02. Rock and Roll
03. Sick Again
04. Over the Hills and Far Away
05. In My Time of Dying
06. The Song Remains the Same
07. The Rain Song
09. No Quarter
10. Trampled Underfoot
11. Moby Dick
12. Dazed and Confused
13. Stairway to Heaven
14. Whole Lotta Love
15. Black Dog
Press Review #1: The Rock show in Montreal: Led Zeppelin drives audience wild
MONTREAL -- The last of the loud British supergroups — Led Zeppelin — dropped its heavy metal rock on a packed house of 20,000 fans at the Forum here last night. The four-man group stomped and hammered its way through three hours of deafening rock, before a wildly enthusiastic audience.
Outside the arena, a police riot squad stood by ready to avoid a repeat performance of a riot which marked the visit of the Rolling Stones in the summer of 1972. However, there were no incidents.
Extra police were also assigned to curtail scalpers, some of whom claimed to be getting up to $50 for a single $7.50 ticket. Those who were lucky enough to have tickets heard a cross- section of the group's music over the past seven years, as well as new songs from an upcoming album, Physical Graffiti.
Guitarist Jimmy Page, dressed in black suit trimmed with silver sequins, played well despite the fact that he was suffering from a broken bone in the third finger of his left hand.
Vocalist Robert Plant bare chested and flopping his long, blond hair, was often overpowered by the sledgehammer drumming of John Bonham. John Paul Jones played well on the bass and keyboard.
Even, better than the music at times was the elaborate light show which turned the stage into a fantasy of revolving chrome spheres, and ever - changing color patterns on a veil backdrop.
The group flew in earlier yesterday from New York aboard a chartered $2 million Starship Jet, the same one used Elton John on his tour.
They returned to New York immediately afterwards, and they play there tonight. (A. Ferrante, Feb. 1975, Star)
Press Review #2: Led Zeppelin at the Forum
Nearly 20,000 fans packed the Montreal Forum last February 6, to see and hear Led Zeppelin's performance.
It was a thrilling moment for me when I caught my first glimpse of them. There was a majestic air about the sight of them on stage, and throughout the concert everyone seemed to be held in awe.
I was amazed to hear the multitude of sounds emanated by lead vocalist Robert Plant. He explained that this concert would be a spectrum of their work beginning with their latest album, "Physical Graffiti", soon to be released.
After the first hour they moved on to some of their earlier recorded songs. "No Quarter" featured John Paul Jones playing synthesizer and synthesized bass. John Bonham pleased the audience playing a thirty minute drum solo during "Moby Dick". He utilized a phase shifter, a device which makes the sound seem like it's traveling around the room, and had his tympani fed into a synthesizer that made him produce some unearthly sounds. At times I wasn't sure what instrument he was playing.
Jimmy Page demonstrated his musical creativity when he played his guitar with a violin bow, giving a whining sound to "Dazed and Confused".
A mixed show. The band sounds great and Jimmy, even with his hurt finger, plays almost up to his peak. Robert's voice is ravaged by the flu and he is nonexistent on stage for the most part, singing his parts and that's it so as not to strain his voice. Great version of No Quarter played and perhaps one of the best ever Trampled Underfoot versions. Dazed And Confused is excellent and the solo section of Stairway To Heaven is gorgeous. The encores are blistering, although Robert is really suffering here. Jones and Bonham own this one, but Jimmy is nearly recovered. In opposite, Over The Hills And Far Away is plugged with Page's guitar problems - it leads packed up for awhile. John Bonham was announced as Karen Carpenter according to Playboy magazine, when Carpenter was placed as "Best Drummer". Quite funny.
Plant continues to have trouble with his voice, he growls through the opening numbers. Page disappears briefly in the middle of Over the Hills and Far Away, just as the guitar solo is supposed to begin. As the song ends, one of the tapers announces "specially priced two record set on Kornyfone, Led Zeppelin live in Montreal!" Shouted requests for Hey Hey What Can I Do, White Summer, and Travelling Riverside Blues can be heard before In My Time of Dying, which Plant introduces as "something that takes us back to the original influences that started Led Zeppelin in the first place."
Page's fingers race across the fretboard during The Song Remains the Same. Before Kashmir, Plant explains the Mellotron to the crowd, saying "it is a very peculiar instrument because every time we take it somewhere, it goes out of tune." As the song ends, one of the tapers can be heard shouting "holy fuck!" The band is on fire during a fantastic performance of No Quarter. The instrumental section is an epic journey led by Page's excellent guitar solo. While introducing Trampled Underfoot, Plant tells the crowd "lyrics and connotations can be parallel, the motor car can be parallel to the body... this is a song about a motor car, but it's really all about cocks." Page shreds through an erratic guitar solo as Bonzo and Jones hold down a tight groove. Plant introduces Bonzo as "a bucket full of smiles" before Moby Dick, later calling him "Karen Carpenter" following the marathon drum solo.
Plant's howls echo through the arena during the mournful San Francisco interlude in Dazed and Confused. Page is on fire during the guitar solo/workout section. The thunderous Mars, the Bringer of War section is led by Bonzo's intimidating death march. Page solos wildly over the hypnotic, syncopated rhythm during the outro. An outstanding performance, the best of the tour thus far. As the song ends, one of the tapers can be heard exclaiming "I'm so fuckin' stoned!" Page blazes through an amazing guitar solo during Stairway to Heaven. Black Dog is devastatingly heavy. The band's return to the stage is met with a deafening cheer. Page holds back during the a cappella solo in Heartbreaker, but makes up for it during the frenzied fast guitar solo. As the band leaves the stage, Plant announces "Montreal, you are the best!" An excellent performance.