Concert Dates :: Led Zeppelin
|Robert Plant - vocals
Jimmy Page - guitar
John Paul Jones - bass
John Bonham - drums
|1. The Song Remains The Same
2. The Rover (intro) - Sick Again
3. Nobody's Fault But Mine
4. Over The Hills And Far Away
5. Since I've Been Loving You
6. No Quarter
7. Ten Years Gone
8. The Battle Of Evermore
9. Going To California
10. Black Country Woman
11. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
12. Trampled Underfoot
13. White Summer - Black Mountain Side
15. Noise Solo
16. Achilles Last Stand
17. Stairway To Heaven
18. Whole Lotta Love
19. Rock And Roll
20. Black Dog
|Day On The Green #6 & #7. Support from Derringer and Judas Priest.
|From: John Lopez
http://forums.ledzeppelin.com/index.php?/topic/7298-what-was-the-craziest-thing-that-you-ever-did-at-a-led-zeppelin-concert/page__st__100, starting at Post #111.
From: DAVID BORGONOVO
After a cocktail, my memory's back!
I was fourteen at the time I saw Zeppelin in 1977. I was turned on to them
by a good friend several months earlier, and only really new the Led
Zeppelin 1, 4 and Presence albums, and loved them. Then there was a June
issue of Circus magazine that came out with a close-up of Jimmy with a
smoke in his mouth on the cover (my first rock magazine purchase), and a
mention about the Zeppelin tour. Getting the picture? I'm young, innocent
Anyway, one day on the back page of the front section of the San Francisco
Chronicle there's a small 2 x 5 picture of Jimmy in the white dragon suit,
and below the picture says that Led Zeppelin tickets are going on sale on
Thursday (I believe). My best friend, who turned me on to Zeppelin, is in
Europe on vacation. Anyhow, on the sale day I go down to Bill Graham's
Rock Shop to get a ticket. In those days, Graham's Rock Shop was located
at the foot of Columbus Avenue across the street from the Cannery (for
those familiar with San Francisco). The store sold posters, t-shirts,
stickers, and always had some cool memorabilia on display. So, I arrived
early in the morning to get in line. Tickets went on sale at 11am, were
$11.50, general admission, and a person was limited to 6 tickets. After
waiting 4 hours, I bought one (again, clueless). The shows were billed as
A Day on The Green #6 and #7 (July 23 & 24).
When my friend returned, I told him that I purchased my Zeppelin ticket and
didn't get him one. Disbelief, on my friend's part, was at the least what
was said to me. Naturally, the shows were sold out. In fact, the ad for
the shows appeared in the following Sunday Pink Page (main weekly
entertainment section of the Chronicle) and was the same image of the
poster. However, a week or so prior to the shows, additional tickets were
made available, and my friend got one. Next problem, was how do we get to
Oakland? We're only 14. Well, my friend knew this 17 year old, who was
taking his girlfriend. So we bummed a ride in the family wagon. We
arrived at the Oakland Coliseum at around 6:30am along with thousands of
others. I couldn't believe it. The lines snaked around the parking lot.
Security (BGP) walked around and passed out (threw out) bubble gum to the
masses. Finally, 11am and the doors opened. We found seats that were
center stage and about 20 rows up from the lawn. Needless, to say, the
people on stage look quite small.
Judas Priest (not listed) opened the show and played for about 30 minutes,
followed by Rick Derringer, who kicked ass. Then the moment arrived, a
hugh blimp was lifted above the stage and out they came. The roar was
thunderous as was the first chord struck. I never heard anything so loud
and distorted in my life. I couldn't tell at first what the hell was being
played, but I didn't care, I was seeing Led Zeppelin. As the show
progressed, Page had some trouble keeping his pants up, which Plant
humorously commented on (exact words I can't remember).
Being at my first concert, I was just in a tizzy between the music and the
crowd, and therefore the specifics of the show are a blur. The shows were
panned by the local press, and I found myself afterward on the defensive in
explaining the performance to others. Especially, after the backstage
antics that resulted the following day.
Yet, that experience catapulted me into the Zeppelin world which still
stands strong today, as some of you collectors out there know. Thanks for
reading. I can't believe it's been 22 years.
I was at both Oakland shows, and yes, Jimmy was not looking (or playing very
After all this time, my fading memories are more a meld of both days although
some things do stand out.
Well, I won't bore everyone with the details of our journey from Sacramento to
Oakland, although I will add that it included a large thermos (yep, I said
thermos) of Old Crow which we snuck out of a friends house. We arrived very
early in the morning for the first show and stayed the night in the car for the
second. I don't know if they still do this (I doubt it) but they used to let
you come into the parking lot as early as the night before and line up. It was
obvious that many people had been there all night, because the line was huge.
We spent the morning plotting our strategy of where to go in the stadium and
how to get the best location in between gulps of Old Crow and Red Grape Malt
Duck. We felt we were seasoned concert veterans of the Coliseum because we had
been there a little while earlier to see Pink Floyd (awesome). Being young and
stupid, we tried to pick up girls by asking them if we had seen them at Floyd.
Didn't work. While in line, I remember tickets being scalped for a much as $40
which was a huge amount of money for a scalped ticket. If memory serves me,
most scalpers were asking for $25 before the show. There were a lot more
scalpers than usual at this show and I think a lot of them ate tickets. I think
I paid $12.50 face value at Ticketron but I'm not really sure. I do remember a
ton of people in the third base dugout! For those of you unfamiliar with the
Coliseum, it was the infirmary for drugged out, passed out folks. What a waste.
We ended up in about the center area of the rear third of the lawn on the first
day and we were much closer on the second but slightly off to the right of the
stage. Judas Priest opened on both days and was heavily booed on the second
day. It was a riot! Rick Derringer was incredible, though. In my opinion, he
was the best performer of the shows. Don't get me wrong, Zep is still Zep, but
Derringer was incredible and was probably hitting the high point in his career
at about that time. Aside from being in awe of my idols, one of the memories
that lingers most in my mind is the incredibly long wait for Zeppelin to come
out to the stage. I'm still not sure if it was because of Bonhams violent
antics or not, but I've been told that it was. When they walked out, it was
very inspiring. Page was my idol and I just remember thinking about how cool
his boots looked. Haha... funny the things that stand out in your mind when
you're young! As for the show, I remember The entire band seemed tired and
unenergetic. It didn't really matter to me, though. I was happy to be there.
The high points for me were SIBLY, Achilles, and of course STH. I just remember
staring with a big grin on my face as they played THE song. Uninspired or not,
it was still incredible to be in the same stadium with them.
Sure wish I still had the shirt I bought. I also found some unused tickets on
the ground as we walked out on the 24th. Sure wish I knew what happened to
them. Above all, I sure wish I'd known that it would be the last time I'd ever
get to see them.
4 May 2013
John Paul Jones
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