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Sports Stadium - August 31, 1971

  • Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed and Confused, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, My Baby Left Me, Mess of Blues), Organ solo / Thank You.
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on September 21, 2007 - 2:36pm
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August 31, 1971
Orlando
FL
United States
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Setlist: 

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed and Confused, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, My Baby Left Me, Mess of Blues), Organ solo / Thank You.

Note: 

Press Review: The Sights & Sounds of Led Zeppelin In Concert – Heavy

Led Zeppelin has come and gone at the Orlando Sports Stadium, and like the lead man blurted over the din of thousands of wildly cheering voices and clapping hands, ‘Man, I don’t believe this place.’

It was, in a word, unbelievable. And in another, perhaps more acceptable word, heavy – very heavy.
The youths – universally and collectively long-haired, bell-bottomed, braless hot panted, haltered and Hang Ten – began arriving with blanket rolls and seat cushions as early as five o’clock to find choice sears for a show still three hours away.

Then at 8 p.m., or close to starting time as any rock group ever has gotten, the house lights went out and Zeppelin exploded into life in a pink, purple and yellow electric haze and magnetized the audience.

There was no second group on the billing to fill the gaps, because there were no gaps. Zeppelin and Zeppelin alone gave their audience two and a half solid hours of unremitting rock in one of the most professional rock shows we’ve seen. No light show, very little talk – just music.

And good music. Too often, audiences are disappointed with their favorite performers when they hear them live. Some groups just can’t cut it in a live performance, depending on complicated electronic studio mixing to make tapes and records sound good. No so with Zeppelin. They are good by themselves and powerful. They ripped through their greatest hits, including Whole Lotta Love and Living Loving Maid (??), and the moving drum solo on Moby Dick went on for at least 15 minutes.

Zeppelin gave a well-timed presentation, leveling off around 9pm from their initial burst of energy, then coming back for a long and strong finale of selections that recaptured the crowd immediately and held them to the end. [Orlando Today, 9-71]

Notes: 

Press Review: The Sights & Sounds of Led Zeppelin In Concert – Heavy

Led Zeppelin has come and gone at the Orlando Sports Stadium, and like the lead man blurted over the din of thousands of wildly cheering voices and clapping hands, ‘Man, I don’t believe this place.’

It was, in a word, unbelievable. And in another, perhaps more acceptable word, heavy – very heavy.
The youths – universally and collectively long-haired, bell-bottomed, braless hot panted, haltered and Hang Ten – began arriving with blanket rolls and seat cushions as early as five o’clock to find choice sears for a show still three hours away.

Then at 8 p.m., or close to starting time as any rock group ever has gotten, the house lights went out and Zeppelin exploded into life in a pink, purple and yellow electric haze and magnetized the audience.

There was no second group on the billing to fill the gaps, because there were no gaps. Zeppelin and Zeppelin alone gave their audience two and a half solid hours of unremitting rock in one of the most professional rock shows we’ve seen. No light show, very little talk – just music.

And good music. Too often, audiences are disappointed with their favorite performers when they hear them live. Some groups just can’t cut it in a live performance, depending on complicated electronic studio mixing to make tapes and records sound good. No so with Zeppelin. They are good by themselves and powerful. They ripped through their greatest hits, including Whole Lotta Love and Living Loving Maid (??), and the moving drum solo on Moby Dick went on for at least 15 minutes.

Zeppelin gave a well-timed presentation, leveling off around 9pm from their initial burst of energy, then coming back for a long and strong finale of selections that recaptured the crowd immediately and held them to the end. [Orlando Today, 9-71]

Setlists: 

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed and Confused, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, My Baby Left Me, Mess of Blues), Organ solo / Thank You.

Comments

Paul's picture

One of the best shows of all time...I saw LZ's later shows and they were too buzzed to crank like they did at this one...
I had broken my ankle a couple of weeks earlier surfing down the 520 overpass so my brother threatened to leave me unless i ditched my crutches for a cane...We arrived just as the first song started...The Immigrant Song...Ah Ah Ah Ahhh..Ah Ah Ah Ahhh...From the parking lot is seemed like the entire stadium pulsed...every goose bump on my body was maxxed...LZ at their best...too bad you can never really go home...

