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Richfield Coliseum - April 27, 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 27, 1977
Richfield
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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 – The Coliseum – April 27

It took those over two years to do it, but Led Zeppelin finally reached a Cleveland area stage once again last Wednesday night at the Coliseum. This show in particular, as well as their current tour in general, is nothing less than a re-assertion of their status among the Rolling Stones, Who and any other acknowledged deities of rock. It presents a challenge – as well as a set of standards to equal – to new wave heroes such as Aerosmith, Frampton and Blue Oyster Cult.

Zeppelin’s three-hour set passed with flying colors my personal shorthand estimation of a concert’s quality. It didn’t seem that long. The amount of material played, the musicianship involved, and the internal and external (special effects) manifestations of their music merged into an impressive, at time awe-inspiring, whole. The width of styles, moods and atmosphere, paired with consistent authenticity, crossed one of the widest spectrums of which any current combo seems capable.

Zeppelin’s show,  considerably revamped since their ’75 appearance in the same arena, was in general an effective mix of blues-ended structures such as In My Time of Dying, Nobody’s Fault But Mine and Since I’ve Been Loving You. The maximum amount of instrumental stretching-out however came on No Quarter. Working from both electric and acoustic pianos, John Paul Jones again impressed with his general versatility. Jimmy Page later joined in for what to me was his apogee of an evening’s worth of standout soloing. It was one of the best rock jams I’ve ever witnessed.

About midway through, Zep revived something they haven’t done in concert since the early 70s – an acoustic set. The founders and main perpetrators of the heavy metal music form sat themselves down and ran through delightful versions of Battle of Evermore, Going to California and Black Country Woman, even reviving the rockabilly Bron-Y-Aur Stomp from Led Zeppelin III (with Jones on stand-up bass).

Some more electrically oriented playing led into the visual highlight of the evening; a rotating, smoke-filled laser light cone surrounded Page as he spun out his famed violin bow work, with lasers behind him shooting arrow-straight beams at the ceiling at well-timed intervals. The show wound up with more conventional crowd-pleasers such as Kashmir and the Zeppelin signature song, Stairway to Heaven (with the biggest mirrored ball in rockdom used to wind it up.

John Bonham consistently kicked ass on drums, Robert Plant was 100 percent improved in voice and stage demeanor  since their last time here, and a warm, lucid in-group chemistry projected even across the Coliseum’s vast terrains. A surprisingly sedate and mature crowd did their part to create something I had previously thought was unique to small-hall presentations – a general warmness and intimacy of feeling emanating from the band and its reception by the listeners. It’s an attitude much more difficult to project over 20,000 seats than it is over 3,000. Such was the strength of Led Zeppelin’s performance, an in-person proof of why they still rank as one of the top viewing experiences in rock.

(C. Michalski / Scene April 1977)

 

Notes: 
77 programme

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

Press Review: LED ZEPPELIN – The Coliseum – April 27

It took those over two years to do it, but Led Zeppelin finally reached a Cleveland area stage once again last Wednesday night at the Coliseum. This show in particular, as well as their current tour in general, is nothing less than a re-assertion of their status among the Rolling Stones, Who and any other acknowledged deities of rock. It presents a challenge – as well as a set of standards to equal – to new wave heroes such as Aerosmith, Frampton and Blue Oyster Cult.

Zeppelin’s three-hour set passed with flying colors my personal shorthand estimation of a concert’s quality. It didn’t seem that long. The amount of material played, the musicianship involved, and the internal and external (special effects) manifestations of their music merged into an impressive, at time awe-inspiring, whole. The width of styles, moods and atmosphere, paired with consistent authenticity, crossed one of the widest spectrums of which any current combo seems capable.

Zeppelin’s show,  considerably revamped since their ’75 appearance in the same arena, was in general an effective mix of blues-ended structures such as In My Time of Dying, Nobody’s Fault But Mine and Since I’ve Been Loving You. The maximum amount of instrumental stretching-out however came on No Quarter. Working from both electric and acoustic pianos, John Paul Jones again impressed with his general versatility. Jimmy Page later joined in for what to me was his apogee of an evening’s worth of standout soloing. It was one of the best rock jams I’ve ever witnessed.

