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Met Center - January 18, 1975

  • includes: Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills & Far Away, When the Levee Breaks, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.
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on September 22, 2007 - 5:43pm
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Average: 4.7 (109 votes)
January 18, 1975
Bloomington
MN
United States
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Setlist: 

includes: Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills & Far Away, When the Levee Breaks, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.

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'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Newspaper review: Led Zeppelin descended upon Minneapolis this past weekend and proved to a jam-packed crowd of more than 20,000 devotees that it is still the world's premiere heavy-metal rock and roll band.

The concert, which kicked off the band's 1975 North American tour in fine fashion, marked Led Zeppelin's first appearance on this side of the Atlantic Ocean in almost 18 months. Few groups are capable of approaching the energy level that Jimmy Page and company maintained from start to finish during the Zep's 2 1/2-hour performance. Still intact after almost seven years together as a tight, cohesive musical unit, Led Zeppelin has evolved from its beginnings as a heavy blues outfit, which specialized in long meandering hams into a sophisticated professional high energy rock band, capable of selling out one 50,000-seat football stadium after another all by itself, without the benefit of a warm-up act.

The group appeared onstage almost precisely at its scheduled 8 p.m. starting time to a thunderous roar from the crowd and broke right into Rock and Roll, led by Jimmy Page's hard, slashing guitar lines. With the exception of Moby Dick, the band's standard showcase for drummer John Bonham, and a brief, 30-second excerpt from Whole Lotta Love during the encore, the group confined its attention to its most recent albums, Led Zeppelin 4 and Houses Of The Holy, along with a number of selections from its coming Physical Grafitti LP. The new material was a particular highlight, most notably Kashmir, an ominously moody number featuring some intrigiung synthesizer work from John Paul Jones and Trampled Underfoot, a surging rocker whose title is most self-explanitory. A tremendous A tremendous version of Stairway To Heaven, sparked by Robert Plant's emotion-charged vocals, elicited the most enthusiastic reception of the evening.

It was the group's dynamic stage presence which impressed me above all else. These guys are totally in charge of the situation at all times, with Plant's rousing vocal histrionics and lanky, blond-maned frame (extremely sexy, according to most of the young ladies I spoke with before and after the show) commanding the attention of all. Page has developed into an energetic, exciting performer, prancing about and exchanging knowing smiles with Plant while he tosses out a succession of stupendous solos, each more incredible than the one before.

Other goodies for the evening included overwhelmingly powerful arrangements of When The Levee Breaks and The Song Remains The Same, which, along with the Physical Graffiti material were being performed for the first time, according to Plant. Near the end, Plant apologized to the crowd for the band being "rusty." He needn't have bothered — if Led Zeppelin was operating at only half-speed, I would be hard-pressed to imagine how sensational this band would be on a good night!

During its long tenure at the top of the heavy-metal rock pile, Led Zeppelin has met and defeated the challenges of untold numbers of pretenders to its throne, and if this past Saturday's performance is any indication of what's to come, I seriously doubt whether a band exists capable of equalling, much less surpassing, what Led Zeppelin could do in its sleep. The group's superb sound system and colorful lighting effects, which bathed the performers in a Avide variety of intense colors; added considerably to the over-all effect. In this highly inflationary age, Led Zeppelin gives its fans their money's worth and then more. Five years ago I willingly paid $10 for an 18th row ticket to the group's show in the same Bloomington Sports Centre (1970), the home of the Minnesota North Stars hockey club, yet this past week my 11th row seat cost just $8.50, a paltry sum for what this group delivers.

I would have liked to see the group play longer, and I doubt if there were more than a handful of people who would have left the building if the group played 15 encores into the small hours of the morning. - Free Press, Jan. 23, 1975.

Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Newspaper review: Led Zeppelin descended upon Minneapolis this past weekend and proved to a jam-packed crowd of more than 20,000 devotees that it is still the world's premiere heavy-metal rock and roll band.

The concert, which kicked off the band's 1975 North American tour in fine fashion, marked Led Zeppelin's first appearance on this side of the Atlantic Ocean in almost 18 months. Few groups are capable of approaching the energy level that Jimmy Page and company maintained from start to finish during the Zep's 2 1/2-hour performance. Still intact after almost seven years together as a tight, cohesive musical unit, Led Zeppelin has evolved from its beginnings as a heavy blues outfit, which specialized in long meandering hams into a sophisticated professional high energy rock band, capable of selling out one 50,000-seat football stadium after another all by itself, without the benefit of a warm-up act.

