Led Zeppelin Australia And New Zealand Tour
February 16, 1972 - February 29, 1972

FEBRUARY 14 - SINGAPORE, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (TUESDAY) (cancelled)
The show was cancelled by the authorities, whose refused group due to local regulations banning long hair. Some sources reports that the band visited Hong Konk and were unable to perform that night because of the same problems.


FEBRUARY 16 - SUBIACO OVAL, PERTH, AUSTRALIA (WEDNESDAY, 8pm)
The concert was truncated by rowdy audience and at the end, the riot was about ot begin and continued after the show.

WARNING! The soundboard recording of actual show is rumored to exist. Approach any tapes or CDs that claim to be this date with caution.

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FEBRUARY 18 - MEMORIAL DRIVE PARK, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (THURSDAY) (cancelled)
The show was cancelled due to a buckled stage and damp amplification equipment and rescheduled to February 19, 1972.


FEBRUARY 19 - MEMORIAL DRIVE PARK, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (FRIDAY, 8:15pm) The show rescheduled from February 18, 1972. There are rumours saying that at least two shows from this tour were recorded professionally.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro [ cut ] >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Going To California [ cut ], [ cut ], That's The Way [ cut ], [ cut ], Tangerine [ cut ], [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused, [ cut ], Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have A Party [ cut ], [ cut ], That's Alright Mama [ cut ], Going Down Slow [ cut ], The Shape I'm In [ cut ].. ) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent audience recording. Near 94 minutes.
Details: The tape is a near excellent audience recording from very close to the stage. Even though it's an outdoor concert, the recording does not "breathe" like many other outdoor recordings. The valiant taper was saving tape by pausing the recording between songs.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Adelaide 1972 (Lighthouse), Adelaide Revival (Godfatherecords), Deep Downunder (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Oooh My Ears, Man! (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Thunder Down Under: Live In Adelaide (Equinox), Thunder Down Under (The Complete 1972 Australian And New Zealand Recordings): Shattering Rock Experience (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Voo Doo Drive (Tarantura), & Voo Doo Drive Vers. 2004 (Tarantura2000)

Comments: Really great, crisp sound in this powerful and excellent show. The opening salvo is awesome, and Jimmy plays one of the best solos in Stairway To Heaven, and it's only 1972! Dazed And Confused is truly awesome and a riotous medley closes the show. The crowd is going nuts throughout the show, with Robert telling them to shut up, and it's not hard to see why!

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FEBRUARY 20 - KOOYONG STADIUM, KOOYONG, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (SUNDAY, 3pm)
The show is truncated due to the onset of heavy rain. There are rumours saying that at least two shows from this tour were recorded professionally.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song [ cut ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Going To California [ cut ], That's The Way, Tangerine.
Source: Incomplete very good 1st audience recording. Almost 53 minutes.
Details: A close to the stage and clear recording, with all the instruments properly balanced. The tape is somehow hissy, especially in a quiter moments. The tape survives many years ago on couple of vinyl bootlegs and it is told that reel to reel master is lost and only low gen copies surfaced.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Since I've Been Loving You [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Going To California [ cut ], [ cut ], That's The Way, [ cut ], Tangerine, [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], [ cut ], Rock And Roll [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd audience recording. Almost 94 minutes.
Details: A bit hissy but very sharp if not a bit "thin" sounding tape - the quality is great here. Too bad the taper tried to save tape and ended up cutting out chatter to the audience and the beginnings of most the songs. Some copies may be a tiny bit less complete and contains more cuts.

Recording Includes: Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], Rock And Roll, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 3rd audience recording. Near 48 minutes.
Details: This tape stands significantly below from the previous recording - it's more muffled but still very enjoyable except for a large hiss (you may think the music is just hidden behind of tape noise). The main difference is that this tape lacks some high end. There's a possibility that earlier part of this show is also included on this source but yet either no low gen or silver pressed title in circulation has any of fragments.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Going To California [ cut ], [ cut ], Tangerine [ cut ], [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], [ cut ], Rock And Roll [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent 4th audience recording. 65 minutes.
Details: A really decent sound here - although the tape is hissy, music is perfectly balanced without any distortion.

Recording Includes: Miscellaneous scenes (stage and stadium overview, cars and people arriving etc.).
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. Almost 1 minute.
Details: Taped from the back of the stage, showing band's equipment and people sitting on the stadium. Then the video capturing people arriving to the venue and again, band's equipment is shown (this time screened at the front of the stage, having close shots to the amplifiers, drums kit, etc.). Copies circulated are either synched up with some bootleg content or, as LZ Official YouTube channel, with part of interview and official audio.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 1: Count Me Out When It's Hot (Taiwan), Kooyong Tennis Courts (no label), Melbourne Madness (no label), & We'll Back In A Couple Of Years When You Get Your Screws Together (no label)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: Australian Tour 1972 Part 1 (Black Cat Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2 & 3 mixes: Acoustically (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Count Me Out When It's Hot (Cobra Standard Series), Down Under Daze (Image Quality), Melbourne Masters (Immigrant), Shivers 'N' Shakes (Red Hot), & Thunder Down Under: Live In Melbourne (Equinox)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1, 2, 3 & 4 mixes: No Longer Down Under (Live In Melbourne 1972) (Graf Zeppelin), On Stage Melbourne (Wendy Records), & Thunder Down Under (The Complete 1972 Australian And New Zealand Recordings): So Loud So Hot (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & Wet Head Is Dead (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): Assemblage (Cosmic Energy), Film Noir: Interviews And More (Hercules), & Thunder Down Under (The Complete 1972 Australian And New Zealand Recordings): Sydney Showgrounds And More (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: A great show! Robert's voice is unreal ... the scream he lets loose in Since I've Been Loving You is blood curdling, and the band's jams on Dazed And Confused and Whole Lotta Love are unreal! The acoustic set is wonderful, and the show is cut short by a rainstorm that develops suddenly over this outdoor venue. "Well, it's started to rain, I think it's time we gotta go. If we don't go now, we're gonna die, I don't wanna know! sung Plant at the end of Dazed And Confused ... still, the great recording makes this one excellent.

WARNING! Some sources reported that another tape of this show exist and may currently be in the hands of a tape hoarder. Possibly most of the show was recorded but a very big care must be taken with these reports.

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FEBRUARY 25 - WESTERN SPRINGS STADIUM, WESTERN SPRINGS, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (FRIDAY, 8pm)
There are rumours saying that at least two shows from this tour were recorded professionally.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song [ cut ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused (<< Improvisation based on The Song Remains The Same theme..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have A Party, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent 1st audience recording. Almost 85 minutes.
Details: The tape is clear and well-balanced with a great sense of atmosphere. The hiss is not disturbing nothing really. The only drawback (for some of listeners) might be the guy near the taper, because he has an annoying chuckle - he keeps this thing throughout the whole show.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], Going To California [ cut ], [ cut ], That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Improvisation based on The Song Remains The Same theme..), What Is And What Should Never Be [ cut ], Moby Dick, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 2nd audience recording. 112 minutes>
Details: The sound quality is not as consistent and is more distant and the sound is muffled. There is hiss and some annoying sleazy tape chatter is included.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Going To Auckland (Akashic & Tarantura2000) & Live In New Zealand (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: No Longer Down Under (Live In Auckland 1972) (Graf Zeppelin), On Stage Auckland (Wendy Records), & Thunder Down Under (The Complete 1972 Australian And New Zealand Recordings): Biggest Gathering (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: Another excellent show! A very unusual thing happens during Dazed And Confused just prior to Jimmy's bow solo, he starts playing a section of the then unreleased The Song Remains The Same! No two versions are ever the same and it's great to hear this surprising inclusion. Furious Communication Breakdown is played as a closer to delight of rowdy and audience.

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FEBRUARY 27 - SYDNEY SHOWGROUND, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (SUNDAY, 2pm)
The concert was partially filmed on amateur equipment and by local TV station. Fragments were used on "Whole Lotta Love" promo video in 1997. Finally, the large fragment of black and white TV broadcast (Rock And Roll) and some of the silent color amateur footage dubbed with Immigrant Song from Long Beach Arena June 27, 1972 were used on DVD in 2003. There are rumours saying that at least two shows from this tour were recorded professionally.

Recording Includes: Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], Rock And Roll, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, The Rover, Let's Have A Party, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Going Down Slow..).
Source: Incomplete good 1st audience source. 41 minutes.
Details: The tape is clear but rather muffled one. The recorder was close to the stage producing a fairly balanced mix. Plant's vocal range comes through at the top of the mix. The guitar and drums are close behind. The bass, unfortunately, is nothing more than a low rumble in the recording. Rock And Roll is out of sequence originally, and is presented at the end.

Recording Includes: Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Going To California, [ cut ], That's The Way, [ cut ], Tangerine, [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, [ cut ], Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], Rock And Roll [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, [ cut ], The Rover, Let's Have A Party, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Going Down Slow..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown, Organ Solo [ cut ] >> Thank You [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd audience source. 131 minutes.
Details: The sound is very enjoyable with almost absolutely no tape hiss. It is clear, taped about six feet back from the front of the stage. The instruments are well balanced.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, The Rover..) [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color 1st amateur movie. 16 minutes.
Details: The film appears to come from three different cameras positioned around the stage and is often jumpy, filmed by members of the road crew. Commonly circulated versions are synched up with available audios from the show except for tape drone before Immigrant Song, which is dubbed from official DVD soundtrack. Because of lack of some audio from actual performance, several fragments are synched up with other Australian and New Zealand recordings. The official DVD features an edit of this footage synched up with Immigrant Song from How The West Was Won.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Going To California, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused, Moby Dick, Rock And Roll [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color 2nd amateur movie. Almost 3 minutes.
Details: Filmed in the front of stage, capturing band members' height occupying screen's middle, positioning the stage and its perypherials around throughout. The film is distant, taped from balcony and also blurred when zoomed. Again, some audios are taken from different dates to synched up available content while tape drone before Immigrant Song is merged from the official DVD soundtrack. Some commercially released versions are poorly synched with Sydney audio only.

