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Trentham Gardens - March 14, 1971

  • Songs during this tour include: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown.
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on September 21, 2007 - 12:23pm
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March 14, 1971
Stoke-on-Trent
United Kingdom
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Setlist: 

Songs during this tour include: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown.

Note: 

"Back to the clubs" tour. Venue originally scheduled for The Place.

Notes: 

"Back to the clubs" tour. Venue originally scheduled for The Place.

Setlists: 

Songs during this tour include: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown.

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Malc's picture

Trentham Gardens Concert
14th March 1971

Just found my ticket stub No 1208 50p, This concert originally planned for The Place Hanley (too small )

Magic night , Stairway awesome, Dazed and Confused violin bow playing brill , jug of water over amp, well what can you say,
Watched from balcony sweet smelling smoke from the dance floor. A wonderful memorable night.

A privilege to have been there in the prime years of Zep experiencing a new dimension in rock music

Cheers Malc

Ed Hopper's picture

I remember Stairway to Heaven being played twice,because Jimmy Page wasn't plugged in first time around!
Also recall Robert Plant climbinmg up the speaker stacks which were erupting in flames at one point....

Rob Poole's picture

My first ever concert, except for Working Mens' Clubs in Bentilee, at the age of 17!

How do you better that?

I met/saw Jimmy and Rob in a small bar before the concert - still remember marvelling at Stairway.

Peter's picture

Great night from Robert bursting into Immirgrant song to the encore of communication breakdown. I may be wrong but somehow remmember Jimmy playing a Red Gibson Dot 353 for Since iv,e been lovin you.? To think we were the first few thousand people to hear Stairway world wide little did we know at the time this would be Zeps masterpiece. Also JPJ amp catching fire and a jug of water required to douse the flames

Zoso's picture

Prevaliged to be amonst the first few thousand fans to hear Stairway before the offical release. Great show over 3 hours including 30 minute acoustic set. I can also remember JPJ amp catching fire and a jug of water came to the rescue. Where were the elf and safety plonkers...

Zoso's picture

Been to Manchester today and into Waterstones, new Led Zepp book available and their was Jimmy in all his glory and on stage at Trentham Gardens 1971 complete with beard and trusty Les Paul.
As a Zepp nut must point out the photo.s stated it was taken in 73 but JP was clean shaven by then, anyway great photo,s and brought back great memories of a fantastic night.....

therese eagles's picture

i was there it wasnt water it was nukie brown ..i was on stage at the time ..congratulating robert when the staff brought on the fire extinguisher and ruined my long velvet coat...well worth it though....lol

Val's picture

I was at this concert and they were incredible and two things I remember about that night are jimmy Paige s amp blowing up, and we were sitting cross legged on the floor in front of the stage I got up to go theology loo as John Bonham started his drum solo in moby dick it took me about 20 minutes or more to fight my way to the loo and back and when I Got backJhelum was still doing his drum solo amazing !!!!

Stoke Sentinel's picture

The Way We Were: When Led Zeppelin played Trentham Gardens in 1971

By cwarbrook  |   March 08, 2017 | Stoke Sentinel

When Robert Plant belted out Immigrant Song, Peter Alcock feared the musician would 'break the windows'.

 

“It was the most powerful voice I'd ever heard," says the 65-year-old, of Milton. “It was a great gig – two-and-a-half hours of Led Zeppelin at the top of their game."

 

Peter is recalling Led Zeppelin's concert at Trentham Gardens on March 14, 1971. The gig was part of their Back to the Clubs tour.

 

“I can always remember that one of the amplifiers caught fire near the end," he says. "It was doused with water by John Paul Jones."

 

The band had originally been booked to appear at Hanley disco The Place in April, 1969, but pulled out to fly to the U.S instead. However, they never forgot about the cancelled gig, and their manager Peter Grant later got in touch with the venue to rearrange the show.

 

But by that point the band's popularity was growing, and it was decided The Place wasn't big enough for the concert, so Trentham Gardens was hired instead.

 

“The ticket was 50p," says Peter, “and I went with my mate John Roden. It was a full house and a fantastic night."Peter, who is married to June, and has two daughters and two granddaughters, became a fan of the band after listening to their music in the soundproof booths at Hanley music store Sherwins.

 

“When I heard Whole Lotta Love, that was it," he says. “My mate Kevin Birt got me into them. He was also at the 1971 gig, but he went with his girlfriend.

 

“Led Zeppelin's music is brilliant – it's timeless. They're still selling lots of records today and they're a big influence on other groups."

 

The band returned to the area two years later, but Peter didn't go to the show, which is one of his biggest regrets.

 

“I only went to the one Led Zeppelin gig," he says, “but I have seen quite a few other bands. And I'm still a Led Zeppelin fan – nearly 50 years later."

 

Peter was 19 at the time of the 1971 gig, and was living in Bucknall and working as a butcher at Tesco in Hanley.

 

“I remember Martin Donovan, who was the manager at The Place, was the compère," adds Peter, who is retired from his job at Creda in Blythe Bridge. “He introduced the band, and they kicked in with Immigrant Song.

 

“They played a few numbers from their new album Led Zeppelin IV, which included Stairway to Heaven, Black Dog, and Going to California.

 

“All the old favourites were there – Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, and Since I've Been Loving You.

 

“They finished with a Whole Lotta Love medley. Then, as Trentham Gardens emptied, they came back on and did Communication Breakdown. I was right at the front for the encore."

 

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The Way We Were: Led Zeppelin Trentham Gardens 1971 by Stoke Sentinel (not verified)
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I remember Stairway to by Ed Hopper (not verified)