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Sports Arena - May 28, 1973

  • 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), Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Honey Bee, Let That Boy Boogie), The Ocean.
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on September 22, 2007 - 3:58pm
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Average: 4.7 (72 votes)
May 28, 1973
San Diego
CA
United States
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Setlist: 

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), Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Honey Bee, Let That Boy Boogie), The Ocean.

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Review: Led Zeppelin Hits Peak At Sellout

The culmination of all rock ‘n’ roll of a decade appears to have occurred with Led Zeppelin and the crowning achievement capable of its star instrument, the guitar, seems to be the possession of Jimmy Page, the British group’s leader, if such there be.

Appearing Monday night in the Sports Arena before a sold-out house of 16,000 persons who began to gather outside the entrances at noon, Led Zep attested to all praises that have preceded its performance here, namely sold-out concerts all around the country and gold record sales that continue to mount.

Accompanied by John Bonham, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant in combinations on vocals, guitar, drums and keyboards, Page shone as the supreme master of the heavy fuzz box guitar riff. His evolution from the early days of British rock with the Yardbirds appears complete. Nobody, but nobody plays guitar like Page. His is the final force, the power of a riff. A few solos Monday night were too excessive, but the sheer driving power of most over-shadowed any inadequacies.

Led Zep devoted themselves an on other dates on the tour to the entire concert performance without a second act on the bill, which made for a full evening of immersion into their heavy metal rock.

A drum solo, Moby Dick, interrupted the screaming flow of Page’s guitar once during the show, but that was because the time was needed to find a missing piece of guitar we were told.

Essentially, however the set was as powerful as rock ‘n’ roll ever gets. Raunchy, flashy, and full of fuzzy sheet metal noise that brought a musical form to its culmination – or, perhaps just into another dimension. Whatever, Led Zep has the power. (Carol Olten, S.D. Union, May 1973)

Notes: 

Review: Led Zeppelin Hits Peak At Sellout

The culmination of all rock ‘n’ roll of a decade appears to have occurred with Led Zeppelin and the crowning achievement capable of its star instrument, the guitar, seems to be the possession of Jimmy Page, the British group’s leader, if such there be.

Appearing Monday night in the Sports Arena before a sold-out house of 16,000 persons who began to gather outside the entrances at noon, Led Zep attested to all praises that have preceded its performance here, namely sold-out concerts all around the country and gold record sales that continue to mount.

Accompanied by John Bonham, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant in combinations on vocals, guitar, drums and keyboards, Page shone as the supreme master of the heavy fuzz box guitar riff. His evolution from the early days of British rock with the Yardbirds appears complete. Nobody, but nobody plays guitar like Page. His is the final force, the power of a riff. A few solos Monday night were too excessive, but the sheer driving power of most over-shadowed any inadequacies.

Led Zep devoted themselves an on other dates on the tour to the entire concert performance without a second act on the bill, which made for a full evening of immersion into their heavy metal rock.

A drum solo, Moby Dick, interrupted the screaming flow of Page’s guitar once during the show, but that was because the time was needed to find a missing piece of guitar we were told.

Essentially, however the set was as powerful as rock ‘n’ roll ever gets. Raunchy, flashy, and full of fuzzy sheet metal noise that brought a musical form to its culmination – or, perhaps just into another dimension. Whatever, Led Zep has the power. (Carol Olten, S.D. Union, May 1973)

Setlists: 

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), Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Honey Bee, Let That Boy Boogie), The Ocean.

Comments

Susan Jessup's picture

Better than MSG IMO. More personal and kicked back. Jimmy, best guitarist EVER, Robert was great, John Paul Jones backed it up, and Bonham rocked. Why aren't there any videos? Would love to re-live even a moment of San Diego Sports Arena 1973.

This is a different time that we'll never get back, but well worth remembering for so many reasons.

Last wish is to hear Jimmy play Stairway to Heaven riff...

