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Madison Square Garden - June 14, 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, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.
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June 14, 1977
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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, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, 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: Led Zeppelin's British rock quartet shows sell-out at Madison Square Gardens

NEW YORK — Even though millions of young people have  managed to acquire it, Led Zeppelin remains an acquired taste. The British rock quartet, which this week opened a run of six long-since sold- out shows at Madison Square Gardens, makes a monstrously loud, deliberately abrasive kind of music far removed not only from the sweet rustlings of classical music, jazz and Tin Pan Alley, but even from the tuneful, rhythmically enlivening rock songs of the 1960s.

That said, this was the best Led Zeppelin show this observer has ever heard, and that includes the sound track from the group's recent concert film. It was certainly superior to the 1975 Garden shows, the last the band had given in New York. That time the guitarist, Jimmy Page, had an injured finger. Since then Led Zeppelin has been off the road, waiting for the singer, Robert Plant, to recover from first an auto accident and then a throat infection.

This tour amounts to a re-assertion of the band's preeminence in the fickle youth market of America, and on its own terms the opening show was certainly a triumphant reassertion. It lasted three hours and  included some 18  songs, depending on how you count — a Led Zeppelin "song" is often an excuse for a meandering instrumental that sucks in all sorts of extraneous material as it goes along and sometimes segues subtly into something altogether different.

The repertory included  much that was predictable, from "The Song Remains the Same" to "Stairway to Heaven" by way of "In My Time of Dying" (dedicated somewhat wickedly to Queen Elizabeth n and her Silver Jubilee): "The Battle of Evermore" (was also dedicated to the British monarch). "No Quarter," "Kashmir," "Achilles Last Stand" and others, But there was also an acoustic set that lightened the heavy-metal load.

The mood of the Garden concert, offstage and on, seemed fresher and less hostile than some Led Zeppelin concerts and crowds of yore. The audience waited more or less docilely for 70 minutes past the scheduled starting time before the band appeared. When it did so, the mood of the musicians was good-natured and almost puckish. And Plant laudably and earnestly attempted to discourage the hurling of firecrackers and cherry bombs.

Quite apart from its sheer massiveness and its mood, this was a first-class Led Zeppelin performance on several objective criteria. Plant's voice sounded fresh throughout, but especially during the acoustic portion, in "Going to California." And it was aided by a whole battery of echo and filter effects.  

Similarly Page's guitar playing, always concerned with coloristic exploration was positively kaleidoscopic in that respect. And his work along with everybody else's was projected forcefully and clearly by the sound system. The other two held up their ends, too. (J. Rockwell, 7.2.77)

Notes: 
77 programme

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

Press Review: Led Zeppelin's British rock quartet shows sell-out at Madison Square Gardens

NEW YORK — Even though millions of young people have  managed to acquire it, Led Zeppelin remains an acquired taste. The British rock quartet, which this week opened a run of six long-since sold- out shows at Madison Square Gardens, makes a monstrously loud, deliberately abrasive kind of music far removed not only from the sweet rustlings of classical music, jazz and Tin Pan Alley, but even from the tuneful, rhythmically enlivening rock songs of the 1960s.

That said, this was the best Led Zeppelin show this observer has ever heard, and that includes the sound track from the group's recent concert film. It was certainly superior to the 1975 Garden shows, the last the band had given in New York. That time the guitarist, Jimmy Page, had an injured finger. Since then Led Zeppelin has been off the road, waiting for the singer, Robert Plant, to recover from first an auto accident and then a throat infection.

This tour amounts to a re-assertion of the band's preeminence in the fickle youth market of America, and on its own terms the opening show was certainly a triumphant reassertion. It lasted three hours and  included some 18  songs, depending on how you count — a Led Zeppelin "song" is often an excuse for a meandering instrumental that sucks in all sorts of extraneous material as it goes along and sometimes segues subtly into something altogether different.

The repertory included  much that was predictable, from "The Song Remains the Same" to "Stairway to Heaven" by way of "In My Time of Dying" (dedicated somewhat wickedly to Queen Elizabeth n and her Silver Jubilee): "The Battle of Evermore" (was also dedicated to the British monarch). "No Quarter," "Kashmir," "Achilles Last Stand" and others, But there was also an acoustic set that lightened the heavy-metal load.

