Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
02. Rock n Roll
03. Sick Again
04. Over the Hills & Far Away
05. In My Time of Dying
06. The Song Remains the Same
07. Rain Song
09. No Quarter
10. Trampled Underfoot
11. Moby Dick
12. Dazed & Confused
13. Stairway to Heaven
14. Whole Lotta Love
15. Black Dog
This is the all new, extended & repaired version of this show.
SB Source: Heartbreakers Back in Town
Aud Source: Can’t Take Your Evil Ways
A great show! It may have been a blizzard outside but the Garden was rocking this night! "We came four blocks in the snow to get here ... you realise that? People were calling me on the telephone today and saying 'Is it gonna be on?' For a minute I was wondering about my anatomy, then I realised there was some discrepancy about the weather. Isn't it good though that it snows? Doesn't it change the vibe of the city? I think it's great!" The band is in excellent form and delivers a great show. Robert sounds good and strong, Jonesy and Bonzo are amazing as always, and Jimmy is incendiary tonight, especially at the end of Sick Again. He extends the solo in Over The Hills And Far Away to an incredible length and soars. No Quarter is dedicated to Jones that "...made Monthy Python's Flying Circus a flop in New York" tonight and his imppecably clean fingernails. Moby Dick is like a hurricane and Dazed And Confused just blows everybody out to the cosmic level! A bunch of heavy solid encores with an excellent Heartbreaker with some lyrics of Elvis Presley's That's Alright Mama thrown in closing this amazing eveing. This is definitely a triumph for the entire band and, not only a strong concert but also probably the best from the 1975 US Tour. "Ladies and gentlemen of New York ... you're too much ... and we ain't so bad ourselves!" and the show was over.
The band's third and final night at Madison Square Garden begins with a brief soundcheck, even Plant attempts to warm up his sore voice. Page blazes through the guitar solo near the end of Sick Again. As the song ends, Plant tells the crowd "we came four blocks in the snow to get here," adding "isn't it good though, it snows?... doesn't it change the vibe of the city?... I think it's great." In My Time of Dying is excellent. The band is on fire during The Song Remains the Same. Page shreds wildly through the guitar solos with amazing precision as Bonzo and Jones race along at top speed. The Rain Song is absolutely fantastic, one of the best in recent memory.
Kashmir sounds like an army marching into battle. A mesmerizing performance, the best thus far. No Quarter is introduced as featuring "the impeccably clean fingernails of John Paul Jones... the man who made Monty Python's Flying Circus a flop in New York." Page delivers a dramatically erratic guitar solo. Jones somehow ends up in a different key at the end of the instrumental section. As the song ends, Plant tells the crowd "I told you we intend to have a good time." Page shreds frantically through the guitar solo during Trampled Underfoot. Before Moby Dick, Plant announces "ladies and gentlemen, at this point in the evening we wanna feature one of the finest percussionists that Led Zeppelin's ever had... the bowler-hatted wonder... the man who made constipation passé, John Bonham!"
Dazed and Confused is introduced as "the immaculate conception." Page's fingers get a bit sticky during the lead-in to the bow solo. The San Francisco interlude is brilliant. After blazing through an explosive entrance to the guitar solo/workout section, Page breaks a string, leaving Plant to improvise a brief vocal solo. The instrumental machinery is in full-swing, led by Page's wild soloing. He even gets into the riff from Walter's Walk for the first time since 1/7/1973. The Mars, the Bringer of War section is followed by an amazing stop-start jam. The epic journey reaches its climax with the phenomenal outro jam. A truly mind-blowing performance, one of the best thus far.
Page tears through the guitar solo during Black Dog. Plant hints at You Shook Me before the show-closing Heartbreaker. The walls of the arena quake under the power of Bonzo's thunderous fills during the initial verses. The a cappella solo is followed by an impromptu rendition of That's All Right. Page shreds through the frenzied guitar solo section. As the band leaves the stage, Plant announces "ladies and gentlemen of New York, you're too much... and we ain't so bad ourselves." An unbelievable performance. Must hear.
The tape is an outstanding matrix of an audience and soundboard recording, fit for an official release.