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Ulster Hall - March 5, 1971

  • 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 incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Bottle Up and Go, Long Distance Call), Communication Breakdown, Rock and Roll, Bring it On Home.
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on September 21, 2007 - 12:07pm
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March 5, 1971
Belfast
Ireland
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Setlist: 

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 incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Bottle Up and Go, Long Distance Call), Communication Breakdown, Rock and Roll, Bring it On Home.

Note: 

The band debut a number of songs from their upcoming "Fourth Album", including the first public performance of Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California and Rock and Roll.

Notes: 

The band debut a number of songs from their upcoming "Fourth Album", including the first public performance of Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California and Rock and Roll.

Setlists: 

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 incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Bottle Up and Go, Long Distance Call), Communication Breakdown, Rock and Roll, Bring it On Home.

Comments

Paul Kennedy's picture

In 1971 I was 16 and "fond" of Simon and Garfunkel and West Coast bands such as Crosby Stills, I had never been to a rock concert the previous highlight having been The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem with my aunt two years previously! There wasn't alot happening in Belfast around that time as the "troubles" were kicking in big time. I'd just bought Zeppelin 2 a month prior to the concert, I didn't get a ticket but went down to the Ulster Hall with a friend who had, and outside I manged to get one at face value (25 shillings or £1.25 in todays money!) from a guy whose girlfriend didn't turn up.
The band walked on stage with no warm up act and went straight into the Immigrant Song followed by Heartbreaker. I simply don't have words to aedquately describe the impact that first fifteen minutes had on me and on those that were there. It changed things for me. I, as did everyboy stood in disbelief in the face of the pure wall of energy, raw talent and passion, images and sound are etched in my memory and still are as vibrant 36 years later. I discovered what rock was all about that night (and alot else besides). I remember looking down from the balcony and seeing friends and the excitement on their faces. That was just the start it got better! It was the first time they played "Stairway" live,I remember Plant saying "this is a thing off the fourth album, I hope you like it". We did.
As I left the Ulster Hall around midnight I remember clearly looking up fully expecting to see cracks in the ceiling, such was the energy we all expended that night.
From time to time I meet people who were there, old friends and some new ones, we nod approvingly, smile with an understanding that knows we were lucky enough to have experienced something magical and life altering. We rarely try to describe it to the "others", those that didn't make it, because we know we can't do it justice.
Thank you.

Kent's picture

I was just a young service man in the US Navy stationed in Londonderry when my young wife and I rode the train to Belfast for the Led Zeppelin concert at Ulster Hall.

After 40 years I still get excited when I talk about the concert and taking photos of the concert. I was allowed to stand up front and go back stage for some photos. The music blew me away and I can still remember how I felt when the first screams of the Immigrant Song came from Plant and how loud the music was when it first came from their amps. I have seen many artist in the last 40 years, but none can match the concert that night.

Great Memories!!

emerald's picture

i was 16 zeppelin were my god;s unless u were there it is hard to describe fantastic is not good enough; i was lucky to get to stage door;s and got their autograph;s ; it was a night i have or never will forget i was on the stairway to heaven

Argenteum Astrum's picture

The recording is slightly distorted as per many of the audience recordings of the time. Make no mistake about it, what you are hearing is Led Zeppelin at the very top of their game. Tonight's set kicks off with a bombastic Immigrant Song, crushing the audience with it's immense volume. A superb Heartbreaker follows, complete with a compact guitar solo. This concert is a must for any Robert Plant fan. He gives the show 110% and the unbelievable power of his amazing high pitched vocals is evident right from the start. A full-on version of Black Dog complete with a mistake in the first instrumental passage. For a long time, we have all wondered what the first ever public performance of Stairway To Heaven must have been like. Well, wonder no more for now it can be heard. Zeppelin finish the main set with a compact Whole Lotta Love medley. Rock And Roll is another preview, played at a frantic pace.

richard martinez's picture

Your description of your experience is absolutely wonderful! I was twelve back in that day, living on Long Island with only a background soundtrack of Led Zeppelin in my brain! Never got a chance to see them, but have been a lifelong devotee of the music, band and Majik that will always be Led Zeppelin! The world cries out for a return of that raw energy, passion and talent that is Led Zeppelin! Cheers!

Lucisfero's picture

I' ve been listening the bootleg of this show and it´s just incredible. Plant's amazing voice blows away any fuckin' mind, man!!! The begining with Immigrant Song is devastating. Led Zeppelin is not a heavy metal band but here, without a doubt, is writing The Book for the motherfuckers. I'm 30 years old and... well, be there at those times must have been fantastic.

Long live to The Mighty Zeppelin!!!

Scott MacDonald's picture

Woah!.

What a brilliant passage. I don't know how this "reply" thing works, but if it plays out that I am writing directly to you, Paul, then I'm writing to tell you that you DID manage to do the experience of seeing Zeppelin vitually near their apex, justice. You MUST HAVE done it justice because through your words, I got a real, tangible, awe inspiring impression of what it must have been like to witness the force of nature Led Zeppelin's four combined elements were.

I was only 11 months old for this gig, and too far away in Canada to have attended notwithstanding (haha)...however, if ANYONE of the multitude, and legions of Led Zeppelin fans who were not old enough (or even born into the world yet) to be around to see this juggernaut perform live, but they crave and desire to know what it must have been like, and how it would have affected one's senses, to experience seeing a young Led Zeppelin....I strongly recommend that all they need do is READ this (YOUR) review!

"I simply don't have words to adequately describe the impact that first fifteen minutes had on me and on those that were there. It changed things for me. I, as did everybody, stood in disbelief in the face of the pure wall of energy"

"As I left the Ulster Hall around midnight I remember clearly looking up fully expecting to see cracks in the ceiling"

Apologies in advance, but I have to swear to accurately emphasize my perspective on those two excerpts....fucking AWWE-SSOOMME !!

There is no doubt in my mind that even to this very day, as well as any time in the past, that James Patrick Page, Robert Anthony Plant, John Henry Bonham, and John Baldwin (J Paul Jones) themselves..would be honoured and MOVED by this (your) personal commentary.

Slainte' !

Scott MacDonald

NameSharon's picture

I was there that night as a 16yr old, will never forget Stairway to Heaven...reminded this evening by BBC Northern Ireland News Line who where reporting on Ulster 40yrs ago. It was one of the most memorable nights of my life. The next concert I attended a few months later at the Ulster hall was Taste and Rory Gallagher another memorable night in the early 70's and I was pictured behind Rory on the cover sleeve for an album during the concert that night

Alan Beck's picture

One of the best concerts I've ever been to. Remember going into the Ulster Hall that night with the house lights on and seeing Jimmy's Les Paul sitting on stage and Bonzo's green sparkle ( I think) drum kit. Even then the place was humming! The atmosphere was electric when they appeared. The rest is history!

 

Stan Spray's picture

I went to the Ulster Hall to this great concert with my late wife. We were 18 and just going together and money was tight so we bought the cheapest seats which were behind the band, on the stage. During a break between songs John Bonham glanced in our direction. I gave him the thumbs up and to my amazement he threw me his drum sticks. Four or five years letter, after we got married, the son of a family friend told me he was learning to play the drums and like a plank I gave him the drum sticks. So, Alan McCready, if you ever read this, any chance you could return them?

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