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Nassau Coliseum - February 4, 1975

  • includes: 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.
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on September 22, 2007 - 5:15pm
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February 4, 1975
Uniondale
NY
United States
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Setlist: 

includes: 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.

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'75 North American Tour Programme

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The group's original plan to perform in Boston on this night are squashed by the city's mayor, after thousands of fans riot trying to buy tickets.

News Report: Jan. 7, 1975 - More than 2,000 young people waiting to buy tickets to a rock concert erupted in a beer-drinking, bottle-throwing spree early today that caused an estimated $50,000 to $75,000 damage at Boston Garden, officials reported.

"There was no real motive," said box-office manager Steven Rosenblatt. "We had some pretty messed up kids running around." Members of Boston's Tactical Police Force were summoned and put down the trouble, confiscating a number of knives. No arrests were reported and injuries were confined to cuts and scratches.

Tickets to the Led Zeppelin concert scheduled for Feb. 4 were to go on sale at 10 a.m. today. Rosenblatt said the Garden doors are opened at 11 p.m. the night before tickets go on sale so buyers do not have to wait outside. He said that when the number of young people grew Monday night, the largest estimate being 2,700, he called in ticket sellers at 2:30a.m. By 6:10a.m, a sellout number of 9,000 tickets- ranging in price from $6.50 to $8.50, was purchased. Rosenblatt said the same people who caused the trouble now have tickets to the concert and city officials may demand that the concert be canceled.


 

Whatever the Reason, Led Zeppelin is Well-Liked

Led Zeppelin’s amazing power of attraction remains mysterious even to fans.

More than 100,000 fans will see Led Zeppelin’s six New York area shows between now and February 14. The group’s second performance piled 16,000 fans into Nassau Coliseum last night, as will two shows next week. In addition, the group has played one sell-out show at Madison Square Garden, with two more upcoming. This is by far the biggest one-group series of shows in history, the Beatles one-night stand at massive Shea Stadium drew only 56,000.

Last night’s show was a re-scheduled date, slotted into the itinerary when a Boston date was canceled after a near riot by prospective ticket buyers. Many of the fans said that they would have been terribly disappointed if they had not been able to attend. But few of them were able to explain why, except that they “like the music.”

Clearly, however, much of the group’s appeal is due to its pronounced sexuality. “It’s amazing,” said a 27 year-old fans who didn’t wish to have his name used. “I look at these kids’ faces and they’re so young. They’re pure American, clean, almost sexless. But they’ve come to see someone who is the archetype of the sexual.”

Few of Zeppelin’s fans are so articulate. Fewer still are so old. Some are as young as 13, but the majority are boys in their middle teens. “I think boys just like hard rock more than girls. Girls tend to like people like Cat Stevens,” 16-year-old Lisa Rothstein of Great Neck said. But the sexuality isn’t what appeals to the boys. In fact, some see the group as a healthy, alternative to the ambiguous sexual stance of such other big name rockers as Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper and David Bowie. Clearly, another part of what gives Zeppelin its zap is that they can be viewed purely musically. Guitarist Jimmy Page was a legend ten years ago, as a British studio musician, as was bassist John Paul Jones. (D. Marsh, Newsday, 2/5/75)

Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

The group's original plan to perform in Boston on this night are squashed by the city's mayor, after thousands of fans riot trying to buy tickets.

News Report: Jan. 7, 1975 - More than 2,000 young people waiting to buy tickets to a rock concert erupted in a beer-drinking, bottle-throwing spree early today that caused an estimated $50,000 to $75,000 damage at Boston Garden, officials reported.

"There was no real motive," said box-office manager Steven Rosenblatt. "We had some pretty messed up kids running around." Members of Boston's Tactical Police Force were summoned and put down the trouble, confiscating a number of knives. No arrests were reported and injuries were confined to cuts and scratches.

