Led Zeppelin History – Feb 3

Today in 1975, at the first of three Madison Square Garden shows scheduled for this tour, Jimmy Page restored “Dazed and Confused” to the setlist for the first time, after an early January broken finger had forced its deletion up until then.

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. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown.

Review: “It’s been a long time since we rock and rolled”, bellowed Robert Plant as Led Zeppelin stepped on stage at Madison Square Garden last night, for the first of six shows (three at the Garden, three at Nassau Coliseum), over the next two weeks. It has actually been a year and a half since Led Zep’s last appearance. In the meantime, their cult has become so enormous that this is the longest and largest stand any rock group has ever done locally.

What’s up for grabs is the title of world’s greatest rock and roll band. There are only two other serious challengers: Rolling Stones and the Who. The Who have not made a major album in three years. In the last five years, the Stones have made four great ones, but only three of their six releases have sold 1,000,000 copies or more. Led Zeppelin have only made five albums – with a sixth shortly to be released – and all of them have sold more than a million copies. One of them, their fourth, sold over 2,000,000. The Stones may have the rep, but Led Zep have the numbers. (D. Marsh, NY Newsday, Feb. 4, 1975)

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