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Liverpool Stadium - November 29, 1971

  • includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, What Is and What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (medley), It'll Be Me.
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on September 21, 2007 - 4:20pm
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November 29, 1971
Liverpool
United Kingdom
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Setlist: 

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, What Is and What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (medley), It'll Be Me.

Setlists: 

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, What Is and What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (medley), It'll Be Me.

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Gareth Jones's picture

Because the tickets were unreserved, turned up really early (with my girlfriend) to be first in queue - to get good seats.
There were already 5 or 6 people there, by about 10am a few more had turned up and GUESS WHAT - the roadies opened the doors to let us in!!!!!!!!
It was freezing cold and inside they had gas heaters - we were asked to help with blowing up these massive weather balloons, which went at top / back of stage. I asked a roadie what they were for - "just a bit of nonsense" apparently (U2 eat your hearts out).

The stage was built on the seats at the other side of the wrestling ring, the ring had been removed - so in front of stage was empty - bare concrete / no seats. This remains the only concert were this happened at the Stadium - seen loads of bands and every one of them had their stage on the wrestling ring.

At lunch time the roadies gave us passes to get back in - we all went out, over the road to the Cross Keys pub for something to eat and a few beers.

Everyone then sold their tickets to people outside who did not have any - I never because, in those days, you handed your ticket in and it was gone. I kept my ticket - in fact I still have it to this day.
Back inside we stood around the heaters to keep warm and me and some others helped to put some chairs at the back of the stage (so the band could sit down during the accoustic set).

We were told that the show would start at 7.30pm and the band would be arriving early to do a sound check, but they never showed - no sound check so we didn't get to meet them - never mind.
As well as the ticket, my only other memento was a poster (on sale in the foyer but we got them for free) - still got that as well.

We went out again at about 5pm to get something to eat and drink from the pub and back inside for 6
Doors opened soon after and the Stadium quickly filled up - we had front row seats but not at front of stage because of the space in front where the ring used to be - this quickly filled up.

The lights finally went down at 20 past 8 but stage lights still on - about 20 hells angels / rockers appeared on stage and sat on edge of stage, all around. They were the security and they then jumped down onto floor - standing all around stage.

At about 8.30pm (1 hour late) the stage lights went off - seconds later the place exploded - stage lights on and Zeppelin banging out Immigrant Song - very loud.
Page had long curly hair and a beard, wearing a red shirt and red loons, Plant was wearing tight denim jeans and a girls blouse and Jonesy was wearing a brown smock and brown tights (he looked like an extra from Robin Hood).

Couldn't see Bonzo but you could hear him - The first 2 songs were a medley and then Plant spoke to us all "GOOD EVENING - WHAT'S HAPPENING" the crowd were going beserk.
We were all standing but we all the sat down (it WAS the early 70's)
except for the people who were stood on the bare concrete between us and the stage. We were all shouting "sit down" - Page and Plant smiled at each other and promptly sat down, cross-legged on the stage.
They got up and Plant TOLD the standing people to sit down, which they did.

I do remember one couple standing up and waltzing together during Stairway, despite people throwing things at them.
Another thing I remember was the strangeness of the atmosphere during Dazed and Confused, Jimmy using his bow - fantastic.
Also what a great talker Plant was (still is) - he really communicates with his audience.

The songs I remember are on the set list but they definately played Rock and Roll, just before Whole Lotta Love at the end.
AND they did NOT play Tangerine - they played that one on their next tour (saw them twice on that one - Manchester Hardrock and Liverpool Empire).

I remember so much but cannot remember the encores - it was mad.
I loved the Runes / Symbols on the stage - Bonzos on the bass drum, Jimmys on his amp, Plants were on the PA speakers either side of the stage, Jones was on a white sheet on the side of his organ.

