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Subiaco Oval - February 16, 1972

  • Setlists during this tour include: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (medley).
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February 16, 1972
Perth
Australia
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Setlist: 

Setlists during this tour include: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (medley).

Note: 

Click here to view the 1972 Australian tour programme
(flipbook)

Reviews / Press:  Heavy Rock - With Discipline, by John Bryant
The West Australian | February 17, 1972

Perth has probably never seen a concert quite like it. Certainly, a Festival of Perth attraction has never been so "heavy". That Led Zeppelin rock group's only concert at Subiaco Oval last night at the beginning of an Australian Tour was unique. The pelting rhythm and distinctive brackets of the group - consisting of electric guitarist Jimmy Page, organist John Paul Jones, drummer John Bonham and lead vocalist Robert Plant - were different from any rock group that has appeared in Perth. And the 80000 people who went enjoyed every minute of the two and a half hour performance. Some were so keen to see the most popular English heavy rock group to ever appear live in Perth that they did not mind climbing fences to get in. Police and officials were kept busy preventing and removing people entering the stadium. Early in the programme about 30 youths could be seen running across the stand adjoining the member's pavilion at the oval. Presumably they did not pay for the seats in that stand.

Soon after the concert began Robert Plant told the audience, "Anyway we took 36 hours to get here, so we are going to have a good time." That drew a wild cheer from the audience. The group performed on the shell-backed stage.

The sound produced by the amplifiers placed on each side of the stage was at times painfully loud. The group wound up to its full potential during heavier numbers. Perhaps for the older eardrums, a few less decibels would have been appreciated.

The Led Zeppelin represents a rock music expression whose main contribution is originality. As has been suggested, it can produce a domineering, pulsating sound in which the heavy rhythm section is the only distinguishable feature.

Alternatively, Page's electric and acoustic guitar, with Jones on bass or organ and Plant's powerful voice can produce a dominant form. Finally, the group is capable of a gentle and melodic treatment to a rock ballad.

The group specialises in heavy rock, to which it owes its fame. Wailing guitars, breaking away from the basic rhythm produced by the bass guitar and drums, and a staccato vocal section build up to the powerful crescendo that features frequently in their music. Regardless of the style used, their musical interpretation is disciplined. It is this control of instruments and voices that helps the group reach its full potential.


Mele at Pop Show
The West Australian
Thursday, February 17, 1972

About 500 youths were involved in a melee outside the Subiaco Oval last night during a concert by the pop group Led Zeppelin. About 4000 people who were unable to gain entrance to the concert milled outside the main gates of the oval. About 500 youths rammed the locked gates, threw rocks and bottles into the oval and lit fires. Police reinforcements were rushed to the oval soon after the concert began and at one stage there were more than 20 police vehicles outside the ground. Several people were arrested. The St. John Ambulance treated 15 people for minor cuts and bruises, most of them caused by broken glass and stones thrown into the crowd by the mob. Many of the people who were unable to buy tickets to the concert climbed fences, cut holes in the fence wire and pulled gates from the hinges in an attempt to join 5000 people already inside the ground. The 500 violent protesters outside the oval continued to throw rocks till the police arrived. Burning paper was thrown at the policemen near the gates. Officials used a hose to put out the fires. However, youths moved toward the gate to block the stream of water. The officials then sprayed the water at the youths to make them move.

People living in areas from Leederville to Wembley telephoned the central police and Newspaper House last night to complain about the noise from the concert. Complaints were also received from Shenton Park. Mr D. Moulin, a student teacher, of Tate Street, Leederville, said he was trying to study but found it impossible to concentrate because of the noise. One angry woman in Annear Street, Shenton Park, said that she tried to ring the mayor and then the local member of parliament, but neither was home.

 


8 am Drug Raid on Top Pop Group
The Daily News
Thursday, February 17, 1972

Four drug special police today raided the visiting English pop group Led Zeppelin. The raid was carried out at a Scarborough hotel where the group was staying. Police woke the musicians and searched their baggage and belongings. No drugs were found. The raid followed last night's riot at Subiaco Oval. The group's lead guitarist, Jimmy Page, said he and the rest of the group were furious. They thought the raid was retribution for the concert trouble. He said the group had not seen the riot, but had only read a report in this mornings newspaper. Page criticised the police for leaving the group unprotected and allowing the stage to be mobbed at the end of the concert. "I'd like to now if today's raid was some sort of a rebuff for last night", he said. "We had nothing to do with any of what happened and then this morning, at some unearthly hour we were pulled out of bed and treated in a totally derogatory manner". He said the group had not got to bed until early this morning and then were dragged out of bed by police about 8:30 am.

