Today and tomorrow in 1975, two Led Zeppelin concerts planned for Oakland Stadium had to be cancelled due to Robert Plant’s car accident in Greece earlier in the month. He smashed his ankle and elbow, and would not fully recover for almost two years. Other events cancelled as a result of his injuries were a Sept 6 appearance at the Rose Bowl and tours of Europe, Japan and a (rumored) full South American tour. Text of the official press release is below:
Swan Song press release…. IMMEDIATE RELEASE / AUGUST 8, 1975
LED ZEPPELIN AUGUST-SEPTEMBER TOUR POSTPONED FOLLOWING AUTO ACCIDENT OF LEAD SINGER ROBERT PLANT AND HIS FAMILY ON GREEK ISLAND.
From Danny Goldberg, Swan Song press agent.
The August–September tour of English supergroup Led Zeppelin has been postponed following an auto accident on the small Greek island of Rhodes in which Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant and members of his family were injured.
The accident took place on Monday afternoon, August 4th. Due to the nature and extent of the injuries sustained by Plant and his family, and the inadequate medical facilities in Rhodes, a member of the London staff of Swan Song, Led Zeppelin’s record company, flew to Rhodes in a chartered jet equipped with stretchers, blood plasma, and two doctors from Harley St., England’s finest medical center.
Plant and his family are currently under intensive care in a London hospital. Earlier today, physicians there diagnosed his injuries as multiple fractures of ankle, bones supporting the foot, and elbow. Following this diagnosis, it was announced by Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant and Zeppelin attorney Steve Weiss, that the August-September American tour was postponed, as was the October tour that had been scheduled for the Far East. Additionally, there is the possibility that the scheduled November tour of Europe and December tour of Japan may also have to be postponed.
Within the next couple of weeks, doctors expect to have a better idea of when Plant will be recovered and able to perform again. Plant’s wife, Maureen, also in the car, suffered a lengthy period of concussions, and has broken her leg in several places. She has four fractures of the pelvis and facial lacerations. Plant’s son, Karac 4, suffered a fractured leg and multiple cuts and bruises. His daughter, Carmen 7, has a broken wrist, cuts and bruises.
The band was due to begin rehearsals for their forthcoming U.S. tour, in Paris on August 14. 110,000 tickets to two shows at the Oakland Stadium were completely sold out at $10 apiece. Among the other concerts which were postponed were those in Los Angeles at the Rose Bowl, Kansas City, Louisville, New Orleans, Tempe Arizona, Denver, and Atlanta.