Average: 4.9 (103 votes)

March 16, 1973

Vienna, AT

Wiener Stadthalle


Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp,  The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby), Heartbreaker.


Press Review: The historic city of Vienna, normally bulging at the seams with Strauss and grand operas, played host on Friday night to Led Zeppelin at the enormous Wiener Stadhalle.

Introduced as the “Rock sensation of the year”, the group took the stage and went straight into a deafening version of “Good Times Bad Times” [note:  error in the review, the show opened with “Rock and Roll”]. Robert Plant strode around with chest barred and hair flailing, thrusting his pelvic grind at the audience, while Jimmy Page, wearing his Les Paul low-strung , crushed out well amplified chords. “Black Dog” and “Misty Mountain Hop” followed, and both songs included some dynamic drumming from John Bonham, who hammered the skins for all his was worth.
Things quieted down in Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, their only acoustic number. Page then brought out his double-necked Gibson for The Song Remains the Same, from the new album and John Paul Jones who it was announced was suffering from a stomach complaint, provided some superb orchestral effects on the mellotron.

The opening bars of Stairway to Heaven were greeted with a huge roar, and when the band finally broke into Whole Lotta Love, that was the cue for a general stampede towards the front of the sage. [by  D. Hopkins, Melody Maker, 3-31-73]

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