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Buffalo Memorial Auditorium - June 10, 1972

  • Includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl: Let That Boy Boogie, Running Bear), Communication Breakdown
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on September 21, 2007 - 5:27pm
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June 10, 1972
Buffalo
NY
United States
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Setlist: 

Includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl: Let That Boy Boogie, Running Bear), Communication Breakdown

Note: 

Earlier this day, members of Led Zeppelin, Peter Grant and Richard Cole attend Elvis Presley's afternoon concert at Madison Square Garden.

Press Review: Crowd Doesn’t Hamper Zeppelin’s Good Sounds

The last of the 16,500 Led Zeppelin fans were migrating toward Memorial Auditorium and the bitter chill of that June 10 evening didn’t seem to bother the anxious crowd a bit. It is the night of my birth and I am feeling fine. So fine, in fact, that my lack of press pass and ticket didn’t worry me in the least. This was the first concert I had ever photographed and even though I had no credentials, I figured the promoters to be reasonable men. There were and I was inside the concert in two minutes.

I was escorted to the stage area by a huge offensive tackle disguised as a security guard and within minutes, was shooting away.  The Aud was sold out and the stage area was mobbed with spaced out teenyboppers, struggling to reach the flashing purple pants of lead singer Robert Plant. Zeppelin was in the middle of Communication Breakdown and the superb sound system generated the mammoth Zeppelin sound with studio accuracy.

Plant’s vocals were strong and clear as willowy Jimmy Page scooted about, his six string screaming the familiar Zeppelin rhythms. John Paul Jones was distinctly heavy on bass and John Bonham’s pounding drums highlighted one of the tightest concert performances I have ever witnessed. Led Zeppelin is exactly as its name implies; heavy – yet at times, smooth and flowing. While they have been written off by many rock critics as “loud and repetitious”, on this they were very powerful and creative and they had only begun a set that was to last nearly three hours. Even a typically violent, immature element, seemingly present at most major concerts nowadays, couldn’t bring Led Zeppelin down.

Lead vocalist Robert Plant displayed excellent style and a great deal of patience in dealing with the wild Zeppelin crowd. Some idiots were throwing strings of firecrackers down toward the stage area, along with sparkler flares, packs of burning matches and assorted debris. Being in the stage area was comparable to an urban riot; security and ushers were shielding that stage with their bodies, while packs of crazed freaks, often using a comrade as a battering ram, charged the line, crushing toward the stage. Plant broke out of a vocal, paternally scolded, “Stop that, children”, and the conflict halted briefly.

Plant was looking slick in purple embroidered bells and a black top, prancing around and when a second freak leaped on stage and hug-tackled him, Plant kept on singing and pleaded “easy… easy” as the stage security dragged the happy teenybopper off stage. It seemed as though the object of the stage area violence was to get to mess up Robert’s hair or perhaps throw some debris at Jimmy Page.

Zeppelin rested a while as Plant, Page and Jones sat down for a few acoustic numbers.Then they launched into the last hour of the set that really got the crowd going. The crowd went wild as they broke into Whole Lotta Love, clear and booming.

Zeppelin was really hot and even when they switched into an electric version of Running Bear (vintage 1955) no one seemed to mind. Page did one of his violin bow solos, long but listenable and John Bonham’s (introduced as Moby Dick) lengthy drum solo (seemed like ten minutes) couldn’t bring the Zeppelin fans down.

They tried to end the set and or course, all 16,500 fans went wild and stomped and screamed until Zeppelin reappeared with a balloon which they proceeded to kick around like a soccer ball. They jammed, loud and clear to cap a long happy concert and even the firecrackers and stage area street fighting couldn’t  ruin the beautiful vibrations created by a mature, polished hard rock group.

I left the concert feeling nice, unaffected by the bitter cold and thoroughly convinced that Led Zeppelin, despite their criticisms and stereotyping the group’s image suffers, played good stage presence.

