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Alameda County Coliseum - July 24, 1977

  • The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Mystery Train, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.
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on September 22, 2007 - 9:24pm
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July 24, 1977
Oakland
CA
United States
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Setlist: 

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Mystery Train, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.

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77 programme

Click here to view the US '77 Tour Programme (flipbook)

Press Review: Zeppelin Soars to New Heights

“It feels great to be back”, a self-assured Robert Plant addressed the Saturday “Day On the Green” sellout crowd at the Oakland Coliseum. “I must personally apologize for the two-year delay.”

The lead singer and resident sex symbol of Led Zeppelin was alluding to a 1975 automobile accident he suffered which prevented the British hard-rock combo from fulfilling extensive tour obligations that year.

Their long absence from the Bay Area prompted a sellout within five hours after tickets went on sale earlier this month – a feat not uncommon to any affair involving Led Zeppelin.

The four man congregation which many critics fancy as the embodiment of heavy metal rock, had just finished bludgeoning the packed house of 54,000 with the thunderous power-chording of “Sick Again”, a relatively subdued piece from the 1975 double-album, “Physical Graffiti”.

Those in attendance at the Bill Graham-promoted Days on the Green last weekend were treated to vintage Led Zeppelin.

Providing a musical counterpoint to Plant’s shrieking and teasingly androgynous posturing, Jimmy Page’s sledge-hammer guitar style led Zeppelin through many of their classics, including: Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore and Trampled Underfoot.

But the musical highlight for many of the sun-drenched crowd that paid $11.50 per ticket came during the extended jams. All the Zeppelin touches were there – Page coaxing eerie sounds out of his axe using an array of electronic devices, and at one point using a violin bow on his strings; John Bonham rifling popgun drum rolls; bassist John Paul Jones looking unperturbed and confident behind the overt sexuality of Plant’s pelvic thrusts. The crowd ate it up. (G. Estrada, Oakland Tribune, July 1977)

Notes: 
77 programme

Click here to view the US '77 Tour Programme (flipbook)

Press Review: Zeppelin Soars to New Heights

“It feels great to be back”, a self-assured Robert Plant addressed the Saturday “Day On the Green” sellout crowd at the Oakland Coliseum. “I must personally apologize for the two-year delay.”

The lead singer and resident sex symbol of Led Zeppelin was alluding to a 1975 automobile accident he suffered which prevented the British hard-rock combo from fulfilling extensive tour obligations that year.

Their long absence from the Bay Area prompted a sellout within five hours after tickets went on sale earlier this month – a feat not uncommon to any affair involving Led Zeppelin.

The four man congregation which many critics fancy as the embodiment of heavy metal rock, had just finished bludgeoning the packed house of 54,000 with the thunderous power-chording of “Sick Again”, a relatively subdued piece from the 1975 double-album, “Physical Graffiti”.

Those in attendance at the Bill Graham-promoted Days on the Green last weekend were treated to vintage Led Zeppelin.

Providing a musical counterpoint to Plant’s shrieking and teasingly androgynous posturing, Jimmy Page’s sledge-hammer guitar style led Zeppelin through many of their classics, including: Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore and Trampled Underfoot.

But the musical highlight for many of the sun-drenched crowd that paid $11.50 per ticket came during the extended jams. All the Zeppelin touches were there – Page coaxing eerie sounds out of his axe using an array of electronic devices, and at one point using a violin bow on his strings; John Bonham rifling popgun drum rolls; bassist John Paul Jones looking unperturbed and confident behind the overt sexuality of Plant’s pelvic thrusts. The crowd ate it up. (G. Estrada, Oakland Tribune, July 1977)

Setlists: 

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Mystery Train, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.

