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Guildhall - January 30, 1973

  • includes: Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, 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, Hideaway, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby).
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on September 22, 2007 - 2:33pm
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Average: 4.7 (23 votes)
January 30, 1973
Preston
United Kingdom
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Setlist: 

includes: Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, 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, Hideaway, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby).

Note: 
UK '72 / '73 Programme

Click here to view the tour programme. (flipbook)

Press Review: A dozen amplifiers with 4,500 watts power belted out their music. The Guild Hall’s own public address system is only 60 watts. Add to that 2,000 stamping and tapping feet and you have a noise that made the concert uncomfortable, and even painful when the music reached a certain pitch.

Rock music has to be loud – even very loud. But there’s a limit to the noise some people can take.

At the recent Gary Glitter concert even the group complained their music was too loud. After the David Bowie concert, some people suffered slight deafness – even up to 24 hours afterwards.

Even with the excess power handicap, John Paul Jones (bass/organ), John Bonham (drums), Robert Plant (vocals) and Jimmy Page, delighted their fans with songs from their albums including ‘Black Dog’, ‘Misty Mountain Hop’, and ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

Even at the end of a two-month tour which has taken them from Brighton to Edinburgh, they managed to keep up their enthusiasm to the end of the second encore. [Lancashire Evening Post - 1/31/73]

Notes: 
UK '72 / '73 Programme

Click here to view the tour programme. (flipbook)

Press Review: A dozen amplifiers with 4,500 watts power belted out their music. The Guild Hall’s own public address system is only 60 watts. Add to that 2,000 stamping and tapping feet and you have a noise that made the concert uncomfortable, and even painful when the music reached a certain pitch.

Rock music has to be loud – even very loud. But there’s a limit to the noise some people can take.

At the recent Gary Glitter concert even the group complained their music was too loud. After the David Bowie concert, some people suffered slight deafness – even up to 24 hours afterwards.

Even with the excess power handicap, John Paul Jones (bass/organ), John Bonham (drums), Robert Plant (vocals) and Jimmy Page, delighted their fans with songs from their albums including ‘Black Dog’, ‘Misty Mountain Hop’, and ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

Even at the end of a two-month tour which has taken them from Brighton to Edinburgh, they managed to keep up their enthusiasm to the end of the second encore. [Lancashire Evening Post - 1/31/73]

Setlists: 

includes: Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, 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, Hideaway, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby).

Comments

Leigh Langhorn's picture

I remember this show for four reasons - firstly, because I managed to get autographs from everyone except JP Jones; secondly, because a so-called friend then stole them from me (if you're reading this, you know who you are); thirdly, Percy forgot the lyrics to Stairway; lastly, being right at the front of the audience screaming at the band to turn up the volume 'cause I didn't think it was loud enough! I think this is the point at which my hearing started to deteriorate!

Caz Kay's picture

I was there! I got to meet the band after the gig as I wrote them a 30ft letter containing all the track titles off their albums! The story made the local newspaper and I have still have a copy of it. As the band ran off after the set I was taken thru the barriers at the side of the stage and lifted onto the stage with my ear 2 inches from Jimmys amps! When the guys came back for the encore Robert was unfurling my 'letter' behind him. I met all 4 members of the band & managed to get my 4 Zep albums signed.They are my most treasured possessions. Still love Led Zep as much now as then!

Big Nige's picture

Hi - nice start to great site! Just to add a correction here - this is PRESTON Guild Hall (in Lancashire) not Portsmouth. Planty had flu - you know the rest...........

Cheers

Nigel R Taylor
Lancs UK

Bernard Derbyshire's picture

I was at the concert with my first camera, and have pics of the gig (not brilliant). The first evening was cancelled after the band had colds after wembley gig, This was the second time I saw the band, the first being at the public hall, my first gig. The report in the evening post stated that the band had been banned from further concerts, because they used wood screws to secure the P.A. stacks to the polished wooden stage. Still have two programs and ticket stub from the night

Argenteum Astrum's picture

The band play very well. All the songs are performed solidly. Page’s solos are spot on, and Bonham puts in some great fills. As well, Plant's voice holds up great. But there is a sense of the band being somewhat tired. But, again, if you go back and listen to those Scottish shows for comparison, you can see that they were pretty tough to beat and perhaps might’ve taken a little bit out of the band. In any case, this is a relaxed and good show. The audience is extremely well-behaved, but also very very quiet. At times you forget that they’re even there. And since the band do seem to take their time between songs, the silence from the audience is punctuated all that much more. There's an unusual passage just after the fast instrumental and Oriental riffs part, just before San Francisco. This would reach perfection two months later in Germany, at some of the best concerts ever given by Led Zeppelin.

Ed's picture

My vivid memory from this gig was Robert Plant coming on the stage for the encore with the letter trailing over his head. I did not think they were at their best that night but it was an experience to see them in the guildhall.

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My vivid memory from this by Ed (not verified)
Preston Guild Hall 1973 by Caz Kay (not verified)
I was at the concert with my by Bernard Derbyshire (not verified)
Zep at Preston by Leigh Langhorn (not verified)
Jan 30th 1973 by Big Nige (not verified)