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Onondaga War Memorial - September 10, 1971

  • includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Celebration Day, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Hello Mary Lou), Thank You.
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on September 21, 2007 - 2:48pm
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September 10, 1971
Syracuse
NY
United States
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Setlist: 

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Celebration Day, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Hello Mary Lou), Thank You.

Note: 

After the show, John Bonham & John Paul Jones reportedly hitch a ride with Ron Gersbacher (WOLF radio) to the Lost Horizon nightclub, “called the Yellow Balloon in those days.”

Newspaper review: "Britain Rock Music Kings Heralded"

For the second week running the hard rock sound of Britain has been royally welcomed at the Syracuse War Memorial. Led Zeppelin, a four-man group from England, played before a packed house Friday night, and once again the audience was dancing in the aisles.

Led Zeppelin, who are making their eighth visit to this country, offered a three-hour show which proved why they are the kings of acid-hard rock. The group's sound is sort of haunting, eerie and very deep. With a variety of instruments, from the Chinese gong 10 electric vibes, the combo grooved through many of their own great hits and an assortment of others. They opened their performance with some of their older music, much of which is improvised.Then, from their album to be released next month, they offered "Black Velvet" (sic) and "Stairway to Heaven".

They continued with more of their hits and varied this with some of their hits and varied this with some older songs including "Battle of New Orleans" and "Hello Marylou". They followed this with "That's the Way It Ought to Be" "Going to California" and "Celebration Day".

Their drummer, "Moby Dick", beat out a strenuous solo, and the group ended their performance with a medley of their many best sellers and a good deal of improvisation.

Through all of their music, this strange, eerie sound is prevalent. They are accomplished musicians and give an entertaining performance. They make heavy use of the weird vibrations that a guitar and an organ can make with he aid of electricity.

Although the hard rock sound may be dying out, Led Zeppelin came to Syracuse Friday night, and their performance before an entranced mass of young people, proved that they will be with us for some time to come. Their music is haunting and different, and they were a big hit with those in attendance. - Andrew Reschke (Sept. 1971, Syracuse Journal)

Notes: 

After the show, John Bonham & John Paul Jones reportedly hitch a ride with Ron Gersbacher (WOLF radio) to the Lost Horizon nightclub, “called the Yellow Balloon in those days.”

Newspaper review: "Britain Rock Music Kings Heralded"

For the second week running the hard rock sound of Britain has been royally welcomed at the Syracuse War Memorial. Led Zeppelin, a four-man group from England, played before a packed house Friday night, and once again the audience was dancing in the aisles.

Led Zeppelin, who are making their eighth visit to this country, offered a three-hour show which proved why they are the kings of acid-hard rock. The group's sound is sort of haunting, eerie and very deep. With a variety of instruments, from the Chinese gong 10 electric vibes, the combo grooved through many of their own great hits and an assortment of others. They opened their performance with some of their older music, much of which is improvised.Then, from their album to be released next month, they offered "Black Velvet" (sic) and "Stairway to Heaven".

They continued with more of their hits and varied this with some of their hits and varied this with some older songs including "Battle of New Orleans" and "Hello Marylou". They followed this with "That's the Way It Ought to Be" "Going to California" and "Celebration Day".

Their drummer, "Moby Dick", beat out a strenuous solo, and the group ended their performance with a medley of their many best sellers and a good deal of improvisation.

Through all of their music, this strange, eerie sound is prevalent. They are accomplished musicians and give an entertaining performance. They make heavy use of the weird vibrations that a guitar and an organ can make with he aid of electricity.

Although the hard rock sound may be dying out, Led Zeppelin came to Syracuse Friday night, and their performance before an entranced mass of young people, proved that they will be with us for some time to come. Their music is haunting and different, and they were a big hit with those in attendance. - Andrew Reschke (Sept. 1971, Syracuse Journal)

Setlists: 

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Celebration Day, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Hello Mary Lou), Thank You.

Comments

David Landers's picture

hot night,hichhike to syr.for zep concert, hotter, inside music even hotter,go outside,they open stageside doors and we watch finale,guard dogs cops, hitchhike home 4:00 am frogs in the road,grounded...o the good old days of my youth! some memories will never fade.

