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Tucson Community Center - June 28, 1972

  • includes: Drone ~ Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused (incl. The Crunge), What Is and What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Let's Have a Party, Stuck On You, Hello Mary Lou, Going Down Slow), Rock and Roll.
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June 28, 1972
Tucson
AZ
United States
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Setlist: 

includes: Drone ~ Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused (incl. The Crunge), What Is and What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Let's Have a Party, Stuck On You, Hello Mary Lou, Going Down Slow), Rock and Roll.

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Dazed crowd bows to Zep's blasting, crashing revelry
6/29/1972 | Tucson AZ Daily Citizen

Amazing. In three days the Community Center Arena has been the site of two of the most outstanding rock concerts ever to hit this town.

First Jethro Tull, now led Zeppelin. Zeppelin has its own Seven Blocks of Granite sitting at the foot of the stage for protection. The crowd crushes that far and no further. This, is because, among other things, the group is a whole hour late in starting. But finally on they come. Jimmy Page and his rock-em guitar, Robert Plant and his shrill telephone wire voice. John "Bonzo" Bonham and his bludgeoning drums and John Paul Jones, bass man with a dash of electric piano. All in Levi bells, nothing especially flashy. But oh you kid, who hid the lid?

For openers: "Immigrant Song," "Heartbreaker," "Black Dog" (and one of rock's more cryptic beats), "Since You Been Lovin' Me," "Stairway to Heaven'.' — is there no end? — "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," a newly arranged "Dazed and Confused" complete with Page playing guitar break with, a violin bow, "What Is and What-Should Never Be," "Moby Dick" featuring a pretty mediocre drum break,, "Whole Lotta Love" and an olio of rock n' rollers, including Elvis "Stuck on You" and (unreal) Rick Nelson's "Mary Lou."

So much for statistics. These guys are the No, 1 proponents of simple, landmine; hard-as-knuckles rock, and the loudest. Impossible-to hear without plugged ears, in parts. And, as usual, the only real wrench ijn the works is the long guitar soloing, one in almost every, song. Page is brilliant, granted, but after a while, migrainous.

Plant, who jumps around and flings back his head like a groupie that doesn't quite know what's happening, at one point-sits with Page and Jones and they do a hoedown-ish number. Page, in "Whole Lotta Love," Inserts a piece of 'I'm Not talkin', a song from his old band, the Yardbirds. In "Heartbreaker," he slips in "Bourre," which Tull did Monday night, only Page has a bigger audience: 9,000.

'Now a friend of mine meets me after the show and sums it up: ""Yeah, I liked it, but I shouldn't." Why? "Because it goes against everything I like about music. I shouldn't have dug that stuff at all, but I did."

By Merl Reagle. Citizen Rock Music Critic

 

Notes: 

Dazed crowd bows to Zep's blasting, crashing revelry
6/29/1972 | Tucson AZ Daily Citizen

Amazing. In three days the Community Center Arena has been the site of two of the most outstanding rock concerts ever to hit this town.

First Jethro Tull, now led Zeppelin. Zeppelin has its own Seven Blocks of Granite sitting at the foot of the stage for protection. The crowd crushes that far and no further. This, is because, among other things, the group is a whole hour late in starting. But finally on they come. Jimmy Page and his rock-em guitar, Robert Plant and his shrill telephone wire voice. John "Bonzo" Bonham and his bludgeoning drums and John Paul Jones, bass man with a dash of electric piano. All in Levi bells, nothing especially flashy. But oh you kid, who hid the lid?

For openers: "Immigrant Song," "Heartbreaker," "Black Dog" (and one of rock's more cryptic beats), "Since You Been Lovin' Me," "Stairway to Heaven'.' — is there no end? — "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," a newly arranged "Dazed and Confused" complete with Page playing guitar break with, a violin bow, "What Is and What-Should Never Be," "Moby Dick" featuring a pretty mediocre drum break,, "Whole Lotta Love" and an olio of rock n' rollers, including Elvis "Stuck on You" and (unreal) Rick Nelson's "Mary Lou."

