Average: 4.9 (125 votes)

July 10, 1973

Milwaukee, WI US

Milwaukee Arena


includes: Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love.


Press Review: Zeppelin Flying High

The Led Zeppelin soared high over Milwaukee Tuesday night. One of the granddaddies of hard rock groups, the Zep thoroughly entertained about 11,000 at the Arena.

It had been three years since the group was in Milwaukee and rock music has taken some strange twists and turns since then. Some very good rock groups have compromised their musical integrity by selling their souls to gimmicks, gadgets and the foibles of a few loud and abusive fans.

But Zeppelin was as true to its music as it was the last time around. The group had stage smoke drifting out over the audience, apparently a necessity for all rock bands that consider themselves superstars.

There were truckloads of light and optical equipment on stage. But Led Zep never forgot what it was there for – to play the sometimes sweet, sometimes sour hard rock that has kept it on top while others have come and gone.

There were many peaks and few valleys in the long show.

Led Zeppelin played for 2 hours and 40 minutes, an unusually long set for a group that commands the money and prestige it does. There was no opening act.

Lead guitarist Jimmy Page made his guitar sing while playing it with a violin bow. Drummer John Bonham delivered a spectacular drum solo that seemed as if it never would quit.
Keyboard man John Paul Jones simulated orchestras at the keys. Singer Robert Plant, whose background is blues, wailed and shouted and crooned.

It was difficult to pick a highlight, but it was probably the group’s thrilling 15 minute version of Stairway to Heaven, one of the most beautiful rock songs written in recent years.
Page outdid himself time and time again, bringing to mind his days as a Yardbird. When the list of rock superstar guitarists is recited by those in the know, his name seldom is mentioned. It should be.

Led Zep did almost all of its fans’ favorites, including its only pop single hit, Whole Lotta Love. The quartet receives a lot of airplay on FM rock stations, but has not sought the AM top 40 market.

The group is on one of those monster concert tours that reportedly has them carting the money away by the carload. The four musicians supposedly are drawing better crowds and making more money than the Beatles, Rolling Stones or Alice Cooper ever did.

Milwaukee fans should be happy that the Arena was included in the bonanza. (D. Jaques, Milwaukee Journal, 7/11/73)

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