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Argenteum Astrum's picture

The last show of the tour before Plant's son's untimely death and the last ever Led Zeppelin show in America. A very good show although somewhat hurried and tense due to the beating of Bill Graham's man by Bonham and their road crew. The sound is excellent and Jimmy's playing is very good in Since I've Been Loving You. The improvisations are excellent in No Quarter but the end of the show gets sloppy and the encores are rushed and erratic. A stage invider had marked their appearance that day - a local dancer named Betty took the stage and danced during No Quarter.

jimb's picture

I feel fortunate to be one of the annointed in having seen Led Zeppelin live in concert, twice. Me and my step brother went to this show and also the one in 73' at Keezar. I was able to sneak my boda bag of MD20-20 in but bro had his confiscated at the gate. What none of us knew then or could have known was that we were watching what was to be the very last Led Zeppelin show in America. We also didnt know then that in just a few short weeks Elvis would be dead! I remember up on the stage for some reason there was an American flag stand there which I didnt think much of at the time. At the end of the show John Bonham kinda swaggered over to it as he was leaving the stage and put his hand over the eagle and sort of wrapped the outstreched flag around him as he rolled out and off the stage. Thats when it dawned on me that it was strange to see a flag up there. I guess thats just before the fight broke out back stage and Bonham was arrested. It so happened that my step brother was working for OPD at the time as a jailer and he had to go to work that day after the show. He no sooner clocked in then guess who was brought in for booking? None other than John Henry Bonham. My step brother actually got to chit chat with him a bit while processing him. Telling him he had been at the show and how much he enjoyed it etc. etc. After my bro told me the story I asked him if he could get me a copy of Bonham's mugshot, which he did a few days later. I kept it and treasured it for years after that especially after he passed away. That was a very sad day for all of us! Salute to all the fine people who were there that day and have crossed over to the other side to join John & Elvis. R.I.P.

David L. Johnson  (aka DJ)'s picture

When tickets sold out for the Sat. show, and some of my friends had managed to get some, I was bummed out. That was until they added the Sunday show. A couple friends & myself heard there would be tickets available on the Day of Show, so we jumped in my little VW beetle, and made the 3 hour drive, from Fresno. We arrived at about 10AM, that morning. To our delight, we found that scalpers were having a hard time selling tickets. As we approached the entrance, the price went lower and lower. We each ended up paying $10 for what would become the most memorable concert of my life! The day was a bit overcast, with clouds swirling through the air. I was a bit tired from the drive, but when the first notes of SRTS filled the stadium, I was instantly refreshed. The REAL magic started when Jimmy started White / Black, under gloomy skies. Just as the first blast of Kashmir shook the air, the clouds broke, and the Sun beat down on Roberts face, at the moment he sang those lyrics. It was surreal!! Truly a Life Changing Event. I still listen to my recording every July 24th!

Robert C's picture

I don't remember Judas Priest even playing on Sunday - guess we got there after they finished. I do remember Derringer and the long wait for Zeppelin. The vibe in the air was not good. Bill Graham came out on stage at one point holding up one of Page's guitars and said there's a problem with the guitar - obviously buying time. I had just seen Zeppelin in L.A. on 6/23 and they were really hot. This show was rushed and a bit 'phoned in", which makes sense considering what happened. I could tell something was wrong. Page was so stoned he sat on a stool for more than 1/2 the show. Sad that it ended up being their last U.S. show when Plant's son died a few days later. This was my 7th Zeppelin show.

For the record - especially for those who feel Bill Graham was to blame for what went down: Peter Grant, Bohnam, Richard Cole and others beat the hell out of one of Bill Graham's staff.

After the Saturday show the staff member caught Grant's kid trying to steal the name plates off the backstage band trailers and reprimanded him. When Grant heard about it they almost had the guy killed. Zeppelin's crew and Grant had a long history of this type of ugly over the top violence and Bonham at this point was a severe alcoholic that people couldn't even make eye contact with him without a violent outburst. The delay was due to their lawyers getting Bill Graham to sign documents that would make them legally immune - which he did knowing it held no water in the U.S. to avoid a riot by 60,000 waiting fans if LZ split for the airport.

Sad end all around for my all time favorite band - such talent. They were truly rock Gods!!!

Eddie Festo's picture

What a Show I will never forget!

