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Jacksonville Coliseum - May 7, 1973

  • includes: 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 - 3:36pm
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Average: 4.9 (77 votes)
May 7, 1973
Jacksonville
FL
United States
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Setlist: 

includes: 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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Review: Led Right From the Start

Jacksonville, Florida isn’t the place that you’d really want to visit. The appalling stench from the local paper mill hits you in the face the minute you step off the plane; the fact that there aren’t any cabs at the airport doesn’t help either. The airport is full of pinball machines, pay TV sets, tangible proof of the American culture.

And you know that Led Zeppelin performing here for the first time in three years must mean more to the kids in this town than anything that happened in their local lives all year. Led Zep came into Jacksonville with the amazing force of having broken the Beatles’ attendance record for the largest paid crowd  ever at a single group’s concert in musical history – 56,800 people in Tampa. Led Zep – they still do it. Boy, do they ever.

If I, myself, was getting to a point where Rock ‘n’ Roll was becoming part of my past, as opposed to part of my blood, this concert turned it all around for me. I had heard that on a good night Led Zeppelin is magic, IS Rock ‘n’ Roll. Where have they been all my life? To attempt to rationally explain what they did onstage, how godamn good they were, how it was a total celebration of Rock ‘n’ Roll… well, words don’t come easily.

Thirteen thousand kids at the Jacksonville Coliseum – a sold-out  capacity audience. Those kids, those dear American kids; one tends to forget about them when all you see is New York and L.A., sophisticated sleaze and stoned-out young kids with very old faces, but we do have them… all over America with clean-cut faces, blond, blue-eyed freshly turned-out, wide-eyed beautiful little girls and bearded strong boys. Their arms were outstretched, their hands were waving in the air, girls were sitting on top of boys’ shoulders and shaking their long hair wildly, back and forth.

Robert Plant strutted across the stage. He swaggered, he is THE pop star, at all times totally compelling… more so to me than a Jagger, because it just doesn’t seem contrived for one moment. Plant’s voice was like a gorgeous instrument, he was physically and sensually taking the audience for his own. They wanted him to do it to them and he did.

Jimmy Page would do things on the guitar so spectacular and then just stop… and then start again and leave you breathless, always wanting more. When he played the guitar with the violin bow he moved as if in some marvelous graceful ballet. And all along, Bonham and Jones were relentless, driving, pushing – keeping it all solid.

They played some songs from the new LP and some from the older ones. One song rushed into another for two-and-a-half hours with such urgent, intense brilliance. This has GOT to be what Rock ‘n’ Roll was all about; what it is meant to be. Without gimmicks, without any obvious visual theatrics, the interplay – the dance both musically and physically between Plant and Page was magnificent and of course became more theatrically-compelling than almost any other band who attempt  to do something similar.

They never let up. To be able to sustain the kind of excitement that they did… to be able to build from a song like The Song Remains the Same and go right into the lovely Rain Song without losing the tension, and then keep on… it’s just unheard of here. There were no intermissions, no waiting, no tuning up, no bullshit. Just music. Just gorgeous Rock ‘n’ Roll music at its most desperate. The performance was so incredibly timed that you never were completely aware of just exactly when one number started and another began, and the acoustic numbers and the ballads blended in perfectly with the rockers. You couldn’t help but beg for more.

It was impossible to be a part of that experience and not watch, and listen with a total awe. We don’t have bands like this, you know. YOU don’t have bands like this… but you do have Led Zeppelin. And they know what they have. They know the high they can achieve , and they’re here again – their album is number one in the country and they’re going to go and play everywhere and celebrate Rock ‘n’ Roll. God bless them!
(Lisa Robinson, Disc – May 1973)

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Led Zeppelin, Jacksonville Coliseum, May 7, 1973.

Promoter Sidney Drashin: "I paid 'em $50,000 on a Monday night and sold out every ticket, including prob'ly 200 to the bathroom. I mean, it was unbelievable. They sold out. Three days. Probably one of the fastest sellouts.

And we actually probably had a couple of thousand more people than should have been in there, really. Because I explained to [the authorities] it'd be safer to have 'em in here than outside, and they let me have another thousand in, and then they stopped it, and so the kids started throwin' beer cans through the Coliseum windows. Cost me a lot of money. Just mad. They were just mad. They wanted to get in. You know.

Like magic. Just unbelievable. They were unbelievable. I mean, they could hit notes that other bands never even thought about. Just on and on. They were something.

I got to meet Peter Grant, their manager. He was a big old guy -- weighed maybe 250, 350 pounds. He was that big. And they always wanted to see the drop. The drops -- the tickets that were left.

I says, "What does he want to see? An empty box?"

He said, "Sidney, he wants to see, he wants you to bring the drop in." Okie-doke.

I took him the empty box. I says, "Mr. Grant, you sold every ticket."

