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A.S.U. Activities Center Arena - July 20, 1977

  • The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Trampled Underfoot, Black Mountainside ~ Kashmir, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven.
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on September 22, 2007 - 9:22pm
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Average: 3.4 (73 votes)
July 20, 1977
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The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Trampled Underfoot, Black Mountainside ~ Kashmir, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven.


The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Trampled Underfoot, Black Mountainside ~ Kashmir, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven.


Richard Martin's picture

My biggest recollection of this show was how difficult it was to even attend the show. In 1977 I was still in High School in Tucson Arizona. As a kid of 15 when we heard Led Zeppelin was going to be playing in Tempe we were all excited and we decided we'd figure out how to travel the 100 plus miles from Tucson to the show after we had the tickets.I remember the tickets went on sale on a Saturday and were available through a ticket outlet that was located in the local department store. It may have been Macy's but I'm not sure. The ticket outlet had a primitive computer link with the sales office in Phoenix and in theory you ordered the tickets in Tucson and they were printed via the computer link and you got your tickets and went home. I remember the limit was 4 tickets per person and I intended to get all 4. The ticket price was $8.50 which was high for the time. Most shows were going for 5 or 6 dollars. I stood in line and waited and waited and put up with a few obnoxious buyers who were trying to cut in line. After all that I got up to the window and purchased my 4 tickets. Luckily I had them in hand when the computer link went down. No more tickets for the Tucson fans. I think the show was originally scheduled in March but was postponed. There was a long period of time when we weren't even sure the show was going to happen. Much to my relief the show was finally re scheduled for July and the original tickets would be honored. Now how does a 15 year old kid with 4 friends who cant drive get to the show. Luckily for me I talked my grandparents who were visiting from California to drive us all the 100 miles to the show and wait in Phoenix for us and drive us home after. I cant believe they agreed to it. I remember getting there and going in the arena and our seats were far from good. We were high up and off to the side but still excited to even be there. We ended up sitting in the aisle on the stairs to get a better view and security didn't even care. They'd never put up with that now. I remember one guy a couple of rows ahead of us was so wasted he had to be escorted out and as far as I know missed the show.I couldn't believe after all I had been through to get there someone would throw away their chance to see Led Zeppelin live. I remember the performance pretty much like all the other posts of this show. I remember Jimmy Page getting blown back by the surprise flash at the beginning of Achilles last stand and I remember no quarter as being particularly moody and interesting.Was this their best show of course not. Most fans agree that the band could be on or off and this was not their finest moment. They didn't even do an encore. But despite that I'm grateful to have had the chance to witness one of the best bands of all time live. Robert Plants son died a few weeks later and the rest of the tour was canceled. This was one of the last shows they ever performed in North America.

Joe Rubalcaba's picture

Flawed or not this concert was a stellar moment for me. I had gotten tickets by staying up all night in a strip mall parking lot (sleeping a few minutes here or there on the sidewalk). The show was to be in March, and was indefinitely postponed. At the time I gave up my aspiration of seeing Led Zeppelin. In July there was a suprise announcement on the radio that the Tempe date was going to happen, and those with original tickets would be honored. I don't know how many open public tickets were sold, but wouldn't imagine there were too many as the show was originally sold out (of course). My description of the show is highly subjective (it was the '70's no doubt), but here's what I think I remember... The crowd was extremely wound up for the band. When they were walking on stage I thought I saw Jimmy Page nearly fall down (he tripped and recovered, then they strapped his guitar on him). It gave me the impression he was wasted out of his mind, and I was convinced he wouldn't survive the show. He was still a force of nature though, and cranked out some great rock even if the show was "uneven". I'm sure it was far below his potential but I was still riveted by the performance. There was a point when they had a triangle of laser lights suspended from high up in the auditorium. When Jimmy hit the guitar (with the bow) the triangle would rotate one click. Very intense... I also distinctly remember the flashpots being accidentally ignited simultaneously across the front of the stage. There was the smell of smoke and singed hair wafting over the crowd. Robert Plant started yelling and stopped the show. Personally I wasn't close enough to see (through the flames), I thought I saw Robert's hair get singed? Although the show ended abruptly, I still enjoyed every song, there was an intensity of performance, and sense that I might never see them again. I didn't care if they were hitting on all barrels or operating at their peak. It was raw, and there was a sort of magic and carnage in the air. Even the naysayers that loved Led Zeppelin should acknowledge this rare and last chance opportunity to see the band together this close to the end. Since they only played 2 more nights in Oakland (as the absolute last US dates), just being there alone was great luck and a privilege...

