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Chicago Stadium - January 20, 1975

  • Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, When the Levee Breaks, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog
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on September 22, 2007 - 4:49pm
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January 20, 1975
Chicago
IL
United States
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Setlist: 

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, When the Levee Breaks, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog

Note: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Review excerpt: For a band that’s been around since 1968, Led Zeppelin has done an astounding job of remaining one of the weightiest of the heavies. Their five albums have sold more than a million each; their last tour broke box-office records for a single act.

Judicious touring may have a bit to do with their drawing power. Their last appearance here was in the heat of summer ’73; a year and a half later they came back to Chicago for a sold-out show in the Chicago Stadium, with repeats to follow Tuesday and Wednesday.

They are not, however, immortals. Lead singer Robert Plant, for instance, is just as susceptible as the rest of us to such mundane things as flu, which is what he repeatedly complained of last night. “Keep your fingers crossed,” he asked the audience before starting out on Stairway to Heaven, a Led Zep staple and one of their most impressive numbers. “We’re having some problems. I’m having an inability to come to grips with this climate.”

Despite the difficulties and Plant’s obvious dissatisfaction with his voice, the show could be termed a success – a blend of Led Zep’s strong, pounding sound, with drummer John Bonham knocking out the rhythm, interspersed with slightly softer, sweeter guitar work by Page and John Paul Jones on mellotron.

Led Zeppelin always has been a band into giving people their money’s worth, and Monday night was no exception – a two and-a-half hour show with no warm-up act and no intermission. The repertoire drew from the old – such as Stairway to Heaven and No Quarter – and the new, selections from their forthcoming Physical Graffiti album, with an occasional bow to the theatrical with smoke screens, superb lighting effects, a sound system that was nearly a match for the Stadium acoustics, and “Led Zeppelin” spelled out in lights come encore time.

Led Zeppelin has a reputation for drawing a rowdy crowd. Last time they played here, Plant professed amazement at the “violence” – people trying to scrabble their way onstage and such, hardly anything new. Though “riots” had been reported in various places among restless crowds waiting for tickets, their show here Tuesday night was practically a model of decorum. With a wooden barricade separatingcrowd and performers by several feet and a strong security system, things remained calm, no view-blocking morons made it to the stage, and it was easy to see – a shamefully unusual please these days.

All in all, it was a good enough evening for music, if not for Plant’s health. If he can get rid of the flu for succeeding shows, none of the apologies he kept making will be necessary. Even with Plant not up to par, Led Zeppelin still manages to make most of their competitors look sick. (ChicagoTribune, Jan. ’75)

 

Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Review excerpt: For a band that’s been around since 1968, Led Zeppelin has done an astounding job of remaining one of the weightiest of the heavies. Their five albums have sold more than a million each; their last tour broke box-office records for a single act.

Judicious touring may have a bit to do with their drawing power. Their last appearance here was in the heat of summer ’73; a year and a half later they came back to Chicago for a sold-out show in the Chicago Stadium, with repeats to follow Tuesday and Wednesday.

They are not, however, immortals. Lead singer Robert Plant, for instance, is just as susceptible as the rest of us to such mundane things as flu, which is what he repeatedly complained of last night. “Keep your fingers crossed,” he asked the audience before starting out on Stairway to Heaven, a Led Zep staple and one of their most impressive numbers. “We’re having some problems. I’m having an inability to come to grips with this climate.”

Despite the difficulties and Plant’s obvious dissatisfaction with his voice, the show could be termed a success – a blend of Led Zep’s strong, pounding sound, with drummer John Bonham knocking out the rhythm, interspersed with slightly softer, sweeter guitar work by Page and John Paul Jones on mellotron.

Led Zeppelin always has been a band into giving people their money’s worth, and Monday night was no exception – a two and-a-half hour show with no warm-up act and no intermission. The repertoire drew from the old – such as Stairway to Heaven and No Quarter – and the new, selections from their forthcoming Physical Graffiti album, with an occasional bow to the theatrical with smoke screens, superb lighting effects, a sound system that was nearly a match for the Stadium acoustics, and “Led Zeppelin” spelled out in lights come encore time.

Led Zeppelin has a reputation for drawing a rowdy crowd. Last time they played here, Plant professed amazement at the “violence” – people trying to scrabble their way onstage and such, hardly anything new. Though “riots” had been reported in various places among restless crowds waiting for tickets, their show here Tuesday night was practically a model of decorum. With a wooden barricade separatingcrowd and performers by several feet and a strong security system, things remained calm, no view-blocking morons made it to the stage, and it was easy to see – a shamefully unusual please these days.