About midway through, Zep revived something they haven’t done in concert since the early 70s – an acoustic set. The founders and main perpetrators of the heavy metal music form sat themselves down and ran through delightful versions of Battle of Evermore, Going to California and Black Country Woman, even reviving the rockabilly Bron-Y-Aur Stomp from Led Zeppelin III (with Jones on stand-up bass).

Some more electrically oriented playing led into the visual highlight of the evening; a rotating, smoke-filled laser light cone surrounded Page as he spun out his famed violin bow work, with lasers behind him shooting arrow-straight beams at the ceiling at well-timed intervals. The show wound up with more conventional crowd-pleasers such as Kashmir and the Zeppelin signature song, Stairway to Heaven (with the biggest mirrored ball in rockdom used to wind it up.

John Bonham consistently kicked ass on drums, Robert Plant was 100 percent improved in voice and stage demeanor  since their last time here, and a warm, lucid in-group chemistry projected even across the Coliseum’s vast terrains. A surprisingly sedate and mature crowd did their part to create something I had previously thought was unique to small-hall presentations – a general warmness and intimacy of feeling emanating from the band and its reception by the listeners. It’s an attitude much more difficult to project over 20,000 seats than it is over 3,000. Such was the strength of Led Zeppelin’s performance, an in-person proof of why they still rank as one of the top viewing experiences in rock. (C. Michalski / Scene April 1977)

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Press Report: ‘Brilliance, confusion’ mark Zeppelin show

 As Led Zeppelin neared the end of its three-hour set Wednesday night, lead vocalist Robert Plant dedicated a song to “the atmosphere we’ve reached here tonight.” He was referring to the fact that no plate glass windows had been smashed and only ,one firecracker had exploded up to that point at the Coliseum concert.

All too often, the same fans that come to hear Plant and Zeppelin sing about lovely ladies with flowers in their hair and the pleasures of a walk down a country lane, end up throwing rocks at windows and policemen and tossing bottles and fireworks among their “brothers” in the audience. But Wednesday’s capacity crowd was fairly well-behaved and appreciative of this English band that is approaching a decade in existence. It even allowed the Zep to sit down and perform a tasteful acoustic set, unmolested by the usual burnt-out screams of “rock n’ roll!!” and “play ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ man!!”

Jimmy Page, master of any instrument that has strings on it, donned a mandolin; John Paul Jones handled acoustic guitar, John Bonham banged on a tambourine; and Plant, whose voice is a formidable instrument in itself, sang with a piercing clarity and confidence reminiscent of years gone by.

The acoustic set included admirable versions of “Going to California,” “Black Country Woman,” “The Battle of Evermore” and “Bron-y-aur Stomp.” In the midst of it all, Plant remarked, “This is beginning to feel good, man.”
This veteran of four Led Zeppelin tours was glad to see the group abandon the greatest hits concert format of 1973 and 1975, in favor of a well-rounded display of both commercially successful and fairly obscure selections.
Plant told the-audience, “We’ve been looking at some of the stuff that we didn’t feel we could do on stage in the past and have decided to have a go at it this time.”

Unfortunately, a muddy, blaring sound system ruined many of the electric rockers of the evening. The band opened the concert with a perfectly dreadful version of “The Song Remains the Same,” which was sabotaged by a distorted mechanical delivery.

Zeppelin later beat “Achilles Last Stand,” a driving piece from “Presence,” into the ground. However a powerful rendition of “Kashmire,” perhaps the best executed song of the night, and Page’s masterful slide on “In My Time of Dying” balanced the band’s performance.
 
Other rockers that stood out where “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and “Sick Again,” which featured some classic Plant sexual gyrations and lusting vocals about “L.A. queens” and 16-year-olds with “lips like cherries...locked up in the hotel room every night.”  

Later, as an eerie cloudlike fog encompassed the stage, “No Quarter” showcased the keyboard and synthesizer expertise of Jones. The laser show which featured during “No Quarter” proved to be one of the more advanced displays on the rock stage today.

“Bonzo” Bonham also delivered a driving freight train type of drum solo, running his skins and tympanies through a synthesizer. It climaxed with an attack on a gong standing behind Bonham’s drooglike body. Overall, Zeppelin’s performance alternated between periods of brillance and confusion. The group’s unique concert format did illustrate that the Zep epitomizes a dying breed in the world of rock n’ roll for large audiences— a band that can sit down and play sweet acoustic music and then stand up to hit you in the face with blistering rock n’ roll.  [By L.RODGERS / Stater]

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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.

