Led Zeppelin History – June 17

Today in 1980 Led Zeppelin started what would be their last tour ever, at Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany, in front of a crowd of 16,000. Quite a change from the stadium-filling shows they had done just a few years before. They returned to a simple stage setup with a black backdrop and a reduced-scale PA system. The thinned-out setlist now excluded such marathons as Dazed and Confused, No Quarter, Moby Dick, and the standard acoustic set, and the venues were the smallest they had played since 1973.

Jimmy Page and band manager Peter Grant had already discussed the nature of the tour. Grant recalls, “We decided to forget the 320 lamps setup and go back to 120 lamps; a back-to-basics sort of thing”. Train Kept a Rollin’ would become the opening number for much of the tour (as it was in their early days), emphasizing their determination to scale back and reclaim their blues-rock roots.

Train Kept a Rollin’, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Out On the Tiles (intro), Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker.


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