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The Myriad - April 3, 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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on September 22, 2007 - 7:20pm
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April 3, 1977
Oklahoma City
OK
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: Hit-Packed Zeppelin Throbs at Myriad

Led Zeppelin throbbed with a vengeance Sunday night at the Myriad Convention center.
Britain’s notorious heavy-metal virtuosos masterfully assaulted the capacity crowd with a hit-packed program accentuated with lengthy and frequent solos.
Zeppelin hasn’t been on the road in two years. Oklahoma City was, however, their second date on a current US tour.

The group is remarkably tight musically and appears in as good form as ever, searing and thunderously loud. It’s brutal, aggressive and embodies a paganistic rawness. That “aura” surrounds them completely.

Zeppelin fans know what the group is capable of and demand it Sunday with almost masochistic pleasure.
The first hour and a half of the program began as a warm-up for the deafening, spontaneous musical offerings to come.
Lead singer Robert Plant from his recent bout of tonsillitis, brought forth the Rain Song (?) with driving power.

He showed no signs of difficulty with other pulsating selections from the group’s Physical Graffiti album. Plant acted the bona fide super star. With shirt torn to the navel, he sashayed across the stage like a prize winning rooster.

But lead guitarist and the group’s founder, Jimmy Page, had his moment to prove why he is considered one of the best musicians in rock.
A spectacular stage show came with No Quarter, which featured keyboardist John Paul Jones engulfed in a multicolored fog which rolled over the stage and into the audience.

Green fluorescent lasers all the while flashed oscillating oval forms on the ceiling.  The crowd cheered as it had done almost continuously since the start of the concert.

Zeppelin continued with Ten Years Gone and went into a second half program which spotlighted solos by Page and Jones.
Drummer John Bonham performed an exhausting but stupendous solo. He provides the “heavy” to the “metal”.

The spirit of Led Zeppelin is, musically, “to let it all out”. It gave all three hours worth to a well-pleased audience Sunday.  [P.Upton / Daily Oklahoman/4/4/77]

Notes: 
77 programme

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

Press Review: Hit-Packed Zeppelin Throbs at Myriad

Led Zeppelin throbbed with a vengeance Sunday night at the Myriad Convention center.
Britain’s notorious heavy-metal virtuosos masterfully assaulted the capacity crowd with a hit-packed program accentuated with lengthy and frequent solos.
Zeppelin hasn’t been on the road in two years. Oklahoma City was, however, their second date on a current US tour.

The group is remarkably tight musically and appears in as good form as ever, searing and thunderously loud. It’s brutal, aggressive and embodies a paganistic rawness. That “aura” surrounds them completely.

Zeppelin fans know what the group is capable of and demand it Sunday with almost masochistic pleasure.
The first hour and a half of the program began as a warm-up for the deafening, spontaneous musical offerings to come.
Lead singer Robert Plant from his recent bout of tonsillitis, brought forth the Rain Song (?) with driving power.

He showed no signs of difficulty with other pulsating selections from the group’s Physical Graffiti album. Plant acted the bona fide super star. With shirt torn to the navel, he sashayed across the stage like a prize winning rooster.

But lead guitarist and the group’s founder, Jimmy Page, had his moment to prove why he is considered one of the best musicians in rock.
A spectacular stage show came with No Quarter, which featured keyboardist John Paul Jones engulfed in a multicolored fog which rolled over the stage and into the audience.

Green fluorescent lasers all the while flashed oscillating oval forms on the ceiling.  The crowd cheered as it had done almost continuously since the start of the concert.

Zeppelin continued with Ten Years Gone and went into a second half program which spotlighted solos by Page and Jones.
Drummer John Bonham performed an exhausting but stupendous solo. He provides the “heavy” to the “metal”.

The spirit of Led Zeppelin is, musically, “to let it all out”. It gave all three hours worth to a well-pleased audience Sunday.  [P.Upton / Daily Oklahoman/4/4/77]

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, Rock and Roll, Trampled Underfoot.

