Led Zeppelin | Official Website City Hall (Sheffield) - January 2, 1973
Click here to view the tour programme. (flipbook) Press Review: ZEPPELIN DESCENDS ON THE CITY HALL What makes Led Zeppelin a bigger draw than the boy King Tut? It’s true that people queued all night for a last glimpse of the treasures from the Nile at the British Museum, but Zeppelin freaks seem prepared to do that for any concert by the rock group. In Sheffield the City Hall show was a sell-out before the box office opened. On the current tour of one-nighters Zeppelin could have played a week at each city hall and there would still have been fans who failed to get tickets. Why? It’s hard to say on the word of followers – ranging from teens to twenties – who were at the Sheffield concert last night. Comments varying between “they’re just great” and “the best rock band in the country” don’t shed much light on a phenomenon. But all were agreed that guitarist Jimmy Page was the best thing that ever happened to the group. The ex-Yardbird (but don’t keep reminding him of that) is the jewel encrusted throne of this particular treasure. His playing is majestic and tireless, the guitar slung low at the hip. Sometimes it’s a double-neck at other times he revives old memories by dragging a bow across the strings to create sounds that are a mixture of a Wurlitzer being tortured and a huge monster in extreme pain. Last night, Zeppelin had their own death mask – singer Robert Plant pale-faced with flu. And his car broke down on the motorway en route to the concert, he croaked. But maybe the flu was on their side because it cut out the screeching that often distinguishes a Plant vocal. Was it just sympathy that prompted a young girl fan to discard her bra in his direction however? The lineup is completed by drummer John Bonham, whose influence is meaty and the more subtle contribution of bassist John Paul Jones, but without Jimmy Page… They have been together since 1968 and they allowed themselves a little nostalgia. Driving hard through Whole Lotta Love and Heartbreaker, slowing down for the impressive Stairway to Heaven. Presley had his place too, alongside new material from their album due out later this month. It will be revolutionary – a title is planned.Some people unkindly say Zeppelin spend most of their time in the U.S. That’s unfair, retorts their publicist B.P. Fallon who formerly nursed the fortunes of T. Rex. In 1972 they were only in America for three weeks. But they are economical with their talents, appearing live spasmodically and never rushing albums out. Perhaps that’s the best way to create a demand and have hordes queuing for concert tickets. It certainly helps to make you a millionaire. That’s what they are. – K. Strong, (Sheffield Star, Jan. 1973)