Tickets to the Led Zeppelin concert scheduled for Feb. 4 were to go on sale at 10 a.m. today. Rosenblatt said the Garden doors are opened at 11 p.m. the night before tickets go on sale so buyers do not have to wait outside. He said that when the number of young people grew Monday night, the largest estimate being 2,700, he called in ticket sellers at 2:30a.m. By 6:10a.m, a sellout number of 9,000 tickets- ranging in price from $6.50 to $8.50, was purchased. Rosenblatt said the same people who caused the trouble now have tickets to the concert and city officials may demand that the concert be canceled.


 

Whatever the Reason, Led Zeppelin is Well-Liked

Led Zeppelin’s amazing power of attraction remains mysterious even to fans.

More than 100,000 fans will see Led Zeppelin’s six New York area shows between now and February 14. The group’s second performance piled 16,000 fans into Nassau Coliseum last night, as will two shows next week. In addition, the group has played one sell-out show at Madison Square Garden, with two more upcoming. This is by far the biggest one-group series of shows in history, the Beatles one-night stand at massive Shea Stadium drew only 56,000.

Last night’s show was a re-scheduled date, slotted into the itinerary when a Boston date was canceled after a near riot by prospective ticket buyers. Many of the fans said that they would have been terribly disappointed if they had not been able to attend. But few of them were able to explain why, except that they “like the music.”

Clearly, however, much of the group’s appeal is due to its pronounced sexuality. “It’s amazing,” said a 27 year-old fans who didn’t wish to have his name used. “I look at these kids’ faces and they’re so young. They’re pure American, clean, almost sexless. But they’ve come to see someone who is the archetype of the sexual.”

Few of Zeppelin’s fans are so articulate. Fewer still are so old. Some are as young as 13, but the majority are boys in their middle teens. “I think boys just like hard rock more than girls. Girls tend to like people like Cat Stevens,” 16-year-old Lisa Rothstein of Great Neck said. But the sexuality isn’t what appeals to the boys. In fact, some see the group as a healthy, alternative to the ambiguous sexual stance of such other big name rockers as Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper and David Bowie. Clearly, another part of what gives Zeppelin its zap is that they can be viewed purely musically. Guitarist Jimmy Page was a legend ten years ago, as a British studio musician, as was bassist John Paul Jones. (D. Marsh, Newsday, 2/5/75)

Setlists: 

includes: 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.

Comments

Christopher Davies's picture

I remember waiting on a long 5 hour line to purchase my tickets from a department store in Hempstead, Long Island. The line was up and down the store and carried through women's clothing.

My Grandfather passed away 5 days before the concert and was buried on the morning of the show. I was very upset and my Mom urged me to go and have a good time. I did and was mesmorized by the band. Towards the middle of the concert during "No Quarter" they shinned the lights into the crystal ball which created a swirling affect almost hypnotising me. The sound was great but Jimmy Page had recently slammed his plane door on his finger and it was broken, making it difficult for him to do all of his solos.

After the concert my friend and I got a ride from his Sister. It was snowing and she was really worried that she would have an accident. She left me 1 mile away from home, coincidentally in front of the cemetery where my Grandfather had just been buried in. It was dark and scary. I never forgot that experience!

Rick's picture

I was one of those 2000 + fans that were allowed into the Garden the night before tickets went on sale in 1975. I'll never ever forget that incredible night. My friend Willy & I went there as a spur of the moment decision. It started snowing out real bad and the folks from the Garden were nice enough to let us in so we wouldn't freeze to death outside. Bad mistake by those guys.

We slid around on the ice for awhile, but it got too dangerous out there with everyone tearing out the seats and sliding around.

Willy & I hunkered down in the stands and watched everything happen, people started unrolling the fire hoses and spraying the place down. We watched the police sneak up on one guy who was spaying the hose, when they jumped out at him, he held them off for awhile with the hose before dropping it and running off, I still often wonder if they ever caught him.

When they started breaking into the concession stands and stealing all the beer, food and souvenirs, I realized that things were getting way out of control.

They started selling the tickets at like 2:00 am just to get us out of there, Willy & I both got a pair of tickets. A couple of weeks later Mayor Kevin White cancelled the concert. I guess he figured that if this was what they do just for tickets, I wouldn't want to see what they'd do at the concert.

