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Civic Center (St. Paul) - July 9, 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), Communication Breakdown.
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on September 22, 2007 - 4:13pm
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Average: 4.9 (75 votes)
July 9, 1973
St. Paul
MN
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), Communication Breakdown.

Note: 

Press: Led Zeppelin Concert – The Long Wait To Be First In Line

The first of an anticipated 18,500 rock music fans showed up at the St. Paul Civic Center at 2 a.m. Sunday for a Led Zeppelin concert at 8pm tonight.

“There should be 3,000 to 4,000 people here by noon,” said Jim Crabbe, 20 from the lake Minnetonka area. “Everybody is going to be smashed up against the doors by the time the doors open at 6 pm”.

Crabbe is one of five youths, four other young men and a girl, all of the Lake Minnetonka area who have been camped in front of the west entrance to the Civic Center since 2am Sunday.

The reason the group arrived to early is to be assured front row seats. Tickets to the concert are being sold on a first come, first served basis. No reservations have been taken for the $5.50 seats.

“That’s the only way to see a concert”, said Peter Sours, 20. “You have to be right down in front”.

What have they been doing camped on Civic Center concrete for 30 hours?

“Having a good time,” said Crabbe. “We have our music and there’s no hassle so far”.

The group was playing contemporary rock blues on an assortment of instruments ranging from a harmonica to guitars, clarinet and violin.

None of those waiting expected any trouble during the concert. “It won’t be like the Stones concert last year”, said Crabbe. “People charged the concert then, they had to use tear gas and it was cut short. But that was the Stones. [-M. Sweeny, 7/73]

Notes: 

Press: Led Zeppelin Concert – The Long Wait To Be First In Line

The first of an anticipated 18,500 rock music fans showed up at the St. Paul Civic Center at 2 a.m. Sunday for a Led Zeppelin concert at 8pm tonight.

“There should be 3,000 to 4,000 people here by noon,” said Jim Crabbe, 20 from the lake Minnetonka area. “Everybody is going to be smashed up against the doors by the time the doors open at 6 pm”.

Crabbe is one of five youths, four other young men and a girl, all of the Lake Minnetonka area who have been camped in front of the west entrance to the Civic Center since 2am Sunday.

The reason the group arrived to early is to be assured front row seats. Tickets to the concert are being sold on a first come, first served basis. No reservations have been taken for the $5.50 seats.

“That’s the only way to see a concert”, said Peter Sours, 20. “You have to be right down in front”.

What have they been doing camped on Civic Center concrete for 30 hours?

“Having a good time,” said Crabbe. “We have our music and there’s no hassle so far”.

The group was playing contemporary rock blues on an assortment of instruments ranging from a harmonica to guitars, clarinet and violin.

None of those waiting expected any trouble during the concert. “It won’t be like the Stones concert last year”, said Crabbe. “People charged the concert then, they had to use tear gas and it was cut short. But that was the Stones. [-M. Sweeny, 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), Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Jim Steffel's picture

Saw many great shows in the 1970s, but this one towered above the rest. Arrived several hours early to get a good position for the general seating rush toward the stage, ended up 6th row center. : D

Yeah, I was high and drunk, but I will never forget the awe in the crowd. We all knew then that we were seeing the best of the rock and roll, blues era.

My buddy got too wasted from drink and smoke as we were waiting for the gates to open. He ended up passed-out in the car and missed the entire show. I felt so bad for him.

I saw War, Santana, Styx, Yes, Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult, McCartney, and many others. Nothing came close to Zeppelin. There are always a few Zeppelin tunes in my current playlist.

Thanks Guys. R.I.P John Bonham.

Bryan Aaker's picture

As I recall the concert started nearly an hour late because the crowd was pushing forward towards stage edge. They waited until the hord moved back a bit. A great show.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This show starts off very slow and sluggish. The band is more loose than tight and Robert's voice is incredibly raspy and in poor shape, much like the Chicago shows from three days earlier. However, by Dazed And Confused, his voice is strong and his singing is amazing. Dazed is very long and very loose but exciting and Jimmy's solo in Stairway To Heaven is sheer beauty. The final three songs rock very hard and the improvisations are very spontaneous, loose, and thrilling to hear! A great recovery! What very exciting, Page plays an opening intro to Dancing Days just before Misty Mountain Hop and the Laurel and Hardy theme just before Dazed. John Bonham was announced as the one who "comes to you courtesy of the makers of Quaaludes".

Reggie Roo's picture

Lots of good memories and a few stinkers. Jimmy Page playing a double necked guitar, and coaxing amazing notes with a violin bow was the highlight. A looong concert, watched it from the general admission area on the floor, so I sat down during Moby Dick since the solo went on, and on, and on. Really something.

justin's picture

greatest show i have ever layed my eyes on. I got there really early but it was worth it. I lived down the road from the civic center at the time and i just want to say thank you Robert Jimmy John and Bonzo(RIP) thanks to you guys my son really knows and understands REAL music.

steve short's picture

I was at this show with my girlfriend, now my wife since 73 and i remember it being so incredibly hot (weather wise). the highlight was Jimmy and his guitar and the bow! Awesome, great memories.

Steve's picture

This was the first of 3 Led Zep concerts I attended in the 1970's.

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This was the first of 3 Led by Steve (not verified)
Awesome Show by Jim Steffel (not verified)
hot by steve short (not verified)
Zeppelin concert: not total recall by Reggie Roo (not verified)
One concert memory by Bryan Aaker (not verified)
Kings by justin (not verified)