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Locarno Ballroom - November 12, 1971

  • Setlists during this tour included: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, That's the Way, Going to California, Tangerine, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Celebration Day, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Hello Mary Lou), Communication Breakdown.
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on September 21, 2007 - 3:50pm
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November 12, 1971
Sunderland
United Kingdom
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Setlist: 

Setlists during this tour included: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, That's the Way, Going to California, Tangerine, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Celebration Day, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Hello Mary Lou), Communication Breakdown.

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(Venue also known as "Mecca").

Notes: 

(Venue also known as "Mecca").

Setlists: 

Setlists during this tour included: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, That's the Way, Going to California, Tangerine, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Celebration Day, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Hello Mary Lou), Communication Breakdown.

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Jack's picture

I was there, as a starry eyed 15 year old. awesome night. Thanks to Pete Docherty for making it happen. Cheers, Pete. :)

nigel mainprize's picture

Was at the Poly 1971-74 and def saw Zep at Locarno-not sure it was as early as 1971 tho'. Sat on the floor at the front right infront of the speakers :)

Larry Holmes's picture

3rd time I'd seen Led Zeppelin live ,and they just got better and better.I remember they played songs from all 4 albums . Immigrant Song was phenomenal ,Roberts' voice was the best I'd ever heard it,and Jimmy was just incredible.Bonzos' Moby Dick was absolutely perfect ,and J.P.J ,well what else could you say ,but sheer perfection.

Alan 's picture

This scheduled show was in fact held at the advertised venue-Locarno Ballroom, Sunderland. It was not moved to the Mecca in Newcastle as is sometimes reported. I was living in Newcastle at the time and made the short trip to Sunderland by car to see the show. This was the last time the band played in Sunderland and in fact they made their final UK tour the following winter in 1972.

steve brewis's picture

I HAVE STILL GOT THE TICKET GREAT SHOW

gwendoline bates's picture

I attended this gig and was fortunate enough with 6 friends to get John Bonham's autograph written on the back of our ticket receipts. What an excellent gig it was. The receipt is dated and timed when it was given out.

CHRIS STOKES's picture

I WAS ONLY 16 AT THE TIME WHEN MY COUSIN BRIAN,WHO LIVES IN SUNDERLAND,CALLED ME UP AND TOLD ME LED ZEPPELIN WERE COMING TO THE TOWN.
AS THE YEARS HAVE GONE BY AND MY MEMORY HAS BEEN CLOUDED BY MANY HUNDREDS OF BANDS AND MANY THOUSANDS OF PINTS, I CAN ONLY RECOLLECT THAT I WALKED AWAY FROM THE SHOW FEELING SOMEWHAT ECSTATIC AND DAZED.
ZEPP,I THINK WERE PROBABLY THE FIRST BAND I SAW APART FROM THE LOCAL BANDS IN MY TOWN.
I DO REMEMBER WALKING OUT,THINKING THEY HAD FINISHED WHEN I HEARD THE UNMISTAKABLE STRAINS OF COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN.
IT WAS ONLY MONTHS LATER I SAW 'FREE' AT SUNDERLAND.WHAT A FANTASTIC YEAR!

chris connolly's picture

yeah definitly Sunderland locarno ,was there with my new wife married 2 weeks berfore, an excellent show, highlight was Hello Mary Lou & Communication Breakdown as encore

Phil Dudgeon's picture

I remember the concert like yesterday. The concert was not moved to another venue, & as always a brilliant show. I seem to remember Page using an acoustic guitar for the Stairway To Heaven intro & then changing to an electric guitar later on during the song. A quite small venue but superb atmosphere the stage was so close to the fans and it was quite easy to lean your elbows on the stage. I still have my original Locarno entry ticket.

Colin Barratt's picture

I visited the site this evening and saw the note that there were some reports that this show was moved to Newcastle. Not true. I was at the gig in Sunderland that night. I remember the rumour that the gig was going to be moved and many thought that there was no way that Zeppelin would come to Sunderland... however they did and the concert was magnificent.

