Today in 1977 Zeppelin played the Kingdome in Seattle, to just over 62,000 fans, during their 11th and final North American tour. This concert saw the last ever performance of “Moby Dick”; it was dropped from setlists after this.
Moby Dick was drummer John Bonham’s showcase. It took shape in 1969 during the second U.S. tour, when it was known as “Pat’s Delight” (a reference to his wife). Built inside a killer Jimmy Page riff, it would last as little as 6 minutes or, more commonly, as long as 30 minutes, while the rest of the band would leave the stage after having played the introduction. During the performance Bonham would often set aside or throw his drumsticks into the audience, and then continue the solo with his hands (sometimes drawing blood as a result). Sometimes the reason for continuing the solo with his hands was that he broke his sticks due to such ferocious playing. By 1975 Bonham was incorporating a “Whole Lotta Love” riff segment played on electronic kettle drums. On the 1977 U.S. tour, the track was renamed “Over the Top” and employed the riff from “Out On the Tiles” instead of the “Moby Dick” theme.
Setlist: The Song Remains The Same, The Rover (intro), Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer / Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Out On the Tiles (intro), Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll.