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Civic Center (Baltimore) - July 23, 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 - 4:36pm
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Average: 4.8 (85 votes)
July 23, 1973
Baltimore
MD
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 excerpt:

LED ZEPPELIN'S ROCK: HEAVY

More than 12,000 eager people turned out Monday night to see the British group at the Baltimore Civic Center, the latest stop on an American tour that has proved enormously successful. The band has been playing before packed houses of up to 60,000 and this concert was sold out for more than two weeks.

Monday night’s concert was almost vintage Led Zeppelin. The music ranged from good, tight, loud rock to boring, banal, loud noise and there was enough of each to keep everybody satisfied.

Three songs typified Led Zeppelin’s strongest points. Over the Hills and Far Away, The Song Remains the Same and Whole Lotta Love are steady, hard rockers that feature Robert Plant’s eerie knife-sharp voice, Page’s guitar and John Bonham’s throbbing, incessant drums at their best. (A. Ward - Wash. Post 7/73)

Notes: 

Review excerpt:

LED ZEPPELIN'S ROCK: HEAVY

More than 12,000 eager people turned out Monday night to see the British group at the Baltimore Civic Center, the latest stop on an American tour that has proved enormously successful. The band has been playing before packed houses of up to 60,000 and this concert was sold out for more than two weeks.

Monday night’s concert was almost vintage Led Zeppelin. The music ranged from good, tight, loud rock to boring, banal, loud noise and there was enough of each to keep everybody satisfied.

Three songs typified Led Zeppelin’s strongest points. Over the Hills and Far Away, The Song Remains the Same and Whole Lotta Love are steady, hard rockers that feature Robert Plant’s eerie knife-sharp voice, Page’s guitar and John Bonham’s throbbing, incessant drums at their best. (A. Ward - Wash. Post 7/73)

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.

Comments

Carmen's picture

The band was great, but having people toss lit fire crackers on us from the cheap seats in the upper tiers wasn't so great. Robert Plant = supreme hottie of the 70's. And he could sing too.

Vince's picture

My friend's girlfriend worked across the street from the Baltimore Civic Center and she went to the box office the first day tickets went on sale. She was able to get 6 tickets at $7.00 each for Led Zeppelin. I still have the ticket stub from the 1973 concert. I remembered the crowd was anxious for the band to appear. The crowd was cheering Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin. All of sudden the lights go out , and there was a deafening roar from the crowd. Everyone was lighting their Bic lighters. The drummer started the song Rock and Roll, more screaming. Then a yellow spotlight shown on Robert Plant just as he was about to sing and the show was on. Best concert I've ever attended.

Rob Bates's picture

What a night! I was 17 and it was one of my first concerts. Me and four friends went. I remember two things the most. When they first came out and hit the first note, my ears went into shock. I think it took two days before my hearing got back to normal. But, when they played Stairway to Heaven, it was incredible. I remember when the song changed tempo that they had a set of flood lights streaming from in front of the drums shining acroos the arena. It was like the stairway up to the clouds. Then lights lit up a mirror ball in the center of the arena which put stars around the entire place. I will never forget that concert. I wished I had receiver tickets to the London show so I could have seen them again. Maybe some day.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A very overlooked show but one of the best from the end of the tour. A rather rowdy audience is called to calm down during Since I've Been Loving You. Robert's voice is surprisingly strong and he reaches up high at the end of Rock And Roll and shreds his vocal chords in a great version of Since. The band is playing very slick and Page completely reverses the sections of Dazed And Confused, and the end result is a very dynamic and gutsy version. The end blowout of Heartbreaker to the encore is pure Zeppelin nirvana and the crowd's approval is deafening. As a bonus, this show also happens to be the first show that Joe Massot and his film crew were on hand to film the band. It's not known exactly what the film crew may or may not have captured on this night. The footage from the movie that features Grant backstage cussing out the promoter over the sale of pirate posters at the gig is from this show. Oddly enough, in that very footage one can hear the band doing "Dazed And Confused" in the background.

chip blanchard's picture

I WAS THERE TOO AND MAN IT WAS THE BEST EVER THANKS LED FOR THE MUSIC MAY OUR MEMORIES NEVER DIE

Marie Coolahan's picture

I was there! 6th Row. BEST concert EVER.

