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LSU Assembly Center - February 28, 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. Woodstock), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.
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February 28, 1975
Baton Rouge
LA
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, Dazed and Confused (incl. Woodstock), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.

Note: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Press Review: Metallic Sounds Highlight Led Zeppelin's LSU Concert

Rock 'n' roll's heaviest metal magicians, Led Zeppelin, blended their past and present for a multi-sensational experience at last night's LSU Assembly Center concert.

As lead singer Robert Plant told a packed audience early in the concert, it's "a cross-section of musical color we've managed to get together in the last six years . . . so hang on to your heads."

"Hang on to your heads "was good advice as lead guitarist Jimmy Page sent wave after wave of hundred-decibel metallic sounds surging through a huge bank of amplifiers.

With his guitar at crotch level and chest arched ceiling ward, Page seemingly has no bones — his body flows just as the music he orchestrates does.
The three-hour concert, unmarred by intermissions and boring backup bands, predictably climaxed with the classic "Stairway to Heaven."

The tall, wild-haired Plant stood spotlighted in gold as he temporarily tamed his screaming vocal cords to lead softly into the 1971 hit that remains their most requested song.

But the tempo and intensity of "Stairway to Heaven" quickly climbed to a crescendo, only to soften, then build, then soften again.
The concert itself was alternately but continually hard and soft, punctuated by smoke and swirling light.

All of the group's six albums, including the recently released "Physical Graffiti," were touched upon. Led Zeppelin blended many of their songs together in long, somewhat new interpretations. "Over the Hills and Far Away" became "Misty Mountain Hop" and then "Over the Hills" again. "Dazed and Confused" drifted into a surprise rendering of "Woodstock."

Bassist John Paul Jones was featured on the piano and organ in "No Quarter" amid rising blue and green smoke and swirling specks of green, yellow and red light.

And drummer John Henry Bonham had the stage to himself for an extended (perhaps a little too long) drum solo of "Moby Dick."
But throughout most of the show, it is Page and Plant who are front and center, setting the tempo, pace and mood.

The Led Zeppelin show is a draining experience for both performers and audience. The pulsating, twanging, metallic rhythms, coupled with bursts of light and smoke, marked by screaming heights one minute, temporarily gentled tones the next, is an odyssey in itself. [By C. WEATHERSBY]

Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Press Review: Metallic Sounds Highlight Led Zeppelin's LSU Concert

Rock 'n' roll's heaviest metal magicians, Led Zeppelin, blended their past and present for a multi-sensational experience at last night's LSU Assembly Center concert.

As lead singer Robert Plant told a packed audience early in the concert, it's "a cross-section of musical color we've managed to get together in the last six years . . . so hang on to your heads."

"Hang on to your heads "was good advice as lead guitarist Jimmy Page sent wave after wave of hundred-decibel metallic sounds surging through a huge bank of amplifiers.

With his guitar at crotch level and chest arched ceiling ward, Page seemingly has no bones — his body flows just as the music he orchestrates does.
The three-hour concert, unmarred by intermissions and boring backup bands, predictably climaxed with the classic "Stairway to Heaven."

The tall, wild-haired Plant stood spotlighted in gold as he temporarily tamed his screaming vocal cords to lead softly into the 1971 hit that remains their most requested song.

But the tempo and intensity of "Stairway to Heaven" quickly climbed to a crescendo, only to soften, then build, then soften again.
The concert itself was alternately but continually hard and soft, punctuated by smoke and swirling light.

All of the group's six albums, including the recently released "Physical Graffiti," were touched upon. Led Zeppelin blended many of their songs together in long, somewhat new interpretations. "Over the Hills and Far Away" became "Misty Mountain Hop" and then "Over the Hills" again. "Dazed and Confused" drifted into a surprise rendering of "Woodstock."

Bassist John Paul Jones was featured on the piano and organ in "No Quarter" amid rising blue and green smoke and swirling specks of green, yellow and red light.

And drummer John Henry Bonham had the stage to himself for an extended (perhaps a little too long) drum solo of "Moby Dick."
But throughout most of the show, it is Page and Plant who are front and center, setting the tempo, pace and mood.

The Led Zeppelin show is a draining experience for both performers and audience. The pulsating, twanging, metallic rhythms, coupled with bursts of light and smoke, marked by screaming heights one minute, temporarily gentled tones the next, is an odyssey in itself. [By C. WEATHERSBY]

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. Woodstock), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.

Comments

Al Moran's picture

Well here we go . Have you ever seen six long haired teenagers piled in a Datsun smoking a butt load of weed on the way to a Led Zeppelin show well that's how we got there.New Orleans is only about one and half hour drive from the east end to the Assembly center it took us Two but I tend to drive slow stoned.This little Car had a pioneer 8 track Player with with 4 nice Jenson speakers and Led Zeppelin 2 and Houses of the Holy rockin all the way there.No we did not have Graffitti yet.Once we heard Robert say it was out well I bought it a day or two later on LP .It is My all time Favorite Album ever recorded by anybody.We piled in My friend Billy had got our Tickets his dad owned a music store and had some connection's.
I had just got back from a trip to New York and had started a offshore job as a Painter .Yes it sucked but paid well.I was saving for a vacation my Cousin Woody was going to England in May and I wanted to go .Dad said He would pay half so I was going against My nature and saving.Dad paid more than half by the way. Well Robert appeared quite chipper He joked quite a bit and seemed to be enjoying Himself.John paul as always was steady and great everything He played and Awesome on No Quarter .I could watch Him play all Day if I was not such a massive Jimmy Page fan. Moby Dick kick's butt tonight.This show is far better than the Garden show from 3 weeks earlier which I had at the time thought was good. I can only assume it is because its a home venue and I had just got back to My friends and Family and the Band had some good Cajun Cookin and felt really good.On this night life was about as good as it gets what I did not know was i was just a couple of months from the best gift I have and Would ever recieve.Remmeber I was saving for a Vacation to England.

