Concert Dates :: Led Zeppelin
||February 19, 1972
||Memorial Drive Park
|Robert Plant - vocals
Jimmy Page - guitar
John Paul Jones - bass
John Bonham - drums
|1. Immigrant Song
2. Heartbreaker (inc. )Bourrée in E minor)
3. Out On The Tiles (intro) - Black Dog
4. Since I've Been Loving You
5. Stairway To Heaven
6. Going To California
7. That's The Way
9. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
10. Dazed And Confused (inc. Stones Jam - Hendrix Jam - Mars: The Bringer Of War)
11. Moby Dick
12. Whole Lotta Love (inc. Boogie Chillen' - Hello Mary Lou - Let's Have A Party - That's Alright Mama - Going Down Slow - The Shape I'm In)
|This date was delayed by one day because of rain.
|I remember when concert first announced, (on radio, probably 5KA, probably David Day), around Nov 71 because it was during exams. Had a lean Christmas saving for it, $3 was a lot of dough for broke student. Was recovering from a heavy 1971, (saw Deep Purple mach 2 with Free early 71, (my first concert,) and Black Sabbath middle of 71 both at Apollo), and had really started to buy a lot of albums, (possibly as many as 30 that year at $5-$6 a pop. Doesn't sound a lot of cash but it was back then. Do remember wondering about Memorial Drive as a venue because others I had been to had been indoors, Apollo (Stadium) for overseas acts, Town Hall's or dreaded disco's for local acts, Daddy Cool, Thorpie, La De Das, etc. Anyway, my music type friends and I at the time, (I was 17), were all into the Heavy riff type British Blues, (in fact 2 of them were British and wouldn't listen to anything that wasn't), so yes we would defintely go and tickets would be bought from Allans by one of the guys mothers who worked at David Jones or Myers, ( I forget), and who knew someone who worked at Allans so we wouldn't have to wait in line. I think you could also get tickets from 5KA however don't quote me. Tickets in our hot sweaty hands, (it was summer), and we would once again conquer the world.
Then came Saturday and I was playing tennis on the back courts at the (Memorial) drive when all of a sudden there was this booming noise echoing off the hill behind Adelaide Oval. We all sort of thought what the hell, it sounded like a 44 Gallon drum rolling down the road. Ahh brain engages, it was the roadies tuning up Bonhams kit. My doubles partner and I lost our set as quick as we could and hopped the fence. A few other like souls joined us and we sat in the western stand, in our tennis whites, (sports nerds hey, but with long hair), and were treated to the full tune up by the roadies and then sound check by Zep themselves. Now, if it wasn't that you are passionate about these guys, I would say something like, "then followed the ultimate version of Whole Lotta Love, echoing off the empty northern and southern stands", with an audience of 8 or 9 guys in tennis whites. But I wouldn't say that to make you jealous, but true story.
That night I drove all of us, parked down on the river behind Adealide Uni, got in early as the lawns was unreserved so first in best spot. We camped about 10 yards in front of the mixer desk area so I guess we were 40 yards from the stage.
Don't know if you've ever been to a show at Memorial Drive so will explain layout on the night. Drive had 2 centre courts facing North/South, (at the same time which was very clever). This lawned area was enclosed on the North side, (Jewellery section), by the main stand, (comfy seats and tin roofed, probably holds 1500), on the Southern side by the "I want Jewellery but can't afford it stand", (reasonable seats but no roof, probably held about 1500), and on the Western " I think about jewellery sometimes" side a temporary stand that was just hard boards on risers, probably only held about 600. The stage was at the Eastern end.
So in the middle on the lawns, ( approx 50 yards wide and 100 yards deep), was the "whats Jewellery?, are they the support act" section of the crowd, ( that's us). Guess it fitted about 4000 comfortably in this area. As mentioned in prev email we had another section of crowd this night, the "I can't even spell Jewellery" section that lined the fence outside the southern stand, a portion of which, called the " but I'll steal some if you want", broke, actually no, demolished, the aforementioned fence, allowing many hundreds of " I can't even spell Jewellery" types in who immediately offended the southern stand patrons, ( who remember would like jewellery), so the officers of the Law, resplendent in Jewellery came in their multitudes to restore proper order, (but not the fence).
Back to the concert itself. Don't remember there being a support act, so their either wasn't or they were very forgettable. Do remember the sound being very clear, (Purple and Sabbath had been quite murky however thats proably just Apollo acoustics although I remember Free particulary Koss sounding superb)
Can't remember what songs they did, (other than the obvious ones W L Love, Stairway, Immigrant, moby dick, Since I've been lovin you, Black Dog and I reckon they opened with Rockn Roll or Immigrant song but don't quote me), however do know it was from Zep 1 through 4.
The Drive was the best venue for Heavy bands, Zep, Sab, Heep, Doobies, Purple, Bad Co., but I reckon Whole Lotta Love sounded better in the afternoon when the stands were empty.
Do remember being surprised at Plant's vocal Power and do remember appreciating the way Bonham's kit was miked. Do remember a white Tele being used for a couple of numbers and do remember Marshalls and the Lovely Les Paul. Don't remember Jimmy being bearded however the cover of the CD shows one ?.
As mentioned last email, don't remember it being overly loud however I am comparing this to Purple and Sab indoors so guess its relative. Do remember the vibe on the Lawn area which was very "cool and communal". The "heavy scenes man" under the Southern stand was, as mentioned last email , 50 yards off to my right and I didn't even notice it, (until we were leaving and saw the demolished fence).
I'm a bit vauge on this next bit but I reckon I remember the papers next morning saying there was as many people outside on the road and car park as there were inside and I think for concerts the Drive holds about 8000 so was a big night. I think the figure of 200 police/security guards was also mentioned. Also think it may have been this concert that resulted in the 11pm curfew for concerts at the Drive, (because the sound travelled all the way down to Henley Beach so 20% of Adelaide couldn't sleep until concert finished which I reckon was after midnight. I still don't remember it being overly loud???
Really was a good show at a time when I think we were just beginning to be spoilt with international acts. Thats about it.
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