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Wembley Empire Pool - November 20, 1971

  • includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Celebration Day, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Hello Mary Lou, Mess of Blues, Honey Bee, Going Down Slow).
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on September 21, 2007 - 4:07pm
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November 20, 1971
London
United Kingdom
uk
Setlist: 

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Celebration Day, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Hello Mary Lou, Mess of Blues, Honey Bee, Going Down Slow).

Note: 

These two shows at London's Wembley Arena are named "Electric Magic" which featured circus performers, and included support acts such as Stone the Crowes. Nearly 10,000 tickets sell out within an hour - a second date is added.

Press review: The atmosphere almost leaps off the stage. Led Zeppelin performed Friday night and 9,000 of them put their hands above their heads and got their Saturday night rocks off.

There's a market set up inside the arena selling t-shirts and incense and a poster for only 30 pence. The weather is bitter outside but the audience is warmed up by opening act Stone the Crowes.  (Melody Maker, 11.27.71)

The band played at the end of a six hour circus-like evening with a 167 minute set... What the true essence of rock and roll is about:. (NME, 11.71)

Notes: 

These two shows at London's Wembley Arena are named "Electric Magic" which featured circus performers, and included support acts such as Stone the Crowes. Nearly 10,000 tickets sell out within an hour - a second date is added.

Press review: The atmosphere almost leaps off the stage. Led Zeppelin performed Friday night and 9,000 of them put their hands above their heads and got their Saturday night rocks off.

There's a market set up inside the arena selling t-shirts and incense and a poster for only 30 pence. The weather is bitter outside but the audience is warmed up by opening act Stone the Crowes.  (Melody Maker, 11.27.71)

The band played at the end of a six hour circus-like evening with a 167 minute set... What the true essence of rock and roll is about:. (NME, 11.71)

Setlists: 

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Celebration Day, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Hello Mary Lou, Mess of Blues, Honey Bee, Going Down Slow).

Comments

Still rockin.....just's picture

I was there and still got the ticket to prove it.

chris's picture

i never see mention of the second show added the next day, and the showbills that were printed by "A Bigger Splash Productions"(they used a different printer?). because the first sold out and there was so much interest, they added the sun show and i have one of the two showbills that hung in the lobby of the Empire Pool venue...same as above but in red and black and white only ,no color.. i am wondering if anybodt has ever seen another? it is 3 1/2 feet by 5' and on thick stock, not a flimsy paper at all.. pleas email for photo if you want, thank you chris

Roger Gilford's picture

It was my 17th birthday and what a present; going to Wembley to see Led Zeppelin. Even after all this time I recall how much I enjoyed it. Interesting to see the ticket price on the website - just 75p!

Paul Copeland-Watts's picture

To my recollection, one of the support acts was Stone the Crows, fronted by Maggie Bell with Les Harvey (Alex's brother) on guitar. There also were between the acts a guy who span plates on poles and someone with some performing? pigs. I always wondered if they left any little deposits on stage.

Moby Dick lasted about 30 minutes and left me gasping in amazement at John's stamina.

Sorry I can't remember much more these days but if anything else comes back you'll be the first to hear of it.

garry's picture

what an unforgetable night (except i forgot what night i went on, the friday or the saturday) ......old age is catching up with me. anyway, i remember it being memorable!!!

IAN SCOTT's picture

Wow, where did that time go?? here I am at 58yrs old and I still remember this gig like it was yesterday, I was just 20 then and recall just how weird the line-up was, some bloke spinning plates on sticks, some performing pigs, then down to the good stuff,

I think a band called "Home" were on followed by "Stone the crows" with Maggie Bell, then Led Zep, what a night! I saw Zep twice more, the last time at Knebworth;

I saw Robert Plant a few times in his solo days too, always great. So here I am 38yrs later and next month I'll be off to see Deborah Bonham here in Bahrain, should be good I think. The Led Zep "family" has been a constant through my life and I still play Zep (too loud?!) often, fantastic band. Ian.

Gerald Graham's picture

I was at the concert with my brother and it was great. Didn't think much of the circus but the Zep were magnificent. They could have played all night. I will never forget that concert. I still have the 75p ticket stub.