 

Abusing

"They came into our rooms and started abusing us - they were very rude", he said. He said he was "sick do death of authorities asserting arbitrary power". He had experienced riots before and "it was always the police who provoked the crowd". He said: "I thought we could get away from this sort of thing out here. I'm just dumbfounded by it all. We just didn't expect anything like this to happen in Australia". A bloody riot broke out at a concert, where the group played in Milan, Italy last year, and police fired tear gas into the crowd. The other members of the group, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and John Bonham were not available for comment. The group - among the to British pop money earners - left Perth by plane at noon today and flew to Adelaide where they will continue their tour. Chief of the CIB, Superintendent W.H. Nielson, said today: "Acting on information received, members of the drug squad visited the group at their hotel today. They interviewed them but took no further action.

Today's action by the CIB men was completely divorced from any incidents which occurred last night at Subiaco Oval. Today's action had no connection with the group's public show".

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Channel Seven which helped organise the concert as part of the Festival of Perth said today many of the gatecrashers and rioters - at Subiaco Oval last night - had come "armed like they were ready to storm a Norman castle in the dark ages.There were about 500 people outside and many of them came prepared", he said.

"They came with wire and bolt cutters and even had ladders. It was obvious that they had no intention of paying. Many were just there to cause trouble. At one stage about 50 of them came over the fence. We had 30 security men on the fenceline and 25 police inside the grounds". Police were attacked with bricks, rocks, bottles, cans and flaming projectiles, before they called for reinforcements. They called for help when fans began pelting them with cans filled with rocks. All available men were rushed to the oval from Central Police Station. Traffic police and police from nearby suburban stations also answered the call. When the trouble was at its height about 20 extra police were at the oval.

While the battle raged, thousands of gatecrashers came though and over fences around the ground. Youths with wire cutters left a trail of gaping holes in the fence. Sections of barbed wire were cut away and heavy duty, tube steel gates at the Subiaco Road turnstile were twisted and the hinges torn from the wall. As police battled to control the riot the stage was left unprotected and more than 1000 fans mobbed the musicians.

As the group drew towards the end of its last song, people began to dance on the stage. The group kept playing and the crowd swamped them. Lead singer Robert Plant had his shirt torn from his back as he tried to run from the stage.

 

Notes: 

Click here to view the 1972 Australian tour programme
(flipbook)

Reviews / Press:  Heavy Rock - With Discipline, by John Bryant
The West Australian | February 17, 1972

Perth has probably never seen a concert quite like it. Certainly, a Festival of Perth attraction has never been so "heavy". That Led Zeppelin rock group's only concert at Subiaco Oval last night at the beginning of an Australian Tour was unique. The pelting rhythm and distinctive brackets of the group - consisting of electric guitarist Jimmy Page, organist John Paul Jones, drummer John Bonham and lead vocalist Robert Plant - were different from any rock group that has appeared in Perth. And the 80000 people who went enjoyed every minute of the two and a half hour performance. Some were so keen to see the most popular English heavy rock group to ever appear live in Perth that they did not mind climbing fences to get in. Police and officials were kept busy preventing and removing people entering the stadium. Early in the programme about 30 youths could be seen running across the stand adjoining the member's pavilion at the oval. Presumably they did not pay for the seats in that stand.

Soon after the concert began Robert Plant told the audience, "Anyway we took 36 hours to get here, so we are going to have a good time." That drew a wild cheer from the audience. The group performed on the shell-backed stage.

The sound produced by the amplifiers placed on each side of the stage was at times painfully loud. The group wound up to its full potential during heavier numbers. Perhaps for the older eardrums, a few less decibels would have been appreciated.

The Led Zeppelin represents a rock music expression whose main contribution is originality. As has been suggested, it can produce a domineering, pulsating sound in which the heavy rhythm section is the only distinguishable feature.

Alternatively, Page's electric and acoustic guitar, with Jones on bass or organ and Plant's powerful voice can produce a dominant form. Finally, the group is capable of a gentle and melodic treatment to a rock ballad.

The group specialises in heavy rock, to which it owes its fame. Wailing guitars, breaking away from the basic rhythm produced by the bass guitar and drums, and a staccato vocal section build up to the powerful crescendo that features frequently in their music. Regardless of the style used, their musical interpretation is disciplined. It is this control of instruments and voices that helps the group reach its full potential.