Comments

Wiseguy's picture

Remember those toy airplanes made from balsa wood or light plastic that were rubber band powered??? Well someone in the audience launched one that made it to the stage and got stuck in Roberts hair. Robert calmly removed it and said "I think I ll keep this" or something like that.

joe sawyer's picture

wow!!! i can't believe that you guys have this concert on your website. we camped out for three days to get tickets... it was a three day party (suprised we remember to buy tickets)... but i did nothing for the show because even in my indestructible youth i knew i did not want to miss this concert... and it was a great show!! thanks

Tommy Sparks's picture

I was at this show, I was fifeteen, I still love music. Most of my family and friends were at the concert. There was no opening act. They played for 3 hours. I really loved the acoustic set when they sat around in a sort of half moon circle and played all their acousitic music. I used to have some pictures my sister Tandy had taken with a 110 instamatic camera most have been lost due to moving over the years, but i will always have the memories.

Andy Mansker's picture

I was a major zep fan, but a bit disappointed in the concert. As someone mentioned, this was at the very beginning of the tour and they were not polished. I thought Plants voice was breaking up. The Presence songs were pretty new to us since the album was just released. We wanted to hear more of the earlier music.

On the other hand, it was STILL Led Zep live!

I also remember spending the night in a loooong line for tickets. About 4:00am everyone rushed the gates. Tickets were to go on sale at 8:00am as I recall. Cops and security used dogs to keep the crowd at bay. I was a bit scared because this large crowd was in a frenzy and we were in the middle of it. They started selling tickets early to get rid of the crowd.

RLTJR's picture

I camped out in Tulsa, OK 3 days in line for tickets to this concert and will never forget the experience it was a lifetime event to me then and now. One of the greatest bands ever if not the greatest! During Stairway to Heaven Jimmy Page swinging his arm around in a circle with laser lights streaming around him it was fantastic!

Cindy Crawford's picture

I had been a Led Zeppelin fan since October, 1969. The ultimate event for me was when I finally got to see them in concert at the Myriad (Now the Cox Convention Center). Before the concert was a reality, I was always harassed and treated with disrespect as a Zeppelin fan (nothing new). Although my parents weren't in agreement with my choice of music, they came through in helping me get tickets. I think they remembered my disappointment when I didn't get to see them on Friday, May 4, 1973 when my dad was stationed at Robbins Air Force Base (about 100 miles form Atlanta). We moved to OKC when he retired in June, 1974.

In 1977, I was away at school (Oklahoma School for the Blind - Muskogee, OK). My parents informed me that there were problems in the ticket line as my mother got the tickets while my dad was working at an insurance company. She said a policeman hit a guy with a club because he was causing problems. I was so excited when I came home for the weekend on Friday, March 1st for the concert to begin originally on Sunday, March 3rd only to hear on the radio that Robert Plant was ill and the concert was cancelled. Of course the concert was rescheduled for Sunday, April 3rd. My delima was who was going to actually take me to the concert since I obviously can't drive? The atypical escort was my dad since no one else would take me no matter how I tried to get an escort. I thought he would give me a hard time but he didn't - he actually respected me (though I knew it was merely saving face on his part). The concert was phenomenal! Dad would describe the lighting to me - the colors - the precision of its use with each song, what they wore - though he said it was vague becaue we were sitting somewhere near the upper, back rows. That didn't matter because I felt I was sitting front and center because of the experience. The most memorable tunes to me were "The Song Remains The Same," "Kashmir," "No Quarter" and "Dazed And Confused." (I'm sure that wasn't the correct set order but, no matter.)
Of course there was the contact high from the smoke, but being there was all that mattered - I met my goal to see them in concert.

The next day I heard my mother talking to one of my relatives on the phone. "I hope she faces reality, now that she went to the concert." She assumed that if I saw them in concert that I would no longer be a fan. My dad drove me to the bus station to go back to school in Muskogee (my senior year). He said he was glad I saw them in concert, but if he had known about the smoke he wouldn't have taken me at all. Even though this was typical parental commentary, that didn't alter my happiness of having seen them.

When I was in English class later in the week, Wednesdays were set aside as "Current Events" for the first part of the class. That Wednesday was no exception. Naturally I reported going to the concert. I was asked if I had an excused absence from school. I answered, "No." (That was a technical response but not the truth to me.) I didnt' care what anyone thought about it. That was their problem.