He gave me a little pat on head. He said, "OK, now." [Times-Union, 6-8-2005]

Notes: 

Review: Led Right From the Start

Jacksonville, Florida isn’t the place that you’d really want to visit. The appalling stench from the local paper mill hits you in the face the minute you step off the plane; the fact that there aren’t any cabs at the airport doesn’t help either. The airport is full of pinball machines, pay TV sets, tangible proof of the American culture.

And you know that Led Zeppelin performing here for the first time in three years must mean more to the kids in this town than anything that happened in their local lives all year. Led Zep came into Jacksonville with the amazing force of having broken the Beatles’ attendance record for the largest paid crowd  ever at a single group’s concert in musical history – 56,800 people in Tampa. Led Zep – they still do it. Boy, do they ever.

If I, myself, was getting to a point where Rock ‘n’ Roll was becoming part of my past, as opposed to part of my blood, this concert turned it all around for me. I had heard that on a good night Led Zeppelin is magic, IS Rock ‘n’ Roll. Where have they been all my life? To attempt to rationally explain what they did onstage, how godamn good they were, how it was a total celebration of Rock ‘n’ Roll… well, words don’t come easily.

Thirteen thousand kids at the Jacksonville Coliseum – a sold-out  capacity audience. Those kids, those dear American kids; one tends to forget about them when all you see is New York and L.A., sophisticated sleaze and stoned-out young kids with very old faces, but we do have them… all over America with clean-cut faces, blond, blue-eyed freshly turned-out, wide-eyed beautiful little girls and bearded strong boys. Their arms were outstretched, their hands were waving in the air, girls were sitting on top of boys’ shoulders and shaking their long hair wildly, back and forth.

Robert Plant strutted across the stage. He swaggered, he is THE pop star, at all times totally compelling… more so to me than a Jagger, because it just doesn’t seem contrived for one moment. Plant’s voice was like a gorgeous instrument, he was physically and sensually taking the audience for his own. They wanted him to do it to them and he did.

Jimmy Page would do things on the guitar so spectacular and then just stop… and then start again and leave you breathless, always wanting more. When he played the guitar with the violin bow he moved as if in some marvelous graceful ballet. And all along, Bonham and Jones were relentless, driving, pushing – keeping it all solid.

They played some songs from the new LP and some from the older ones. One song rushed into another for two-and-a-half hours with such urgent, intense brilliance. This has GOT to be what Rock ‘n’ Roll was all about; what it is meant to be. Without gimmicks, without any obvious visual theatrics, the interplay – the dance both musically and physically between Plant and Page was magnificent and of course became more theatrically-compelling than almost any other band who attempt  to do something similar.

They never let up. To be able to sustain the kind of excitement that they did… to be able to build from a song like The Song Remains the Same and go right into the lovely Rain Song without losing the tension, and then keep on… it’s just unheard of here. There were no intermissions, no waiting, no tuning up, no bullshit. Just music. Just gorgeous Rock ‘n’ Roll music at its most desperate. The performance was so incredibly timed that you never were completely aware of just exactly when one number started and another began, and the acoustic numbers and the ballads blended in perfectly with the rockers. You couldn’t help but beg for more.

It was impossible to be a part of that experience and not watch, and listen with a total awe. We don’t have bands like this, you know. YOU don’t have bands like this… but you do have Led Zeppelin. And they know what they have. They know the high they can achieve , and they’re here again – their album is number one in the country and they’re going to go and play everywhere and celebrate Rock ‘n’ Roll. God bless them!
(Lisa Robinson, Disc – May 1973)

-------------------

Led Zeppelin, Jacksonville Coliseum, May 7, 1973.

Promoter Sidney Drashin: "I paid 'em $50,000 on a Monday night and sold out every ticket, including prob'ly 200 to the bathroom. I mean, it was unbelievable. They sold out. Three days. Probably one of the fastest sellouts.

And we actually probably had a couple of thousand more people than should have been in there, really. Because I explained to [the authorities] it'd be safer to have 'em in here than outside, and they let me have another thousand in, and then they stopped it, and so the kids started throwin' beer cans through the Coliseum windows. Cost me a lot of money. Just mad. They were just mad. They wanted to get in. You know.

Like magic. Just unbelievable. They were unbelievable. I mean, they could hit notes that other bands never even thought about. Just on and on. They were something.

I got to meet Peter Grant, their manager. He was a big old guy -- weighed maybe 250, 350 pounds. He was that big. And they always wanted to see the drop. The drops -- the tickets that were left.

I says, "What does he want to see? An empty box?"

He said, "Sidney, he wants to see, he wants you to bring the drop in." Okie-doke.

I took him the empty box. I says, "Mr. Grant, you sold every ticket."

