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Market Square Arena - January 25, 1975

  • Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.
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January 25, 1975
Indianapolis
IN
United States
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Setlist: 

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, 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)

Press Review: Led Zeppelin Metal Destroys Indianapolis

Indy will never be the same. The metal munchers, Led Zeppelin, saturated Market Square Arena’s 17,000 plus crowd last Saturday night with high-powered music and vocals.

It’s been 18 months since this supreme band of raunch has toured. Leader Jimmy Page’s searing lead guitar and hairy-chested Robert Plant’s wailing voice dominated.

Led Zeppelin’s tour is pushing a new album, Physical Graffiti, which will be released in early February by their own label, Swan Song.

At times, Robert Plant showed the vocal fatigue brought on by a touch of the flu. His usual high-pitched voice has steady, but obviously lower. Nothing though could slow down Plant’s St. Vitrus prance.

Arriving at 8:30 pm from Chicago, the group barely had time to catch their breaths before hitting the stage. Among other backstage memories, the sight of little Jimmy Page sucking back on a quart of Jack Daniels black label whiskey stands out.

Security was tight. Even the five or six silk-clad groupies had a difficult time getting close to their favorite band member.

Three black limousines poised backstage for a quick exit. A driver said the limos’ rent starts at $45 for starting the engine, with a maximum of three hours. After that, the cost is $15 per hour.

With the crowd in a near frenzy, the lights dimmed and the Led Zep quartet bolted for the stage. One notices little things. The lads were holed up in the locker room for visiting hockey teams. Visions of pep talks, psyching up, etc.

What followed was two and-a-half hours of sheer volcanic intensity. With Page switching back and forth from a double-necked guitar to a regular guitar, Led Zeppelin proved that heavy metal leaves no one in the middle ground. Either you love it or flee in terror.

The lads played a few songs from the new album. “In The Light” may turn into an international sensation.

No Quarter from Houses of the Holy, gave straight-looking John Paul Jones a chance to deliver on the keyboards. He was flawless. Even through the tons of towering speakers, Jonesy was in command.

Drummer John Bonham was a driving maniac as usual. With the help of Pink Floyd-like electronic gadgetry, Bonham excelled in his two drum solos. Although a bit self-indulgent, the solos didn’t slow the group’s momentum.

Among songs performed were Whole Lotta Love as the encore, and the classic Stairway to Heaven. The good crowd turnout may entice other major groups to a rock-hungry Indianapolis. (R. Scott/Indianapolis Star/January 1975)

Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Press Review: Led Zeppelin Metal Destroys Indianapolis

Indy will never be the same. The metal munchers, Led Zeppelin, saturated Market Square Arena’s 17,000 plus crowd last Saturday night with high-powered music and vocals.

It’s been 18 months since this supreme band of raunch has toured. Leader Jimmy Page’s searing lead guitar and hairy-chested Robert Plant’s wailing voice dominated.

Led Zeppelin’s tour is pushing a new album, Physical Graffiti, which will be released in early February by their own label, Swan Song.

At times, Robert Plant showed the vocal fatigue brought on by a touch of the flu. His usual high-pitched voice has steady, but obviously lower. Nothing though could slow down Plant’s St. Vitrus prance.

Arriving at 8:30 pm from Chicago, the group barely had time to catch their breaths before hitting the stage. Among other backstage memories, the sight of little Jimmy Page sucking back on a quart of Jack Daniels black label whiskey stands out.

Security was tight. Even the five or six silk-clad groupies had a difficult time getting close to their favorite band member.

Three black limousines poised backstage for a quick exit. A driver said the limos’ rent starts at $45 for starting the engine, with a maximum of three hours. After that, the cost is $15 per hour.

With the crowd in a near frenzy, the lights dimmed and the Led Zep quartet bolted for the stage. One notices little things. The lads were holed up in the locker room for visiting hockey teams. Visions of pep talks, psyching up, etc.

What followed was two and-a-half hours of sheer volcanic intensity. With Page switching back and forth from a double-necked guitar to a regular guitar, Led Zeppelin proved that heavy metal leaves no one in the middle ground. Either you love it or flee in terror.

The lads played a few songs from the new album. “In The Light” may turn into an international sensation.

No Quarter from Houses of the Holy, gave straight-looking John Paul Jones a chance to deliver on the keyboards. He was flawless. Even through the tons of towering speakers, Jonesy was in command.

Drummer John Bonham was a driving maniac as usual. With the help of Pink Floyd-like electronic gadgetry, Bonham excelled in his two drum solos. Although a bit self-indulgent, the solos didn’t slow the group’s momentum.

