Jimmy Page & his Guitars
Gibson EDS 1275 Double Neck
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All Photos Copyright 1975-2011 B. R.
This was one of the most
incredible nights in my concert photo taking career and this was the 4th
time I had seen Zeppelin.(Concert
History List). Our tickets were way in the back so I told my girlfriend
Charla " stay here after the show in case I don't come back. If I find a
seat down front I am going to stay there" I snuck down front and found
a empty seat in the 9th row right in the middle.When the show began I
started shooting like a madman, thinking someone would come along with a
ticket for my seat at any moment. Some of my contact sheets (see
below) look like I was using a motor drive. Nobody ever came for the seat
and I was lucky enough to get some incredible images. Over the years I
showed them to friends and other Zeppelin fans but I never dreamed that
Zeppelin Fans all over the world would be able to see them. So--enjoy the
photos and the Midi's (music) of the band that changed the face of
Rock & Roll -- The Greatest Rock Band Ever -- Led Zeppelin.
Zeppelin contact sheet
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I love this site, how neat, reading others experiences........here
I was lucky enough to see zeppelin
live twice, my first time was in "75", I was a 13 year old teen,
just getting into music, but I knew about zeppelin, from my older
brothers albums...my friend Jeff, his cousin Lori was 16, and
driving and had 2 extra tickets, so we went, yes, my very first rock
concert.....the coliseum just outside of Cleveland, and we sat
behind the stage, halfway up...now, being just 13, the people, the
things that went on, inside and outside, to say the least, I grew up
a bit that night....being behind the stage, jimmy several times
turned around to jam, how great it was!!.....that was my start to my
concert goings thru my teens and early 20's, and was I ever spoiled
the first time, come on, LED ZEP!!...
1977, same coliseum, saw them again, with a really good
seat.....just as good, just as powerful.....one of, or the best live
rock band ever!!!!!!!!
Hi! I came across your site and saw the
tickets and realized you and I each saw 2 of the 4 shows at the Capital
Centre in 1977. It looks like you saw the 1st and the 3rd and I saw the 2nd
and the 4th. I lived up in Thurmont, MD at the time and was 14 years old in
the 9th grade at Catoctin High School. These were my first concerts! I
bought a ticket for the 4th/last show on the 30th (ticket attached).However,
some friends of mine went to the opening show on the 25th and came to school
the next day raving about how there were so many tickets being sold by
individuals outside the arena and that when the show started the prices
started dropping to almost nothing because the sellers wanted to go in and
not miss the concert. So, that afternoon a few of us halled it down to the
Capital Centre to give it a shot.This is the second show on the 26th. Well,
our older friends, with jobs, had enough money to buy from scalpers and left
us 4younger guys outside. The concert started and there were no ticket
sellers left. You see, we only had 16 dollars among us and that didn't get
us any tickets before they were all sold. It got really quiet outside and
the arena was thumping. This is a true story!!! Then, as we walked past a
set of exit doors one of them opened and a guy waved us over and we told him
what had happened. He asked us how much money we had and we told him that we
only had 16 dollars among us. He thought about it for just a second, looked
around, and waved for us to hurry in! We couldn't believe it. We went
straight to the nearest portal and went in, and down and to my left was Led
Zeppelin! Wow, we walked around until we found a seat here and a seat there
and enjoyed my first concert and the greatest concert I have ever been to.
Jacksonville Beach, FL
Great story from Robin in Oakland
Me and my at-the-time boyfriend had
tickets for the Sunday, July 25th 1977 Oakland Coliseum show.
They were playing Saturday and Sunday that weekend, I decided to get the
tickets for Sunday thinking that the last show would be best.
For the weeks leading up to it, a girl I worked with kept begging me to
trade tickets with her. She had tickets for Saturday, but her husband
couldn’t get out of work that day. I resisted for a long time, but
finally took pitty on the girl and traded her; my Sunday tickets for her
Never was a better trade made!
Typically, an Oakland “Day On The Green” (I went to nearly all of them)
had four or five bands. But, this was Zeppelin, who cared about anyone
else? So, for this show, there was only one opening act: Rick Derringer
(BOOM BOOM, get off the stage!) The Oakland Coliseum is an outdoor
stadium, and that Saturday was abnormally cloudy and overcast prior to,
during, and long after Derringer played. There was like, a four hour
wait between Derringer and Zeppelin. At least, that’s how my memory has
it, there were mind-altering influences involved, so take that with a
grain of salt.
Anyway, after waiting forever, and working my way as close to the stage
as physics and bodies would allow, the clouds suddenly disappeared. I’m
serious, all at once. I have poor quality photos to prove it’s not just
the mind-altering influences talking there……….
Then, of course, in the blinding
sunshine, Zeppelin came on stage. They played for hours, a fantastic
show. I’ll never forget it.