He gave me a little pat on head. He said, "OK, now." [Times-Union, 6-8-2005]

Setlists: 

includes: 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

Pat Murphy's picture

I was at the 5/7/73 show in Jacksonville Florida and I can assure you it was spectacular. LZ had played in Tampa two days earlier and had broken the Beatles attendance record for a single act. LZ were in a celebratory mood by the time they reached Jax and it showed. Although Page stumbled somewhat during the solo on the opening number " Rock n Roll " he didn't let it bother him and the rest of the set he was much better. The synergy between Plant and Page was unheard of in a rock act in 1973. For a 17 year old kid like me raised on Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd LZ blew in town like a hurricane. There was simply nothing like it in rock like them in 1973. Not until Yes came along was there any rock act that could touch the musicanship of Zep. In the years since then I've seen better guitar players but I've never seen a better rock show than the LZ Jax 1973 show. Eddie Van Halen is a better guitarist but his songwriting isn't on par with LZ's. And neither D Roth or Sammy Hagar can hold a candle to Robert Plant. All in all Zep were the pinnacle of rock perfection and no one who ever saw them live in their prime will ever forget it.

ernie's picture

I was 16 it was a great show was in front Could not stay there was getting crushed Was only show had to move off wall

Scott Ingram's picture

I was 15 when I saw Zep in the Coliseum. Don't remember any specifics from the show, just that I was so in awe of seeing Led Zeppelin in person. It was like being in space or in a dream. Still have the ticket stub and still can't believe I only paid $7 to see Led Zeppelin!

JOHN HOOD's picture

REMEMBER PAGE IN A BLACK VEST WITH ROSES AND
MY PRETTY GIRLFRIEND AS I WAS WHERE I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE.

Mark H's picture

I was at this show. One of those special and surreal memories for me. Heady times. I do recall they oversold the Coliseum by about 3000! There was a crush of people on the floor in front of the stage. And there was a stabbing/fight during the show but the band couldn't see it and carried on. This was only like my 2nd or 3rd concert ever. Nothing really came close after this, although the Stones in the Gator Bowl August 2, 1975 was close. I became a Jimmy Page fan for life after this show.

Dave's picture

Led Zeppelin was the second concert I had ever been to, the first being Elton John. I was on the floor near the front barrier. The concert was "Festival seating" which meant no seats on the main floor, about 6 feet back (I got there EARLY!) This was an early birthday gift to myself as my birthday is May 11. The fact that the concert was only $7 dollars didn't mean as much to me then as it does now, with tickets for a band like Led Zeppelin  running around $300.00-$400.00 nowadays, especially as close as I was. I was (facing the stage) enough left of center  that I was pretty much in front of Jimmy Page's mic stand, not like he spent a lot of time in front of it...ha ha. I remember some guy who came out saying that there would be no warm up act..Two hours of nothing but Led Zeppelin! I was blown away. I had read that Jimmy Page had slammed the fingers of his fretting hand in a subway door some days previous but you would never have known it. Page had his hair cut short and curly, I had been expecting him to look like his pictures on the albums.. No matter, he was in rare form and had the crowd eating out of his hands. Robert Plant was the ultimate Rock Frontman, I had a thought that he must have had his vocal chords insured by Lloyd's of London! The rhythm section was rock solid, as it should have been when you have John Bonham and John Paul Jones on drums and bass respectively. John Paul Jones laid a bottom end you felt through your feet. What can you say about John Bonham that hasn't already been said, especially when they launched into Moby Dick. When it came time for him to solo, he started with his sticks but after a few minutes he dropped the sticks and used his hands for the rest of it. They had a small bit of down time while John Paul Jones got set up on his keyboards for some songs off the new album, Houses of the Holy, such as "No Quarter" and "The Rain Song". While he was doing that, Plant walked back and forth eating from a small container of strawberries and throwing some ot to the crowd. All in all, that is a concert that I'll never forget!

 

Walter's picture

Was at the Jacksonville show. Had a substantial buzz on and even though Plant's voice wasn't 100% after breaking the attendance record at Tampa, it was an amazing show.  Our small entourage experienced a tragic traffic accident later that evening, it still can't wipe out the memory of that concert. 

 

Thanks LZ, you set the standard that others are still trying to master.

David K's picture

I was 13 years old selling soft drinks at the Jacksonville Coliseum. My voice started cracking and changed during this concert and I have been a baritone ever since.  I remember the show being oversold and fans sitting on the steps of every aisle.  I had to pass the soft drink up several rows to customers and then wait patiently for the quarter to make its way back to me. Everyone there was cool.  The concert was amazing.  Rock at its best.  I have been a fan ever since.     

Bad Bob's picture

watching LZ on tv tonight took me back to that show

Barely 16, me and my buddy Joey sitting way up high stage right. Each of us had a full bag (the old sandwich kind) of joints.

we'd light one up, take a few hits and pass it to the people around us. We were quite popular! You're welcome folks!

Great show, great times

RIP Joey

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Jax show 1973 by Bad Bob (not verified)
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