Montreal Forum - February 6, 1975

Submitted by srapallo on Sat, 09/22/2007 - 17:18
February 6, 1975
Montreal
QC
Canada
ca
Setlist

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Heartbreaker.

Note
'75 North American Tour Programme

Click here to view the North American '75 Tour Programme (flipbook)

Press Review #1: The  Rock show in Montreal: Led Zeppelin drives audience wild

MONTREAL -- The last of the loud British supergroups — Led Zeppelin — dropped its heavy metal rock on a packed house of 20,000 fans at the Forum here last night. The four-man group stomped and hammered its way through three hours of deafening rock, before a wildly enthusiastic audience.

Outside the arena, a police riot squad stood by ready to avoid a repeat performance of a riot which marked the visit of the Rolling Stones in the summer of 1972. However, there were no incidents.

Extra police were also assigned to curtail scalpers, some of whom claimed to be getting up to $50 for a single $7.50 ticket. Those who were lucky enough to have tickets heard a cross- section of the group's music over the past seven years, as well as new songs from an upcoming album, Physical Graffiti.

Guitarist Jimmy Page, dressed in black suit trimmed with silver sequins, played well despite the fact that he was suffering from a broken bone in the third finger of his left hand.

Vocalist Robert Plant bare chested and flopping his long, blond hair, was often overpowered by the sledgehammer drumming of John Bonham. John Paul Jones played well on the bass and keyboard.

Even, better than the music at times was the elaborate light show which turned the stage into a fantasy of revolving chrome spheres, and ever - changing color patterns on a veil backdrop.

The group flew in earlier yesterday from New York aboard a chartered $2 million Starship Jet, the same one used Elton John on his tour.
They returned to New York immediately afterwards, and they play there tonight. (A. Ferrante, Feb. 1975, Star)

 


Press Review #2: Led Zeppelin at the Forum

 

Nearly 20,000 fans packed the Montreal Forum last February 6, to see and hear Led Zeppelin's performance.

It was a thrilling moment for me when I caught my first glimpse of them. There was a majestic air about the sight of them on stage, and throughout the concert everyone seemed to be held in awe.

I was amazed to hear the multitude of sounds emanated by lead vocalist Robert Plant. He explained that this concert would be a spectrum of their work beginning with their latest album, "Physical Graffiti", soon to be released.

After the first hour they moved on to some of their earlier recorded songs. "No Quarter" featured John Paul Jones playing synthesizer and synthesized bass. John Bonham pleased the audience playing a thirty minute drum solo during "Moby Dick". He utilized a phase shifter, a device which makes the sound seem like it's traveling around the room, and had his tympani fed into a synthesizer that made him produce some unearthly sounds. At times I wasn't sure what instrument he was playing.

Jimmy Page demonstrated his musical creativity when he played his guitar with a violin bow, giving a whining sound to "Dazed and Confused".

They closed the concert with "Stairway to Heaven" during which hundreds of fans held lit matches in appreciation of their performing the song. Page's solo during the song was somewhat disappointing to me. He played some mushy chords instead of the vivid, clean fretwork I expected. The whole song seemed a little under par
.
Five minutes of continuous applause and yelling "We want more" brought them back for an encore with the crowd pleasers, "Whole Lotta Love" and "Black Dog", but that wasn't enough. Their second encore "Heartbreaker" brought the evening to a close after three and a half hours on stage.

Led Zeppelin is a professional group is every sense of the word. Their stage etiquette was the best I’ve ever seen. There are a lot of phony glitter groups on the market today that put on stage shows with smoke, fog and psychedelic lighting. Most of them need the diversions to cover up poor musicianship and writing ability. Zeppelin uses these devices to accent their music, not as a substitute for it. If they did they  wouldn't be on top of their field as they are today. [A. MARCUCCIO/Feb.75]

Notes
'75 North American Tour Programme

Click here to view the North American '75 Tour Programme (flipbook)

Press Review #1: The  Rock show in Montreal: Led Zeppelin drives audience wild

MONTREAL -- The last of the loud British supergroups — Led Zeppelin — dropped its heavy metal rock on a packed house of 20,000 fans at the Forum here last night. The four-man group stomped and hammered its way through three hours of deafening rock, before a wildly enthusiastic audience.

Outside the arena, a police riot squad stood by ready to avoid a repeat performance of a riot which marked the visit of the Rolling Stones in the summer of 1972. However, there were no incidents.

Extra police were also assigned to curtail scalpers, some of whom claimed to be getting up to $50 for a single $7.50 ticket. Those who were lucky enough to have tickets heard a cross- section of the group's music over the past seven years, as well as new songs from an upcoming album, Physical Graffiti.

Guitarist Jimmy Page, dressed in black suit trimmed with silver sequins, played well despite the fact that he was suffering from a broken bone in the third finger of his left hand.

