Led Zeppelin History – May 3

Today in 1971 Zeppelin kicked off a European tour at the K.B. Hallen in Copenhagen in front of 4,000 fans. This show included the only known live performance of “Four Sticks” and the live debut of “Misty Mountain Hop”, both from the 1971 untitled 4th album (which would not be released until November of that year). This is also the album that includes “Stairway” on it…

Excerpt from the show’s review: Zeppelin played material from their three LPs and presented a few new songs, which we were told appear on their next album. The best one’s title was drowned out by the applauding and cheering audience, but is called something like “Stairways To Heaven”, a beautiful number, starting softly with Jimmy Page on guitar and a silent Robert Plant, joined by John Paul Jones on organ and then building and building in force and speed into a breathtaking climax, where everybody went wild; a real inferno of sound.

Setlist: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Dazed and Confused, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That’s the Way, What Is and What Should Never Be, Four Sticks, Gallows Pole, Whole Lotta Love medley (incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Bottle Up and Go, Mess of Blues, Honey Bee), Communication Breakdown, Celebration Day, Misty Mountain Hop, Rock and Roll.

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