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Three Rivers Stadium - July 24, 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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July 24, 1973
Pittsburgh
PA
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.

Note: 

Led Zeppelin draws 40,000 fans in attendance, earning a reported $120,000 for the show. The band hires a film crew to capture some footage of the event, in preparation for the three night finale at Madison Square Garden - up to four 35mm cameras (depending on which night) - Arriflex 35BL with 400' film cartridges.  The crew met at the Drake Hotel in the afternoon of July 24th and took some footage in the lobby. They traveled with with the band to Newark Airport and filmed the famous shots outside the Starship before their departure. Apparently, a considerable amount was filmed at the Pittsburgh concert, from the limo ride to Three Rivers Stadium, throughout the concert & offstage. (Publicly, there's only been some very short clips seen).

A 16mm Éclair ACL camera was occasionally used for insert shots / offstage and crowd shots. The camera crew would take notes & photos through each of these last gigs (from July 24-29), to learn the song order and the stage lighting etc. The film would be taken to Aquarius Transfer in NYC -  the dailies watched with the Director of Photography as well as Peter Grant, Robert and JP.

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Press Review: Led Zeppelin Sails So High

You’ve heard Ike and Tina Turner's version of 'Proud Mary’, the one where she says, “We never ever  play anything nice and easy; we play it nice-and rough."?

The same boast holds true for Led Zeppelin, the four British lads who defied a 30 per cent chance of rain last night and held a Three River Stadium crowd of about 40,000 enthralled for almost three hours with their nice, rough music.

All tickets were gone earlier In the day including 6,000 places in the infield in front of the stage - and therein lay the rub that almost grounded Zeppelin. Barrels of water had been placed two-deep along the first and third base lines expressly to keep fans without infield seating tickets off the field.

At 8 p.m., when the show was supposed to start, the migration began, and as more and more youths ignored requests to stay where they were, scooting over the railing and dugouts, barrels were knocked over and one irate guard, sans cap, picked up an empty barrel and slugged a boy on the back.

The concert was delayed 53 minutes until some semblance of order has been restored ­  but then came Zeppelin powerhouse rock n, roll personified and order was gone with the cool night breeze.
Zeppelin’s led by Robert Plant -bare-chested blond­maned, jeans so tight they could have been a decal, a mighty man of machismo he and guitarist Jimmy Page, Yardbird successor to Clapton and Beck and equally deserving of the highest accolades.

 Plant’s an incredible leather-lunged yowler;  his work on ' Black Dog ' and 'Dazed and Confused’ evidenced that. His spotlight-mate Page demonstrated his virtuosity on almost every number and out­did himself when he played his guitar with a bow producing eerie, piercing wails and groans like bagpipes, sitar, synthesizer and violin sounding simultaneously.

Bassist-keyboard man John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham need take no back seats, however. They provided excellent backup on "Over The Hills," and each had his moment of glory, Jones on synthesized piano for  “No Quarter” and Bonham on "Moby Dick," where he finally transcended the confines of regular rhythm.

Every song was heavy, heavy, from rock to blues to boogie  - and could you ever hear. The decibel level probably felled a few "Quiet, Please” signs over at Allegheny General (Jazz Festival promoters, please note).

“This is the final blastoff; you’ve got no roof,” cracked Plant before the  final medley, featuring the throbbing, two­chord ''Whole Lotta Love'' and blastoff it was, complete  with boneheads who pitched lighted firecrackers into the infield crowd.

"We travel so much, but everywhere we go, one thing remains the same - the people," said Plant.'
 
And why shouldn't they , Robert, as long as they've treated to quality, energy- packed shows like yours? [by P.BISHOP | July 1973 | Pittsburgh Press]

Notes: 

Led Zeppelin draws 40,000 fans in attendance, earning a reported $120,000 for the show. The band hires a film crew to capture some footage of the event, in preparation for the three night finale at Madison Square Garden - up to four 35mm cameras (depending on which night) - Arriflex 35BL with 400' film cartridges.  The crew met at the Drake Hotel in the afternoon of July 24th and took some footage in the lobby. They traveled with with the band to Newark Airport and filmed the famous shots outside the Starship before their departure. Apparently, a considerable amount was filmed at the Pittsburgh concert, from the limo ride to Three Rivers Stadium, throughout the concert & offstage. (Publicly, there's only been some very short clips seen).

A 16mm Éclair ACL camera was occasionally used for insert shots / offstage and crowd shots. The camera crew would take notes & photos through each of these last gigs (from July 24-29), to learn the song order and the stage lighting etc. The film would be taken to Aquarius Transfer in NYC -  the dailies watched with the Director of Photography as well as Peter Grant, Robert and JP.

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

Press Review: Led Zeppelin Sails So High

You’ve heard Ike and Tina Turner's version of 'Proud Mary’, the one where she says, “We never ever  play anything nice and easy; we play it nice-and rough."?

