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Madison Square Garden - February 3, 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, Communication Breakdown.
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February 3, 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, Communication Breakdown.

Note: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Atlantic Records hosts a party for Led Zeppelin after the show: ledzeppelin.com/event/february-3-1975

Led Zep Shows Why They’re One of the Great Ones

It’s been a long time since we rock and rolled, bellowed Robert Plant as Led Zeppelin stepped on stage at Madison Square Garden last night, for the first of six shows (three at the Garden, three at Nassau Coliseum), over the next two weeks. It’s actually been a year and a half since Led Zep’s last appearance. In the meantime, their cult has become so enormous that this is the longest and largest stand and rock group has ever done locally.

What’s up for grabs is the title of world’s greatest rock and roll band. There are only two other serious challengers, Rolling Stones and the Who. The Who have not made a major album in three years. In the last five years, the Stones have made four great ones, but only three of their six releases have sold 1,000,000 copies or more. Led Zeppelin have only made five albums – with a sixth shortly to be released – and all of them have sold more than a million copies. One of them, their fourth, sold over 2,000,000. The Stones may have the rep, but Led Zep have the numbers. (D. Marsh, NY Newsday Feb. 75)


MADISON  SQUARE GARDEN, N.Y.

Led Zeppelin, atop the rock heap these days, gave an exciting concert Monday (3), the first of six dates in the New York City area, three each at Madison Square Garden and Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, L.I. The  total haul for the Jerry Weintraub promotions here will near $950,000.

None of the rowdyness and damage caused by prospective ticket purchasers and those denied  entry at other locations was in evidence at the Garden, where the youthful crowd was in better order than at many other local rock shows. Security was tip top, also.

Auditors were rewarded by the tour's first performance of an expanded version of the oldie, "Dazed and Confused," which had not been done previously because of a pre-tour injury to Jimmy Page's fingers. They seemed okay in Monday's tour de force as Page reinforced his rep as one of rock's premier  guitarists, a rep dating back to his days with the Yardbirds.

Although plagued with a sore throat, Robert Plant was dynamic as lead singer-sex symbol. Bass guitarist John Paul Jones excelled on a variety of keyboard in several numbers from the Britishers' upcoming album, the first on their own Swan Song label.

Even John Bonham's 18-minute drum solo had more inventive twists than heretofore. But it was still too long. Writing was a big production plus. [-Kirb. | Published 2-5-75]

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Press Review: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NYC - The Led Zeppelin sold-out tour crashed and flashed its way into New York in the thoroughly professional way that only rock's premiere heavy band can accomplish. The Zep proved again that they have no competition from the bands with whom they are often unintelligently lumped (i.e. Grand Funk, Deep Purple), as they create sophisticated hard rock with unusual and complex rhythms and expert vocal and instrumental construction and coloring.

The nearly three hour show this tour is slicker than in past years (gone. for example is the impressive acoustic set from several tours back) and did not lack weaknesses, especially in Robert Plant's apparently hoarse voice which avoided the falsetto trademark of the last two LPs. and in the sound, which was muddier than would be expected from the massive PA system. Nevertheless, the show was by all indications a resounding success, with material spanning the complete history of the group.

High points of the well-paced set included an extended "Dazed And Confused" from the first album performed only once before on the tour due to Jimmy Page's injured finger, which seemed to little affect his fine solo on the tune, the classic Stairway To Heaven, perhaps the most impressive tune of the evening , and the eerie "No Quarter" which featured bassist John Paul Jones' tasty keyboard work. John Bonham's drumming was particularly impressive this night and was featured solo in ''Moby Dick.

Three diverse new tunes from the upcoming "Physical Graffiti" LP were aired the unusual ''Kashmir." the blues "In My Time Of Dying," and "Trampled Underfoot", all fine new pieces. "Houses Of the Holy" material rounded out the set and the two encores featured "Whole Lotta Love" and "Communication Breakdown".

In all cases, the music was enhanced by a fine lighting system supplemented by laser and smoke effects.

