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Nassau Coliseum - February 14, 1975

  • Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, 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, (If You Can't Rock Me intro) Heartbreaker.
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on September 22, 2007 - 5:53pm
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February 14, 1975
Uniondale
NY
United States
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Setlist: 

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, 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, (If You Can't Rock Me intro) Heartbreaker.

Note: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Review: Led Zeppelin Soars in NY

Robert Plant struts back & forth across the front of the stage, dressed in jeans, open shirt and thick yellow hair. Jimmy Page in black and silver glitter, guitar slung way down below his crotch, playing with seemingly the same amount of concentration he would apply to walking. Behind them, the strong rhythm section begins to move into gear – John Bonham on drums, gong, kettle drum and assorted percussive devices, dressed in a Clockwork Orange fashion. To his right, good droog and bassist/keyboard man John Paul Jones, the conservative corner of the group.

Led Zeppelin, the original superstar-heavy rock band; it’s been twenty months since their last NYC area appearance and the prospects of another such absence were enough incentive for fans to wait for days outside the Garden for tickets.
Thousands stormed the Garden, Coliseum and every Ticketron outlet in the vicinity, causing $40,000 worth of damages at Ticketron. Led Zeppelin holds the dubious distinction of causing Ticketron to cancel all future ticket sales to large rock concerts.

Friday night (14th) marked the end of their nationwide tour – six sold out performances is not a feat that can be matched by more than a handful of bands. Zeppelin definitely gave the audience their money’s worth – even those who paid the exorbitant prices of the scalpers. The group performed for three-and-a-half hours and two encores, presenting the audience with a “slice of Led Zeppelin history”. Right from the opening number, Rock & Roll, the audience is captivated by blazing lights and building shaking volume.

Earlier in the tour, lead guitarist Jimmy Page sustained a finger injury, restricting his performance of several songs. For years, he was a studio musician, then lead guitarist with the Yardbirds and eventual founder of Led Zeppelin. Page is the instrumental focus of the group, but on stage he shares the spotlight with lyricist and vocalist Robert Plant, the showman and ham of the group.

At one point, late in the show, a bra was flung on the stage and was promptly picked up by Plant and slung over his shoulder.

The key to their success in concert lies with their willingness to step into their image. While other groups shy away from performing old hits, Zeppelin is concerned not with producing the newest possible show, but the best possible show. They selected songs from each album, including three from the new release, Physical Graffiti. In particular, two of the numbers were the real highlights of the show: No Quarter, from Houses of the Holy, and from the new album, Kashmir.
No Quarter was lengthened into a vehicle for the keyboard talents of John Paul Jones, providing some very mellow, eerie sounds as green bursts of light encircled him.

Kashmir begins slowly, then opens up into a hard driving chorus, enhanced by rhythmically changing floodlights. The end result is an exotic, semi-mystical piece.

No Zeppelin concert would be complete without Moby Dick and a twenty-minute drum solo. Bonham begins his solo with sticks, but later discards them for use of his hands. What he lacks in originality and inventiveness, he more than makes up for in sheer energy. Although some took this opportunity to walk out to the lobby and take a break, Bonham manages to distort, detune and phase the sound of his kettle drums – echoing the rhythms through the various speaker columns.

Because of Page’s finger injury, Dazed & Confused was not performed earlier in the tour and later on was abridged. On Friday night though, Page was in top form and did a half-hour version of it. For years, the song has been the workhorse of the group, allowing Page to run rampant on the guitar, employing various electronic devices and yes – a violin bow! It is during this song that the light show reaches its zenith. Three soft spotlights focus on the lone guitar player, three colored laser beams slash down across the Coliseum, onto the stage. Smoke drifts up from the floor and the lasers sparkle in the path of the spots.

They closed their regular set with their theme song, a song that succeeded, according to Plant, “beyond our wildest expectations”: Stairway to Heaven. [S. Raggio & M. Kaufman / Albany Student Press / Feb. 1975]

Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Review: Led Zeppelin Soars in NY

Robert Plant struts back & forth across the front of the stage, dressed in jeans, open shirt and thick yellow hair. Jimmy Page in black and silver glitter, guitar slung way down below his crotch, playing with seemingly the same amount of concentration he would apply to walking. Behind them, the strong rhythm section begins to move into gear – John Bonham on drums, gong, kettle drum and assorted percussive devices, dressed in a Clockwork Orange fashion. To his right, good droog and bassist/keyboard man John Paul Jones, the conservative corner of the group.

Led Zeppelin, the original superstar-heavy rock band; it’s been twenty months since their last NYC area appearance and the prospects of another such absence were enough incentive for fans to wait for days outside the Garden for tickets.
Thousands stormed the Garden, Coliseum and every Ticketron outlet in the vicinity, causing $40,000 worth of damages at Ticketron. Led Zeppelin holds the dubious distinction of causing Ticketron to cancel all future ticket sales to large rock concerts.