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Mike Gags's picture

Clevland night #1 is a concert that has circulated for 25 years and is a milestone for most Zep fans/collectors. Never before has a crystal clear board of their 1977 US Tour been available. Now we can hear Jimmy getting his fingers stuck in the strings on Sick Again and coming in too early on Kashmir.......but you also get to hear the greatest band ever jam on No Quarter and rip on Achilles like never before. SRTS>Sick Again open the show and we're off. Nothing special here other than some sloppy playing by both Bonham and Page. Nobody's Fault is a vast improvement as is In My Time of Dying where Jimmy really shreds on the slide. Since I've Been Loving You is next and Plant really makes this song so special. His ad-libbing off Page is true art and Jimmy is no slouch either. No Quarter is a real treat tonight.......although the bluesy mid-song jam hasn't arrived yet, this is the best 1st leg version I've heard. Ten Years Gone is also a treat as the board recording shows the real beauty of the triple-neck. Jonesy keeps the 3 neck for the next song Battle of Evermore and holy shit does the vocal-delay work like magic! Plant sings off his own echo and is it ever effective. None of my aud tapes sounded like this? Well, after a bunch of chit-chat, Going to CA picks up right where Plant left off ("Sometimes, it's terribly hard") and man I'm digging this acoustic thing! Black-Country Woman>BYR Stomp is another revelation on this board recording. I've never heard Jones & Jimmy interact acoustically like this............Strider!! Jimmy does his Black/Whte thing before Kashmir erupts. Pant is unreal on this version. "All I see turns to brown" and "This wasted, wasted land" is pretty heady stuff. I can only imagine what drove Robert to write these lyrics (Duh, I guess it was his trip to Kashmir, India) Over the Top/Moby Dick is actually pretty good tonight........not too long and again the board recording really emphasizes the tympani section. The noise solo by Jimmy is next, as some people call it, although I think it's cool. This leads into the highlight of the evening, Achilles Last Stand. The rhyhm section of Bonham and Jones drive this monster as Jimmy and Robert share the spotlight. No flubbed lyrics, no missed leads and a sick board recording make this one of my favorite versions ever. Stairway officially closes the show and doesn't dissappoint. Rock and Roll and Trampled serve as adequate encores as Cleveland can be proud of the boys from England. Tomorrow would prove to be even a better performance. Go figure.

Jim ross's picture

This was one of the highlights of my concert going youth, I sat in section 216 with a female friend from work, we had some Southern Comfort and Cola and went to the show and were awe struck at how great it was...I have the bootleg Cd from the show I was at and the second day show....truly awesome

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This show gets criticized a lot, but it is really a good show, with lots of energy and intensity. The playing is great and the versions of Kashmir, Achilles Last Stand, and Ten Years Gone are exceptional, as is No Quarter. A really enthusiastic crowd feeds off of Zeppelin's energy, making for a memorable show. Plant sometimes complaining of monitor problems, especially during the acoustic set.

CP's picture

Zeppelin Thrills Packed House

More than 20,000 hysterical fans in the Coliseum last night were transported into rock music ecstasy by the Led Zeppelin.
A handful of the 20,000, however, were transported to jail. The Summit County sheriff’s department reported 37 arrests for assorted offenses including disorderly conduct, drug possession and possession of knives.

Living up to its name, the super quartet played heavy (Led) and light (Zeppelin) music for three hours.

It was a musical trip that obviously was loved by everyone.
Although the band was 45 minutes late in starting, the easy-to-forgive fans stood and gave them a roaring ovation when they walked onstage.
The fans remained on their feet and cheered even louder when the Zep opened with “The Song Remains the Same.” Each of the next 12 songs received similar tribute.

Led Zeppelin’s last song in the regular act was the one everyone was waiting for – Stairway to Heaven. The thunderous applause following this classic number lasted almost 10 minutes.

Then Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham – did two incredible encores.

Some bands have spectacular light shows. Others display the musicianship. Other groups are known for outstanding theatrics and stage savvy, Led Zeppelin has all these attributes and more.
Page, voted the top rock guitarist in the world, was uncanny. On many of the numbers, his fingers moved so fast that they became a blur. Wearing a white silk jump suit and chain smoking cigarettes, Page did everything but sell popcorn.

