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Gaumont Theatre - January 21, 1973

  • includes: Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley).
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on September 22, 2007 - 2:21pm
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Average: 4.4 (16 votes)
January 21, 1973
Southampton
United Kingdom
uk
Setlist: 

includes: Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley).

Setlists: 

includes: Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley).

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ken mattingly 's picture

what a great night had a good time queing all night in the car park to buy the tickets

Geoff Townshend's picture

Looking down the barrel of nearly 35 years ago it's funny the things that stick in your memory.
The first is that at one point during this show I actually became aware that the balcony I was on was moving up and down with the combination of volume and audience participation ! and I remember thinking 'oh well If I go we all go and in any case its been a great concert !'
The second thing (and its always been a source of frustration since) is that Bonzo in between numbers at one point ACTUALLY PLAYED THE INTRO TO WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS !
Wonderful sound except thats all it was - the intro to one of my all-time favourites.
Never mind I'll settle for that I'm grateful for having been there - only wish that I had kept some memorabilia but at the time you think its not important and there will always be another opportunity.In all honesty '73 wasn't my favourite Zep period (don't get me started on Houses Of The Holy/The Song Remains The Same) but nevertheless in my opinion (and I was there after all) it was a great concert albeit not a classic.

John Cotton's picture

It was like buses, you wait for one and a couple come along! I had the "honour" of attending concerts two nights running in Southampton, the Gaumont and the University. The concerts were fantastic, as you would have expected, and memories come flooding back. How was it all possible? I came from "over the water" the Isle of Wight. To get the tickets I had to go over to Southampton and queue overnight around the outside of the then Gaumont (now the Mayflower) to get my "prize". Then, in contrast, got tickets for the University via my freind on my local college students union. The concerts meant two day/nights "away" for me, at the age of 17. The first night sleeping out in the open on the old city walls and nearly getting frost bite in the cold. The second night was inside a building under construction. How I got to the University, I don't know! It was all well worth it to see such "brilliance". Memories of sitting cross-legged on the floor of Southampton University Refectory, so close to the Band, it seemed so intimate. Did I dream it all? No, I was there! Please lads, let's have a reunion tour, a "SWANSONG"! (The Isle of Wight festival would be perfect)---- John Cotton, Isle of Wight.

Nick's picture

I was also in the balcony, front row at that. I remember the whole place moving & the house lights jumping up & down. The ushers were trying to get us to sit down. I realy thought the balcony may collapse.

   It was a great night for me as it was my 20th. birthday. I still remember Jimmy Page doing a solo on a twin kneck, I could not believe he was solo, I was peering though the gloom, the rest of the band were drinking & smoking.

If my memory serves Robert had a stinking cold, but still managed a fantastic set..

   First & only time I managed to see the band live, 41 years later I still remember it with very fond memories.

John Barker's picture

I was at this show. It was 3 days before my 16th birthday. I bunker school to get tickets. In those days you never heard Sep on daytime radio so I had no idea how popular they were so I thought I'd rock up to the box office half hour before it opened, get my tickets and back in school in time for double maths.

When I got there the queue was all round the building and God knows how many had spent the night "sleeping" in the queue to make sure they had good seats. The ticket cost £1! (around 80 cents for our US brithers and sisters!)

The show changed my life! I'd been tinkering with guitar but after this night it became an obsession, I've so many great memories if gigs and friendships formed not to mention I've now been married to one of our backing singers for 37 years all Zeppelins fault.

I too recall Bonzo striking up When the Levee Breaks and Jimmy starting the riff but Robert put a stop to it, maybe no harmonica handy. I recall Dazed and confused being monumental. I think Robert had some throat problems and Jimmy perhaps pulled out all the stops to compensate and you could sense how he and Bonzo fed off the audience in the second half of the show.

I was such a fan of the band and I struggled to believe I was there to be honest. I saw them again on the last night at Earls Court. I slept outside that time and got 3rd row tickets! A grizzled 18 year old by then I remember them being stunning but there was something about the venue size that didn't suit led zeppelin and the way they used to interact with the audience and feed off the energy of the audience. The further away they got the more that interaction diminished. Seeing them in the relatively tiny gaumont was an unforgettable experience.

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