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Capital Centre - February 10, 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, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Heartbreaker.
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February 10, 1975
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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, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Heartbreaker.

Note: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Press Reports: Led Zeppelin Delights and Disappoints
Last Monday night, Led Zeppelin destroyed the Capital Centre.

Playing material both old and recent, and several cuts from their upcoming album, Physical Graffiti, the concert was close to rock heaven: with hard-driving guitar work, a powerful rhythm section, amazing vocal performance, flashy, sexual stage presence, solid keyboard and mystic Mellotron playing, and to top it off, a stunning array of stage gimmickry, the Led Zeppelin concert was certainly one of the most exciting and musically com¬plete in Washington in over a year.

But it was also a disappoint¬ment. The problem with Led Zeppelin is that they used to be a blues-rock band, carrying on the tradition they inherited from the Yardbirds. As a blues-rock band, Led Zeppelin made two out¬ standing albums, Led Zeppelin I and Led Zeppelin II, both in 1969, which are classics in that genre.

After achieving commercial success with the second album (helped along with the AM success of "Whole Lotta Love," a grueling six American tours in two years, and an overgrowing FM following), the band almost completely abandoned their Chicago blues roots, and made three albums which attempted to establish their own musical identity.

For the most part, it has been a failure. Led Zeppelin III was acoustically oriented and a disap¬pointment, lacking for at least one stellar effort. Their fourth album had a heavy metal crunch to it, and wasn't a bad album, but just couldn't hold its own against Led Zep I or II. Their last album, Houses of the Holy, was a trendy vinyl (reggae, Mellotrone), and a piece of pretentious garbage.

In context to albums by other good bands, the last three Led Zeppelin discs would be con¬sidered solid works, but con¬sidering that the same band in a blues format had accomplished a good deal more musical creativity and virtuosity, then Led Zeppe¬lin's last three outings have indeed fallen short of fulfilling their potential.

But the magic of Led Zeppelin has been able to keep their blimp from running into the ground. Their five albums have sold more than 11 million copies on Atlantic Records, outselling the Rolling Stones 2 to 1.

They have broken all sorts of concert attendance records, even those set by the Beatles. The Capital Centre con¬cert sold out in a record three hours. In New York, 120,000 tickets for six shows sold in thirty-six hours. Boston was sold out in one hour and twenty minutes. When the tour is com¬ pleted next month, Led Zeppelin will have grossed over 5 million dollars.

But don't let anyone think it wasn't a good concert. On stage were four competent musicians, who used to be four fantastic musicians. For the most part, they played well, but the musical perfections they once were showed clear signs of erosion.

Robert Plant, a disciple of Alexis Korner, is perhaps one of the best blues singers to come out of England. However, his singing of the concert opener "Rock and Roll" was awful. He was weak as well on other songs, but he also sparkled on some, particularly his delivery of "The Song Remains the Same." The stallion-like Plant evoked a stage presence which gave his lyrics greater impact, constantly swaying and flowing with the movements of the songs.

Drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones held together a strong rhythm section. But Bonham's drum solo during "Moby Dick" was rather point-less, despite the eerie sounds created when he hooked up the drumskins to a synthesizer. Jones demonstrated his depth as a musician by handling the key-board chores, which included organ, synthesized piano, synthe¬sizer and Mellotrone (a keyboard apparatus which has all the instruments of the orchestra on tapes).

But certainly it is guitarist. Jimmy Page that is the howitzer shot that made Led Zeppelin heard 'round the world. Playing both the six string and eighteen string guitars, Page filled the Capital Centre with three hours of guitar thunder and lightening. Firing his axe from his crotch, Page sent out scortching solos and frenzied blitzes via a variety of phase shifters', echoplexes, wah¬whas and other gadgets, proving why Mr. Page is one of the most important rock guitarists of the past thirteen years.

But, like the other musicians, Page was inconsistent, often find¬ing progressions in solos leading to nowhere, and being out of step with the others. Typical was "Dazed and Confused," which was both electrifying but yet at times sloppy. It was quite a visual display, as the guitarist tossed aside his pick and played his Gibson with a violin bow.

"Stairway to Heaven," "Black Dog." and "Heartbreaker," were done well, and Page's ripping into the opening chords of "Whole Lotta Love" brought back memories of Led Zeppelin at their best.

