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The Omni - April 23, 1977

  • The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Trampled Underfoot.
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April 23, 1977
United States

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Trampled Underfoot.

77 programme

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My vocabulary is much too limited to describe how great Saturday’s Led Zeppelin concern was. Jimmy Page was incredible, as he changed guitars almost as often as he changed songs. Even looking through the most powerful binoculars, Page’s hand was nothing but a blur. Page was unquestionably the driving force in the Omni on April 23.

Robert Plant’s highly touted voice exceeded every expectation that I had dreamed of. I had heard stories to the effect that Plant had the misfortune of losing his microphone in one concert. He simply sang without one, loud enough to be heard throughout the arena. The story seemed a little half-baked before Saturday night. There is no doubt in my mind now that the story was completely baked.

Jimmy Page is simply the master of sound. His hand seemed to become rubber as it slid up and down the neck of his several guitars. During their accoustic set, Page played what appeared to be a lute. This was a prelude of what was about to take place. Page was then out on stage, Les Paul in hand. The audience went wild as Page evoked sounds from that guitar that were beyond the imagination. This set the stage for some of his antics. The first was to bring out his bow and play his guitar as if it were a cello. Next, Page drew loud squeaks from the sound system that were apparently sounding at the command of his hands.

John Paul Jones and John Bonham, the other two members of the group, were nothing less than superb. Both John’s are grossly underrated. Saturday night they demonstrated that they too deserve to be on the same stage as Jimmy Page.

Bonham played the drum solo in Moby Dick to the hilt. Here he employed one of his old tricks, playing the drums with the palms of his hands. This was in addition to the incredible foot rhythm that he maintained throughout the concert. Jones was highlighted during one of Zeppelin’s best concert numbers, No Quarter.

Special effects have never really added anything to a concert as far as I’m concerned. That is, until I saw the shaw Zeppelin had planned. Four lasars formed a box around Page. As he picked up in tempo, the lights began to revolve around him, picking up speed until they seemed to form a barrier. The show was expertly mapped out. The group’s every move seemed relaxed, yet perfectly timed.

Many have labeled Zeppelin a “Heavy Metal’’ band. I would have to take exception with that label. “Heavy Metal’’ conjures visions of Black Sabbath or Kiss. I have yet to see a “Heavy Metal” band drop into an accoustic set, or play a 15-minute jazz inspired piano solo. Zeppelin is a finely honed group of rock musicians that are peerless at the present time.

After all has been said, the trouble I went through to get tickets seems so insignificant when compared with the reward of seeing Led Zeppelin in concert. I do not anticipate ever spending a more enjoyable evening at a concert.  [April 1977 / by John McCosh , OpenDoor]


Press Review (2): Led Zeppelin satisfied a two year old commitment to Atlanta with a long awaited performance in the Omni last month. Robert Plant, now fully recovered from an auto accident in Rhodes, Greece, was in peak physical condition. The band had been plagued with illnesses that came close to canceling the Atlanta date a second time. Plant contracted tonsillitis as the tour was set to start and the Texas dates were canceled.

The group began rehearsals for their three and a half hour concerts last November, spending as much as ten hours a day in preparation.

The Atlanta audience, having been well plied with the film The Song Remains the Same, greeted Led Zeppelin with a tremendous ovation and lit the hall with matches, even though they arrived thirty minutes late.

Even with their great wealth of material, Led Zeppelin chose to retain those timeless epics from their nine year history. Drawing evenly from their last two albums, the most impressive quality of the performance was that the group could indulge in a free form jam during their longer cuts without destroying their chemistry.

Battle of Evermore (note: author is referring to No Quarter) was one such featured production which included a laser show synchronized with the music. The audience sat patiently through their longer pieces, not seeming to be too interested with the amazing versatility that John Paul Jones has on the piano. Achilles and Kashmir received thunderous ovations but the band laid back for an acoustic set before cutting loose again.

When Led Zeppelin comes to mind, most people do not readily think of the several acoustic numbers that the group has written. Therefore, the group was provided with a chance to sit in a small semi-circle and work out a few of the softer melodies.

The crowd became anxious when the evening drew to a close with still no Stairway to Heaven. Lo and behold, their patience was rewarded at the closing of the performance.

It was an exceptional evening for Robert Plant who strutted about, shirt open to the waist, voice resonating through the hall in perfect harmony with the band. Jimmy Page was absolutely on fire. He was solid, powerful and penetrating and conducted a one man symphony when violin bow was applied to guitar string.

