Chicago Stadium - April 7, 1977

Submitted by srapallo on Sat, 09/22/2007 - 19:23
April 7, 1977
Chicago
IL
United States
us
Setlist

includes: The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, 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.

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77 programme

Click here to view the US '77 Tour Programme (flipbook)

Press Review: Grandkids, it was this way:

Zeppelin is an event, not a concert. A living, throbbing mural of what used to be called 'the counterculture, which stopped being called that when it became a culture. The power and energy of Zeppelin's music draws those who shape and define the culture, for better or worse. They come not so much to listen to the music as to be there when it is played.

The event begins outside the arena with people selling tickets, Jesus ("he died for your sins"), drugs ("uppers for a fin") and T-shirts and harried policemen straining to save people from getting run over by motorists un-wise enough to be driving near the Stadium at the appointed hour. Most people have their concert uniforms on - denim everything, but there are a few with painted faces dressed up like clowns and passing out apocalyptic literature... "There is still time ", one clown said, approaching a young man. "No there isn't". Concert starts in five minutes, he replied.

They are younger than I expected, suggesting that Zeppelin (and me too!) is universal to the last decade. At first i feel a little insulted that a 17-year-old still on Strydex could share my intensity for "Stairway", but then I thought it might be a compliment, who knows?'

Inside the arena, there are 20,000 in various moods, some standing and clapping, others sitting and staring. The music sounds like my high school stereo, but it is loud and raw enough to stoke excitement and familiar enough to unlock memories of special moments.

Aside from the drum solo, there are a few other special moments, provided by Zeppelin's special effects department. A translucent Jimmy Page standing inside a pyramid constructed of brilliant green lights straining and strumming to find the way out; Robert Plant, his hair a glowing gold, a crown of lights streaming from behind his head, beginning his climb up "Stairway".

The crowd booed at the end because Zeppelin would only do one encore. Me? I listened to my only Led Zeppelin tape on the way home". [G. Mustain / Times]

Setlists

includes: The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, 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.

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