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Buffalo Memorial Auditorium - July 15, 1973

  • 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 (incl. Let That Boy Boogie), The Ocean.
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on September 22, 2007 - 4:18pm
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July 15, 1973
Buffalo
NY
United States
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Setlist: 

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 (incl. Let That Boy Boogie), The Ocean.

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Review: Led Zeppelin Kneads Crowd to Silly Putty

Led Zeppelin doesn’t give concerts, they perform physical transformations. They kneaded the full-house crowd in Memorial Auditorium into silly putty Sunday night with two hours and 50 minutes of massive sensory massage.

The sheer enormity of the sound did it (though the full moon may have helped), an enormity that resonates into your paleolithic pith, the cry of the dinosaur summoning out that primitive quickening in the face of monstrosity.

Whatever isn’t touched by the earthquake rumble of John Paul Jones’ bass, John Bonham’s gunshot cracks on the drums or Robert Plant’s echoey heart-of-darkness voice is left quivering by the swooping electronic slices of guitarist Jimmy Page, especially his solo on the theremin.

Their relatively simple brooding themes are blown larger than life, like skyscraping office buildings, and they lay on thick embellishments and broad dramatic resolutions that mean more en masse than as individual items.

The four of them approached it all with unexpected good humor. John and Bonham lay back blithely amongst the folding backdrop of mirrors that run the length of the stage.

Page in black with a rhinestone-studded rose on his open jacket, prancing around like a cocky midlands soccer player in a pub, and Plant in tight jeans and a short jacket with rhinestones and puffed sleeves strutting back his curly blond mane.

The band took no breaks, despite the heat. Applause followed a few Page guitar solos but the youngish crowd didn’t really erupt until the start of Stairway to Heaven and again when the spinning mirrored ball went on as it closed.

The heavy drumbeat of Moby Dick brought a rush on the stage and most of the hall stayed on its feet for that last hour, including a long Bonham drum solo with special synthesizer effects.

An 8-minute ovation brought them back for an encore after their boogieing final number. “Thank you Buffalo,” Plant said when they finished. “Take care until we see you again.” (D. Anderson, Buffalo News / July 1973)

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Zeppelinitis struck Buffalo last Sunday night. The disease infected some 20,000 young people and many of them are reported to be still recuperating. The symptoms are quite unique and contagious.

First of all, you wake up Sunday afternoon to Page’s heavy, raunchy lead guitar on every radio station your receiver can reach. Then when you go through your drawers in search of some underwear you find a ticket that reads, “Led Zeppelin / In Concert / July 15 at Memorial Auditorium.” After washing up a bit you realize what the whole thing means: Tonight is THE concert.

That’s the way it was for most of the heavy rockers in town. For me it was just going to check out a super group that’s been around for a number  of years and I’ve failed to see. I guess, then, I qualify as an objective observer. I had heard so many stories about them in concert that I really didn’t know what to expect.

After I entered the Aud and found my seat, I immediately noticed the immense arsenal of electronic equipment on the extra raised stage. There were also three crystal balls dangling from the scaffolds (we’ve seen that before), a good number of filtered lights and a large wheel with multi-colored filters around the perimeter. Very, very impressive, but can they play well?

“Rock and Roll” and “Celebration” started things off and I must say that both tunes sounded slower than usual. Soon after, though, the Zeppelin put it all together and the entire concert turned into a most interesting trip.
Jimmy Page let loose a barrage of heavy riffs during “Dazed and Confused” and then “Heart Breaker.” He mirthfully danced across both ends of the stage spinning and turning, playing his axe just above his knee. With a look of ease on his face, Page reeled off lightning fast leads that could be heard in North Tonawanda. The crowd began absorbing the tremendous energy that was being released from the stage.

John Paul Jones was featured on the organ during “No Quarter” which is from the Houses of the Holy disc. The stage crew turned on the smoke machines as Jones played an eerie, mystical lead. The effect was very swamp-like and spooky as the smoke covered the entire stage. I generally dislike these psychedelic excursions, but the music and the smoke effect went together too well for me not to appreciate it.

During the change of tempo in “Stairway To Heaven” the crowd rushed the stage as the lights were turned on the crystal balls. Here again Page let loose with driving riffs that filled every inch of the Aud, against a steady rhythmic piano by Jones.

