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Market Square Arena - April 17, 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, Rock and Roll, Trampled Underfoot.
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April 17, 1977
Indianapolis
IN
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, Rock and Roll, Trampled Underfoot.

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77 programme

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

Press Review: Led Zeppelin Keeps Audience in Frenzy

If a Led Zeppelin concert is nothing else, it’s a physical assault on the human mind and body.

The British hard rock group, one of the world’s top 10 concert drawing powers, “assaulted” a frenzied Markey Square Arena crowd of 18,000 last night for two hours and 45 minutes with a cranked-up sound and a dazzling light show.

The audience, mostly those in their teens and early 20s, was socked with damaging decibels, flying Frisbees, firecrackers and whisky bottles, eye-burning smoke and eye-popping flash pots and laser beams. One big headache.

But you know what? The crowd loved it!

That’s what Led Zep is all about. The group must have a certain hypnotic effect on its followers. Why else would anybody stand for hours in line to get a show at a stage front festival-seating spot only to be crushed by sweaty, smelly bods the rest of the night?

Perhaps lead singer Robert Plant, 29, is the wicked weaver of the spell with his curly hair, sturdy frame, suggestive body motion and wailing voice.

The best part of the concert wasn’t the audio portion (much of the sound was over amplified and distorted), as much as it was the visual. The stage was flooded with bank lights, some of them pulsating to the drum beat of John “Bonzo” Bonham.

Laser lights made their first appearance during John Paul Jones’ relentlessly long “No Quarter”. The lights shot to the arena ceiling (unfortunately the hall’s catwalk interfered with a portion of the beams) and oscillated with Jones’ keyboard frequency.

The lasers reappeared again during 19-minutes Achilles Last Stand, featuring lead guitarist Jimmy Page. The green beams formed a pyramid around Page as yellow beams jetted out into the arena. When the base of the pyramid rotated around the imprisoned Page, the crowd gasped in amazement.

And then there was Bonham’s drum solo. Didn’t drum solos go out with The Cream? But this was not your ordinary “let the other guys rest while the drummer works his tail off” drum solo. With the help of his own personal moving stage, another splendid lighting effect and some amazing electronics at the soundboard, the talented Bonham had the audience standing for his 14-minute, 8-second bang-bang boogie.

Plant could have offered the hall double its money back to leave without hearing his classical Stairway to Heaven and no one would have left. Even the non-Zep fans must admit Stairway is one of rock’s music top ten all-time greats.

Although the number was altered slightly from its studio version, the crowd did not disappoint. Engulfed in rolling bits of colored light bouncing off a rotating mirrored ball, the audience jumped up for 5 minutes, demanding an encore.

The group returned for another number, Rock & Roll, but much to the crowd’s dismay that was the last song of the night. Left unplayed were some of those old Led Zep biggies such as Whole Lotta Love and when the house lights went up a few boos rose with them.

By Z. Dunkin, Indianapolis News 1977

Notes: 

 

77 programme

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

Press Review: Led Zeppelin Keeps Audience in Frenzy

If a Led Zeppelin concert is nothing else, it’s a physical assault on the human mind and body.

The British hard rock group, one of the world’s top 10 concert drawing powers, “assaulted” a frenzied Markey Square Arena crowd of 18,000 last night for two hours and 45 minutes with a cranked-up sound and a dazzling light show.

The audience, mostly those in their teens and early 20s, was socked with damaging decibels, flying Frisbees, firecrackers and whisky bottles, eye-burning smoke and eye-popping flash pots and laser beams. One big headache.

But you know what? The crowd loved it!

That’s what Led Zep is all about. The group must have a certain hypnotic effect on its followers. Why else would anybody stand for hours in line to get a show at a stage front festival-seating spot only to be crushed by sweaty, smelly bods the rest of the night?

Perhaps lead singer Robert Plant, 29, is the wicked weaver of the spell with his curly hair, sturdy frame, suggestive body motion and wailing voice.

The best part of the concert wasn’t the audio portion (much of the sound was over amplified and distorted), as much as it was the visual. The stage was flooded with bank lights, some of them pulsating to the drum beat of John “Bonzo” Bonham.