The group appeared onstage almost precisely at its scheduled 8 p.m. starting time to a thunderous roar from the crowd and broke right into Rock and Roll, led by Jimmy Page's hard, slashing guitar lines. With the exception of Moby Dick, the band's standard showcase for drummer John Bonham, and a brief, 30-second excerpt from Whole Lotta Love during the encore, the group confined its attention to its most recent albums, Led Zeppelin 4 and Houses Of The Holy, along with a number of selections from its coming Physical Grafitti LP. The new material was a particular highlight, most notably Kashmir, an ominously moody number featuring some intrigiung synthesizer work from John Paul Jones and Trampled Underfoot, a surging rocker whose title is most self-explanitory. A tremendous A tremendous version of Stairway To Heaven, sparked by Robert Plant's emotion-charged vocals, elicited the most enthusiastic reception of the evening.

It was the group's dynamic stage presence which impressed me above all else. These guys are totally in charge of the situation at all times, with Plant's rousing vocal histrionics and lanky, blond-maned frame (extremely sexy, according to most of the young ladies I spoke with before and after the show) commanding the attention of all. Page has developed into an energetic, exciting performer, prancing about and exchanging knowing smiles with Plant while he tosses out a succession of stupendous solos, each more incredible than the one before.

Other goodies for the evening included overwhelmingly powerful arrangements of When The Levee Breaks and The Song Remains The Same, which, along with the Physical Graffiti material were being performed for the first time, according to Plant. Near the end, Plant apologized to the crowd for the band being "rusty." He needn't have bothered — if Led Zeppelin was operating at only half-speed, I would be hard-pressed to imagine how sensational this band would be on a good night!

During its long tenure at the top of the heavy-metal rock pile, Led Zeppelin has met and defeated the challenges of untold numbers of pretenders to its throne, and if this past Saturday's performance is any indication of what's to come, I seriously doubt whether a band exists capable of equalling, much less surpassing, what Led Zeppelin could do in its sleep. The group's superb sound system and colorful lighting effects, which bathed the performers in a Avide variety of intense colors; added considerably to the over-all effect. In this highly inflationary age, Led Zeppelin gives its fans their money's worth and then more. Five years ago I willingly paid $10 for an 18th row ticket to the group's show in the same Bloomington Sports Centre (1970), the home of the Minnesota North Stars hockey club, yet this past week my 11th row seat cost just $8.50, a paltry sum for what this group delivers.

I would have liked to see the group play longer, and I doubt if there were more than a handful of people who would have left the building if the group played 15 encores into the small hours of the morning. - Free Press, Jan. 23, 1975.

Setlists: 

includes: Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills & Far Away, When the Levee Breaks, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.

Comments

Cindy WIlliams's picture

It was an epic show. Bitter cold night but red hot inside. What a fun time that was. Seems like it was only yesterday!!

David Johannsen's picture

Best of the 3 times I saw Zep. I t was great to hear those tunes from Physical Graffiti for the first time in concert. I'll never forget it.

Chas's picture

I remember Jimmy in his dragon outfit pulling out an old Danelectro and going into When The Levee Breaks. He danced a strange little jig back and fourth across the entire stage while he played it. I never saw him do that dance before or since on any film. I understand they only ever played it live that night and in Chicago the next evening.

Rod's picture

Awesome show. 13th row seats and sound and visuals were amazing.

Ron Lewton's picture

I remember the intense light coming from Page's ring, his double necked guitar, John Paul Jones standing tall like a giant, and laying down base lines, someone trying to steal our camera. A show that was of all shows, a mountain peak in my life.
After the show I had to get a Swan Song tatoo on my arm to display to the world my love for the heart beat of rock and roll.

Spauly's picture

Late getting on because of weather but Zeppelin made up for it with a great concert, never forget the Laser light show during Page solo and the sit down set with Battle of Evermore, Going to California.

