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Orthenau Halle - March 24, 1973

  • 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, Turn On Your Love Light, 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.
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on September 22, 2007 - 3:11pm
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Average: 4.8 (70 votes)
March 24, 1973
Offenburg
Germany
de
Setlist: 

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, Turn On Your Love Light, 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.

Note: 

Press Reviews: GIANT ROCK SPECTACLE AT THE ORTENAUHALLE

The English Pop Group Led Zeppelin filled the Ortenauhalle to bursting point - with a big squad of security and also many security measures.

Before one could enter the 'Led Zeppelin Rock Paradise' for 12.50 German marks at the Ortenauhalle one could collect some deep insights. There were guards with clubs, dogs barking and barbed wire. If this was alright or not by law, necessary or not, - at least these measures did not add to happy vibration for the concert goers. Approximately 10 - 12,000 rock and pop fans had found their way to Offenburg which this evening turned into the south-west German rock mecca. The reason: the rare Led Zeppelin.

Around 7:15pm there was already an enormous crowd of people assembled waiting to get into Offenburg's noble hall. There was an unbelievable amount of pushing towards the ramp which leads to the Oberheinhalle which is the leading way to the Ortenauhalle. It was here that the railing was surrounded with barbed wire to prevent people climbing their car roofs to find a way into the hall for free.

After you passed numerous checkpoints you were standing in the Ortenauhalle where the floor was literally plastered by human beings. There was hardly any space to be found. Even the balcony which surrounds the floor had people standing in 3-4 rows to get a glimpse of Led Zeppelin who did not let the audience down and drove a crowd being lethargic at the beginning to a true storm of an ovation.

Rocks (sic) and Blues were the hits of the evening. Jimmy Page 'grinded' his guitar or he let his fingers jump in fast movement over the strings to hit the audience deep into the bone with his sometime bizarre guitar sounds. Robert Plant, the lead singer, with his powerful and brilliant voice did leave a deep impact in the rows of the listening fans. Drummer John Boham (sic) and the organ, piano and bass player John Paul Jones put a solid bottom to the sound which was the foundation for the hard and impressive Rock and Blue (sic) as well as for some extravaganzas by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

If one does not pay attention to the extenuating circumstances and forgets about the thick air, the security guards, the barbed wire, etc. and is only thinking about the music one can note that this was a giant rock spectacle and in its own right was a superb event.  (Translated by E.M.K. & uli teute)

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Led Zeppelin has hit. This 'youngman' has himself inspired by the music and is dancing bare-chested in the audience.
Hanwaker's own impressions (as remembered on 7-30-06)

Yes it is all true what you read in the review. It was even worse in some cases as I was on that ramp to the hall which after the barbed wire stopped was covered on both sides by windowpanes of glass. At one point the pressure among the crowd got so strong that people burst through the windowpanes and fell down some 3-4 metres causing the ambulances to rush in to their rescue. Me being 15 at that time I had never experienced such a hassle before a show and I was quite shocked.

Once inside it was obvious that they sold more tickets than the auditorium regularly held. We were packed in like sardines. I did manage to find a space in the first third of the hall and had quite a good view during the complete show. I was very much impressed by the acoustic set and of course when the bow part in Dazed and Confused happened the light show was very impressive catching his bow arm stretched out in the ray of the light.

I was at that point not familiar that Whole Lotta Love is always presented as part of a medley and I was pretty much confused by all the songs they threw in there as I had never heard them playing this. As a result I was not very amused by this Whole Lotta Love medley but nowadays I appreciate it a lot more.

The sheer volume of the music caused my ears to ring for 3 days afterwards and I was not the only one.

- uli teute

Notes: 

Press Reviews: GIANT ROCK SPECTACLE AT THE ORTENAUHALLE

The English Pop Group Led Zeppelin filled the Ortenauhalle to bursting point - with a big squad of security and also many security measures.

Before one could enter the 'Led Zeppelin Rock Paradise' for 12.50 German marks at the Ortenauhalle one could collect some deep insights. There were guards with clubs, dogs barking and barbed wire. If this was alright or not by law, necessary or not, - at least these measures did not add to happy vibration for the concert goers. Approximately 10 - 12,000 rock and pop fans had found their way to Offenburg which this evening turned into the south-west German rock mecca. The reason: the rare Led Zeppelin.

Around 7:15pm there was already an enormous crowd of people assembled waiting to get into Offenburg's noble hall. There was an unbelievable amount of pushing towards the ramp which leads to the Oberheinhalle which is the leading way to the Ortenauhalle. It was here that the railing was surrounded with barbed wire to prevent people climbing their car roofs to find a way into the hall for free.

After you passed numerous checkpoints you were standing in the Ortenauhalle where the floor was literally plastered by human beings. There was hardly any space to be found. Even the balcony which surrounds the floor had people standing in 3-4 rows to get a glimpse of Led Zeppelin who did not let the audience down and drove a crowd being lethargic at the beginning to a true storm of an ovation.