Without exception, every Led Zeppelin concert has sold out in record breaking time. When most groups hardly expect to see their tenth birthday, the Zep has every indication that assures a long life yet to come. Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m 64? [by Murray M. Silver Jr / Creative Loafing, May 1977]. courtesy Mike Tremaglio collection.



The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Trampled Underfoot.


Barry Froug Dreyer's picture

Had been a Zep fan for years and had seen plenty of other shows, but nothing like this. Sure... I was high (along with everyone else) but with what those four guys on stage were doing, I thought I was tripping. The laser show spinning around Page during Whole Lotta Love was awesome. The sound was excellent and now (over 30 years later) I still remember it as one of the best shows ever.

Pink Floyd did play 3 days later (I heard that it was Incredible also) but I could only afford one of the two (WOW, at only 10.00 a ticket) I think that made the right choice.
The Omni Rocked.
Barry Froug Dreyer
Woodward Academy '77
Ft. Lauderdale, FL ' 08

litmus's picture

i was 13 at the time...already a seasoned concertgoer. but when the announcement hit that the mighty zeppelin was coming to town, i made plans to get the best tickets i could. when tickets went on sale, i was with my friend steven, whose dad worked for rich's department stores. back then, the SEATS outlets were in rich's stores, so we were able to get in line early. i still have the was section 120-something...not too far up from the floor.

i'll never forget the feeling i had when zeppelin finally hit the stage. true rock and roll euphoria. i felt as if i was witnessing the second coming (and not being religious then or now, that's saying something).

my memory of this show is that the band was on fire...plant yelled "over the top" before the drum solo, which confounded me greatly, since i thought the only solo was "moby dick." and page's sequence with the bow and lasers blew this young boy's mind.

i have a very large collection of zeppelin boots, but it seems the only recording of this show is a very distant-sounding capture - probably from somewhere in the upper reaches of the omni. still, being able to revisit this show in any way, shape or form is like being able to return to the sermon on the mount.

truly one of the most defining rock and roll moments of my life.

James's picture

Four of my friends and myself were lucky enough to get tickets. I heard Alex Cooley the promoter, saved the floor tickets for friends, etc. This was a great show, especially when your are 16 and seeing your favorite band live for the first time. Page coming out with the white dragon suit, sailor cap, cigarette and Les Paul down to his knees made quite an expression on a young guitarist wanna be. I remember Page's laser show as one of the highlights. Another was the acoustic set. The crowd was so loud and so was the music. I have seen most everybody and this show remains my favorite. Pink Floyd played three days later at this same venue and were booed for not being loud enough.

Love the new website and I hope they do a reunion tour of the US.

Gary's picture

This Led Zeppelin concert at the Omni in Atlanta, GA, April 1977, is one of the best I ever saw. I loved Bron-Y-Aur Stomp on acoustic and Moby Dick and Rock and Roll were my two favorites of all Zep tunes. I must add with this concert, The Allman Brothers Band with Duane Allman at the Atlanta International Pop Festival on Friday afternoon, July 3, 1970, and AC-DC at the Omni in Atlanta, GA on January 21, 1982 as a close 2nd to Led Zeppelin and The ABB with Duane.

stan ray's picture

I,ve been to well over 200 concerts and still to this day I can say that this one was by far the best one ever! The sound , the lights and lasers still mystify me! LED ZEPPELIN is simply the best rock and roll band to ever grace this earth! HOPEFULLY Jimmy will come back to Atlanta and show those who havent seen him exactly whats up when it comes to it. Often imitated NEVER duplicated

Ken D.'s picture

My wife Cindy and I had only been dating a few months when we went to see Led Zeppelin at the Omni in Atlanta. To this day she tells me that was the night that she fell in love with me. (Whole Lotta Love)
We've been married now for 28 years and I never stopped loving her or Led Zeppelin. In fact we loved the show that night so much we drove to Birmingham, Alabama the next month to see them again. What a great band...what great memories.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A very good early 1977 show. Sick Again is really heavy and rocks hard, and Since I've Been Loving You contains some tortured guitar soloing from Jimmy. No Quarter contains some truly great improvisations and some interesting keyboard variations by Jonesy. Achilles Last Stand brings the house down as always and Trampled Underfoot is an excellent version to cap the event.

Billy's picture

my 2nd concert.......... and boy was it a great one! i remember the first note we heard after the Omni went dark, it was from the song remains the same. it was the loudest i had ever heard a guitar string picked and to be so clear. i also remember looking through the clouds from row Q of section 106........... we may have been partly responsible for some of that. anyways........... from what i remember, a wonderful show from one of the greatest bands in history. i still have the ticket, tour program & black t-shirt from the concert. thank you to my older brother for taking me to Atlanta that nite.