John Bonham did a drum break during “Moby Dick” which was neither impressive nor depressive. I can’t stand drum solos because I think they’re just a cheap time killer that’s used to rest the band. An audience should never be exposed to that type of waste. Bonham is an excellent drummer; but fuck the solos please.

The crowd wasn’t as rowdy as I expected them to be. There were a couple of assholes who did throw cherry bombs into the crowd, which is fucked up, but most of the time the audience listened appreciatively to the Zeppelin as they performed.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page teamed up nicely on ‘The Rain Song.” Page imaginatively utilized a double neck guitar by playing chords twelve string section and leads on the six string section. Plant’s voice was strong and always managed to reach the back rows of the Aud.

After a medley of their oldies, Zeppelin went  into “Whole Lotta Love.” Explosions and fires flared up from every corner of the stage as they dispensed every ounce of energy into their music. Additional security men were rushed in as Plant and company walked off the stage. They came back and finished things up with ‘The Ocean.”

Before I split 1 want to say one thing. It’s very easy to put down groups that use heavy visual and extravagant sound systems in their acts. One can easily say, ‘That’s noise - not music at all.” When it’s done well it’s artistic in itself. It takes imagination, a good feeling for their own music and good improvisation to perform in this manner. [-Sheldon Kamieniecki/Spectrum/7-20-73]

Notes: 

Review: Led Zeppelin Kneads Crowd to Silly Putty

Led Zeppelin doesn’t give concerts, they perform physical transformations. They kneaded the full-house crowd in Memorial Auditorium into silly putty Sunday night with two hours and 50 minutes of massive sensory massage.

The sheer enormity of the sound did it (though the full moon may have helped), an enormity that resonates into your paleolithic pith, the cry of the dinosaur summoning out that primitive quickening in the face of monstrosity.

Whatever isn’t touched by the earthquake rumble of John Paul Jones’ bass, John Bonham’s gunshot cracks on the drums or Robert Plant’s echoey heart-of-darkness voice is left quivering by the swooping electronic slices of guitarist Jimmy Page, especially his solo on the theremin.

Their relatively simple brooding themes are blown larger than life, like skyscraping office buildings, and they lay on thick embellishments and broad dramatic resolutions that mean more en masse than as individual items.

The four of them approached it all with unexpected good humor. John and Bonham lay back blithely amongst the folding backdrop of mirrors that run the length of the stage.

Page in black with a rhinestone-studded rose on his open jacket, prancing around like a cocky midlands soccer player in a pub, and Plant in tight jeans and a short jacket with rhinestones and puffed sleeves strutting back his curly blond mane.

The band took no breaks, despite the heat. Applause followed a few Page guitar solos but the youngish crowd didn’t really erupt until the start of Stairway to Heaven and again when the spinning mirrored ball went on as it closed.

The heavy drumbeat of Moby Dick brought a rush on the stage and most of the hall stayed on its feet for that last hour, including a long Bonham drum solo with special synthesizer effects.

An 8-minute ovation brought them back for an encore after their boogieing final number. “Thank you Buffalo,” Plant said when they finished. “Take care until we see you again.” (D. Anderson, Buffalo News / July 1973)

------------------------------------------

Zeppelinitis struck Buffalo last Sunday night. The disease infected some 20,000 young people and many of them are reported to be still recuperating. The symptoms are quite unique and contagious.

First of all, you wake up Sunday afternoon to Page’s heavy, raunchy lead guitar on every radio station your receiver can reach. Then when you go through your drawers in search of some underwear you find a ticket that reads, “Led Zeppelin / In Concert / July 15 at Memorial Auditorium.” After washing up a bit you realize what the whole thing means: Tonight is THE concert.

That’s the way it was for most of the heavy rockers in town. For me it was just going to check out a super group that’s been around for a number  of years and I’ve failed to see. I guess, then, I qualify as an objective observer. I had heard so many stories about them in concert that I really didn’t know what to expect.

After I entered the Aud and found my seat, I immediately noticed the immense arsenal of electronic equipment on the extra raised stage. There were also three crystal balls dangling from the scaffolds (we’ve seen that before), a good number of filtered lights and a large wheel with multi-colored filters around the perimeter. Very, very impressive, but can they play well?

