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Freedom Hall - Kentucky Fair & Expo Center - April 25, 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.
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April 25, 1977
Louisville
KY
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.

Note: 
77 programme

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


Review: Led Zeppelin’s Aura Crushes 19,000 Fans

They endured crowding at the front gate, crowding at the concession stands, crowding in front of the stage that made 75 of them extend their arms, like the drowning, and beg to be pulled out.

More than 19,000 of them last night gave premier rock group Led Zeppelin the last inch of their lungs in deafening cheers, and they gave them pounds of their perspiration.

They came at midday, some waiting eight hours in their cars and vans, or on the Freedom Hall front lawn under a wintry sky. They had come in summer clothes that are comfortable in hot coliseums but were chilly in yesterday’s wind.

One came in a stolen security guard uniform and had thus earned his admission before he was discovered. He was charged with possession of stolen property.

One teen age girl came with a 45-caliber pistol in her purse, and was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

That’s because the private security police – and some off duty city policemen – at the gates were checking purses, just looking in them without putting their hands in.

Unless they saw something. They were looking for liquor and one guard said he ignores the bags of marijuana. They found cans of Coke and Big Red and Pepsi and the concert was but an hour old before the guards were pulling the cans from large trash cans at the turnstiles and passing them among themselves.

“I feel guilty drinking somebody else’s Coke,” a guard said. “But at least I know where the can’s going to end up.”

Many of these young people had seen Led Zeppelin last week in Cincinnati when 100 or so fans were arrested and several were injured in pushing and shoving and bottle-throwing at the gates.

When the lines began forming at the front gate at 4 p.m. yesterday, they ran from their cars and vans in the parking lot, holding hands. They lined up at three or four of the doors and talked about Cincinnati, about what it’s like to have a little broken against a wall 15 feet above your head.

But that didn’t happen last night. Security guards were only allowing persons in the parking lot who looked like concertgoers and who could display tickets to the lot attendants.

“Sold out”, signs said everywhere. In 150 minutes in March, they sold 19,400 tickets.

In the parking lot, three men were whisked away by private police for selling Led Zeppelin t-shirts. The people with the concert called them “bootleg t-shirts,” because the concert has its own black and white shirts it sells for $5. The men in the parking lot – who drove from Atlanta, where they sold them at Sunday’s Led Zeppelin concert – were not arrested. They were just told to leave the premises.

Even at the line at front, fans crowded the gate and were told repeatedly to “move back” by an excited man in a yellow jacket with a portable radio on his belt.

There were a thousand or more crowding the front gate at 5:45, listening to a young sounding man on the public address system who read the state law about drinking on state property, mispronouncing words like “statute” and “specifically”.

“That dumb ----- is so drunk he can’t even talk,” someone said to the speaker.

And while the thousand were crowding for their chance to rush in the stage, a mere 30 people waited patiently at the back gate, which would be opened along with the front gate and which was hundreds of feet closer to the stage.

They were let in and they cheered so that no one heard the young man on the loud speaker talking about “Kentucky Revised Statu-ate…”. They raced each other to the chest-high wall in front of the stage.

Except for Beth, Eddie, Mike, Terry, Robin, Joe…. While everyone in Freedom Hall positioned themselves as near the stage as they could, those Hoosiers went to the top row of section 201, the farthest spot from where Led Zeppelin would perform.

They had two sets of binoculars, “We’re right in front of the music here”, Robin, 19 said. “It’s the best place to be. You can hear better.”

And between them and the stage at 6 p.m. was an empty floor that, in two hours would be carpeted with young people.

By 8 p.m., when the concert was to have begun, some had had enough. “It was so packed, I couldn’t even get my feet on the floor,” a slight teen-age girl said.

In the several feet closest to the stage, people were wringing wet with perspiration. People who waited all afternoon and evening for Led Zeppelin were complaining that the air was too stale to breathe. The pressure of bodies against bodies was too much.

“I had to get out”, said 18 year-old Lloyd of Valley Station, his curls hanging wet from his head. “I couldn’t breathe in there.”

The T-shirted stage security men stood on a wooden platform and the veins in their arms bulged as they pulled on the men and woman handed up to them by the crowd.

One girl was unable to stand on her own, as they carried her, doubled up from the stage area, she said “On, my God. “ And they stretched her out on the concrete.