That night Bonham got drunk (shocking!) and got into a fist-fight with
one of Bill Graham’s stagehands, getting himself thrown into a drunk
tank for awhile. It was apparently an ugly situation and the boys
weren’t in a very giving mood when they took the stage the next day
(Sunday the 25th). I understand they put on an intentionally poor and
short show, left the stage and a very angry audience. I’m glad I wasn’t
there to see it, would have broken this Zeppelin freak’s heart.
Of course, the very next day, on July 26th, Plant’s son died.
That was it, the end of the tour. With Bonham’s death before they could
return to the US again, it was over. REALLY over
Many, many years later, I saw Plant and Page during their Walking Into
Clarksdale tour, with Jason Bonham on drums. Needless to say, it wasn’t
as magical as July 24th, 1977 was, but it was damned good.
You can’t expect anyone, even Page and Plant, to live up to the
greatness that was Led Zeppelin in the 70s. At that show, I was so close
to the stage that I got some of Plant’s sweat on me (heavy sigh)I’d give
just about anything for a ticket to November’s London show. I know, me
and about a million other people!
Led Zeppelin in Vancouver
Sometime in '68 or '69, Led Zeppelin was coming as back-up
for Vanilla Fudge and my buddy John and I couldn't afford tickets. The
concert was at the Agrodome, used for livestock shows, and was connected to
a large building with loads of stalls for cattle and horses. John and I
managed to drop through an open window into a stall. Then we had to climb
out of the stall. We made our way up some stairs and out on to an outside
fire escape that lead up to a back door of the concert hall. We banged on
the door for a few minutes and finally someone opened it. We said, "Thank
God... we out to burn one and got locked out!" Dude let us in and the rest
is history. Of course Zep rocked the concert and also rocked the next four
times I saw them! I'll never forget that show!
My brother, Steve, and I
decided to drive up to Oakland to see Led Zeppelin. We didn't have
tickets, a place to stay, but we were teenagers and didn't worry about
stuff like that. So we went to the Oakland Stadium and bought
tickets from a scalper, it was festival seating so no problem.
We waited by a locked gate in a 8 foot tall chain link fence that
surrounded the place. The gate was one person wide. When the
gate opened, everyone, all 50,000 of us, tried to squeeze through this
That went well. Everyone turned into contortionists trying to fit
various body parts through the opening, Steve is tall and strong and
pushed his way through, I finally got through but my purse was still
stuck, so I had to brace my foot against the fence and use all my body
weight to get it out. Once through the gate, everyone ran
like rats from a sinking ship to get to the best spot in front of the
stage. Some people tripped and fell, some were trampled, but no
one was hurt which is amazing since it was total mayhem.
Fortunately Steve is fast, so we got right in front center of the stage.
Then we all sat down and waited. Festival seating was great fun
because there were so many diversions, beach ball toss, blanket toss,
drugs, weird people, jugglers, more drugs, and so on. Everyone in
front sat down all day and partied. Just before the groups were to
come on, some girls walked up and stood in front of me. So when I
stood up, I crawled through their legs and stood in front of them.
We exchanged profanities and I threatened to scratch out their eyes with
my half inch long nails. Perhaps they saw the crazed look in my
eyes, because they gave up. I was front center and going to stay
there come hell or high water.
The opening act was a new, unheard of group called Judas Priest.
The lead singer, Rob Halford, was chubby with long brown hair, very
unattractive. Though when they sang a metal version of Diamonds
and Rust, the Joan Baez song, I was impressed. Rick Derringer was
okay, but everyone wanted him to finish so Led Zep could begin.
Led Zeppelin was amazing. Robert wore this dumb t shirt that said
"Nurses Do It Better", but he could've worn a gunny sack for all I
cared, he was awesome. Jimmy was excellent, some have said he was
too drugged out on heroin, but that's crap, he rocked. The set
lasted hours, Zeppelin always gave you your money's worth.
We went to the second show, too, also in front row, also awesome, but it
didn't last as long, due to the fight backstage. Little did we
know that this would be the last show in the USA.
Here is a great story from Bruce in Hawaii about a
chance meeting with Plant, Bonham, and Jones in a small bar in New York
I found your site via Debi's (your cousin) Most enjoyable!
I attended The WHO\Zeppelin show at Merriweather Post and Zeppelin at the
Baltimore Civic Center. Interestingly enough, I didn't pay to get into
either of them. Even more interesting is the fact that before finding your
site, I had no recollection of Led Zep opening for The Who at
Merriweather!!! I drove up to Columbia with some friends with the intention
of getting in somehow (without a ticket). As it turned out, we actually
found a hole in the fence surrounding the facility and we were able to get
in without any trouble at all. Had a hell of a good time! This must have
been after Zep had finished their set, because, as I said, I have absolutely
no memory at all of them being on that bill. How very strange! (Way too many
psychoactive influences back then!!!)
And then in '70, a buddy of mine and I drove up to Baltimore (from D.C.) for
Zep's show at the Civic, with hopes of finding some tickets being scalped.