For a concert, it was great. For a Led Zeppelin concert it was marginal, a far cry from their performance five years ago at the Meriweather Post Pavilion when they opened the concert for the Who.

But most of the 18,000 at the Capital Centre were seeing Led Zeppelin for the first time, and the sometimes faulty musicianship was so easily diverted by the very presence of the band. Over two dozen engineers bathed the Led Zeppelin in a variety of multi¬colored lights. Concert "toys" were added, including a huge flashing "Led Zeppelin" logo on a backdrop screen, dry ice machines, smoke bombs, flashing lights, mirrors, and, my God, even a laser!

Back in the days when Led Zeppelin remained true to their musical capabilities, one would not find an elaborate concert show. Instead, only the band, their instruments, amps, and a big empty stage.

But those were different time's. People listened to Led Zeppelin then because they played some really great music. Today, people listen to Led Zeppelin because they're, Led Zeppelin. (J.Ramsey|3-75)


Led Zeppelin - A Heavier Than Air Craft For Sure

When Led Zeppelin descended on Washington, 18,700 concert tickets were snapped up in three hours. Some people who could not get tickets vented their disappointment just as, perhaps, disappointed Viennese did when they could not get into a Mozart recital. They threw bottles at the police. The tempestuous behavior by disappointed ticket seekers called to mind the sporadic violence in gas station lines last whiter during the oil embargo, the other recent shortage of a life-sustaining commodity.

Rock music is to the youth culture what gasoline is to the more adult culture: it is that without which life lacks tang. (Courier, Feb 19, 1975)

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Newspaper report:  Led Zeppelin fans start riot

LANDOVER, MD - Several hundred youths trying to crash a sold-out Led Zeppelin concert last night began throwing rocks and hollies at police. Fifteen persons were arrested.

Sgt. Robert Law of the Prince Georges County police said about 70 officers called to the scene were showered with debris. We have several police cars damaged and windshields broken." Sgt. Law said last night. "The tires on a police cruiser were slashed and windows were broken." No injuries were reported.

The concert went on as scheduled inside the Capital Centre. The 18,700 tickets for the show by the British rock group were sold within hours, the fastest sellout in the history of the new arena in suburban Washington D.C.

Sgt. Law said the disturbance was started with "disorderlies trying to crash the gates." (Feb. 1975)

Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Press Reports: Led Zeppelin Delights and Disappoints
Last Monday night, Led Zeppelin destroyed the Capital Centre.

Playing material both old and recent, and several cuts from their upcoming album, Physical Graffiti, the concert was close to rock heaven: with hard-driving guitar work, a powerful rhythm section, amazing vocal performance, flashy, sexual stage presence, solid keyboard and mystic Mellotron playing, and to top it off, a stunning array of stage gimmickry, the Led Zeppelin concert was certainly one of the most exciting and musically com¬plete in Washington in over a year.

But it was also a disappoint¬ment. The problem with Led Zeppelin is that they used to be a blues-rock band, carrying on the tradition they inherited from the Yardbirds. As a blues-rock band, Led Zeppelin made two out¬ standing albums, Led Zeppelin I and Led Zeppelin II, both in 1969, which are classics in that genre.

After achieving commercial success with the second album (helped along with the AM success of "Whole Lotta Love," a grueling six American tours in two years, and an overgrowing FM following), the band almost completely abandoned their Chicago blues roots, and made three albums which attempted to establish their own musical identity.

For the most part, it has been a failure. Led Zeppelin III was acoustically oriented and a disap¬pointment, lacking for at least one stellar effort. Their fourth album had a heavy metal crunch to it, and wasn't a bad album, but just couldn't hold its own against Led Zep I or II. Their last album, Houses of the Holy, was a trendy vinyl (reggae, Mellotrone), and a piece of pretentious garbage.

In context to albums by other good bands, the last three Led Zeppelin discs would be con¬sidered solid works, but con¬sidering that the same band in a blues format had accomplished a good deal more musical creativity and virtuosity, then Led Zeppe¬lin's last three outings have indeed fallen short of fulfilling their potential.

But the magic of Led Zeppelin has been able to keep their blimp from running into the ground. Their five albums have sold more than 11 million copies on Atlantic Records, outselling the Rolling Stones 2 to 1.