I may not see them again in a professional capacity and a photographer should be given hazard pay to work in such violence, but I’ll check them out again, because good live hard rock music is a worthy experience for anyone. [RJ Hill / Spectrum/6-1972]

Notes: 

Earlier this day, members of Led Zeppelin, Peter Grant and Richard Cole attend Elvis Presley's afternoon concert at Madison Square Garden.

Press Review: Crowd Doesn’t Hamper Zeppelin’s Good Sounds

The last of the 16,500 Led Zeppelin fans were migrating toward Memorial Auditorium and the bitter chill of that June 10 evening didn’t seem to bother the anxious crowd a bit. It is the night of my birth and I am feeling fine. So fine, in fact, that my lack of press pass and ticket didn’t worry me in the least. This was the first concert I had ever photographed and even though I had no credentials, I figured the promoters to be reasonable men. There were and I was inside the concert in two minutes.

I was escorted to the stage area by a huge offensive tackle disguised as a security guard and within minutes, was shooting away.  The Aud was sold out and the stage area was mobbed with spaced out teenyboppers, struggling to reach the flashing purple pants of lead singer Robert Plant. Zeppelin was in the middle of Communication Breakdown and the superb sound system generated the mammoth Zeppelin sound with studio accuracy.

Plant’s vocals were strong and clear as willowy Jimmy Page scooted about, his six string screaming the familiar Zeppelin rhythms. John Paul Jones was distinctly heavy on bass and John Bonham’s pounding drums highlighted one of the tightest concert performances I have ever witnessed. Led Zeppelin is exactly as its name implies; heavy – yet at times, smooth and flowing. While they have been written off by many rock critics as “loud and repetitious”, on this they were very powerful and creative and they had only begun a set that was to last nearly three hours. Even a typically violent, immature element, seemingly present at most major concerts nowadays, couldn’t bring Led Zeppelin down.

Lead vocalist Robert Plant displayed excellent style and a great deal of patience in dealing with the wild Zeppelin crowd. Some idiots were throwing strings of firecrackers down toward the stage area, along with sparkler flares, packs of burning matches and assorted debris. Being in the stage area was comparable to an urban riot; security and ushers were shielding that stage with their bodies, while packs of crazed freaks, often using a comrade as a battering ram, charged the line, crushing toward the stage. Plant broke out of a vocal, paternally scolded, “Stop that, children”, and the conflict halted briefly.

Plant was looking slick in purple embroidered bells and a black top, prancing around and when a second freak leaped on stage and hug-tackled him, Plant kept on singing and pleaded “easy… easy” as the stage security dragged the happy teenybopper off stage. It seemed as though the object of the stage area violence was to get to mess up Robert’s hair or perhaps throw some debris at Jimmy Page.

Zeppelin rested a while as Plant, Page and Jones sat down for a few acoustic numbers.Then they launched into the last hour of the set that really got the crowd going. The crowd went wild as they broke into Whole Lotta Love, clear and booming.

Zeppelin was really hot and even when they switched into an electric version of Running Bear (vintage 1955) no one seemed to mind. Page did one of his violin bow solos, long but listenable and John Bonham’s (introduced as Moby Dick) lengthy drum solo (seemed like ten minutes) couldn’t bring the Zeppelin fans down.

They tried to end the set and or course, all 16,500 fans went wild and stomped and screamed until Zeppelin reappeared with a balloon which they proceeded to kick around like a soccer ball. They jammed, loud and clear to cap a long happy concert and even the firecrackers and stage area street fighting couldn’t  ruin the beautiful vibrations created by a mature, polished hard rock group.

I left the concert feeling nice, unaffected by the bitter cold and thoroughly convinced that Led Zeppelin, despite their criticisms and stereotyping the group’s image suffers, played good stage presence.

I may not see them again in a professional capacity and a photographer should be given hazard pay to work in such violence, but I’ll check them out again, because good live hard rock music is a worthy experience for anyone. [RJ Hill / Spectrum/6-1972]

Setlists: 

Includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl: Let That Boy Boogie, Running Bear), Communication Breakdown

Comments

Kevin Snyder,Sr's picture

I was at this show sitting in the orange "nosebleeds". The were at top form that night giving an absolutely phenominal performance!!!! I remember them all coming to the front of the stage,sitting on chairs doing an unbelieveable "unplugged" acoustic set.

