Event Details

 

Venue

  References:
07-Jun-1977  

Madison Square Garden

  Official Web Site: Confirmed J
Recorded Time: 3:00:07   New York, NY, USA   The Complete Concert Chronicles: Confirmed J
11th N American Tour 1977     Led Zeppelin Reference: Confirmed J
    Led Zep Concerts: Confirmed J
      Wikipedia: Confirmed J
     


                     
 
             

Review(s)
 
Some rock bands have fans, others have admirers and still others have followers. But Led Zeppelin is the last great rock band who’s minions can be considered true believers. Believing in Led Zeppelin makes its audience a unified community, which is rare in rock these days. The decline of rock as a social phenomenon and its development as big business has made the likelihood of such sentiment obsolete. Led Zeppelin is the only exception. The nearly 20,000 believers who filled Madison Square Garden light night (June 7th) for the first of six sold-out shows were part of rock’s largest fraternity. A passion for Led Zeppelin is enough to establish communications, if not necessarily friendship, among a large segment of today’s teenagers. The audience displayed restraint that bordered on saintliness during the one-hour delay before the concert started. No announcement or explanation was offered. But a substantial number of people did show stupidity bordering on sadism in greeting the band with an assault of fireworks that made the Garden seem like Da Nang, The explosions faded after a few songs when singer Robert Plant exerted his moral authority by requesting that those offenders “cool the firecrackers – no more of those exploding things.” After that, most of the explosions were from the stage, where Led Zeppelin proved that it was worthy of the adoration bestowed upon it. The 8-year old band virtually invented what has become known as heavy-metal rock, an English combination of blues structures and ear-splitting volume. But the band has grown with the times. Rather than relying on its earlier style of rock-to-break-your-kneecaps-with once represented by songs like Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin performed a nearly three-hour set notable for its variety, sophistication and depth. Each member of this quartet added something special to the band’s sound. Singer Robert Plant, a tall, muscular, golden-haired man whose unbutton shirt proudly revealed the best developed pectoral muscles in rock, sand with his usually effective rasp. He maintained pitch and melody well and exuded by a gregariousness and intensity. Lead guitarist Jimmy Page is one of rock’s legends. His playing was busy, wiry, sometimes scattershot. On In My Time of Dying, he continually shifted the emphasis of the dynamics until he built to an attention-riveting, machine gun-like finish. No Quarter was the vehicle for versatile John Paul Jones. On that tune, he performed on keyboards, alternating between spacey abstraction and kinetic surges of energy. His performance blended the styles of Keith Jarrett, Huey Smith, Beethoven, and B. Bumble and the Stingers. Drummer John Bonham, meanwhile, played with deceptive subtlety. His cannonball approach made use of empty space on In My Time of Dying, that propelled the other musicians without overpowering them. So while many in the audience enjoyed the show simply because being there conferred status on the high school ladder, Zeppelin pleased its older fans by playing with both complexity and poignancy.
 

Known Set List
 
  Track   Title Time
1.       The Song Remains The Same    5:20      
          The Rover (Intro)    0:45      
2.       Sick Again    5:48      
3.       Nobody's Fault But Mine    6:26    
4.       In My Time Of Dying   10:44    
    a.        You Shook Me    0:17      
5.       Since I've Been Loving You    8:28    
6.       No Quarter   25:41    
    a.        Keyboard Solo    1:00      
    b.        Grand Piano Interlude    7:53      
      i.        Nut Rocker    2:03      
    c.        Set-The-Vibe Section    0:15      
    d.        On-The-Journey Section    7:35      
    e.        Grand Piano Reprise    0:53      
7.       Ten Years Gone    8:42    
8.       The Battle Of Evermore    5:35    
9.       Going To California    4:46    
10.       Black County Woman    1:50    
11.       Bron-Y-Aur Stomp    5:35      
    a.        Acoustic Improvisation    1:45      
      i.        Black Mountain Rag    0:07      
12.       White Summer-Black Mountain Side    5:15    
    a.        Mustapha    0:21      
    b.        Swan Song    0:30      
13.       Kashmir   10:05      
          Out On The Tiles (Intro)    0:51      
14.       Moby Dick   21:11    
    a.        No-Sticks Section    2:30      
    b.        Tympani Solo    7:30      
15.       Noise Solo   11:03    
    a.        Scribble Section    3:14      
      i.        Star Spangled Banner    0:22      
    b.        Theremin Section    1:30      
    c.        Bow Solo    6:22      
      i.        Slapped Echo Section    0:47      
      ii.        Mars Alternate Section #2    0:38      
      iii.        Fireworks Section    0:17      
      iv.        Crescendo Section    0:33      
16.       Achilles Last Stand    9:27      
17.       Stairway To Heaven   10:30    
18.       Whole Lotta Love **Encore**    1:28    
19.       Rock And Roll **Encore**    4:22      
  20.       Closing Thanks        

My Collection Of Recordings For This Event

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Generation   Length   Source   Comments
master   175   aud   1st source, taped by Artie Constanzo (Sony TC-120 cassette) (most likely not the master)
1st gen   173   aud   1st source
2nd gen   178   aud   2nd source, runs a bit fast
3rd gen   172   aud   2nd source
1st gen?   190   sbd   no source tape available, only silver pressed bootlegs