The same boast holds true for Led Zeppelin, the four British lads who defied a 30 per cent chance of rain last night and held a Three River Stadium crowd of about 40,000 enthralled for almost three hours with their nice, rough music.

All tickets were gone earlier In the day including 6,000 places in the infield in front of the stage - and therein lay the rub that almost grounded Zeppelin. Barrels of water had been placed two-deep along the first and third base lines expressly to keep fans without infield seating tickets off the field.

At 8 p.m., when the show was supposed to start, the migration began, and as more and more youths ignored requests to stay where they were, scooting over the railing and dugouts, barrels were knocked over and one irate guard, sans cap, picked up an empty barrel and slugged a boy on the back.

The concert was delayed 53 minutes until some semblance of order has been restored ­  but then came Zeppelin powerhouse rock n, roll personified and order was gone with the cool night breeze.
Zeppelin’s led by Robert Plant -bare-chested blond­maned, jeans so tight they could have been a decal, a mighty man of machismo he and guitarist Jimmy Page, Yardbird successor to Clapton and Beck and equally deserving of the highest accolades.

 Plant’s an incredible leather-lunged yowler;  his work on ' Black Dog ' and 'Dazed and Confused’ evidenced that. His spotlight-mate Page demonstrated his virtuosity on almost every number and out­did himself when he played his guitar with a bow producing eerie, piercing wails and groans like bagpipes, sitar, synthesizer and violin sounding simultaneously.

Bassist-keyboard man John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham need take no back seats, however. They provided excellent backup on "Over The Hills," and each had his moment of glory, Jones on synthesized piano for  “No Quarter” and Bonham on "Moby Dick," where he finally transcended the confines of regular rhythm.

Every song was heavy, heavy, from rock to blues to boogie  - and could you ever hear. The decibel level probably felled a few "Quiet, Please” signs over at Allegheny General (Jazz Festival promoters, please note).

“This is the final blastoff; you’ve got no roof,” cracked Plant before the  final medley, featuring the throbbing, two­chord ''Whole Lotta Love'' and blastoff it was, complete  with boneheads who pitched lighted firecrackers into the infield crowd.

"We travel so much, but everywhere we go, one thing remains the same - the people," said Plant.'
 
And why shouldn't they , Robert, as long as they've treated to quality, energy- packed shows like yours? [by P.BISHOP | July 1973 | Pittsburgh Press]

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

Jeff DeLuca's picture

My mother brought home the LP "Led Zeppelin II", so it was she who actually turned me to the band!I wish there was more of this film! I was 15 at the time, and carried the ticket around in my wallet til my mom told me to put in on the shelf before it was ruined and I would not be able to get into the show! I was showing it to everyone!
From the opening drumbeat of "Rock N Roll" til the last drumbeat of "The Ocean" and Robert Plant saying "Goodnight Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!" I was completely mesmerized!
I became a Led Zep fanatic from that point on! This is the show that SHOULD have been recoreded for the movie "The Song Remains the Same", in my opinion. Page, Plant, Bonham, Jonesy were all at the top of their playing. Watching Page run across the stage with the guitar over his head, doing his solo in the middle of "Black Dog" was just amazing! I thought he was going to run right off the stage!
Led Zep spoiled me for ANY other concert going forward, and I have seen plenty!
Thanks, guys!

Murph's picture

I also was at the concert. We arrived late and I remember running around Three Rivers looking for an enterance and hearing Zep begin with Rock and Roll. We finally got in and couldn't get to our infield seats so we sat on the dugout. This actually was better because we could see over everyone. I was 17 at the time. Ahhh...good times.

Mike hudimac's picture

I want with a few friends to hear Zepplin when I was a 17 year old. My memory was of a concert that sometime during the set people were rushing the stage and going over 55 gal. drums filled with water all along the first and third base lines to keep people off the field. Oviously this did not work and my friend got over the barrels with me getting caught and told to get back to my seat. I then went to the railing and jumped, trying to go over the barrels. Unfortunately I fell onto them injuring both my legs to the point I could barely walk. I did get to the front near the stage and found my friend. It was a giant party and the sound and experience was unbelieveable to say the least. Only problem was my shins were so hurt and painful I could hardly stand it. No drugs, wine or anything would take the pain away. I will never forget the pain as well as the best concert location I ever had in my 40 years of rock concert attendance. Led Zeppllin was great, only thing is I still have the scars on my shins as a rememberance. Mike Hudimac

Mark Pastorik's picture

wish i could see any show that cheap nowadays. it costs about 10 times as much to see bands not even a fraction as great as zeppelin... = ( i was born too late

JB's picture

We were 14... without parental consent, my friend and I took a bus from Wash. PA to downtown Pittsburgh. The gal sitting next to me flashed her breasts throughout the concert... we missed the bus back home and had to call to get a ride back.. we were dead meat for a long time that summer after that... The concert was unbelievable. Their sound system stretched all the way across the field, and there was this little stage in the middle.. Page totally blew me away... as long as I can still play, I'll keep my Les Paul. I'm 50 now and I think it was the best concert I have ever seen.

