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Civic Arena (Pittsburgh) - February 1, 1975

  • Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown.
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on September 22, 2007 - 5:02pm
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Average: 4.9 (41 votes)
February 1, 1975
Pittsburgh
PA
United States
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Setlist: 

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown.

Note: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

Click here to view the North American '75 Tour Programme (flipbook)

REVIEW: "A Cold Flaws Zeppelin,But the Legend Still Lives"

WHEN GUITARIST Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant are in top form, the music of Led Zeppelin possesses an awesome power. Friday night's Zeppelin concert in Pittsburgh's Civic Arena fell short of what could have been. But, the British quartet is such a fine band that even less than best is still awfully good.

Early in the more than two-and-one half hour show, which drew 15,000, Zeppelin performed a new composition, "Sick Again," from their forthcoming two-album release.

The song was an appropriate choice for the band. Plant, who normally has an incredibly high range, was suffering from a cold.

PRIOR TO the concert he had promoters combing Pittsburgh grocery stores in search of honey for his throat.

And if Plant finally did get his honey, it didn't seem to help his voice.
He sang in a lower range. This, coupled with the fact his voice was cracking and came across like the gravely Rod Stewart's, seriously flawed the show.

But the patrons who had paid as high as $8.50 a seat didn't seem to let this bother them. They went to see a modern rock legend and that they did see.

PLANT made a nice, if often unsuccessful, attempt at trying to keep his vocals as close to the recorded versions as possible. Former Yardbird Page lived up to his reputation as a virtuoso lead guitarist.

He was into his flashy guitar runs almost immediately. His playing throughout the night merited the silver stars that he wore on his pants legs.

After opening with "Rock and Roll" and blending that number into "Sick Again," Plant greeted the crowd.

He told them the band intended to cover the spectrum of the changes it has been through in the past six and one-half years. To represent this time span, Zeppelin offered "In My Time of Dying," an electric blues from the new album, "Physical Graffiti," due in three weeks: "Over the Hills and Far Away, from the "Houses of the Holy" LP, and tastes of early albums.

John Paul Jones, bassist-keyboard man, was featured on mellotron on "Kashmir" a new one. Drummer John Bonham had the spotlight on "Moby Dick," from "Led Zeppelin II."

He turned in a first-rate solo, but it was too long, serving as a not-so-sly way for the other members of the group to leave the stage for a break.
The band returned to present a, selection from the first album, and conclude with the Zeppelin classic, "Stairway to Heaven." If any song emphasized Plant's ailing voice, it was this one.

An encore brought a medley including "Whole Lot of Love" and "Black Dog." A second encore had the band into "Communication Breakdown."

Lighting and staging were superb. (By REX RUTKOSKI, Feb. 1975)

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Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

Click here to view the North American '75 Tour Programme (flipbook)

REVIEW: "A Cold Flaws Zeppelin,But the Legend Still Lives"

WHEN GUITARIST Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant are in top form, the music of Led Zeppelin possesses an awesome power. Friday night's Zeppelin concert in Pittsburgh's Civic Arena fell short of what could have been. But, the British quartet is such a fine band that even less than best is still awfully good.

Early in the more than two-and-one half hour show, which drew 15,000, Zeppelin performed a new composition, "Sick Again," from their forthcoming two-album release.

The song was an appropriate choice for the band. Plant, who normally has an incredibly high range, was suffering from a cold.

PRIOR TO the concert he had promoters combing Pittsburgh grocery stores in search of honey for his throat.

And if Plant finally did get his honey, it didn't seem to help his voice.
He sang in a lower range. This, coupled with the fact his voice was cracking and came across like the gravely Rod Stewart's, seriously flawed the show.

But the patrons who had paid as high as $8.50 a seat didn't seem to let this bother them. They went to see a modern rock legend and that they did see.

PLANT made a nice, if often unsuccessful, attempt at trying to keep his vocals as close to the recorded versions as possible. Former Yardbird Page lived up to his reputation as a virtuoso lead guitarist.

He was into his flashy guitar runs almost immediately. His playing throughout the night merited the silver stars that he wore on his pants legs.

After opening with "Rock and Roll" and blending that number into "Sick Again," Plant greeted the crowd.

He told them the band intended to cover the spectrum of the changes it has been through in the past six and one-half years. To represent this time span, Zeppelin offered "In My Time of Dying," an electric blues from the new album, "Physical Graffiti," due in three weeks: "Over the Hills and Far Away, from the "Houses of the Holy" LP, and tastes of early albums.

John Paul Jones, bassist-keyboard man, was featured on mellotron on "Kashmir" a new one. Drummer John Bonham had the spotlight on "Moby Dick," from "Led Zeppelin II."

He turned in a first-rate solo, but it was too long, serving as a not-so-sly way for the other members of the group to leave the stage for a break.
The band returned to present a, selection from the first album, and conclude with the Zeppelin classic, "Stairway to Heaven." If any song emphasized Plant's ailing voice, it was this one.

An encore brought a medley including "Whole Lot of Love" and "Black Dog." A second encore had the band into "Communication Breakdown."