Plant, the No. 1 rock vocalist moved with the grace of a ballet star. He whirled, twirled and strutted from one side of the stage to the other without ever missing a note.

Bonham and Jones could do no wrong in helping to create the never-ending string of imaginative and arresting melodies.
Stage effects such as laser beams, fog and exploding devices were tastefully added. It was a near-perfect show.

What spoiled it were some unruly fans who threw fireworks and Gestapo-like tactics by some of the security forces.
Lt. E.R. Conti of the sheriff’s department seemed only mildly concerned about the 37 arrests, which included about a dozen juveniles.

“Thank God there wasn’t any trouble,” said Conti. “We expected much worse. You’ve got to give the kids credit – they really behaved themselves.

Conti said security at last night’s concert was the strongest of any event ever held in the Coliseum.

The reason? Two years ago Led Zeppelin fans who were shut out of the sold-out concert tried to rush in without tickets, and caused more then $30,000 in damages to the Coliseum.
Last night’s show and tonight’s Led Zeppelin show in the Coliseum were sold out through mail order more than six weeks ago. Fans without tickets last night were not permitted on the Coliseum grounds, and the same rule will be in effect tonight.

(Cleveland Press, B. Borino, 4.28.77)

Doc Lehman's picture

This past Christmas my younger brother was given the complete Led Zeppelin remastered box set edition of their catalogue from his stepson (and he listened to the CDs on his way to and from Daytona when he went down for Speedweeks last month) and after hearing him talk about the mighty Zeppelin we recounted the much anticipated 1977 Led Zep tour.
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When word was announced they would tour everyone in northeast Ohio and beyond were fired up immediately. Scheduled for the Coliseum in Richfield, OH for two nights, the promoters threw a monkey wrench into the ticket buying process. They decreed that to have a chance to purchase tickets it had to be done by mail order using money orders and the orders had to be postmarked on a selected date in order to have a chance to buy tickets. I think they limited each order to only four (4) tickets per order.
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So the night before tickets were to be accepted Flash and I had purchased several money orders and used our names and addresses as well as various brothers and sisters and drove up to Richfield the night before so we could drop our orders off at the Richfield post office right at midnight. We weren’t the only ones to think of that as there appeared to be a caravan snaking through the small town of Richfield to the post office.
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A couple weeks later we were thrilled when we each received tickets for both nights! We sold the remaining tickets and each kept two for both nights. The first night was April 27, 1977 and we took dates. The second night, April 28, 1977, we went solo with a couple of buddies to raise hell and have fun. We did. Amazing shows! We were extremely happy we were able to see them on two consecutive nights let alone one and I’m glad we did because that was the last chance we had to see Led Zeppelin as it turned out.
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We had procured tickets for the August 9, 1977 show at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh but that was eventually cancelled when Robert Plant’s son passed away at the end of July. When they announced the next tour in 1980 I dutifully ordered tickets but before they could be processed word came out that drummer John Bonham had died. That was the end of Led Zeppelin as we knew them.
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But the Richfield Coliseum shows were outstanding. ‘An Evening With Led Zeppelin’ is seared into my memory banks and I’m glad I had the chance to catch them on that tour. I bought the T-Shirts (one white, one black, both now long gone) as did my brother. He still has his. A number of years ago some company reissued those ’77 t-shirts and while at an area mall once I noticed a young man wearing one who wasn’t even born when that tour happened. As I passed him in a record store I mentioned ‘Nice shirt! I bought mine at a Led Zep concert in ‘77’. He stopped in his tracks and proceeded to grill me for 15 minutes on the band and the Richfield appearances.

Jeff Casto's picture

I attended this show in Cleveland and the ticket stub I have has a mis-spelling "Led Zepplin" rather that Zeppelin.

Ian's picture

Although the song has an obvious Arabic influence, Page and Plant have both stated that this was due to their travels in Morocco and the Sahara Desert. I'm not sure whether or not they actually travelled to Kashmir while they were in India in 1972, but I'm inclined to believe they did not.

Jacob's picture

thanks very much for this, I been trying to track down which of the 2 Ohio dates it was where Jimmy gets his fingers stuck...It was actually his necklace/chain that fell off according to my dad, who at the end managed to find the necklace lying around at his feet (after Jimmy threw it out into the crowd, it having clearly caused a little problem.)

