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Trentham Gardens - January 15, 1973

  • includes: 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).
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on September 22, 2007 - 2:13pm
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January 15, 1973
Stoke-on-Trent
United Kingdom
uk
Setlist: 

includes: 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).

Note: 
UK '72 / '73 Programme

Click here to view the tour programme.
(flipbook)

John Bonham's brother Mick recalled the night in his book 'My Brother John':

"I mused on the thought of putting a heavy rock band on stage in a venue such as Trentham Gardens. Set in 1000 acres of woodlands and beautiful gardens... John kick-started the kit into life, making it sound like a pneumatic hammer pounding the snare. The audience knew it was time to rock and Jacko (father) and I stood proudly watching as the boys yet again gave their all in a show that moulded talent with sheer magic."

 

Notes: 
UK '72 / '73 Programme

Click here to view the tour programme.
(flipbook)

John Bonham's brother Mick recalled the night in his book 'My Brother John':

"I mused on the thought of putting a heavy rock band on stage in a venue such as Trentham Gardens. Set in 1000 acres of woodlands and beautiful gardens... John kick-started the kit into life, making it sound like a pneumatic hammer pounding the snare. The audience knew it was time to rock and Jacko (father) and I stood proudly watching as the boys yet again gave their all in a show that moulded talent with sheer magic."

 

Setlists: 

includes: 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).

Comments

thedrumdoctor's picture

I was too young to be there (6) but enjoyed reading the account of it in Mick Bonham's book about his brother smashing through some huge wooden doors in his car, then hitting the M6 for home only to be driving the wrong way, ending up on the outskirts of Liverpool without any petrol to get him home!

The mystery is, what set him off that night to cause him to depart the venue in an angry state?

I play in Stone fairly regularly and have to pass the entrance to Trentham Gardens on the journey. I often think about Bonzo driving my way home north, up the M6 in a temper, as I pass the gardens...

Having never been inside the gardens, does anyone remember where the gig was actually staged and if the building still exists?

Steve Rowley's picture

I was just 17, had my first serious girlfriend, I was Led Zep mad, and we were there at Trentham Gardens. I remember before the band came on looking in awe at the huge backdrops of the Icelandic symbols. The excitement reached fever pitch, and the band came on, straight into Rock and Roll, then I think, Black Dog.

It was so long ago I cannot remember the actual list of numbers they did that night, but all the favourites were in there. The sound was great, and the band played really well. When it was all over I was left with a big smile on my face and a sort of feeling that I had witnessed a bit of history. LZ never came back to Stoke, so it I guess it was a piece of history in a way. I was happy for days. I guess that was LZ in their prime; those first four albums - to me - are the best ones. All have their own taste and feel, and I like them all equally depending on what mood I'm in.

Now, I'm 52 and I tried my best to get tickets for the re-union concert, but like millions of others, to no avail. I've a feeling we haven't heard the last though. And for me, to see LZ in full motion, 35 years later, would be something. I just hope that I can get tickets next time! But I'll never forget that Trentham gig so long as I live.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

First, the sound here is exceptional. Secondly, even though the entire band is playing incredibly well, Bonham is amazing, using different and unique fills and playing in every song. Black Dog receibed very confusing introduction from the side of Plant: "This is a song about a Labrador that used to come with when we went shooting people ... we don't shot animals!" Whole Lotta Love includes Hendrix's Voodoo Chile and contains some really different playing, singing, and drumming, making it one of the best! Overall, even though Robert's voice is still recovering from the flu, this show is wonderful and relaxed, and the band makes some great music here.

Dave Bramhall's picture

I have no recollection of there being a programme on sale but you did get a really naff "poster" (a small, cardboardy thing) if you sent away for it - you probably had to send the ticket or something like that.

Anyway, this was the first of three times I saw the band, who were, of course stunning. Rock'n'Roll started with the usual implosion of noise as the 70s pa buckled under the sonic demands being made upon it. The Rain Song was a standout and would never sound as good again until Earl's Court - the album version just doesn't have either the muscle or the delicacy that Page got on stage. The opening notes of Stairway raised that crowd noise that became a cliche and a millstone round Robert's neck - but this was just the first time and ... well, we knew he would. We got right up front for the Whole Lotta Love medley which was as it should be: life never did get any better than this, even when Forest won the championship. Earl's Court is the one I'll go back to when they perfect the tardis technology, because musically it was as close to perfection as God and his three man backing band is ever likely to get, but Trentham Gardens was more visceral, more fun. A bit like the Priory of Brion at Whitley Bay.

OK: so who's going to hand over an O2 ticket then - you know you don't deserve it.

Zoso's picture

Having seen the group in 71 at the same venue i.m always sad I missed this concert, as the set must have been the same 6 months later in New York when they filmed the 3 concerts for (The song remains the same). Oh well maybe someone can invent a time machine and whisk me back. Zeppelin greatest rock band of all time and will never go out of fashion....

Phil D's picture

What a show, what a night, what a memory. Never forgotten.

John Winchester's picture

Oh Steve, what can I say - I was there to. Had to pursuade my mum to drive me there - nearly didnt make it.
My feelings were identical to yours, i'm 51 now and it could have been yesterday. The sound was amazing, so much power but with great control. I was lucky enough to see them also at Earl's Court in 75' and Knebworth in 79'. All three gigs have there special place for me, but as you say it felt like a real honour to be there on 15/1/73.

I too tried for the reunion gig and missed - rest assured though, if they play again, i'll get there - whatever!

I owned a small shop for a few years (1990) out in rural Shropshire that was part of a supermarket complex and I was standing watching the world go by when Robert Plant walked in front of me with his son. Can you imagine what I felt! I introduced myself and said what a huge fan I was, shook his hand and he was gone - guess that was my 15 seconds!!

I'm a massive music fan - all types, but LZ for me were and always will be the best and by some margin.

Rob Poole's picture

The concert was held in the Ball Room.
I assume it's still there!

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