Lighting and staging were superb. (By REX RUTKOSKI, Feb. 1975)

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Setlists: 

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Jeff Deluca's picture

Yes, Zepp. did play 2 nights at the Pittsburgh civic arena that Febuary the 1&2 .The only way to get tickets was through mail-in to Natoinal Record Marts,the response was so great they had to add a second show.The civic arena only held 15,ooo people and they got over 40,ooo response's. I was at the show on Feb. 1, floor seating about 30 rows back from the stage if memory serves me right.Sitting there looking at that stage setup gave ya chills.Plant and Page where a bit layed back,being Page had a broken finger and Plant had tha flu. PLant souned like Rod Sterwart his voice was so crackly. Between song's you could see him going to the side of the stage and taking a drink,news paper the next day in thier review of the show said it was hot tea & honey for his throat.Paper also said Bonham's half hour drum solo was to give them time to recuop. The song's "Kashmire", "In my time of dy'ing","Trampled under foot","Sick again "where un-none since "Physical Graffiti would not be released for 3 more week's.Second encore was a powerhouse version of "Communactoin brakedown".

Lisa Robbins's picture

I was there! I have been getting into Zep lately got their new CD with the DVD oh Jimmy Page looks so good . then just got Rolling Stone and he is 63 with white hair He still looks GOOOD
I was there it was my senior year. My class chose "Stairway to Heaven" as our class song. I cant remember a whole lot of the show by I will never forget the opening of the Dome of the Civic Arena and releasing all those doves to the Pittsburgh sky. I will never forget that , in those days of going to concerts all the time who would have known that all these bands would ever be this big. Led Zeppelin is my all time favorite and I hope I get the opportunity to see them again.

George Snydermann's picture

Wow! I was there, and as I review my memories here, I have the ticket stub in my hand to prove it. I had just turned 19 two weeks earlier, and got a last minute ticket. It was behind the stage, and as the band began the show with "Rock and Roll," I was a bit disappointed. Being behind the stage, the acoustics were not quite right. I moved around to the other side, to the left and front of the stage, and up a few sections. Thanks to one of the ushers, I was able to sit in one of the aisles, and the magic was on. Robert Plant, shirt open and bare-chested, with his arm out to the side, twirled his fingers and wrist, and led us all with his wailing voice. Jimmy had his black bell-bottoms on, with the silver star and moon.
We were all eager to hear the opening bass for the first notes of "Dazed and Confused." But it never came. What I didn't know at the time was that Jimmy was nursing an injury to one of his fingers, and the song was pushed aside.
When the first notes of "No Quarter" came out of the amps, I knew we were seeing and hearing something that would hypnotise all. The band seemed to float, as the fog rolled out across the stage and into the crowd. Fantastic! And Bonzo on "Moby Dick" was truly unbelieveable.
I don't remember the dome being opened for the show, or releasing doves. After all, it was February, and a bit cold to open the dome.
A few years later, 1977, I had ten tickets for row G, from the stage. But sadly for Robert and his family, his son Karac passed away a few days before, and the show was cancelled.
But, it was a very special Saturday night in February 1975, and the sights and sounds of the world's greatest rock and roll band will stay with me, for all time.
Eddie

Leslie's picture

Jeff - not sure when this post was written, but any chance you're willing to sell your memorabilia from this show?

rich's picture

I share your love for Zep and would love to hear more details of that concert. I live in Pgh and we were freshman in high school whem they announced that they were doing a North American Tour and then Bonham died! We were totally bummed! What part of the burgh did you grow up in?

jeff Deluca's picture

Leslie: my memorabilia from this show is in a frame with memorablia from other zep shows i saw hanging on the wall. Not ready to part with it just yet { though my wife would love nothing better}.i'm on a crusade to find a ticket stub from the Feb.2 show,since it was added and not on the tour schedule .Seems i'm the only one that remembers them adding the second show.With 16 thousand tickets sold someone had to keep one.You woudn't have one or know of someone? so i can rest in peace.

Allen Latherow's picture

You must"ve been trippin man    there was no Feb 2 show    I went  to and have my ticket stubb  from Feb 1   and there was NO Dazed and Confuzed   It was How Many More times   

 

 

 

Putty's picture

I was also there and they didn't play Dazed & Confused due to Page's injury, but they played How Many More Times and stretched out quite a bit on that one.  You are also correct about the roof, it was quite cold that night and there were no doves present.  I do believe that they released doves when they played Pittsburgh in 1973 at Three Rivers.

billy's picture

Sorry only 1 show in Pgh this year. All signs point to it. There's simply no proof out there written, typed, physical, on band itinerary or otherwise. Plus there was a sports event conflict on the 2nd of Feb.

Ken Krell's picture

I remember Jimmy Page using a violin bow  and pointing to the speakers as the sound would go from right to left.

Ron's picture

I was 16 yrs old.

There are 3 things I remember  FOR SURE about the show.

1 Robert Plant's voice was like Rod Stewart's because of a cold/sort throat.

2 They did "How Many More Times" in place of Dazed and Confused." 

3 They did NOT open the Civic Arena dome...

 

I don't remember there being a second show. Feb 1, 1975 only...

I heard they let a bunch of doves loose at the 1973 Three Rivers Stadium show, but don't remember them being let loose at this show...

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I was there... GREAT show! by Ron (not verified)
Whole Lotta Love by Ken Krell (not verified)
You must"ve been trippin man by Allen Latherow (not verified)
I was also there and they by Putty (not verified)
Zep stuff by jeff Deluca (not verified)
Jeff - not sure when this by Leslie (not verified)
2 -nights by Jeff Deluca (not verified)
Zeppelin Reigns Supreme In Pittsburgh by George Snydermann (not verified)
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1975 Pittsburgh Pa Civic Arena by Lisa Robbins (not verified)