Mele at Pop Show
The West Australian
Thursday, February 17, 1972

About 500 youths were involved in a melee outside the Subiaco Oval last night during a concert by the pop group Led Zeppelin. About 4000 people who were unable to gain entrance to the concert milled outside the main gates of the oval. About 500 youths rammed the locked gates, threw rocks and bottles into the oval and lit fires. Police reinforcements were rushed to the oval soon after the concert began and at one stage there were more than 20 police vehicles outside the ground. Several people were arrested. The St. John Ambulance treated 15 people for minor cuts and bruises, most of them caused by broken glass and stones thrown into the crowd by the mob. Many of the people who were unable to buy tickets to the concert climbed fences, cut holes in the fence wire and pulled gates from the hinges in an attempt to join 5000 people already inside the ground. The 500 violent protesters outside the oval continued to throw rocks till the police arrived. Burning paper was thrown at the policemen near the gates. Officials used a hose to put out the fires. However, youths moved toward the gate to block the stream of water. The officials then sprayed the water at the youths to make them move.

People living in areas from Leederville to Wembley telephoned the central police and Newspaper House last night to complain about the noise from the concert. Complaints were also received from Shenton Park. Mr D. Moulin, a student teacher, of Tate Street, Leederville, said he was trying to study but found it impossible to concentrate because of the noise. One angry woman in Annear Street, Shenton Park, said that she tried to ring the mayor and then the local member of parliament, but neither was home.

 


8 am Drug Raid on Top Pop Group
The Daily News
Thursday, February 17, 1972

Four drug special police today raided the visiting English pop group Led Zeppelin. The raid was carried out at a Scarborough hotel where the group was staying. Police woke the musicians and searched their baggage and belongings. No drugs were found. The raid followed last night's riot at Subiaco Oval. The group's lead guitarist, Jimmy Page, said he and the rest of the group were furious. They thought the raid was retribution for the concert trouble. He said the group had not seen the riot, but had only read a report in this mornings newspaper. Page criticised the police for leaving the group unprotected and allowing the stage to be mobbed at the end of the concert. "I'd like to now if today's raid was some sort of a rebuff for last night", he said. "We had nothing to do with any of what happened and then this morning, at some unearthly hour we were pulled out of bed and treated in a totally derogatory manner". He said the group had not got to bed until early this morning and then were dragged out of bed by police about 8:30 am.

 

Abusing

"They came into our rooms and started abusing us - they were very rude", he said. He said he was "sick do death of authorities asserting arbitrary power". He had experienced riots before and "it was always the police who provoked the crowd". He said: "I thought we could get away from this sort of thing out here. I'm just dumbfounded by it all. We just didn't expect anything like this to happen in Australia". A bloody riot broke out at a concert, where the group played in Milan, Italy last year, and police fired tear gas into the crowd. The other members of the group, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and John Bonham were not available for comment. The group - among the to British pop money earners - left Perth by plane at noon today and flew to Adelaide where they will continue their tour. Chief of the CIB, Superintendent W.H. Nielson, said today: "Acting on information received, members of the drug squad visited the group at their hotel today. They interviewed them but took no further action.

Today's action by the CIB men was completely divorced from any incidents which occurred last night at Subiaco Oval. Today's action had no connection with the group's public show".

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Channel Seven which helped organise the concert as part of the Festival of Perth said today many of the gatecrashers and rioters - at Subiaco Oval last night - had come "armed like they were ready to storm a Norman castle in the dark ages.There were about 500 people outside and many of them came prepared", he said.

"They came with wire and bolt cutters and even had ladders. It was obvious that they had no intention of paying. Many were just there to cause trouble. At one stage about 50 of them came over the fence. We had 30 security men on the fenceline and 25 police inside the grounds". Police were attacked with bricks, rocks, bottles, cans and flaming projectiles, before they called for reinforcements. They called for help when fans began pelting them with cans filled with rocks. All available men were rushed to the oval from Central Police Station. Traffic police and police from nearby suburban stations also answered the call. When the trouble was at its height about 20 extra police were at the oval.

While the battle raged, thousands of gatecrashers came though and over fences around the ground. Youths with wire cutters left a trail of gaping holes in the fence. Sections of barbed wire were cut away and heavy duty, tube steel gates at the Subiaco Road turnstile were twisted and the hinges torn from the wall. As police battled to control the riot the stage was left unprotected and more than 1000 fans mobbed the musicians.