Rocks (sic) and Blues were the hits of the evening. Jimmy Page 'grinded' his guitar or he let his fingers jump in fast movement over the strings to hit the audience deep into the bone with his sometime bizarre guitar sounds. Robert Plant, the lead singer, with his powerful and brilliant voice did leave a deep impact in the rows of the listening fans. Drummer John Boham (sic) and the organ, piano and bass player John Paul Jones put a solid bottom to the sound which was the foundation for the hard and impressive Rock and Blue (sic) as well as for some extravaganzas by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

If one does not pay attention to the extenuating circumstances and forgets about the thick air, the security guards, the barbed wire, etc. and is only thinking about the music one can note that this was a giant rock spectacle and in its own right was a superb event.  (Translated by E.M.K. & uli teute)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Led Zeppelin has hit. This 'youngman' has himself inspired by the music and is dancing bare-chested in the audience.
Hanwaker's own impressions (as remembered on 7-30-06)

Yes it is all true what you read in the review. It was even worse in some cases as I was on that ramp to the hall which after the barbed wire stopped was covered on both sides by windowpanes of glass. At one point the pressure among the crowd got so strong that people burst through the windowpanes and fell down some 3-4 metres causing the ambulances to rush in to their rescue. Me being 15 at that time I had never experienced such a hassle before a show and I was quite shocked.

Once inside it was obvious that they sold more tickets than the auditorium regularly held. We were packed in like sardines. I did manage to find a space in the first third of the hall and had quite a good view during the complete show. I was very much impressed by the acoustic set and of course when the bow part in Dazed and Confused happened the light show was very impressive catching his bow arm stretched out in the ray of the light.

I was at that point not familiar that Whole Lotta Love is always presented as part of a medley and I was pretty much confused by all the songs they threw in there as I had never heard them playing this. As a result I was not very amused by this Whole Lotta Love medley but nowadays I appreciate it a lot more.

The sheer volume of the music caused my ears to ring for 3 days afterwards and I was not the only one.

- uli teute

Setlists: 

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, Turn On Your Love Light, 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.

Comments

Peter N's picture

Yes, I was there at the age of 13 when my small home-town had the privilege to host such a big act that has changed my perception of music forever and continues to rock me at the age of 50. However, and I have hardly ever seen it correctly spelled, the venue was (and still is) called ORTENAU-Halle, without the "h".

Steven's picture

I was stationed in.Mannheim at the time. I had to go to the Bahnhof and catch a train to Offenburg. The whole trip was a trip. I remember the group doing a lot of improvising the jams...

Argenteum Astrum's picture

As for the interaction between the group and audience, this is undoubtledly the best show from the European tour and one of the greatest shows ever. Jimmy is just unbelievable in his solos, especially on Since I've Been Loving You and Stairway To Heaven. Dazed And Confused is amazing and the entire set is slick and improvised. Robert's voice sounds very strong and Bonham and Jones are a rhythm section possessed.

André's picture

J'avais 17 ans, j'habitais Sélestat en France et Offenburg est à quelques km de l'autre côté de la frontière. Parti en stop avec mon frère, nos parents nous avaient interdit d'y aller. Inenvisageable pour nous...
Un concert de dingues, normal c'était mon premier concert...en plus Led Zep. Une soirée mémorable que je n'oublierais jamais.grande classe tous les 4, du grand art, et Jimmy en pleine forme, incroyables solos...tout simplement magique.

Led Zep est mon groupe préféré depuis toujours.
André

 

Peter N's picture

Yes, I was there at the Ortenauhalle in my small hometown Offenburg, together with my girl friend and my best mate from school. We were all 13 years old at the time, and this concert has changed my life forever. It is only now, with hindsight after 42 years that I know how lucky we were to have witnessed one of the best Led Zeppelin shows ever. I can partially testify what has been written in the news article. Entering the Ortenauhalle was a bit rough; but then we wanted to see (and hear) Led Zeppelin, so we did not fuss. My ears were also ringing three days after, but nobody cared. After the encore (Heartbreaker) we were standing there, flabbergasted and comparing what we had just experienced to the Deep Purple gig that had taken place two months earlier in the adjacent Oberrheinhalle, and my late pal Thomas dryly remarked: "Well, Purple can go home."

For me the highlights were: 'Since I've been lonin' you', 'Dazed and Confused', that Jimmy Page extended into a 30-minute sound orgy and the grand finale 'Whole Lotta Love' with the spectacular thermin. Needles to say, I was a lucky bastard and I never regret having spent my whole month's pocket money.

 

As to the captions describing the Memorabilia: Could someone possibly once and for all rectify my home city's name: it is called OFFENBURG (not Offenbach [near Frankfurt] or Offenberg [some village] or any other fancy place where Zep never has played). And the venue was the ORTENAUHALLE (not Orthenauhalle, as misspelled on may sites), infamous for its dreadful acoustics. If someone is wondering why the heck Zep has played in such a small town, here comes the explaination: Offenburg inter alia is a fair and exhibition town. Back in the early 70ies we were spurting one of the biggest halls in Southwest Germany. And that is the reason why (except for the Stones and Pink Floyd) literally every big name in Rock in those days has stayed in my little Black Forest home town.

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