The mood of the Garden concert, offstage and on, seemed fresher and less hostile than some Led Zeppelin concerts and crowds of yore. The audience waited more or less docilely for 70 minutes past the scheduled starting time before the band appeared. When it did so, the mood of the musicians was good-natured and almost puckish. And Plant laudably and earnestly attempted to discourage the hurling of firecrackers and cherry bombs.

Quite apart from its sheer massiveness and its mood, this was a first-class Led Zeppelin performance on several objective criteria. Plant's voice sounded fresh throughout, but especially during the acoustic portion, in "Going to California." And it was aided by a whole battery of echo and filter effects.  

Similarly Page's guitar playing, always concerned with coloristic exploration was positively kaleidoscopic in that respect. And his work along with everybody else's was projected forcefully and clearly by the sound system. The other two held up their ends, too. (J. Rockwell, 7.2.77)

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, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.

Comments

Gary E's picture

Was young and did enjoy a toke or two during this performance, but do believe the set list is missing two songs... Black Dog and When the Levee Breaks are two that I recall being played. Keep in mind, this is the very last show ever performed at the arena that hosted their legendary film The Song Remains the Same!!! And the last of six sold out nights at the Garden. They blasted the audience for over three hours and every second was incredible. Anybody on the floor who saw a group of young guys hitting a ten inch strawberry paper wrapped zig-zag will remember us, we were observed by many from great distances prior to the shows first rifs!

peter jones's picture

i was also at all 6 shows.
i flew over from swansea,wales,uk and got 2 free tickets from the swansong office on madison avenue for my trouble.
i was 20 years old at the time.
my main memories of the six nights are.........
on 2 seperate occasions, robert spoke to me, (yes me !) from the stage.
on one occasion, he said good evening new york, and a special good evening to our friend from wales.
and on the other occasion, he dedicated "stairway to heaven" to me.

does anybody else remember that ?

Scott's picture

It was a really great time, my favorite band and my first concert...enough said right there. HUGE CROWD VIBE on the train down, and in the city all around. We had to use a lottery system thru the newspapers to obtain tickets I recall. Otherwise the ticket dealers would be overwelmed. They did start late, and Robert said "sorry, I did not know what to wear, so I wore these jeans!" I wonder if he remembers that..We did have to leave in the middle of John Bohnam's solo in Moby Dick. That was a drag that we had to leave to catch the train, since the last train out to Brewster was midnight out of Grand Central. I heard they played well past midnight...Rock on Everyone..And yes..still my fav band..today..of course.. SB

Name's picture

This show was the same set as the previous night,which I also attended, with the exception of the encore which was "Whole Lotta Love" into"Rock N Roll".Great,really intense and rockin',show which was marred at the end by an idiot who threw an M-80 firecracker right at Jimmy Page.I want the band to know that I was one of the people who beat the shit out that idiot and two of his friends who,amazingly,didn't get arrested.I still have the programme and the ticket to both shows as well as a free button given out by WNEW-FM at the door.It has the Swan Song logo on it.

Don Ricker's picture

I was one of the lucky ones to see Zeppelin in 77. I went to two shows june 10 and 14, I liked the 14th the best because I had a better seat and the show started a little later than scheduled (Plant said he didn't know what to wear but I think maybe Jimmy was a little under the weather, LOL) and lasted longer. I thought it was a great show. I just wish I could have seen the band again. Robert, Jimmy, John Paul and Jason ROCK ON and PLEASE COME TO THE STATES!

Al Moran's picture

Well I had Possibly The hardest time getting to this show and almost did not go even though I had a ticket Well I get a letter from My Uncle Darrell telling Me he got Me a ticket to this show I had just came off Two weeks Leave and had been to school for six weeks before that.I had not took any leave in all of 76 and the second half of 75 so I had a good bit on the books but I had took two weeks before going to school back in January 77 and then again in May to visit family and see Led Zeppelin in Baton Rouge and Frt Worth . Well it took a lot of sucking up to convince my Chief who I secretly called Big Asshole. I was scheduled to Change commands in a few weeks being assigned to a ship on the West Coast a Tender which was really good duty as we stood a lot less duty than the Tin Can's and Frigates more time off. He informed Me that because I was changing commands He could approve leave for Me since I had it on the books We get 30 days paid leave per year the trick is getting permission to take it.Most guys visit family I go see Rock Bands so I am a little insane .I only took 7 days as I was already planning how I could get to just one more show. Was not sure which one or how I would get a ticket but I just had to. I got to My Uncles and found out Teresa had broke up with her 3rd or 4th boyfriend since my visit in 75 and had been asking about Me .Life just got better by the way I never saw her again after this trip so if you read this you better look me up Girl.I am Alwizard on the Forum. Well Me and Teresa and Uncle Darrell made our last trip together to the Garden what a sweet goodbye the show was great Teresa was good too!! There was another idiot throwing stuff actually several latley there has to be a few at every show .all in all a good show my final farewell to the Garden never made it back there as my Uncle moved in 79 or 80.
Went back to Louisiana and as I mentioned in a Earlier review has passed away.Highlights to me were the solos and of course Kashmir also Jimmy's playing on Since I have been Loving You.