As the group drew towards the end of its last song, people began to dance on the stage. The group kept playing and the crowd swamped them. Lead singer Robert Plant had his shirt torn from his back as he tried to run from the stage.

 

Setlists: 

Setlists during this tour include: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (medley).

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Wayne's picture

At the age of 16, I took my 14yo brother and girlfriend (what for?) to the best gig I've still ever been to. If memory serves me correctly, tickets were $4.60. Bonzo broke every stick he had on Moby Dick, and finished with bare hands - they were glowing at the end. Good time to start the acoustic set! Planty took charge when the crowd moved towards and onto the stage - told us they would play some more if we all stayed cool - and they did - Rock'n'Roll for an encore topped the night. I remember lying on the grass outside St John of God hospital after the gig, ears ringing, waiting for Mum to pick us up. The headline in The West the following morning read something like "Pop Group Banned" and talked about the Council banning the Zep from ever playing Perth again. Is that why they never came back?

Russell's picture

I was the pimply faced 17 year old impressing his first girlfriend among the 80,000 others. The concert is still one of two of the best I have seen. The other was a Van Morrison concert in Cork, Ireland (2000), where ironically, Robert Plant was performing as well.

Although not mentioned in the above setlist, one of the highlights of the show for me was John Bonham's drum solo in Moby Dick. Drumming with his bloodied bare hands, it seemed to go on for ever. People were writhing in the isles in ecstasy. To say there was one highlight though is a misnomer, Stairway to Heaven and Page's violin trick with the microphone, stand out as well, among others.

Over 30 years on and it is still vividly in my mind, as well as a faint auditory ringing in my ears.

Whatever happened to that girl...

Kim Howard's picture

Sorry I was not old enough to go to this Concert
I was only 9
Would like to see a reunion tour this year
I dont understand what the issues are but , If you put aside
all your differences and what is stoping a tour , And look outside
the Square , We All Know you dont need to do a Tour , But consider
the Benefits not only to yourselves, and all your fans , We could also
give a percentage of the Profits to Charity , And add to that, we might
be able to educate the young Teenagers into listening to real music

Cheers
Kim Howard

Rob the Bilby's picture

This concert still rates as one of my top 5 after 40 years. I snuck in before the show with a friend and watched the sound check. Amazing to see these guys on stage and off running around and playing each others instruments. When Robert Plant jumped off the stage and leapt around in front of the stage a few feet away it was like Rock Heaven. Soon after we were "asked to leave" by security. Since we had tickets we still saw the whole show from near the front. Ears rang for several days afterwards but what a concert...

dfts99's picture

I was there in 1972 aged 17 and it was without doubt the best rock concert bar none I have been to then or since.

The big concrete stand directly in front of the band acted like a sound shell and you felt as well as heard some numbers, like "Dazed & Confused".

Some reports show the Australian audience as 80,000, but at the first concert in Perth it was really only 4,000 ticket holders and about 500 or so outside without tickets.Perth was "Sleepy hollow" in those days.

The riot part of it was overblown by the press and it was only really the last number "Rock & Roll" that was influenced by the (Well behaved by today's standards) gatecrashers who had poured onto the grass in front of the stage late in the concert.

Great memories that you just can't buy today.

Nick's picture

I was there as well and managed to get in the ground whilst they were doing an early evening rehearsal/sound check. A side door was open so I walked in. I'm surprised I wasn't accosted by Peter Grant and thrown out! Had my camera so took pics (25mm slides) but ran out of film before the evening performance. I last had those pics back in the UK during mid 70's but don't know if they're still around; hope so.
Had tinnitus for coupla days after. Great concert and a great time in Oz...

Geoffrey Skerratt's picture

I was there . An amazing concert. Really blasted Perth for the first time with classy,very loud rock. My teenage children look open mouthed at me in amazed interest and envy when I talk of being at the concert.
They still are the greatest rock band ever.

Cheers Geoffrey

John Brown's picture

I was privileged to go to this concert on my 18th birthday; and what a present it was!!

I emigrated to Perth in November 1971 and couldn't believe it when I found out that Zep were playing in Subiaco, where I was also living at the time........it didn't seem real then, and even more so now...nearly 40 years later!!

All I can say is thank you!!