Long live the Zeppelin.
From an old Scots Rocker

Durban Laverde's picture

That night was full of magic, I just keept watching, Jimmy the whole of the night, thinking wow, what a great fucking guitar player, and I had a thought to me self, one day I will play with that man, years later I had the honor of doing so, I was the bass player on the Outrider tour 1988,
God Bless you Jim

Argenteum Astrum's picture

Decent sound for an exceptional show! Robert is in great voice and the band just steams through the set. "Are you cold?" asked Plant rather frozen audience. Being a bit disappointed with lack of pig acts, Plant said: "I expected a bit more from the pigs! Did you? I could have brought some goats!" A good acoustic set is followed by a long and great version of Dazed And Confused that has so much spontaneous music in it that it seems like it could go on forever! Great Whole Lotta Love medley to close the concert.

Gavin Becker's picture

What a concert - about the best I ever got to (and that includes The Who here in Brisbane last week). Bronco opened the show, followed by Stone the Crows (Les Harvey lost to us a few weeks later from memory? Electrocuted at Swansea Uni??). Then circus acts (piglets on trampolines etc - no I wasn't on drugs) followed by close to 3 hours of Zep. Had to walk back to South Kensington as Underground trains had stopped by the time we got out, but who cared? What a concert (reprise)!!

Graham davies's picture

I have an original poster from this concert. Just wondering how many more are out there?

 jason clarke's picture

i have an electric magic poster black and white with led leppelin in red...i would like more information about it..i think its original

Dan's picture

Man, this is SOOOOO great!!!
I'm bursting with envy! And wanna wish u good luck!!!

Martyn's picture

Hi
I have an Electric Magic poster too: but it's full colour, not black and white. And I know it's an original because I bought it at the gig.

Kris's picture

I have the same poster would love to have you forward any info, Thanks, Kris

Steve Hardstaff's picture

Hi,

I can throw some light on the 'Electric Magic' poster as I did the original design for Peter Grant. The image was used in two ways; as a black and red double page spread in (I think) Melody Maker and as the full colour 30"x40" (approx) gig poster. In fact this poster is a 3 colour print, red, yellow, blue with the overlaying of these colours creating what appears to be black. This technique gives a much brighter end result than a normal full colour print. These posters were printed in Liverpool and I think that 2000 were produced. Quite a few of these were fly posted, the rest sold. I'm sorry to say that the black and red version of the poster as found on ebay is not original and as such is a forgery. To the best of my knowledge all the other versions of this image, T shirts etc. were/are produced without permission and are therefore 'bootlegs'. The original poster fetches large sums of money at auction but there is a high quality full size repro. available which has been sanctioned by myself in a limited edition signed/authenticated by me. I do not profit from/sell these myself but they are available from beam 265 on ebay

I hope that this clears a few things up.

Steve Hardstaff

william's picture

hello,

you pretty much summed it up there, but i have a question about mine. 20 years ago in 1995 i bought mine from a guy who's uncle gave it to him, and he (the uncle) had had it for 20 years, so there is 40 years of it's existance right there, it is only black and white with the led zeppelin being red, it measures 31.5" x 20.5" and is on a thick almost construction paper thickness stock, it has yellowed with age. so my qustion is, is mine just an (albeit, early) reproduction?..................thanks so much...................william

 

 

Barrie's picture

From a previous post by Chris:

"i never see mention of the second show added the next day, and the showbills that were printed by "A Bigger Splash Productions"(they used a different printer?). because the first sold out and there was so much interest, they added the sun show and i have one of the two showbills that hung in the lobby of the Empire Pool venue...same as above but in red and black and white only ,no color.. i am wondering if anybodt has ever seen another? it is 3 1/2 feet by 5' and on thick stock, not a flimsy paper at all.. pleas email for photo if you want, thank you chris"

Maybe this is your explanation and also the explanation for all the other red, black & white posters?

Tony Kosa's picture

I believe I also have an original poster. What size is yours?

Name's picture

i will never forget seeing LZ at Wembley, still recall Jimmy's amazing guitar Screaming out. Was there with my school buddy Pat Burke......where are you now Pat ?

Barrie's picture

Utterly amazing atmosphere. Stone the Crows were memorable, the pig circus was a bit iffy though and everyone was getting a bit impatient for the main attraction by then.

The set was incredible and the acoustic session sublime. JP's famous violin bow solo was tremendous and I have never seen it done so well as he did it then on any of the surviving videos from other concerts.

I will never forget it.

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