Karen Dawson's picture

It definitely took place at Sunderland. I'm looking at my ticket now. They opened with Black Dog and Rock And Roll, I think. The album (Zep IV) wasn't yet released and no internet in those days, so no-one had heard these songs before. They sat on stools for the acoustic part of the set, playing the songs from the B side of Zep III.

I was a bit dazed (and confused) by it all, never having been to a live concert before. Couldn't believe I was seeing the gods I had worshipped in Jackie magazine and on my dansette for the last couple of years.

My and my mate wrote our phone numbers in the dirt on their van - then spent the next couple of days worrying ourselves to death in case they phoned!

How would you explain that to your mam at the age of 16, in 1971, in suburban Sunderland?

So - they shook me all night long allright. Well - for 90 minutes or so.

Just been to see Robert and Alison in Paris. Very wonderful in a different way. Just fantastic to hear that (the?) great rock voice singing those tender harmonies. The band were terrific too. Worth every penny of the flight/hotel/ticket.

:-))

RON ALBROW's picture

THE HAMMER OF THE GODS DEFINITELY FELL ON THE MECCA THAT NIGHT. THEY CAME ON A BIT LATE, BUT BLASTED STRAIGHT INTO IMMIGRANT SONG. I WAS 17 AND IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I'D SEEN A LIVE BAND. WHAT A SOUND!
I DRIVE PAST THE MECCA EVERY WEEK AND OFTEN WONDER HOW THEY PACKED US ALL IN.

Elizabeth Allen-Fisher's picture

My first ever concert with friends Neil,Keith Chris etc. First time I ever met a gay guy!! I sat on his feet! Loved R P and the lead singer of the backing group - who were they? Still got the ticket.

steve  brewis's picture

straight to the mecca from wearside college absolutely brilliant

hjohn thompson's picture

i remember there was amassive queue all the way down and past the Wheatsheaf pub, having finally got into the Locarno we all sat on the floor for what seemed an age.The band came on late stating the van had broke down on the way up. Fantastic show i was slightly disappointed it wasnt more bluesy and wasnt to keen on all the acoustic stuff. looking back at it now almost 42 yrs ago i'd love yo hear that set list again.a great coup by Geoff Docherty gettin them to play for us at only 75 p. he was the best promoter this region has ever had

Fred Lydon's picture

I, together with my girlfirend (now wife) attended this gig and unlike all the other gigs at the Locarno Sunderland, promoted by Geoff Docherty, this was the only one I had my camera taken off me by security as I entered the building, as did a lot of other people.
So I doubt very much if there are any photos of the gig as the promoters then started to cotton on to "Merchandising".

Ian Tindale's picture

Yup, they were at sunderland and not Newcastle. The locanno had Palm trees all over the dance floor at the time. Everyone was seated on the floor prior to the start of the set. The trees all got tipped over as everyone surged forward when the set started, dont think they ever recoverred from it.

Ian t

Jeff's picture

The Mecca Ballroom was in Sunderland and had a regular Friday night rock club from the early 1970s onwards. A cousin told me that he'd seen Zeppelin play there but I can't confirm this.

Name Laz's picture

Definitley had a show at Sunderland Mecca, and what a show. I was lucky enough to be at Newcastle the night before also, and got to say the atmosphere at Sunderland was a cut above. But then again the Mecca always was a great venue, so compact for such shows.

John Lincoln's picture

I can confirm that the venue was the Locarno, Sunderland - I was there and still have my ticket (for some reason it wasn't torn in half as was usual at this venue). The set list also included Communication Breakdown as a final encore.

LarryHolmes's picture

I don't think Zeppelin played the Mecca Sunderland ,cos if they had I'd have been there . The only time I believe they played Sunderland was the Locarno Ballroom in 1971

Gordon Hamilton's picture

I was there!! It WAS at the Locarno Sunderland, commonly known as the Mecca. They played Newcastle City Hall on the Thursday 11th as well.