Recording Includes: Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Dazed And Confused [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color 3rd amateur movie. 3 minutes.
Details: Filmed from the ground with a distance, from the left side of stage. Band members' height and the stage are filling screen's middle for the most part, sometimes zoomed out to shown entire stage, balcony etc. Synched up with remainder audios except for Heartbreaker, which is merged from different night because of lack of audio from actual show. Some commercially released versions are poorly synched with Sydney audio only.

Recording Includes: Thank You [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete 16mm silent color 4th amateur movie. 2 minute.
Details: Filmed just few meters away from the stage, positioned on the left side. Closely shot. Taper said he had about 5 minutes of actual footage so there's twice as much as the sample - maybe no more concert footage, however. Some copies are synched up with existing audio.

Recording Includes: Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll, Let's Have A Party [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 16mm black and white professional footage with actual sound. 6 minutes.
Details: Filmed with zoom in and out edits by local ABC TV crew for documentary from balcony. Distance scale ranges from band member height occupying screen’s height to the whole stage and its perypherials filling the screen. Audience is shown in few spots, clapping and dancing throughout. Whole Lotta Love is out of order and some small part of audio is not presented on commercially circulated versions, althought it does appear on fan-made source merge as it wasn't dubbed before. It is also said that Dazed And Confused was aso hot professionally on stage, in color, but without actual sound and is not circulated anywhere yet. The official DVD contains only Rock And Roll.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Australian Tour 1972 Part 1 (Black Cat Records) & Thunder Down Under: Live In Sydney (Equinox)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: Ayers Rock (Tarantura2000), Robbers Return (Sharaku), & Sydney Let's Have A Party! (Beelzebub Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: Balloon Goes Up On Led Zeppelin (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), On Stage Sydney (Wendy Records), Rumble In Sydney (Futher Along), Thunder Down Under (The Complete 1972 Australian And New Zealand Recordings): Pop Goes The Showground (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) professional video soundtrack: On Stage Sydney (Wendy Records) & Thunder Down Under: Live In Sydney (Equinox)

Official Visual Reference(s) 1st amateur footage: DVD (Warner Music Vision)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) 1st amateur footage: Australian Tour 1972 (Way Of Wizard), Thunder Down Under (The Complete 1972 Australian And New Zealand Recordings): Sydney Showgrounds And More (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) 2nd amateur footage: Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy) & Thunder Down Under (The Complete 1972 Australian And New Zealand Recordings): Sydney Showgrounds And More (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) 3rd amateur footage: Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy) & Thunder Down Under (The Complete 1972 Australian And New Zealand Recordings): Sydney Showgrounds And More (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) 4th amateur footage: Flying High With Led Zeppelin (Beelzebub Records) & Thunder Down Under (The Complete 1972 Australian And New Zealand Recordings): Sydney Showgrounds And More (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Official Visual Reference(s) professional footage: DVD (Warner Music Vision)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) professional footage: 1970-1972 (Cosmic Energy, Australian Tour 1972 (Way Of Wizard), Early Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One (Celebration Definitive Masters), Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules), Hats Off To John Bonham (Sugar Mama), & Thunder Down Under (The Complete 1972 Australian And New Zealand Recordings): Sydney Showgrounds And More (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: Plant laid down some ground rules: "Now listen! We've already come across the one problem we were told about. Now, there's been a lot of mistakes about this thing, but we don't want to make any mistakes and neither do you, alright? So don't come past this barrier, otherwise ythere's gonna be some shit. And why don't you sit down ... and if it rains, we're gonna have to stop. That's a fact, it'll blow up! Take a seat!" Black Dog is played with fury and impact and is one of the greatest versions I've ever heard. The bowing solo in Dazed And Confused, warmly received, is a delightful novelty to the provincial punters and this is another great version of this song. Rock And Roll is delivered with swaggering fury. Plant reaches the notes the ear expects. Whole Lotta Love and its rock medley, including a fully-realized, instrumental version of The Rover, heard years before its official release, is a truly awesome!

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FEBRUARY 29 - BRISBANE FESTIVAL HALL, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (TUESDAY, 8pm)
The show is truncated due to rowdy audience. There are rumours saying that at least two shows from this tour were recorded professionally.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Bottle It Up And Go, Cumberland Gap, They're Red Hot, She's A Truckin' Little Baby, The Wanderer, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have A Party.. [ cut ] ) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete fair to good 1st audience recording. 106 minutes.
Details: The tape is distant and rather significantly overloaded what reduces the clarity of the instruments. The drums are somewhat hidden behind the rest in a mush.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Celebration Day, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California [ cut ], That's The Way (stop), That's The Way, [ cut ], Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused, What Is And What Should Never Be [ cut ], Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (<< Bottle It Up And Go, Cumberland Gap, They're Red Hot, She's A Truckin' Little Baby, The Wanderer, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have A Party, Going Down Slow..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good 2nd audience recording. Near 143 minutes.
Details: The source is fairly distant tape, muddy and with not so well exposed low end.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Australian Tour 1972 Part 2 (Black Cat Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: Stompin' In Surfer's Paradise (Cobra Standard Series), Thunder Down Under: Live In Brisbane (Equinox), & Thunder Down Under (The Complete 1972 Australian And New Zealand Recordings): Indoor Farewell (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: The final show of the Australian tour and the only indoor show of the tour. An excellent, high-powered show in front of another rowdy Australian crowd! The opening numbers are excellent and Robert's singing on Since I've Been Loving You is pure emotion and one of the best versions I have ever heard. A restless audience stops That's The Way a minute into the song. After Plant's seating instructions, they start the song again. Dazed And Confused is great - some parts are very, very intriguing and teasing. The medley is excellent and contains some really rare inclusions.

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Led Zeppelin Warm-Up for Eight U.S. Tour
May 27, 1972 - May 28, 1972

MAY 27 - OUDE RAI, AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (SATURDAY)
Lou Van Rees introduced the band. Aired on "Hard Rock Heaven", CCTV local networked TV show, Amsterdam, Holland, June 1972. Rumoured that the full quality Immigrant Song was filmed and was given to Page. The band also did long afternoon rehearsal and tried couple of new songs from not yet released "Houses Of The Holy" album.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Immigrant Song [ cut ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused (<< I Wish You Would, Instrumental Improvisation based on The Crunge theme..), What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, Running Bear, That's Alright Mama, Tobacco Road, Hootchie Kootchie Man, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), [ cut ], Rock And Roll, [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 122 minutes.
Details: Taped from right of the stage, the show was recorded over rehearsal taped afternoon same day. The vocals and guitar are prominent in the mix. The bass and drums at times mesh together and are lower in the mix. While it is still very much listenable it's got a rather dull tone to it and overloaded for the most part.

Recording Includes: Miscellaneous scenes (airport arrival, entering their hotel, Richard Cole opening a briefcase with group's cash and talking to the promoter), Immigrant Song [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete 16mm silent color professional TV recording with the exception of Immigrant Song, which has actual sound. 3 minutes.
Details: Shot by a local TV crew for documentary. A recent digital broadcast brought the video in a much better quality, but edited out some parts. Though the end is a bit longer on original broadcast. Footage shows airport arrival and other miscellaneous scenes. A short clip of Immigrant Song is shown, closely filmed but degenerated.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Amsterdam 1972 (MMachine), Amsterdam Warmup (Magnificent Disc), Dancing Bear (Tarantura), Europe 1972 (Beelzebub Records), & European Warm Up Shows 1972 (Lighthouse)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): 1970-1972 (Cosmic Energy), Assemblage (Cosmic Energy), Early Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One (Celebration Definitive Masters), & Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules)

Comments: An extremely rare show, this was a warm-up for the US Tour, and a great show it is. Robert's voice is just amazing, and the playing and spontaneity of the improvisations are phenomenal. Celebration Day is wonderful and a really great, fast and furious Dazed And Confused is given to the restrained crowd. Even Moby Dick is short, tight and enjoyable. The blistering encores and the Whole Lotta Love (with some very unique and odd references) finally make the crowd hysterical.

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MAY 28 - VORST NATIONAAL, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (SUNDAY, 8:30pm)

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California (stop), Going To California [ cut ], That's The Way, [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, Running Bear, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Heartbreak Hotel, Don't Be Cruel, Going Down Slow, Blues De Luxe..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 120 minutes.
Details: This tape is really clear but also a little distant and flat sounding. The instruments are each discernible except when nearby clapping muffles their sound slightly.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): The Belgian Triple (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Burning Ticket (Baby Face), Europe 1972 (Beelzebub Records), & European Warm Up Shows 1972 (Lighthouse)

Comments: A great show in front of an extremely rowdy crowd that Robert has to keep yelling at. The playing is great, and a really nice acoustic set is played. Plant stops Going To California right as hes about to start its vocals. He complains about the noise and the audience not sitting down. They then restart the song. Also the band has problems with PA during the whole acoustic section and a fragment of Dazed And Confused. A firecracker explodes during bow solo. Page stops soon after. It has some great improvisations towards the end and a killer Whole Lotta Love medley includes many rare and energetic covers. Moby Dick isn't played due to the crowd's behavior.

