Today in 1975 Zeppelin played the Nassau Coliseum in New York. This show was inserted into the tour after a planned show at the Boston Garden for this same night was cancelled by local authorities when roughly 2,000 fans rioted while waiting to buy tickets back on January 6.
Jan. 7, 1975 – More than 2,000 young people waiting to buy tickets to a rock concert erupted in a beer-drinking, bottle-throwing spree early today that caused an estimated $50,000 to $75,000 damage at Boston Garden, officials reported. “There was no real motive”, said box-office manager Steven Rosenblatt. “We had some pretty messed up kids running around”. Members of Boston’s Tactical Police Force were summoned and put down the trouble, confiscating a number of knives. No arrests were reported and injuries were confined to cuts and scratches.
Tickets to the Led Zeppelin concert scheduled for Feb. 4 were to go on sale at 10 a.m. today. Rosenblatt said the Garden doors are opened at 11 p.m. the night before tickets go on sale so buyers do not have to wait outside. He said that when the number of young people grew Monday night, the largest estimate being 2,700, he opened the ticket windows at 2:30 a.m. to try to calm the fans. By 6:10 a.m, a sellout number of 9,000 tickets – ranging in price from $6.50 to $8.50 – was purchased. Rosenblatt said the same people who caused the trouble now have tickets to the concert and city officials may demand that the concert be canceled.
Boston Mayor Kevin White did end up cancelling the Feb 4th concert, and banned Zeppelin from performing in Boston for the next five years. Zeppelin never did perform in Boston again.