They have broken all sorts of concert attendance records, even those set by the Beatles. The Capital Centre con¬cert sold out in a record three hours. In New York, 120,000 tickets for six shows sold in thirty-six hours. Boston was sold out in one hour and twenty minutes. When the tour is com¬ pleted next month, Led Zeppelin will have grossed over 5 million dollars.

But don't let anyone think it wasn't a good concert. On stage were four competent musicians, who used to be four fantastic musicians. For the most part, they played well, but the musical perfections they once were showed clear signs of erosion.

Robert Plant, a disciple of Alexis Korner, is perhaps one of the best blues singers to come out of England. However, his singing of the concert opener "Rock and Roll" was awful. He was weak as well on other songs, but he also sparkled on some, particularly his delivery of "The Song Remains the Same." The stallion-like Plant evoked a stage presence which gave his lyrics greater impact, constantly swaying and flowing with the movements of the songs.

Drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones held together a strong rhythm section. But Bonham's drum solo during "Moby Dick" was rather point-less, despite the eerie sounds created when he hooked up the drumskins to a synthesizer. Jones demonstrated his depth as a musician by handling the key-board chores, which included organ, synthesized piano, synthe¬sizer and Mellotrone (a keyboard apparatus which has all the instruments of the orchestra on tapes).

But certainly it is guitarist. Jimmy Page that is the howitzer shot that made Led Zeppelin heard 'round the world. Playing both the six string and eighteen string guitars, Page filled the Capital Centre with three hours of guitar thunder and lightening. Firing his axe from his crotch, Page sent out scortching solos and frenzied blitzes via a variety of phase shifters', echoplexes, wah¬whas and other gadgets, proving why Mr. Page is one of the most important rock guitarists of the past thirteen years.

But, like the other musicians, Page was inconsistent, often find¬ing progressions in solos leading to nowhere, and being out of step with the others. Typical was "Dazed and Confused," which was both electrifying but yet at times sloppy. It was quite a visual display, as the guitarist tossed aside his pick and played his Gibson with a violin bow.

"Stairway to Heaven," "Black Dog." and "Heartbreaker," were done well, and Page's ripping into the opening chords of "Whole Lotta Love" brought back memories of Led Zeppelin at their best.

For a concert, it was great. For a Led Zeppelin concert it was marginal, a far cry from their performance five years ago at the Meriweather Post Pavilion when they opened the concert for the Who.

But most of the 18,000 at the Capital Centre were seeing Led Zeppelin for the first time, and the sometimes faulty musicianship was so easily diverted by the very presence of the band. Over two dozen engineers bathed the Led Zeppelin in a variety of multi¬colored lights. Concert "toys" were added, including a huge flashing "Led Zeppelin" logo on a backdrop screen, dry ice machines, smoke bombs, flashing lights, mirrors, and, my God, even a laser!

Back in the days when Led Zeppelin remained true to their musical capabilities, one would not find an elaborate concert show. Instead, only the band, their instruments, amps, and a big empty stage.

But those were different time's. People listened to Led Zeppelin then because they played some really great music. Today, people listen to Led Zeppelin because they're, Led Zeppelin. (J.Ramsey|3-75)


Led Zeppelin - A Heavier Than Air Craft For Sure

When Led Zeppelin descended on Washington, 18,700 concert tickets were snapped up in three hours. Some people who could not get tickets vented their disappointment just as, perhaps, disappointed Viennese did when they could not get into a Mozart recital. They threw bottles at the police. The tempestuous behavior by disappointed ticket seekers called to mind the sporadic violence in gas station lines last whiter during the oil embargo, the other recent shortage of a life-sustaining commodity.

Rock music is to the youth culture what gasoline is to the more adult culture: it is that without which life lacks tang. (Courier, Feb 19, 1975)

------------------------------------------------

Newspaper report:  Led Zeppelin fans start riot

LANDOVER, MD - Several hundred youths trying to crash a sold-out Led Zeppelin concert last night began throwing rocks and hollies at police. Fifteen persons were arrested.

Sgt. Robert Law of the Prince Georges County police said about 70 officers called to the scene were showered with debris. We have several police cars damaged and windshields broken." Sgt. Law said last night. "The tires on a police cruiser were slashed and windows were broken." No injuries were reported.

The concert went on as scheduled inside the Capital Centre. The 18,700 tickets for the show by the British rock group were sold within hours, the fastest sellout in the history of the new arena in suburban Washington D.C.