“Rock and Roll” and “Celebration” started things off and I must say that both tunes sounded slower than usual. Soon after, though, the Zeppelin put it all together and the entire concert turned into a most interesting trip.
Jimmy Page let loose a barrage of heavy riffs during “Dazed and Confused” and then “Heart Breaker.” He mirthfully danced across both ends of the stage spinning and turning, playing his axe just above his knee. With a look of ease on his face, Page reeled off lightning fast leads that could be heard in North Tonawanda. The crowd began absorbing the tremendous energy that was being released from the stage.

John Paul Jones was featured on the organ during “No Quarter” which is from the Houses of the Holy disc. The stage crew turned on the smoke machines as Jones played an eerie, mystical lead. The effect was very swamp-like and spooky as the smoke covered the entire stage. I generally dislike these psychedelic excursions, but the music and the smoke effect went together too well for me not to appreciate it.

During the change of tempo in “Stairway To Heaven” the crowd rushed the stage as the lights were turned on the crystal balls. Here again Page let loose with driving riffs that filled every inch of the Aud, against a steady rhythmic piano by Jones.

John Bonham did a drum break during “Moby Dick” which was neither impressive nor depressive. I can’t stand drum solos because I think they’re just a cheap time killer that’s used to rest the band. An audience should never be exposed to that type of waste. Bonham is an excellent drummer; but fuck the solos please.

The crowd wasn’t as rowdy as I expected them to be. There were a couple of assholes who did throw cherry bombs into the crowd, which is fucked up, but most of the time the audience listened appreciatively to the Zeppelin as they performed.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page teamed up nicely on ‘The Rain Song.” Page imaginatively utilized a double neck guitar by playing chords twelve string section and leads on the six string section. Plant’s voice was strong and always managed to reach the back rows of the Aud.

After a medley of their oldies, Zeppelin went  into “Whole Lotta Love.” Explosions and fires flared up from every corner of the stage as they dispensed every ounce of energy into their music. Additional security men were rushed in as Plant and company walked off the stage. They came back and finished things up with ‘The Ocean.”

Before I split 1 want to say one thing. It’s very easy to put down groups that use heavy visual and extravagant sound systems in their acts. One can easily say, ‘That’s noise - not music at all.” When it’s done well it’s artistic in itself. It takes imagination, a good feeling for their own music and good improvisation to perform in this manner. [-Sheldon Kamieniecki/Spectrum/7-20-73]

Setlists: 

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 (incl. Let That Boy Boogie), The Ocean.

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First Concert's picture

I hope the statute of limitations is up by now... I was 14 years old. Myself and 5 guys took the bus downtown from South Buffalo. We were going to see if we could buy some tickets. Or maybe break into the auditorium. We use to go to the hockey games and look for places to hide. Since they were remodeling and putting in a new section, the orange seats, there was plenty of places. To make a long, long story short we broke into the auditorium and got caught four or five times. We finally found a good spot underneath the floor where there was a lot of people up above us walking around and talking. We all got separated except for me in a friend who will remain unnamed. There was about 100 people there with us under the floor.It was packed! We were there for about 45 minutes when we heard someone playing the guitar. My friend said let's go check it out, if we get caught we'll get back in. So we crawled out from under the floor and hopped down each section over the railings until we were on the floor. We walked up to the center about 10 rows from the stage, and set down. Jimmy was up there programming his guitar army. There was people
walking around setting up chairs. Nobody seemed to care about us. We sat there for about five minutes when somebody came up behind us and grab the both of us on the shoulders and Jimmy stop playing and said " Leave them alone! They have their seats! They got balls". He then started playing again, for about another ten minutes.We sat there for the rest of the time until people started coming in and the concert started. We sat there for the first two songs and then went to find our other friends. That's how I got to see my first concert. Led zeppelin

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This show is clearly not the best of the tour. Page makes many mistakes in Dazed And Confused, and Stairway To Heaven sounds by rote. Moreover, several huge explosions distract the group (especially during the violin bow solo).