We went back and turned in our tickets to get a refund, I think we paid around $7.50 for those tickets, I really wish though that I had kept them, I think they'd be cool collector's items now adays.

brendan's picture

after sleeping all nite in front of Cousins record shop on fordham road in the bronx and enduring a police iniatiated riot in front of the store,held on to cop a bunch of 8th row orchestra seats..MSG was sold out...first time seeing led zep....my first date with jane who asked"which one is led zepelin??...ronny wood was on stage after just becoming a rolling stone and played with zep on communication breakdown...the last song of the nite...

Lindene Anderson's picture

All my dreams came true that night! My heart pounded and tears filled my eyes as Bonzo pounded out the beginning throngs of Rock -n- Roll. This was the beginning of 30 years of seeing Robert Plant live and Jimmy as often as I could. Looking at these photos brings back memories of that time in my life. Time and again Thank You. '
Always---Lindene.

Mike's picture

Does anyone have any news paper photos of the Tix Sale night Boston Garden Riot?

Barry LaFrance's picture

Back in 75 I was a junior in high school. My friend's mother worked at the Boston Garden, and she was able to get us front row seats for Led Zeppelin’s show on Feb 4th. This was the first concert that I did not have to show up early, get crushed by the crowds or endure any other torture for great seats. I was so thrilled to have these tickets in the very front row to see a band that was unbelievable to say the least. Well you know the rest of the story....The rowdy crowds destroyed the Garden, and the show was cancelled. I never saw this incredible band, and after the break up, I saw the lights go out without ever seeing Led Zeppelin EVER! I still want to see them. In fact, my kids just bought me the Mothership CD. Now at nearly 50 I would still give a lot to see them. Recently, I saw where they are looking at touring again in Sept 08. Unreal, if they tour, I am going... We are keeping an ear to the ground with news of a tour, and I will be buying tickets as soon as they come out. I wonder if my friend's mother still works at the Boston Garden?

Barry

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This is not a bad show but no tops here. Possibly the best part of this tape is Dazed And Confused, with some really nice guitar work and mood.

Rich Whalen's picture

Great memory of that show! I actually sat in the first row for that performance (just to the right of this view), back when you could stand in line all night and actually buy first row seats. One of the best concerts ever - my ears rang for 2 days after and I loved it!

fc's picture

I WAS THERE THAT NIGHT. Security was stupid. We got there at 5pm and started top wait in line, I was number 22 in line!!!!!!!...... for the box office to open at 8am the next day. It was cold and the crowd was huge by 11pm ......and roudy by 12mid. The fans were drunk, high and angry because the line was so long. Someone felt bad for us because we were standing in the cold and they let us inside the Garden to stay warm.... with little to no security supervision. There must have been three thousand people inside..... and they went wild, breaking into the concession stands, ripping chairs off the floor and playing demolition derby with them on the ice. That's right, the ice rink was exposed. The cops came too late, police dogs were chasing people running with cases of stolen beer, the crowd broke the sinks off the wall and flooded the bathrooms. Finally at about 2am the announcement came.... that tickets were going on sale early. At 3:00am they opened up the box office and sold us tickets to get us out of the building. The next day the mayor of Boston and the owners of the Garden cancelled the concert. Reason was...... they didn't wan't rowdy's like Zeppelin fans anywhere near Boston. I should have kept my tickets, (I bought 4) but I went back the next day and got my money back. I bet those tickets would be worth something today.

Steve's picture

Sorry you didn't get there, Barry. I had a remarkable stroke of luck in that I lived near Worcester at the time and heard Charles Laquidara announce the LI show as a substitute - the day after I was to return to college on LI! Needless to say, I sent away for the ticket ($8 or $8.50...) and received it a couple of days before I returned to campus. I bummed rides to Uniondale - it was a real odyssey in both directions! The show was incredible and I'll always remember it!

