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War Memorial Auditorium - September 11, 1971

  • Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Organ solo / Thank You.
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on September 21, 2007 - 2:52pm
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September 11, 1971
Rochester
NY
United States
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Setlist: 

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Organ solo / Thank You.

Note: 

Press Review: If there were a word to describe the music of Led Zeppelin, I’d use it. However, one does not presently come to mind, so I can’t be quite so economical.

The Led Zeppelin (alias Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones) played at the Rochester War Memorial last Saturday night to what could be termed a breathing room only crowd and were phenomenal.

The driving, opening progression of "Immigrant Song” set the tenor of the evening. Careening crazily with sound off sound, the British foursome literally exploded onto stage and launched a two and one half hour tirade of their own b ran d of music. The concert was so long that it becomes impossible to repeat each and every song that they performed, so I’ll just outline the highlights.

Jimmy Page, being the guitarist that he is, shall never cease to amaze me. Worth note in his efforts Were "Living Lovin’ Maid’ (NOTE: Author is referring to Heartbreaker) from the second album, and "Black Dog” in which he took off on an incredible: riff with a violin bow. Odd tactics indeed.

Led Zeppelin is not generally known for an acoustic sound, but much of their third album is acoustic, and " Lemon Tree” (NOTE: Author is referring to Thats The Way) coupled with "Celebration Day” were perhaps the best numbers of the evening.

Not to be forgotten is John Bonham, whose percussion solo in "Moby Dick” was superlative. The only failing in the performance came about this time when the group remembered the effects that they wanted to create, and forgot the music.

Redemption, redemption, redemption, the finale was amazing.

Starting with "Whole Lotta Love,” they moved deftly into a jam that included all the 50’s favorites, mostly notably their version of Rick Nelson’s "Mary Lou.” Laying it on even heavier, "Dazed and Confused” and the end of a concert After a good round of applause, they returned and gave John Paul Jones a shot at the spotlight laying down the keyboard line for "Your Time Is Gonna Gone.” (NOTE: Author is referring to Thank You)

Robert Plant was the driving force of the night, by his own admission quite stoned, but thoroughly exciting by any criterion. Definitely a concert worth the price of admission.

The concert was promoted by an organization called East Coast Concerts, who run concerts in this area of the country now and then. [by Mark Sammelmayer | 9-24-71]

Notes: 

Press Review: If there were a word to describe the music of Led Zeppelin, I’d use it. However, one does not presently come to mind, so I can’t be quite so economical.

The Led Zeppelin (alias Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones) played at the Rochester War Memorial last Saturday night to what could be termed a breathing room only crowd and were phenomenal.

The driving, opening progression of "Immigrant Song” set the tenor of the evening. Careening crazily with sound off sound, the British foursome literally exploded onto stage and launched a two and one half hour tirade of their own b ran d of music. The concert was so long that it becomes impossible to repeat each and every song that they performed, so I’ll just outline the highlights.

Jimmy Page, being the guitarist that he is, shall never cease to amaze me. Worth note in his efforts Were "Living Lovin’ Maid’ (NOTE: Author is referring to Heartbreaker) from the second album, and "Black Dog” in which he took off on an incredible: riff with a violin bow. Odd tactics indeed.

Led Zeppelin is not generally known for an acoustic sound, but much of their third album is acoustic, and " Lemon Tree” (NOTE: Author is referring to Thats The Way) coupled with "Celebration Day” were perhaps the best numbers of the evening.

Not to be forgotten is John Bonham, whose percussion solo in "Moby Dick” was superlative. The only failing in the performance came about this time when the group remembered the effects that they wanted to create, and forgot the music.

Redemption, redemption, redemption, the finale was amazing.

Starting with "Whole Lotta Love,” they moved deftly into a jam that included all the 50’s favorites, mostly notably their version of Rick Nelson’s "Mary Lou.” Laying it on even heavier, "Dazed and Confused” and the end of a concert After a good round of applause, they returned and gave John Paul Jones a shot at the spotlight laying down the keyboard line for "Your Time Is Gonna Gone.” (NOTE: Author is referring to Thank You)

Robert Plant was the driving force of the night, by his own admission quite stoned, but thoroughly exciting by any criterion. Definitely a concert worth the price of admission.

