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Coliseum (NC) - January 29, 1975

  • Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown.
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on September 22, 2007 - 4:59pm
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Average: 4.6 (78 votes)
January 29, 1975
Greensboro
NC
United States
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Setlist: 

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

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'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Press Review: Zeppelin concert golden memory for all

The mystical universe of Led Zeppelin exploded in a burst of laser beams and flash powder Wednesday night in the Greensboro Coliseum. The concert was one of Zep’s first stops on its current American tour.

The supermusical quartet lifted off the evening with “Rock and Roll,” and proceeded to increase the karma with some selections from their new album, Physical Graffiti.

AS USUAL, Robert Plant’s virtuoso voice wailed and shrieked to perfection. The dazzling sequined mentor of the guitar, Jimmy Page, hoofed his way about the stage and played his usual amazing style despite a recent bone fracture in one of his playing fingers.

John Paul Jones displayed his adeptness at the keyboards, and drummer John Bonham thundered away until the very foundation of the Coliseum shock to the rhythm.

Led Zeppelin is a powerhouse of heavy metal, but they still shine on the mellow “Stairway to Heaven.” Their oriental magic and hell-bent boogie and blues made the concert a golden memory for all who attended. [J.Worthington / Feb. 1975]

Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Press Review: Zeppelin concert golden memory for all

The mystical universe of Led Zeppelin exploded in a burst of laser beams and flash powder Wednesday night in the Greensboro Coliseum. The concert was one of Zep’s first stops on its current American tour.

The supermusical quartet lifted off the evening with “Rock and Roll,” and proceeded to increase the karma with some selections from their new album, Physical Graffiti.

AS USUAL, Robert Plant’s virtuoso voice wailed and shrieked to perfection. The dazzling sequined mentor of the guitar, Jimmy Page, hoofed his way about the stage and played his usual amazing style despite a recent bone fracture in one of his playing fingers.

John Paul Jones displayed his adeptness at the keyboards, and drummer John Bonham thundered away until the very foundation of the Coliseum shock to the rhythm.

Led Zeppelin is a powerhouse of heavy metal, but they still shine on the mellow “Stairway to Heaven.” Their oriental magic and hell-bent boogie and blues made the concert a golden memory for all who attended. [J.Worthington / Feb. 1975]

Setlists: 

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

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Michael's picture

I was at the Greensboro Zep concert in January '75. I was in my senior year at NC State and oh what a way to kick off three GREAT concerts at Greensboro that year. In January, it was Led Zeppelin on the Physical Graffitti tour. At mid-year (July, I think) the Rolling Stones showed up for the It's Only Rock N' Roll tour. And it was November '75 if my memory is right when we saw The Who play Greensboro on The Who By Numbers tour.

The release of Physical Graffitti was long awaited. It had been a year and a half since Houses of The Holy and we were starving for some new Zeppelin. As others here have noted, I do remember Plant mentioning Page's broken finger, but I think he mentioned that on other tours as well, so was it an old injury or new? The sound was a bit ragged, but it was Zeppelin in the flesh at long last.

Do you know they once played Dorton Arena in Raleigh in April 1970? I couldn't go (high school kid far far away) but wanted to badly.

Saw "Celebration Day" last night in Cary NC (drove over 2 hours to get there). Maybe their best concert ever. Crisp. Sharp. Well practiced. Well played. Still The Greatest Rock Band in History after a quarter-century-plus absence. How often do you stand and applaud a movie?

Cathy's picture

OMG, I had no idea this page existed! I was there, too! What an amazing show! Yes, Robert Plant was hoarse, but the concert was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me! Thank you, Led Zeppelin, for impacting my life as you have!

Mike's picture

I finally got a copy of Footstomping Graffiti off the net and after listening, it is certainly not their best show, but not bad either. Page is sloppy but not as out of key as noted in other reviews. Plant is hoarse too, but knowing the volume levels they worked at in those days, who would notice? I was not there as I was 12 and not allowed to go hang around a bunch of degenerate hippies then. Get Footstomping and listen for yourself.

Shery's picture

Hi, I was there in 1975 for the Zeppelin show. I was so excited and happy to see this band. I was only 16 years old and in the 11th grade when I saw Zep. The same year in July I saw the Stones so what a year 1975 was for me as far as concerts go.

I wish so badly I had a program and a shirt from that concert. It was all I could do to get up the money for the ticket much less buy memorabilia!

Is is possible to buy them now?

I still have a "piece" of my ticket left.

david's picture

i was 13 when i saw this show on the 29th of jan. what i remember was jimmy sitting on a stool for most of the show. not moving around like he usually does. the lp physical graffiti was released a few days after the show. i remember trampled, sick again and kashmere were played those songs stood out for me along w/ the hits we all know. they played over 2 hours. this tour should be released on dvd. great show!!

Claude Suber's picture

I was a freshman at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory NC. I drove 4 of my friends from Hickory to Greensboro for this show. As I remember Jimmy Paige had a broken finger and we all thought they would cancel. Not so, he played like there was no tomorrow. That was the first of many times to see the band for me. It was a GREAT show, and probably the best show I ever saw them put on. We had a really wild night and more fun than I can imagine today.