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Led Zeppelin Eighth U.S. Tour
June 6, 1972 - June 28, 1972

JUNE 6 - COBO ARENA, DETROIT, MICHIGAN (TUESDAY)

WARNING! The audience tape is rumored to exist and may currently be in the hands of a tape hoarder. Approach any tapes or CDs that claim to be this date with caution.

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JUNE 7 - MONTREAL FORUM, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA (WEDNESDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..) [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Going To California, That's The Way, [ cut ], Tangerine [ cut ], [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk..) [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, [ cut ], Moby Dick, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 1st audience recording. 109 minutes.
Details: The tape is fairly clear, also a bit distant and bass-heavy.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Going To California, [ cut ], That's The Way, [ cut ], Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk..) [ cut ], [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be [ cut ], Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Hello Mary Lou, Running Bear [ cut ], Money Honey, Mess O' Blues, Going Down Slow, When The Levee Breaks..), [ cut ], Rock And Roll, [ cut ], Organ Solo [ cut ] >> Thank You [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good 2nd audience recording. 154 minutes.
Details: The recording is a bit more distant than above plus some tape edits in places. There is also a problem with the hiss volume - the music stays consistant but the hiss sometimes goes loud then back to normal again.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Red Snapper Deluxe (Balboa Productions)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: Montreal Gazette (Wendy Records)

Comments: A very good, although somewhat low key gig, the second of the 1972 US Tour. The problems that plagued their previous American concerts are presented here as well. Plant said at the beginning of the show: "I can hear it. It really doesn't sound so good. Everywhere we go around the country, everybody wants somebody else to stand up or sit down and every time I say anything about one thing or the other, there's lots of chaos. So can you sit down?" Jimmy is really fast and fluid and the band is excellent. Robert's voice seems a little damage but he still manages to hit most of his range and what he lacks in power he makes up for passion. The acoustic set is excellent and Dazed And Confused is one of the best 1972 versions. The long medley is amazing with some incredibly rare stuff being played that had never been done in a medley before or since and the newly surfaced encores rock hard, especially Rock And Roll.

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JUNE 8 - BOSTON GARDEN, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (THURSDAY) (discredited)


JUNE 9 - CHARLOTTE COLISEUM, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (FRIDAY)

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker, [ cut ], Celebration Day, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Going To California [ cut ], [ cut ], That's The Way [ cut ], Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk..) [ cut ], [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Rock And Roll, [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 130 minutes.
Details: The tape is clear. There is tape hiss but it is minor. The balance of the instruments does favor the bass and drums slightly more than Page's guitar but it is nothing that distracts from or distorts the recording. Plant's still high vocals lie somewhere in the middle of the instrumentation.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): 1972 Charlotte (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Charlotte 1972 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Compositions (Tarantura), Don't Do It If You Don't Want To (Holy Grail), Knees Up Mother Brown (Image Quality), Live In Charlotte 1972 (Lighthouse), & Memories Of Charlotte (Wendy Records)

Comments: An excellent, short and complete show in front of a rather acerbic crowd. The acoustic section is excellent and Jimmy's outro solo in Black Dog and all of Heartbreaker are excellent, including one of the best 1972 Dazed And Confused versions ever and a killer Stairway To Heaven solo! Knees Up Mother Brown is a short tease that Plant commented: "Actually, that's on the next album!" As always, there are some troubles with the audience and Plant appealing for calm down. Celebration Day has its second to last 1972 premier and Whole Lotta Love doesn't contain any medley ... very rare! Two high powered encores cap this show.

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JUNE 10 - BUFFALO MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, BUFFALO, NEW YORK (SATURDAY, 8pm)
JUNE 10 - NOBODY'S, GREENVICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK (SATURDAY nr. midnight)
After hours jam with Paul Gurvitz?


JUNE 11 - BALTIMORE CIVIC CENTER, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (SUNDAY, 8:30pm)

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, [ cut ], Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge, Walter's Walk, Hots On For Nowhere..), What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, I Need Your Love Tonight, Hello Mary Lou, Heartbreak Hotel, Going Down, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), Rock And Roll, Communication Breakdown (<< Bold Soul Sister..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 164 minutes.
Details: There are only a few intrusions of audience noise but they are tolerable. The instruments are well balanced and clear despite the recording sounding fairly distant and there is some rather minor tape hiss. The recording suffers slightly during the encores where the audience was probably on their feet.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): The Axeman Of Cometh (Flagge), Baltimore 1972 (Immigrant, Lighthouse, & Wardour), Baltimore Jack (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Nutty And Cool (Baby Face), & Triangle Of Love (Tarantura2000)

Comments: An excellent show with excellent sound! The band is on and plays truly excellent music. While Immigrant Song has lyrics repeated twice at some point the rest of the show is on top form. Friends is only short vocal rehearsal and it is followed by short and unknown medley. Plant making some reference to Elvis Presley while he's introducing an aocoustic set: "We went to see Elvis Presley. That guy did so much for music - long time ago, mind you! His voice has gone down about two or three tones and seemed to have changed a bit and his waist is a bit bigger." Dazed And Confused is outstanding and the Whole Lotta Love medley is fast, furious, and lots of fun!! Robert's voice is just beautiful, especially in the great, intimate acoustic set, and overall, this concert rates as one of the best from the 1972 US Tour.

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JUNE 13 - THE SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA (TUESDAY, 8pm)
Date added to the original itinerary.

Recording Includes: Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..) [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Going To California [ cut ], That's The Way [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk, The Crunge..) [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], Bring It On Home (<< The Lemon Song, Baby Please Don't Go..).
Source: Incomplete poor to fair audience recording. 89 minutes.
Details: The tape is muffled, muddy, distant, hissy and at times overloaded. Improving slightly a little bit as the show progresses but still a rough listen.

Comments: A really good, highly spirited show with fine versions of Black Dog and Dazed And Confused. What makes this recording very interesting albeit its poor quality is the presentation of Bring It On Home, the song that was not played for more than one and a half year! It contains famous battle between Page and Bonham, also a fine excerpts from The Lemon Song and Cat's Squirrel and is possibly the brightest moment of this tape. So shame there's no alternate source.

WARNING! Some sources reported that amateur video footage of this show exist and may currently be in the hands of a tape hoarder. Possibly whole show was recorded but a very big care must be taken with these reports.

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JUNE 14 - NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NEW YORK (WEDNESDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, [ cut ], That's The Way, [ cut ], Tangerine, [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk, The Crunge..) [ cut ], [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Bottle It Up And Go, Cumberland Gap, They're Red Hot, She's A Truckin' Little Baby, Hello Mary Lou, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), [ cut ], Rock And Roll, [ cut ], Communication Breakdown (<< Bold Soul Sister, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Weekend, [ cut ], Bring It On Home [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 155 minutes.
Details: The listener is faced with a hissy, distant, muddy and sometimes distorted sound source. This makes parts of recording hard going a bit but generally tape is listenable. Also the occasional tape disturbance is picked up here too.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Burn Like A Candle (Smoking Pig), Burn That Candle (Tarantura2000), Night At The Heartbreak Hotel (Missing Link), Sometime In New York City (Image Quality), Whole Lotta Led (Badgeholders), & Whole Lotta Led - Get The Led Out (Tarantura2000)

Comments: A legendary show where Zeppelin really shines and plays some of their best music this tour! Robert's voice is incredibly gutsy and the band is unstoppable as they roll through the set! Dazed And Confused is beyond belief and the Whole Lotta Love medley is exceptional, with many obscure references. The encores are great including a rare, great version of Weekend. During the last encore the auditorium joining in with the whole band so Plant said: "I wanna hear you louder than us!"

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JUNE 15 - NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NEW YORK (THURSDAY, 8pm)
The show is married by rowdy audience.

Recording Includes: Tape Drone [ cut ] >> Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], Going To California, That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk, The Crunge..), What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Willie And The Hand Jive, Hello Mary Lou, Money Honey, Heartbreak Hotel, Bottle It Up and Go, They're Red Hot, It's Tight Like That, Going Down Slow [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 121 minutes.
Details: The tape is quite hissy but very clear and perfectly captures the atmosphere in the newly opened Nassau Coliseum that evening. It starts off a little distant and muffled but improves rather noticeably. The audience is very noisy apart from during the final two acoustic numbers. It is reported that Artie (the person responsible for idea of recording this show) was sitting on the stage with a t-shirt that had "STAFF" (or security) on it while Nicky (his mate) was recording this show. Artie had two 120 minutes tapes, one was in the recorder and the other was with Artie. When security found Artie on the stage they took him to the security office and then brought him back to the seats his ticket was for (nowhere near Nicky). That's why only one tape is available.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Long Island Line (Image Quality), Nassau Coliseum 2nd Night (Lighthouse), Tangerine (Mud Dogs), Welcome Back (Tarantura), Whole Lotta Led (Badgeholders), & Whole Lotta Led - Get The Led Out (Tarantura2000)

Comments: Another wild and excellent show the night after! The band is just perfect; everyone came to play! Jones and Bonham play some amazing lines behind Jimmy in one of the best versions of Dazed And Confused from the tour! During Heartbreak Hotel many members of the audience started some movement and the authorities raised the house lights so they could check what's going on. The Whole Lotta Love medley is long and wonderful and Robert's voice is at its most pristine throughout this show.

