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Tarrant County Convention Center - March 3, 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, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.
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March 3, 1975
Fort Worth
TX
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, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.

Note: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Press Review Excerpt: Led Zeppelin Flies High, Heavy, Loud

So now, the history-making Led Zeppelin concert series has thundered through Dallas-Fort Worth, breaking gate records here as has been the case of previous stops of the English group's current and chaotic U.S. tour, which surely will bring more attendance marks before the March 27 conclusion in Los Angeles.

At three straight sold-out performances in Fort Worth (Monday night) and in Dallas (Tuesday and Wednesday nights) the world renowned 4-man rock band attracted 34,000 fans, which according to show promoters Concerts West, is an all-time gate record for an indoor rock show in this area.

But still, even as some of that history continues to ring in the ears, the critic's task remains the same, despite the record shattering crowds, or the extended applause for contrived encores of even the overwhelming satisfaction among throngs of loyal Zeppelin fans.

ANYONE assuming such apparent signs of success would sway the critic need only refer to an interview with Zeppelin's famed guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant published in the March 13 issue of Rolling Stone.

The text points out that although the group five albums have each sold in excess of one million units and their current U.S. tour (the first in 18 months) is expected to be the largest grossing undertaking in rock history, "the band has been continually kicked, shoved, pummeled and kneed in the groin by critics of all stripes."

To be sure, audience excitement and anticipation was greater than usual just before the group's concert debut in Dallas on Tuesday night.

Zeppelin opened strong and immediately established the well-expected pattern of Page sharing the fronting role with Plant's shrill, penetrating vocals. On "Lady," (Over the Hills and Far Away) Plant joined Page's non-stop guitar runs in a crisp duo that was well executed, although the group's musical emphasis often seems to lack a relation to the legitimate, impulsive expression of feeling.

Page's style appears uncontrolled, very aggressive and almost always at a high level of unvarying intensity. His guitar and Plant's scorching vocal tones embody the Zeppelin sound. When back-grounded by John Paul Jones' bottom- heavy bass and drummer John (Bonzo) Bonham's booming licks, that group sound is thunderous, jagged, over bearing.

And, of course, the crowd loved it. With a continually superb light snow and stage presentation, Zeppelin raged hours through the evening only rarely straying from the high-stress attack, whether on older tunes ("Black Dog," "No Quarter," "Dazed and Confused") or on cuts from their latest album.

"Physical Graffiti," Kashmir," "In My Dying." Finally, their finest work of all, "Stairway To Heaven," brought out the very best from Zeppelin and proved to some extent the group can exert musical expression with subtle finesse, rather than the usual total assault approach. (by C.BATES - Dallas Morning News, March 1975)

Notes: 
'75 North American Tour Programme

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

Press Review Excerpt: Led Zeppelin Flies High, Heavy, Loud

So now, the history-making Led Zeppelin concert series has thundered through Dallas-Fort Worth, breaking gate records here as has been the case of previous stops of the English group's current and chaotic U.S. tour, which surely will bring more attendance marks before the March 27 conclusion in Los Angeles.

At three straight sold-out performances in Fort Worth (Monday night) and in Dallas (Tuesday and Wednesday nights) the world renowned 4-man rock band attracted 34,000 fans, which according to show promoters Concerts West, is an all-time gate record for an indoor rock show in this area.

But still, even as some of that history continues to ring in the ears, the critic's task remains the same, despite the record shattering crowds, or the extended applause for contrived encores of even the overwhelming satisfaction among throngs of loyal Zeppelin fans.

ANYONE assuming such apparent signs of success would sway the critic need only refer to an interview with Zeppelin's famed guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant published in the March 13 issue of Rolling Stone.

The text points out that although the group five albums have each sold in excess of one million units and their current U.S. tour (the first in 18 months) is expected to be the largest grossing undertaking in rock history, "the band has been continually kicked, shoved, pummeled and kneed in the groin by critics of all stripes."

To be sure, audience excitement and anticipation was greater than usual just before the group's concert debut in Dallas on Tuesday night.

Zeppelin opened strong and immediately established the well-expected pattern of Page sharing the fronting role with Plant's shrill, penetrating vocals. On "Lady," (Over the Hills and Far Away) Plant joined Page's non-stop guitar runs in a crisp duo that was well executed, although the group's musical emphasis often seems to lack a relation to the legitimate, impulsive expression of feeling.

Page's style appears uncontrolled, very aggressive and almost always at a high level of unvarying intensity. His guitar and Plant's scorching vocal tones embody the Zeppelin sound. When back-grounded by John Paul Jones' bottom- heavy bass and drummer John (Bonzo) Bonham's booming licks, that group sound is thunderous, jagged, over bearing.

And, of course, the crowd loved it. With a continually superb light snow and stage presentation, Zeppelin raged hours through the evening only rarely straying from the high-stress attack, whether on older tunes ("Black Dog," "No Quarter," "Dazed and Confused") or on cuts from their latest album.

"Physical Graffiti," Kashmir," "In My Dying." Finally, their finest work of all, "Stairway To Heaven," brought out the very best from Zeppelin and proved to some extent the group can exert musical expression with subtle finesse, rather than the usual total assault approach. (by C.BATES - Dallas Morning News, March 1975)

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, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.

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Sherry's picture

I was there!!!! I was a senior in high school. Of course Stairway to Heaven was awesome ... there was smoke on the stage and smoke all over Tarrant County Convention Center (if you catch my drift) ... I used to have my ticket but one day in a dense moment I got rid of ALL my ticket stubs and concert t-shirts. Regretted it ever since :(

terry's picture

March 3, 1975
I went to the Zep concert in Ft. Worth, Texas. Absolutely mind-blowing. It was the best concert I had ever been to at that time, and it was a life-changing experience. Led Zeppelin has been my favorite band since I was 14 years old. I am now 55, and I still treasure the Zeppelin concerts I was fortunate enough to attend. To this day, Zeppelin's music is my favorite. The talent was unsurpassed. The atmosphere was euphoric. The energy was unexplainable. Thank you, Led Zeppelin, for the life-long music that touched my heart and soul. I will forever be grateful to you.