Wayne's picture

Ron Wood did not play with Led Zep on Feb. 4, 1975 on the encore. I know I was there in front of Page/Plant for the encore. I was from Boston for this show that was added and ran down in front for the encore.

Dom's picture

My dad's friend had gotten tickets to see this show, and they were incredibly excited like anybody else, and of course the show was canceled and he never got to see them. When I told him that they may go back on tour, he actually said he didn't care if he saw them, and they won't sound the same. Eh, too bad for him, I'm sure as hell going!

Canuck1's picture

I was also in the " Garden" on that night. Dummies went into the washrooms, stuffed the sinks with toilet paper and turned on the faucets flooding the place.
As we were waiting in line for tickets a fellow behind us picked up a souvenier hockey stick and a Boston Police Offices smacked him on the hand with a baton. I`ll NEVER forget that night.
We never realized that it snowed all night and was suprised to see the mess that awaited us when we got outside.
Ended up taking back the tickets to get our money back and missed what would have been one of the best shows ever held in " The Garden ".

Mike's picture

I cant remember the exact time I got there but I do know I was there early and first in line at that time the line started inside then at some point after they must have thought it was a larger deal then expected. We where asked to go out side up top and by the time I got up there I may have been 7th or 8th but didnt think abything of it. The people where all partying someone had music Zeppelin of course n yes I was high. There was a fenced in area that had fold out chairs so someone got over the fence and yup we all had seats. The seat became more of a problem after time because we where packed in like sardines so much so I could stand without my feet on the ground. It took me one hour to move 10 or 15 feet,I wanted out the cop on the outside racked his club across my fingers but after begging I got out got on a train went home to Reading. I told a friend the story and yup we headed back in by that time they had open the Garden we all sat waiting while drinking the free beer. The Dogs up top where a bit much. I was with 4 other friends by this time and seeing they got inside while I was on my way back from Reading there Lottery number was lower then mine so I gave one of my friends my money to buy me two tix and left to wait outside. Surprise the limit was 4 tix per person so the story go's I was first in line and didnt have a tix to show for it. There is more because when I got back to Reading I was so pissed off I drove to Burlington Mall Tix Master I got to the window and yup the shut down. So I was the only happy guy after the cancelled the show.

Raymond Melikian's picture

I was there also. I was one of the fine young men that ripped out the seats in a row of four and played ice derby.

I remember breaking into the channel 38 room and me and a friend playing with the cameras pretending we were calling a Bruins game while high on acid.

Good times those were. Good times.

peter tortolini's picture

WOW ! I was thinking of that night the other day so i googled cancelled Led Zepplin concert, It was such a crazy night, I did not realize that we were there till 3 am in the morning, There was absolutly no security around they just let us in to the Boston Garden  and then all Hell broke loose . I remember my friend walking across the Garden ice with a case of bottle beers and then of course when the beer was empty the kids started throwing the bottles onto the ice at the kids that were running and falling all over the place, Finally the riot police came and they got us under control and got us out of the building .

Perry's picture

I was 17 and drove in that night to get tickets and wait in line. My car broke down on 128 and we left it there on the highway and thumbed in the rest of the way. I remember it was really cold waiting outside and the lines broke down into chaos. People were kicking the doors and being squeezed to get in so they opened up early before anyone got hurt, I climbed to the front hanging on an overhead  pipe because you couldn't move in the line. I ended up getting a good ticket number as one of the first 50 people in the door. They passed out vouchers until the ticket booth opened. Ended up getting center stage 3rd row as a kid and a huge fan I was pretty excited. We sat for hours in the nose bleed section of the Garden waiting for the booth to open and people were drunk and I think bored. They started breaking into the concession stands and ripped some fire hoses out. They threw chairs on the ice and started a few fires. Everyone was pretty high. I watched from the stands and didn't do anything, it was a few hundred people causing the trouble everyone else was just waiting until morning. I used my tickets to get a date with the hottest girl in my class haha but they canceled the concert and I was devastated. Mostly because I missed the chance to see my all time favorite band, but also because with no Zeppelin tickets the hot girl dumped me haha those were the days ...

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