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JUNE 16 - WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, WORCHESTER, NEW YORK (FRIDAY) (discredited)


JUNE 17 - PORTLAND MEMORIAL COLISEUM, PORTLAND, OREGON (SATURDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], Going To California, That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk, The Crunge..) [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Boppin' The Blues, Hello Mary Lou, Going Down Slow..), [ cut ], Rock And Roll.
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 97 minutes.
Details: The tape is muffled, quite distorted and hissy - it sounds like it was recorded under a towel but still has a smooth sound although the quality deteriorates by Rock And Roll.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Live In Portland 1972 (Shout To The Top)

Comments: An excellent part of highly spirited show. Great playing and amazing singing from Robert. Dazed And Confused is exceptional as any version from this tour and the acoustic set is just priceless! The medley is excellent too. Where's the rest?!

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JUNE 18 - PACIFIC COLISEUM, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (SUNDAY, 8pm) (cancelled)
The show was cancelled because of rowdy audience. The Canadian authorities denied this from happening and concert was subsequently rescheduled to Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington.


JUNE 18 - SEATTLE CENTER COLISEUM, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (SUNDAY, 8pm)
The show was moved from Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It's married by rowdy audience.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, [ cut ], Tape Drone [ cut ], Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 47 minutes.
Details: The balance is perfect but the sharpness could be a bit better here...still not an inhibiting factor from the enjoyment in general.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Ahead & After - The Prestigious Grammy Award (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), The Axeman Of Cometh (Flagge), Seattle 1972 (Lighthouse), & Sizzles In Seattle (Lemon Song)

Comments: All that is known to exist from this show. The night after is legendary and from what I can hear here, this one must have been very, very good too. We can only speculate if during that show some previews were also played. The show in itself was postoponed from Vancouver to Seattle due to authorities: "Well, what can we say? Something tried to do a lot of damage in Vancouver, I believe; breaking doors down and all that old shit! It's pretty unfortunate really when we try to stand for an alternative idea to the system that goes on now, and we're talking about love and peace and somebody's smashing everything up. I don't really know the situation, but I know that we couldn't go this year. We couldn't even go across the boarder. So, anybody from Vancouver here? Well, that's nice one! We've always had such a good time there." Some movement was in the audience during the acoustic set. Since I've Been Loving You is just outstanding and the band seems to be in good spirits and the playing is as good as ever.

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JUNE 19 - SEATTLE CENTER COLISEUM, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (MONDAY)

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song [ cut ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, The Ocean, Since I've Been Loving You [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Going To California [ cut ], Black Country Woman, That's The Way, Tangerine [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk, The Crunge..), What Is And What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Hello Mary Lou, Only The Lonely, Heartbreak Hotel, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In [ cut ]..) [ cut ], Rock And Roll, [ cut ], Organ Solo (<< Amazing Grace, Everyday People, Louie Louie, Let's Dance..) >> Thank You, [ cut ], Instrumental Intro >> Money [ cut ], [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away [ cut ], Dancing Days.
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 187 minutes.
Details: The tape is a bit distant, with sometimes indistinct instruments and often heavily overloaded bass that makes this recording a hard listen to common collector and lowering the quality noticeably. To mention the audience being talktative in some places too.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Dancing Again (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), The Evergreen (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Let's Do It Again (Badgeholders), Lightbringer (Cashmere), Seattle 1972 (Lighthouse), & Sizzles In Seattle (Lemon Song)

Comments: One of the most legendary concerts ever! Over three hours long and what a show. There are lots of previews for the next album including Dancing Days performed twice! Plant introduced that song: "Well, that's the first time I believe we've ever done it. All being well we're gonna get this album out before the summer goes!" Black Country Woman gets its first live airing here, three years before it is released and five years before it is played live again. The organ medley contains many songs including Louie Louie! Dazed And Confused is one of the longest and best versions I have ever heard, including Walter's Walk and The Crunge among other references. After more than three hours, Plant tells to the audience: "We're only contracted to do fifty minutes in the first place and it's now three hours and twenty minutes since we started."

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JUNE 21 - DENVER COLISEUM, DENVER, COLORADO (WEDNESDAY)

WARNING! Some sources reported that tape of this show exist and may currently be in the hands of a tape hoarder. Possibly whole show was recorded but a very big care must be taken with these reports.

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JUNE 22 - SWING AUDITORIUM, SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA (THURSDAY)

Recording Includes: Tape Drone [ cut ] >> Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Going To California, [ cut ], That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk, The Crunge..), What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Hello Mary Lou, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), Rock And Roll.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. Near 139 minutes.
Details: The recorder was located fairly close to the stage enabling the instruments to be clearly heard independent of one another. It was probably located slightly closer to the guitar and vocal side of the PA system burying the bass and drums just a hair below the vocals and guitar. There is rather minor tape hiss.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..), Whole Lotta Love [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 16mm silent color amateur footage. 3 minutes.
Details: Closely shot, the band members' height fills the screen. Some copies are synched up with existing audio.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Berdu (Screaming Oiseau Records) & The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Berdu (Cobra Standard Series & Moonchild Records), Born To Be Wild (Magnificent Disc & Whole Lotta Live), Di Rigori Armato Il Seno 1972 (Wendy Records), Route 66 (California 2 Days) (Tarantura), Swinging In San Bernardino (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & Welcome Back: How The West Was Won Tapes Revisited (Complete Californian Summer 1972 Diaries) - Berdu (Godfatherecords)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): 1970-1972 (Cosmic Energy), Assemblage (Cosmic Energy), Early Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One (Celebration Definitive Masters), & Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules)

Comments: A short, compact and regular set in front of a dull crowd. Even though there are no previews whatsoever here and only one encore, the standard set still excites. Dazed And Confused is pure genius in 25 minutes and the entire show is delivered with guts and emotion to an audience that is way too undeserving ... the crowd is quiet and responds dully after songs (Plant: "C'mon all you white folks - do The Crunge!") ... a shame as this is a blistering set. The atmosphere on the tape is one of a dull show due to the crowd, but focus on Zeppelin and you will find this show to be short, standard, but breathtakingly exciting and excellently played.

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JUNE 23 - SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (FRIDAY, 8pm)
JUNE 24 - BERKELEY COMMUNITY THEATRE, BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA (SATURDAY) (discredited)


JUNE 25 - THE FORUM, INGLEWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (SUNDAY, 7:30pm)
The concert is married by some rowdy members of the audience. Whole concert was recorded professionally. The large fragments were later released on How The West Was Won album in 2003. The afternoon soundcheck likely was also recorded and consisted of Elvis Golden Discs Volume One renditions.

Recording Includes: Tape Drone [ cut ] >> Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk, The Crunge..), [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Hello Mary Lou, Heartbreak Hotel, Slow Down, Going Down Slow [ cut ], The Shape I'm In..), [ cut ], Rock And Roll, [ cut ], The Ocean, Louie Louie >> Organ Solo >> Thank You, [ cut ], Communication Breakdown, [ cut ], Bring It On Home.
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent audience recording. 188 minutes.
Details: The tape is very clear and well balanced with slight top end distortion but is very treble biased. There is only minor tape hiss that is almost unlistenable when the music is present.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Stairway To Heaven, That's The Way, Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk, The Crunge..), Dancing Days, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Hello Mary Lou, Going Down Slow..), The Ocean, Bring It On Home.
Source: Incomplete superb soundboard recording. Circa 123 minutes.
Details: The recording is a fully professional mixdown of multitrack. First five tracks as well as Stairway To Heaven and Dancing Days are mixed with Long Beach June 27th, 1972 show. Furthermore, Stairway's mellotron part has been merged with isolated track from Southampton June 22nd, 1973 show. All songs underwent some extensive editing (some of medleys from Whole Lotta Love are excluded due to copyright issues for example).

Bootleg LP Reference(s): LA Forum (no label), LA Forum - A Night At The Heartbreak Hotel (Artemis), & A Night At The Heartbreak Hotel (Artemis)

Official CD Reference(s): How The West Was Won (Atlantic)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Burn Like A Candle (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 3CD & 4CD original and reissue & 5CD), Burn Like A Candle (Graf Zeppelin, Lighthouse, & Wendy Records), Burn That Candle (Equinox & Tarantura2000), LA Forum - A Night At The Heartbreak Hotel (Cobra Standard Series), A Night At The Heartbreak Hotel (Missing Link), Route 66 (California 2 Days) (Tarantura), Silently Ravaging America (Whole Lotta Live), & Welcome Back: How The West Was Won Tapes Revisited (Complete Californian Summer 1972 Diaries) - A Night At The Heartbreak Hotel (Godfatherecords)

Official DVD Audio Reference(s): How The West Was Won (Atlantic)

Comments: This is quite possibly the best Zeppelin gig ever! The set has a bit of new material for the as-of-yet-unrecorded Houses Of The Holy album, as well as killer playing from everyone. Over The Hills And Far Away was well introduced by Plant: "We'd like to try a number off the new album. We haven't really decided what we're gonna do at the end of it yet, so you'll have to bear with us! This is a thing called Over The Hills And Far Away, which is always a good place to be." Robert's voice is in incredible shape, Jimmy plays brilliantly, especially on Since I've Been Loving You, and this whole show is just great. Dancing Days was another triumph and Plant told the audience about the new album that it "is not gonna be called Led Zeppelin Five, it's got every possibility of being called Burn That Candle." 25 minutes of Whole Lotta Love bring down the house, followed by seven encores! After Rock And Roll Plant told to someone who have been fighting: "Hey, big man, cool it! Let me tell you something. Before there's any blows start. You start blowing blows and we'll go, right? And let me tell you something else - it's no good antagonising them either. If everybody keeps cool, we can stay here all night!" and an excitement crows roared. Even more, after Thank You Plant added: "You don't even give us a chance to have a cigarette, do ya? I was thinking of the other variety actually."