Ed's picture

This show was originally scheduled for Sunday March 6 but was postponed to Wednesday July 20 due to Robert Plants laryngitis.The show was scheduled to start at 8:00PM but the band didn't even leave Marriotts Camelback Inn Hotel until after 8. The show finally began a little before 9:00PM to the thunderous opening of The Song Remains the Same. Jimmy Page was dressed in the black dragon pants that he wore at Earls Court in 1975, with a simple black tee-shirt and white scarf.The beginning of the show seemed decent enough except Jimmy wasn't moving around much. He seemed rather content standing almost perfectly still throughout the performance just in front of John Bonhams drum riser. During the guitar solo in Over the Hills and Far Away, Jimmy miscalulated where he needed to be in order to switch his guitars floor effect, with Robert actually doing it for him. After the accoustc set things began to change from a promising performance to one that bordered on the bizzare....
After turning in a lost and wandering guitar solo during Trampled Underfoot, Jimmy straped on the DanElectro and played just a few bars of Black Mountain Side,completely ignoring White Summer, before going into Kashmir......but without the rest of band who joined in one by one.
After the opening bars of Achilles Last Stand, a protechnics miscue went off, an extremely LOUD explosion with blinding white light. You could see Jimmy going over to the side of the stage raising a closed fist presumably to a roadie. The explosion caught Jimmy off guard and actually knocked him back a foot or two. After the song Robert announced that the explosion was not meant to happen and that the person responsable would shortly be casterated.
After Achilles the band performed Stairway To Heaven, John Bonham seemed in a hurry to get the show over with and was off his drum stool and gone before Robert finished the last lyric of the song, thus you did not have the customary cymbal flurry at the end.
And then that was it.... the band were done for the night...NO ENCORE!!!!
I have the DVD of the Seattle show three nights earlier on July 17 and despite what you may have heard about that show being lacklustre it was better than what I saw.
Nevertheless I am still fortunate that I got to see the band live.
Tempe would be the second to last US city that the band would ever perform in.
I sat a mere 75 feet away from the stage, excellent seats.
I just wished the band had been more into their performance

Ed Ortiz

Jim Cooper's picture

I was 17 years old when I flew out from Pennsylvania to visit my older brother who was attending ASU at the time. My brother and his friend were lukewarm about Led Zeppelin, being progressive rock aficionados, but honored my wishes to see this harder rocking band anyway. I remember that the band was having issues with the sound and switched to an extended acoustic set as a result, which was awesome, of course.

Name's picture

hiya, i was fortunate to see this one. i remember well page pulling out the bow for his solo. jpj played a long intro for no quarter while the others were off stage and whole lotta love was medley at the end. a solid 3 hour performance...

