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Boston Garden - July 20, 1973

  • Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven,  Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie).
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on September 22, 2007 - 4:31pm
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July 20, 1973
Boston
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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, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven,  Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie).

Note: 

Press Review: Zeps slap Huh with plenty of inertia

It's like a two-ton truck kind of leaden and slow, and very heavy - but given enough momentum it's difficult to ignore. Led Zeppelin had rumbled in and out of Boston last Friday night in fourth gear.

Five years ago, after the group released its first album everybody was saying Jimmy Page and ex-yardbird in the same breath. They played the miniscule Tea Party then, but it wasn’t long before they graduated to the Garden, and nobody remembered the Yardbirds anymore. They've hit the big time now, and some say the biggest. Attendance records have fallen in some of the cities on their current tour - records held by people such as the Beatles and, yes, even Grand Funk Railroad.

They started at 8:30, a half-hour late, and proceeded to do a lackluster medley of old material, seemingly laying back (allowing the familiarity of the songs to lend the rendition credence)  to give more sparkle  by comparison lo the new material.

Anyway, they followed with four numbers from "Houses of the Holy," their latest, including the aptly named "'The Song Remains the Same."

Returning to the past, they did a creditable, if overblown rendition of "Dazed and Confused,"  a number Page wrote while with the Yardbirds. His traditional, self-indulgent, violin-bowed guitar solo is somewhat boring and the song lasts so long you can actually forget what they're playing; but it is, as a whole, passable.

There are a few rare songs, such as "Layla," that are every bit as good as the frenzied masses think they are. Another one is "Stairway to Heaven,'' Led Zeppelin's most popular, to judge by the ovation given its mere announcement. It was ended to the visual accompaniment of a rainbow of lights arching to the ceiling and a star-speckling light projector. (the "stairway" and the "heaven," get it?) A spectacular effect and psychedelic circus at its finest.

It then became time for the closing set (another medley), climaxed by their blockbuster from the second album,  "Whole Lotta Love." Three or four times during the concert synchronized flames had exploded, giving visualization   to Zep's musical flashness, and I was somewhat prepared for some more
instances of playing with fire. So it seemed almost anticlimactic when drummer John Bonham ended the whole thing at 10:30 by beating a flaming gong with a flaming mullet.

That was that. But even after it was announced that Led Zeppelin had indeed fled the sweltering Garden and wasn't coming back, most of the crowd stuck to their seals for 10 minutes or more, hoping and screaming for another glimpse.

And in the distance, a receding rumble, one more truckstop a memory. [Globe / M. Nicholson / 7-23-73]

Notes: 

Press Review: Zeps slap Huh with plenty of inertia

It's like a two-ton truck kind of leaden and slow, and very heavy - but given enough momentum it's difficult to ignore. Led Zeppelin had rumbled in and out of Boston last Friday night in fourth gear.

Five years ago, after the group released its first album everybody was saying Jimmy Page and ex-yardbird in the same breath. They played the miniscule Tea Party then, but it wasn’t long before they graduated to the Garden, and nobody remembered the Yardbirds anymore. They've hit the big time now, and some say the biggest. Attendance records have fallen in some of the cities on their current tour - records held by people such as the Beatles and, yes, even Grand Funk Railroad.

They started at 8:30, a half-hour late, and proceeded to do a lackluster medley of old material, seemingly laying back (allowing the familiarity of the songs to lend the rendition credence)  to give more sparkle  by comparison lo the new material.

Anyway, they followed with four numbers from "Houses of the Holy," their latest, including the aptly named "'The Song Remains the Same."

Returning to the past, they did a creditable, if overblown rendition of "Dazed and Confused,"  a number Page wrote while with the Yardbirds. His traditional, self-indulgent, violin-bowed guitar solo is somewhat boring and the song lasts so long you can actually forget what they're playing; but it is, as a whole, passable.

There are a few rare songs, such as "Layla," that are every bit as good as the frenzied masses think they are. Another one is "Stairway to Heaven,'' Led Zeppelin's most popular, to judge by the ovation given its mere announcement. It was ended to the visual accompaniment of a rainbow of lights arching to the ceiling and a star-speckling light projector. (the "stairway" and the "heaven," get it?) A spectacular effect and psychedelic circus at its finest.

It then became time for the closing set (another medley), climaxed by their blockbuster from the second album,  "Whole Lotta Love." Three or four times during the concert synchronized flames had exploded, giving visualization   to Zep's musical flashness, and I was somewhat prepared for some more
instances of playing with fire. So it seemed almost anticlimactic when drummer John Bonham ended the whole thing at 10:30 by beating a flaming gong with a flaming mullet.

That was that. But even after it was announced that Led Zeppelin had indeed fled the sweltering Garden and wasn't coming back, most of the crowd stuck to their seals for 10 minutes or more, hoping and screaming for another glimpse.

And in the distance, a receding rumble, one more truckstop a memory. [Globe / M. Nicholson / 7-23-73]

Setlists: 

Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven,  Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie).

Comments

Beaker's picture

Lots of M80 firecrackers during the show, and no encore.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

Two things plague the show: Robert's very weak voice and the out of control crowd. The band drops Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, and Moby Dick in efforts to calm the crowd. The band itself is playing really well, and Dazed And Confused is a great version. However, the crowd is out of control and the band punishes them with no encores, ending the show at slightly less than two hours. The crowd can't believe it, but that's what they get for not heeding the pleas of Robert when people are getting crushed in front. Robert even sings "Take it easy" in the middle of Dazed but to no avail. The show is played really well though.

Steve-areno's picture

I was 18...stood in line at Sears, Natick Mall for two hours to get tickets ($6.50 ea.)...I've seen hundreds of concerts, all the greats, this was THE greatest...despite it being about 150 degrees inside the old Garden...Page was (is) the greatest guitarist ever.

lee litif's picture

not only do i envy the guy that was at that cosmogonic performance but the pictures i saw of that event were so incantational also i use to have a bootleg of that performance anyway more empyrean memories lee

Dave's picture

I rember this concert well. We were up in the balcony. At the start The lights went dark. All you could hear were the people screaming. Then the cymbals started crashing...still dark...simultaneously two huge flames shot straight up into the air and the band was on stage playing "Rock and Roll" what a start to the concert. They played all the songs listed above. They didn't play an encore though which was disappointing. Especially since the stage was dark 5-10 minutes after they went off and everybody had lighters going. I still have the ticket stub. A show I will never forget. 

Lou's picture

I grew up in the 70's when Led Zeppelin was at their peak.  The Houses of the Holy album had come out and me and my friend Dan went to the local ticket counter at Sears, waited several hours, and bought a ticket in the loge area for $6.50. We were not yet old enough to drive, but my parents were "cool" enough to know of their music and gave us a ride to the Boston Garden.  It was, and still is the BEST concert I have ever seen,  They rocked out the place like no one else, and played a total of 2 and a half hours. I still have the ticket stub to this day, and they remian my favorite hard rock band of all time.  As jack Black said at their Kennedy Center Honor induction; to the greatest rock & roll band EVER!

 

 

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