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Memorial Auditorium (Dallas) - May 18, 1973

  • includes: 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 (medley).
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on September 22, 2007 - 3:42pm
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May 18, 1973
Dallas
TX
United States
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Setlist: 

includes: 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 (medley).

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Newspaper report:

Zeppelin Record -- Led Zeppelin, well on their way to the most successful rock tour in history, showed once again that they are the most popular group since the Beatles. In Dallas May 18, Led Zeppelin drew 10,000 fans to Memorial Hall and then came back the very next night with a standing-room-only concert in Ft. Worth that drew 13,500. With back-to-back dates in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, Led Zeppelin has set yet another record by selling out both arenas on successive nights. (May 1973)

Notes: 

Press Review: Individualism Seems Invading Zeppelin

"If you've got it, flaunt it" ran the theme of a major airline's ad campaign a while back. Those who could, did, and presumably continue to.

The English rock group Led Zeppelin had it and flaunted it, but whether they still have it to flaunt is another question. To be sure, a lot of the old, tight, visceral, electric-hot Zeppelin came through in the group's concert last Friday in Dallas Memorial Auditorium.

And the mega-decibel barrage of wailing sound that has become Zeppelin's trademark couldn't be mistaken.

Lead singer, Robert Plant, bass guitarist John Paul Jones, incomparable lead guitarist Jimmy Page and drummer John Bonham all gave the 12,000-or-so audience members a highly representative dose of patented Zeppelin contemporary blues.

But the group, each tending to take his turn in the spotlight as the show rolled on, seemed to leave the audience with just the impression that Zeppelin has become a showcase for individual stars.

Hip-swinging Plant and electric guitar magician Page were the concert's focal points, except for one extended drum solo by Bonham. Under a continually changing rainbow of spotlights, the drummer pounded out a sensational set which included turns on kettle drum and gong. The audience loved it.

In fact, the audience loved each member of Zeppelin, but the group as a whole had problems rousing its listeners to their feet the entire evening.

Perhaps best received of Zeppelin's pieces Friday night was a carefully arranged presentation of the smooth and melodic Stairway to Heaven, featuring Plant at center stage under a halo of blue light. Similarly smooth and even was the Rain Song, from the group's newest album.

The fiery and sensual Zeppelin of yesterday was rekindled at show's end with Whole Lotta Love, the group's pre-eminently  popular hit of a couple of years ago.  Almost as much electricity shot through the audience at the familiar song as pulsed through the monstrous banks of speakers on stage.

As it turned out, though, that song closed the program but for a very brief encore.

One left the show pleased at having seen one of rock's premier attractions but vaguely uneasy that Zeppelin's four artists are overshadowing their group identity and that rock music may have lost something in the process. [Dallas  News | May 1973]


Newspaper report: Zeppelin Record -- Led Zeppelin, well on their way to the most successful rock tour in history, showed once again that they are the most popular group since the Beatles. In Dallas May 18, Led Zeppelin drew 10,000 fans to Memorial Hall and then came back the very next night with a standing-room-only concert in Ft. Worth that drew 13,500. With back-to-back dates in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, Led Zeppelin has set yet another record by selling out both arenas on successive nights. (May 1973)

Setlists: 

includes: 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.

Comments

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This is all that exists from this show. A mixed performance rushed and tense for the most part as Jones is playing with fractured ribs! "John Paul Jones has got two fractured ribs and he's still managing to stand. I think that's fantastic! That's not really fun at all ... we thought he'd got the clap." The first three numbers are very rushed and sloppy and also Celebration Day is plugged with problems with monitors but Since I've Been Loving You is outstanding and Dazed And Confused is rather loose but very exciting and energetic.

GARY DUNNING's picture

I was there...still my favorite band!

The Rover's picture

I attended this Dallas show on May 18th, 1973 with my girlfriend. I was a graduating HS Senior. She was a Junior. I had seen Led Zeppelin twice before, in '70 and '71. She had never seen the band. This was back in the day before Rainbow Ticketmaster came on the scene, and so, I was able to get great seats by simply mail requesting 2 seats for "the upcoming Led Zeppelin show", two years before, in 1971 (THOSE --- WERE THE DAYS !!!).

What I got in the mail were 2 seats, 3rd row back, inside isle of the section to the right of the center section (stage left). We get to the arena about 15 minutes before the show started. ( I didn't know you were supposed to get to the arena an hour or so before the event to 'people watch' ----- My mind, heart, and soul was fixated only on the group to take the stage!!)

As the concert began, a girl with long hair walked up to the stage and handed to Robert a box of long stem roses, which he accepted from her. I don;t remember the barricades in front of the stage then, that were de rigueur by 1975.

Frankly, it was just an average Led Zeppelin show, which means it was great by Rock'n'Roll standards. Robert mentioned something about JPJ's ribs being bruised.

The encore was "Communication Breakdown". For that number, I walked my girlfriend and myself up to the edge of the stage, to pay tribute to the World's Greatest Rock'n'Roll band. Amazingly, there were no others standing up near the stage, expect for one loony guy dancing around to our left.

Zeppelin more than made up for it in 1975, as all band members were healthy for the March shows

BTY, my girlfriend wore a top, that in the way it was cut, was amazingly similar to the top Robert wore 2 years later, in '75. :)

Susan Stephens's picture

i was there great concert

Mark's picture

I went to the Dallas first night then to Ft. Worth show the next night. Great shows as much as I can remember.

David J's picture

Picking up a Bonham drumstick thrown into the audience at the end of this show is my fondest Zeppelin memory and the most precious piece of rock memorabilia I own! My ticket stub from the concert has been taped to the stick since the show, but it only shows the month and date, not the year. Because of this great website, the stick now proudly has "1973" written on it. I remember graduating college that year, but was dazed and confused over the exact year I was treated by John Bonham to one of his sticks. Being a drummer myself, I have always cherished seeing Zepplin live in Dallas, as well as Fort Worth, over their years. Needless to say, I also cherish having one of the sticks that helped make rock music like no other band ever has and ever will.

theo's picture

1973 drumstick , david does it have any makers mark on it or his name ? what kind of stick is it ? thanks

D. Michnoff's picture

It's been many years since this question was asked. Here's info:

Ludwig brand, Dino Danelli (Rascals) model

Theo's picture

Hey thanks for the response.....I'm an avid stick collector and have a few of johns stix......promucos from 75, 77, and a set from 70' they are also LUDWIG scripted 2As and a set from 73' also with DANELLI inscribed .....love your band the catdaddies....keep ROCKIN ...!!,oh and just some collecting tips , DONT WRITE ON THAT STICK YOU HAVE ANYMORE ... I know you won't ever sell it , but it DEFINATELY devaluates it if you alter it like that .....kinda killed me to see that 1973 on it.......ok thanks again for getting that stick and sharing with all us collectors.....T.

Al Walls's picture

Super concert. Back then it was called the Dallas Convention Center. Led Zeppelin still rocks.

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