Friday night (14th) marked the end of their nationwide tour – six sold out performances is not a feat that can be matched by more than a handful of bands. Zeppelin definitely gave the audience their money’s worth – even those who paid the exorbitant prices of the scalpers. The group performed for three-and-a-half hours and two encores, presenting the audience with a “slice of Led Zeppelin history”. Right from the opening number, Rock & Roll, the audience is captivated by blazing lights and building shaking volume.

Earlier in the tour, lead guitarist Jimmy Page sustained a finger injury, restricting his performance of several songs. For years, he was a studio musician, then lead guitarist with the Yardbirds and eventual founder of Led Zeppelin. Page is the instrumental focus of the group, but on stage he shares the spotlight with lyricist and vocalist Robert Plant, the showman and ham of the group.

At one point, late in the show, a bra was flung on the stage and was promptly picked up by Plant and slung over his shoulder.

The key to their success in concert lies with their willingness to step into their image. While other groups shy away from performing old hits, Zeppelin is concerned not with producing the newest possible show, but the best possible show. They selected songs from each album, including three from the new release, Physical Graffiti. In particular, two of the numbers were the real highlights of the show: No Quarter, from Houses of the Holy, and from the new album, Kashmir.
No Quarter was lengthened into a vehicle for the keyboard talents of John Paul Jones, providing some very mellow, eerie sounds as green bursts of light encircled him.

Kashmir begins slowly, then opens up into a hard driving chorus, enhanced by rhythmically changing floodlights. The end result is an exotic, semi-mystical piece.

No Zeppelin concert would be complete without Moby Dick and a twenty-minute drum solo. Bonham begins his solo with sticks, but later discards them for use of his hands. What he lacks in originality and inventiveness, he more than makes up for in sheer energy. Although some took this opportunity to walk out to the lobby and take a break, Bonham manages to distort, detune and phase the sound of his kettle drums – echoing the rhythms through the various speaker columns.

Because of Page’s finger injury, Dazed & Confused was not performed earlier in the tour and later on was abridged. On Friday night though, Page was in top form and did a half-hour version of it. For years, the song has been the workhorse of the group, allowing Page to run rampant on the guitar, employing various electronic devices and yes – a violin bow! It is during this song that the light show reaches its zenith. Three soft spotlights focus on the lone guitar player, three colored laser beams slash down across the Coliseum, onto the stage. Smoke drifts up from the floor and the lasers sparkle in the path of the spots.

They closed their regular set with their theme song, a song that succeeded, according to Plant, “beyond our wildest expectations”: Stairway to Heaven. [S. Raggio & M. Kaufman / Albany Student Press / Feb. 1975]

Setlists: 

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, 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, (If You Can't Rock Me intro) Heartbreaker.

Comments

Debbie's picture

I was at this concert with my best friend and my brother (and his friends) The audience was mesmerized....especially when Jimmy took out his bow and played his guitar. If Led Zep wasnt playing you could hear a pindrop....The best band ever!!

tom's picture

my first concert i ever saw.....to this day,my best valentine's day ever..lol

Andrew's picture

Man, the raw energy that came out of this( in my opinion) was fantastic. I wish i could've been around for this tour and just Zeppelin being around, but hearing the St. Valentines Day Massacre bootleg is incredible. just raw, uncut Zep

Rich Weksberg's picture

My first concert!

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This is a magical show ... one of the best from 1975! The Valentine's Day reflected Plant to some special comments tonight about the Pagans: "Today is one of the last of the pagan traditions that is carried on into the 20th Century. It's the day for sowing the wild seeds. In fact, now they call it St. Valentine's Day ... so, happy St. Valentine's Day. I think we should dedicate this show to St. Valentine." Since I've Been Loving You is played for the first time out of three on this tour and the playing and energy of this show make it a real special concert. Plant: "Who knows what it's gonna sound like, but it's something we really used to dig playing." No Quarter is great and Dazed And Confused is beyond words. The encores are funky and long, and the rare second encore of Heartbreaker has a long blues interlude inserted in Jimmy's solo.

Name's picture

Dude! This was MY first concert also! Where are you from? I was in 8th grade at the time.

Mike

Jimmy's picture

Me & Andrea , Kurt & His Date had 20th row seats. I got the tickets @ Smithaven Mall in Smithtown/Selden, Long Isl. There was a mob @ the front of Macys/Ticketmaster that A.M. when tckts went on sale. People pushed the crowd thru the giant glass doors of Macys as they weren't open yet at 9am. I saw people crash thru the glass jewelery cases as they were pushed off the escalator. Also I was pinned to the ticket counter as the crowd pushed into the small tiny office where Tickmaster was located. A fellow high school buddy Tom Busiello lent me $15 so I could get 4 tickets.The concert was amazing. Bonzo played without drumsticks(Plant made the announcement to the crowd). Ron Wood also played w/ Zep that night. I must admit we dropped hits of THC that night. Unforgettable event

Steve's picture

I was there with friends! We found board tapes of this show online! Great show!

Daniel J. Vena's picture

I got to see my favorite band this night, something I will never forget.

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