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Festival Hall (Brisbane) - February 29, 1972

  • includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, The Wanderer, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have a Party, Going Down Slow).
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on September 21, 2007 - 5:08pm
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Average: 4.7 (28 votes)
February 29, 1972
Brisbane
Australia
au
Setlist: 

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, The Wanderer, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have a Party, Going Down Slow).

Note: 

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

Press Review: Stomping Room Only at Festival Hall

The only seats vacant were in the line of view behind heaped boxes of sound equipment and loudspeaker units.

Almost 6,000 people crowded in for the single performance by the Led Zeppelin.
The capacity crowd, one of the biggest Festival Hall has seen since the Beatles and Elton John, spilled into the streets.

Seventeen forged admission tickets were used by fans to see the British pop group. Promoters found the tickets when counting the night’s takings, and notified police.

The sound from the group’s 11,000 lb of gear and amplifying equipment was deafening. Despite the numbers, the audience was well-behaved after a warning by the lead singer, Robert Plant, that the group would not compete with noises off stage.

The show was close to three hours of non-stop music. One of the most popular sequences was the 15 minutes John Bonham spent solo on the drums.

Led Zeppelin’s technical skill is irrefutable, but one was left with the feeling it would have been nice to hear some more of the lyrics above the constantly loud backing. [S. Ivimey – 3/1/72]

Notes: 

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

Press Review: Stomping Room Only at Festival Hall

The only seats vacant were in the line of view behind heaped boxes of sound equipment and loudspeaker units.

Almost 6,000 people crowded in for the single performance by the Led Zeppelin.
The capacity crowd, one of the biggest Festival Hall has seen since the Beatles and Elton John, spilled into the streets.

Seventeen forged admission tickets were used by fans to see the British pop group. Promoters found the tickets when counting the night’s takings, and notified police.

The sound from the group’s 11,000 lb of gear and amplifying equipment was deafening. Despite the numbers, the audience was well-behaved after a warning by the lead singer, Robert Plant, that the group would not compete with noises off stage.

The show was close to three hours of non-stop music. One of the most popular sequences was the 15 minutes John Bonham spent solo on the drums.

Led Zeppelin’s technical skill is irrefutable, but one was left with the feeling it would have been nice to hear some more of the lyrics above the constantly loud backing. [S. Ivimey – 3/1/72]

Setlists: 

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, The Wanderer, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have a Party, Going Down Slow).

Comments

Russ's picture

That concert was the best concert ever!!! My sons and I will definitely go to a concert if Led Zeppelin ever decide to tour again no matter the cost or where they tour in Australia.

Ken Russell's picture

I was there on Feb. 29 back in 1972 & can remember it like it was yesterday, the photos on the web site sure bring back memories. kenr.

B. Jenkins's picture

I think the cost of the tickets for seats was $A5.20 and the cost for standing in the centre part of the hall was $A4.20. Festival Hall no longer exists as it was knocked down a couple of years ago for a high rise office/apartment building.

This was the first international band I had seen live. By the Setlist on the website Led Zeppelin opened with Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog. I thought Led Zep opened with Black Dog followed by Immigrant Song but I am probably wrong as the concert was quite a few years ago.

Good website.

Cheers

Argenteum Astrum's picture

The final show of the Australian tour and the only indoor show of the tour. An excellent, high-powered show in front of another rowdy Australian crowd! The opening numbers are excellent and Robert's singing on Since I've Been Loving You is pure emotion and one of the best versions I have ever heard. A restless audience stops That's The Way a minute into the song. After Plant's seating instructions, they start the song again. Dazed And Confused is great except Bonham's drumming is rather boring throughout. The medley is excellent and contains some really rare inclusions.

Gary's picture

I always thought it was $4.20. It was in my memory a sit anywhere concert and there were no central seats just a big mosh pit. We stood up in the stands on the right hand side as you look at the stage. They started with Immigrant song for sure. There was an announcer who introduced them with "And now from England opportunity knocks for Led Zeppelin" which I found kinda stange at the time, but from that first note it was "on".Nearly 40 years on it remains the best concert I ever saw(I was 15)

Gary's picture

I remember Plant using some rather colourful language to get the audience to shut up. Your description as"seating instructions"is a nice euphemism.