JB

Bob Mac's picture

Yep, I was there, one of the scumbags who climbed the fence. LOL. I wasn't rioting or making trouble, just a penniless art student, had my GF with me. Seems strange today that I took my GF on a date to climb the fence to sneak into the Zep concert.

Anyway, a stunning performance.What impressed me most was the lengthy acoustic bracket.

I actually wasn't much of a Zep fan before seeing them live. I had heard their records of course but I was a blues purist and didn't go much for the heavy hard rock bands. But Zep impressed me so much they had another convert after that night.

Anyway, Mr Page and Mr Plant, sorry I climbed the fence and you never got a couple of $s out of me in 1972. I live in Pattaya Thailand these days, so if you ever come here for a holiday just send me an email and I'll happily take you under my wing and shout you beers and take you to the best go-go bars in town.

Vincent's picture

I want to apologise to the unfortunate young lady in front of me who wore the contents of my stomach, including green ginger wine during the opening moments of this gig.

I'm really sorry sweatheart, I was a stupid 17 year old fella, now a foolish 56 yo retard.

Trust some motor vehicle owners at the time were well insured as well...

Shat my 1880s jeans and missed school the next day. Understood Zeppellin more and more and continue to do so.

Thanks guys.

Name's picture

I paid for the tickets but was dressed in black t-shirt, jeans and desert boots. I found an empty cardboard box, put it on my shoulder and walked through the gate onto the ground and to the stage. I dropped th box and walked up on the stage where I sat down next to the stage mixer and about 10 feet from John Bohnam and his huge kit and THE gong. I could see the sweat on the band and eventually got yelled at to hold off the crowd as they surged to the stage.- guess I passed for security even better than planned.

Very fricken cool .. best concert ever. feet did not touch the ground when I finally walked out of the oval.

I love thailand as well and will take you up on that offer.of a drink and chat. .

Phil Stevenson's picture

Hi Pal,

 

Yup I remember the crowd surge during the last number, and 'The Boys' loved every bit of it...

 

Those were the days of inoccence...

 

Cheers, Phil

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At that time, February 1972, I had a coveted job working for Radio 6PM (Perth’s No. 1 top 40 radio station during the 1970’s).

 

I was asked to tape interviews with our DJ, Dean Johns.  I had a ‘full-track’ Rola professional tape recorder (about the size of a suitcase that needed mains power.  The members of Led Zepp came down from their units at the Sundowner Hotel on Sterling Highway, Cottesloe, to greet the media. 

 

It was a good hot February afternoon and we got some 30 mins of tape.  Drank beer and ate nibbles.  Paul Jones was chatting about mystic stuff; Jimmy Page seemed a shy and reserved man (no criticism attended) – I immediately liked him.  Robert Plant was young, vibrant (as me at this time being only 19) and an artist.  John Bonham didn’t say much.  Drummers (for some reason) never seem to do…

 

The next day (the concert day) I went down from Radio 6PM located in Rokeby Road (which was a 15-minute walk to (Subiaco Oval) to see the PA system being tested.  I had a pass to get in and to my amazement Robert Plant came over to me and saw my Radio pass and asked where he could get a few complimentary tickets for guests he wanted to invite.  I politely told him that he needed to speak to the promoter.  He smiled, we shook hands and he went back to the sound stage.

 

That night it was awesome.  As mentioned, the sound was so clear and so very loud that residents within three/four miles complained.

 

At the time I was driving an old EK Holden sedan that rattled and banged.  But, driving home that night, with my ears ringing, it felt like the old EK was a Rolls Royce.  I never heard any clunks or rattles.

 

I am privileged that I attended the concert and even more so meeting the band in person.

Phil Stevenson's picture

Best concert of all time.

 

Check out their Kennedy Centre awards on YouTube...

 

Phil

Dave Farr's picture

well there you go i thought itwas $4.10

Dave Farr's picture

yep remember all the band running over the amps to escape ha ha

Gary Clyne's picture

I was there. A friend got me in on his press pass. Before the convert a roadie hit one of John Bonham's drums and the sound was unbelievable. There was a large wooden sound shell that the WA symphony and later Ekton John had used tge year before. Opening number was Immigrant Song. after 40 years its still the best concert I've ever attended. We had a small Sanyo cassette player and recorded quite a bit of it. Another highlight was the acoustic material in the material. One of the anps picked up a radioy station during that part. For an encore they did Mary Lou, among other covers. Brilliant. Gary Clyne Perth Western Australia

Phil Stevenson's picture

At that time, February 1972, I had a coveted job working for Radio 6PM (Perth’s No. 1 top 40 radio station during the 1970’s).