BB's picture

Having graduated from high school in Tucson, a friend and I drove the roughly 110 miles to ASU to camp out for two days to buy good tickets. We camped out on the grounds near the ticket office, which were being sold out of ASU's Gammage Auditorium, along with several others. Luckily, one of the fans who'd arrived earlier had the foresight to start a handwritten list of the chronological order of arrival of fans to maintain the integrity of the line. I believe we were 62nd on the list and wound up with tickets in the 8th row on the floor, perhaps 50 feet from the front of the stage. Other recollections of the show on this comment board are accurate and I have a vivid recollection of Jimmy Page being out of it with regard to his stage presence and playing as well as the flashpot incident at the beginning of "Achilles Last Stand." He was leaning down over his guitar playing the opening notes when the flashpot set off a huge white smoke explosion in his face which staggered him. I also remember Plant looking over at Page throughout the show with an expression of concern, particularly after the flashpot explosion.
Page seemed extremely intoxicated which was evident in his playing on the opener, "The Song Remains the Same." I remember thinking that the sound mix was horribly off before realizing that Page was not playing cleanly. I thought Page came around on "Kashmir" and remember that song sounding pretty good. I also thought the flashpot explosion both sobered him and angered him to the point where he recovered somewhat and played "Achillies" rather well.
Plant and Jones were both on top of their game and I don't remember Bonham being unusually bad or good. After the concert, a friend had a violin bow that he said one of the roadies had thrown up into the obstructed-view seats located behind the stage. I bought the bow from him for something like $20 and own it to this day. I can relate to the poster on this board who wrote that the electricity in the air was palpable in the moments leading up to the show and as the band walked onstage in complete darkness while camera flash bulbs popped. In retrospect, the experience was both awesome and disappointing. Although I'm grateful to have witnessed it in person from the 8th row, I'll always wonder how much better it would have been on a different night when all four members were "on".

Tim Dodds's picture

I went to the show it was great looking at the copy of the ticket I cant beleive it was only $8.50 what a deal Iam greatfull I did get to see them . Still listen to the music all the time. Moby dick and Kashmire are my fav but love them all I HOPE THEY DO TOUR AGAIN ID LOVE TO SEE THEM AGAIN.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This is the worst 1977 performance. The whole band seems to be sloopy, tired and Pagey is missing almost all his solos! Due to a big delay, the show was also shortened and the encores as well as drum solo were dropped out from the set. The show opened with a strong performance of The Song Remains The Same. The first part of the set seemed decent, with the exception of Page who stood still near Bonzo's drum riser for most of the night. During the guitar solo in Over The Hills And Far Away Page miscalculated his need to switch his guitar floor effect, with Robert Plant being closer to it and actually activating it for him. Things took a strange turn after a very low key acoustic set. During Trampled Underfoot Page turned in a very uninspired guitar solo. Then ... He chose not to perform White Summer. He played a few bars of Black Mountain Side before going into Kashmir ... but without the rest of the band, slowly Bonzo joined in, then John Paul Jones. Next ... there was no Moby Dick! Bonzo seemed to be "missing in action" at the close of Page's guitar solo so there was an improvisational opening to Achilles Last Stand. And after the opening bars of Achilles right when the song "kicks" in, there was an extremely loud explosion with a blinding white light from the flashpots located at the front of the stage, which threw Jimmy back a couple feet, then you could see him going over to the side of the stage raising a closed fist presumably at a roadie. After the song Robert announced that the explosion was not meant to happen and that the person responsable would soon be "casterated". The band just never seemed to ever get on track and turned in a very uneven performance. Jimmy was content with standing perfectly still through most of the show. During Stairway To Heaven Jimmy actually dropped to one knee during the guitar solo. Bonzo seemed in a hurry to end the show and was off his drum stool and gone before Robert finished the final lyric. So you didn't have the customary cymbal flurry at the end of the song. Then ... that was it! No encore! It's reported that people in the crowd after the show did comments, one was "Led Zeppelin didn't eat their Wheaties".