Morgan's picture

I was also there and can confirm that Immigrant Song was the opener which received a relatively subdued audience response. This prompted Robert to ask "Is there anybody out there?" to which we gave a much louder reaction.

I've heard a bootleg recording of this concert with this piece of dialog edited out. IS plays straight into Heartbreaker without this incident which didn't happen on the night.

I have some remixes on my URL. Enjoy!

Colin's picture

If I remember correctly it did open with "Black Dog".

Gary's picture

You're exactly right that did happen. What a concert, nearly three hours of Led Zeppelin for $4.20. Best value of all time in any universe!

Courier-Mail's picture

Led Zeppelin tells fans to keep the noise down at Brisbane Festival Hall

Grantlee Kieza, The Sunday Mail (Qld) | Feb. 25, 2017

YOU know you’re making too much noise when Led Zeppelin tells you to pipe down but that’s exactly what happened when the British rock band played to a raucous Brisbane crowd 45 years ago this week.

While early critics of the group had suggested they would go down like a “lead balloon’’ the four musicians – guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham – were billed as the biggest band in the world when they arrived at Festival Hall in February 1972.

Already they were on their way to a global reputation for mayhem and debauchery that would see them rocking around the world in a converted four-engine Boeing 720, and trashing hotel suites.

Bonham, who eventually choked on his own vomit after a drinking binge, is said to have ridden a motorcycle through a floor of the ­Continental Hyatt House hotel in Los Angeles.

When they hit Brisbane, Led ­Zeppelin were in the midst of a two-year world tour taking in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and Japan, capitalising on the release of their fourth album.

The black vinyl disc had no title but it did have the eerie track Stairway to Heaven and went on to sell 37 million copies.

In the days when a concert ticket cost less than an LP, more than 6000 people packed into Festival Hall for the band’s only Brisbane show on February 29, 1972.

It was the end of Led Zeppelin’s Australasian tour which had started 13 days earlier at Subiaco Oval in Perth before moving to the Memorial Drive tennis stadium in Adelaide and the Kooyong stadium in Melbourne, where rain caused a premature curtain call.

A concert in the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland was followed by a performance at the Sydney Showground.

There had been plans for a concert in Singapore, too, but the band was refused entry because their hair was too long.

One newspaper report said the concert in Sydney “must rate as one of the best ever held in Sydney – but, if the crowd had not stormed the fences, it could have been the worst’’.

As many as 30,000 people were crammed into stands designed to hold a maximum of 25,000.

There were no seats left at midday and no standing room by 1.30pm but people were still coming through the gates an hour later.

The Sydney overcrowding did nothing for the mood of the musicians and their anger was evident in Brisbane almost as soon as the show started.

They popped a fuse on their amplifiers with the opener, Immigrant Song.

Writing in The Courier-Mail the next day, Susan Ivimey said it was one of the biggest crowds seen at Festival Hall since the Beatles in 1964. The noise from five tonnes of amplifying equipment “was deafening’’ but not enough to drown out the crowd.

“Despite the numbers,’’ The Courier-Mail reported, “the audience was well-behaved after a warning by the lead singer, Robert Plant, that the group would not compete with noises off stage.

“The show was close to three hours of non-stop music. One of the most popular sequences was the 15 minutes John Bonham spent solo on the drums.’’

The band’s set list included Stairway to Heaven, Dazed and Confused and Whole Lotta Love.

“Led Zeppelin’s technical skill is irrefutable,’’ The Courier-Mail reported, “but one was left with the feeling it would have been nice to hear more of the lyrics above the constantly loud backing.’’

 

http://www.couriermail.com.au

Sue's picture

I was there. Just remember drooling over Robert Plant. We were only about 3 rows back from the stage. There were no big burley security blokes pushing us around. We were blown away by the whole show. My first international rock concert.

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