I was 16 at the time and I was working as an apprentice draughtsman. My dad went into town to get my ticket from Bergs music shop, I could only afford one at the princely sum of 75p lol. However, when I got home that day I was playing with the ticket in my bedroom and rubbing it, and it came apart, there were two!! That meant I could take my girlfriend as well!

However, LZ did cost me my relationship. When they came on stage the whole crowd (over capacity by 500+ people) surged forward, I lost my grip on my girlfriend and never saw her again that night. I called her the next day and she was furious and broke up with me lol.

LZ... girlfriend... LZ... girlfriend... yeah, no brainer... LZ all the way lol.

It was superb performance as well. They kicked off with The Immigrant Song and it just got better from then on.

I also remember someone's voice coming over the speakers before they came on stage saying, "Will the house electrician please come to the back of the stage as there isn't enough power for the amps." The whole place erupted.

I'm 57 now and it is still the best concert I've ever been to <3 LZ.

Allan Rowlands's picture

I would just like to confirm that Led Zeppelin did indeed play at the Sunderland Locarno Ballroom on November 12 1971 and certainly not at the Mecca in Newcastle. This concert was the first of 3 that I was lucky enough to see Zep. The others being at Newcastle the following year 1972.

dyan's picture

 

 

Sunderland Locarno Ballroom on November 12 1971..........The Locarno was the offical name but locally it was always knows as 'The Mecca'       and I was there on the 12th Nov to see Led Zeppelin and believe it or not I still have the ticket.

Geoff. Morton's picture

Hiya Phil, didnt know you were at the concert, I got the very last ticket from Savilles (no relation to u no who!) in Keppel St. but sadly don't have it now, remember folk climbing up the palm trees for a better view, one of the best ever concerts I've been to, 75p !!!.

Name Ronnie from Sunderland's picture

Yes they played the Sunderland Mecca I was there. They played stuff from all the first 4 albums Zeppelin 4 had just come out. It really was a fantastic gig they were everything we were hoping they'd be.

steve brewis's picture

i still remember it as though it was yesterday cracking night,magical still got ticket stuck on me zeppelin III album inner sleeve

Malcolm's picture

I was at this show with my best friend from school and his older brother. It was a month before my 14th birthday. Can't tell you how exciting it all was. I can still remember much of it vividly, especially the acoustic section when they played That's the way, Going to California and Tangerine. I remember Robert Plant joking to the other members of the band something about it being a "busman's holiday". No idea what the joke was, but it's one of those things that has stuck in my memory. We got there very early, nabbed a place on the floor very close to the stage, the place was crowded to the point that we were sitting on each other. Happy boyhood memories.

steve brewis's picture

i was standing at the bottom of the ramp, looking back the queue was right back down as far as i could see to roker avenue. Got in , upstairs got me poster and sat on the floor. When zeppelin came on the stage everyone surged forward ,and i was pushed right to the front against the scaffold that was part of the stage and i am pleased to say was stuck there throughout the best gig that i ever attended . Absolutely brilliant .I will never forget that night as long as i live .I am 59 years old now.

steve brewis's picture

43 years on , still remember the gig as though it was yesterday. i think people who never experienced a zeppelin gig never ever knew what they were missing. I,ve still got all my albums, singles and other memorabilia and i will treasure them till the day i die.

Brian Snowdon's picture

I can remember it so well.  I was 15 and my girlfriend, Anne (who is still my wife) was 14. After the initial few numbers most of the audience sat cross legged on the floor for the acoustic section and we were in the first row of those standing and we had an incredible view.  I can also recall during Whole Lotta Love being swept along with the ‘ocean’ and ending up by the speakers during the encore.

I can also remember going to Bergs record shop on the Saturday and buying Led Zeppelin IV as we got 50p off if we showed them the ticket, which I still have.

We saw them at Earls Court in 1975 but this concert was by far the superior.

 

Happy days!

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