Today in 1975, Led Zeppelin played the first of two sold-out nights at the Long Beach Arena in CA, on their 10th U.S. Tour. The show was a bit marred by equipment problems, but the band pulled through. But, oddly enough, the crowd just didn’t seem to be into it.
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. Woodstock), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (incl. The Crunge), Black Dog.
Review, by Argenteum Astrum: The playing and singing are great here, but in some spots the band seems a little slow. This is probably due to the fact that this is one of the worst crowds ever! The audience is dull, bored and seems half-asleep. “We must apologize for the slight delay, be we couldn’t get into the building and we hadn’t got any tickets! It’s a fact. We saw a well-known scalper, but we blew it!” stated Plant after Sick Again. This show has some amazing playing but the crowd seems more interested in sleeping than the crushing music. This seems unbelievable, to be lucky enough to see Led Zeppelin and to react in this way. Robert slams the crowd for their reactions, but in reality, this show is great. He’s also dedicated The Song Remains The Same to the bootleggers: “For the benefit of anyone who was making a bootleg then – the 12-string was out of tune!” After the last encore, Plant added spontaneously: “Ladies and gentlemen of Long Beach … sleep well! Half a Quaalude with water.”
Bootleg titles for this show: ACME, Bootleg License, Long Beach Arena 1975, Long Beach Arena Complete, Long Beach 1975, Long Beach 1975 parts 1&2&3, Long Beach Continuous Performances, Zeppelin L.