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Missouri Arena - May 11, 1973

  • Songs performed during this tour include: Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie)
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on September 22, 2007 - 3:37pm
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Average: 4.6 (37 votes)
May 11, 1973
St. Louis
MO
United States
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Setlist: 

Songs performed during this tour include: Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie)

Note: 

Press review: Unusual, Maddening Performance by the Led Zeppelin at Arena

The Gates of Hell flew open and from it came thousands of rabid, screaming bats. At least, it seemed like thousands as Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin used a bow on the strings of his electric guitar. The effect was interesting, unique and maddening.

But then much of what Led Zeppelin played before a capacity house at the Arena last night fit into that category, especially the maddening part.

Page is an exceptionally talented, self-indulgent performer who carries his guitar low like a gunslinger, and like a gunslinger he wants everyone to know how handy he is.

The guitar was played on the side, in front, from a crouching position, overhead and one handed. He alternated between a regular guitar and a double instrument that resembled an over-and-under double barreled shotgun.

He can play and there was some real music mixed in with his attempts at unusual sounds that often made it difficult to tell when he was playing and when a listener was hearing feedback.

Zeppelin is a four-piece English rock band, but the show was mostly Page and drummer John Bonham. Singer Robert Plant spent most of his time foppishly shaking his hair and wriggling his hips. John Paul Jones on bass and keyboard was seldom in the spotlight. When he was – on Stairway to Heaven – he was effective. The piano was connected to a reverberator and the sound was unusual.

Bonham, surrounded by all kinds of percussion instruments was never in the background musically. He was always there, forceful and loud on every number. But that wasn’t enough. He had a solo that started out in a tedious fashion and ended in a flurry of bare hands rapping on everything in sight. Long, Loud and Super.

At the end of the 2 ½ hour musical marathon, the crowd stood and cheered for four minutes to bring the group back for an encore. The ovation was well deserved. If nothing else, the four are energetic showmen. [by D.Richmond, SLPD, May 1973]

Notes: 

Press review: Unusual, Maddening Performance by the Led Zeppelin at Arena

The Gates of Hell flew open and from it came thousands of rabid, screaming bats. At least, it seemed like thousands as Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin used a bow on the strings of his electric guitar. The effect was interesting, unique and maddening.

But then much of what Led Zeppelin played before a capacity house at the Arena last night fit into that category, especially the maddening part.

Page is an exceptionally talented, self-indulgent performer who carries his guitar low like a gunslinger, and like a gunslinger he wants everyone to know how handy he is.

The guitar was played on the side, in front, from a crouching position, overhead and one handed. He alternated between a regular guitar and a double instrument that resembled an over-and-under double barreled shotgun.

He can play and there was some real music mixed in with his attempts at unusual sounds that often made it difficult to tell when he was playing and when a listener was hearing feedback.

Zeppelin is a four-piece English rock band, but the show was mostly Page and drummer John Bonham. Singer Robert Plant spent most of his time foppishly shaking his hair and wriggling his hips. John Paul Jones on bass and keyboard was seldom in the spotlight. When he was – on Stairway to Heaven – he was effective. The piano was connected to a reverberator and the sound was unusual.

Bonham, surrounded by all kinds of percussion instruments was never in the background musically. He was always there, forceful and loud on every number. But that wasn’t enough. He had a solo that started out in a tedious fashion and ended in a flurry of bare hands rapping on everything in sight. Long, Loud and Super.

At the end of the 2 ½ hour musical marathon, the crowd stood and cheered for four minutes to bring the group back for an encore. The ovation was well deserved. If nothing else, the four are energetic showmen. [by D.Richmond, SLPD, May 1973]

Setlists: 

Songs performed during this tour include: Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie)

Comments

Jeff Kersting's picture

I remember that the encore was "Immigrant Song"!
I didn't really turn on to Zeppelin until I saw them again in 1975!
This show was not at Kiel but the Arena as you can see by the ticket stub!
Of the 4 shows Zeppelin played in STL, their first was at Kiel with the remainder at the larger Arena.

Lou's picture

I got to this show early and only brought only a 135 mm telephoto lens since my seat were pretty far back. Went down to the floor, sat in the center seat of the first row and as luck would have it, no one claimed that seat. Wow! Got to see this whole show front row center. Got some great pics too!! And the show blew me away.

Cathe Cappannari's picture

I was fortunate enough to have attended all the concerts performed in St. Louis in the 1970's.
It is the one area of my life in which my kids will never surpass me. They have taken advantage of several concert opportunities, but will never be able to see them as I saw them. Sad for them.

Thank so much for all the good sound,
Catherine

wayne lindberg's picture

This was a GREAT show! I wish that I could go back in time to relive that show. Your seats where in the pressboxs, that hung from the top of the arena!! I still love all their songs
Wayne in St. Louis MO.

Peter Bonham's picture

What a show. Very loud. The Arena was a bad place for a concert a lot of echo. Can't remember all the songs. Set list sounds close. Jimmy Page using the bow was great, as was Mody Dick.

Jack's picture

I was in Rolling Stones,AC/DC,Pink Floyd,Pearl jam and Soundgarden concerts but this one was the best show in my life ! I was a little bit far from stage and my freind talked so much but made him shut up... Jimmy kicked ass while playing no quarter and stairway to heaven .

Linda Tucker's picture

I was mesermized..

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