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Birmingham Odeon - December 16, 1972

  • Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, Let's Have a Party, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker.
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on September 22, 2007 - 7:59am
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December 16, 1972
Birmingham
United Kingdom
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Setlist: 

Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, Let's Have a Party, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker.

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UK '72 / '73 Programme

Click here to view the tour programme. (flipbook)

Press Review: Led Zeppelin at the Odeon, New Street, Birmingham

It was, said singer Robert Plant, a “night of calamity” for Led Zeppelin on Saturday. It was the first of the band’s two sell-out concerts in Birmingham and their electric machine, which was supposed to produce a background orchestral sound, did not work.

But that did not worry the audience, once they had overcome their frustration at the 40-minute wait. Pop groups are notorious for being late but this was a longer delay than usual and no apology was given until half-an-hour had elapsed. Then after a cursory apology, the band played for more than two hours and the audience enjoyed every minute of it.

For, despite all the electronic failures, Led Zeppelin were superb. This 23 concert tour is designed reintroduce them to their British fans after a long stay in America. But the fans had not forgotten them and it was no wonder that both concerts were sold out in less than 1 ½ hours.

Although Plant, as singer, fronts the band, the guiding force and most talented performer is Jimmy Page, whose idea it was to form Led Zeppelin four years ago. He must be one of the world’s top five guitarists and even Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck would have had difficulty matching him on Saturday.

He insists, too, on a mixture of music. Some early work and some yet to be recorded… from heavy, sometimes pretentious, but never dull, modern rock to Heartbreak Hotel. It was well worth the wait [RN, Birmingham Post , 12/72]

 

Setlists: 

Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, Let's Have a Party, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker.

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Ian Darby's picture

I was 18 when I saw them at this show. It was my first & last experience of them, despite being a huge fan of their music then and now. As concerts go I thought the music was good, JP was awesome, but felt the show lacked any real energy compared to the other acts I saw around that time e.g. Yes, Black Sabbath, Curved Air, Deep Purple, Family. I do remember a little girl wandering across the stage at one point during the show. I assumed it was one of RP's kids as I think he was the only one to show any interest in her. But its hard to remember after so many years. I do remember a bunch of heavies patrolling in front of the stage and jumping on anyone they felt stepped out of line. A sign of things to come maybe...

I still consider LZ the greatest rock band of all time and enjoy seeing any of the many tribute bands that are around.

Colin's picture

I attended this concert as well. I was in the sixth form at high school in Birmingham at the time. The Odeon wasn't (isn't?) the greatest venue for a rock concert as the sound tends to echo round the walls, but nevertheless this was an awesome experience. I pretty much died of excitement as Page dived into Rock & Roll to open the show!

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A very good show from Robert's hometown. One point of great interest is that early on in The Rain Song John Paul Jones has big problems with the Mellotron, which goes out of tune, and he had to scurry across to the organ and play that instrument for the rest of the song. The first and only time I think in a Led Zeppelin concert, most surprising considering what a precocious instrument the Mellotron is. Dazed And Confused interestingly contains a snippet of the descending riff from In The Light during the final section.

John's picture

I was here or was it tomorrows show? anyway I remember the gig, blew me away, I will treasure my autographed Led Zep III album forever.
Signed by RP himself at his home.
Still play all the albums, never stood a chance for the O2 concert, God Dam, would have loved to have been there.
Come on guys do some more for us old rockers tryin to educate our kids.

trevor stevens's picture

i was at the saturday show, blimy that was along time ago, had left school that year, first big concert, i think i went to the top rank afterwards, how strange !

Pam Brown's picture

Was at gig,15at the time the most amazing band iv ever seen,hav et Planty loads of times since,would love to meet Pagey and say thankyou,absolutely brilliant,

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