Bob Nappa's picture

Bob Nappa there with his best girlfriend ever, Chris W....Best concert ever

Syracuse, NY 1971

Mark Boccaccio's picture

It was September 2nd, 1971. I only wanted 1 thing for my 15th birthday: 4 tickets to see Led Zeppelin at the Syracuse War Memorial.
II made a wish and it came true (thanks Mom!) and 8 days later me and my 3 best friends were walking across the Syracuse War Memorial floor to take our seats, about 35 yards from the stage. . This was my first concert. Halfway across the floor of this 8000 seat concrete hockey arena, a soundcheck roadie hit Bonham's kick foot and I must have jumped a foot in the air.
It was the loudest single thing I had ever heard in my life. Regaining my composure, I took my seat next to my best friend Paul Gifford, and we all just took in the spectacle. There would be no opening act to diffuse the anticipation. Only one of us had ever been to a concert before. But certainly not a Led Zeppelin concert. How the hell did Zeppelin find their way to this nowhere town? And how was I seeing them for only 6 bucks?
As the lights dimmed, the crowd hushed with an incredible energy, and the smell of cheap weed instantly surrounded us. And suddenly, it started. For the next 3 hours I was transported into a world as different from own as it gets. Good thing I had snuck in my humongous Sony cassette recorder under my Army jacket, if only to verify the magic I witnessed that night. My first concert. Led Zeppelin. Led freakin Zeppelin! My world changed forever that night.

Ralph Willis's picture

As I recall this show and I could be wrong (I was only 10 years old at the time and went with my older brother and sister) they did not play "Heartbreaker" and I thought they ended with "Thank You". "Heartbreaker" was my favorite song at the time and I remember being disappointed that they didn't play it.

This was my very first concert and we had great seats just to the right of the stage. (The War Memorial is not big so any seat was great.) I also recall that I was totally unprepared for how loud the concert would be!

Phill Tomeny's picture

The second time I saw them in Syracuse. I distinctly remember them NOT
doing Stairway to Heaven. The "new" album hadn't been released yet and I only remember
them doing Black Dog. I remember being blown away by Stairway a month or so
later and bemoaning the fact that they didn't do it.....I could be wrong, of
course, but I distinctly remember them doing "Hello Mary Lou" with Plant
screaming, "It's Ricky Nelson Week!"

Tom's picture

Do you remember, they played metal for about an hour and a half and took a break. About 15 minutes later Page, Plant and JPJ came out, sat down with JPJ on the left, Plant in the middle and Page on the right. They played the acoustic songs on LZ III. Then they took another break and came out for another hour and a half and did LZ IV including "When the Levee Breaks", and "Stairway to Heaven". Do you remember? The show lasted 4 hours I believe.

Mark Boccaccio's picture

"Stairway to Heaven" WAS performed at the friday night concert in Syracuse in September of 1971. I snuck in a cassette deck and taped the show. Plant even announced it as "a little something coming up on our next album." it was mindblowing to hear it that night, before 40 years of AOR and classic rock stations trampled it into a mobius strip self consuming parody.
"Dazed and confused" was a standout, too. Hell, the whole damn show bordered on mystical. But i was only 15 and it was my first concert ever, so my POV might be a bit skewed.

Dan's picture

I was in my graduation year and a friend talked me into going to the concert. I remember seeing three chairs at the front left side of the stage, it was black except for one lone white light shining down. three men two with guitars and the third robert plant sitting on the right side started singing stairway to heaven three months before the album was released. I did not go to alot of concerts at that time in my life. As he was singing suddenly lights came on a long row of yellow overhead and then I lost track of things except for robert plant running across the stage with his long blonde hair trailing.

Name HAL CASEY's picture

Hah that was my 1st concert too, I was 13 at the time.That was my favorite band of all time at that time. I too remember the smell of pot but at the time I didn't know cheap from exotic lol
I lived in North Syracuse and am in Canada now btw

Name DD's picture

"When The Levee Breaks" played that night ? Really ???

Wasn't it only played a few times at the beginning of '75 Tour ?

Mark Boccaccio's picture

I know it was well over 3 hours. My dad was pissed off having to drive around the War Memorial for an hour to take us gaggle of ear-ringing 15 year olds back to Chittenango.
Led Zeppelin. For 6 bucks. A tremendous value!

JR's picture

Hey man, have you transferred the recording to digital?

Linda's picture

Yes to the "Thank You" song.  I never see it mentioned in the setlist.  It was my favorite Led Zeppelin song, and I was afraid they wouldn't play it.  I was so happy when they came out for the encore and performed that song.  I'm glad you remember it, too.  I was beginning to not trust my memory.

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Recording by JR (not verified)
Yes to the "Thank You" song.  by Linda (not verified)
Zepplin Syracuse, NY 1971 by Bob Nappa (not verified)
Led Zeppelin by Name HAL CASEY (not verified)
I know it was well over 3 by Mark Boccaccio (not verified)
Stairway to heaven was performed by Mark Boccaccio (not verified)
Popping my concert cherry with Zeppelin! by Mark Boccaccio (not verified)
syracuse concert Led Zeppelin by Dan (not verified)
"When The Levee Breaks" by Name DD (not verified)
Led Zeppelin by Tom (not verified)
Led Zeppelin - Syracuse 1971 set list by Ralph Willis (not verified)
Syracuse '71 Concert by Phill Tomeny (not verified)
hot night,hichhike to by David Landers (not verified)