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Southampton University - January 22, 1973

  • Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, 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), Heartbreaker, Mellotron solo ~ Thank You, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown.
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January 22, 1973
Southampton
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, 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), Heartbreaker, Mellotron solo ~ Thank You, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown.

Note: 
UK '72 / '73 Programme

Click here to view the tour programme. (flipbook)

Press Review: (Wessex Scene)

For two days, Southampton was blessed with the presence of the world's top rock band.

On the first, it was the turn of the town, with Led Zeppelin blowing the minds of 2 1/2 thousand fans at the Gaumont. But the next day, our heroes came to the Union, and played to us in the Black Hole of Calcutta, or Old Ref. as it is sometimes known. The Gaumont concert had been pretty tight, but not as good as 1 would have expected from a band that had been on the road for t. past two months. But all my doubts were dispelled the next day. I don't know if it was the atmosphere, or just being right at the front of the audience, but the Old Ref. concert was just fantastic. There's no other word for it. They enjoyed it. and we enjoyed it, and that's what matters. As usual, they were a bit slow to warm up - in fact "Rock and Roll". their opening number, was very rough, and the next, "The Lady", a track from LZ 5, wasn't much better either.

"Black Dog" followed, and the audience joined in instantly on the ah-ah, aaah chorus, whereas it took the Gaumont audience a couple of goes to get it right. LZ were beginning to cook.

"Misty Mountain Hop" and "Since I've Been Loving You" came next, giving John Paul Jones a chance to show us his dexterity on the keyboards. Until "Loving You" Jimmy Page had been churning out the riffs to make the numbers boogie, but on this one he gave us his first solo, very fast one second, and slow the next, getting everything out of each note. Just to watch him moving his fingers up and down the fretboard made very me very envious - he must have some natural gift. "Dancing Days" and "The Song Remains the Same", two new numbers were the next, the first, a straight rocker very much in the LZ style, and the second. a longish complex number, starting and finishing with some low tempo-melodic guitar playing, and connected with a heavy rocking bit and a superb organ solo from John Paul Jones. The next number Robert Plant dedicated to the manager of the Gaumont — "Dazed and Confused". This, a track from their first album, was used as a showpiece for Page's long guitar solo. For part of this he used a big bow, and the highlight was when he hit the strings and got the note to echo back to him. When he'd been playing for about 10 minutes, the rest of the band joined in and stretched the number out to about 25 minutes.

Next was a beam of clear, white light, as Plant called “Stairway to Heaven". Plant’s vocals, which had been a bit hidden by Page's guitar before, came through beautifully, the song gradually rising to the peak of that superb rocking ending. That got everybody on their feet, and shouting for every LZ number under the sun. But Plant asked everybody to shut up for a moment, while he told them about his visit to the toilet. On the bog wall, he saw this name — Alan Whitehead and this next number was dedicated to him. It was "Whole Lotta Love”. The band went into a number of old rock and roll tunes, then “I Can't Quit You Babe", and back to "Whole Lotta Love- for a tremendous climax to the show. A few minutes clapping, and they were back to give us "Heartbreaker", and then "Thank You", featuring John Paul Jones with a long organ intro, and back for a third time.

Plant said how much they'd enjoyed the gig, and then they proceeded play "How Many More Times", the first time they'd done it for 2 1/2 years. But you'd never have known it, it was so tight. Straight into "Communication Breakdown", and then it was all over. See you again, they said, and a very nackered goodnight. This was the only gig they recorded on the whole tour because they reckon the acoustics of the old Ref are good —and after the show Jimmy Page said there would probably be a live album later this year. Let's hope so — it'd be a great souvenir of a great show.  -JOHN CLARK. (University of Southampton / Wessex Scene)

Notes: 
UK '72 / '73 Programme

Click here to view the tour programme. (flipbook)

Press Review: (Wessex Scene)

For two days, Southampton was blessed with the presence of the world's top rock band.

On the first, it was the turn of the town, with Led Zeppelin blowing the minds of 2 1/2 thousand fans at the Gaumont. But the next day, our heroes came to the Union, and played to us in the Black Hole of Calcutta, or Old Ref. as it is sometimes known. The Gaumont concert had been pretty tight, but not as good as 1 would have expected from a band that had been on the road for t. past two months. But all my doubts were dispelled the next day. I don't know if it was the atmosphere, or just being right at the front of the audience, but the Old Ref. concert was just fantastic. There's no other word for it. They enjoyed it. and we enjoyed it, and that's what matters. As usual, they were a bit slow to warm up - in fact "Rock and Roll". their opening number, was very rough, and the next, "The Lady", a track from LZ 5, wasn't much better either.

"Black Dog" followed, and the audience joined in instantly on the ah-ah, aaah chorus, whereas it took the Gaumont audience a couple of goes to get it right. LZ were beginning to cook.