Laser lights made their first appearance during John Paul Jones’ relentlessly long “No Quarter”. The lights shot to the arena ceiling (unfortunately the hall’s catwalk interfered with a portion of the beams) and oscillated with Jones’ keyboard frequency.

The lasers reappeared again during 19-minutes Achilles Last Stand, featuring lead guitarist Jimmy Page. The green beams formed a pyramid around Page as yellow beams jetted out into the arena. When the base of the pyramid rotated around the imprisoned Page, the crowd gasped in amazement.

And then there was Bonham’s drum solo. Didn’t drum solos go out with The Cream? But this was not your ordinary “let the other guys rest while the drummer works his tail off” drum solo. With the help of his own personal moving stage, another splendid lighting effect and some amazing electronics at the soundboard, the talented Bonham had the audience standing for his 14-minute, 8-second bang-bang boogie.

Plant could have offered the hall double its money back to leave without hearing his classical Stairway to Heaven and no one would have left. Even the non-Zep fans must admit Stairway is one of rock’s music top ten all-time greats.

Although the number was altered slightly from its studio version, the crowd did not disappoint. Engulfed in rolling bits of colored light bouncing off a rotating mirrored ball, the audience jumped up for 5 minutes, demanding an encore.

The group returned for another number, Rock & Roll, but much to the crowd’s dismay that was the last song of the night. Left unplayed were some of those old Led Zep biggies such as Whole Lotta Love and when the house lights went up a few boos rose with them.

By Z. Dunkin, Indianapolis News 1977

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, Rock and Roll, Trampled Underfoot.

Comments

John D,'s picture

This was the first concert I'd ever been to. I was 12 years old and went with a friend and his dad who drove us to the concert in his '71 Camaro (think it had a 454 in it but don't think it was the original engine). I had no idea what to expect and remember a few things like it being loud as hell... (little did I know that was how it was supposed to be!).. laughing at the guy next to us who'd borrowed our binoculars and had said, "Wow.. we are really far away..." he was so stoned he was looking through them backwards... before the show started, a guy with a sheep skin flask was walking up the stairs and he stopped next to my friends dad who was on the aisle and said, "You want some man?" and with out missing a beat my friends dad said, "No thanks, got my own." (He didn't, but to a couple of 12 year olds, it sounded cool)...firecrackers going off (I think during Stairway)... Frisbees flying all over and florescent light sticks... buying a poster of Zep after the show - the only thing I've got from the concert as my ticket was stolen long ago... if anyone has one from this concert and would want to part with it...

Al's picture

I was there. General admission only. No seats on the floor. It waas a night to remember although not a stellar Zep show by my account. Kinda sloppy and distracted. Glad I was there though.

abstractannie's picture

When the drums of Jon started with "Rock and Roll" it was the best concert I had ever seen. To see Plant go on his tip toes across the stage like a balerina to some of the songs was treat and the to watch him then do stances like a Ninja warrior to others, amazing. The Guitar riffs of Page were just fantastic. To this day I will never forget this concert it was great, just fantastic.

Danny's picture

Just curious about the tour poster displayed on the website for Indianapolis Market Square Arena, April 17, 1977. While the poster states reserved seating and tiered ticket pricing; having attended this show I can attest that it was festival seating and all tix were $9.50, and this was the case from the initial announcement of the show. Just saying...

Steve A. Jones's picture

It's a fake or, putting it more kindly, a commemorative poster. I distinctly recall purchasing this poster as well as the commemorative 1980 Over Europe poster with Robert holding his mic aloft over his head in a mid-western comics store circa August 1985 for about $5.00 each. They were new, still sealed in plastic and I believe they may have been produced to capitalize upon the resurgent interest in Led Zeppelin following their Live Aid performance and the release of Hammer of the Gods. Mine are now
in long term storage but as I recall in the bottom corner of either or both the poster production company's name - Rock Art or something similar - is printed.

mike's picture

My more important question is why is the poster saying friday the 17th the concert was on a sunday and the .50 cents was a ser charge the ticket company charged you and no my ticked was $6.50 and i got the stub to prove it :)

RANDY's picture

THANKS FOR THE INFO ON THE POSTER, I BOUGHT THIS POSTER
IN A LITTLE SHOP IN LANCASTER,OHIO ABOUT 5 YRS AGO, IT'S FRAMED IN EXCELLENT CONDITION I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE A COLLECTOR ITEM, I GUESS NOT! .ANYWAY IT'S A COOL PIC AND LED ZEPPELIN IS THE GREATEST BAND!! THANKS TO YOU JOHN BONHAM I'VE BEEN PLAYING DRUMS FOR 36 YRS. RIP BROTHER.