The concert was promoted by an organization called East Coast Concerts, who run concerts in this area of the country now and then. [by Mark Sammelmayer | 9-24-71]

Setlists: 

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Organ solo / Thank You.

Comments

Argenteum Astrum's picture

Quite a mixed performance. In one place the band rocks really but on another they seems to be tired or bored with the atmosphere a bit I think. Some really good playing duirng Dazed And Confused and the medley. Robert aked the audience to be back in one point and it's obvious he was scared after Boston and New York riots.

Susan's picture

I will swear on my life that they played "Gallows Pole"@ this concert and it was incredible...

jim's picture

sent away for tickets about 2 month's early...got 4th row center and as i recall they cost six bucks each....i remember swallowing something in the parking lot and left rochester for the next 4 hours....the greatest rock concert i've ever been to....by far!!!! evey other concert i saw palled by comparison...i remember robert tossing his head back and his long hair seemed to flow forever...jimmy broke a string on a song and the roadie strung it kneeling in front of him as jimmy just kept playing his solo...during the solo jimmy worked tuning that string into the solo and never missed a beat.......i realized that the"big b" drove that band to places no other band could ever go!!! amazing but then robert told us that this next song is from a forthcoming lp.......imagine being in the 4th row...in an altered state and hearing stairway for the first time ever!!! it still gives me chills to think about it!!! by the time Zep played the encore Thank You....everyone in the aud was weeping and filed out in a daze.....as me and my 5 buddies drove back to Buffalo we knew we had just witnessed something unbelievable.......although time has taken it's toll on some and i've lost track of others....when i do see them we always talk of this night and what we had the priviledge to witness!!!!! all we can say is......Thank You

bill denottia's picture

Yup. A great show. nearly 39 years ago. I was 19.
Me, Buck, Rick, Stamp, Bummy, Big Al and Karslee, etc. etc.
What a show!

John's picture

I attended this concert, and I will never forget it. The acid was delicious, and the company screamed hippie!! I remember I took a pair of my Fathers expensive binoculars (without his permission), and left them at the War memorial. Dad never missed them!!

Name's picture

Hi, I Realize that you DID witness history that night, I wish I could have been there. I have never seen LZ, but saw Page and Plant in 1998. Thank you for the description - it sounds just like I would have imagined! I have collected over 80 LZ shows from all over the world. I listen to them and almost get there(in concert) by getting very altered myself, but have never seen them live. May your friends and yourself keep that night alive forever!

michael sirianni's picture

i was also in the 4th row that unforgettable night, a mere lad of
14 at the time.the lights went out and the crowd rushed the stage and there we were pushed up against the hockey boards [minus the glass] about 2 feet from the stage.robert plant and jimmy page were sweating on us as they looked over us .we could almost touch them.what a show.

Tim's picture

Everything that Jim said and more. Dazed and Confused was awesome with Robert and Jimmy doing the call and response and Jimmy got the best of Robert and I could see the laughter and smiles on their face when it happened. Also the acoustic set was amazing. All though the night we witnessed smiles on all their faces. Bozo was incredible in his drum solo and I can rememder him hitting his head on the drums on purpose.I do remember when Jimmy broke his string and it was amazing how he continued on. Their roadies were so professional withg with fixing the string and changing to the acoustic set and then back to electric. I believe I was with Jim in the 4th row center as I too was from Buffalo. I also say thank you for witnessing the most incredible performance in my life and I also was crying at the end drenched in sweat. Thank you at the end was fitting and to the point as both the band and the audience were thanking each other.

laurie shea's picture

We lived Rock and Roll like our parent's lived the Rat Pack. Will any new band come close to what we had and still have. Im so grateful for have living through the best Rock and Roll years ever. I was 12 the first time I saw Led Zeppelin.  I still have the $6.00 ticket stub.

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1971 concert goer by laurie shea (not verified)
the best indeed by michael sirianni (not verified)
rochester show sept 11 1971 by bill denottia (not verified)
Right On!!! by Name (not verified)
songs by Susan (not verified)
I WAS THERE!!! by John (not verified)
the best of all! by jim (not verified)