Cindy Castleberry's picture

One of the best concerts of my life. Robert Plant! Need I say more?

Allison D's picture

I was a senior in high school, and tickets were beyond impossible to get for this...on the day of the show, a friend got two tickets, I couldn't believe I was going....funny thing is, I don't remember it being all that. Incredibly smokey, "Going to California" lasted for days. i was more into ELP and Yes, but these guys were the gods, no doubt. My husband grew up in LA, and saw them about 6 times. He can recall just about every detail of those concerts. We always enjoy watching the old shows on classic VH1. Awesome website by the way.

Robin's picture

My best friend is gone now, but we were there. It was one of the biggest highlights in my life and hers!

TooLourBob's picture

This was my first concert ever. It was not a great performance, but nevertheless it was a great show. I had a chance run in with Robert before the show at their hotel, I was too stunned to say hello. I was 15 years old at the time. They were my inspiration for taking up the guitar. I haven't put it down since. Thanks for the music and the muse.

Kevin C.'s picture

This was my 2nd Zep show (1st was 1975 in New York) and I won the tickets from Knoxville radio station, WKGN. At 17, I was a pretty popular guy in high school the next day. :-) Anyway, my good buddy Dave and I had a blast with the bottle of Seagrams 7 we snuck in. Awesome laser show and powerful sound. Certainly one evening I'll never forget!

Robert B's picture

I was at the April 23 show in Atlanta, and it still is etched into my mind for a number of reasons - Page strolling out to absolutely raucous crowd - Double-neck Gibson, white suit, white scarf, sunglasses, cigarette - who else could pull that off? Launched into Song Remains The Same. It actually did rain heavily that night, and some drops fell onto the stage, prompting Robert Plant to say: "If it rains when we play here, it must snow when Jethro Tull plays here." No love lost between the two groups. But the Zep show, as seen from the 19th row, was one for the books.

Mike C's picture

I was 16 and this was the first concert I ever went to. What a way to start.
I remember It rained that night in Atlanta and people wanted to run inside to the concert when the guards let their guard down. Lots of marijuana smoke. The laser show was fantastic. Would love to see that again too.

Newt's picture

My 18th birthday. Still my favorite band all these years later.  A beautiful date and a classic Volkswagon van. What a night. 

Ken's picture

Had to choose between this show and Pink Floyd three days later. 

Still in my top two favorite shows.

Russ's picture

At a time when most featured acts didn't start until an hour or more after the "start time" on the ticket, Zeppelin came out at 8:20, apologized for being late, and then rocked for nearly 3 hours.  Just an incredible show, made better by my front row seats, thanks to my buddy Ted Contos that worked at Ticketron at Rich's.  (BTW, the ONLY time I scored front row)

Steve's picture

In college, students had the privilege of free admission at the Omni if we volunteered to usher...always in the upper level.  When my favorite band of all time came to Atlanta, it sold out before we could buy tickets.  So ushering was our only way inside.  I did this about a dozen times over 3 years, and the Zeppelin concert is a highlight of my life, along with children's births and marriage.  In 1977, they were at the height of their powers, and we all remarked later how the set list was exactly what we would have chosen, and excluded the few things we didn't want to hear.

This was also the rowdiest concert I ever had to work.  At one point, I had to stop a dude from climbing over the balcony to drop 20 feet to the lower level.  He would not have made it intact.

What is NOT generally known is how close they came to stopping the show after the first 30 minutes.  There was a huge thunderstorm that night, and rain was leaking onto stage left.  When management learned about it, they tried to stop the show.  Jimmy Page REFUSED to quit.  A roadie was dispatched with a mop & bucket, and after a brief delay, the show went on.  Apparently, Robert Plant can be heard on a bootleg commenting on the "rain" on the stage.  

The acoustic part of the show was beautifully stripped-down, just 4 guys sitting on stools up front, no light tricks.  The rest of the show was standard A-list 70's rock performance, with expensive lasers and cool light tricks.  Jimmy had great fun with the Theramin.  His ability to produce great live versions of studio songs-without their extensive backing and harmony tracks-is just extraordinary.  John Paul Jones may have been the "quiet" one, but the man clearly loves to perform and shines on stage.

4 virtuosos.  Live.  Highlight of my life.

Greg Carder's picture

Was in the 17th row.. Greatest concert ever!!

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