jeff t's picture

it was a great show untill some knuckle head threw some sort of firework that hit jimmy on his hand,right before the encore

Chris Simeone's picture

I went two nights in a row 13th & 14th and I'll never forget those shows.

As a kid, I spent countless hours learning how to play Zeppelin tunes on the guitar. To see them live was beyond amazing to me.

I never gave up, and I still play to this day.

Thanks to Jimmy and the lads for giving me something to strive after!

Peace!

Jim Barrett's picture

I remember the show well, well a little anyway, it's 30 years gone now. I was just blown away at my chance to see the mighty Zep. What a thrill from the 10th row, a little right on Jimmy's side. Everything was perfect. The sound, the performance and just seeing my heroes strut through an unbelievable set. From TSRTS right through R+R it was outstanding. And suddenly, BAM!!!! What was that. Page looks like he's hurting. I can still hear Robert saying to the crowd "we've had a little physical graffitti. I still say the last night in NY was cut short because of this. What I believe to be a flash pot that blew up right in front of Jimmy cut the show short,. I'm sure we would have heard Heartbreaker at the very least. What a shame. Still though a brilliant show. I truly will never forget it. I also will never the girl with long wavey hair that I hooked up with during the show. I believe she was from Brooklyn and a great kisser. Maybe she'll read this. Wouldn't that be funny.

ROCK ON ALL!!!!

Flash BG's picture

"Sorry we're so late but the truth is I couldn't find a blouse to wear." The only time I saw the band & what turned out to be their final show at MSG. So glad I made it.

rick m's picture

I was in the 10th row, near center. The pictures on this page are mostly mine. The explosion at the end was a firecracker and nothing else. My last picture of the night (which hasn't been published) clearly shows Page with a small bandage on his right hand. It came after the first encore and Page left the stage in pain. Plant yelled at the crowd for a while. When Page returned they ran through a quick second encore and left for good which was a shame because the other nites (I was in the 3rd row 6/8/77) they played longer. Unbelievably I got these tickets regular price through the mail. The "secret" was to mail the request at the General Post Office which was right across the street from the Garden. As for a comparison, on 6/8 they seemed tighter musically and you got In My Time of Dying; on 6/14 there was much more physical abandon but seemed much less tight. See my comment for 7/27/73, the first concert of any kind I ever went to (and the nite they filmed TSRTS).

Argenteum Astrum's picture

The final night at the Garden and an excellent show. The band is very powerful and Page is playing a great concert, stopping the hearts of the crowd in Since I've Been Loving You and especially No Quarter. Ten Years Gone is an excellent version and the concert is powerful where the tape finishes. This is all that exists of the show.

Tony's picture

I had orange level seats behind center stage that night and saw that M-80 come flying out of the orchestra seats and blow up by Page's hand. I then saw the wrapping up of his hand on the side of the stage. Who ever threw that bomb was a complete asshole and deserved what he got. Zep did a lot less encores that night than the others. I was there for 3 out of 6 shows at MSG that year and the memories will stay with me forever. Every night was great!!!! except for that incident.

Lou's picture

I was in the 6th row in front of Page and Plant. Got tickets from the lawyer for Zeppelin for free. Had to pick them up an Swan Song Records the day of show.It was a M80 and i saw it when it hit Pages hand. I remeber when they came back out they were pissed off and John Paul Jones gave the crowd the finger. The lawyer told me at the time that Mick jagger and Keith Richards were back stage and they were going to jam with Zeppelin for the oncore.

