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Brighton Dome - December 20, 1972

  • includes: 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, Mystery Train, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker.
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on September 22, 2007 - 8:04am
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December 20, 1972
Brighton
United Kingdom
uk
Setlist: 

includes: 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, Mystery Train, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker.

Note: 
UK '72 / '73 Programme

Click here to view the tour programme. (flipbook)

Press Review: A Night with the Heavies

Led Zeppelin started their career by thrashing out tired old blues riffs at maximum volume. They’re still the heaviest thing on eight legs and judging by last night’s sold-out performance at the Brighton Dome, their fans are still happiest with the same old stuff.

The first half of their maxi-length two-hour set was disappointing. They were too loud and distorted, and at times messy. Robert Plant’s sensual, throaty vocals were often drowned out by the louder numbers and Jimmy page’s incredibly fast guitar runs tended to fuse into one discordant twang.
But the second half was a different story. They warmed up, got into the easier stomping rockers and suddenly everything gelled.

At first, they concentrated on their fourth album, with numbers like Rock and Roll, Black Dog and Misty Mountain Hop, which are undoubtedly their best. But the audience were yelling for older material – notably from their second and best-selling LP. They finished with a medley of these, including Heartbreaker and their theme-song, Whole Lotta Love, with some old 1950’s rock and rollers thrown in. The crowd loved it.

No doubt Zep could return next week and again have no trouble filling the house. [-N. Hough, Argus, 12/21/72]

Notes: 
UK '72 / '73 Programme

Click here to view the tour programme. (flipbook)

Press Review: A Night with the Heavies

Led Zeppelin started their career by thrashing out tired old blues riffs at maximum volume. They’re still the heaviest thing on eight legs and judging by last night’s sold-out performance at the Brighton Dome, their fans are still happiest with the same old stuff.

The first half of their maxi-length two-hour set was disappointing. They were too loud and distorted, and at times messy. Robert Plant’s sensual, throaty vocals were often drowned out by the louder numbers and Jimmy page’s incredibly fast guitar runs tended to fuse into one discordant twang.
But the second half was a different story. They warmed up, got into the easier stomping rockers and suddenly everything gelled.

At first, they concentrated on their fourth album, with numbers like Rock and Roll, Black Dog and Misty Mountain Hop, which are undoubtedly their best. But the audience were yelling for older material – notably from their second and best-selling LP. They finished with a medley of these, including Heartbreaker and their theme-song, Whole Lotta Love, with some old 1950’s rock and rollers thrown in. The crowd loved it.

No doubt Zep could return next week and again have no trouble filling the house. [-N. Hough, Argus, 12/21/72]

Setlists: 

includes: 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, Mystery Train, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker.

Comments

Lenny 	's picture

Flew from Malta just for this day. One of the best days of my life!

Simon's picture

This was the first concert for which I skipped out of school to get tickets - it was a Friday when the tickets went on sale and I only had Economics - the teacher was cool so I got away with it (never told my parents and this is the first time I've gone public!).
I have the program still but not the ticket (tho' I kept it for a long time).
I particularly remember this gig because I stayed after the concert was over and the Dome had this very officious staff who brought the house lights up and tried to get everyone out. But I stayed and joined a few people hanging about the stage... then Robert Plant came out without a microphone and sang Christmas songs with us... I recall Jingle Bells, anyway - can't remember what else... but it was a moment I'll never forget (even if the songs he sung aren't entirely clear).

Dave Wells's picture

In 1972 I was just a tender 15 years with a love of all things on the rock side me and a friend sat in New Rd outside the Dome ticket office for 5 hours queuing to get tickets for the show. On the night it seamed the crowd was made up of older couples (you know in there twenty's) from Sussex University with a far away look in there eyes and hand rolled smokes, come the start Zep rocked the room but seamed to get no reaction from the crowd until about a third way through the set when Robert swore at the room in general for there lack of input and from then on all I can rember is bodies music and sweat a true night to rember!

dave drowley's picture

I had the day off from work for the gig and being a rabid Zepp fan, I thought i'd pop along to the dome in the afternoon just to see if I could catch the band arriving. Some lorries started to turn up and parked up outside the Dome. One of the drivers got out and came over to myself and my mate ( I can't remember his name.) and asked if we would like to help unload the trucks. What!!..are you kidding? Three hours later I was absolutely knackered. Suddenly the stage door opened and in walked Page and Plant closely followed by JPJ straight to the dressing room. No sign off Bonzo. I seem to remember that they were late because of fog and couldn't do a sound check.
Showtime came and my friend and I were allowed to stand side stage to watch the gig. I can distinctly remember Bonzo kicking several shades of shit out of his bass drum during Song remains the same and Pagey playing his guitar over his head during Heartbreaker. It was awesome!
After the show had finished we were helping to pack the gear away when BP fallon came up to us and asked if we would like to meet Page and Plant. OH MY GOD!!! We sat and talked to them for about 30 minutes and they were so down to earth and friendly not at all like you think your idols are going to be.
But my overiding memory is of Bonzo after the gig. He had suddenly turned into Long John Silver and crashed through the stage door shouting "shiver my timbers!" The next thing I know he has driven one of the lorries on to the Dome lawns leaving a massive skid. He then got out of the truck and climbed on top of it still shouting "shiver my timbers" before running of into the night like a monkey on speed. I kid you not.
All in all a great night

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This show is a real gem, sadly only a fragment. It was recorded by a teenager who had little money for cassettes, and he recorded over much of this concert later at a Rory Gallagher concert. What a terrible shame as it was an amazing concert by all accounts.

Name's picture

I remember this well, for Mr Robert Plant kissed me on the forehead during a song. I was sitting on the stage with my back to the band facing the audience when looming above me I saw the most amazing pair of blue eyes and the .... a kisseronie was planted on my third eye. After the gig the roadies drove all over the Pavilion Gardens, tearing them up.

ANDY PAGE's picture

FIRST GIG I WENT TO GREAT SHOW .HAD A FREE TICKET FROM A GIRL NAMED PENNY,THANKS PENNY.

Francis North's picture

I managed to get onto the stage and shook Jimmy Page's hand as he was leaving at the end. The hightlight of my like so far!

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I was at this concert! by Francis North (not verified)
A kiss from Mr Plant by Name (not verified)
THE DOME BRIGHTON DECEMBER 1972 LED ZEPPELIN by ANDY PAGE (not verified)
I was there by Lenny (not verified)
brighton dome 1972 by dave drowley (not verified)