Paul Kriedeman's picture

I was lucky enough to attend this wonderful show in Buffalo NY. It was June of '72 and I graduated from High School that month. The band was very tight and it was the first time I saw a show with no opening act. Of course, who could open up for THEM!!! I still have my ticket stub somewhere, will try to locate it and send it over. Best wishes, Paul

Keivn's picture

I was asked by a friend at the last minute to be a bouncer at this concert...AMAZING!!!! I was stationed on the left side of the main floor at first about 100 feet from the stage. and I do remember the ass with the cheap plastic horn and Plant being pissed. Does anyone else remember Plant also threatening to stop the concert if the people on the upper right of the stage didn't stop throwing firecrackers or cherry bombs? I also remember them moving all of us security guys to the immediate front of the stage and I was positioned up on the bars directly in front of Plant and just a few feet from Page! I was so close I could hear Plant singing directly and not through the PA system. The crowd pushed up against the stage closer to the end of the concert and I remember a fat girl taking off her top and trying to climb the bars to get at Plant. We pulled her off and Plant pushed her back with his foot.!!!
Also I remember some stoned cat running down the aisle from my side of the Aud and rushing the stage earlier in the concert. He actually somehow got up there and almost got to Plant but real Police stopped him. Crazy!!
What a cool experience! The only thing I was mad about was that they did not allow us to keep the security tee shirts.. Bummer!

Name's picture

For an encore they did The Ocean with Plant saying " The Big B is going to sing. No response. "I said the Big B is gong to sing" Huge response. At which time Bonzo counted 1,2,3,4 and the song began. Big impression.
As the t shirt says "I may be an old fart but I ve seen all the cool bands.

Sean Lillis's picture

I was born on June 8,1972 in Buffalo NY and while my mom was in the hospital with me, my dad was at the show at The Buffalo Memorial auditorium on 6/10/72.Till this day she has not forgiven him.If I was in my dads shoes I would have done the same thing,come on it was Led Zeppelin.RIP Dad,I Love You.

David Hirsch's picture

The way I remember the show is: The best concert I have ever attended. I was right hand side of the Aud. in the Blue level. Not a bad seat. Zepplin took the stage around 8:00. They opened with The Immigrant Song. As usual, the house lights were off, The stage lights flashed on and simultaneously Plant was doing that scream that starts the song. The sound was astounding. Super loud and unbelievably clear. They performed their songs so close to perfection that it was hard to believe a band doing a live show could get their sound so close to their recordings. But at the same time, the sheer volume, with their intentional improvising, created a powerful sound like none other. The whole house was literally shaking. They played just about everything off their first ,second and third album.

About half way thru the show, some jerk in the upper level started throwing M80's or cherry bombs at the stage. A couple of them blew off 30 or 40 feet up in the air. The Band played through the stupid attack of M80's. Until one exploded about 3 feet above the stage, about 5 feet from Page. That stopped the band. They walked off the stage. The house lights came back on. They were gone backstage for quite awhile. I was afraid they weren't going to come back on. Finally, they came back out. Plant told the audience that for everybody that wasen't throwing fireworks at them, they were cool. But, whoever it is that is throwing them, they better stop or they would leave. I figured that would stop them. After they started playing again, to our disbelief, the Jerk started throwing the M80's again. Then, some dude jumped up on stage and hugged Plant right in the middle of a song. Security pulled him off plant and threw him back into the crowd. Believe it or not, the same guy jumped up on the stage again a short time later. This time, security dragged him off back stage. He wasen't seen again.

Plant told the audience they wanted to play some songs off their new album. They played Misty Mountain Hop(?), Black Dog and When the Levee Breaks(?). Then they and sat down and did an acoustic set that included Going to California and Stairway to Heaven. They left the stage and then came back for two encores. Whole Lotta Love etc..One thing that sticks out in my mind is: The last song they played was that old song by Johnny Preston, Running Bear. Too Cool. Plant was up on top of a stack of Amps singing the song. All in All, they played until 1:00 A. M. !! 5 hours!! It was so loud, it was so loud, when I walked out, I couldn't hear what my friends were saying!!shot.