Led Zeppelin continues to prove that heavy rock can be intelligently and creatively executed, and their incredible popularity attests to the fact that audiences can still recognize quality when they hear it. [-BK, Cashbox, 2/75]

 

Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Atlantic Records hosts a party for Led Zeppelin after the show: ledzeppelin.com/event/february-3-1975

Led Zep Shows Why They’re One of the Great Ones

It’s been a long time since we rock and rolled, bellowed Robert Plant as Led Zeppelin stepped on stage at Madison Square Garden last night, for the first of six shows (three at the Garden, three at Nassau Coliseum), over the next two weeks. It’s actually been a year and a half since Led Zep’s last appearance. In the meantime, their cult has become so enormous that this is the longest and largest stand and rock group has ever done locally.

What’s up for grabs is the title of world’s greatest rock and roll band. There are only two other serious challengers, Rolling Stones and the Who. The Who have not made a major album in three years. In the last five years, the Stones have made four great ones, but only three of their six releases have sold 1,000,000 copies or more. Led Zeppelin have only made five albums – with a sixth shortly to be released – and all of them have sold more than a million copies. One of them, their fourth, sold over 2,000,000. The Stones may have the rep, but Led Zep have the numbers. (D. Marsh, NY Newsday Feb. 75)


MADISON  SQUARE GARDEN, N.Y.

Led Zeppelin, atop the rock heap these days, gave an exciting concert Monday (3), the first of six dates in the New York City area, three each at Madison Square Garden and Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, L.I. The  total haul for the Jerry Weintraub promotions here will near $950,000.

None of the rowdyness and damage caused by prospective ticket purchasers and those denied  entry at other locations was in evidence at the Garden, where the youthful crowd was in better order than at many other local rock shows. Security was tip top, also.

Auditors were rewarded by the tour's first performance of an expanded version of the oldie, "Dazed and Confused," which had not been done previously because of a pre-tour injury to Jimmy Page's fingers. They seemed okay in Monday's tour de force as Page reinforced his rep as one of rock's premier  guitarists, a rep dating back to his days with the Yardbirds.

Although plagued with a sore throat, Robert Plant was dynamic as lead singer-sex symbol. Bass guitarist John Paul Jones excelled on a variety of keyboard in several numbers from the Britishers' upcoming album, the first on their own Swan Song label.

Even John Bonham's 18-minute drum solo had more inventive twists than heretofore. But it was still too long. Writing was a big production plus. [-Kirb. | Published 2-5-75]

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

Press Review: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NYC - The Led Zeppelin sold-out tour crashed and flashed its way into New York in the thoroughly professional way that only rock's premiere heavy band can accomplish. The Zep proved again that they have no competition from the bands with whom they are often unintelligently lumped (i.e. Grand Funk, Deep Purple), as they create sophisticated hard rock with unusual and complex rhythms and expert vocal and instrumental construction and coloring.

The nearly three hour show this tour is slicker than in past years (gone. for example is the impressive acoustic set from several tours back) and did not lack weaknesses, especially in Robert Plant's apparently hoarse voice which avoided the falsetto trademark of the last two LPs. and in the sound, which was muddier than would be expected from the massive PA system. Nevertheless, the show was by all indications a resounding success, with material spanning the complete history of the group.

High points of the well-paced set included an extended "Dazed And Confused" from the first album performed only once before on the tour due to Jimmy Page's injured finger, which seemed to little affect his fine solo on the tune, the classic Stairway To Heaven, perhaps the most impressive tune of the evening , and the eerie "No Quarter" which featured bassist John Paul Jones' tasty keyboard work. John Bonham's drumming was particularly impressive this night and was featured solo in ''Moby Dick.

Three diverse new tunes from the upcoming "Physical Graffiti" LP were aired the unusual ''Kashmir." the blues "In My Time Of Dying," and "Trampled Underfoot", all fine new pieces. "Houses Of the Holy" material rounded out the set and the two encores featured "Whole Lotta Love" and "Communication Breakdown".

