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Municipal Auditorium (LA) - May 14, 1973

  • Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie), Communication Breakdown.
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on September 22, 2007 - 3:40pm
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May 14, 1973
New Orleans
LA
United States
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Setlist: 

Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie), Communication Breakdown.

Note: 

Press Review: Rock Band Led Zeppelin Is Fire of Supergroup

Performance Here Filled with Energy

If Humble Pie comes out "smoking," then Led Zeppelin is the fire. Even on an off-night for superstar guitarist Jimmy Page, the band is still the class of English heavy blues-rock supergroups.

Then in the 10th day of a scheduled 33-stop American tour, Led Zeppelin, featuring Page, vocalist Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and packed Municipal Auditorium Monday night.

The packed house added credence to the rumor that the reason the Stones didn't stop here last summer was because there wasn't any place large enough for them to play. A pity if it's true...

But that's ok, because if Zeppelin can stretch that kind of energy at every gig like they did here, they will outgross the Stones, whose Mobile concert seemed canned, even to a devout Stones lover.

Backed by towers of speakers and special effects, done superbly by Sound Co. of Dallas whose backstage crew numbers 20, Zeppelin did enough of the old stuff to get your attention and just enough of the new stuff to keep you there.

Cranking up promptly enough at 8:15, it was 1968 and "Lonely, Lonely Town”, with Page, and Plant letting you know immediately why the lights were most always at center stage.  Page jerks and shakes all over the stage, brandishing absolutely the lowest-slung guitar  in the west and never missing a lick.

But some of the licks weren't quite as sharp as the ones on my stereo. With Jones on bass and Bonham on all kinds of drums, with or without: sticks, the band is so solid you start listening subjectively. But Page is right there with Alvin Lee and Peter Townsend.

Plant was everything the folks expected. His range is just incredible. When he gets way down there on 'Oh Baby,' you think Janis is reincarnate.

But then be flies up about four octaves, with an occasional screech, and its electric time with Led Zeppelin.

A walk backstage will convince you it's a first-class operation. A huge Moog takes up I about a quarter of the stage, and the only place that isn't speakers, amplifiers or lights, was a narrow path to get on-off  the stage.

It was also an excellent opportunity to see what kind of girls travel with a class band. Class girls.

After four old and one new number, Plant dedicated 'No Quarter' off the recently-released "Houses or the Holy" album to the French Quarter. Seems the band has taken a house somewhere here and are flying to gigs and flying back, a good deal if it's true. It would be nice if New Orleans was the home of one good rock group.

The Sound Co. took over. As "Quarter" cranked up in a lilting, haunting ballad style, rolls of smoke resembling fog drifted off the stage  gagging the policemen directly in its line. They didn't look too impressed with Zeppelin before that.

After "Quarter," another song off "Houses," "The Song Remains The Same" which Plant said refers to people all over the world. They're all the same he says, at least the young ones.

Page would play his guitar with a bowstring once, finally letting us figure out how he and Plant make some of those sounds. Then Bonham got into a drum solo, finishing with just his hands once and sounding like three people.

Someone mentioned during Jones's solo that they thought Plant's voice was weakening. He left the stage while Jones worked, lit a cigarette, drank a coke and then came back to weaken people with "Stairway To Heaven." Maybe because that's a strong favorite or such a good song, but the band sounded better than my stereo then. And the crowd, fittingly, gave them a standing ovation.

Then, again fittingly, it was the swan song, "Whole Lotta Love," and on a great night with a good crowd and band, everybody was bogeying.

They played to one encore, again a new cut, and then left. You couldn't hear for a couple of hours afterwards but you knew you had been entertained. Well.

Their brochure says Zeppelin is the band who replaced the Beatles as the "top pop group in England." Well, if that's true, and you could get some violent argument on it, thanks England for letting us borrow them too, for a while. [-B. Shearman / Times / 5/73]

Notes: 

Press Review: Rock Band Led Zeppelin Is Fire of Supergroup

Performance Here Filled with Energy

If Humble Pie comes out "smoking," then Led Zeppelin is the fire. Even on an off-night for superstar guitarist Jimmy Page, the band is still the class of English heavy blues-rock supergroups.

Then in the 10th day of a scheduled 33-stop American tour, Led Zeppelin, featuring Page, vocalist Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and packed Municipal Auditorium Monday night.

The packed house added credence to the rumor that the reason the Stones didn't stop here last summer was because there wasn't any place large enough for them to play. A pity if it's true...

But that's ok, because if Zeppelin can stretch that kind of energy at every gig like they did here, they will outgross the Stones, whose Mobile concert seemed canned, even to a devout Stones lover.

Backed by towers of speakers and special effects, done superbly by Sound Co. of Dallas whose backstage crew numbers 20, Zeppelin did enough of the old stuff to get your attention and just enough of the new stuff to keep you there.

Cranking up promptly enough at 8:15, it was 1968 and "Lonely, Lonely Town”, with Page, and Plant letting you know immediately why the lights were most always at center stage.  Page jerks and shakes all over the stage, brandishing absolutely the lowest-slung guitar  in the west and never missing a lick.