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JUNE 27 - LONG BEACH ARENA, LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA (TUESDAY, 8pm)
Whole concert was recorded professionally. The large fragments were later released on How The West Was Won album in 2003. (Immigrant Song dubbed to silent color amateur footage for Sydney Feb. 27, 1972 was used on DVD in 2003.)

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song [ cut ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], Going To California, That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused [ cut ], [ cut ], Moby Dick [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Hello Mary Lou, Blueberry Hill, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..) [ cut ], Rock And Roll.
Source: Incomplete poor to fair 1st audience recording. 119 minutes.
Details: The source is very distant and sounds like it was recorded in the balcony at the party. There is some echo and some notes are unlistenable as they are drowned into the crowd's noise. What worse, some annoying tape speed issues making Whole Lota Love rather difficult to listen at some parts.

Recording Includes: Tape Drone >> Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away [ cut ], Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Going To California, That's The Way, Tangerine, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk, The Crunge..) [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Hello Mary Lou, Blueberry Hill, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Rock And Roll.
Source: Incomplete poor to fair 2nd audience recording. Near 143 minutes.
Details: The source is very distorted and distant so listening to the actual music is very painful experience. Only acoustic portion is listenable but the end of the tape is almost indecipherable. Whole Lotta Love plays at different speed than the rest of recording, and the very end of tape, Plant's voice sounds like chipmunks.

Recording Includes: Immigrant Song [ cut ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, That's The Way, [ cut ], Tangerine [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be [ cut ], Dancing Days, Moby Dick [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Hello Mary Lou, Blueberry Hill, Going Down Slow [ cut ], The Shape I'm In..).
Source: Incomplete good 3rd audience recording. Almost 120 minutes.
Details: This tape is also distant but, in the opposite to previous sources, it capturing all the instruments rather clearily.

Recording Includes: Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, [ cut ], That's The Way [ cut ], Tangerine, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk, The Crunge..), [ cut ], Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Hello Mary Lou, Blueberry Hill, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good 4th audience recording. Near 103 minutes.
Details: Although still somewhat distant, this is the best of all four audience tapes survived. The sound is clear and there is absolutely no distortion. Entire show was recorded but the taper shared only songs that did not appear on "How The West Was Won" set.

Recording Includes: What Is And What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 26 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Recording Includes: Tape Drone >> Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, What Is And What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick, Rock And Roll.
Source: Incomplete superb soundboard recording. Circa 62 minutes.
Details: The recording is a fully professional mixdown of multitrack. Except for Tape Drone, Going To California, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, What Is And What Should Never Be and Rock And Roll all songs are mixed with Los Angeles June 25th, 1972 show. Furthermore, Stairway's mellotron part has been merged with isolated track from Southampton June 22nd, 1973 show. All songs underwent some extensive editing.

Official CD Reference(s): How The West Was Won (Atlantic)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 4: Burn Like A Candle (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 5CD) & Get Back Where You Once Belonged (Wendy Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 1, 2 & 3 mixes: Burn That Candle (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 1, 3 & 4 mixes: How I Won The West (Wendy Records, original & reissue)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 2 & 3 mixes: Wild Beach Party (Led Note)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 1, 2, 3 & 4 mixes: Welcome Back: How The West Was Won Tapes Revisited (Complete Californian Summer 1972 Diaries) (Godfatherecords)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) soundboard: Studio Daze (Scorpio "old")

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Burn Like A Candle (Empress Valley Supreme Disc 4CD original & reissue), How I Won The West (Wendy Records), Studio Daze (Scorpio "old"), Studio Daze Revisited (Scorpio "old"), & Welcome Back: How The West Was Won Tapes Revisited (Complete Californian Summer 1972 Diaries) - Wild Beach Party (Godfatherecords)

Official DVD Audio Reference(s): How The West Was Won (Atlantic)

Official Visual Reference(s): DVD (Warner Music Vision)

Comments: Another great 1972 US show! Plant commented previous night: "That was too much. That was really great!" and his voice is just wonderful and the band once again turns in an excellent performance. Robert's vocals are right up there, singing as high as on the album, and sometimes higher! The medley is great and Jimmy's playing throughout, but especially on Immigrant Song/Heartbreaker, and Since I've Been Loving You, is just mind-boggling. Rock And Roll caps the event after the great medley and Robert's voice is right up there!

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JUNE 28 - TUCSON COMMUNITY CENTER, TUCSON, ARIZONA (WEDNESDAY)

Recording Includes: Tape Drone [ cut ] >> Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused (<< Walter's Walk, The Crunge..), What Is And What Should Never Be, Dancing Days, Moby Dick [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Stuck On You, Hello Mary Lou, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), [ cut ], Rock And Roll.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 143 minutes.
Details: The sound is very enjoyable with a little top end distortion. It sounds somewhat similar to Los Angeles June 25th, 1972 famous source but it lacks the bottom and it sounds more thiner. The tape hiss is present but it's not very noticeable. Whole Lotta Love has some speed issues in places. The taper says there is more encores to this show and he is hoarding them still but a big caution must be taken to these statements because we have no such evidences that the band performed more songs that night.

Recording Includes: Stairway To Heaven, Dazed And Confused, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll, Dancing Days, Moby Dick [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. 3 minutes.
Details: The video is fairly distant, band member height fills about one fourth of the screen’s height. Most, if not all, bootleg versions are synched up with audio; however, some of them are poorly synched also. Only LZ Official YouTube channel version seems to be correctly merged. All versions have songs out of order.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Burned Out Candle (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Crashing Reverly (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Get Back (Scorpio "new"), Get Back Where You Once Belonged (Wendy Records), & LZ Riders In Arizona (Tarantura2000)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): Assemblage (Cosmic Energy) & Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules)

Comments: Something like a sister to previous shows. The playing is more comptact and tight but it doesn't means less interesting. As always during this tour, Dazed And Confused and the Whole Lotta Love medley, when Jonesy plays organ instead of bass during entire medley, shines. No previews tonight except for Over The Hills And Far Away.

WARNING! Some sources reported that more tape of this show exist and may still be in the hands of a tape hoarder. Possibly more than one encore was performed but a very big care must be taken with these reports.

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JUNE 29 - ARIZONA COLISEUM, PHOENIX, ARIZONA (THURSDAY) (discredited)
JUNE 30 - HOFHEINZ PAVILLION, HOUSTON, TEXAS (FRIDAY) (discredited)
JULY 1 - DALLAS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, DALLAS, TEXAS (SATURDAY) (discredited)
JULY 2 - THE ARENA, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI (SUNDAY) (discredited)
JULY 3 - LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY ASSEMBLY CENTER, BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA (MONDAY) (discredited)
JULY 6 - ORLANDO, FLORIDA (THURSDAY) (discredited)
JULY 7 - VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA (FRIDAY) (discredited)
JULY 8 - ATLANTA, GEORGIA (SATURDAY) (discredited)
JULY 9 - THE COLISEUM, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (SUNDAY) (discredited)
JULY 10 - LOUSIVILLE, KENTUCKY (MONDAY) (discredited)
JULY 11 - CINCINNATI, OHIO (TUESDAY) (discredited)
JULY 13 - THE SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA (THURSDAY) (discredited)
JULY 17 - BOSTON GARDEN, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (MONDAY) (discredited)
JULY 19 - INTERNATIONAL AMPHITHEATRE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (WEDNESDAY) (discredited)
JULY 20 - PITTSBURGH CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (THURSDAY) (discredited)
JULY 21 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (FRIDAY) (discredited)
JULY 22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (SATURDAY) (discredited)

 

Led Zeppelin Second Japanese Tour
October 2, 1972 - October 10, 1972

OCTOBER 2 - NIPPON BUDOKAN, TOKYO, JAPAN (MONDAY, 6:30pm)
DJ Goro Itoi introduced the band. Some sources reported that the band also played How Many More Times as the finale encore but very likely it's a bogus.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, My Baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You Baby..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], Immigrant Song >> Communication Breakdown, [ cut ], Band Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Almost complete very good to excellent 1st audience recording. 126 minutes.
Details: The tape contains rather little hiss and is recorded very close to the stage with all the instruments well balanced and with genuine clarity. The only drawback of this source is the bass line, which sounds a bit mushed.

