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Capital Centre - May 28, 1977

  • The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.
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on September 22, 2007 - 8:17pm
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Average: 4.5 (78 votes)
May 28, 1977
Landover
MD
United States
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Setlist: 

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.

Setlists: 

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.

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Bianca Ann's picture

Led Zeppelin Ticket... by Bianca Ann

Sad but true... I purchased a ticket w/a group of my friends... I was 17 years old at that time... on the day of the concert, May 28, 1977... My folks (Helen & Al) found out I was going to the concert… was restricted from going!!! the reason my folks refused to let me go is because the concert was being held at the Capital Center, in Landover, MD; which they believed to be a drug abuse place!!!... To this day I have the unused ticket as a memory keep sake!!!

Thomas Brittaib's picture

I was there that night with Elaine. Great show, but, its Zepplin

Daniel DeFrancesco's picture

I would like to see some pictures and music on the night of Saturday May 28, 1977 At the Capital Centre in Landover Maryland.

Russ Allen's picture

I want to provide balance to some of the one-off glowing comments about this show and perhaps the other Landover dates. I was there –– a devoted and knowledgeable, 18-year-old Zep fan, looking for real professionalism and musicianship by this band. What we got, though, was a mixture of amazing performance and music combined with overwrought sloppiness.

The primary problem with this show was the sound system and, to some extent, the guitar playing. The engineering was terrible. The guitar was constantly overamped and the sound system pushed way past any ability to project clarity in this cavernous, concrete venue. As alluded to here in some of the other comments (and as widely acknowledged for this tour), Mr. Page was also not in top shape. The combination of his often ragged playing and the overcranked sound system made for a terribly distorted and muddy auditory experience. It was literally difficult to tell what song the band was playing sometimes.

That said, though, the performance was otherwise quite good. Plant and Jones were excellent. Bonham was pretty solid, if a bit bombastic. The light show was fantastic. The set list, of course, staggering.

IMHO, the highlight of the evening were the times when the band departed from album track and jammed and improv’ed to songs. I believe I finally fell into a life-long love affair with the blues that night. Since then, I’ve seen many of the greatest blues players in the world, from the South, from Chicago, and I’ve never seen a blues performance as good as Zep’s. When Plant pulled out his harp and leaned over Jones’ piano and the band just cooked off on a blues groove, it was like nothing I’ve ever heard.

Again though, sadly, the show needed to be tighter across its playing and especially production to give respectful value to ticket holders. Zep, like all bands, gave some shows that were better than others. It was the sound men who should have been roasted for this one, though. I was studying music theory and playing at the time, and I knew Zep’s catalogue intricately. I had no problem with a head-banging, ear-drum rattling experience but I guess I expected something a bit more disciplined and polished and listenable sonically/acoustically.

I believe that a lot of Jimmy’s playing was good, but it was sometimes difficult to tell because, again, the mixing and engineering was so bad. His solo and his use of feedback in it was quite amazing. However, he seemed lost in his own world for much of the show.

I know that there are a lot of old Zep fans who want to wax gloriously about seeing this last-ever Zep U.S. tour. But we’ve got to be honest. This was by broad critical consensus the most problematic tour the band did, because of issues going on, and so again IMHO this particular concert was one of their worst gigs on their worst tour. And yet with all that, it was still great and historic and unforgettable and full of energy and virtuosity and showmanship and artristry. I remember coming away from the show both disappointed and blow away at the same time. I’ve become an increasingly huger fan of the band and all four guys during every one of the many years that have passed by since.

On a global scale, yes, this show was still a 4 or a 5.
Against Zep’s own standards, though, it was maybe a 1.5.

Billy Patton's picture

I was only seven years old in 1977 and therefore did attend any of these Capital Centre shows. However, my ex-father in-law, Pete, told me a great, but sad, story about this Led Zeppelin concert at which he was in attendance.

In 1977, Pete was a 26 year old, newly separated, Viet Nam War veteran who still had a little growing up to do. Pete liked Led Zeppelin but he was more a fan of the bluesy rock of Janis Joplin, Allman Brothers, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pete’s buddy (I’ll call him Scotty) was a guy a little younger than Pete and he loved Led Zeppelin. Scotty bought three tickets to the show and so Pete, Scotty, and a third fella I’ll call Peabody drove and hour and a half to the Capital Centre form Martinsburg, West Virginia.

During the ride down, and later in the parking lot of the Cap Centre the three friends enjoyed themselves with an ounce of pot, a bottle of Jack Daniels, and a case of Budweiser to wash it all down. Later, while anxiously waiting in their floor seats for the notoriously late Led Zeppelin to take the stage, Scotty fell “asleep” in his chair.

Finally, the mighty Zep took emerged. Fans stood on their chairs and in the aisles to catch a better glimpse of the ban as they blistered though “The Song Remains the Same.” On fan, however, Scotty remained passed out through the opening numbers even as his buddies—and 20,000 others for that matter—tried in vain to awaken him.

Throughout the night, particularly, during staple numbers such as Kashmir and Stairway to Heaven, Pete and Peabody tried to wake up Scotty and save him from missing an awesome performance of his favorite band. It was no use, he was OUT. Finally, as Led Zep concluded their final encore and the house lights immediately turn on, Scotty awoke! Quickly realizing that he had missed the entire show, Scotty was devastated. He began cursing himself and even his friends—whom he thought may not have tried hard enough to awaken him from his stupor.

Other fans who had been seated around Pete and his friends and had witnessed Scotty sleeping through the show offered Scotty their earnest condolences and tried to convince that it was “alright man, you’ll see them next time.” There would not be a next time for any of the friends, or me, to see Led Zep due to John Bonham’s untimely passing in 1980.

I was lucky enough to see Page/Plant in this same building in 1996 and it was great! The first four songs were Good Times, Bad Times, Bring it on Home, Ramble On, and Dancing Daze. Everyone was standing on his or her chairs, screaming, as if the Beatles had come back (with Lennon and Harrison)!

In some ways the 1996 may have sounded better than those back in the day because of the second guitarist, the orchestra from Cairo, and Nigel with his hurdy-gurdy; for whom we gave “a warm United States’ welcome,” at the request of Robert Plant. Great show, looking back, I think that I should have brought Pete and Scotty with me.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A continuation of the atmosphere and level of playing. In fact all four shows from Landover stands on the same, rather high level. During In My Time Of Dying there is a longer than usual pause before they start the fast boogie section, you can almost see them waiting on Jimmy to start so they can start rocking. Very good version of No Quarter and Kashmir here. Achilles Last Stand id also great exceopt for the opening riffs from Mr Page who played them too early.

Rick Allen's picture

Bianca Ann,

I was moved to hear you were unable to make this show. It stands in my 57 yo memory as a highlight. My wife and I were married in Rockville, MD that day and attended the concert to begin our honeymoon. I'd never experianced anything like it before or to this day. We sat about 50 feet from their amps/speakers. Halfway thru the concert i just knew I had been melted by the volume, the energy and the thrill. My wife and i are still together and have our 'good times, bad times' but Zepplin remains the same magic they have always been for me.

smokepit's picture

I saw these same two shows. Zeppelin and Page-Plant.

Both were great shows in their own way.

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I saw these same two shows. by smokepit (not verified)
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I want to provide balance to by Russ Allen (not verified)
Led Zeppelin Ticket by Bianca Ann (not verified)
Funny, but sad, story about this show. by Billy Patton (not verified)
Concert Date. by Daniel DeFrancesco (not verified)
I was there that night with by Thomas Brittaib (not verified)