August 17, 2010

LED ZEPPELIN: JUNE 1973

John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham

Led Zeppelin
Kezar Stadium, San Francisco
June 2, 1973

Photos 1-8, 16-26 by Dan Cuny
Photos 9-15, 27 by David Miller


The four musicians of Led Zeppelin first played together during the summer of 1968, when they assembled for a rehearsal in a small room in Gerrard Street, London. Jimmy Page, a British guitarist known for his standout work as a player on a number of well-known recordings and as a member of The Yardbirds, had joined with Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards), and John Bonham (drums) to form a new band. They briefly started out as The New Yardbirds, but soon became Led Zeppelin. At the time, Jimmy Page expressed broad ambitions for the band, saying, "We can do all kinds and styles of music, so we're not restricted to any one thing."


The first album by Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin, produced by Jimmy Page, was recorded at Olympic Studios in London and released on Atlantic Records in January, 1969. Although the album brought forth a host of varied opinions (which were not always favorable) in the press, particularly in the USA, it was happily received by the public. With hard-hitting tracks such as "Good Times Bad Times," "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," "Dazed and Confused," "Communication Breakdown," and "How Many More Times," Led Zeppelin's first offering on LP constituted a forceful combination of heavy blues and sledgehammer riffs, skillfully fashioned into a vigorous sound that was dense and overpowering.


Led Zeppelin was followed by Led Zeppelin II (which featured "Whole Lotta Love," a frenzied track that served as a definitive summary of their unrestrained style) in October, 1969, and Led Zeppelin III (which started off with "Immigrant Song," one of their loudest and heaviest rockers, but also featured several tunes, such as "Gallows Pole" and "That's the Way," that borrowed from the rustic traditions of folk music) in 1970. The foursome of Led Zeppelin was constantly on the road during this fruitful period, with Page, Plant, Jones, and Bonham spending much of their time on American stages, winning over audience after audience, and being regularly hailed as superstars.


Led Zeppelin released their fourth album (which did not have a name, but is commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV) in November of 1971. It helped to confirm their reputation as one of the most formidable bands in rock'n'roll, putting them into the elevated company of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. The album, whose tracks included "Black Dog," "Stairway to Heaven" (which became a universal anthem of the early 1970s, with continual airplay on FM stations), "The Battle of Evermore" (with Sandy Denny sharing the vocals), and "When the Levee Breaks," was seen as an enormous milestone for Led Zeppelin, garnering widespread praise and selling in the millions. Over the years it has retained its standing as one of the preeminent landmarks in the history of hard rock.


When Led Zeppelin appeared at Kezar Stadium on June 2, 1973, in a concert promoted by Bill Graham, they were at the pinnacle of their fame, riding higher than ever with the release of their fifth album, Houses of the Holy. They toured America in a regal manner befitting to kings, with no expense spared and no luxury denied, grandly flying from city to city in a private jet, performing in front of worshipful audiences that usually were counted in the tens of thousands. They generally were regarded as musical gods who had graciously deigned to descend from the heights of Mount Olympus, with flocks of teenage groupies following their every step, ardently seeking to engage in carnal festivities with them.


On that sunny day in San Francisco, thirty-seven years ago, approximately 50,000 fans gathered at Kezar Stadium to see Led Zeppelin perform. The musicians, having hastily flown up to the Bay Area from Los Angeles at the last minute, arrived onstage in the late afternoon and then proceeded to play for two and a half hours, expertly delivering a high-powered set that included five songs from their new album. From the frantic beat of the drums that heralded the beginning of their first song, "Rock and Roll," to the last note of their final song, "The Ocean," they displayed the complete range of their extraordinary abilities, mightily proving themselves to be worthy of their high stature.


All four members of Led Zeppelin were in strong form throughout the afternoon, showing themselves to be totally in command of their music and their audience. They pulled out all the stops, clearly wanting to give the crowd their money's worth, in a sweeping display of showmanship that was overwhelming in its total effect. Jimmy Page used a bow on his guitar and also played a theremin. In the middle of "Dazed and Confused," Robert Plant paid tribute to the city, singing the famous hit from 1967, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)." During "No Quarter," smoke rolled over the stage, and a number of doves were let loose during another song. It was a stunning performance, and a collective experience, to be remembered for a lifetime by those who attended.

50,000 fans



"No Quarter"



Close-up of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page with dove

David: Led Zeppelin playing in San Francisco was a major event in 1973. They were riding on the crest of a wave after the release of their fourth album in 1971. The release of their fifth album was long awaited and much anticipated.