Mark Sager's picture

I was lucky enough to be there to see Led Zep at MSG on 6/14/77. I was 16 and it was my first concert!! It was an amazing show. The things I remember best are Achilles Last Stand being an incredible moment in the show, John Bonhams drum solo being incredibly long and the tympanies being so loud I had to cover my 16 year old ears!! As JP finished Black Mountain Side/White Summer he led directly into Kashmir. It was a powerful feeling I will never forget. I was in the 8th row that night and I witnessed whatever explosive was thrown on stage fairly closely. Believe me it was no flash pot and no firecracker. It was most certanly an M80 or a cherry bomb. I was almost in tears to see my favorite guitar player of all time for my favorite band of all time,Jimmy Page, in such pain and needing assistance at the side of the stage. I remember saying to my brother oh my God I hope he isn't too badly injured. I almost thought it was the end for him as a guitarist because it had injured his left hand as I remember it. It was a loud explosion and the concert was stopped for several minutes. Like the other accounts reveal Plant was really pissed and yelling at the crowd. They dispised fireworks at their concerts. The band only played a couple of encores after that and were gone. It was a most upsetting end to a really great concert. Thanks to all that were there that night and posted their memories. It helped me re-live one of my all time favorite concerts.

juana's picture

the button was not from NEW ... it was from PLJ ... i still have mine.

juana's picture

i was there too ...

trust me ... they didn't play black dog, and they did not play when the levee breaks...

JOE's picture

I WAS AT ALL 6 SHOWS AND THEY NEVER PLAYED WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS

r.t.FOX's picture

HI HOW ARE YOU . I WAS ALSO THERE THERE IS AN AUDIO TAPE OF 1/2 OF THE SHOW , THE FIRST 1/2 DO YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW OF ANY ONE THAT GOT THE LAST 1/2 WOULD BE GREAT TO MARRY THE FIRST 1/2 WITH THE LAST 1/2 R.T.FOX

Name Russ's picture

not a flashpot... was at that show -- it was an M80 thrown from the upper deck that went off near Page. The show stopped, Page was wringing his hands and obviously shaken. Plant said "we seem to have a comedian in the audience" or something like that. They left right after that and were definitely pissed. That was the era when idiots used to toss firecrackers into the air all night -- there were actually announcements over the PA by the Garden prior to the show, pleading with the audience not to do this. The two shows I saw were great, but the firecrackers sucked -- we got rained on from the upper deck all night.

Name john c.'s picture

i was at this show , and although i did smoke a lot of pot back then when i was 14 , i deliberately Stopped smoking shortly after we got off the train at penn station ! i knew that this was a magical perhaps once in a lifetime event and i wanted to be somewhat clearheaded to witness my musical heroes .
the show was scheduled for 8pm and i remember the band taking the stage at around 9:20.
i do remember a 3 hour plus show - in fact the last train back to jersey back then was at 1230 a.m. - and they actually HELD the train until the concert let out. (ahh... the power of zeppelin!)

anyway , i'm positive that they didn't play "when the levee breaks" or "black dog" .

you have to remember the drum solo alone at this point in their career had grown to 25 minutes or more . bonzo's kit at one point would move downstage on it's platform and his drumkit with the clear shells were wired with lights inside them . his solo happened in stages and was a mini concert in it self - moving from playing with sticks to hands then the whole "treated " drum sound bit with the flanging and phasing effects on them .

then there was page's 2 extended solo bits . jonsey's no quarter was good for 15 minutes at least .

one can definitely account for the 3 hours without those 2 songs in question . i know it was 30 years ago , but i've run this set in my mind many times over the years and now seeing it in print here it really resonates with me .

thanks to all of you for sharing your thoughts . peace

Pete's picture

Plant's words following the explosion was "OH there is a joker among us. and they split." Gone that was it! I was there too!

Gerard Mazzella's picture

Unfortunately my memory of this show is a bit cloudy because of all the partying I did before, during and after but I definitely remember the M80. I remember how pissed off Robert Plant was and to complete what he said after "we seem to have a comedian in the audience and he's sitting next to someone else". I remember everyone screaming and wanting to kill whomever it was, I wasn't near but I hope they kicked that mother's butt.

WILD BILL's picture

Hi fellow ZEP FAN,I was at the show when Page got nailed w/the m-80.Me and about 10 other people saw who did it and he did get the shit kicked out of him.I told the story to Jimmy Page in 1993 at the guitar center walk of fame induction in Los Angeles!He said thanks,mate and signed the official program I bought the night of 6/13/77,I saw two of the six nights they played at MSG that year and I am glad I did,as u know they never all made it back.