Vocalist Robert Plant bare chested and flopping his long, blond hair, was often overpowered by the sledgehammer drumming of John Bonham. John Paul Jones played well on the bass and keyboard.

Even, better than the music at times was the elaborate light show which turned the stage into a fantasy of revolving chrome spheres, and ever - changing color patterns on a veil backdrop.

The group flew in earlier yesterday from New York aboard a chartered $2 million Starship Jet, the same one used Elton John on his tour.
They returned to New York immediately afterwards, and they play there tonight. (A. Ferrante, Feb. 1975, Star)


Press Review #2: Led Zeppelin at the Forum

Nearly 20,000 fans packed the Montreal Forum last February 6, to see and hear Led Zeppelin's performance. It was a thrilling moment for me when I caught my first glimpse of them. There was a majestic air about the sight of them on stage, and throughout the concert everyone seemed to be held in awe. I was amazed to hear the multitude of sounds emanated by lead vocalist Robert Plant. He explained that this concert would be a spectrum of their work beginning with their latest album, "Physical Graffiti", soon to be released.

After the first hour they moved on to some of their earlier recorded songs. "No Quarter" featured John Paul Jones playing synthesizer and synthesized bass. John Bonham pleased the audience playing a thirty minute drum solo during "Moby Dick". He utilized a phase shifter, a device which makes the sound seem like it's traveling around the room, and had his tympani fed into a synthesizer that made him produce some unearthly sounds. At times I wasn't sure what instrument he was playing.

Jimmy Page demonstrated his musical creativity when he played his guitar with a violin bow, giving a whining sound to "Dazed and Confused".

They closed the concert with "Stairway to Heaven" during which hundreds of fans held lit matches in appreciation of their performing the song. Page's solo during the song was somewhat disappointing to me. He played some mushy chords instead of the vivid, clean fretwork I expected. The whole song seemed a little under par
.
Five minutes of continuous applause and yelling "We want more" brought them back for an encore with the crowd pleasers, "Whole Lotta Love" and "Black Dog", but that wasn't enough. Their second encore "Heartbreaker" brought the evening to a close after three and a half hours on stage.

Led Zeppelin is a professional group is every sense of the word. Their stage etiquette was the best I’ve ever seen. There are a lot of phony glitter groups on the market today that put on stage shows with smoke, fog and psychedelic lighting. Most of them need the diversions to cover up poor musicianship and writing ability. Zeppelin uses these devices to accent their music, not as a substitute for it. If they did they  wouldn't be on top of their field as they are today. [A. MARCUCCIO/Feb.75]


Press Review #3: [Google translated from French] I've never had the chance to attend such a gigantic gig. I had attended Dylan's concert last year and Harrison's in December. Led Zeppelin is different. It's the big heavy rock electro-trique at the end of the boutte! They others have them gadgets! Dazzling lights and pyrotechnic effects ... Spectacular finds like those five incredible laser beams that were found together at a given point of the scene and were rat-stained to a kind of dis-positive I suppose a special speaker since Jimmy There the light ran to the sound of his guitar.

What an unbelievable guitarist, this Jimmy Page, the biggest, the most surprising! We say "where is he going to get all this?", Especially those incredible sounds he draws from his guitar with a bow. And Robert Plant, the sacred monster who walks, struggles, sways and follows the rhythm by swinging his head of beautiful big English freak ...!

And John Bonham's drumming solo "Moby Dick", I had heard nothing like it so far. At a certain moment, leaving his chopsticks to use only his hands, he gives us sounds that went around the Forum in a maddened roll. We had the old successes, of course, even if Sleepy-la-Goune was sleeping, and also some new songs from their next album due out at the end of their North American tour. Among their new titles, I predict a great success for their song "Kashmir" ... which is according to Robert Plant, less physical than Nepali and better than Afghan. The Forum was delusional, jam-packed, and even more. In any case, the people who were not stone when arriving at the Forum, were, does not want, leaving, even the ambulanciers St-Jean.

With "Stairway to Heaven", it was the Grand Garrochage. The freaks listened standing on their seats the two reminders. Robert Plant told us: "The energy here is so high that we have probably melted all the way around this hole", ie. "The energy is such here tonight that we have probably melted all the snow at alen-towers." It was obvious that they appreciated the crowd as much as it loved them. We have the reputation here of being high at the end without breaking everything. We know that in most American cities, on the occasion of the passage of a large group, the con-certs are only ruckus, battles, mini-riots.

By the way, the concert of Zeppelin in Boston was canceled on February 4 by the mayor of the place. Reason: the manager of the arena where they had to perform had, in a gesture of understanding, allowed young people to wait for the sale of tickets inside because of the cold. The youngsters grabbed the beer kiosks, fired up everything, made a fire on the rink, which, O Scan-dale, prevented a Bruins game tonight. Robert Plant did not hesitate to tell us: "You are the best! You are the best! You're the best!" And you, too, Zeppelin! [Mainmise / 1975]

Setlists

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Heartbreaker.

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