Recording Includes: Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, My baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You Baby..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], Immigrant Song >> Communication Breakdown.
Recording: Incomplete very good 2nd audience recording. Almost 45 minutes.
Details: A good defined and clear tape taped not far away from the stage. No signs of distortion here. However recording suffers a bit from bass frequencies which dominating throughout, overcapturing rather significantly whole content.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, My Baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You Baby..), Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Immigrant Song >> Communication Breakdown.
Source: Almost complete very good 3rd audience recording. 131 minutes.
Details: The bottom line overpowering a bit other instruments throughout but this gives an interesting perspective of hearing rhythm session in its glory. Beside of that quality is very enjoyable even if some hiss. The tape seems to be muffled.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, My Baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You Baby..), [ cut ], Immigrant Song >> Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete good to very good 4th audience recording. 118 minutes.
Details: The source was recorded not too far away from the stage but the problem is bottom line, where the bass and snare drum are a bit mushed in the mix. Also, the audience is very noisy sometimes, clapping constantly. Beside of these flaws, the recording is bright and very good balanced, also a bit hissy.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, My Baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You Baby..), Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Immigrant Song >> Communication Breakdown.
Source: Almost complete very good 5th audience recording. 128 minutes.
Details: This audience source is a bit distant and muddy, with the balance and the sound clearing a bit in time. Plant's voice sound rough on occasions

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, My Baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You Baby..), Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Immigrant Song >> Communication Breakdown, Band Announcements.
Source: Almost complete 6th audience recording. 131 minutes.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, My Baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You Baby..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 7th audience recording. Almost 80 minutes.
Details: The tape is quite hissy, recorded from some distance but has strong bottom end that is distorted a little bit and nice spectrum, with all instruments very audible. Somewhat similar in quality to the 2nd source to mention the thing - rhythm section overpowering the rest of instruments throughout.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, My Baby Left Me, Killing Floor, I Can't Quit You Baby..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree), Immigrant Song >> Communication Breakdown, Band Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 8th audience recording. 116 minutes.
Details: Failrly well balanced tape, recorded from some distance and having no significant distortion. The audience is sometimes very audible in the mix.

Recording Includes: Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, Dazed And Confused [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. Almost 4 minutes.
Details: Very distant and visual details cannot be seen. All circulated versions are either silent or poorly synched. The official YouTube channel's version is also shorter for about one minute but have songs synched rather properly.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 1: The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records), Live At The Budokan (Remember), Live At Budokan 72 (New OG), Live In Tokyo 10/2/72 (Amazing Stork & Toasted Records), & Live In Tokyo Oct. 2-3 1972 Budokan Big Hall (LLX 1233-4-5-6)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 2: Live In Tokyo Oct. 2-3 1972 Budokan Big Hall (LLX 1233-4-5-6)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 5: Led Zeppelin 71-72 (Digger Productions)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) quick review: Budokan 1972 1st Night (Lighthouse), The Campaign: No Use Greco (Tarantura), The Campaign: The Campaign (Tarantura "bonus discs"), Complete Live In Japan (Last Stand Disc normal & "bonus discs"), Far East Side Story (Wendy Records), Led Zeppelin Is My Brother (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Live At The Big Hall Budokan Oct 2 1972 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Live In Japan 1972 (Last Stand Disc normal and "bonus discs"), Love And Peace In Hiroshima (Bumble Bee edition with bonus CDRs), Musicians Not Politicians (Beelzebub Records), No Use Greco (Tarantura), The Old Capital (Wendy Records), The Overture (Sanctuary), & Presentation 1972 (Patriot)

Mixes CD Reference(s):
Budokan 1972 1st Night (Lighthouse, 2CD & 4CD) - source no. 1.
The Campaign: No Use Greco (Tarantura) - source no. 1.
The Campaign: The Campaign (Tarantura "bonus discs") - source no. 3.
Complete Live In Japan (Last Stand Disc) - source no. 1.
Complete Live In Japan (Last Stand Disc "bonus discs") - source no. 3.
Far East Side Story (Wendy Records) - sources no. 1,5&6 (source 6 as foundation).
Hard Truth (Lighthouse) - sources no. 1&8 (source 8 as foundation).
Led Zeppelin Is My Brother (Empress Valley Supreme Disc) - sources no. 1&5 (source 1 as foundation).
Live At The Big Hall Budokan Oct 2 1972 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) - source no. 1&4 (source 4 as foundation).
Live In Japan 1972 (Last Stand Disc) - source no. 1.
Live In Japan 1972 (Last Stand Disc "bonus discs") - source no. 3.
Love And Peace In Hiroshima (Bumblee Bee with bonus CDRs) - source no. 1.
Musicians Not Politicians (Beelzebub Records) - source no. 1.
No Use Greco (Tarantura) - source no. 1.
The Old Capital (Wendy Records) - source no. 6.
The Overture (Sanctuary) - sources no. 1&5 (source 5 as foundation).
Presentation 1972 (Patriot) - source no. 1.

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): Assemblage (Cosmic Energy), Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules), In Japan (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & Live In Japan (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: The first Japanese show from 1972 mixes some great playing with some sloppiness. Robert's voice is still high and great but is showing signs of coming down. Dazed And Confused is a strange version ... Jimmy seems to be a measure ahead of the rest of the band and it sounds quite exciting! Jones and Bonham drive this show.

WARNING! Some sources reported that another tape of this show exist and may currently be in the hands of a tape hoarder. Possibly whole show was recorded but a very big care must be taken with these reports.

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OCTOBER 3 - NIPPON BUDOKAN, TOKYO, JAPAN (TUESDAY, 6:30pm)
DJ Goro Itoi introduced the band.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete very good 1st audience recording. 57 minutes.
Details: A bit distant and somewhat flat sounding tape, with rather nice atmosphere.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 2nd audience recording. 91 minutes.
Details: A bit distant and tiny but still decent quality. The real problem with this source is that it was surfaced only on vinyl, which is very scratchy, with a lot of noise throughout and even after some decklicing job the sound isn't too clear. What worse, near the end of Dazed another song can be heard playing from underneath, and from that point sound deteriorates significantly into mush.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me..), Immigrant Song, The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete very good 3rd audience recording. 100 minutes.
Details: Another kinda bit distant and flat sounding source, but fuller than the previous one.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me..), Immigrant Song, The Ocean.
Source: Almost complete good 4th audience recording. 130 minutes.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Immigrant Song, [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete good to very good 5th audience recording. 130 minutes.
Details: The recording is fairly balanced if not distant, also covered in bass so it's deafening the overall spectrum and drowns the guitar a bit.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me..), [ cut ], Immigrant Song, [ cut ], The Ocean, [ cut ], Band Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent 6th audience recording. 121 minutes.
Details: This one has the instruments up front. It still gets a little saturated though and shrill. The sound is very bright, maybe a little bit painful for some listeners.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me..), Immigrant Song, The Ocean, Band Announcements.
Source: Almost complete good to very good 7th audience recording.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remaains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good 8th audience recording. 114 minutes.
Details: The tape has a nice, wide spectrum. However, it is somewhat distant source and not all the instruments are well defined in the mix.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 1: Live In Tokyo Oct. 2-3 1972 Budokan Big Hall (LLX 1233-4-5-6) & Tokyo 10/2/72 (Amazing Stork Records)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 2: Privately Cut Japanese Acetate (no title, no label)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) quick review: The Campaign: 2nd Night In A Judo Arena (Tarantura), Complete Live In Japan (Last Stand Disc), Explosion (Flagge), Great Dictator (Wendy Records), Live At The Big Hall Budokan Oct 3 1972 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Live At Nippon Budokan (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Live In Japan 1972 (Last Stand Disc), Live In Tokyo (Amsterdam), The Lost Geisha Tape (Tarantura), Majestic Rock (Reel Masters), & 2nd Night In A Judo Arena (Tarantura)

Mixes CD Reference(s):
2nd Night In A Judo Arena (Tarantura) - sources no. 3&4 (source 3 as foundation).
The Campaign: 2nd Night In A Judo Arena (Tarantura) - sources no. 3&4 (source 3 as foundation).
Complete Live In Japan (Last Stand Disc) - sources no. 3&4 (source 4 as foundation).
Explosion (Flagge) - sources no. 4,5&6 (source 6 as foundation).
Great Dictator (Wendy Records) - sources no. 3,4&5 (source 4 as foundation).
Live At The Big Hall Budokan Oct 3 1972 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) - source no. 5.
Live At Nippon Budokan (Empress Valley Supreme Disc) - sources no. 4,5&6 (source 6 as foundation)
Live In Japan 1972 (Last Stand Disc) - sources no. 3&4 (source 4 as primary and source 4 as secondary).
Live In Tokyo (Amsterdam) - source no. 4.
Majestic Rock (Reel Masters) - sources no. 5&6 (source 6 as foundation).
No Use Gneco (Tarantura2000) - sources no. 5&7 (source 7 as foundation).
Tokyo 1972 2nd Night (Lighthouse) - sources no. 3,4,6&8 (source 3 as foundation).

Comments: "It is very good to be back. When group come to Tokyo - group have fun! We should clap you!" introducing Plant. A good show, although the crowd doesn't create a very good atmosphere. Robert's voice is still high and strong but shows definite signs of coming down within the next three or four months, which it does. The band is excellent as always and offers up excellent versions of Dazed And Confused and a very emotional Since I've Been Loving You, which has Robert tearing his throat with passion. The Song Remains The Same was introduced under a different title: "Last night it was called Zep, tonight we'll call it The Overture."

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OCTOBER 4 - OSAKA FESTIVAL HALL, OSAKA, JAPAN (WEDNESDAY, 6pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You [ cut ], [ cut ], Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco instrumental, The Crunge..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Immigrant Song.
Source: Incomplete fair to good 1st audience recording. 122 minutes.
Details: Distorted and somewhat blurred tape. The guitar and vocals are the most prominent and drums and bass line are very boomy in the mix. The quality worsened for last half an hour of the show, with music becoming more into a mush.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco instrumental, The Crunge..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Got A Lot O' Livin To Do, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me, The Lemon Song..).
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd audience recording. 108 minutes.
Details: Taped from 5th row and a really good sounding audience recording. All the instruments are up front and well balanced with the audience in the background. There is some distortion on bass line.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco instrumental, The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Got A Lot O' Livin To Do, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me, The Lemon Song..), Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Immigrant Song.
Source: Almost complete very good 3rd audience recording. 122 minutes.
Details: Another clear and good sounding tape. The difference is that this taped from some more distance.