Argenteum Astrum's picture

Almost the complete show ... This is a very intense and excellent show, including a very daring Dazed And Confused with an eerie White Summer interlude at the end similar to the one Jimmy inserted in Tulsa 1970. Celebration Day contains a funky intro and really cooks and a super intense version of What Is And What Should Never Be is followed by a thunderous Moby Dick before the blistering Whole Lotta Love medley. After theramin section in Whole Lotta Love, just before returning to the chorus there's a complete stop, before Bonzo counts in again. Robert found contact last night according to the intro to Boogie Chillun. Then someone is invading the stage, because Clive Coulson (a roadie) is called. The ending is also very mysterious - an announcement that William Calmless (?)' (the stage invader?) wallet is up here!

JD's picture

One of perhaps 200 that started climbing the entrance gate. Security or someone opened the gate to make us stop, and we all got in. So much pot smoke you could barely see Zepplin from the back. Some of us local kids knew how to get into Winter's End Rock Festival around that time, free too. ..

Ron Chancey's picture

It was by far the best concert I have ever been to. It still seems like it was earlier than this but I was baked so I couldn't really say. The night was electric with just knowing the gods of rock were going to be playing here. The crowd was growing by the minute as we walked towards the door, hundreds of kids already stoned to the gills and with more in their pocket for the show, most with hair down their back like hippies that we were and looking for a endless night of rock & roll. The sight was amazing, if only I could re-capture that feeling of walking towards the stadium. I remember I wore a trench coat so I could carry as much weed as possible, and it was a hot night in weather and in rock. I'll never forget being in front of the stage and rolling fatties and shot gunning people as I walked through the crowd all night long. I even threw a few on stage but never really knew if one of the boys picked any up or not. I also saw Tull within the same time period before or after I can't remember. And I've probably seen 3 quarters of the bands from the 60's and 70's but by far this one stands alone as the most remarkable rock show I have ever seen.

Bill's picture

I was 15.

It was my first concert.

Life was never the same.

Louis Maurer, Jr.'s picture

Please let me preface this by saying that I am NEARLY ashamed that I BARELY remember this day in ROCK history. Nevertheless... I WAS THERE! : )

I was 11 years old in 1971. It was, as far as I remember, the day before the FIRST day of school, August 31, 1971 (I may be wrong. ..been a LONG time...) My oldest sister, Janet, (RIP, 04-23-02) had convinced my father to let me go with her and her friends (Jimmy Machek was one of...) to a concert in Orlando, FL. My Father said "NO!" and my Mother said, as you guessed it, "YES!" You see... I was raised on "Rock 'n' Roll all my life. I had NO idea what to expect other than hearing their music on the radio, turntable & 8-Track at home, but I was about to see the GREATEST rock band of ALL TIME!

I do remember arriving at the Stadium. The HORDES of people and the entrance to the Orlando Sports Stadium. After parking and getting to the Marque at the Entrance to the Stadium, I remember panicking. I felt like I was about to suffocate and die from ALL the people bunched into, what seemed like a can of human meat, a HUGE Ocean of flesh. My sister told Jimmy toe put me on his shoulders and watch out for me. I remember when the guy taking tickets asked for ours, Janet said that the guy behind us had all the tickets for the group we were in. If I remember correctly, the tickets were $4 or $6 a piece. That is where MEMORY fails me, for the most part. I DO remember the "Lemon Song" and a few others. The other thing that I remember (like it happened today) is contact with Page & Plant. I was sitting on Jimmy's shoulders next to Janet (ALL of us right a the stage) when Robert Plant reached down from the stage and grabbed my arm. You see at this point of the Concert I was not feeling very well, and Jimmy told me to lean on the stage (staged are FAR different that those days). It just so happened that where we were "stage left" was. (stage to the right from the audience ) While feeling like I was about to "vomit", I just rested. Then... I looked up and there were Robert Plant & Jimmy Page RIGHT above me on stage. Robert reached down and grabbed my right arm, trying to pull me up on stage...

Lynn's picture

Boyfriend and I drove from Tampa to see them. In those days security was not as tight, so just before the show we wandered up to the stage and told a roadie we were with the lighting crew..he believed us, so we drifted to other side of the stage and sat on the edge of the stage. Nobody bothered us and we stayed there during their first song and then left for seats to the left of the arena. The floor was packed with people and approx. midway thru the show a fight broke out between two guys..people parted around them like the Red Sea. Otherwise very peaceful and a thrill for me.

Scott's picture

I drove over from Brevard County to catch the show ... the volume of the amps was deafening, they were stacked to the ceiling ... my ears rang for days. There was cloud of marijuana smoke inside the stadium that blanketed the whole place. It was wonderful. It will never come again.