Gary, Dan, and Michael were determined to be first in line and slept overnight in front of Kezar Stadium. They were in a photo that appeared in a local newspaper under the heading, "The Led Freaks." I went with other friends on the day of the show. I figured that since it was at a stadium, there would be no reason to go that early. When I arrived with my friends, they decided to sit up in the stands, away from the stage. I wasn't interested in joining them, and instead carved my own path on the ground, as close to the stage as I could get. Since I was alone, I was not sure how I was going to get home. It turned out I was only a few yards behind Gary, Dan, and Michael.

I spread out on the ground to secure as much space as I could. I thought I might even take a nap. As the fans filled in around me, the space got tighter. Three girls wandered by, looking for a spot to sit down. I heard one of them say, "Let's sit here," which they did, right on top of my legs, as if I was a log. It then became apparent that I had to make a visit to the restroom. I pulled myself out from under the girls and spread my jacket on the ground, in the hope that it would still be there when I returned. Amazingly, it was.

The ads for the concert stated, "Supporting Acts to Be Announced." That left a lot to the imagination of 50,000 stoned "Led Freaks." I heard rumors that David Bowie was going to open the show, and even that The Beatles were going to do a reunion performance.

Instead, Roy Harper was introduced. The wait already had been long and uncomfortable under the overcast San Francisco sky. I remember Roy Harper sitting on a stool with his acoustic guitar. He mumbled something about just breaking up with his ol' lady. That didn't exactly bring the fans to their feet. In fact, I recall a few catcalls.

After that, The Tubes were introduced. It may sound cool today, but at the time they were just a local club act that no one had heard of, including me. Fee Waybill stomped out in giant platform shoes, pretending to snort from a huge bag of cocaine. No one got the joke, and the catcalls turned into actual boos. Then Lee Michaels played. He did his hit, "Do You Know What I Mean."

OK, almost two o'clock. Time for Led Zeppelin. It was another hour and a half before they appeared on stage. That left a lot of time for fans to indulge in various kinds of substance abuse. I sat alone and watched drug deals going on all around me. One happy fellow kept clapping his hands and shouting, "Feel the day!" I wondered what sort of drug he was on.

Finally, Led Zeppelin walked on stage and we all stood up. That made for more room, and everyone moved forward, closer and closer to the stage. The excitement was in the air. They launched into some of their standards before introducing a few new songs. Robert Plant was very animated and obviously enjoying himself. At one point, between songs, he pulled out a newspaper and read something to Jimmy Page. It sounded like it was a negative review, which claimed that the new glitter band, Slade, was taking Led Zeppelin's place. Robert Plant laughed so hard that he actually fell down and rolled on the stage. I could tell that Led Zeppelin were at the top of the heap and knew it.

I could see people standing on the tops of buildings outside the stadium, trying to get a free show. It was loud enough for most of San Francisco to hear. During "Stairway to Heaven," when they got to the line, "There's a feeling I get when I look to the west," Robert Plant pointed at the crowd and smiled. The audience let out a cheer. Another memorable moment was at the end of "Stairway." They brought out a large box and released some white doves. The birds were not that eager to leave and some had to be coaxed out. One dove flew up, but then flew back and landed on Robert Plant's hand. Jimmy Page put his guitar down and walked over. Plant and Page stood there petting the bird, which seemed very much at home in Robert's hand.

There some negative moments, too. A girl in front of me, one of the girls who had sat on my legs earlier, was clearly on psychedelics. Every few minutes she would point to the sky and yell, "Look!" and then collapse into the people next to her. This happened a few times until one guy caught her and began kissing her. He removed her clothes and had sex with her right in front of me. Afterward, she wandered naked into the crowd. When the people around me left, I saw her clothes on the ground and a bottle of pills that she apparently had been taking. I always wondered what became of her.

Musically, it was a great concert. Led Zeppelin were at their best, but it was also an ordeal that I did not want to repeat. One last memory I have is of Robert Plant talking to the enthusiastic crowd of 50,000 "Led Freaks" and asking us, "Do ya feel it? Do ya feel the buzz?" We did.





Gary: First of all, I would like to acknowledge the generosity of Dan Cuny's older brother, Tim, for three things that made the Led Zeppelin concert possible for us: (1) He loaned Dan the camera with the expensive close-up lens that enabled Dan to take the great photos, (2) He vouched for us to Dan's parents (Dan later revealed that Tim had told his parents we were "good people" and that is was OK for Dan to go with us, and, amazingly, (3) He loaned us the use of his green and white VW van to get us to Kezar Stadium (I was used to driving a stick shift, and was elected by default to drive us there). Without Tim's generosity, we would have had a much worse time.