Steve A. Jones's picture

The original newspaper review of this concert written by Zach Dunkin, 'Led Zeppelin Keeps Audience in Frenzy', was published in the April 18th 1977
issue of the Indianapolis News and confirms it took place the night before
- this was a Friday night concert. A copy of the review appears above.

ZepRules's picture

The poster that I have, which I purchased at The Record Company in
Greenwood, IN in 1978, is exactly like the one pictured, except it says:

North American Tour
Friday, April 17, 1977 8:00 pm
Market Square Arena

It has no mention of tickets or price. I googled 1977 calender year, and April 17 was definitely a Sunday, like the ticket stub above indicates. Not sure why my poster, or the one above indicates that April 17 is a Friday; must be a printing error that was not caught.

HPN's picture

April 17th was a Sunday. Gen admission was 9.50 throughout Indiana outlets. The posters are basically ripoffs that attempt to get around both the venue and the band by printing off-dates.

ZepRules's picture

If you google the year '1977 calender,' you will see that April 17 was indeed a Sunday. I remember it well-I was in seventh grade-my mom wouldn't let me go to the concert because it was a school night.

Danny's picture

It was $9.50, plus handling charges, and all open seating. This poster is bogus.

JEFF DYE's picture

WENT TO THAT SHOW....TERRIBLE.....PEOPLE SITTING IN THE AISLES...MUST HAVE SOLD TOO MANY TICS...PLANT SPENT TIME TRYING TO GET CROWD TO BACK AWAY FROM THE STAGE...SLOPPY SOUND...DANGEROUS SITUATION...TIC COST 9.75...SKIPPED SCHOOL TO GET IT AT L.S AYRES.....SAW THEM AGAIN THAT YR IN TAMPA...RAINED OUT AFTER 3 SONGS...RIOT...PAGE & PLANT SHOW IN 94 WAS GREAT....

Eric Barnes's picture

A little more than a month past my 16th birthday I find myself leaning on the barricade almost dead center stage. 4th concert, first ticket stub I ever saved. It's a little more whole than the one shown here but not as "clean". Those are the first pictures I think I've ever seen from the show. And about the poster, yep, it's fake.  April 17, 1977 was a Sunday and it was a festival seating show. And it was a great show...

strat's picture

I remember getting to the arena before noon and there were thousands of people already in line. I mingled around and made my way to the front. When they finally opened the gates I ran to the main floor and grabbed a spot on the rail. (on Page's side ofcourse) although he was all over the stage. One of my many memories of the show was the beginning. Jimmy walked on stage, bowed to the crowd as the roadies strapped on his guitar. Very classy. During the guitar opening of The song remains the same, he danced across the stage pulling the cord out of his guitar. Just as quickly the roadie had him hooked back up. That showed me that Jimmy Page really was a mere human like the rest of us!

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Comments

WENT TO THAT by JEFF DYE (not verified)
Tour Poster by Danny (not verified)
Awesome show by strat (not verified)
Wish I would have had a camera... by Eric Barnes (not verified)
April 17, 1977 by ZepRules (not verified)
Tour poster Indpls 1977 by ZepRules (not verified)
This was the first concert by John D, (not verified)
April 17th was a Sunday. Gen by HPN (not verified)
TOUR POSTER INDPLS 4/17/77 by RANDY (not verified)
Re: Mike's More Important Question by Steve A. Jones (not verified)
Re: Tour Poster Indpls 4/17/77 by Steve A. Jones (not verified)
Those were the days... by abstractannie (not verified)
My more important question by mike (not verified)
Tour Poster Indpls 4/17/77 by Danny (not verified)