LG's picture

I was barely 13 when I saw this concert. It was the most unbelievable concert. Its like a dream that I was even there. People were selling LSD of all names, weed, quaaludes and other drugs up the walkway leading to the doors to get into TCCC. I hadn't been exposed to a lot of stuff until that night and it was a true coming of age. The music truly blew my mind. I had tickets to sit in the middle part, between floor and upper seats, but ended up sitting in one of the "crow's nests" located around the center, on a cement floor hanging off the railing. I remember someone had projectile vomiting off of it into the crowd below, and another guy fell off into the crowd below. What a night. And no, my parents didn't know I went. One of the best times of my life. LZ rocks!

"Barney Snowden"'s picture

Conv. Cntr ticket sales started early in Jan. Cold as all ****, but there was such a crushing crowd it was steamin'. Concert was awesome! No lead in bands, just solid LZ. With LZ you always got your money's worth (and more)...to my recollection about 2.5 hrs' worth of great rock. Classic! Saw them again 2 years later in Dallas.

joee's picture

i just happended to go by myself was walking toward tarrant county convention center when this guy ask if i wanted to by a ticket i said yes how much he said 5 dollars wow went inside it was the front row how lucky can i get well it started about 15 minutes did not go anywhere anytill the drum solo came on it lasted so long could have gone to the car and do my think and come back and still walk around could not hear for while beepinp sound like being approached by 10 marshalls amps crazy best concert in the world not even black sabbath will come close so be already for the reuieon i will pay more than 5 dollars how about 500 dollars

David J's picture

This show was originally scheduled for February 27, 1975, as was reported in a newspaper article I still have which depicts the "riots" among fans struggling to get tickets for this Fort Worth show and the March 3, 1975, concert at Dallas at Memorial Auditorium.

I believe the ticket sales and fiasco were in January 1975, on one of those rare Texas days when temperatures were in the low teens -- f-ing cold for us, man.

Although I was clothed in multiple layers, it was hard keeping warm at all in that crazy, very slow moving line. Fortunately, I managed to be one of the last lucky fans to secure a pair of tickets to the Fort Worth show. As best my memory can recall, the show was fantastic.

I saw the band live three or four (maybe five) times in the 70's, and have always considered them the greatest rock 'n roll band in the world, ever! (Yes, I've seen The Stones -- in a small venue in Fort Worth known as The Will Rogers Auditorium, as well as in the Cotton Bowl twice -- and they always seemed to be a band sounding like the Rolling Stones.)

Led Zeppelin was always very tight and precise, and could jam their asses off like the four of them had a single mind dedicated to blowing your mind! They were innovative on stage, loved doing their thing, never had an opening act, and always did about a three-hour show with a short intermission. Available Led Zeppelin DVD's tell the story best, while also bringing back the sensation of having been a lucky boy to have seen them in their prime (and mine).

Mpound's picture

They came onstage about an hour and a half late. It didn't dampen the buzz in the crowd however, people just kept partying. During the show, Percy apologized to the audience explaining that Zep had just flown in from New Orleans. He also leapt from the drum riser at the beginning of Kashmir and damn near flew off the front of the stage and into the crowd. Of course it was LOUD, and I was deaf for about a week afterward. It was the only time I saw them live, and it was one of the greatest times I ever had. Bless those boys.

tom's picture

my buddy and drove to Ft Worth from Odessa the day before without tickets to see the show. We were determined, but couldn't find tickets anywhere in town. So we went to the convention center anyway.

Right as we could hear the show starting a ticket window opened and a rush of people crowded the area. My buddy Joe and I pushed our way to the front determined to get tickets, sorry to those that were there and didn't make it, but we literally thrashed our way to the front and got the last two of maybe ten tickets that were sold.

That was the happiest day of my life. I've been to 50 plus concerts, and Led Zeppelin was always my fav, just had not seen them live until that night. It was heaven inside the venue, magical. They played 3-4 hours of perfect bliss. To those that weren't alive during that time you have no idea what you all missed.

Led Zeppelin was literally the best band of all time, magical. I'm 55 now and if I died today I'd be happy that I did see that one concert. Had I not made it in that night....

The Rover's picture

Yes, by 1975, Zeppelin were using the Starship as their air taxi, to "spend the night" not in average cities like Dallas or Ft. Worth.... but in New Orleans, where the city stays up all night. After the 1st Dallas show.... the boys piled into a custom van, and rode to Love Field Airport, and boarded The Starship for New Orleans. They returned the next night to Dallas for the second show.

The Rover

joeame's picture

best concert in the world so many people have talk about which band is the best well find find out for self just be ready and bring your headphones if you want to hear after the show they r super loud when u hear whole lotta love thats it just be ready for the reunion i wlill pay more than 5 dollars this time 1975 was the best try to get front row cause thats what i had be ready there coming soon

Wooodie's picture

March 3rd at Tarrant Co. Convention center 1975! My first concert.....WOW,,!

 

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March 3rd at Tarrant Co. by Wooodie (not verified)
Blew my mind! by LG (not verified)
best concert ever by tom (not verified)
Amazing Concert by terry (not verified)
The Starship - 1975 by The Rover (not verified)
I was there!!!! I was a by Sherry (not verified)
concert by joeame (not verified)
concert by joee (not verified)
They came onstage about an by Mpound (not verified)
LZ Tarrant Co. Conv. Cntr. 1975 by "Barney Snowden" (not verified)