July 29, 1973
New York, NY US
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, Organ solo ~ Thank You.
The gigs at MSG are filmed and recorded for the group's feature movie, The Song Remains the Same, and accompanying soundtrack album, as well as the 2003 dvd. A remastered edition of the film & soundtrack are released in November 2007.
The band hires a film crew - up to four 35mm cameras (depending on which night) - Arriflex 35BL with 400' film cartridges. 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.
Variety (August 1973): Led Zeppelin Wraps Up U.S. Tour with Record Gates and $4-Million Gross
Led Zeppelin’s U.S. tour, which wound up at Madison Square Garden, N.Y. Sunday (29th), shattered attendance records, many previously held by the Beatles and grossed some $4,000,000. Latter figure for the 33 dates is unofficial as the British quartet began withholding such info after breaking Beatles marks to launch the tour in Atlanta and Tampa.
The Garden concert was the third consecutive sellout at the arena, where a $7.50 top usually means a $130,000 gross potential. The three Concerts East shows would come to $390,000. The May 4 opener at Braves Stadium, Atlanta, drew 39,236 patrons who paid $246,000, the largest concert crowd in Georgia’s history. Previously high was 33,000 drawn to the same stadium by the Beatles in 1965.
Next night, Led Zeppelin drew 56,800 to Tampa Stadium with a $309,000 gross. The previous mark for a single concert in the U.S. was believed to have been the $301,000 paid by 55,000 at the fames Beatles Shea Stadium, N.Y. concert, also in 1965.
The rockers, who performed without opening acts, played to more than 100,000 customers in California in less than a week, including a California record 39,304 at Kezar stadium, San Francisco, June 2. Previous mark of45, 000 was set by Grand Funk Railroad two years ago.
They sold out Dallas and Ft. Worth back to back, virtually unheard of previously, drawing 10,000 to Dallas Memorial Auditorium May 18 and 13,500 to Tarrant County Convention Centre.