Ed Ortiz's picture

Set list for July 20,1977 Tempe AZ ASU Activities Center is accurate

Mark H.'s picture

The 1970's was the greatest decade for live Rock and Roll Concerts, and, this Led Zeppelin concert was no exception. Yes, we knew it was going to cost $8.50. Yes, we knew they were going to be late coming on stage. Yes, we knew there would not be an encore. But, it didn't matter, it was Led Zeppelin, and we were going. Me and my friends still talk about that summer night back in 1977. We remember Jimmy Page losing track of his foot pedals (During No Quarter, I believe.), in the stage fog, and crawling around looking for them, popping up two or three times until he found them. And, remembering how Jimmy Page was almost blown up by a pyro mis-hap, that could have turned out catastrophically. I Remember Robert Plant being very engaging with the audience, in a very nice way. When John Bonham was driving down Scottsdale road, he saw a customized Van that he just had to buy, and he did. The dealership, Scottsdale Dodge, made a commercial about it, and their sales pitch was, "Led Zeppelin could have bought a Van at any dealership, but they chose Scottsdale Dodge". And, as I turn 50 years old next year, I still still dream of the night where I will be rolling up a Big Hooter, and getting ready to go to my Next Led Zeppelin Concert. Please, all the Gods, make it so.

HW's picture

I came up from Tucson with a friend and had to sit in the aisle. Page and Bonham were completely wasted and out of it. After a song a roadie would tap Page on the shoulder and take his guitar whilst another one would give him the guitar to be used on the next song. He played very sloppily and seemed in his own world. In contrast to Page and Bonzo, Jones and Plant were terrific and totally professional. Jones played piano on 'No Quarter' and kept the show together. Their last song was 'Stairway' and as soon as the last chord had echoed through the arena, Plant thanked everyone and the lights went on. There was no chance/hope of any more music. Less than a week later, Plant's son had died and they never played the states again.

Jim Cooper's picture

After having read the other reviews about this show, clearly my memories are fuzzy at best. Since my visit was short term, probably only a week or two, we must have bought our tickets last minute (ASU student preference?), so our seats were in the rafters.

With all that said, I’m still very happy to say, I was at one of The Mighty Zep’s last U.S. tour dates!

Mark H.'s picture

Well, dude, It was still Led Zeppelin. I remember Page losing track of his foot pedals during "No Quarter", when the stage was flooded with stage fog, and Page was crawling around on the stage, popping up two or three times until he found them.

eddie's picture

You may be thinking of a different year. All accounts, reviews, tapes, band reports, set lists etc show that LZ did not play Whole Lotta Love & medley this night (even when they did do WLL on this tour the medley was not always present or did it contain multiple songs as in years past). So most likely you are referring to different year.

Todd M's picture

After reading the reviews here, I find it fascinating to see the varied experiences.


It was my first concert—I was 12 years old at the time. My mom’s boyfriend was a local DJ and got us backstage passes to the show. I spent most of the concert on the side of the stage watching one of the  rock’s great bands in history—from only a few feet away.  It was also my first time—let’s just say, meeting Mary Jane, so it was that much more intense.


When Zeppelin came on stage, for the first time in my life I got a taste of what it might be like to be a rock star. From my unique vantage point (on stage) I experienced the awe, power and energy of thousands of screaming fans when the first song started. It was like a blast of human energy directed at us, and I’ll never forget that moment for the rest of my life.


I didn’t know how good Zeppelin “could” be live, all I knew was that I was just blown away by what I was seeing, from the lasers, to the audience going wild, to the great songs, to the proximity I had to the band.


Ironically, even though I was backstage, I missed my opportunity to meet the band—because like an idiot, I went to the bathroom after their last song—thinking they would have an “encore.”  But nope—by the time I got back from the john, the band had jumped into their limo and were driving off.  I always regretted that bathroom trip.


But I’ll never forget my trip to that show.



T.K.'s picture

Similar comments as others. Not sure where I bought tickets for my girlfriend and I, but we drove up from Tucson in my '51 GMC pickup and stayed in a motel night before. I had just graduated HS a month before and she had a year to go, so likely we used the 'hiking club' permission slip routine to get her free a couple days. I think, but not sure anymore, that we were originally scheduled to see them in March (her BD present). Didn't have great seats but just being there was pretty cool, though band was not as good as in studio tracks. First album I bought as a kid was their oringinal, girlfriend was great, so all-in-all it really didn't matter and was a memorable time. Was really bummed later on when Bonham died. Knew it was over.

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