Skip directly to content

Starkers Royal Ballroom - December 2, 1971

  • Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Bottle Up and Go, Heartbeat, Hello Mary Lou, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, I Can't Quit You Baby), Communication Breakdown (incl. Turn On Your Lovelight), Weekend, It'll Be Me.
srapallo's picture
on September 21, 2007 - 4:23pm
Rate this show: 
Average: 4.9 (27 votes)
December 2, 1971
Bournemouth
United Kingdom
uk
Setlist: 

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Bottle Up and Go, Heartbeat, Hello Mary Lou, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, I Can't Quit You Baby), Communication Breakdown (incl. Turn On Your Lovelight), Weekend, It'll Be Me.

Setlists: 

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Bottle Up and Go, Heartbeat, Hello Mary Lou, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, I Can't Quit You Baby), Communication Breakdown (incl. Turn On Your Lovelight), Weekend, It'll Be Me.

Comments

Hazel Strand's picture

I was a 14 year old school girl desperate to get close to Robert Plant. We bought a bottle of Leibfraumilch for £2 to drink there. There weren't any seats there and you could get right up to the stage. Robert shared the bottle with us and we were in heaven!

Oh yeah and the music was amazing!

Andrew green's picture

I was 15 and can remember zeppelin at the royal ballrooms like yesterday. A load of us went from a local school and some of us who were too stoned never got in. The atmosphere was buzzing, everyone shaking their heads through a cannabis cloud. Probably one of the loudest concerts I have ever been to. Talk about value for money, once they came on they played and played. Can't believe the tickets were a quid then!
That was the first time and I am still a zeppelin fan 42 yrs later.

Dave Heath's picture

I was there also,my mate Pete Ray,got the tickets,and was I glad I went,what a show.We were at the front,and was the best live show ive ever seen.

Russ Gannicott's picture

Several highlights of this show - Robert's exclamation of 'my god is this Bournemouth' when he walked out on stage implies a rather masterful misbooking at the hands of the genius Mel Bush! Apologies from Robert about his voice owing to a cold brought about a quick response - several packets of tissues were thrown onto the stage. And finally, the impromptu rendition of a few bars of 'Johnny Reggae' by Jimmy and Robert caused much amusement. Neddless to say musically the show was amazing, and the intimacy of such a tiny venue created a very special atmosphere. Most people in Bournemouth, to this day, do not believe that Led Zeppelin played at what is now the O2 Academy at the very height of their career!

Ian Lavender's picture

I attended this concert and even had the poster to go with it. Unfortunately that got ruined as time went on. I do have one of John Bonhams sticks though. I remember it being a great concert and although it was December outside, it was absoloutly baking inside and I'm sure there was far to many people in there for it to be safe. I remember worrying about that at the time. A wonderful experience, never the less.

Neil Drewitt's picture

Yes, I was there and it was utterly amazing. Probably the best show by a major rock band that I've ever seen and during the 1970s I saw most acts. Such an odd choice of venue in retrospect, especially given that stadium-rock was around the corner and small gigs such as this soon became rarities until punk came along. Boscombe Ballroom is still there unlike it's bigger local competitor, the now demolished - and sadly missed - Bournemouth Winter Gardens.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This show equals the other shows on this short tour of the UK. Dazed And Confused is another winner, with another version of the theme from Shaft (we thus have three now), which served as a precursor to The Crunge in 1972 and the "funk" part of the piece in 1973 onwards. The Whole Lotta Love medley is also very inspired. Truckin' Little Mama was obviously thrown in by Robert and the rest of the band scramble to follow along. Half way through Rock And Roll Robert Plant is left without any musical backup and sings a few notes alone. This was due to equipment failure. A couple of great encores closing this recording.

Urs's picture

I was there ! 17 years old student from Switzerland...
and I will never forget it..

Tom's picture

Hi

I'm doing a local history project at Bournemouth University about the Boscombe ballroom.

I was wondering if there was anything more you could tell me about events like this.

Cheers

Tom

Les Fry's picture

I was there great concert. If you go on you tube you can find an audio recording of the concert

Post new comment

Plain text

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Refresh Type the characters you see in this picture. Type the characters you see in the picture; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.  Switch to audio verification.

Memorabilia:

[{"parent":{"title":"Get on the list!","body":" Get exclusive\u00a0official\u00a0Led Zeppelin news and announcements. ","field_newsletter_id":"9697319","field_label_list_id":"5720","field_display_rates":"0","field_preview_mode":"false","field_lbox_height":"","field_lbox_width":"","field_toaster_timeout":"60000","field_toaster_position":"From Top","field_turnkey_height":"1000","field_mailing_list_params_toast":"&autoreply=no","field_mailing_list_params_se":"&autoreply=no"}}]

Comments

Who are you? by Tom (not verified)
Boscombe Ballrooms December 1971 by Les Fry (not verified)
I was there also,my mate by Dave Heath (not verified)
1st time I saw led zeppelin by Andrew green (not verified)
I attended this concert and by Ian Lavender (not verified)
Several highlights of this by Russ Gannicott (not verified)
Led Zeppelin at Boscombe Ballroom in Dec 1971 by Neil Drewitt (not verified)
Boscombe Ballrooms show by Hazel Strand (not verified)