Steven Jones's picture

Led Zeppelin DID NOT have Backstage passes from Concerts West OR Concerts East! Entertainment Concepts (E.C.) Promoted the Concert in Baltimore. All tickets were Mail Order ONLY and the show Sold Out immediately. no ticket-tron either? There were riots outside during the entire concert and no one would sit down inside. Even Robert Plant sang won't you please sit down during the "Rain Song", as I have a taped recording of the concert. I never saw a single 1973 tour program in or outside the venue. I have a stub of a printed ticket. Amazing photographs and the original Mail Order Ad. One person outside was trying to sell an extra ticket for $15.00 and the crowd almost kick the arse out of him. It was a hot Baltimore City humid sticky evening. There was a hot-eletricity in the air, as though it was almost magical. The band was Amazing as they played for 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Bob Tye's picture

My girlfriend, Lea Carter, and I, were blown away by the the power of Black Dog blasting thru the place as we arrived a bit late. We were loving the sound as we ran to the section were our seats were. When we went thru the doors to that section, we were again amazed at the sheer power of the music, because as we went thru the doors the volume seemed to double and there was a a very dense atmosphere inside the civic center. We had no reefer with us, but everyone around us passed the j's around and the experience became even more fantastic! Best concert I've ever been to, and the only one where the pot was overflowing. Good stuff MAN!! - I'm 61 now and don't go too many days without playing some Zep, and I'm just a little worried that my favorite is "In My Time of Dying", and that I've put it in my Last Will and Testament that I want it played at my funeral. True, not really worried. :)

Kurt Gauss's picture

I went to the show and remember it as being one of the best concerts I ever attended. I was 16 years old at the time, and paying $8.50 for a floor seat seemed like a lot of money at the time. I am still a Led Zeppelin fan today and encourage young people to listen to them today. I am grateful to have grown up in the Led Zeppelin era, anticipating each albums release. We were at the record store the day of the release, took the record home and wore the grooves off of it. Thanks.

JJ's picture

I remember this show also. I could only get "obstructed view" seats that limited me to only being able to see Robert Plant. But the entire section decided to just move down and sit in a walkway where we could see everything. Everyone was orderly and simply kneeled down and watched peacefully. Security never hassled us. Not sure we could get away with that today. One detail I recall was when Plant said "it's great to be here in..(silence), well it's great to be anywhere, really." I guess the legend of bands not knowing where they were had some substance after all!

Freddie Duncan's picture

Best show i ever saw

Jim Considine's picture

Ah ... the summer of '73.  The year I graduated from high school, got my driver's license, and spent a lot of time in Ocean City, Maryland before heading off to college.  The most anticipated event of the summer was the Led Zeppelin Concert at the Baltimore Civic Center.  Baltimore was about to get kicked to the curbside as a premier market for top concerts.  The Largo Center (aka The Capital Center and the Allegheny Air Arena) was just about complete.  This venue seated 20,000 compared to the Baltimore Civic Center which seated 12,000.  The Largo Center would become the home of the former Baltimore Bullets (as it was built by the owner of the Bullets) and the Washingtopn Capitals, an expansion franchise in the NHL.  The location of the Largo Center was very close to FedEx Field, the current home of the Washington Redskins. This made it a 45 minute drive (no traffic) from Baltimore and a 25 minute drive from Washington D.C. Both travel estimates assume no traffic which is farcical since the traffic is always bad.  So you could easily add another hour or two to commute times.

The Baltimore Center was the biggest indoor arena from Richmond to Philadelphia. You might recall the Beatles first American concert was held at the Washington D.C. Armory.  Ringo had to manually turn the pedistil where his drum kit was setup since venue was a theatre in the round.  The Beatles would be responsible for rotating themselves so that the audience could catch a glimpse of their faces.

With the opening of the Largo Center, the party was over for Baltimore ... but we will always have Led Zeppelin concerts to remember when we were the "big dog".

Bill Washington 's picture

I was there... great concert 

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I was there... great concert  by Bill Washington (not verified)
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The band was great, but by Carmen (not verified)
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I WAS THERE TOO AND MAN IT by chip blanchard (not verified)
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I was there! 6th Row. BEST by Marie Coolahan (not verified)
I remember this show also. I by JJ (not verified)
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