Nick's picture

I remember it vividly. I also remember going to see Pink Floyd a couple of weeks later and they announced multiple times that the show would be ended right away if any fireworks were tossed

jimmyb's picture

I was at the show Russ, it WAS a flashpot!!!!

Joe Nocella's picture

I was at this show at age 17. I remember seeing the lit fuse spinning thru the air as it was thrown onto the stage near Page's guitar right before an encore. It exploded as he reached for his guitar. He walked off the stage holding his hand. After that the lights went on and Robert Plant was saying something like they were not coming back to New York anymore and everyone booed. Then he asked if Jimmy was OK and then said "Jimmy wants to play." Then the crowd roared. Jimmy came out with his right hand wrapped in a bandaged as he held the pick. I remember freaking out over the whole thing. It was crazy...MSG was out of control with the dumb fireworks.

Chris T.'s picture

I was one of the lucky ones who got tickets at face value through the lottery for this show. I went with my friend Billy K. and his sister's boyfriend (Billy and I were fourteen years old and he was our chaperone). We had seats up in the nosebleed section and the four members of Led Zeppelin appeared like tiny figures in the distance.

I remember waiting forever for the show to begin and hearing later that it was due to Plant looking for exactly the right jeans to wear - who the hell knows. I know I was going out of my mind seeing my favorite band tearing through their "hits". My favorite highlight was seeing Jimmy in a triangle of light formed by lasers for his solo "violin bow" moment. Each time he hit the strings with the bow he'd point to a different section of Madison Square Garden and the triangle of light would shift! It was an amazing effect.

When the show was "over" we braced ourselves for another hour (at least) of encores, as we heard about from friends who attended one or more of the six nights previous. From my memory, the band had just gotten back on stage when some asshole threw a firecracker near Jimmy Page (who knows if it was an M-80 or cherry bomb?), which either bounced off the bass drum skin or hit Jimmy Page directly on his right hand, making a very loud report and bright flash when it blew up. Their was a collective OH MY GOD! througout the place as we all thought we were seeing Jimmy's career end before our eyes. Honestly, I thought "They blew his hand OFF!" Moments later, Jimmy was hustled offstage and I watched through binoculars as someone - a doctor? - examined his hand.

After an interminable amount of time Robert Plant walked onstage and stood fuming at the main microphone. I've committed his words to memory: "We've had six nights of peace and music and now some joker has to go and spoil it. I hope whoever is sitting next to that person takes care of him. We're going to do an encore but you people don't deserve it." The rest of the band came out and limped their way through half of "Whole Lotta Love" and then LEFT. We got cheated out of God-knows-what by one asshole with a firecracker. And I hope whoever WAS sitting next to him DID take care of him.

Gerard Teresi's picture

I was only was only 14 when I saw Zep for the first and only time Thank god for my older brother john who took me to see them. I also remember Jimmy Page hurting his finger from the m80s that fans tossed on stage. They stoped the concert for a few minutes and page came out with a bandage on his hand started playing Whole lotta Love! Great concert. I will never forget it.

 

Doug Turet's picture

I remember this concert just as vivdly as you apparently do, my friend... I remember waiting for something like five or six hours outside the Galleria Mall in White Plains, NY, for my turn at the "Ticketron" booth, the morning that that whole week of concerts went on sale, and how bummed I'd felt when I finally got to thecounter and learned that theonly tickets that hadn't already been bought were the cheap seats behind the stage, on the last night of the six: June 14th, 1977. As a drummer, I was seriously disappointed... until the night of the concert, when I arrived at my seat (along with a couple of my best friends), and discovered that our seats were in the front row of the mezzanine, and that my seat was directly above Bonzo's!  From Robert Plant's smartass opening line about the reason for their late start being because his jeans hadn't come back from the cleaners in time, straight on through the M-80 or blockbuster being tossed under Bonzo's tympani and damaging Jimmy's hand, and on through his re-emergence with his picking hand all bandaged up, and the rest of the show (and encores), I was glued to my seat, doing my best to hang onto every note -- every paradiddle, every vocal wail, every trill and arpeggio, like they were my last! Looking back now, a full 37 years later, I can honestly count that night as one of the five most defining moments of my life -- right up there, in stature, with the nights I lost my virginity, got married, had our daughter and lost my father. As a now-53-year-old guy, looking back at some of the crazier moments of my life, I have to smile, every time I reflect back on the events of that Summer's night; at how mind-bogglingly stoned I got, there with my buddies... at how I'd passed out in the back of my friend Jack's mother's car, and only "came to" the next morning, halfway through taking the SAT's! (How I got that great Math score, I'll never know!) Thankfully though, I still have my souvenirs from the event: my ticket stub, my T-shirt, the round, full color"Swan Song Records/WPLJ Presents" concert button, the program and a concert poster. Damn, what a night that was!