I have another story about how I first got the tickets - but not got room here - I also had the opportunity to see them earlier in the year at the University - Montford Hall - but couldn't get tickets.
Fabulous memories - I was hooked on these guys for life.
At least I got to be a roadie for Led Zeppelin (for one day anyway).

BRIAN's picture

I was also at this concert and it was a fantastic night.
Zeppellin where really brilliant,whole band were musically excellent.
Accoustic session was the best I have heard. Knew it was a once in a life time and unfortunately it was, so far.
I thought Stone the Crows, with Maggie Bell were supporting them, can any one p-xhelp?
Anyway privileged to have seen them live. Stay with me for ever.
Wish I could have made the O2. night. Dreams..........

Mike Darley's picture

One Pound each for the tickets. Show started with Immigrant Song. Also played Tangerine, Dazed & Confused, Rock and Roll, etc. I remember Robert Plant remarking on the sound quality of the Stadium, and saying that they "won't be playing here again". Admittedly, there was an annoying buzz coming over the PA system. My ears were ringing for hours afterwards. Good show ... what do you think? Superb!!!

Steve's picture

I was there - just 16. Was and remains the best show i ever saw.

Tom Lyons's picture

I never post but that night was special. I was 16 and got my ticket on night of gig cos someone crashed his motorbike - his bad luck was my good fortune. Mad dash to stadium but Zep started late. Opened with Immigrant Song - stunning and whole show was awesome!!! Never been to better since. I was sucked from back of stadium at the start to front of stage to touch Jimmy's hand by the end. Oh to turn the clock back and live that night again!!! RIP Bonzo.

cath's picture

I camped outside the Stadium all night in the queue to get tickets and came away clutching them tightly lol ............ the web is convenient but doesn't beat that thrill !!!. It was freezing cold and people sang and swapped butties.
The gig was amazing, after all that anticipation, their appearance on stage was electrifying.A very small intimate venue, I can recall almost every note they played and was aware even then that I was very lucky to be there.

Peter Seddon's picture

This was the first concert I ever went to. I was 15 and my friend's older brother had a spare ticket and asked if i wanted to go. I'd heard Led Zeppelin of course, but at the time they were just another band that I liked. There was no support act, so I can remember the excitement as the lights went down and then the assault on the senses as the opening to 'The immigrant song' thundered out of the speakers. I was entranced from then on and still count it as the greatest concert I've ever seen. The acoustic section - Jimmy page with his bowed guitar during 'Dazed and confused' - 'Stairway to heaven' and the rock'n'roll medley in 'Whole lotta love'. I was lucky enough to see the 14th January 1973 show at The Empire which was great too, but I suppose nothing compares to your first time. Here I am 36 years later and Zeppelin are together again. Unfortunately, my friend's brother doesn't seem to have any spare tickets this time! Anyone else?

Gareth Jones's picture

This tour was to promote the fourth album and kicked off with a big show in London - can't remember where.
Zeppelin has already decided to tour without support acts (certainly on the previous tour - the "Back to the Clubs" tour - they were unsupported).

On the opening show they had loads of support acts - not just Stone the Crows - and circus acts / stilt-walkers / fire eaters etc.
The show was billed as ELECTRIC MAGIC FEATURING LED ZEPPELIN , and ticket price was 75 pence.
The poster for this show was the same poster that went on sale at all the subsequent shows.

For the rest of the tour Zep played unsupported and ticket price was £1.

Not sure why the full show featuring other acts did not tour but my guess is that it would have cost too much - plus the venues would have probably been too small (apart from the london show) for a large bill.

Paul's picture

Plant also had a cold so his voice was off also ...but the stadium had terrible slapback acoustics ...Thought the show was great but orchestrated ...Sha na na had no probs with sound ha ha

Joe Hoare Liverpool's picture

It was my first concert, what I remember most is that when the band started loads of people ran towards the stage blocking the view of the band. Everyone started shouting for them to sit down. Then amazingly the Led Zeppelin sat down on the stage until they all returned to their seats, a great moment.

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