In all cases, the music was enhanced by a fine lighting system supplemented by laser and smoke effects.

Led Zeppelin continues to prove that heavy rock can be intelligently and creatively executed, and their incredible popularity attests to the fact that audiences can still recognize quality when they hear it. [-BK, Cashbox, 2/75]

 

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, Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Al Moran's picture

Oh yeah My last paid by Family vacation to New York.This was a rushed visit for Me I always stayed at least two months when I visited my Uncle Darrell in Jersey .I only made one more trip in 77 and he moved back to Louisiana in 79 or 80.Of course I have been back with the Navy twice.I plan to take a vacation around a concert soon maybe another Led Zeppelin show could happen.Please Robert think about it.I am having withdrawals. Well no Uncle for this show and no Teresa She met someone sad to say.I went alone all by myself.Well at the time this show seemed awesome to me.The band rocked hard and I once again never noticed Robert's vocal issues. Dazed and Confused if I had not read the earlier review I would not have known that they had stopped playing it and we were blessed with it's return .For it had been played at every show I had attended till that point in My Zeppelin Concert experiances.i got pretty wasted that night well no supervision teenager Led Zeppelin concert why not.
I have not heard nor do Iown the bootleg of this show however My standout songs were Sick Again and In My Time of Dying,and of course the entire Encore section.
Black Dog/Communication Breakdown.But don't worry Garden I will return in 77 for one last New York Led Zeppelin experiance.I was a little down this trip as My friend Teresa had a new boyfriend.Just as a note most of My previous trip's had been in warmer months this one was Cold .Remmeber I am from the South I froze my tail off.

Joni Mansfield-Hazaz's picture

My first live Led Zep show, not sure the exact date but it was one of the three at the Garden, there'd been a blizzard, a power outage, but nothing was going to stop me from getting there. (I remember having to light a match to climb the stairs in my mom's house at 2am -- there were no lights b/c the power was out -- and what was a 16 year old doing with matches anyway?!) After all the amazing stories I'd heard, the actual experience greatly exceeded all expectations. Jimmy Page in those silver sequined moon and star trousers, playing the guitar with a violin bow, the raw power generated by these four mortals on a stage, it was just beyond anything I'd ever seen. The last time I saw Plant and Page at the Garden was at a Grateful Dead (!) concert. We were sitting in the WFAN box above a portal where they were watching the show and I guess I was the last to learn Robert wasn't a natural blond! Anyhow, I haven't read Rolling Stone in years but I saw the reunion cover today in CVS with my 5 year old son and grabbed it. Can't wait to see this band again!!!!!!!!

Ray O's picture

got some great pics from the show.
also there are some great mp3 available on the web.
check out Rampaging Cajun. LSU Feb 28 '75 concert.
3 disks worth of tunes.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

The first tour show in New York and the first 1975 performance of Dazed And Confused, not played live since July 29th, 1973 at the same venue. This show is the first one from North America 1975 at which Dazed And Confused was performed. Page sounds great at this show, playing with confidence - albeit some caution here and there - considering his finger injury was only a few weeks previous; Sick Again, Over The Hills And Far Away, In My Time Of Dying, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song each reveal speed of his healing. Songs are generally shorter or abbreviated compared to what they would be in the next month or so, though (Dazed And Confused has only 20 minutes, No Quarter only 14 and Whole Lotta Love barely 1 minute flat). And as the tapers are heard to remark about Robert Plant this is one of those 1975 shows where his vocal sound really doesn't rise above mediocre. If one can tune out Plant's rasp this is a really enjoyable concert, plenty of atmosphere.

Jerry's picture

This is probaby the 3rd greatest Zeppelin concert ever! The 2007 reunion is the 1st, and Royal Albert Hall is the 2nd. A concert isn't great without Moby Dick.

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Feb 3 75 concert was awsome! by Ray O (not verified)
ROCK ROYALTY AT THE GARDEN by Al Moran (not verified)
This is probaby the 3rd by Jerry (not verified)
Madison Square Garden '75 by Joni Mansfield-Hazaz (not verified)