J Hingle's picture

Was a frosh at Tigertown at this time; had grown into Zep with II first then I after but really was always partial to II even with the later commercial success of IV. Had really left Zep and was really more into prog rock but then when a friend of ours got us tickets for this and PG had just come out we ventured into the AC and was slightly high ( OK, really high) the aura of seeing Zep took control and when they started with R &R was such a garbled mix did not even sound like them until next few songs and SRTS finally brought us to reallity that the Zep was in the house ! Proceeded to blow us away with Ph. Gr. set (Kashmir was the thing), NQ, Rain Song, D & C, MD, many others of course STH, and encore WLL. Was probably the most powerful rock show had seen to that point besides ELP's BSS and JT's Ta a B shows and definitley left an impression all these years later!
J

Linden Butler's picture

The 1975 tour had the best of Led Zep music catalog. I and a co-worker rode to Baton Rouge by motrocycle just to get to our "Obstructed View" standing room only section - behind and high above the stage. We later migrated to a pair of excellent seats facing the stage that no one clamed and saw practically the entire concert. The acoustics were great and I later saw the Who in the same arena - just after the release of the movie "Tommy".

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A great show from 1975! The recording captures clearly the performance and is really atmospheric, making this a pleasure to listen to. The show itself is wonderful ... Robert is in good voice (something that doesn't happen often in 1975), and the band is amazing. Start to finish this show is great ... even the long Moby Dick is enjoyable. (Bonham was introduced as "the man with a bicycle clip caught in his sock ... the greatest percussionist since Big Ben!") No Quarter is a wonderful jam with some excellent piano from Jonesy and Kashmir is epic. Dazed And Confused is long and great, and the drumming, in particular, is immense. This is also the date on which Physical Graffiti was finally been released in the United States and Plant commented that fact: "The egg has been laid ... or is it the guy who got laid?"

guysharpless's picture

the 1975 tour was excellent, wonderful acoustic set and the first time I'd ever seen a laser cone

soulkat's picture

Was at this concert. Wish I had a time machine, would go back to that time and place without a moment's hesitation. It was unbelievable. In New Orleans, 2 weeks before the show, I met this young man who reminded me of Robert Plant (same long blond curly hair, flat stomach, tight jeans, big . . . well, you know), he said he had tickets to the Zeppelin concert in Baton Rouge and would I want to go. Well, of course! Saw the '73 New Orleans show and was dying to see them again. That young man is now my husband and has been for 30 years. We fell in love to Zeppelin, and to this day their music still has the same effect ;-).

John O.Gott's picture

I was at this concert... Page announced, "Here isa new one from our new album to be released Physical Graffitii.. The new song is Kashmir!!! This was the first time I had ever heard this song ever! Totally blew me away. I still think it is one of their best songs ever recorded.

Barry Watts's picture

I don't know where to begin. Led Zeppelin had always played in New Orleans when they came to the area, so having them come to Baton Rouge instead was a big event, to say the least. People had come from all around and camped out for days in a rare snowfall in the hope of getting tickets. I can't remember if the concert sold out in a matter of
hours or a matter of days, but it broke Elvis Presley's record for this venue, and I would guess that Led Zeppelin still holds the record here. Luckily, my aunt worked at LSU and I was able to get "festival style seating" on the floor before tickets even went on sale to the general public. Since Zeppelin also played here two years later, during the Presence tour, it is hard to remember anything particular about either show, except that at the beginning of each we were packed like sardines up against the barricade, and the security guys were pulling people over who were apparently being crushed. It would calm down after "Rock and Roll", but there would inevitably be another rush for the stage for songs like "The Song Remains The Same" or "Whole Lotta Love". The thing I remember the most about both shows is being totally awestruck. For this particular show, I had not yet completely absorbed all the songs on Physical Graffiti, but I was keenly aware that previous Led Zeppelin albums that had disappointed me to some extent were just different than the mostly blues-based stuff on the first two albums. Physical Graffiti later became my favorite Led Zeppelin album, although it is hard for me to say which was their best. My only "regret" is that Led Zeppelin did not videotape every show they did for posterity. I guess that would have been too cost-prohibitive, even for them, or maybe they didn't think people would care several decades later. My memories are fading now, but it goes without saying that "an evening with Led Zeppelin" was an evening well-spent.

jthetyger's picture

Was big fan from 69 when II was released but became more on the prog rock side of fence until they came to Assembly Center that Feb.;was a Soph.@ LSU and buddy/roommate and I had tickets. We were very high that night but remember when they opened up with Rock and Roll the sound was kind of jarbled; then when they went to SRTS was the most awesome thing I had ever heard, Kashmir in particular blew everyone away as well Moby Dick, No Quarter, Rain Song, OTHAFA,etc. JP was playing with an injured finger as was the story going around but would never know it from the rig he was howling away; Legendary experience!

billy's picture

They did not perform an acoustic set on the 1975 North American tour. Must have been an earlier tour you were referring to or the 1977 tour.

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