Vinny Vance's picture

I cannot remember too many details about this other than the fact that I was standing there watching my favorite band, almost not believing it was really happening...The pictures I took that day are among my most prized possessions to this day (they have recently been posted on this site)...The crowd definately got its $11.50 worth of entertainment, as Zeppelin played the songs we wanted to hear, the way we wanted to hear them, with Robert Plant's stage presense and Jimmy Page's guitar antics meshing well with John Bohnam's assault of his drum kit and John Paul Jones holding it all together on the bottom end...The highlight of my then 17 year old life...Who knew that it would be the last Zeppelin show on U.S. soil, and they would never be back again...I feel very fortunate to have been there...

Ozzy's picture

I was at this show. I wanted the ultimate keepsake from this show, so I made a false bottom of the styrofoam ice chest and snuck in a small cassette recorder (and a baggy full of whiskey to mix with my coke) and recorded the entire show. Unfortunately, the recording was very hot (not a good thing).
From time to time, I try to listen to it but it's almost unbearable. I probably should have just enjoyed the show and not held on to the recorder like I was documenting history. Oh well... Maybe next time?

Deb A.'s picture

I was at This Day On The Green concert and it is one that I will never forget! I still have my ticket stub as well as an unused ticket in perfect condition. I remember that there was nearly a riot when Led Zeppelin was almost 2 hours late for their performance. I also remember Judas Preist basically getting booed offstage. The concert experience will never be the same as it was back then....I cherish the memories of shows like this!

Gordon V's picture

I had tickets for the '75 Tour, the portion of shows that included the show my friends and I had tickets for was cancelled.
We had to wait two years before the show on 7/24/77. But Led Zeppelin did not disappoint. It was a great show. Led zeppelin kicked ass.
I took my nephew Sid, it was his 13 birthday. Obviously we still talk about the show today.
We still cherish the fact we got to see them since it was Led Zeppelin's last American show as a group.
I have since seen The Firm, Robert Plant, Page and Plant.
Thankfully, We got to see the Mighty LED ZEPPELIN!

Jeff Pereira's picture

I was at this show which is now popular because of the fights between the mighty Led & Bill Graham's goons. I knew something must be wrong when after Rick Dirrenger was off the stage, it took over 1-1/2 hrs before Zep came on. Obviously we didn't hear about it until later but you could tell that Zep was off a little, still great to see for me, but not at 100%. I also didn't realize until years later that this was the last concert on their last US tour ever. I also want you guys to know that a few years later I was at an after party at the Oakland Coliseum after a Grateful Dead, Santana, Beach Boys, Starship benefit concert and I had a chance to go up to Bill Graham to ask for his autograph. After being rude to me I decided to give him a little crap, so when he asked, rudely I might add, "who do you want this signed to?" I said " sign it to Jeff from the #1 Led Zeppelin fan in the world, BILL GRAHAM!" You might guess he was pissed & that he shoved the paper and the pen back into my hands and told me "you know I could have you kicked out of here right now???" Thank God he didn't because I still had alot of autographs to get that night. Sorry for the long winded comment but thought you might enjoy. Hope to see you guys in AZ sometime! Take care, JP

Harold's picture

I had tickets to the next show. It was supposed to be about a week after this show in New Orleans,LA in The Superdome. The show never happened because when Robert Plant arrived in N.O. he was advised that his son had died and the tour was immediately canceled. The closest I came to seeing Zep was in '98 when I had front row seats for The Page/Plant tour in the N.O. Lakefront Arena

Rick M's picture

This was one of the two concerts I will never forget. Led Zeppelin is the greatest rock band of all time. After Deringer left the stage, I do remember how frustrating it was not knowing what was holding up the concert. I remember a helicopter flew over the stadium and apparently landed in the parking lot. The rumor was the band was flown in late. Much later we find out about the fight along with the other rumor about Robert's son.

I am really looking forward to the DVD of the London concert- not to mention what it would mean to see you guys, once again, in Oakland. There will never be another John Bonham but I would love to see the rest of you guys together! Rick M

Cathy W's picture

This concert was one of the best that I was ever attended. It was drizzly, but when they finally started, and the sun broke out, it was really magical. I remember this girl who was really high walking around in a daze and then passed out and I thought "Boy is she going to regret this" as she never got to see the main act. It wasn't until years later that I found out that this was their last.