David Askins's picture

I was 17 and had seen other concerts including Frank Zappa & the Mothers, Jefferson Airplane, etc. and saw many other live concerts, but Led Zeppelin definitely topped the list.
I went to pick up my girlfriend whose parents seemed apprehensive about where I was taking their daughter. I said "We are going to a concert and will meet up with friends and should be back before midnight." They asked "Who are you going to see?" I said "Led Zeppelin." The mother said "Who are they?" I smiled and just said "A rock group." What an understatement I thought to myself!
About midway through the concert some guys were pushing others and then a couple started dancing and looked like they were tripping or on speed looking like they were 'peaking' on a trip maybe. The dance didn't last long, but had a lot of people laughing.
I was pretty straight which is why I remember that much!!!
It was an unreal concert!!!
I was 17 and had seen other concerts including Frank Zappa & the Mothers, Jefferson Airplane, etc. and saw many other live concerts, but Led Zeppelin definitely topped the list.

Name Joe Poulos's picture

This was the first "big" concert that I ever attended. Previous concerts were by local bands in the Detroit area such as the Amboy Dukes and Bob Seger System at a local high school during 1969. I had moved to Orlando with my parents in 1970 and missed Zeppelin in Detriot that year. They played there about a week after we moved. I was in awe of Jimmy Page's guitar playing. I had been playing guitar for about a year, and was thrilled to see my idol playing live. His playing has been a great influence and inspiration of my playing for many years. I saw Zeppelin at Tampa Stadium twice (the second show cut short due to a rain storm) but this show is still memorable as it was the first time I saw them live. The other two shows were also very memorable, but thats another story....

Ace's picture

Yeah I was there! Week before 12th grade started, Leon High, Tallahassee, FL. Told my dad we were going to PC Beach... He was told the true story shortly before he died. Me and 3 other hippies in training took my VW beetle down, sans tickets, pot or acid. Vivid memory of parking in a big field, hot as hell, of course. Stepping out of the bug, we hoped we would find acid & pot... the 1st longhair guy we see is barking, " Acid... pot! ", I swear to God! Now we run to the tix office and we are golden!! Drinking age was 18, and 2 of my buddies were, so we had an earnest beer/pot buzz @ showtime. And the orange sunshine made it very special. It was epic. Led IV was just coming out, so we got that, wide open. It was the best of my 100s of shows, but never saw Led again.

Jerry Griffis's picture

This Zep concert was my first ever!! It has been a sort of pride when I relay the event to my friends,associates and kids. From Robert Plant's first of many "Goooood Evening " greetings to the start-stop verses of Black Dog (which did not hit the radio airwaves for another 3 months) I was facinated. I thought that a guest organist was brought out mid-set but really can't say for sure. From that night on I was hooked on Zep and live performances of all kind.

Name's picture

This concert was the second date for my husband and I. Our tickets were for the 'cheap seats' (standing up against the stage) - now called the mosh pit. Wound up slammed against the stage when they let the gate crashers in. All the pot smoke took the edge off. Watch Jimmy use a viola bow on his guitar... up close and personal. WOW what a concert... what memories!

Dawnell Donnelly's picture

Wow, Had not revisited this night in many years, Yes I was there, I had just turned 17, and drove up from Tampa, with a few friends. I drove a 56 Hudson Hornet. I remember the place being like a big barn. My main memory is the vibration of this place, so loud, so magical. The Page guitar, and Plant Hair, dominated the stage.  I distinctly remember the beginning of Whole Lotta Love...before the vocals..... seems like it went on forever, and the whole place was flowing in the same direction, Robert Plants Hair was all over the place.....Man any time I think of Zeppelin, I think of that prolonged intro into Whole Lotta Love....... and the whole place caught in that wave..... Perfection! As Jack Black said at the Kennedy Center awards, " Best Rock Group Ever"

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AUG 31, 1971 Led Zeppelin by Dawnell Donnelly (not verified)
Yeah I was there! Week by Ace (not verified)
The best I have ever seen by Ron Chancey (not verified)
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LZ at OSS Aug 31 1971 by Paul (not verified)
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A night to remember by David Askins (not verified)
My 1st Live Zep show by Lynn (not verified)
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Zeppelin in Orlando 8/31/71 by Bill (not verified)
Led Zeppelin's 31 August, 1971 Concert in Orlando Fl. by Name Joe Poulos (not verified)
1st Concert by Jerry Griffis (not verified)