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Hard Rock - December 8, 1972

  • 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. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, It's Your Thing, Bottle Up and Go, Let That Boy Boogie, Say Mama, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown.
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on September 22, 2007 - 7:51am
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December 8, 1972
Manchester
United Kingdom
uk
Setlist: 

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. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, It's Your Thing, Bottle Up and Go, Let That Boy Boogie, Say Mama, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown.

Setlists: 

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. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, It's Your Thing, Bottle Up and Go, Let That Boy Boogie, Say Mama, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown.

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Gareth Jones's picture

When tickets went on sale for this tour, my mate and me had a cunning plan.
On the morning of sale we both got a train to Liverpool, (from St.Helens) to queue at the Empire.

Our plan was simple but doomed to failure.
After getting tickets for Liverpool we would then get the train from Lime Street (Liverpool) to Manchester.

We would then go to the Hardrock (bearing in mind that we didn't have a clue where it was) and get tickets for this show.

No chance - but this is what actually happened.

Once we were in the Liverpool Empire queue I went to the train station to get 2 train tickets from Liverpool to Manchester.

Back in the queue we got talking to others and explained our plan.
The box office was only opening at 10am and one of the other people said he was going into Liverpool town centre - to the ticket office (Whitworths I think but not sure) to get some tickets for Rory Gallagher.

This would be open at 9am so at this time he left, we kept his place.

Shortly after he returned and said to us "If you are after tickets for Zeppelin at Manchester they are selling them at the record shop"

Quickly grabbing my mates cash I run the fastest I've ever run in my life and got to the record shop - no one around / no queues.

Inside the shop was empty - very strange - I went to the counter and asked the lady "have you got tickets for Led Zeppelin at the Manchester Hardrock?"

She replied "Yes - how many would you like"

I couldn't believe my ears - I bought just two and had to pay an extra 25p per ticket 'booking fee' - I think price was £2.25 each.

I then walked back to the Empire - could not believe what had happened - was I dreaming?

At 10am the box office opened and soon after we both had tickets for Liverpool.

How cool were we - tickets for both shows.

The hardest part was trying to get our money back for the 2 train tickets to Manchester that we now no longer needed.

We did get our money back and when the date for the show in Manchester came we both went really early because we didn't know where the Hardrock was.

This show remains the best that I have ever seen Zep play live.

From the opening Rock and Roll they were brilliant - all the songs fantastic including new ones from the yet un-released 5th album.

I thought Dancing Days was so good - the only accoustic number was Tangerine.

Plant, Jones and Bonham were the same as on the previous tour (i.e excellent) but Page was better - no beard, curly hair, strutting around he reminded me of Marc Bolan.

The stage was quite wide and Jimmy must have covered every square inch of it - he never stopped moving all night.

Not sure if the last number before the encores was Whole Lotta Love or Stairway - they did two encores and were on fire - the best show ever.

Not got my ticket from the show (you got half back) because I sent it off for a free gift - this turned out to be a cardboard fold out.
Inside there are four windows, each containing a photo of each band member. Four windows on a house (Houses of the Holy?).
I still have this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After the show we went into another part of the building were there was a disco!!
We stayed untill 2am in the morning when it closed and were kicked out.
It was freezing cold - no buses and no money for taxis. Walked back to city centre but got moved on by police.

Ended up on Victoria Station - in a train drivers hut on one of the platforms. There were no trains to St.Helens untill morning, so we stayed in the hut all night - there was a 3 bar electric fire but we couldn't sleep - so excited by the concert.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A very energetic and fiery show. The instrumental machine is on a roll and Robert' though careful with the range of his voice, is still extremely powerful and high. The rowd is noisy so it leaded Plant to the statement: "Every time we come to Manchester, there's a lot of people shouting out." Dazed And Confused is a slick and incredible version and Jimmy outplays himself in his solo from Since I've Been Loving You. The medley is very fast and spontaneous and there's a nice selection of encores, played with guts.

John Benney's picture

Travelled from Plymouth to Manchester in Austin A110 Westminster for this concert, burnt more oil than petrol to get there, Fantastic Concert, what a sound these guys could produce!
after 35 years past, the sound has never been bettered by other bands or by modern sound equipment.
Some things that happen during your life realy make a lasting impression & this was sure the one for me!
Remember after concert there was thick fog for journey back to digs, had to lean out of car window to see white line in the road, mate was doing same on passengers side to shout where the kerb was, but i could'nt hear him,ears ringing to much from concert!
Great Memories, hope '02 concert is as good, sure it will be!!

David Owens's picture

Although the concert was nearly 35 years ago, I can still remember the incredible sound the band produced, especially the sound produced Jimmy Page's violin bow. My ears are still ringing.

Paul Wood's picture

I worked round the corner from The Hard Rock at H & J Quicks on what is now Sir Matt Busby Way in 1972 it was called Warwick Road. 8th December was a Friday night and one of my friends 18th birthday so what better way to ccelebrate. I remember standing right at the back near where the glass wall seperated the concert room from the bar. Led Zeppelin didn't disappoint. Great gig! On leaving the Hard Rock the fog had come down, so much so you couldn't see further than the person next to you. Feeling qui reaxed and merry I said this the left turn we need to get onto Chester Road for the bus home. I wasn't it was the drive leading up to the steps and main door of the local cop shop. At the top of the steps stood a large fella in a police uniform who informed us we should go back down the path and take the next left hand turn, which we did. Don't forget it was really foggy. On taking the next turn left we ended up at the foot of the same steps with the same copper now starting to believe we were taking the p***., which we weren't. And having finally found the bus stop we arrived back in Manchester Piccadilly. Seen a great band, celebrated my my 18th birthday and didn't get arrested. Fast forward 20 years to the winter of 1992 you are sat in a hire van going to do a 12 hour shift at Eurodisney, Paris. You are sat with your headphones connected to your walkman listing to Led Zeppelin I. A young fella next to you nudges you and asks "What are you listening to?" "Led Zep" says I. "He's my uncle" "Who is" I asked. "John Bonham the drummer in Led Zeppelin"  says the fella to my right. And he was the fella was Mark Bonham and what a nice fella he was, not because, as the contract came to an end he lent me £50.00 to get back to Manchester, which I returned to him. So I'm sure if I would have ever met John 'Bonzo' Bonham I would have met a really nice gentleman for this is what Mark Bonham was and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree does it! Keep an open mind for truly strange things do happen if you allow the stream it's course.

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