MARCIA's picture

IT WAS MY FIRST CONCERT, I WAS 13. I HAD A FRIEND WHO WAS A LOCAL DJ, HE KNEW WHEN ALL THE GOOD CONCERTS WERE COMING AND BEING THE WILD CHILD THAT IS WAS...I GOT TICKETS. I FELL MADLY IN LOVE THAT NIGHT. HAPPY MEMORIES FOR ME.

I REMEMBER THE CONCERT VERY CLEARLY AND I GUESS IF I HAD BEEN OLDER I WOULD HAVE PROBABLY BECOME A GROUPIE. I KNOW I DID LEARN THAT THERE WAS MORE TO GUITAR THAN SCALES. I WAS IN LOVE, STILL AM, ALWAYS WILL BE IN LOVE. LED ZEPPELIN WAS LOUD. IT ROCKED MY SOUL. THE 1970'S AND MUSIC WERE WIDE OPEN FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. A BAND LIKE LED ZEPPELIN WAS DOING IT ALL, HARD ROCK, ACOUSTIC MUSIC. AWESOME!!

THEY WERE A GREAT INFLUENCE ON MY MUSIC CHOICES. I WILL ALWAYS GIVE CREDIT TO JIMMY PAGE BECAUSE HE IS THE STRONGEST, THE GREATEST INFLUENCE FOR ME. EVEN IN THE CHOICE OF GUITAR THAT I PLAY. THEY STILL RULE.

I STILL LOVE LED ZEPPELIN, I STILL LOVE JIMMY PAGE!

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A really great, vibrant recording of an absolutely riotous show! After the sluggish start of the 2nd leg of the tour, things have been heating up and this show is definitely a fine example! The crowd's way into it and the band overplay themselves by giving one of the most visceral, savage concerts ever! The machine of Page, Jones and Bonham is beyond description, especially in the immense Dazed And Confused with its very long and eerie bow solo and amazing interplay in the middle. No Quarter is also funky and hard and Jimmy gives us one of his longest and best solos linking Misty Mountain Hop and Since I've Been Loving You. Heartbreaker begins with Bonham pounding all hell out of his kit and the ending numbers are a joy to hear, especially how Robert controls the crowd. His voice has been powerful and savage this whole show.

Dennis the Menace's picture

The main reason I got to go to this event was I was the only one in my group of friends who had a PA "senior" license which allowed me to drive past midnight! Three Rivers was a poor venue for music given its circular shape. I recall the sound bouncing off one end while hearing the next part of the song. Standing near second base. Being carried off by a group of strangers who dug my drawings. Walking all over trying to get a good ear to the music. Unruly crowds breaking over the railing and cramming the infield and nearly getting cut in half by the press of the people against a rail...a warning of what would happen in other venues to graver outcomes.
It was an open air market outside before the concert and I thought this might be the last time such a thing might happen since I could not believe the Authorities were not cracking heads. I cannot imagine that many high school age kids getting that free again. People began to wake up after this show. I remember getting home and my Dad ask me how was the concert. I said it was OK. Anything happen there he ask. No, nuthin. The next day he told me about the negative news coverage about the "riot" and kids storming the walls to get in. I thought he was making things up. Later friends say some of that may have happened. I still draw because of that show.

Dave B.'s picture

I'm proud to say that I was there. I wish I still had my ticket stub but never the less, it was a fantastic show.

TB's picture

Went there with my new girlfriend of 2 months, now my wife of 34 years.It was an incredible time. I would love to go back to Three Rivers and re-live that night. Although that was almost 40 yrs ago, it's amazing that you could see the greatest band of all time for less than $10.

Terry Raimond's picture

Thank you for posting this clip~~! It really did happen--after all!
It was a great concert. I thought the clip would have included the finale when they released hundreds of white doves. Before you knew what was happening -there was a lot of noise overhead and you realize --they're doves!