Sadly my dad doesnt have it anymore as he said it was a bit of old tat, and he was getting rid of old junk while moving. Regardless your post was invaluble in helping me, so thanks again.

Led Zep @ Richfield Coliseum '77 article's picture

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/02/led_zeppelin_at...

 

Led Zeppelin's two-night stand at the Coliseum in Richfield on April 27-28, 1977, has achieved mythic status among diehard fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rock quartet. Much of that has to do with "Destroyer," a soundboard recording of the first show, which has become one of the best-known -- and most sought-after -- concert bootlegs in rock history. It is a rough, yet pristine, document of one of rock's greatest bands at the peak of its powers. But what makes the recording even more powerful is that Zeppelin was also a band on the precipice of oblivion, at least as a working group.

The 1977 North American tour turned out be its last in North America. Drummer John Bonham died suddenly at the age of 32 on Sept. 24, 1980, and the group disbanded shortly thereafter. A 1980 North American tour, with shows booked for Oct. 25-26 at the Coliseum, was canceled.

Noted Cleveland rock photographer Janet Macoska was at one of the 1977 Coliseum shows, remembering it as a wild, wonderful blur. Mostly she recalls that there were no rules for news photographers. No time limits. No requirements to shoot with long lenses from the back of the arena. No contracts to sign, limiting the use of her photos. She donned her photo pass and positioned herself close to the stage, frequently right below lead singer Robert Plant, and shot away for most of the show.

She got great, iconic shots of Plant, Bonham, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones, many of which are featured in the photo gallery embedded in this post. One of her photographs of Page, clad in sunglasses and dressed in white satin, was used on the back cover of his 2014 autobiography, "Jimmy Page."

Legendary Plain Dealer rock critic Jane Scott was there the first night, and loved the show, too, writing in her review that Zeppelin "dazzled 19,000 fans in more ways than one..." The concert lasted almost three hours, featuring an 18-song set that began with "The Song Remains the Same" and ended with an encore featuring "Rock and Roll" and "Trampled Under Foot."

Scott praised Page's guitar work on "Kashmir," Bonham's drum solo on "Moby Dick" and Jones' "shimmering piano" on "No Quarter."

"Speak of the Zeppelin and you think of loud, hard-driving heavy metal sounds, right" wrote Scott. "They were there with all their compelling, breathtaking explosions."

WMMS-FM/100.7 program director John Gorman went to hundreds of concerts during the Buzzard's 1970s rock 'n' roll heyday. But the 1977 Led Zeppelin gig stands out in his memory as among the best he ever saw in Cleveland. The fun started out a day early -- and with a bang -- at Swingos, the legendary downtown Cleveland hotel that was host to many a rock bacchanal. Gorman -- now founder, partner and chief content officer of oWOW, a Cleveland-based internet radio station, sent us this memory, via email:

"The band got in a day early. They stayed at Swingos. Two of my air personalities, Shelley Stile and Betty Korvan, were invited over by one of the national Atlantic Records label people. I believe Betty watched John Bonham dismember a bed. Members of Zeppelin were calling the station. They got our hot line -- for requests --  and were astonished that we had nearly every song they asked for. We tried to get Led Zeppelin for an interview -- either at the station or on the phone, but they wouldn't do it. It was a management dictate. No media. You can understand why.

I had an earlier evening dinner at Swingos. When I walked in, I never saw so many scantily clad women in one place. We invested in the show and bought virtually a continuous loop on the Coliseum TV screens and ran all of our animated spots over and over again. I had one of the best seats for a show. Second or third row center.

The first time I had seen Led Zeppelin was in Boston at the Boston Tea Party, in a building which held 300 people, and I was at the front of the stage. (WMMS personality) Murray Saul rented a driver. He did not want to drive for many reasons, including the fact that he may end up too high or too drink -- or both. Zeppelinologists claim this was one of Led Zeppelin's best shows on the tour. And much like the 10th Anniversary Springsteen concert at the Agora -- this 1977 Coliseum show was one of the most bootlegged of Led Zeppelin's career. Most of the boots of this show were titled Destroyer. I have one of them. Excellent soundboard quality."

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