M Arnold's picture

Tickets to this show was my 21st birthday present from a friend. One of the best concerts I have ever attended.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This show is something like a group's attempt to returning to a good form but still the band is little loose. Page flubs twice during the last part of Black Dog, repeating the bum note to make it seem intentional after the first mistake, then bursting with another flurry of notes, as he attempts the end the song a second time. No Quarter is a really nice version here and Jonesy is in peak form tonight playing some really interesting jazzy notes. Curiously, Moby Dick is played right after Dazed And Confused and Plant introduces Bonzo as something the people in China and Korea are never gonna see; something the people in Russia will never get a chance to look at; a gentleman “full of shit and speed”. Unfortunately, Jimmy’s guitar goes mute, leaving Jonsey and Bonzo alone. After some fun during Heartbreaker, as the boys chase each other around, perhaps the highlight of this set follows. After the theremin madness, Jones launches into a bit of The Crunge, but it’s ignored by Page. Plant then sings a bit of Honey Bee, answered by a flurry of buzzing notes from Page, circa 1970! After that brief interlude, and a tease of “one night….” from Plant, Page answers with notes from Going Down. Plant and company pick up on this and the band launches into a full version of the song, complete with solo, a real rarity during the more static shows of the 1973 US Tour. A rousing version of “The Ocean” closes out the show.

John Britsas's picture

At 13 yrs. old I believe I was the youngest kid at this show.I went with 16 & 18 yr. old girls.It was her 16th B-day, her dad got tickets, and I went on the house ! Smoked out and watched the show from a stairway it was so packed !

Steven Babb's picture

This was my very first rock concert. I stood 10 feet away from Jimmy Page and was awestruck!
I thought to myself "This is what I want to do - play the guitar!"
That night was pure magic! This was Led Zeppelin at the height of their dynasty. Robert's vocals were amazing, Page was brilliant! Jonesy was tight and Bonzo was in rare form!
Best show ever....

RICKSTER's picture

I REMEMBER WHEN WE GOT TOTHE SPORTS ARENA, THERE WERE FANS ALL OVER THE PLACE.WE HAD PUFFED HASH OILERS&GREASERS BEFORE THE SHOW.THEY HAD TO LET EVERYONE IN BY 3PM. IT WAS GENERAL ADMISSION AND WE GOT THE FRONT ROW SEATS. WHEN ZEPP CAME ON, I COULD'NT BELIEVE HOW LOUD IT WAS. THE BLOUSE THAT ROBERT PLANT WORE THAT NIGHT,I'VE NEVER SEEN HIM WEAR IT SINCE. IT WAS A DARK GREEN SEE-THRU SILKY TOP. IF ANYONE HAS PHOTO'S OF THAT SHOW, PLEASE POST, AS I HAVE ALWAYS DUG THAT TOP ROBERT WORE. TO THIS DAY THAT SHOW HAS ALWAYS STUCK IN MY MEMORY OF HOW LUCKY WE WERE TO GET TO WITNESS SUCH A POWERFUL PERFORMANCE, AND HOW MANY SONGS THEY PLAYED. I ALSO REMEMBER BEFORE THE SHOW, FOR ALMOST 3 HOURS, WE HEARD THE SAME SONG OVER AND OVER BY THE DOOBIE BROTHERS= LISTEN TO THE MUSIC. THAT WAS THE ONLY SONG THAT WAS PLAYED BEFORE ZEPP CAME OUT THEY STILL RULE

Jon's picture

Cool show, I was there 19 years old. Still have tickets stubs.

Name's picture

I saw this show in San Diego in '73. I was 15. It was my second concert. My first was Alice Cooper a few weeks earlier.

jo's picture

they were wonderful remember it well he was in his prime

Name's picture

I was at the Led Zeppelin show in San Diego 1973...good times...I seem to remember they did a repeat performance that weekend or the next but I can find no mention of it.

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Zep rocks! by Name (not verified)
Led Zep 1973 by M Arnold (not verified)
what! no videos? by Susan Jessup (not verified)
My 1st. concert by John Britsas (not verified)
Cool show, I was there 19 by Jon (not verified)
SANDIEGO 1973 by RICKSTER (not verified)