Years later, after reading books with assistive technology, hearing radio programs and watching TV programs, that, critically, the 1977 tour had it's problems and that Led Zeppelin wasn't as good in concert as they were previously. Now that I have "How The West Was Won" DVD and the companion live CD, set I can see that now. Still, as a diehard fan, Ithat doesn't matter either. I'll have fond memories of that concert experience.

Ron Sanderson's picture

BEST show I have ever seen or will EVER see.....
Most memorable, was Jimmie's guitar solo, while encased in a pyramid of laser lights, slowly rotating around him as he played-gradually spinning faster and faster.....

Argenteum Astrum's picture

The second show of the tour and the second concert in two years. It shows. The band is very rusty and unrehearsed, PA system problems truncated group's playing, and Jimmy plays solos in completely wrong keys in some songs! Robert's voice is fairly strong and the rhythm section seems all right in most spots, but the lack of confidence shows in the short length of No Quarter, Ten Years Gone and In My Time Of Dying. This show is also the second ever time the new Presence songs are performed live, as well as Ten Years Gone and The Battle Of Evermore.

Bill Wilburn's picture

I was fortunate enough to get tickets for this concert. I took my (at the time) wife who was not exactly a Led Zepp fan. I was 22 and she was almost 20. We didn't have the best seats; we were near the top behind the stage. I didn't care where we were just as long as we were there. I don't remember what all they played except Kashmir.

This was the first and only time I saw the band in concert even though I'd been a fan since the very beginning. I had my ticket stub packed away for a long time but when I recently went searching for it, I couldn't find it.

Walker's picture

I was scheduled to work on the original date of the concert, so everyone got tickets but me. However, when it was rescheduled, I picked up two tickets from a friend who charged me double... $25 a ticket! But, they were "riser" seats on the floor with a bunch of Catfish friends, and Karen agreed to go with me, so I thought it was doubly worth it. And it was... "WICKED!"

By the way, the set list is wrong... Robert sang "Going to Oklahoma"...

mac's picture

3 1/2 hours, they played

Namebrent goodnessh's picture

This was the most memorable concert I have ever been to. A friend of mine and I as well as thousands of others braved 17 degree Oklahoma weather camping out at the OKC fairgrounds two months before the concert to buy tickets. They had a strict limit of 4 tickets per person, so we were the designated buyers.We camped out in sleeping bags the night before and partied all night long. The OKC police were actually pretty cool about the whole thing. Their was quite a bit of grass being passed around but as long as everyone behaved there was no problem. The next morning when tickets went on sale, it was pretty chaotic. There were so many people in line that we actually had to pass each other overhead to get to the ticket window----but it was SO worth it. Those tickets were worth their weight in gold, literally. The night of the concert, myself and my friends lucky enough to go were offered as much as $100 apiece for our tickets. I don't think I would have sold mine for $500! Anyway, it will go down as the best concert I or my friends have ever been to. Zeppelin, in my opinion, is the best rock group of all time!

Wayne Coyne's picture

The new historical museum in OKC ...that's Oklahoma City...Has asked me to put together an essay about waiting in line for Led Zeppelin tickets in January of 1977...I was only sixteen at the time but it didn't stop me and my younger brother from going out to the fairgrounds box-office ticket window four days early!!!! yes I said four days. We got there late Wednesday night...tickets went on sale Sunday morning. You might think "is that a big deal ?"...it was the coldest January on record and some nights the tempeture would go down to ten below.
Anyway it was one of the craziest experiences of my life. It truly was a gigantic freak party!!! And I'm wondering if there are any photos out there in the world NOT of Led Zep but of the line itself

Sam's picture

2010
still remember the Myriad. What a night.

KC Hervey's picture

I was there. I was too young to go to their first OKC appearance so I was very very excited to finally see my all-time fav band! But it was a real let-down aside from the ultra-mellow "toke one down pass it around" atmosphere LOL.

As people mentioned, sound problems, band not in synch problems, too many songs from "Presence," seemingly random and sloppy guitar whatnots from Jimmy--nothing gelled for me. My vaulted and much loved Rock Gods crumbled before my eyes. I was disillusioned for many many years after. Rock was obviously dead, so I gave it up and got into punk--and disco! eek!