Sgt. Law said the disturbance was started with "disorderlies trying to crash the gates." (Feb. 1975)

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, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Heartbreaker.

Comments

Scott's picture

I attended that show. It was a good show but what I'll remember most is the insanity that surrounded it. I saw people breaking through security to get in. One of our party was a 13-year old girl who had her ticket snatched out of her hand while she was waiting in line. She had to spend the show sitting in my car, watching crowds of people who came without tickets fighting police on horseback. She compared it to a scene from "Planet of the Apes."

Robert's picture

First rock concert I ever saw. My big brother, Alex, had an extra ticket and I lucked out. They were nosebleeds but I didn't mind. It was hard to see the other side after the fog arose LOL That fog made me enjoy the concert even more. I don't know why. I was only 15 at the time and had no knowledge of drugs. Still, it was an awesome show and I became a huge Zeppelin fan after that. I used to be able to tell you every song in order on every side of every album. Can't do THAT anymore.

Scott Jay Regner's picture

The first Led Zeppelin concert I went to at 17 years old. Great concert and saw some heavy duty drug use going on in front of us.
The only other thing I remember about this concert was sleeping in a car in Cap Centre's parking lot overnight to get tickets, waiting for the box office to open. My buddy left early to get in the frigid LONG line for tix.
I hung out in the car somewhat inebriated and around the time the ticket office was to open, I walked around Cap Centre looking at the long ticket lines,...I kept walking around back and another ticket office THAT HAD NO LINE IN FRONT OF IT opened up and I walked right up and bought two tickets. Went back to the car and waited for my bud to show up--I had great seats, he didn',t so he sold his bad tix and went with me.

Donna's picture

My brother has a pristine 2.10.1975 Capital Centre ticket- it looks mint for 32 years! Not one crease or tear. I was 10, so I was too young to go at the time (well, maybe not by some band member's standards...) Naturally, I coveted this ticket for my Zeppelin music room. It is framed along with my original copy of Rolling Stone's Cameron Crowe March 1975 interview with Plant and Page. Sweet.

XRaySpex's picture

This was my 1st concert and I will NEVER forget it! I was 13, and my best friend's dad got us the tickets for the show - 3rd row! We spent ALL DAY before the show just freaking out that we were going to see Led Zeppelin! We picked out our cool clothes because we realized we were going to be close enough that they could see us OMG! That's the kind of crap you think about when you're 13-14. The show was great, there was a riot in the parking lot, and you just couldn't ask for a better first concert experience. I will be forever grateful, that night literally changed my life.

Wanda Mogzec's picture

This was the best concert I attended in my younger days. I was only 18 at that time. I remember that the laser show was awesome!! I wish I could have taken some pictures but they don't let you bring in cameras. This was definitely a night to never forget! Led Zeppelin continues to be my favorite band of all time!

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This could be very good show but the sound is so horrible that makes this bootleg recording for hardcores only. Interesting renditions of Dazed And Confused and Moby Dick, when Bonham thrown a couple of rhythm exercises known from basic structure of Whole Lotta Love ... played later as an usual encore!

Scott's picture

We spent the night at the Cap Center.
By the time the doors opened I had wriggled my way to the front.
Many people who had endured the cold and the croud left with minutes to go. We talked one guy into staying who was beginning to crack from the pressure. To my rememberance you could only purchase ten tickets. I had my choice five in the front row and five in the second row. I could have bought all ten in the front row but we decided to split it. I think they were like dirt cheap back then ten or twenty dollars. I was a Junior in HS @ the time...

Bob's picture

The scene outside was electric, mounted police to control the crowds, people trying to break down the doors, one entrance had to be closed...but the show was phenomenal! Jimmy and the band were in top form. Kashmir and Whole Lotta Love stand out in my memory, and the first time seeing the double-neck live! Saw them there again in '77!

Ann's picture

I camped out too. What a fun night. What a great concert. I remeber burning cop cars in the parking lot when it was over.

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First show! by XRaySpex (not verified)
I was there also by Scott Jay Regner (not verified)
I camped out too. What a fun by Ann (not verified)
First rock concert I ever by Robert (not verified)
Cap Centre February 1975 by Bob (not verified)
I attended that show. It by Scott (not verified)
This was the best concert I by Wanda Mogzec (not verified)