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Liverpool Empire - January 14, 1973

  • Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker, The Ocean.
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on September 22, 2007 - 2:09pm
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January 14, 1973
Liverpool
United Kingdom
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Setlist: 

Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker, The Ocean.

Setlists: 

Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker, The Ocean.

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Gareth Jones's picture

Having seen zep earlier on the tour at Manchester Hardrock I more or less knew what to expect.
At Manchester my mate had a tape recorder and taped the show (very naughty I know).
All over Xmas and New Year I had listened to the show so knew what was coming.
I queued outside the Empire, with my girlfriend, and had to move out of the way as a big limo stopped and a certain Robert Plant got out and entered through a side door - everyone went quiet.

Inside we were upstairs (the circle) at the very front - looking down on the stage.
The band played the same show as at the Hardrock but the encores were different.

I don't think they played as well - I remember John Paul Jones mellotron going haywire and packing up during Stairway.
His hair had changed from very long to that stupid pudding bowl style that you see in the film "Song Remains...........".

During Whole Lotta Love, when Plant sings "One night, I was laying down thinking" just before they start playing all the old rock 'n' roll covers, he also sang "I believe I told you this before, last year at the place where they do the wrestling" (i.e. Liverpool Stadium) - how cool is Planty.

I also remember him apologising for not doing an accoustic set - something about it not going down too well in Germany - they did play Tangerine but not too sure about Bron-aur- Stomp.

'The Ocean' was brilliant - they didn't play that one in Manchester.

But it was a good night - a great way to start 1973.

This was also the year I first saw The Stones (brilliant) and The Who (dreadful - doing the full Quadrophenia) on seperate dates at Bell Vue, Manchester - around September / October.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

An excellent show, even though Robert's voice is severely damaged by the flu. The band is on fire here though! Dazed And Confused has some truly savage playing and the rhythm section owns this show, even though Jimmy plays very well too, especially on the last three numbers. A complete soundboard show except for Rock And Roll missing as the first song ... Robert's voice is gone but this is a really great instrumental concert.

Rob's picture

I was there. I was in my last year of school and queued up with friends from 6.am to get the £1 tickets. I remember the crush into the box office was ridiculous. The show started at 7 and we all thought they would never start on time so got there a few minutes late and they were on stage already! My seat was in the mid-stalls towards the left-hand side. They were'nt that loud (unlike Rainbow who were deafening). The crowd were ecstatic - one girl in front of me spent most of the gig screaming 'Robert Plant Marry Me' - which seemed more like something you would shout at a Bay City Rollers concert than a Zep gig. I was stunned by the event and the overall impression of the music and the performance and actually cannot remember much about individual songs - being high just to be there. Funny - this is exactly how I felt standing a similar distance away from the stage at the Ahmut Ertugen gig in December - nothing changes then.

geoff's picture

The first 'live' show I ever went to. Queued up all day months before and got a stalls seat in Row Y. Every ticket in the house cost £1. No support act. The show itself was on a Sunday if memory serves.
A roadie came onstage prior to the band and tested the drum-kit levels by hitting each drum once...I recall thinking that this was THE loudest sound I've ever heard ;D)

paul 's picture

I was there too. I remember queing for the tickets months before the date of the gig and the que stretching around the back of the theatre and continuing up London Road. My mate Alan and I joined the que at the back of the Empire at 7am eventually getting our tickets in the early afternoon.
I seem to recall that the band opened with 'Black Dog' which lives with me to this day as iconic of my Led Zep experience, I was 14 years old at the time.

pol's picture

HELLO

I would like to make a question that I really hope you can answer.
Do you know or remember a photographer from this concert who worked (I suppose) to an English magazine and die from myocardial(I suppose)???

p.s I am sorry for any mistakes but I am not from England!

p.s2 I would be glad if you could answer me and help me!

Joe Hoare Liverpool's picture

I still have my ticket, the programme, and the free cardbord poster that we had had to send a ticket stub away to Peter Grant. I still even have the leaflet advertising the poster. A great show!!

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