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HOUSES OF THE HOLY Tour 1973

 

 

 

DATE VENUE MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
                 
July 21, 1973 Providence Civic Center Led Zeppelin       YES YES Recorded

 

 

 

 

 

 ticket stub courtesy of Dan Lampinski 

 

 

SET LIST

Rock And Roll
Celebration Day
Black Dog
Over The Hills And Far Away
Misty Mountain Hop
Since I've Been Loving You
No Quarter
The Song Remains The Same
The Rain Song
Dazed And Confused
Stairway To Heaven
Moby Dick
Heartbreaker
Whole Lotta Love
The Ocean

 

 

 

 

THE BAND

 

Robert Plant (vocals),   Jimmy Page (guitar),  

 

John Paul Jones (bass),  John Bonham (drums)

 

 

 

 

CONCERT MEMORIES:

*Note: if you were there and would like to share your memories, pictures or tape please send it info@rirocks.net

 

 

I was at The July 21, 1973 Led Zep Concert by Russell Allen

 

By Far one of the best Concerts I have ever seen and I'm so lucky to have been there. The Tickets came out on a Sunday I believe and they sold out in 1/2 a day. I paid with my ticket with 700 pennies, it was 6.50 with a .50 cent surcharge. I was in Section 232, and had a killer view. We had tele cameras and 10x50 Binoculars which were worth their weight in gold. At the beginning of the show when the band first went on the stage people were throwing 100's of Joints, Shirts, Bras, you name it. But one person threw a huge 1/4 lb. Joint that was wrapped in a Cheech & Chong Big Bambu rolling paper, Robert picked it up the crowd went nuts and he whipped it at a Security Guards Head. it was so funny.


Robert had about a dozen 44 gallon Rubbermaid Garbage Ice Filled Barrels with Bud & Heineken Beer. Robert would take a swig of a beer and then turn around and whip it at the cement wall in back of the stage and it would explode. One drink, Smash. One drink, smash. They had huge fans to cool off the stage and the largest dry ice (Smoke Show) I have ever seen in my life. When the Dry Ice (Cold Smoke) rolled off the stage it curled up like a wave off a waterfall and they turned the fans on and when the smoke reached us the temp dropped 30 degrees or more. It was like instant air conditioning. I will never forget it because it was so hot in there. They got on stage at exactly 8:00PM and played until about 11:30PM NON-STOP. No Warm Up Band, Just Led Zep. Some of the Concert was used in The Song Remains the Same Movie as they filmed it also. Near the end of the Concert the people outside busted the doors open and a small riot happened in the hallway that circles the arena. The State Cops were throwing out everyone in the hallway even if they had a ticket. because so many other people got in, it was well over crowded a major fire hazard. We saw State Cops Clubbing people and dragging them out. I went up to take a Leak and when I got to the stairs people told me not to go. So we all Pissed in the stairwell. I noticed dozens of spent needles, roaches everywhere on the stairs. It was one of the Best Shows I have ever seen, and I have seen over 100 Shows. The Light Show was great, when they were wearing the White Outfits and the Black Lighting would show patterns on the clothing, it was trippy.

 

I was 14 years old, my mom & dad said I could not go to the show. I went anyway, I took a bus for one hour and went to the Show. I was not going to miss this show. I kept my ticket under my rug for several months it seemed. I kept looking at it because I could not believe I had one. This was the hottest ticket in 1973. I saw several people waiting in line get best-up for the tickets. When someone asked me if I had a ticket I said, "No I don't do you have one for sale"? And they went away. The lines were 100 deep to get in.

Anyway, I wanted to share my memories so others that went may remember some of these details also.

In memory of my Friend Steven Benisch who bought the ticket for me, RIP Steven 1954-2009.

 

 

Only a dream.. by Mr.Droopy

 

Man I'm from Providence RI and I never even knew Led Zeppelin came here. I'm only 21 years old but I do know what good music is. Led Zeppelin is my all time favorite band. Jimmy Page is incredible. The whole band is excellent from Robert Plant's voice.. To Paul Jones sick bass and Dunham's drum skills.. wow amazing.. I wish I could turn back the hands of time and gone to the concert here in Providence.. Man that would always continue to be a dream.. to have gone to one of their concerts.. and hear them live..koo... Long live Led Zeppelin.. Legends of music not just rock!

 reviews courtesy of Led Zeppelin.com  

 

 

I missed the Led Zeppelin concert in Providence by Paul Fernandes

 

I've seen a lot of concerts but there are a few that still make me annoyed that I missed for my generation and Zep is on the top of list.  My mother made me go with her to visit relatives in Portugal for that summer in 73, while my friends got to see the Houses Of The Holy Tour at the Providence Civic Center.  As a teenager I was really pissed. Who the hell wanted to go anywhere that summer?

 

Years later I got a copy of the concert that someone recorded and all Zeppelin fans should hear it.  What's amazing about it was Jimmy Page.  I saw the movie "The Song Remains The Same" so many times and it was great, but for some reason the video in retrospect seems more produced and not as crazy like the audio from Providence.  Page with out a doubt was the BEST guitar player for that period. Second only to Jimi Hendrix in free form improv licks.  Page burnt the doors off the arena with solo after solo while playing power chords at the same time.  There was no other guitarist doing so much influential playing. On top of that Robert Plant sang with power and authority over everything.  Then you had John Paul Jones (underrated as a bass player) playing all different styles of bass lines, keyboards and just in tune to Page being all over the place. Last and not least John Bonham the Moby Dick himself, keeping the band on the beat and pulling it together when Page went off into the stratosphere. 

 

Don't get me wrong, I not a fanatic Led Zeppelin worshipper. They were just a monster band that wrote the book on how rock n roll needs to be done.  Ha! Ha! Ha! and I had to spend my summer somewhere else.

  

 

 

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