All in all, it was a good enough evening for music, if not for Plant’s health. If he can get rid of the flu for succeeding shows, none of the apologies he kept making will be necessary. Even with Plant not up to par, Led Zeppelin still manages to make most of their competitors look sick. (ChicagoTribune, Jan. ’75)

 

Setlists: 

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, When the Levee Breaks, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog

Comments

Mistymeanor's picture

January 20, 1975, Chicago Stadium, I made a set list on my ticket envelope. I swear that the order written is as follows:

Over the Hills and Far Away, When the Levee Breaks, Rock and Roll, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Sick Again (I wrote Catchagain),

I wrote New Album and believe this was Kashmir,

The Wanton Song, No Quarter (I wrote '3D' for the lights), Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven,

Whole Lotta Love (this is sort of scratched out and I'm not sure if it was played. The scratch could mean (1) it was dark and was a pen accident, or (2) I realized that it was not Whole Lotta Love and was a segue/medley with Black Dog, or (3) it was in fact Black Dog which is what I truly believe was the case), Black Dog is the last song on my list.
That is 13 songs.

love them. waiting for THE tour. tickets please.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

After years of speculation now we can be almost pretty sure to state that the performance often attributed to the 21th with the additions of some tracks from the 20th to fill the missing songs comes entirely from the first night. The supposed alternate source is nothing than a worst sounding portion of the known source. At last it must be also said that until we haven't any other proof a care must be taken with these reports. Jimmy's finger was broken, and although most of his playing is fine, there is a certain weariness that cannot be helped due to his finger. Robert's voice is severely damaged by the flu and as such, is raspy and creaking. When the Levee Breaks sounds really good live ... a shame it wasn't done more often live. No Quarter and Communication Breakdown are exceptional, and Sick Again is really good.

greg Pierce's picture

If I recall, Page had slammed his finger in a limo door and played with a cast.

Chris's picture

My oldest sister Karen's Boyfriend Paul recorded this show.I have a copy and I would send it to you no charge.Good music should be shared!We grew up in Woodridge, Illinois.Karen was an Eagle's fan but came back a Zeppelin Fan.They have the ticket stubs and were there.They were 43 rows back so not close at all but they were on the main floor not up in the mezz. so minimal echo. Plant's voice was not in top form and says "he has a touch of the flu" but his voice gets better as the concert goes on.Page plays well for having a broken finger especially on Over the Hills,How Many More Times and Stairway.Black Dog and Comm Breakdown are great too..Bonzo and Jonesy played well throughout.Plant voice warms up in Over the Hills and he does not say "going to chicago" in When the levee Breaks which was on the studio version.Chicago Stadium has a lot of echo so it would be a great place to play this song.I wish they played When the Levee Breaks more because it sounds great and so does the Wanton Song.Kashmir and No Quarter are great too and Paul said "he never saw anything like the visual effects of lights and fog"
Page's only mistake was on Trampled Underfoot but heck the guy had a splint on and Plant dedicated it to "a guy working at a gas station?"Physical Graffitti was not even out yet so people did not know the "new stuff" The concert was GREAT to AWESOME according to people who talking into the microphone at the end!

Exact Setlist..................
Opening is Rock and Roll>Sick Again>Opening of Levee(Bonzo is testing his drums or confused?) but they Play Over the Hills and Far Away(awesome)>WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS>In my Time of Dying>The Song Remains the Same>The Rain Song>Kashmir>THE WANTON SONG> Paul FLIPS the tape!!!

No Quarter>Trampled Underfoot>Moby Dick>How Many More Times>
Stairway To Heaven>Whole Lotta Love (Intro)>Black Dog>Communication Breakdown>

Thank You LED ZEPPELIN on this 36th anniversary of this concert.
I hope Jimmy is looking into his vault and releases some more goodies.Zeppelin did play in Chicago on the 21st and 22nd and I wish I was there but I was only 6.Thanks Paul and Karen for sharing and turning me on to great band!

Chris K.

Ellis James's picture

I was at this show and I second that. I remember Plant apologizing after Rock & Roll for his cold and Jimmy's broken finger. Page played pretty well, as I recall, with only three fretting fingers.

Dominick's picture

I was there for all 3 shows. First 2 shows mezzanine to left of stage, last show mezzanine right of stage real close.Cool part was when someone used the fire hose to climb down from the first balcony to get to the main floor.The smell in the air when the lights went out, and the lighters for th encores, of which there were two. I loved it, no concert i have ever been to after that can compare. They are still my all time favorite band, from high school to middle age, married with children.

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My First & Best Concerts by Dominick (not verified)
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Set List Chicago 01.20.1975 by Chris (not verified)
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Jan. 20 set list by Mistymeanor (not verified)