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Sports Arena - March 10, 1975

  • Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused (incl. Woodstock), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (incl. The Crunge), Black Dog, Heartbreaker
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on September 22, 2007 - 6:03pm
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March 10, 1975
San Diego
CA
United States
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Setlist: 

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused (incl. Woodstock), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (incl. The Crunge), Black Dog, Heartbreaker

Note: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

Click here to view the North American '75 Tour Programme (flipbook)


Press Review: Rock (and Sock) Concert:
Led Zeppelin Is Really a Blast

Led Zeppelin plays music to launch a blitzkrieg by exploding in a three-hour volcanic eruption that spews boiling sonic lava into the wide-open ears of their willing victims.

Such was the nature of the English rock supergroup’s Sports Arena concert last night, an event for which all 15,832 tickets were sold out last December and for which ticket holders began getting in line last Sunday afternoon.

What those eager fans got for their time and money was a virtuoso demonstration of hard rock by the skull-busters extraordinaire, thunderous drums by John Bonham and lightning guitar by Jimmy Page, along with the screaming occasionally Janis Joplin-like vocals of strutting, bare-chested Robert Plant and the steady but somewhat unsteady piano of John Paul Jones.

UNSUBTLE ROCK

Theirs is an unsubtle formula that has resulted in a totally sold-out concert tour (this Friday’s Sports Arena engagement, set up after the first concert sold out Sunday), six consecutive platinum albums, signifying sales of one million copies each and status as rock’s top drawing group of the day.

Led Zeppelin gives the fans a complete show, though without intermission, with swirling lights and the ol’ swirling smoke-over-the-stage routine.

Dazed and Confused opened for example with a purple pin spot on Jones’ fingers as the bass rumbled ominously; an explosion and column of smoke shattered the mood as Plant took over with a bluesy vocal.

Page then tool the fans’ attention, stroking his guitar with a violin bow, while smoke swirled about him and red and green laser beams drilled needle-holes of light from the stage to the back of the arena. Unfortunately, the music produced this was by Page resembled only horror-movie howls and screams.

The group chose its repertoire from its entire history, from its beginnings to the new double Physical Graffiti album; musically the most gratifying moments came on No Quarter opening with Jones’ meandering piano solo during which the noise-loving crowd grew noticeably restless.

Bonham picked up the pace with his drums, however, inserting a march feel into the proceedings, and Page commenced one of his most compelling guitar solos of the evening, his instrument dancing to the rhythms established by Bonham and Jones.

MOUNTAIN OF SOUND

It closed as did so many other numbers, in a cacophonous explosion that rendered meaningless the phrase “wall of sound”, often used to describe loud rock; this was a pyramid, an Empire State Building, an Everest of sound. (San Diego Union, 3.11.75)

 

Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

Click here to view the North American '75 Tour Programme (flipbook)


Press Review: Rock (and Sock) Concert:
Led Zeppelin Is Really a Blast

Led Zeppelin plays music to launch a blitzkrieg by exploding in a three-hour volcanic eruption that spews boiling sonic lava into the wide-open ears of their willing victims.

Such was the nature of the English rock supergroup’s Sports Arena concert last night, an event for which all 15,832 tickets were sold out last December and for which ticket holders began getting in line last Sunday afternoon.

What those eager fans got for their time and money was a virtuoso demonstration of hard rock by the skull-busters extraordinaire, thunderous drums by John Bonham and lightning guitar by Jimmy Page, along with the screaming occasionally Janis Joplin-like vocals of strutting, bare-chested Robert Plant and the steady but somewhat unsteady piano of John Paul Jones.

UNSUBTLE ROCK

Theirs is an unsubtle formula that has resulted in a totally sold-out concert tour (this Friday’s Sports Arena engagement, set up after the first concert sold out Sunday), six consecutive platinum albums, signifying sales of one million copies each and status as rock’s top drawing group of the day.

Led Zeppelin gives the fans a complete show, though without intermission, with swirling lights and the ol’ swirling smoke-over-the-stage routine.

Dazed and Confused opened for example with a purple pin spot on Jones’ fingers as the bass rumbled ominously; an explosion and column of smoke shattered the mood as Plant took over with a bluesy vocal.

Page then tool the fans’ attention, stroking his guitar with a violin bow, while smoke swirled about him and red and green laser beams drilled needle-holes of light from the stage to the back of the arena. Unfortunately, the music produced this was by Page resembled only horror-movie howls and screams.

The group chose its repertoire from its entire history, from its beginnings to the new double Physical Graffiti album; musically the most gratifying moments came on No Quarter opening with Jones’ meandering piano solo during which the noise-loving crowd grew noticeably restless.