Steve Davis's picture

Over 40 of us from Columbus , Ohio made the trip to see our Idols do their Houses of the Holy Tour in TRS in july 1973. Some of us drove ,some hitchhiked, me included but all of us got there, ready to party and rock with this iconic band we listened to every seconds we were conscious. Some had tickets some didn't...i did not. it was a sold out show but there were tickets to be had for the right price. i was so lucky that day because while high on excellent canadian MDA and throwing a Frisbee with friends wondering how i was gonna get it i was running after a overthrown frisbee and to my amazement and joy, on the ground where the frisbee fell was ! nice ticket laying on the blacktop and believe me i wasted no time scooping it it up and jumping and screaming for joy. I was now going to see my dream band. by the time the tens of thousands of people with no tickets or money realized they were letting people in hundreds climbed and pulled, shook and hung from a steel gate that was blocking a ramp to enter the stadium but not for long....these drug fueled and Zeppelin hungry concert attenders litterly ripped the 30 foot high by 35 foot wide steel gate right out of the ceiling and thousands got in for free on it really made no difference that i found the ticket because i never even presented it to a ticket taker because of the stampede thru the downed gate. wow it was intense...55 gallon water drums surrounded the main floor so those above could not jump down...many were hurt doing just that though. they played a show to remember and i was then and now grateful to have made it.

Eric Stock's picture

I was a freshman in High School in St.Clairsville, Oh the year was 1973, 37 years ago. It was about an hour drive to Three Rivers Stadium. When I got there I discovered my seat was really shitty so I moved to dead center, one teir up from the floor. I seat down in the aisle and the guy sitting in the seats next to me ask me if I wanted to do a quadlude and I said, 'hell ya'. When the show started I was feeling the effects of the 'lude'. Zep opened with, 'It's been a long time since I rocked n rolled' the volume was incredible loud, but it sounded freakin great. I think back to that concert alot cause it was my first one. I never had the chance to see them again and to this day regret that. It was the best show I'd ever seen to this day, peace out, Eric

Eric Rhodes's picture

I remember this concert as being among my first as a fourteen year old teenager. I attended alone because as a african american none of my friends were in to Led Zep. I was a "hippie"and loved rock and roll. The first time i heard this band on the local radio stations-WDVEandWYDD i new i had to see them live.As i recall the stage was huge and sat in centerfield. Earlier that same year Alice Cooper had brought his Billion Dollar Babies spectacle to the Civic Arena. I was blown away,but this did not prepare me for the power of the mighty LED ZEPPELIN. The memory of Page,Plant,Bonzo and Jonesy on stage is seared into my mind.The sudden and straight forward assualt of "Rock and Roll" to open the show and the doves released to close the show i will never forget. My life has been good ,kids good job but i still look back on July 24,1973 as a watershed moment in time. I hope to see the greatest band to walk the face of the earth when and if they tour in 2008.
Eric Rhodes

B'way Billie's picture

The Pgh. concert was the scene of one of Zep's videos - - they showed their limos driving thru the Ft. Pitt Tunnel and the view going across the Ft. Pitt Bridge. They also showed the outside of Three Rivers Stadium in the video (I forget the name of the song from the video - it was kind of New Orleans genre with slide guitar). This was one of my first concert experiences. I remember all the sick, drugged-up people (not a pretty sight). I had tickets for the festival seating on the infield, but the stampede of people prevented my sister and me from getting there. We ended-up sitting in the aisle with the most expensive tickets! The positive side to all this was I became a lifelong Zep fan. I play guitar and love Zep music! They are the absolute best band ever! Jimmy Page is the best electric guitarist alive. Clapton doesn't come close to the range and technical skill of Jimmy Page. I'd love to meet him and ask him for my $6.65 back as a refund for my lost seats back in 1973! I just finished my first year in college - - ah, the memories!!!

kurt rishell's picture

Thank you for your comment about the doves. I am currently reading "Hammer of Gods" and reflecting on all the bands gone by and concerts that still have a reflection on my youth. First, one has to remember the year which is not easy when your over 50, then try to piece together the concert from a stupor infected memory. My main goal in reading all the comments was to see if anyone else remembers the doves. I was hoping it would have been referenced in the book but no luck. You would think it would have been a highlight worth mentioning. I was starting to think that the doves were just a figment of my stoned imagination but now there is at least one other person that shared in my illusion. A concert I will never forget. Thanks.

Jim's picture

I went in April, 1973 when I knew Led would be in Pitt. on July 23 to get as many tickets as I could being from Columbus. They would only sell me the maximum of 5 tickets, so I forked over $40 bucks for the five tickets. We arrive in a massive traffic jam by the stadium, only to get to our seats by the time Robert started with "Rock and Roll'. Still to this day, the most awesome concert I have attended, and, YES, I remember the doves being let loose as we are tripping to the sound of the greatest band of all time.....

david's picture

I remember we all crowded around the infield before the show. they had fifty gallon barrels full of water 3 deep. The police in the in field were getting real nervious. Then some one tried to walk across the barrels and a policeman grabbed him. He fell in the barrel and knocked it over. Then every one started to go. The barrels all got knocked over and I jumped down and walked in. I was right in front of the stage about 25 yards back. I went to hundreds of concerts in the 70's and no one else even compared. Dave

ray herschl's picture

one of the greatest concerts I've ever seen!

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