Led Zeppelin (Rock A-Z – part #51)

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On 30 November 1972, Led Zeppelin started their longest ever UK tour. 110,000 seats over 25 dates ending on 30 January 1973. Tickets went on sale simultaneously in box offices across the UK on 10 November 1972 and sold out within four hours – an unprecedented feat at the time.

Venues – 1972

30/11 & 1/12 – Newcastle City Hall
3/12 & 4/12 – Glasgow Greens Playhouse
7/12 & 8/12 – Manchester Hard Rock
11/12 & 12/12 – Cardiff Capitol Theatre
16/12 & 17/12 – Birmingham Odeon
20/12 – Brighton Dome
22/12 & 23/12 – London Alexandra Palace

Venues – 1973

2/1 – Sheffield City Hall
3/1 – Preston (cancelled; but re-arranged for 30/1)
4/1 – Bradford (cancelled; but re-arranged for 18/1)
7/1 – Oxford – New Theatre
14/1 – Liverpool – Empire Theatre
15/1 – Stoke-on-Trent – Trentham Gardens
16/1 – Aberystwyth – Kings Hall
18/1 – Bradford – St Georges’s Hall
21/1 & 22/1 – Southampton – Gaumont Theatre & University
25/1 – Aberdeen – Music Hall
27/1 – Dundee – Caird Hall
28/1 – Edinburgh – Kings Theatre
30/1 – Preston Guild Hall

As a part of the tour, the band played the 2000-seater Dome in Brighton on Wednesday 20 December. But, when the road crew drove the main equipment truck onto and across Brighton’s Pavilion lawns (adjacent to the venue), the band was subsequently banned from any future gigs in the town.

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All tickets for the tour were priced at the princely sum of £1 (one pound sterling) apart from the Manchester shows which went out at £1.25. The two cancelled (but subsequently re-arranged) dates in January were due to Robert Plant contracting a minor dose of the flu after the car he and John Bonham were travelling in broke down on the way to the Sheffield gig on 2nd January.

Set list – Brighton – 20 December 1972

Rock n roll
Over the hills and far away
Black Dog
Misty Mountain Hop
Since I’ve been loving you
Dancing Days
Bron-y-Aur stomp
The Song remains the same
The Rain Song
Dazed & Confused
Stairway to Heaven
Whole Lotta Love

[Encore] – Heartbreaker (followed by Robert Planted singing Christmas songs with the remaining crowd).

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