Among songs performed were Whole Lotta Love as the encore, and the classic Stairway to Heaven. The good crowd turnout may entice other major groups to a rock-hungry Indianapolis. (R. Scott/Indianapolis Star/January 1975)

Setlists: 

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.

Comments

Murph's picture

I was there. Psychic Jeane Dixon predicted the Market Square Arena roof would collapse. Obviously it didn't, and it was a terrific show. Would love to see some video from this performance.

Carl's picture

Four friends traveled from Winnipeg Manitoba to Indianapolis to watch this show. Sorry to say now that I was in a drink induced black out until the start of the show. My first memory was the smoked filled stage and drumming growing louder and louder. And then the drum platform being lowered from above the stage and slowly descending onto the main stage.
A wild night that followed a wild day traveling down. A great show that made the trip back home sadder. However at 50+ years old I am still the envy of my two sons for having seen this concert. Today they gave me the Led Zeppelin Celebration Day 4 disk deluxe set.
Great show, great memories. :))

Carl E Hyden's picture

I was at the Indy show and remember Jimmy Page had smashed his finger in a train door in Chicago. He had a bottle of Jack Daniels on his Marshall stack and was swigging on it regularly! I was 20 years old and remember the show like it was yesterday! I remember Robert Plant making fun of his new fat roll on his stomach and trying to be funny!

Gooman's picture

Seen this concert I was told Plant was sick and Page had a finger injury,I personally thought as did my 3 other musician friends did that dang these guys kinda stink live,dont get me wrong I was and still am a zepnut and I have friends that seen them in the early 70's that were blown away.Just is this night they couldnt hold a candle to the Who that I seen later this year(1975).I am lucky to have got to see my 2 fav drummers live that year.Bonham sounded great that nite though.Wish I would have bought a t shirt..................................Gary

Steve's picture

A memorable cultural event, a "right of passage",whereby one is tempted to define experiences as pre or post the Led Zep concert...... four college friends (Carroll, Rich, Terry and I ) experience a gathering of the clan, of like minded seekers...if I recall correctly, no opening band but we were treated to Bowies Ziggy Stardust album.....capping the experience as we left the show was a light snow fall over the entire parking lot lending itself to a multi thousand person friendly snow ball exchange.........

Kevin's picture

This was my first Zep show. Jimmy Page played with a broken finger on his left hand and he was still great. The band played a bunch of songs from Physical Grafitti which had not been released yet. I remember when we heard the first riffs from The Wanton Song. Our jaws just dropped. It was sooooo dynamic and it had that great Bonzo groove. Kashmir was astounding. We all knew that we were very lucky to be hearing one of the greatest musical pieces ever written even before most of the world got to hear it.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A good instrumental show, although Robert's voice is terrible ... low and raspy, he barely hits the notes octaves below their original pitch and his attempts at infusing it with soul are lackluster at best. Jimmy manages quite well with a broken finger although some passages are rough. The rhythm section is unstoppable as always. A mediocre show although great sound and the rare Wanton Song make it a nice document of early 1975.

tom barley's picture

i drove us, 6 college students to the concert. it snowed on the way and after the concert. it was magical. the concert was great, although a little heavy on new songs. jimmy page was the most innovative guitarist i have seen(since i missed seeing Jimi Hendrix). i have a lifetime positive memory of this concert.

john's picture

Its a little hard to remeber much! it was the 70s. I do recall I think they played lik 1/3 of the way toward center of stadium with a see through chesse cloth hanging down behind them

Mary's picture

This was my first Led Zeppelin concert too.  I remember Robert Plant had a sore throat, and said he wanted honey and lemon.  They played Kashmir as a song from their "new LP" (not released until a month later).  Great concert!!!!!

Randell's picture

My first Zep concert, My Girlfriend Cindy C. sent off for tickets and we got them in the mail! Couldn't believe it! But just b4 the concert she was in jail. So I took my friend Mike C. Yeop Jimmy had broken his finger in the tour door, and Plant had a cold lol. But still it was a great concert! Wish Cindy were still here today she died a few years ago. I also saw Zep a few other times in Indy, they played with the Indy symphonic Orchestra around 1995 and they were AWSEOME - It was Page and Plant then though. One of the very best concerts I ever saw - with Mary B.

Debra's picture

    Seen them here on this date .Was my 16 th birthday. Winter in Indianapolis almost didn't make it home but it was worth it.

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