Led Zeppelin History – Sept 3

Today in 1971, at the end of a Zeppelin show at Madison Square Garden, part of the stage collapsed under the weight of about 20 overly exuberant fans trying to get closer to the band. As the fans moved several feet towards the retreating Plant and Page, the stage began to sink starting in the front center. Plant and Page ended up standing on top of the large sound monitors to finish the concert with the entire front center of the stage missing and filled with fans. There was a piece of stage floor extending over the hole that was apparently too inviting for Plant to ignore; as the band played an intense but then yet unreleased song (“Rock and Roll”) , Robert jumped up and down on the springboard section singing “Lonely lonely lonely lonely lone-ly time”.

Setlist: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That’s the Way, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love medley (incl. Let That Boy Boogie, My Baby Left Me, Mess of Blues, You Shook Me), Communication Breakdown, organ solo, Thank You, Rock and Roll.

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