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Capitol Theatre - December 12, 1972

  • includes: Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let's Have a Party, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You, Going Down Slow), Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Mellotron solo ~ Thank You, The Ocean.
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on September 22, 2007 - 7:56am
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December 12, 1972
Cardiff
United Kingdom
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Setlist: 

includes: Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let's Have a Party, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You, Going Down Slow), Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Mellotron solo ~ Thank You, The Ocean.

Setlists: 

includes: Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let's Have a Party, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You, Going Down Slow), Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Mellotron solo ~ Thank You, The Ocean.

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Graeme Hamilton Knight's picture

I was there with my friend Simon Meiklejohn, who was wearing his Hells Angels gear (despite him having a blonde pageboy haircut and not yet needing to shave) I was also going out with his sister at the time. It was just after the release of IV. My main memory was of the ripped black cloth backdrop and the cinema seating (it was,after all,primarily a cinema).Doesnt seem possible now that they would play two dates in Cardiff in 1972 which was officially the arse end of Nowhere in those days. Can anyone jog my memory of that night? Mine is forgiveably slightly dim (I was 16 at the time,Im now 51 and still a fan)

Chris's picture

I can't remember whether I was at the 11th or 12th concert, I remember that Stairway to Heaven was my favorite that night and surprised there was no Communication Breakdown. The first two albums being my favorites. Certainly one of the best atmospheres I've ever experienced at a rock concert. Hello Russel.....

Argenteum Astrum's picture

Only last few songs were recorded. The Whole Lotta Love medley is played by passion and the atmosphere is so good that the band tretated the audience with Old McDonald Had A Farm beofre as they launched to Immigrant Song. A very nice version of Thank You closing this evening.

Mike Sullivan's picture

I was 19 at the time and can remember the concert well it was one of their best on the tour because of the Welsh crowds passion. It started in darkness with “Bonzo” Bonham’s relentless, thundering drum intro to Rock and Roll before the stage lit up.Jimmy Page slashed his majestic guitar riffs through the air, John Paul Jones thumped his bass. My mouth stood open as the stage lit up to Robert Plant, bare chested shaking his shaggy mane like a lion on the pull, as he prowled the stage, cranking his voice effortlessly up to full-volume falsetto screech. The highlight was Dazed and Confused as Page using a cello bow on his guitar sent sparks through the air. I still have the ticket and have written one word on the back "incredible" . The Capitol was a great venue, very intimate, but still holding 2000 fans. It was the biggest cinema in Great Britain when built in 1921and by the time it closed in 1978 everyone who were anyone had appeared there. Even the Beatles chose to play their final UK concert there. The only band on a par with Zep were Sabbath who were awesome at the Cap. Great days. I must take issue with Graeme Hamilton Knight,s comment "Doesn't seem possible now that they would play two dates in Cardiff in 1972 which was officially the arse end of Nowhere in those days". Graham, they played two sell out (naturally) gigs because of the demand from Welsh fans. Cardiff has never ever been the arse end of anywhere, perhaps your memory is more than dim. Hear Cardiff is under consideration for a 2008 concert which would be awesome. If you can get a ticket Graeme come to Cardiff its still the greatest place on earth ask the football fans.

Howard Jones's picture

I still remember the utter excitement of it and then my hands being sore for a week after all the applauding.
What an event. The Capitol was a very large cinema, but in the shape of a near semi-circle, so no-one was very far from the stage - saw loads of gigs there and all had an intimate feel.
In those days, of course, there were no idiots holding up mobile phones to video it and obstruct the view. That really annoys me. Watch the concert, not a small screen, you tits!

Lee Stapleford's picture

I went to this gig with my friend Howard Coughlin. We were both fifteen. It is still the best gig I have attended. We got to the gig early and hung around backstage. There was no security. We were able to get to the side of the stage and "worship" the equipment. We didn't set foot on the stage, too much respect (how times have changed). Eventually a man, much taller than us (we were only kids) arrived carrying four cases of beer. He was very friendly. We kept asking if he was a roadie, a journalist, or, just a friend of the band. He was really good humoured and eventually said "let's put it this way - wherever they go, I go". We told him how lucky he was before he said that we shouldn't really be there and should leave before a jobsworth arrived. We thanked him and hung around at the stage door. I don't remember JPG arriving but eventually Page and Plant drew up in an ancient American car. Robert Plant joked "how does he do it?" as he manoeuvred the cumbersome car into a corner.
As they walked the short distance to the door I tried to touch Jimmy Page's shoulder (he was wearing a plain brown suit and looked like a teacher). From nowhere, a giant appeared, warning me to "mind the quality".
Later, during the gig (Page had changed into a white show-suit with black shirt and lace tie), everyone cleared out of the way for the drum solo. Then we realised. The big, friendly guy from the afternoon was John Bonham. We didn't recognize him because his hair looked dark in the photographs we had seen. We now know that the group had spent time, earlier that year, in Australia and Japan, hence the effect of the sun. We still talk about it. I don't remember them singing old McDonald had a farm, but it was so exciting. They did play the Ocean though.
At the end, just before the encore (Thank You) Robert Plant said - "Cardiff, it's three years since we last came to play for you; I promise it won't be three years before we see you again". He spoke the truth. It's been thirty seven years and still counting. I hope they don't leave it too long.

Paul Lucas's picture

i thought they ended with the then un-released The Ocean, with Robert saying something like "This is about you". 

gone back to the roots's picture

17 years of age, still grieving over the Beatles breakup and i turned up at Cardiff capitol theatre with my friend and  £1.00 ticket. I was stunned by the power and musicianship of these guys, it was my first live concert and didn't know what to expect. I took my seat downstairs about 10 rows back, room darkened lights flickered, then the opening bars to "rocknroll" almost blew my levi denim jacket off my back, the sound was unbelievable, i could feel the bass and drums thumping through my chest, my hair was standing on end, my mouth was wide open, eyes popping, it was an almost religious experience. i remember Robert Plant with his arm around Jimmy Page, who joined him in a "Frankie Vaughn style high kicking show bizz style during the lotta love medley

I've seen dozens of super bands over the years,but nothing comes close to the effect Led Zeppelin had on me in that tiny theatre in Cardiff. I still had the programme and ticket untill i moved out of my mothers home yrs later..wonderfull memories,, even the 6 mile walk in freezing rain at 2. o clock in the morning from the rail station could not dampen my passion.

Lyndon's picture

It would be great to see footage of this live performance. Please let me know if it becomes available. Having been on the front row I remember it as one of the best live performances I have ever seen.

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