Jon Haber's picture

I wanted to thank the writer who remembered the events of 6/14/1977.  I was at that show 2nd row off to the right of the stage in front of jimmy page but could not remember the date as i was at five out of the six shows that year. I do remember someone throwing an M80 during the encore which wizzed over my head and hit jimmy page in the hand. The show stopped and Robert Plant gave the audience the go ahead to grab the guy that threw it.  He was pissed!, everyone was certain that was the end of the show and then after about ten minutes Jimmy Page came out with his hand in a bandage and went into Rock n Roll. I have been to hundreds of great shows this however was one of the great rock n roll moments in music history. HE KICKED ASS!!!. Thank you to the writer who helped me  remember which show it was as I was at five of the six shows that June and could not remember which one it occured on. it was the last night. I hope they got that guy who threw the M80 and beat the crap out of him!

chris oloughlin's picture

It is of historic importance to point out that June 14, 1977 at MSG was the very last time the true, full, original Led Zeppelin would EVER play in New York City.  This is Madison Square Garden history, New York City history, Rock and Roll history, and Led Zeppelin history.  God hold John H. Bonham.

Chris O'Loughlin  's picture

Good Evenin'....

 

In just less than two months I will be commemorating having attended the very last night Bonzo ever hit a drum in New York City.  June 14, 2017 will mark exactly.... (it's hard to believe) FORTY YEARS since my life was made complete and enriched forever, having seen the final show of a six night stand at Madison Square Garden.  It was, of course, to be the NYC Swan Song for the band.  I'm getting emotional even as I type this.

 

I was just 12, and lucky enough to be taken by my older brother who turned me on to the band's esoteric mystique just over a year previous.  I was a rabid little Zep head.

 

For the reason cited in my subject line, the final night would've been a little long even by Zep 3 hr standards, but it was not to be.  A portent of things being cut short that lie ahead.

 

They waited until after 9 to come out.  So when they did the roar was deafening and the single most exciting thing in my life up to that point.  The maestro was ultra animated, and clearly in the mood to perform and jam his ass off. TSRTS was of course the opener that tour.  And of course, we were treated to the acoustic set, the epics, the solo's, the lot. 

 

We all know the overall set list of that tour so I'll not bore you. But I have this fantasy of meeting one of the 3, usually I envision Robert, and me telling him 'I realize most of those tours are a blur in your memory, let alone a given night, but you and I have a common memory, because you WILL remember M80 night'....  

 

We were going to get a great treat that night.  As you know the typical encore of the tour was Whole Lotta Love one verse/one chorus~R&R, but both Trampled AND Time of Dying, I'm willing to bet my fingers, was planned. I remember Robert remarking "We're going to be sorting out the Physical Graffiti".  But some asshole threw an M80 on stage during the initial encore, bouncing of the drum riser that the maestro was forever hugging, and pretty badly burning his hand. I remember seeing the back of the white Poppy suit while his hand was being looked at, probably by the tour's MD.  Robert was in NO mood. "It would seem we have a comedian amongst us"... (that's a true mental memory, no bootleg or youtube exists of it that I know of).  Then something to the effect of "ya know it gets a bit tiresome after six nights"....  I even think he instructed those sitting around the idiot to 'tend to 'im'....Personally I hope John Bindon and Richard Cole got a hold of the moron.  

 

Jimmy couldn't continue, so it was ... "New York.... Good mornin"...

We had been given a monumental show.  Green Laser Pyramid, moving drum riser, disco ball :-P and all.  ~ Leaving most concerts is usually reflective of the energy of the show, whoopin' and hollerin' is usually heard.  But this night was like leaving Church.  I remember the stunned silence being broken by some guy gettting a laugh on the escalator by saying "I got 2 tix for 79!".... More irony.  

 

In a few weeks from then Robert would get the call from home that changed everything, Karac was gone.  We all know the rest.  

 

Long live John Henry Bonham.  And Long Live The Greatest Band The World Will Ever Know.

 

 

Chris O'Loughlin   

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