Those that had been lifted out bought drinks at the concession stands and looked around for the friends they had been separated from. At 9 p.m. they were refreshed, again part of the crowd, and adding to the roaring ovation given Led Zeppelin as the show began. (J. Adams / CourierJournal / May 1977)

 

Notes: 
77 programme

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


Review: Led Zeppelin’s Aura Crushes 19,000 Fans

They endured crowding at the front gate, crowding at the concession stands, crowding in front of the stage that made 75 of them extend their arms, like the drowning, and beg to be pulled out.

More than 19,000 of them last night gave premier rock group Led Zeppelin the last inch of their lungs in deafening cheers, and they gave them pounds of their perspiration.

They came at midday, some waiting eight hours in their cars and vans, or on the Freedom Hall front lawn under a wintry sky. They had come in summer clothes that are comfortable in hot coliseums but were chilly in yesterday’s wind.

One came in a stolen security guard uniform and had thus earned his admission before he was discovered. He was charged with possession of stolen property.

One teen age girl came with a 45-caliber pistol in her purse, and was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

That’s because the private security police – and some off duty city policemen – at the gates were checking purses, just looking in them without putting their hands in.

Unless they saw something. They were looking for liquor and one guard said he ignores the bags of marijuana. They found cans of Coke and Big Red and Pepsi and the concert was but an hour old before the guards were pulling the cans from large trash cans at the turnstiles and passing them among themselves.

“I feel guilty drinking somebody else’s Coke,” a guard said. “But at least I know where the can’s going to end up.”

Many of these young people had seen Led Zeppelin last week in Cincinnati when 100 or so fans were arrested and several were injured in pushing and shoving and bottle-throwing at the gates.

When the lines began forming at the front gate at 4 p.m. yesterday, they ran from their cars and vans in the parking lot, holding hands. They lined up at three or four of the doors and talked about Cincinnati, about what it’s like to have a little broken against a wall 15 feet above your head.

But that didn’t happen last night. Security guards were only allowing persons in the parking lot who looked like concertgoers and who could display tickets to the lot attendants.

“Sold out”, signs said everywhere. In 150 minutes in March, they sold 19,400 tickets.

In the parking lot, three men were whisked away by private police for selling Led Zeppelin t-shirts. The people with the concert called them “bootleg t-shirts,” because the concert has its own black and white shirts it sells for $5. The men in the parking lot – who drove from Atlanta, where they sold them at Sunday’s Led Zeppelin concert – were not arrested. They were just told to leave the premises.

Even at the line at front, fans crowded the gate and were told repeatedly to “move back” by an excited man in a yellow jacket with a portable radio on his belt.

There were a thousand or more crowding the front gate at 5:45, listening to a young sounding man on the public address system who read the state law about drinking on state property, mispronouncing words like “statute” and “specifically”.

“That dumb ----- is so drunk he can’t even talk,” someone said to the speaker.

And while the thousand were crowding for their chance to rush in the stage, a mere 30 people waited patiently at the back gate, which would be opened along with the front gate and which was hundreds of feet closer to the stage.

They were let in and they cheered so that no one heard the young man on the loud speaker talking about “Kentucky Revised Statu-ate…”. They raced each other to the chest-high wall in front of the stage.

Except for Beth, Eddie, Mike, Terry, Robin, Joe…. While everyone in Freedom Hall positioned themselves as near the stage as they could, those Hoosiers went to the top row of section 201, the farthest spot from where Led Zeppelin would perform.

They had two sets of binoculars, “We’re right in front of the music here”, Robin, 19 said. “It’s the best place to be. You can hear better.”

And between them and the stage at 6 p.m. was an empty floor that, in two hours would be carpeted with young people.

By 8 p.m., when the concert was to have begun, some had had enough. “It was so packed, I couldn’t even get my feet on the floor,” a slight teen-age girl said.

In the several feet closest to the stage, people were wringing wet with perspiration. People who waited all afternoon and evening for Led Zeppelin were complaining that the air was too stale to breathe. The pressure of bodies against bodies was too much.

“I had to get out”, said 18 year-old Lloyd of Valley Station, his curls hanging wet from his head. “I couldn’t breathe in there.”

The T-shirted stage security men stood on a wooden platform and the veins in their arms bulged as they pulled on the men and woman handed up to them by the crowd.