Claude Suber
Kings Mtn., NC

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A very poor show overall ... quite possibly the worst Led Zeppelin concert ever! Jonesy and Bonham are fine but Jimmy's playing veers from as good as ever (with a broken finger no less!) to sloppy and completely out of key. Robert's voice is in the worst shape it has ever been in ... it is a strain for him to sustain notes in his middle range! How Many More Times is short and forgettable and although some songs are actually quite good, the overall effect of the flu and a broken finger result in a show that is better to listen to as a comparison against their most brilliant shows.

Jim's picture

I was there! I will never forget it! Festival seating! I moved to the side, too many people in front. Robert was hoarse on "Rock N Roll". The PA played "Lynyrd Skynyrd" before they took the stage. "Rock N Roll was the 1st song. I was 22. That was a long time ago. I still listen! Thanks for the incredible music!

Danny's picture

My buddy Mike R. and I drove down from Appalachian State to Greensboro - made a day and a night of it. STILL talk about it! My 19 year old son is soooo jealous. All I remember is how incredible the concert was - geez, 37 years ago - can't (don't care!) remember the details!
Danny
Salt Lake City, Utah

Steve's picture

I remember Robert Plant introducing songs off their new album which he said hadn't yet come out so I didn't recognize several of them but hey, it was Zeppelin. I believe he also said it was Bonzos birthday although that may have been at the '77 show.

Arman Pressley's picture

REALLY! The details were, like, they kicked ass..

Arman Pressley's picture

Yeah, he said it was Bonham's B-day and I looked at some place later for info and it said another date for his B-day! So what..? I have seen three different places of birth for Jimmy Page. After the Greensboro show they took a couple years off...I think it was so Page would live...he was puttijg away the Jack...

Arman Pressley's picture

Not true, man...they kicked it.

Arman Pressley's picture

Yep...i didn't even know James Patrick Page had a broken finger. Maybe that's why he only finished guzzling three bottles (fifths) of Jack. He didn't quite knock out the other three or so. MF! man...I was hoping he would continue living...

Arman Pressley's picture

The actual start of the show is identical to TSRTS movie. They wore the same clothes. I mean, the whole show wasn't identical, but the lead-in to "Rock and Roll" was just like it was non the movie released 6 months later.

NameTim's picture

. I remember we camp the night before got front and center the band was great as I expected but people on the second floor were swan diving into the arms of the croud about thirty feet below.When someone lit an m-80 loud fire crackers,the band left ,when they came back Robert said if that happens again you wasted 250,000 because we will leave as I remember, a great night.

Valerie Abbott's picture

That was indeed an awesome year of concerts at the coliseum. Also saw Clapton within a week of the Stones show.

Arman Pressley's picture

 

I had the good sense to quit my job when I got a ticket just hours before the show. I was fourteen, that job was not special. I paid face value ($10.00) to the owner of the Rock radio station at about 5:00PM and called my mother to come get me. The show was scheduled for 8:00PM, I arrived and the fifteen seat row was filled with friends and their friends. The seats in that row were all sold to my friends and friends of theirs. When I was dropped off at the Coliseum about 7:30PM I told mother that she should come back at 10:30PM to pick me up. The band took the stage at 10:30PM. I was aware of the time, etc. I stayed from beginning to end. This experience equaled the birth of my son and I'm at a loss to compare it to my first girlfriend and that is saying something special.

 

Sheryl's picture

I was 16 years old when a group of us made the 75 mile road trip from Raleigh, Nc to Greensboro to see our 

the best band in the world, Led Zeppelin.  Back then Raleigh had no decent venues and short of Dorton Arena and Reynolds Coliseum, nobody big played Raleigh in the seventies. The ride is a three hour round trip and Zep played about three hours. I was excited before, ecstatic during and so psyched after the show that I had a smile emblazoned on my face for days.  I paid only $7.50 to see Zeppelin, clearly the most rewarding $7.50 I ever spent.  Nothing can take that night's memory away from me.  It was mystical and magical, just like the music.  The show was sold out and I"m not sure if there wasn't additional tickets sold or some folks let in because all the seats were filled with sitting or standing fans. Even the doorways and stairways were filled with people coming down from the nosebleed section and converging on the entry ways and stairways.  This was just before the fire marshalls got so rigid with seating and festival seating was just coming to an end, but we didn't get that message!  None of us were following any rules. You can't do that and enjoy the greates rock and roll band to ever be assembled!  I would give anything to buy a program from this show. I was in 11th grade and couldn't afford a t-shirt or program at the time. I worked hard enough at the five and dime store on weekends and after school to purchase the ticket and pitch in for gas. God,this show goes down in the annals of my rock and roll history.  I have attended over a thousand shows and this one remains one of the top three!

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That was indeed an awesome by Valerie Abbott (not verified)
Greensboro Coliseum, January 1975 by Sheryl (not verified)
The actual start of the show by Arman Pressley (not verified)
Yeah, he said it was Bonham's by Arman Pressley (not verified)
REALLY! The details were, by Arman Pressley (not verified)
Yep...i didn't even know by Arman Pressley (not verified)
Not true, man...they kicked by Arman Pressley (not verified)
Greensboro January '75 by Michael (not verified)
OMG, I had no idea this page by Cathy (not verified)
The show in Greensboro, NC by Shery (not verified)
Incredible by Danny (not verified)
Not as bad as Luis Rey says. by Mike (not verified)
Greensboro, NC 1975 by Jim (not verified)
I remember Robert Plant by Steve (not verified)
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Great concert!!! by Claude Suber (not verified)