miked's picture

My group showed up at the Aud. in my buddy Darrells' hippy van. Ah the smell of it-smokey! As we walked from the parking lot many people were trying to buy extra(?) tickets. I was personally offered $100.00 US for my $6.00 ticket. No sale!
I do not recall any opening act but i cleary remember when Zep took the stage. The stage was completly dark and the crowd was growing restless and quite noisy. Visually all I could see was the red pilot lights for the amps and they were interupted by someone sneeking on to the stage. Suddenly the drums started pounding out the famillar intro to Rock N Roll. Almost instantly the lights flashed on with Jimmy Page doing that Chuck Berry shuffel across the stage. While this was happening Robert Plant danced his way across the stage spinning like a top. "Been a long time since I walked in the moonlight" Wow what an opening!
If anyone saw the movie "The song remains the same" the stage set up was the same with the mirrors for the backdrop.
This performance was mared by fireworks like their previous performance in Buffalo. This time as Plant introduced stairway to heaven he said " this song is about woman on a trip" and right when he said trip a M-80 went off about 10' away from him. Starteled he jumped about 3 feet in the air and said to the crowd "that person must not be on the same trip we are on" everybody cheered approvingly. No more fireworks the rest of the night.
I also remember Plants voice was road weary and he sipped tea and honey all night.( At least that what he said was in the cup.) He could not hit any high notes sometimes he was actually talking some of the lyrics. You couldn't miss Plant, Page and Bonham on stage but John Paul Jones seemed to be invisable. I found myself looking for him throughout the night.
I was there and this is how I remember it Waddashow!

JERRY CARLO's picture

I was 18 years old and I had just moved to Buffalo for college and the first thing that I was able to do was attend a Led Zeppelin Show at The Aud. I still can clearly remember the opening licks by John Bonham to launch "Rock & Roll". The entire show was through the roof. I can remember the exact comments by Robert Plant as he introduced "Stairway to Heaven".
...." Here is a song that might, well it just might". I have attended a couple hundred concerts since that time but the Zeppelin show tops them all, naturally.

Marty Breen's picture

This was only the second real rock concert I went to as I had seen Jetho Tull 2 weeks earlier at the Aud. This was a major event in my concert going days as Zep became my favorite band. I really can't remember all the songs they played as I was just 16 and not totally familiar with their entire catalogue. I had just got the Houses album and was totally into that playing it along with II and !V all day. It was great and I do remember some jerk throwing a cherry bomb towards the stage and disrupting the concert. Long live Zep and sadly the Aud has been torn down.

J. Wurstner's picture

When a very large firecracker went off during a song, everyone including the band jumped 10 feet in surprise. The band stopped the show and Plant admonished the crowd for throwing fireworks from the balcony. A girl on the floor was injured by the explosion and had to be removed from the arena. They brought the house lights up and stopped the show while she was attended to.

Marty's picture

What a great story. I was there and am from South Buffalo and also used to sneak into hockey games. We used to drink over at Hillery playground with all the Timon jocks and South Park freaks. 

 

First concert's picture

We use to drink over in Morgan Park. Good times Drinking quarts of Shlitz, Gennie and MD20/20! 

Not long after Zep, Deep Purple came. That was the original line up too! I tell my kids I may be old but I got to see all the good bands!

Joseph Abati's picture

I was 19 at the time and my friend Al got stiffed by his girlfriend and sold me her ticket for $6.00. It turnout to be the best investment of my life. I sat in the reds on the right side of the stage and was 50 ft. from Page. Seeing the band live was the most incredable experiance for a young gutiarest. The aud was packed and the music was clear and loud.When Jimmy Page went into his solo with the violian bow, it was nuts. I remember him wailing on his gutiar, stop point the bow to the left side of the aud and the sound came out. He repeated this all around the Aud and with a finale of massive rifs, waved his bow 360 and the sound rotated around the aud!! It was insaine and asume! Star way to Heaven brought the house down with the glitter ball shining stars all over the place and the aduiance holding up their lit lighters!! What a sight! The smell of erbs was everywere. But, it got better, John Bonham performed the most amazing drum solo I have ever seen in my life time and when he flipped his sticks into the audiance and proceeded to do the solo bare handed, that truely made the fans and myself flip out. What an experiance! I still have all of my albums and they bring back those great days of my youth.

 

Timmy Lamb's picture

 

I will never forget the drum solo 

 

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