schools Out, he said "Saint Paul you suck". Even when it got a bit rowdy with a few flying chairs at this Zeppelin show, all that Robert Plant said was, "Saint Paul, mellow out man!" and the concert proceeded without much further problem.

Now it is November 21, 2007 and Led Zeppelin is a little over two weeks away from their reunion show in the UK. I sure hope that the boys have it in them to make it to Minnesota one more time on at least one last world tour because there are a lot of people here that would love to hear you guys belt out Minnesota Blues along with anything else you would care to play here one more time!

Retro's picture

Black Dog was also performed

Name's picture

Anybody remember Robert Plant saying, Everybody stop pushing or we wont play?

Carlene Johnson's picture

Excellent best rock n roll blues band ever!!!! Very entertaining I am blessed I had the brains to see them. Once in a life time chance. I have never been so blown away by their talent in my lifetime. The instruments, the arrangement, & overall pure talent. They are my favorite band in the whole world. Bar none. Like no other they set the bar no one can reach it!!!!!! Incredible talent. I never get sick of their unbelievable awesome music. I did not know @ the time 3 rows back were some pretty damn good seats. I will never forget the night they came to the twin cities. I still talk about this concert 30+ years later! I love this band!

Sheila Stathopoulos's picture

I was 15 years old when I went on a bus tour from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada to see Led Zeppelin play the St. Paul Civic Centre. For me, this was an amazing evening. I made it to the front of the stage quite easily to see Robert Plant, but my eyes were constantly averted to Jimmy Page.
They sat at the front and played an acoustic set. Later as I headed to the back of the arena, a laser-light show started during Stairway to Heaven. A magical evening.

Ted Smith's picture

This show was one of the most memorable and had the most impact on my life. I treasure the fact that I was able to witness and be a part of such a masterful and meaningful event. I often find myself traveling back to those days of my youth and Zepplins music. I, as well as many were sad and distraught as word of Bonzos passing aired over the radio. Thus ending the legacy of Led Zepplin. It cost not only the family and band , but the millions who craved to hear the music that would not be ever heard. Life is cruel and this was one of many lessons to come

R M R's picture

For me this concert was surreal, being my first really loud rock concert; can still remember my ears ringing for days afterward; also remember that a group of bozos on the main floor started a small fire, and the monster-sized security guys moved in and quickly ended that.

Name's picture

I agree with all other comments. Concert of a lifetime, still have the tshirt. Left home at noon with 2 carloads and ended up not being able to drive because of Miller beer and great reefer... but we made it. Thinking that they were ready to make up for the concert at the Met so it cranked even better than we could have wanted. We left before the encores and were bummed that they were still playing but when it ended we saw a police escort of 4 limos and they actually waved at us as we were a few people stumbling around on the sidewalk. So thankful for being able to be there. Got home late that night and found out that my buddies dad had died while we were gone. Kind of a double anniversary.

Lisa's picture

St. Paul Civic Centre Awesome concert still have the concert t-shirt

joe's picture

wow! cant believe you left early. best night of my life until my kids were born anyway.

Name's picture

I don't remember a lot about the 1977 Led Zeppelin concert at the St. Paul Civics Center. A friend told me he was going to get some tickets and wanted to know if I wanted to go. I said YES! I didn't know a lot about Led Zeppelin at the time. I was 20 years old and in to softer rock, but did know a few of their songs and liked them. I also wanted to take this certain girl there. She had seen them about 3 other times so I knew she'd love to go.
I had just quit my job of over 4 years so I broke down and sold my car stereo so I could afford to take this girl out. I believe the tickets were about $8.50 each. Wow! what a difference from todays insanity.
The concert was on a Tuesday. A couple days earlier, I got a call from a company I was trying to get a job at. They wanted to have me start Tuesday evening. Second shift of all things! The starting pay was good. But I asked if I could start the following day because I had plans for that night. They said no, but would I like to wait for another opening. I said yes. Probably not the smartest thing I ever did in my life. Not even close. They never did call me again. But, I got to go to the concert. Everytime a song would come on, I'd think, I know this one. It surprised me how many I actually knew.
I was so nervous about taking this girl out I don't remember a lot about the concert. I do remember people smashing bear bottles in the parking ramp and my date saying this was the rowdies concert she ever went to. And she had been to a lot. I also remember Robert Plants "Big Hair" I thought, "That looks like a rock star"!
When the concer was over my date discovered she lost her car keys. We took her 72 Chevelle since my 70 Challenger R/T had a bad tire. Didn't want to risk a flat on a date. LOL
We ended up taking a bus back to MPLS. and getting my car. Then we went to her old boyfriends house to get a second set of keys for her car. I never did get a flat!
It was an evenful night. I may have lost the chance a good job, but I saw Led Zeppelin. You can't take that away from me!
A few of my friends were at the Alice Cooper concert that was tear gassed. I guess it ended right then. It took me another 30 years to see Alice.

mrledhed's picture

Does anyone remember if Trampled Underfoot was played?

Thomas's picture

They were pissed about the fire crackers. He told the crowd anymore and they walk.

Tom Hill's picture

I am pretty sure that they played it.

Mark's picture

I remember it distinctly. I was front row center, and for some reason remember hearing the hissing/white noise of J.P. Jones' amps in the moment of silence right before he began the opening riff of the song.

DEFINITELY.

Michael Reiter's picture

Yes, they played it last. They did not have time the previous night due to the late start.

 

 

billy's picture

LZ did not play Dazed & Confused on the 1977 tour. You may have heard a small fragment of music that reminded you of D&C but definitely not the whole song. They did not do any "medleys" either but as you stated they would at times start songs soon after the end of another without wasting time.

CPW's picture

We were late for the show due to myself and my friend having high school baseball and tennis practice.  The Civic Center was surrounded with Police and Guard Dogs..shotguns.......riot gear etc.

Being late we ran up the Civic Center steps and one of the guards  let his Dog go...Wow!!!!.....German Shepard right on us....we told him we had tickets and he said "Sure ya do"??......we showed him our tickets and then another policeman escorted us to the door...........

Concert had already started...But Jimmy Page....Radiated with confidence and charisma  !!!

 

Great Show!!!!!

 

CPW

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