One girl was unable to stand on her own, as they carried her, doubled up from the stage area, she said “On, my God. “ And they stretched her out on the concrete.

Those that had been lifted out bought drinks at the concession stands and looked around for the friends they had been separated from. At 9 p.m. they were refreshed, again part of the crowd, and adding to the roaring ovation given Led Zeppelin as the show began. (J. Adams / CourierJournal / May 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.

Comments

james savage's picture

It amazes me what time does to the memory.I was and al ways will be a led head. My friends who attended the show with me couldn't remember the year, either could I.

The show sold out faster than any other show that has ever played louisville including the stones, eagles, elvis, elton john, rod stewart. The problem with the show was the band was delayed close to an hour and at the time and the concert was festival seating, wich is no longer allowed in freedom hall.

They sold about 5000 more tickets than the hall could handle coupled with some really bad sustances that most people were under the influence of. When the band took the stage every body kept surging forward, crushing the people up front.Robert Plant would stop in the middle of a song and tell every one toback up or they would haveto quit the show. Security were pulling crushed girls over the stage barricade to save them.and trying to push eveyone back. Finally everybody chilled and the graetest band in the world rock and rolled .

Please come back I,m pushing 50 it,s been a long time

jim's picture

i was so high at this show. I remember getting to the show early in the afternoon. i was in the army at the time. i was stationed at ft. knox. i was at the front door waiting for hours pressed up against the glass and i had my arm stuck up in the air it was dead and when the doors opened a lady took my ticket out of my dead arm and put the stub back in my hand. as i ran down to the stage i fell about 3 times from being so fucked up. when i finally made it to the stage i was hanging out with some hells angels that were there. this one chick that was with them smoked some opium with me it was good stuff. this guy came out and said that we were about to see the greatest rock and roll show ever and was he right. through the show i had to piss so hard that i finally left the front of the stage and pissed in an isle. when i was up front seeing led zeppelin just feet in front of me doing since i've been lovin you i can't explain what i was feeling but if you were there you would no what i felt. i don't remember leaving or how i got back to ft. knox but i remember rock and roll and the goose bumps on my arms. Led Zeppelin is the greatest band ever no question............

Eric Gagel's picture

I was only 14 at the time but I blackmailed my older sister into taking me with her and her friends ( it was something about the bag of pot I found in her room). We went to the show and she said "remember where we parked and be here an hour after the shows over" and it was amazing I don't remember much about the crowds being as bad as the review but the music and lights are in my head forever. I ended up standing in one of the concrete halls that lead down to the floor but I still saw most of the show.

Joe's picture

Great show! Very unruly crowd. I remember Robert Plant saying to the crowd up front, "Please back up some of the little ladies are getting crushed!" I played football for the Cards and me and the gang bolted to Freedom Hall after spring practice, Bonzo hat in tow.
Highlights: John Paul Jones Nutrocker rendition during No Quarter, Kashmir. I have worked many concerts and have seen some of the greatest classic rock bands of all times and this ranks right up there. Bonham on drums unbelievable,Plant and Jonesy Awesome!

God Bless.

Joe

tibuan's picture

They should have proper systems for the gate entrance in order to avoid stamped. So glad that these kind of security really do their task.
security systems

B. Witherspoon's picture

What a great show it was. 3 friends and I drove in from Lexington (University of Kentucky). I still have the ticket stub!

Rebecca's picture

As the years go by my memory fades..but I will always remember this concert. I was in "love" with Robert Plant. I was 15 and went with a bunch of my friends. It was like a religious experience! We did sat midway up on the left of the stage and looked at the sea of people. With our binoculars we saw everything! The smoke filled the air! I think we sat there for almost 2 hours before the show started! I tried to get close to stage hoping that Robert would see me! lol No chance! I was scared by the crowd! I still have my ticket stub and my concert shirt. I wish is still fit. After 33 years I long to see them again! Please Robert reconsider, give us old rockers one more chance!

Argenteum Astrum's picture

Another very good show. Nice renditions of Sick Again, In My Time Of Dying, No Quarter and Kashmir. Some idiot threw a bottle that wasn't empty up on stage which actually clipped Jimmy's guitar. He sat his guitar down on the stand and left the stage. The remaining members also left shortly after. It's reported that Jimmy was pissed off, and nearly cancelled the remainder of the show. But after some minutes Jimmy played as if nothing had happened. He also misses some notes during his solo in Achilles Last Stand and Ten Years Gone is only average. Rather great version of Stairway To Heaven and a strong encore closing this evening.