Joni's picture

Two days before I left for bootcamp, Had my tickets for the eighth row center stage, I'd had them for months and a week before the show, they were stolen out of my purse. I was lucky... I remembered my seat and row numbers and had my receipt so they printed me a duplicate set and all I can say is that I have had a lifetime of awesome memories that they provided at that concert. The stairway to heaven set was amazing. Jon was particularly on his game and all the guys were memorable even after 33 years. I wish we could do it again. I still am a fan, Funny thing happened to me last week, I was listening to the immigrant song and my seven year old grandson says to me... Gramma, I can't believe you know Led Zeppelin... that's my music. I laughed till i cried. UNREAL all my grandkids listen to them. They are amazed at how "cool" i am. Thanks Guys for all the memories....

joni

Randy Byers's picture

A lazy, Sunday morning on my dorm floor at UNI in Cedar Falls, IA...I stumble down to the student lounge to get a copy of the Minneapolis Tribune and there it was...an ad for Led Zeppelin soon to be at the Met Stadium in Bloomington (Minneapolis)!!! The same place I had seen them in 1970! I could not believe it and immediatley set about making plans with my 3 college buddies to make the show.

On a very cold, snowy, Saturday afternoon in January, my room mate, Keith, and our good friends, Mike O'brien and "Chumley" started out in my 1969 Datsun stationwagon for the 4- hour drive to Minneapolis. We braved snow and ice covered roads, at times heavy snow and an engine breakdown and somehow made the show with only 20-minutes to spare. This time around, I had great seats on the right side of the stage (the Jimmy Page side) and about the time I was thinking how cool it was to be back at the Met to see Zep, the house lights went down and suddenly, the stage lit up with blinding, rapid fire strobe lights as Bonham did the fast paced drum intro to "Rock and Roll" and when John Paul and Page hit their first guitar chord of the song, the colored stage lights came on and there they were...John Paul, John Henry, Robert and Page!!! My God, I couldn't believe it...the best rock band in the world strutting their stuff just 40-feet from where I sat!

Man...I can't remember the 1970 show all that well, but go figure, I remember this one like it was yesterday. I remember thinking how accomplished and masterful each band member was. Since the show in 1970, Zep had matured, improved as musicians, each having developed their own unique style and they took the stage in total confidence. Looking back they were clearly at the top of their careers as musicians. Each song was flawless with a sound system that made you feel you were sitting in front of the world's best home stereo only with a much larger sound. The deep "thud" of Bonham's bass drum as it hit my chest with each note...lord...it had to have registered on seismographs 2-states away! Page's guitar work was note for note dead on...perfect and incredibly fast especially on "The Song Remains the Same...WOW! His guitar progression on "No Quarter" was incredible...cool jazz chords!

Plant's voice never sounded so good...clear, clean and he hit the high notes without any effort, (Stairway and Kashmir.) With regards to Bonham...what more can I say about the best, most powerful and stylelistic rock drummer who has ever lived? Lord...he was simply amazing on each and every song! John Paul's excellent bass work anchored each song and he added such a masterful touch with his keyboards on "No Quarter" and "Kashmir." I remember when Plant introduced "Kashmir" to the audiance, he simply said, "This is from our new album (pause)...Kashmir..." and just that fast, the band hit the opening note and proceeded to blow the place away! "Kashmir"...truely a defining Zep song if there ever was one!

I could go on and on but for the sake of space, I will close by saying how thankful and lucky I am to have seen this concert. It will always be my favorite and from a "wow factor" point of view, no doubt the VERY BEST of all the dozens of big name rock bands I have seen over the last 40 plus years. I truely believe Led Zeppelin to have been the world's greatest rock band. Their style, sound, showmanship and their music was ground breaking to say the very least. Their music has endured for decades and will likely continue. Here's to Zep...thanks to each of you, John Paul, John Henry, Robert and Jimmy. You guys changed the world...

sam's picture

this was the first official date with my wife as led zepplin was her favorite band(and mine).i bought the tickets the first week they were available.we are still married and i am still a zepplin fan.....wish i could be in england!!!!!!

Joe's picture

Great show, so glad I was there! Favorite group ever!