"Misty Mountain Hop" and "Since I've Been Loving You" came next, giving John Paul Jones a chance to show us his dexterity on the keyboards. Until "Loving You" Jimmy Page had been churning out the riffs to make the numbers boogie, but on this one he gave us his first solo, very fast one second, and slow the next, getting everything out of each note. Just to watch him moving his fingers up and down the fretboard made very me very envious - he must have some natural gift. "Dancing Days" and "The Song Remains the Same", two new numbers were the next, the first, a straight rocker very much in the LZ style, and the second. a longish complex number, starting and finishing with some low tempo-melodic guitar playing, and connected with a heavy rocking bit and a superb organ solo from John Paul Jones. The next number Robert Plant dedicated to the manager of the Gaumont — "Dazed and Confused". This, a track from their first album, was used as a showpiece for Page's long guitar solo. For part of this he used a big bow, and the highlight was when he hit the strings and got the note to echo back to him. When he'd been playing for about 10 minutes, the rest of the band joined in and stretched the number out to about 25 minutes.

Next was a beam of clear, white light, as Plant called “Stairway to Heaven". Plant’s vocals, which had been a bit hidden by Page's guitar before, came through beautifully, the song gradually rising to the peak of that superb rocking ending. That got everybody on their feet, and shouting for every LZ number under the sun. But Plant asked everybody to shut up for a moment, while he told them about his visit to the toilet. On the bog wall, he saw this name — Alan Whitehead and this next number was dedicated to him. It was "Whole Lotta Love”. The band went into a number of old rock and roll tunes, then “I Can't Quit You Babe", and back to "Whole Lotta Love- for a tremendous climax to the show. A few minutes clapping, and they were back to give us "Heartbreaker", and then "Thank You", featuring John Paul Jones with a long organ intro, and back for a third time.

Plant said how much they'd enjoyed the gig, and then they proceeded play "How Many More Times", the first time they'd done it for 2 1/2 years. But you'd never have known it, it was so tight. Straight into "Communication Breakdown", and then it was all over. See you again, they said, and a very nackered goodnight. This was the only gig they recorded on the whole tour because they reckon the acoustics of the old Ref are good —and after the show Jimmy Page said there would probably be a live album later this year. Let's hope so — it'd be a great souvenir of a great show.  -JOHN CLARK. (University of Southampton / Wessex Scene)

Setlists: 

Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, 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), Heartbreaker, Mellotron solo ~ Thank You, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Name Tony Mason's picture

A really good show, The show was full of energy and the audience were really up for it. I had seen them at Boscombe Ballrooms and Salisbury City Hall December 1971. They were memorable concerts. Halls were bursting at the seams and we were all running in sweat. The band just blew the places down.
All this was for a quid a ticket and at venues that bands turn their noses up to these days

Crash 's picture

Just as someone above me had said, if you have this bootleg you'd know how on they were. I loved their explorations into their earlier songs and even a trip down Elvis Lane.

Craig's picture

This concert may be my favorite LZ of all time (definitely top 5) and it did something no other concert was able to do...make Stairway To Heaven LISTENABLE again!! This is a great version. Whatever you gotta do, get this concert.

Name's picture

IF anyone else is lucky enough to have the soundboard recording (The Great Lost Live Album) of this show then you know how ON the boys were in that intimate school hall. Cheers,

HoJo

Argenteum Astrum's picture

The show finds the Zeppelin in a smaller venue on a small, carpeted stage. This seems to lend itself to the type of performance given that night - very relaxed, very loose, very cool. Sloppiness abounds, even on well-rehearsed long-time standards, and occasionally yields interesting differences. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp was dropped out from the set for the second time during this tour. Of particular and special note is an off-hand performance of How Many More Times, which had been retired just over two years prior. You can hear the band play off of each other as they all take turns guiding the music's direction. Plant's voice is shot for most of the performance, typical for the time period. Page experiences sloppiness syndrome on occasion and keeps most of his solos a bit subdued. Bonham also seems to withhold some of the flair - extra fills and subtle nuances - for most of the show. Jones, however, other than a meandering introduction to Thank You, lays down his bass lines as excellently as ever.

Nick's picture

I read before that Zeppelin planned to bring this concert out as an album but we all know there are thousands of Zeppelin rumors, though I wish the band would bring this out! It had the best set list (in my opinion) 'Since I've been loving you' sounded phenomenal as it did at MSG and 'Thank You' has a 3+ minute guitar solo both with incredible bass lines up and down it. All I can say is: please bring out additional live albums Zeppelin!!! BBC sessions, How the west was won, TSRTS, and the reunion albums are not enough for me!

Graham's picture

Just been given CDs of this awesome concert by the school friend I went with. I was 15 at the time and it was my first concert. Magic memories. They don't make them like this any more.

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