It only took me 35 years to realize that "Presence" was their best album ever, that anyone-even a Rock God-can have a bad day, and that Jimmy Page Is A F****** Legend. :)

Gary Freeman's picture

Was 16 in 77, also did the fair grounds camp out with 2 of my friends. Was the wildest show and greastest show that I can ever recall in okc/ bible belt usa.All the grown ups didnt want them to play there, even are pastor talked about it in church that week, dont think we ever told any of those friends that we even went. Ticket prices were like 3 times the price of any show that we had ever saw. But what a night, our seats were top row, strait out from the stag. The smoke was so heavy at times all we saw was colors of light threw the fog. At one point even before the house lights went down, I looked both ways down are row and every one had a joint in there hand.All ways wounder who kept passing them are way, and in all the years of going to shows, never again saw a place go as crazy as the fans did that night, and it was the hole show.We had already waited extra few days, so an hour before they took the stage, the place was just a buzz.(not the same kinda buzz as the one from the smoke) And of course Dad and Mom waited up wanting to here all the news. Mom thought I was sick cause my eyes were all red. The 70s were a great time to be a teen, lots of big groups came threw the city and Dallas.Funny, now Im 50 years old and James Taylor is about as wild of a show I have been to this last year.Guess I can't use wild in the same sentance as Baby James. (-: And Foosball is alive and going strong. Find a place in your town, and play... Gary

Michael Rogers's picture

I was in that line on Sunday AM and the crush against the wall was almost enough to make you pass out, amazing no one died in that SNAFU, once you got your tickets they body sufed you out of the mob to safety thanks gid they have internet sales now..

Max Ridgway's picture

The Led Zeppelin concert at the Myriad in Oklahoma City in 1977 was a memorable event from beginning to end.  This is the only Led Zeppelin concert I attended in person and I consider myself quite fortunate to have had the opportunity to hear the greatest rock band in the world, even if it was only a single time. 

The day the tickets went on sale I waited in line with some friends for hours in 20 degree weather.  The concert sold out before we were able to reach the ticket window so we were forced to buy tickets from scalpers at the (then) outrageous price of $20 for each ticket. (The face value was $7.50). 

On the day of the concert we traveled to Oklahoma City and arrived at the Myriad with our scalper-bought tickets. As it turned out, my particular seat was behind the stage, and I had to watch the concert through an opening in the black curtain which hung at the back and on the sides of the stage. This might sound like a bad thing (and really, it was), but on the positive side of things, I was very close to the stage, and was able to see Jimmy Page very clearly most of the time. Before the concert I was able to get a snapshot of Jimmy's doubleneck guitar case from behind the stage. 

As for the concert itself, it was quite impressive. Having previously listened closely to hours of bootleg concert albums, I thought I knew what to expect. However, even the best bootleg albums and concert films paled in comparison to the power and charisma of the band in real life.

In my opinion, Jimmy Page stole the show. Though he is often criticized for being sloppy in his live playing, especially where the 1977 tour is concerned, I found his playing to be powerful and expressive. I, for one, am glad that Led Zeppelin didn't try to reproduce a note-for-note rendition of the album versions of their songs. Led Zeppelin was one of the greatest jam-bands ever, and this Oklahoma City concert was no exception.

On a trivial note, I noticed that Jimmy Page was sipping on a bottle of Heineken throughout the concert. When he finished it, he knocked the empty bottle off the back of his amp.  Sitting near the stage as I was, I was able to spot the bottle after the house lights came up and shouted at a roadie who threw the bottle up to me.  I know this may seem silly to some, but I kept that bottle for many years as a token and reminder of the concert. 

Quite apart from the musical quality of the concert in comparison with their other tours and other performances, this show made a tremendous psychic impression on me which is hard to explain or articulate other than to borrow an expression which comes up often in the various Led Zeppelin biographies which have appeared in recent years: the was an undefinable, but very real magic at work with this band. All I can say is that I'm glad I was there and that I will never forget it! 

Scott C's picture

I remember camping out outside the fairgrounds speedway ticket office for LZ tickets.  Brutally cold, but we had a blast. Partied our asses off and slept in a refrigerator box.  

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