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King's Hall - January 16, 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, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley). Heartbreaker
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on September 22, 2007 - 2:15pm
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Average: 4.6 (23 votes)
January 16, 1973
Aberystwyth
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, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley). Heartbreaker

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, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley). Heartbreaker

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Geoff Griffiths's picture

They also played Heartbreaker as an encore.

Norman Davies's picture

I grew up near Aber' but had moved to Shrewsbury by that time. Old school friends got me a ticket and I travelled down on a motorcycle.

We had front row tickets. I had a Russian zenith SLR camera 2 lenses and a variety of film stock.

The show was awsome. The audience sat in their seats all the way through without getting up and going 'mad'. I think ZEP thought we were a bit backward or 'reserved'. I hope they didn't think we didn't like the show. I was gobsmacked and it changed my life. I bought a guitar soon after and I 'know' that that night's experience guided me as I developed my own 'way' of playing the guitar.

Sadly, on reflection, I truly believe that that tour was the end of the REAL Led Zeppelin phenomenon. It was just before 'Houses of the Holy' and the huge stadium 'mega-group' gigs that followed. I feel lucky to have seen and heard them just in the nick of time before they started to lose the plot.

The photos that I took have never been published. About 6 of them are really good pictures (I took about 130). I didn't use flash. At one point Jimmy looked straight at me and I thought I was going to get grabbed and thrown out. Luckily I wasn't.

I distinctly remember what Jimmy said quite loudly (off mike) at the very end as the others were leaving the stage. He said " Elvis has left the building". I think that means he thought we were a bunch of provincial hicks who'd been stunned by the big stars that they were. We were stunned, but in a very lovely way. Thanks Zep for coming to Aber and giving us such a brilliant performance even though you felt so much 'reserve' in the crowd.

Norman.

Rob Reynolds's picture

It was cold, much snow over the mountain road from Llandrindod. It was my brothers birthday. I THINK I recall Robert Plant saying 'Thanks for coming ....all 16 of you. But I'm so glad I went. Thanks VM>

Argenteum Astrum's picture

We know that during that night the band performed in a front of rather small and not well musically oriented audience (consisted of many local officials as stated on "Hammer Of The Gods" book that usually have been not well receipted by most fans of the group). Still a very good recording with rather intriguing Whole Lotta Love medley.

David Subacchi's picture

I had a front row ticket which I swopped for one several rows back because some guy wanted a close up of Jimmy Page's guitar playing. Just as well as I would have been deafened in row 1 !

LZ played non-stop for about 3 hours.

At the start of their set the lights dimmed and Robert Plants' voice announced "Ladies and Gentlemen a little surprise for you!". Then they broke into Rock n Roll followed by Black Dog. Fantastic!

The rumour in town was that they played the much inferior Kings Hall as opposed to the Univeristy's Great Hall because they had been refused entry to as student disco by some University jobsworth on the grounds that they were "not student union members" !

:)

David Subacchi

Gareth George's picture

i attended this concert and the comment about the University came from Robert Plant. I think that they had tried to see a concert by Dr Strangely Strange (?). This wa the time they had the cottage and were known to have drunk in the Farmers in Aber

len humphries's picture

i sat and drank until the early hours at the belle vue hotel in aberystwyth in the late 1970's. i didn;t even know who red zepelin were but the following day i was told i had been drinking in the presence of rock royalty. robert plant was a hoot and very polite but very gregarious and energising. seriously tho i had no idea who they were but they were gents and great company that evening, i never saw them there again tho..happy days indeed

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i sat and drank with robert plant by len humphries (not verified)
University jobsworth by Gareth George (not verified)
Led Zeppelin Aberystwyth 16/01/73 by Geoff Griffiths (not verified)
Aberystwyth Jan 16th 1973 by Rob Reynolds (not verified)
Photos from the front row by Norman Davies (not verified)