Concert Dates :: Led Zeppelin
||January 21, 1973
||Southampton Gaumont Theatre
|Robert Plant - vocals
Jimmy Page - guitar
John Paul Jones - bass
John Bonham - drums
From the Southern Daily Echo newspaper January 22, 1973...
Zeppelin, On Target For Two Encores
Mighty Led Zeppelin zapped their way on stage at the Gaumont Theatre, Southampton, last night, giving the most explosive concert I have seem by any rock supergroup in the city.
Towards the end of the show the audience erupted. Fans upstairs and down were out of their seats and dancing. The stage area was a solid mass of hundreds of jigging fans, despite theatre warnings for them to stay seated.
The capacity crowd cheered and cheered bringing Zeppelin back for two richly-deserved encores which added half an hour to the two hours to which the group had already treated us.
Zeppelin must be the most exceptional heavy rock group around today. To their credit they never short-change their followers.
They had no supporting group last night. Hard working Zeppelin walked, unannounced, on to the stage just after eight o'clock, and they stayed there, blasting out music until just before 11 pm.
It would be hard to find an equal to the brilliant rock guitar of Jimmy Page. At times I thought he would disintegrate, or ascend through the ceiling from the sheer power of his playing.
Zeppelin played interesting new material plus the old favourites like "Stairway To Heaven," "Black Dog," and my own favourite "Rock and Roll."
The grand climax was an extended version of "A Whole Lotta Love," incorporating a brace of oldies like "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love," and Presley's "Party." Then came the encores.
Tonight Zeppelin are set to play for a select audience at Southampton University. Guard your eardrums.
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