Recording Includes: Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Got A Lotta Livin' To Do, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me, The Lemon Song..), Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Immigrant Song.
Source: Incomplete good 4th audience recording. 35 minutes.
Details: A distant but fairly sounding recording with some distortion throughout.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 1: Led Zeppelin 71-72 (Digger)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 2: Dedicated To John Henry Bonham (no label), Led Zeppelin 71-72 (Digger Productions), Live (no label), & My Brain Hurts (Idle Mind Productions, Jester Productions & LXXXIV Series)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: Love And Peace In Hiroshima (Bumble Bee edition with bonus CDRs), Osaka Tapes: Raw Tapes II (Amsterdam), & The Second Daze (Mud Dogs)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 3: The Campaign: Dancing Geisha (Tarantura), Complete Live In Japan (Last Stand Disc), Dancing Geisha (Bonzo's Favorite) (Tarantura), Live In Japan 1972 (Last Stand Disc), Osaka 1972 1st Night (Lighthouse), & Osaka Tapes: Raw Tapes I (Amsterdam)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2 & 3 mixes: Osaka Tapes: Connexion (Amsterdam), Dancing Page (Tarantura2000), Live At Festival Hall 1972 (Power Archives), Moral Reader (Wendy Records), & Rock Explosion 72 (Tarantura2000)

Comments: An excellent, although rather nervous show from Robert. The band is on fire though and really rips through the set. Robert's voice is good although he has increasing trouble sustaining his high range. Dancing Days is explosive and Dazed And Confused is excellent. The medley in Whole Lotta Love is a lot of fun and the old 50's covers sound excellent, especially Robert's singing.

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OCTOBER 5 - NAGOYA-SHI KOKAIDO, NAGOYA, JAPAN (THURSDAY, 6:30pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, I Feel So Good, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me..), Mellotron Solo (<< Sakura Sakura..) >> Thank You.
Source: Incomplete fair to good 1st audience source. (Need length.)
Details: A distant, muddy and somewhat hissy tape that sounds like it was recorded under the towel but almost no serious distortion here. It still holds the dynamics and some fragments are brighter a little bit.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Feel So Good, Let's Have A Party, You Shook Me..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good 2nd audience source. 111 minutes.
Details: This source is somewhat bassy, muffled and distant but audible and snare drum holds most of the recording together.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 1: Squeeze Me (Ass Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: The Campaign: Cherry Blossom (Tarantura) & Live In Nagoya - Sweet Sushi Roll (Smile Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: & The Geisha Boys (Akashic Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: Complete Live In Japan (Last Stand Disc), DRAGON (Flagge), High Noon (Wendy Records), Live In Japan 1972 (Last Stand Disc), Live In Nagoya (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Rock 'N Roll Springtime (Image Quality), & Sakura Looking Up (Jelly Roll)

Comments: Another very good show from this tour with Over The Hills And Far Away temporarily removed from the set. Dazed And Confused is very beautiful including some great wah-wah work at the beginning and a spine chilling bow solo along with earth shattering improvisation from all the band members. The medley is great and Jones mellotron solo is very eerie and features a Japanese folk song.

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OCTOBER 9 - OSAKA FESTIVAL HALL, OSAKA, JAPAN (MONDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Moby Dick, [ cut ], Stand By Me,, Immigrant Song.
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd audience recording. 76 minutes.
Details: This is clear and dynamic recording that stands only a step down from below tape. Page's guitar is fairly prominent in this source but it doesn't overwhelm the other instruments.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Down By The River, The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Something's Got A Hold On Me, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Leave My Woman Alone, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Heartbreak Hotel, Wear My Ring Around Your Neck, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stand By Me, Immigrant Song.
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd audience recording. 143 minutes.
Details: Taped from 5th row and another clear and nicely positioned tape. Again, Page's guitar is seemly prominent in this source throughout and the rest of instruments are also in good balance. The difference is that this source sounds more crisp and bright than above.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Be On My Side, The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 3rd audience recording. 86 minutes.
Details: Taped somewhere in the middle of the hall, the recording is a bit distant with drums and vocals being maybe brighter in the mix than the rest of instruments (at least in some parts). The sound is still clear and listenable.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused [ cut ], Moby Dick, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 4th audience recording. 71 minutes.
Details: Somewhat similar in quality, this tape seems to be also recorded from some distance. Still boomy throughout a bit because of not the best acoustics in the hall.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 2: Dedicated To John Henry Bonham (no label), Live (no label), & My Brain Hurts (Idle Mind Productions, Jester Productions & LXXXIV Series)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: Complete Live In Japan (Last Stand Disc), Let Me Get Back To 1972 (H-Bomb Music), Live (Lighthouse), Live In Japan 1972 (Last Stand Disc), & Tapes From The Darkside (H-Bomb Music, original & reissue)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: The Campaign: Live (Tarantura), Live (Tarantura), Moby Dick (Boleskine House Records), My Brain Hurts (Tarantura2000 both editions), & Rock Explosion 72 (Tarantura2000), & Unprocessed 109 (Lighthouse)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1, 2 & 3 mixes: Stand By Me (Wendy Records)

Comments: An experimental set during the second Japanese tour, this show is very loud, fast, and exciting. "We've just come back from Hong Kong. We went to Hong Kong for a few days and we're well knackered!" told Plant. His voice is still in good shape and the band is an amazing instrumental machine that grooves. The band still looking for the title for The Song Remains The Same and tonight Plant introduced: "We can't find a name for it. We'll call it ... The Campaign." Dazed And Confused has some song references in the middle and is very long and excellent. Moby Dick was performed only once during that show and the percussionist was announced as John "Samurai" Bonham! The Whole Lotta Love medley has almost no blues, only fast rockabilly songs, and the group really flies! The encores are great, especially Stand By Me, which sounds wonderful with Robert's voice.

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OCTOBER 10 - KYOTO KAIKAN, KYOTO, JAPAN (TUESDAY, 6:30pm)
Some reports says that concert was shortened because the band didn't want to miss the last train to Tokyo.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Over The Hills And Far Away, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, That's Alright Mama, Lights Out, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), Immigrant Song.
Source: Incomplete very good 1st audience source. 89 minutes.
Detils: A distant tape, lacking clarity of below recording. Some distortion is presented.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Over The Hills And Far Away, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, That's Alright Mama, Lights Out, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), Immigrant Song.
Source: Incomplete good to very good 2nd audience source. Almost 101 minutes.
Details: A somewhat muddled recording with the drums and bass mixing together underneath the vocals and guitar. It is still somehow a very good, clear tape.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: The Campaign: The Last Campaign (Tarantura) & Live In Kyoto 1972 (Cobra Standard Series)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: Complete Live In Japan (Last Stand Disc), The Last Night In Japan (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), & Live In Japan 1972 (Last Stand Disc)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: Mirage (Flagge), Live In Kyoto (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & The Old Capital (Wendy Records)

Comments: The last gig of the 1972 Japan tour and a very short, high speed set. Really great sound and some songs are excellent, like Since I've Been Loving You and Stairway To Heaven. Other songs like Dazed And Confused and the Whole Lotta Love medley seem rushed and lack the usual inclusions. The boys can be heard (barely) discussing what track to play next - Moby Dick can be heard - but Over The Hills And Far Away must have won out. Plant sends the security detail out after a "bloke taking pictures" commentary. Everything is played perfectly and exactly, although lacking the soul of previous shows on the tour. Robert's voice is great but this would be the last time his voice was as high pitched and wild, as it would never be the same starting in 1973.

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Led Zeppelin Warm-Up for Eighth U.K. Tour
October 28, 1972 - October 29, 1972

OCTOBER 28 - PAVILLION MONTREUX, MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND (SATURDAY, 6:30pm)
Ray Charles and Three Dog Night shared the bill.
OCTOBER 29 - PAVILLION MONTREUX, MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND (SUNDAY, 5pm)
Ray Charles and Three Dog Night shared the bill.

 

Led Zeppelin Eighth U.K. Tour
November 30, 1972 - January 30, 1973

NOVEMBER 25 - LEICESTER, ENGLAND (FRIDAY) (discredited)


NOVEMBER 30 - NEWCASTLE CITY HALL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND (THURSDAY, 7:30pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Dancing Days [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same, [ cut ], The Rain Song [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], Mellotron Solo [ cut ] >> Thank You.
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 127 minutes.
Details: The characteristic of this source is distant, muffled, muddy and flat sounding, but the sound improves a bit in clarity after few songs to become more muddy again on the last three tracks. Overall, it's reaching good quality except issues.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Newcastle Symphony (Image Quality), Nice Starter! (The Symbols), & Stepmothers Club (Mad Dogs)

Comments: An excellent, although low-key, gig and the first of the 1972-1973 English Tour. The band rolls throughout the whole set, have a lot of fun (Plant introduced Misty Mountain Hop as My Brain Hurts according to Monty Python sketch), and presented a nice version of Dazed And Confused featuring some funky interludes from the three instrumentalists. The end medley is short and sweet and Heartbreaker flies away! Jones' mellotron solo is haunting and pastoral, perfectly capturing the mood of England in November.

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DECEMBER 1 - NEWCASTLE CITY HALL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND (FRIDAY, 7:30 pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Cowgirl In The Sand, The Crunge..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, I Need Your Love Tonight, For What It's Worth, Heartbreak Hotel..).
Source: Incomplete poor to fair audience recording. Near 103 minutes.
Details: The tape is muddy, distorted and hissy, making for quite a difficult listening experience.