But some of the licks weren't quite as sharp as the ones on my stereo. With Jones on bass and Bonham on all kinds of drums, with or without: sticks, the band is so solid you start listening subjectively. But Page is right there with Alvin Lee and Peter Townsend.

Plant was everything the folks expected. His range is just incredible. When he gets way down there on 'Oh Baby,' you think Janis is reincarnate.

But then be flies up about four octaves, with an occasional screech, and its electric time with Led Zeppelin.

A walk backstage will convince you it's a first-class operation. A huge Moog takes up I about a quarter of the stage, and the only place that isn't speakers, amplifiers or lights, was a narrow path to get on-off  the stage.

It was also an excellent opportunity to see what kind of girls travel with a class band. Class girls.

After four old and one new number, Plant dedicated 'No Quarter' off the recently-released "Houses or the Holy" album to the French Quarter. Seems the band has taken a house somewhere here and are flying to gigs and flying back, a good deal if it's true. It would be nice if New Orleans was the home of one good rock group.

The Sound Co. took over. As "Quarter" cranked up in a lilting, haunting ballad style, rolls of smoke resembling fog drifted off the stage  gagging the policemen directly in its line. They didn't look too impressed with Zeppelin before that.

After "Quarter," another song off "Houses," "The Song Remains The Same" which Plant said refers to people all over the world. They're all the same he says, at least the young ones.

Page would play his guitar with a bowstring once, finally letting us figure out how he and Plant make some of those sounds. Then Bonham got into a drum solo, finishing with just his hands once and sounding like three people.

Someone mentioned during Jones's solo that they thought Plant's voice was weakening. He left the stage while Jones worked, lit a cigarette, drank a coke and then came back to weaken people with "Stairway To Heaven." Maybe because that's a strong favorite or such a good song, but the band sounded better than my stereo then. And the crowd, fittingly, gave them a standing ovation.

Then, again fittingly, it was the swan song, "Whole Lotta Love," and on a great night with a good crowd and band, everybody was bogeying.

They played to one encore, again a new cut, and then left. You couldn't hear for a couple of hours afterwards but you knew you had been entertained. Well.

Their brochure says Zeppelin is the band who replaced the Beatles as the "top pop group in England." Well, if that's true, and you could get some violent argument on it, thanks England for letting us borrow them too, for a while. [-B. Shearman / Times / 5/73]

 

Setlists: 

Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie), Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Al Moran's picture

One of My favorite all time Led Zeppelin perfomances.I have seen the Band play better I am sure but they were on and I being one of the rowdy Fan's squashed in the middle of the crowd.I was 15 and pretty damn High went with a bunch of my friends from the same age group and My cousin Woody who provided the wheels and a large amount of the party materials.My Girlfriend attended also Her name was Mary.Needless to say Led Zeppelin was her favorite Band too.I cut eight yards to pay for my tickets and a ounce of redbud tickets were $6 redbud $25.Highlights to me were well the whole show would be a highlight reel.I was impressed with one of my favorite songs Rock and Roll as the opening number now this is my first time to see the band since 1969 My Hero took me to see them while we were visiting family in New York.If My Mom had known We would both have been dead the next day.The Band was good in 69 but to Me there was great improvement between then and this show plus my Maturity level had grown some small amount.
Oh by the way this show was on a school night.We had the old sleepover story going on to work on end of the year science projects or some such crap.Back to the Music from Rock and Roll they kicked your ass with Celebration Day the guitar cut through like a knife maybe more of a scalpel such precision .Then one of My all time favorite songs Over the Hills and Far Away. And oh yes the light's are still on but this song has always blown me away such extremes of slow and fast soft and hard light and shade if you will.
when the song ends Robert tries to get everyone to sit down actually tells us to sit on our Asses .How cool I actually liked the light's being on who need's a light show with Led Zeppelin on Stage.
Misty Mountain Hop was alright but not one of My favorite Zep songs.Thanks Robert for the nice comments about the city.
Since I Been Loving you was cool love the Guitar work. No Quarter was freakin Amazing.Robert did not seem to mind playing Stairway at this point in thier career.Moby Dick was great from the opening to the last seconds of Communication Breakdown this show was in my opinion Rock Solid. It is one of my top 5 concerts of all time yes the other four are Led Zeppelin also.Oh the only bad thing to go wrong on this night was my Girl Friend broke a heel on one of Her shoes so I had to carry Her out of the show while trying not to get Trampled and not get left by Cousin Woody.He also got us tickets and took Me to all three nights at the Garden in July during Summer vacation.Spent two months up thier with our family. But thats another story or three

Argenteum Astrum's picture

If the previous show was nirvana, this one is beyond that. An excellent show with rowdy audience that caused the reaction from the side of the authorities. "We've got to get these house lights down. It's pretty pointless us bringing our own lights, if we've got these things going on. Mr Cole, can you take your dress off and get these lights turned down please?" asked Plant in rather humorously mood. His voice is cracking and breaking all over the place, but the band is playing exceptionally well, and from Dazed And Confused on, this show reaches its peak. Dazed has a unique, very dark and thrilling bow solo and Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love and the encore are gutsy and raw and Robert has recovered. John Bonham was introduced as the Drag Queen of New Orleans.

Steve mcalpin's picture

Most awesome day of my life !

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