John 's picture

I could've sworn they did "Dazed and Confused". Remember the part in the middle of the song, at least in the movie, where Jimmy takes the bow to the guitar, hits it, and seems to throw the image of it out into the crowd? Well, maybe not. That was probably just REALLY good acid I had. Not sure if that happened, but I remember it happening..and I still love that memory..real or not!
Anyway, I was very disappointed in the concert. I was 17, I'd looked forward to this day for 5 f'ing years, and they came out wasted.
I still love them. I've seen most everyone over the years, but the greatest concert I've ever seen in my life is Page/Plant, Indianapolis, '98.
They need to do it again.
Come on Robert, throw us just one more bone!!

Dennis Allen's picture

Myself and some other people I haven't seen in long time (I digress). had made it to the plywood wall in front of the stage where Robert was (on the left side facing the stage). When the band came on stage the crowd just became a wave pushing forward in sort of short bursts, crushing the people at the wall. Robert Plant told the crowd to "stop pushing" and for a time they did, but about I think the third song (which I believe was stopped) the wave started again. This time worse than the first. Again, Plant threatened to stop the show if they didn't "stop pushing!" Some guy to my right did something that pissed Mr. Plant off and to this day I have this indelible image of Robert Plant Hocking a Loogie on this dudes head. Man was Plant pissed, but for the right reasons. I don't think I imagined this but it was a strange although great night. Thanx, Dennis W. Allen

Patty Lane's picture

This was the best concert I ever attended. The band delivered a strong set start to finish. I remember John Paul, the Golden God and Jimmy sitting down. The first song after that was Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. They got the crowd going first with that highlands riff and launched into the song. It seems like the crowd was waiting for Rock n Roll and when John kicked the intro the crowd exploded. From my seat stage left lower, the floor was a mass of people swelling, jumping, hands and lighters in the air. An amazing night with an amazing band.

Johnny Gardner's picture

When we 1'st heard Led Zeppelin was coming to Louisville,Ky. we couldn't beleive it. Somehow, we had to get tickets! This was our dream band. Zeppelin rocked. The # 1 band ever. We were determined to get tickets, so when we heard the date tickets were to go on sale we decided to camp out and party all night at Freedom Hall. But, when we arrived at Freedom Hall we couldn't get on the grounds, it was closed off, so we hung around the area with the crowd of thousands, all night, we never sleep, we partied down all night. After daylight the crowd was getting jumpy, people were very anxious to get tickets, the crowd was so pumped up.But the gates were not scheduled to be opened up until later in the day.Finally, a few guys climbed over the fence and started running toward the admission gates with the police in hot pursuit, they got caught, then a few more tried, and more, and more and then it was all out madness and a wild run to the gates. My buddy, Jerry Morrison and I made it to the line and were in good position for tickets. We finally realized , looked at each other, and said " Yes" ! A high five! We made it! We both bought 10 tickets each for us and friends for $10 each and we were elated. And, the show was one of the best shows I've ever seen, and I seen most of the top rock bands in my days.I'll never forget it.It was 30 years ago, and Zeppelin is still my favorite rock band.Johnny Gardner

Kevin's picture

I saw three shows on this tour and one in 1975 and they never played Dazed and Confused at any of them. The bow solo was there however. The laser effect was one of a translucent cone surrounding Jimmy Page. It was very cool.

Dennis Allen's picture

I don't remember the bottle thing after thirty two years that one goods memory. about the notes he missed and all no under influence for you.

billy's picture

They did not play Dazed & Confused on the 77 tour but yes JP did do the violin bow solo. That almost always included him beating out power chords w/the bow & echo riff.

Randy's picture

Several friends and I attended this show, what great memories! We rushed to the front when the doors were opened, along with a few thousand others. After a while it got too crowded and hot right in the center, so we moved to the left side of the stage, right at the very front. An enormous stack of speakers rose above our heads, and I think my ears are still ringing! The band gave an A+ performance, it could not have been any better. It was one of the highlights of my young life at the time, and even now, 40 years later, it was an experience like no other. I wish I could personally thank the band as well as the crew for such an unforgettable day.---RD

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