Radio 6PM was a supporter of the concert as part of the Festival of Perth. I was asked to tape interviews with our evening ‘DJ’, Dean Johns. I had a ‘full-track’ Rola professional tape recorder about the size of a small suitcase that needed mains power.

The members of Led Zepp came down from their units at the Sundowner Hotel on Sterling Highway, Cottesloe, to greet the media. It was a good Perth hot February afternoon and we got some 30 mins of tape. Drank beer and ate nibbles. Paul Jones was chatting about mystic stuff; Jimmy Page seemed a shy and reserved man (no criticism attended) – I immediately liked him. Robert Plant was young, vibrant (as me at this time being only 19) and a consummate artist. John Bonham didn’t say much. Drummers (for some reason) never seem to do…

The next day (the concert day) I went down from Radio 6PM located in Rokeby Road, Subiaco (which was a 15-minute walk to (Subiaco Oval) at about 1pm to see the PA system being installed/tested. I had a pass to get in and to my amazement Robert Plant came over to me and saw my Radio pass and asked where he could get a few complimentary tickets for guests he wanted to invite. I politely told him that he needed to speak to the promoter. He smiled, we shook hands and he went back to the sound stage.

That night it was awesome. As mentioned, the sound was so clear and so very loud that residents within three/four miles complained. At the time I was driving an old EK Holden ‘Standard’ sedan that rattled and banged. But, driving home that night, with my ears ringing, it felt like the old EK was a Rolls Royce. I never heard any clunks or rattles. I am privileged that I attended the concert and even more so meeting the band in person. It amazes me, the reaction of people, when I tell them I saw Led Zeppelin live and even met them. And that Perth concert was so special…

They look at me with a mixture of disbelief, envy, longing and mystic. Such is Led Zeppelin. I worked at Radio 6PM (Top 40 - #1 – for the 1970’s) and went to most of the concerts (for free) in Perth. Reminiscing from that warm, still, clean-air February evening, until now…

Nothing has surpassed that experience: energy; art; professional and gentlemen. Find that today?

Greg Hale's picture

My wife and I went to the Perth Zeppelin concert in 1972, i was 21. The sound was so loud that Jenny had to squat down behind the concrete wall [we had front seats]. It was and remains the best rock concert I have ever seen. And I have seen them all, from the Stones to the Eagles, Neil Young, Springsteen, Cocker, Foreigner, Dylan, Ry Cooder, Kinks, Doobie Bros, CSNY,Frigid Pink, John Mayall, etc etc etc.

         The next morning our pathetic drug squad, raided the White Sands Hotel  where Zep were staying, finding nothing after treating the band like shit. Typical of those days.

Dave Farr's picture

I was there dont remember the fracas but there was a fence when we went in and it was flat when we came out.I do remember police chasing people through the 2 tierd stand as the night progressed.But mainly just blown away

 

NameGarry Ward's picture

The moment Robert Plant started singing every ones hair was standing on end The Immigrant Song was the first song live in Australia & I can still hear it.I was 16&a half years old nearly. Robert Plant is 8 years & 1 full month older than me.He,s an old Leo, Im an old Virgo. /John Bonham broke 7 drum sticks while doing Moby Dick, Jimmy Page & JP Jones played their like something out of this world. A very good concert Led Zeppelin people,s.When I die there are 3 songs I want played to my wife Julie. Bron-Y-Stomp, Stairway To Heaven & Thank You☆. Seaya later Alligator. Garry. I live in Two Rocks W.A

Name's picture

I entered the grounds early and stuck an empty box on my shoulder and walked to the back of the stage.  In the black polo neck shirt, jeans and desert boots I looked the part and slowly moved foward, ending up sitting next to the stage sound engineer only a few feet from the massive gong.   Best view point ever - When the crowd surge hit at the end, I was yelled at to get my backside onto the stage edge and keep the crowd off.   I, of course, obliged.  Fantastic night....  

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a man after my own heart by Name (not verified)
Zep @ Subi by Bob Mac (not verified)
Led Zeppelin, Subi Oval 1972 by Wayne (not verified)
Led Zeppelin - Perth Riot 1972 by dfts99 (not verified)
Zed Zeppelin by Kim Howard (not verified)
PERTH Australia concert 1972 by Geoffrey Skerratt (not verified)