So much for statistics. These guys are the No, 1 proponents of simple, landmine; hard-as-knuckles rock, and the loudest. Impossible-to hear without plugged ears, in parts. And, as usual, the only real wrench ijn the works is the long guitar soloing, one in almost every, song. Page is brilliant, granted, but after a while, migrainous.

Plant, who jumps around and flings back his head like a groupie that doesn't quite know what's happening, at one point-sits with Page and Jones and they do a hoedown-ish number. Page, in "Whole Lotta Love," Inserts a piece of 'I'm Not talkin', a song from his old band, the Yardbirds. In "Heartbreaker," he slips in "Bourre," which Tull did Monday night, only Page has a bigger audience: 9,000.

'Now a friend of mine meets me after the show and sums it up: ""Yeah, I liked it, but I shouldn't." Why? "Because it goes against everything I like about music. I shouldn't have dug that stuff at all, but I did."

By Merl Reagle. Citizen Rock Music Critic

 

Setlists: 

includes: Drone ~ Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused (incl. The Crunge), What Is and What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Let's Have a Party, Stuck On You, Hello Mary Lou, Going Down Slow), Rock and Roll.

Comments

Argenteum Astrum's picture

Something like a sister to previous shows. The playing is more comptact and tight but it doesn't means less interesting. As always during this tour, Dazed And Confused and the Whole Lotta Love medley shines. No previews tonight except for Over The Hills And Far Away.

Rick's picture

The pot smoke was thick. The band was awesome. Jimmy did the violin bow thing like I had seen in Phx 2 years earliier. Bonham did a great drum solo on Moby Dick.

Dick Ford's picture

We drove from Texas to see Led Zeppelin in concert. When Jimmy Page began playing "Dazed and Confused" using a violin bow on his guitar, I went up to the stage to take a picture with a nice camera I borrowed. Someone there grabbed my arm so I showed him the camera and said "it's for high times", he thought I meant the magazine. I never dreamed they would put me in the best spot on stage, so I stood there quietly amid the din waiting for Jimmy to raise the bow in salute to the house. When the song ended I split and rejoined my buddies in the crowd. The only thing that is moving in the picture is Jimmy's right hand, he was playing a solo. If you look closely at Robert Plant's eyes, he is looking at the camera in a pose. John Paul Jones is standing at ease out of the spotlight, to the left of Jimmy. John Bonham has laid his drumstick on the snare, as he sits focused on Page. Behind John is a gong on a stand. They are wearing old jeans and comfy shoes, and are rocking the place with the loudest music I had ever heard.

John Des Portes's picture

Big show for a recently-graduated, somewhat fanatical 17 year-old Les Paul guitar playing musician. Went in with great expectations. However........not that great. Sound was horrible, somewhat common during that era. Bonham's snare was the loudest in the mix...hitting the forehead right between the eyes. Like a gun shot going off...constantly. Next was Page's guitar. Decent at times but overshadowing Plant's vocals. Plant's vocals...rarely heard. Last was JPJ's bass/keys...a faint sound emanating from "somewhere".

But...Led Zeppelin at, arguably, their peak. The fourth album (call it what you want it) had just been released a few months prior, with "Stairway" already on its way to infamy.
The bigger catalog, the height of fame and the swagger.
They had it, knew it and that was enough.

Terry Hanson's picture

it was a few days before my 16th Birthday, before they started playing Black Dog, Robert Plant wished me 

Happy Birthday ! My Mom, somehow, got in touch with the band and told them I was going to be at the show

and it was my Birthday...it was so cool to be at the show and here Plant wish me a Happy Birthday. Blew my

mind, my girlfriends mind, and everyone I knew who was at the concert. Truly so cool for him to do that. It still

brings a smile to my face when I think about it some 50 years later. I am a huge Zepplin fan, always have been,

always will be !!!

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Tucson concert: Wednesday, June 28, 1972 by John Des Portes (not verified)
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