We had no luck in that regard, so we started to walk to our car to head
home. As we were walking along one side of the Civic Center, a fire
door suddenly opened, and us, along with a half dozen other freaks, suddenly
found ourselves inside! Talk about "cool!" That was the epitome of cool!
As a fan, I thought you'd enjoy knowing about an "up-front-and-personal" Zep
experience I had a little while later. I roadied for the band SeaTrain in
'71/'72. They did a five night gig at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village,
in June of '72. The opening act was the Parish-Gurvitz Band from England,
with former Frampton's Camel/Spooky Tooth/Gary Wright drummer Mike Kellie on
traps. Kellie and I "hit it off" pretty well (possibly because of the
great Colombian reefer I had
with me). Anyway, we found a lot of stuff to talk about, and you
know how those stoned raps can go
on! On the next to the last night of the gig, a Friday, and after our final
sets were over, Mike said to me, "I've got some mates who're hanging out at
a bar down the street, would you like to go and meet them?" (Or, something
to that effect.) He didn't say who his "mates" were, but I said "sure." So,
we walked a couple of blocks down the street, to a
groupie bar called "Nobody's." It
was a long, narrow room full of people and smoke. Mike and I made it to the
end of the place where there was a goodly-sized knot of people hovering
around a long table. We worked our way up to the table, and sitting there
was Plant, Bonham and Jones (along with a bevy of gorgeous young chicks)!
Well, we grabbed some chairs and squeezed in with them. We spent an hour
there, knocking back Heineken's and soaking it all
in. I never learned for sure where Paige was, but I believe he had a thing
going with some girls back at his hotel. (Zep was on tour, and they were
flying to nearby East Coast gigs on their jet, and returning to NY to party
and hang out. I believe they were also in the studio at Electric Ladyland -
Hendrix's place - recording some tracks.) After the hour passed, the Zep
trio got up, moved quickly to the front door, and into their limo heading I
know not where. (Wish I could have stayed with 'em, but no invitation was
made.) That was VERY COOL, too!
That's it, pal, I'm outta here!
Aloha from Maui, Bruce Wheeler
In 1977 I was 19 years
old, a student at the University of Cincinnati, living on the 18th
floor of Sanders Hall, when the guys responsible for some incredible
records came to town. Tickets were $8.50 General Admission, double the
price of other concerts at that time. Outrageous, I thought, but worth
it because I didn’t go to that many concerts. Couldn’t afford it. Little
did I know what I was going to get for my substantial investment?
Led Zeppelin came to
River Front Coliseum for two nights in April. I saw them April 20, 1977.
My roommate and I went down early in the afternoon to party and get in
line. With General Admission, first-in had first-choice. Two hours
before show time there were 2 to 3 thousand people waiting by the doors
that I was near. Without warning a Coliseum Security Guard appeared at
the door to leave the building. A fan jumped up, grabbed the door, and
the Crush was on for the door!
For a half-hour or
more, thousands of people were trying to get through one doorway. People
were pushed together with so much force that breathing was difficult –
your chest couldn’t expand. The combined body heat was so hot that it
made you light-headed and my clothes were completely wet from
perspiration. My feet would come off the ground for minutes at a time
and I would be carried in what ever direction the crowd was swaying.
Eventually, I was shot through the door. Looking back at the glass doors
was a mash of people pressed against it. No one that I saw was hurt. In
November of that same year, 11 people were crushed to death at The Who
concert at River Front. Everyone that went to both shows still says they
can’t understand why, because it was so much more intense at Zeppelin.
General Admission seating was history after that.
Inside I had my choice
of seats. I could have been standing right in front of the stage, but
after my recent experience I chose a seat. Facing the stage I was about
half way back and about 10 rows above floor level on the left. The
anticipation was unbelievable. No warm up band, no worthless local DJ
going on and on. I don’t remember them starting that late. Probably
within a half-hour of the stated show time. The lights dimmened, the
crowd went nuts and the Experience was on!
With encores and all,
Led Zeppelin played well over two hours – going on three that night. A
few times it got so quiet you could hear yourself breathe, other times
so loud that I could feel the sound waves hitting my chest and moving
through my hair. The memories I have of that night have stayed with me,
my entire life. Since then there has only been One Band. My roommate and
I went on to see them again a hand full of times after that. Always
together. Led Zeppelin’s music has always been remarkable, but unless
you’ve seen them Live this is just another story.
your Zeppelin stories !!
Here is the best
Documentary of Led Zeppelin I have found.
Its not one of these bullshit DVD's people put out to make a few bucks.
It goes deep into where they all came from and how "The New Yardbirds"
became Led Zeppelin.
The Origin Of Species: Led Zeppelin - on Amazon
The Origin Of Species: Led Zeppelin - on eBay
Complete Zeppelin Concert History
Alex R. has everything you want to know
Buckeye's Led Zeppelin Page - Just links
- lots of Zeppelin Links
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