Led Zeppelin History – July 23

Today in 1977 Zeppelin started a 2-day gig at Oakland Coliseum. The poster for this show is one of the most iconic and collectible Zeppelin posters around. Although their 1977 U.S. Tour was scheduled for five more shows (through August 13) after this, these two Oakland dates would prove to be the last of the 1977 U.S. tour. Read the upcoming July 26th Zeppelin History blog entry to find out why…

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, Trampled Underfoot, White Summer ~ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, Black Dog.Oakland-1977

News Report: Zeppelin Soars to New Heights
“It feels great to be back”, a self-assured Robert Plant addressed the Saturday sellout crowd at the Oakland Coliseum. “I must personally apologize for the two-year delay.” The lead singer and resident sex symbol of Led Zeppelin was alluding to a 1975 automobile accident he suffered which prevented the British hard-rock combo from fulfilling extensive tour obligations that year. Their long absence from the Bay Area prompted a sellout within five hours after tickets went on sale earlier this month – a feat not uncommon to any affair involving Led Zeppelin.

The four man congregation, which many critics fancy as the embodiment of heavy metal rock, had just finished bludgeoning the packed house of 54,000 with the thunderous power-chording of “Sick Again”, a relatively subdued piece from the 1975 double-album, “Physical Graffiti”. Providing a musical counterpoint to Plant’s shrieking and teasingly androgynous posturing, Jimmy Page’s sledge-hammer guitar style led the lads through many of their classics, including “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, “Ten Years Gone”, “Battle of Evermore” and “Trampled Underfoot”.

But the musical highlight for many of the sun-drenched crowd that paid $11.50 per ticket came during the extended jams. All the Zeppelin touches were there – Page coaxing eerie sounds out of his axe using an array of electronic devices, and at one point using a violin bow on his strings; John Bonham rifling popgun drum rolls; bassist John Paul Jones looking unperturbed and confident behind the overt sexuality of Plant’s pelvic thrusts. The crowd ate it up. (G. Estrada, Oakland Tribune, July 1977)

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