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Comments: Another very good low-key show from the beginning of this tour. Rather unusual and interesting medley tonight with nice renditions of I Need Your Love Tonight and For Worth It's Worth.

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DECEMBER 3 - GREEN'S PLAYHOUSE, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND (SUNDAY, 8pm)


DECEMBER 4 - GREEN'S PLAYHOUSE, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND (MONDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same [ cut ], [ cut ], The Rain Song [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Cowgirl In The Sand, The Crunge..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, [ cut ], Stuck On You [ cut ], I Can't Quit You Baby..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 120 minutes.
Details: The sound on this source is distant, well overloaded and the tape is hissy. The distortion does decrease after a while and there are occasional tape disturbances and volume fluctuations.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Playing For The People (Beelzebub Records) & Stuck On You (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Comments: An excellent, powerful show in front of a really ecstatic crowd. The atmosphere is captured perfectly and the band plays very powerfully. Jimmy in particular is having an incredibly on night. Misty Mountain Hop leading into Since I've Been Loving You is great and dramatic and Dazed And Confused is a powerhouse performance.

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DECEMBER 7 - HARD ROCK CONCERT THEATRE, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (THURSDAY, 8:30pm)


DECEMBER 8 - HARD ROCK CONCERT THEATRE, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (FRIDAY, 8:30pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< Cowgirl In The Sand, Walter's Walk, Hots On For Nowhere, The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, It's Your Thing, Bottle It Up And Go, Cumberland Gap, They're Red Hot, Boogie Chillun, Say Mama, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete very good 1st audience source. 115 minutes.
Details: A distant and highly distorted tape with some noticeable hiss.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< Cowgirl In The Sand, Walter's Walk, Hots On For Nowhere, The Crunge [ cut ]..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, It's Your Thing, Bottle It Up And Go, Cumberland Gap, They're Red Hot, Boogie Chillun, Say Mama, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby [ cut ], Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], Immigrant Song.
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd audience source. 133 minutes.
Details: The tape is clear and well-balanced but a bit noisy in the higher frequencies and overloaded by the bass. Beside these facts, this tape is one of the best sounding audience recording from 1972 Winter Tour.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Hardrock! (Sanctuary)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: Let It Zep (Tarantura2000) & The Rovers Return (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: A very energetic and fiery show. The instrumental machine is on a roll and Robert' though careful with the range of his voice, is still extremely powerful and high. The rowd is noisy so it leaded Plant to the statement: "Every time we come to Manchester, there's a lot of people shouting out." Dazed And Confused is a slick and incredible version and Jimmy outplays himself in his solo from Since I've Been Loving You. The medley is very fast and spontaneous and there's a nice selection of encores, played with guts.

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DECEMBER 11 - CAPITOL THEATRE, CARDIFF, WALES (MONDAY)


DECEMBER 12 - CAPITOL THEATRE, CARDIFF, WALES (TUESDAY)

Recording Includes: (an excerpt from Whole Lotta Love medley): Let's Have A Party [ cut ] >> Heartbreak Hotel >> I Can't Quit You Baby >> Going Down Slow >> The Shape I'm In >> Whole Lotta Love, [ cut ], Immigrant Song, [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), [ cut ], Mellotron Solo [ cut ] >> Thank You [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. Near 37 minutes.
Details: The tape is fairly clear but a bit muffled with bass overshadowing the rest of the band at times.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Detroit Rock City (Lemon Song)

Comments: Only last few songs were recorded. The Whole Lotta Love medley is played by passion and the atmosphere is so good that the band tretated the audience with Old McDonald Had A Farm before as they launched to Immigrant Song. A very nice version of Thank You closing this evening.

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DECEMBER 16 - BIRMINGHAM ODEON THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (SATURDAY, 7:30pm)

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco, In The Light..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, The Shape I'm In..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 130 minutes.
Details: The tape is decently clear but nothing above that - a bit distant spectrum and hiss are here. Some rather minor speed issue during Stairway To Heaven.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Live From England 1972 (Graf Zeppelin) & Sweet Brummy Roll (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue)

Comments: A very goos show from Robert's hometown. One point of great interest is that early on in The Rain Song John Paul Jones has big problems with the Mellotron, which goes out of tune, and he had to scurry across to the organ and play that instrument for the rest of the song. The first and only time I think in a Led Zeppelin concert, most surprising considering what a precocious instrument the Mellotron is. Dazed And Confused interestingly contains a snippet of the descending riff from In The Light during the final section.

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DECEMBER 17 - BIRMINGHAM ODEON THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (SUNDAY, 7:30pm)


DECEMBER 20 - CONCERT HALL, BRIGHTON DOME, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND (WEDNESDAY, 7:30pm)

Recording Includes: Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Jenny Jenny, Mystery Train, Heartbreak Hotel, Going Down Slow, I Can't Quit You Baby..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..).
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 52 minutes.
Details: The tape is clear and well balanced. The reason why this show is so incomplete is that the taper managed to tape over the majority of the set with a Rory Gallager gig and some Faces BBC recordings.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Live From England 1972 (Graf Zeppelin) & Sweet Brummy Roll (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: This show is a real gem, sadly only a fragment. It was recorded by a teenager who had little money for cassettes, and he recorded over much of this concert later at a Rory Gallagher concert. What a terrible shame as it was an amazing concert by all accounts.

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DECEMBER 22 - GREAT HALL, ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON, ENGLAND (FRIDAY, 8pm)
The show is married by the problems with acoustics of the hall.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party [ cut ], Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), [ cut ], Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good 1st audience recording. 130 minutes.
Details: This is slightly distant source which kinda dull sound but the volume and a settled audience make up for it in clarity.

Recording Includes: Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), [ cut ], Immigrant Song >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], Mellotron Solo >> Thank You.
Source: Incomplete excellent 2nd audience recording. Near 58 minutes.
Details: The tape source is taken much close to the stage. Although somewhat hissy and significantly distorted with bass in places, the tape is very bright. The drums could be much prominent in the mix though.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 1: Alexander Palace (no label), Alexandra Palace 1972 (AO Z7211A AP Z7211B), & People Weekly (Toasted Records)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 2: Riot House (P.Jump Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Electric Magic Show (Electric Magic) & Riot House (Wendy Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: Ally Pally Hard Rock Daze: Riot House (Empress Valley Supreme Disc) & Riot House (Wendy Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: Ally Pally Hard Rock Daze: 1st Daze (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Flawless Performance (Image Quality) & Riot Show (Cobra Standard Series)

Comments: This is the second to last gig from the 1972 part of the UK tour, and an excellent gig in front of an unresponsive and dull audience. "It's a bit warmer than the last gig we managed to pull off - that was at that notorious Wembley place. Well, I think we must install the warmith of our bodies into this place very quickly, before we all freeze! It's always the same - freezing!" Plant told to the audience. Being on rather Christmas spirit, he added later in the vening: "You lucky people. It's getting very close to Christmas and if we were all as straight as we used to be, we should be at the office party now." Jimmy and Jonesy are amazing throughout and Bonzo hammers away. Robert sounds fine, except for his upper range, which is a little rusty. He still has all of the passion and power, as well as a great sense of humor. The sound problems caused that only a half or so fans could heard Led Zeppelin in their best. This concert should be also remembered as the first one, where Jimmy launched San Francisco theme during Dazed, yet no so well receipted.

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DECEMBER 23 - GREAT HALL, ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON, ENGLAND (SATURDAY)
The show is married by the problems with acoustics of the hall. Also, there were some rowdy members of the audience that truncated this concert.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven (stop), Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Mama's Little Baby Loves Shortening Bread..).
Source: Almost complete good to very good 1st audience recording. 128 minutes.
Details: It sounds distant, a bit dull and lacking top end. The vocals are echoey and Plant himself sounding slightly strained. The hiss is present here.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete fair to good 2nd audience recording. 28 minutes.
Details: The tape is overloaded and distant.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Alexandra Palace 1972 2nd Night (Lighthouse), Ally Pally Hard Rock Daze: 2nd Daze (Empres Valley Supreme Disc), Disturbance House (Wendy Records), Merry XMas Mr. Jimmy (Lemon Song), & Titanic (Image Quality)

Comments: This is the final show of 1972 and the audience is so cool and restrained that it is annoying! The show itself is very good though, and the playing is wonderful and aggressive. "Good evening! A merry 23rd of December! Tonight we've got Father Christmas himself with us - John Bonham! Tin Pan Alley's answer to Father Christmas!" Plant joking. He seems to be having slight problems in the beginning but settles down and delivers a good show. There are some great solos from Jimmy, especially in Since I've Been Loving You, where he is just playing pure, inspired blues from the soul. A restless audience stops Stairway To Heaven a minute plus into the song. After Plant's seating instructions, they start the song again: "Listen, I gotta tell you something before you all start shrieking about. First, it is the 23rd December and it is supposed to be the season of goodwill. So, if you all sit down, there's people at the back who prefer to sit, 'cos really it's one of the hardest numbers to do without a monkey house going crazy!" Moby Dick was calling by the member of the audience, which inclinated Plant to answer: "He doesn't do Moby Dick anymore. He's writing a new one. It's called The Titanic." An excellent storming version of Heartbreaker was dedicated by Plant to Roy Harper, group's friend and fellowship musician. A really enjoyable show and one I like as much as the previous night but again the sound problems caused that only a half or so fans could heard Led Zeppelin in their best.

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