Bonham picked up the pace with his drums, however, inserting a march feel into the proceedings, and Page commenced one of his most compelling guitar solos of the evening, his instrument dancing to the rhythms established by Bonham and Jones.

MOUNTAIN OF SOUND

It closed as did so many other numbers, in a cacophonous explosion that rendered meaningless the phrase “wall of sound”, often used to describe loud rock; this was a pyramid, an Empire State Building, an Everest of sound. (San Diego Union, 3.11.75)

 

Setlists: 

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused (incl. Woodstock), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (incl. The Crunge), Black Dog, Heartbreaker

Comments

MichaelZ's picture

I too attended the 3/10/75 Zeppelin show at the Sports Arena, which was amazing. This was the Physical Graffiti tour, so there were many great new songs detined to become classics, such as Kashmir, Trampled Under Foot, and Sick Again.

Too many highlights to name, but I specifically recall the blast-off opener Rock n Roll, Over the Hills, Dazed (bow, laser), Song Remains the Same, Kashmir, Stairway, Moby Dick, and Whole Lotta Love. Also cool was when the neon LED ZEPPELIN sign lit up at the rear of the stage before the band came back for the encore.

For me, Zeppelin's prime was 69-75, and this may have been its peak. To this day, I can still feel the excitement and energy of that great show. Wonderful memories.

Gregg Adams's picture

I just came across this website and was excited to see the artifacts from the show i attended so many years before! To this day, this is still my favorite of the hundreds of concerts I've witnessed.
Thanks for the memory and I hope the guys decide to visit Atlanta on the reunion tour.

Chuck's picture

I was 16 when I attended this very show from among the best seats in the house (loge on Jones' side of the stage)...it was a rainy Monday evening. I had saved a complete ticket for years...finally threw it out! I ended up with an extra ticket (in addition to my own stub) due to one of my brothers not making it to the show. In any case, I have a written recollection of this concert which has been put on various Led Zeppelin websites... I haven't seen a ticket from this show since I had possession of my own. Thanks for the memory!

Argenteum Astrum's picture

"We're really glad to be back in California!" ... This show kicks off the group's West Coast swing, which also comprises the final leg of 1975's North American tour. It's the beginning of what would turn out to be a great run of shows, including the Long Beach and LA concerts plus Vancouver, Seattle ... An excellent show in front of a wild crowd! Jimmy's playing is excellent and the improvisations in No Quarter and Trampled Underfoot are very good. Dazed And Confused is almost symphonic in its scope ... another excellent 1975 version! The interplay between the rhythm section and Page during the solo in Stairway To Heaven is breathtaking and the funky jam in Whole Lotta Love drives everyone into a frenzy before Black Dog.

Stephanie's picture

A few years ago, there was actual film footage from this concert. It didn't seem to be on here now. What really stands out in my minds from this concert in 1975, was the green laser light show they displayed while playing a few songs. One of the songs was, Dazed & Confused. Awesome concert it was !

Erik Rogers's picture

I attended this concert.  Being 16 years old, I remember being a bit afraid as it was my first concert outside of Hawaii and the crowd was really rowdy.  I couple of guys in front of us snuck in a pint of whiskey and one of the ushers saw it, went to take it away; the usher was about to crush this guy's skull with his flashlight.  Gee these guys ain't kidding!

As the area filled up I remember feeling that nervous anxiety the crowd was putting out. We were in the lodge seating directly across from the stage, they were good seats from that perspective but I needed small binoculars to really see the band (ah, the days before 3 story video screens!).

A couple of times the crowd rushed up to the stage when something happened (I couldn't tell what the hell they were getting excited about). Understand this venue was one of the last ones to have open festival seating on the floow - no seats!  It was wild down there once the band came on.  It get so wild that Robert Plant said "Hey, our music is great for fucking but you guys here on the floor need to take two steps back, Right now! Or we can't play".  He did this a couple of times during the show.

Of course there was a lot of weed going around so I inhaled to my heart's content.  I remember being mesmerized by Jimmy Page's guitar playing. Bonzo really got the crowd gowing with Moby Dick - smashing the gong was my highlight of the night (I played drums at the time).  Plant was beliting the lyrics with such power, I remember one time he dropped the microphone from his lips at the end of one song and I swear I could still hear him (damn if I remember what song that was). JPJ was unoticeable until he got on the organ, his spotlight moment.

That was my only Zeppelin concert. I was never in the same city as them until the end of the band. I'm glad for the memories that I still play in my mind. Thank you for some great times.

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Led Zepplin, San Diego, March 10 1975 by Erik Rogers (not verified)
A few years ago, there was by Stephanie (not verified)
Great show! by MichaelZ (not verified)
3/10/75 Zeppelin by Chuck (not verified)
9175 San Diego Show by Gregg Adams (not verified)