David Chamberlain's picture

Amazing show! The best version of Since I've Been Loving You I've ever heard. Page was like a caged lion stalking back and forth on the stage. Whole Lotta Love was extended and in the middle had an unfinished "The Crunge" as a jam. The acoustic set in the middle was OK but the flat out rock and blues said it all. Plant threatened to "forget" Stairway To Heaven if "the man with the big trumpet" didn't stop blowing it. Crowd had to be moved back several times "or it all might collapse". As a guitar player, I learned a great deal watching this show. Ah... that's how he did it!

Janet's picture

I was 15..first concert ever..
My bf had painted a portrait of Robert Plant ( he was a great artist!) and somehow managed to get up front and get it on the edge of the stage ..RP picked it up and raised a fist as if to say "Awesome". Wonder if he still has it. Great memories!

Thanks for this site

George 's picture

I was there and here it is 40 years later and it was like yesterday. What a great show.....

Rick English's picture

I was 17 years old, didn't have a ticket and snuck in. I ran down some corridor in the aud and came out behind the stage when Zep was performing Dazed and Confused. I was literally looking up at Jimmy Page doing his violin bow solo, with Robert Plant standing right next to him. No one bothered me and I finished watching the concert in the front row. What a night!

Mary Ellen's picture

Seated in the center of the Aud floor, third row from the stage, brought a whole new meaning to the phrase "up-close and personal". Let's just say I could count the buttons on Plant's shirt with little to no effort! I was so young I don't think I truly appreciated the legend unfolding before me. Or maybe I was just under the spell of the Mighty Zepp. Forty years later this is still the best concert I have or ever will see.

Darlene's picture

1. It was not a cherry bomb..it was an M8O... 2. It wasn't morw than one...It was ONE!! ...3...the house lights did NOT come on and the band did NOT leave the stage... after the band finished the song, Robert Plant turned..looked up and calmly but sternly told the kid to knock it off...it could ruin their equipment...NO one got hurt...and the concert was in July of 73 NOT 72. HOW DO I KNOW?? The jerk kid who threw the m8O was my bf and future father of my two children. I had no idea he was going to do that...and I too, told him NOT to do that again! 

James Panek's picture

I can concur with the explosion near the stage, only one. But I seem to remember someone near front and center shooting off a Roman candle that, of course pissed off the band. Correct me if I'm wrong. In addition, I was sitting next to my friend (the late Henery  Rybinski) directly across from the stage in the Aud's Red seats as they were called at that time.  The band was so f'n loud that my head was throbbing 60 minutes into the show. Weed was everywhere once the lights went down. They basically melted the place down! Having written this, I would love to do it all over again even at 60 years old. I'm just saying.

Edgar's picture

I grew up in Buffalo and this concert and Frank Zappa are the ones I still remember well.   They both stuck out as something special.

Darlene Plewa's picture

No dude,  you must have been high.  The guy throwing the THREE M80s did NOT throw anymore  after being told ONCE, not to throw any more.  He threw 1, one up in the air, very loud but not near anyone,  then another, the same way.  The THIRD AND FINAL  M80 , yes,  he stupidly tossed,  being a dumb 16 kid yr old kid,  near the stage  BECAUSE the M80 lit very quick,  and went off on stage.  2. The House lights NEVER CAME ONE,  3. ROBERT PLANT NOT JIMMY PAIGE, looked up and said not to do that because his equipment could get ruined,  4, The band NEVER LEFT THE STAGE,  5. The kid DID NOT NOR DID ANNYONE ELSE throw any again.  You Must Have Been High.  Reason I know EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED,  I was with the so called jerk, (according to you)  Darlene Plewa W/Richie Hunt

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Real story on the M80s by Darlene Plewa (not verified)
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Amazing show! The best by David Chamberlain (not verified)
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