John Anderson's picture

I recall it was a cold night and we didn't know what to expect as the acoustics weren't great out at the old Met Sports Center (which used to sit where the Mall of America sits now). Even though chilly we were plenty toasty (!) as we entered. I'd picked up tickets for myself and three friends (Stoner, Scotty and Kolb) and the best I could get was section 225 (way up in the nosebleed seats, about ten rows from the top) but it sure beat not going! Our tickets were right on the aisle.

"Sims security company" wasn't checking anyone at the gates so we snuck in a few cans of beer and a bottle of Jack Daniels, and I was amazed at what other concert goers managed to bring in (one guy had a whole case of beer and another had a gallon jug of wine!)

Back in those days we could barely afford the tickets, with no money for souvenir tee-shirts or programs, so we found our seats and waited for the show. I still kick myself for not at least buying a program at this concert, and would have liked a tee-shirt too.

I recall there was supposed to be a laser light show on this tour, and it was heavily advertised as lasers were new back in 1975 and none of us had ever seen anything like this. Unfortunately, the laser show apparently broke down as it never happened. However, there was a stray beam of green laser light that came right up past our seats and we "played" with it throughout the concert.

I remember hearing new songs from Physical Graffiti (not yet released at the time of this concert) and my favorite of these being Kashmir.....we were all blown away!. Zep did Stairway to Heaven and it was probably the best version I can ever recall. When the Levee Breaks, Whole Lotta Love and Black Dog were all awesome too! As it turned out, the acoustics were just fine, even way up at the top of the arena!

The last song ignited a sea of about 15,000 Bic lighters awaiting an encore. Someone on the floor was lighting an aerosol can of something that was throwing flames a few feet, then it blew up and I think paramedics removed that person on a stretcher! I can't recall too clearly but I think Zep gave two encores....wish my memory of this was better, and I wish that I could get a recording of this concert for my own enjoyment. I also wish I had some of my hearing back....too many of these concerts in my youth have taken their toll, but they were worth every decibel! (Thanks, Zep, Foghat, Black Oak, Stones, Nuge, Aerosmith, the Dead and others....I appreciated you including Minnesota in your tours!)

Now all I really want is for Zep to decide to put on another US tour and, regardless of ticket prices, I'm there!

John

Ronnie's picture

.....and I can remember it like it was yesterday.....this and Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' concert in February 1980 at the L.A. Sports Arena were the best concerts I've ever been to....this Led Zeppelin show being the best.....

TopCat's picture

Did U ever spend any time in Mobridge, S.D.??

billy's picture

Sorry, no acoustic set, no Battle of Evermore during the 1975 N. American tour. You're thinking of the 1977 tour definitely.

Mike R's picture

You might be right about the year being off, from a material standpoint. But his description of the weather throws me off, since the '77 show was on a nice April day (it did rain later that night though). But yeah, they cut some stuff because of Page's hand. So, maybe he is mixing up some things, which seems to happen in descriptions of old concerts. We all have a lot of Rock under our belts by now. However, the two events in my life that have not faded much were those back-to-back nights I saw Zeppelin in April of '77!

Doug's picture

Our tickets never showed up in the mail so we went to the Met anyway and

bought scalped tickets. They were for behind the stage and we weren't going

to settle for that so we sat on the steps in an aisle. We didn't care.

The one reviewer was lying about the booing.

Nobody was booing after what we had just witnessed.

Doug

Mike Losee's picture

I was there with some of my friends. We were seniors in high school and we drove from Rockwell, IA in the snow. We slid in the interstate ditch on the way up and had to be towed out.I was somewhat disappointed in the concert because it seemed short and I was a Led Zeppelin freak and had high expectations. We stayed overnight at the Marriott and we were broke the next day and ran out of gas. We weren't very responsible back then.

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75 or 77? by Mike R (not verified)
Yes, I Was There by Doug (not verified)
You're thinking of 1977 not 1975 by billy (not verified)
Zep at the top of their "game!" by Randy Byers (not verified)
Great show, so glad I was by Joe (not verified)
Great Concert by Spauly (not verified)
We Were There by Cindy WIlliams (not verified)
15 years old..... by Ronnie (not verified)
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Jimmy Page by Ron Lewton (not verified)
WoW by Joni (not verified)
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Awesome show. 13th row by Rod (not verified)
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75 North American Tour Kick Off in Minneapolis. by David Johannsen (not verified)