Vinny Vance's picture

You simply MUST post John Bohnam's mug shot...this I gotta see...Vinny Vance...

Kathy's picture

I remember her dancing during Stairway to Heaven as well. A truly magical time that day!

Brian's picture

CORRECTION !
it was 4 hours between Derringer and Led Zep and, Judas Priest WAS NOT BOOED offstage. we the crowd brought them back for 3 encores.they rocked their ass off. Bill Graham introduced them saying it was their first american concert. i also remember when Bill Graham introduced JP, the crowd didnt even know who they were. people were looking at each other saying things like Judas what ?and Priest who ?and were pissed that BG had added another band to the show cutting into the Zeppelin time we figured. When we bought tickets it was for LED ZEP and Derringer ONLY. Jimmy was in bad shape too but the band still rocked their ass off. never forget it. i have an original poster from the show. wish i still had my stub.

Matt Roberts's picture

I had many an opportunity to bump into the late Bill Graham over a several-decade concert goer's career. He gave me a most quizicall look one night @ the Shoreline Ampitheatre one night during a Peter Frampton/Stevie Nicks concert. I was wearing a JIMMY PAGE T-SHIRT. This prompted a sour look on the face of the great impressario. Still, this being only the second event held @ this new venue - I felt that as he picked my brain he really had a heartfelt concern for what was foremost in the mind's of his concert-going public. He actually asked me really integral questions. I was conflicted,really,by my unwavering love of ZEPPELIN & the fact that I lived in a priviledged area where the BEST artist's on the planet continually roll through here! I was sad to hear of Bill's passing in late 91'. That being committed to print, I also want to let you all know - I am REALLY looking forward to ALL future Led Zeppelin shows,particularly those in the United States ! Bill Graham may have been the ultimate control freak/svengali, however, I always found him to be a very gracious gentleman who only hated those who were more talented & powerful than him !

salb320's picture

A dear friend of mine who is also a Zep fanatic,while living in the Frisco area saw Bill Graham at a neil Young concert and called to Bill "Hey Bill whats your final word on Led Zeppelin" to that Graham replied "Great band,fantastic Drummer,and charming Singer"....Thats all folks that was in early 1990s..So whatever animosity there was between them he could never say nothing about their talent.I think it was purely a one off incident between them and more managerial.

eddie's picture

Very glad to hear another side of the story about Judas Priest. A great band & in their fiery youth at this time. Makes me happy to hear that some cheered & gave them a chance. I am always ashamed to see "fans" give opening acts a hard time. Patience & a chance to see some up & comers are good things. I love Zep and Priest on the bill is just a great bonus!

Miles Needham's picture

I was two and a half weeks shy of my 15th birthday... me and my buddy took greyhound from Sacramento to Oakland then took BART to the coliseum... We were joking that we were there to see Judas Priest whom we had never heard of... I remember they rocked, and I remember people being politely patient... Day on the Greens were always long and draining... I went to quite a few of them... Derringer kicked ass even though we were young and only knew Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo ... We didn't know what the long wait for Zeppelin was about, but it sucked... Again, being young, by the time they came out we were burnt out from the sun and weed and not familiar with all of their songs...I didn't know Sick Again, Since I've Been Loving You, Achillies Last Stand, Black Country Woman, Bron y aur Stomp... I was bummed that they didn't play Dazed and Confused, only the bow part, and no Moby Dick or drum solo at all even though they played "Over the Top" at other shows on this tour... I also remember the "Oakland Dancer" during Stairway and No Quarter which was weird but what did I know? It was only my third concert... Listening to the recording now it's funny how many times Robert Plant kisses Bill Graham's ass when he is talking between songs... He was saying "please don't throw our mates in jail"! 39 years ago this weekend...a great experience, glad I was there... LED ZEPPELIN RULES AMERICA and the WORLD!!

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