This was a big event, the biggest concert that we had ever attended. My sister, Sandra (a strong Led Zeppelin fan), also was there with us. When we got to Kezar on Friday, we set up the sleeping bags. I think the beginning of the line was vague and ill-defined. It was hard to tell who was first or where the line began. The crowd was rough. I stayed deep in my sleeping bag when we were in line. Kezar was near Haight-Ashbury and was definitely in a challenging area, with raw behavior and more drugs. I didn't feel comfortable at all there. We stayed in the van at times, to get away from it. This was the dawning of Bill Graham's "Day on the Green" concerts that were popular at the Oakland Coliseum in later years.

Once the gate was opened we ran to the stage, but it was very high, so if you got up close, you couldn't see the band. It was effective as crowd control, because you had to back away from the stage. David came on Saturday, not wanting to wait in line at Kezar overnight, but he was able to get pretty close to us on the grass. I think the best place to see Led Zeppelin might actually have been behind the band. Some of Dan's photos show relaxed people enjoying the show from the stands to the rear of the stage, as the sun was setting behind them. There were no crowds there, and the lighting was probably perfect.

Lee Michaels played before Led Zeppelin. He was the loudest act I had ever heard at Winterland, the year before. In fact, if I tilt my head just right, I can still hear "Stormy Monday" on his shrill Hammond organ, but I don't remember his performance at Kezar at all.

The Tubes were funny with twin guitarists dressed up in bumblebee or butterfly costumes (with insect wings), and Fee Waybill was a clever performer. This was during their "What Do You Want From Life?" period, when they were very sarcastic and outrageously funny. I'm not sure, but Roy Harper might have been the first act of the afternoon. I had heard that he was a good friend of Led Zeppelin ("Hats Off to Harper" on Led Zeppelin III was great). I remember that his acoustic guitar and vocal mike were amplified very loudly, and he was very confrontational. At one point he argued bitterly with a heckler. His set at Kezar was impressive: enjoyable and different. His albums were mostly on import and expensive, so I didn't have any, but I'd heard some tracks on FM radio. I liked his outspokenness and his strong songs.

Led Zeppelin were late coming on, and the crowd was restless. The sun was starting to get lower in the sky, eventually setting behind the stage. Suddenly Led Zeppelin stormed on, opening with "Rock and Roll." The sound was huge and crisp. It almost felt warm. They were at the peak of their career, relaxed and confident, solid and tight, yet also taking chances. They did "Black Dog," "No Quarter" (with John Paul Jones playing moody electric piano), "Whole Lotta Love," and a very psychedelic "Dazed and Confused." Jimmy Page played his red Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck guitar during a monumental version of "Stairway to Heaven." John Bonham's drums were powerful, and I liked the strong musicianship of John Paul Jones. Robert Plant, in an open shirt and tight jeans, was an even match for Jimmy Page in a flamboyant white suit.

The second half of the Led Zeppelin set at Kezar was performed as the sun set directly behind the stage, so we had to look straight into the sun to see the band. We were fried! Michael and I were very light-skinned, and we both burned red. David did much better with his olive complexion. By the end we were zombies. We had gone through the trials of misbehaving crowds, seeing more drug activity and human foibles in one place than probably we have seen in our lifetimes. We were absolutely burned out, figuratively and literally.

I like led Zeppelin more in retrospect. Led Zeppelin II is a true classic. I'm not sure how they got those sounds. The reverse echo effects that Jimmy Page came up with are unlike anything before or since. The band had a great variety of musical styles. An acoustic and soft side tempered the throttle-open hard rock, which was grounded in blues guitar. They truly loved blues musicians like Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Bukka White. Led Zeppelin was Jimmy Page's vision of creating the greatest of all rock bands, and he largely succeeded in making it a reality.





Dan: Wow!!! What memories I have of the Led Zeppelin show. I had wanted to see what in my mind were the "gods of rock" for quite some time. It was announced that Led Zeppelin would be playing at Kezar Stadium, in an outdoor setting. This was what would later become known as a "Day on the Green." We wanted to see Led Zeppelin so much that I remember we arrived at the ticket outlet extremely early in the morning, or possibly even the night before, to make sure that we were first in line to get tickets. We did get the tickets, which was a huge relief.

We planned on going to Kezar Stadium on the day before the show, so that we could assure ourselves of being right up against the stage (where we usually were when we went to Winterland) and seeing Led Zeppelin in our customary way. I had asked my older brother, Tim, if we could borrow his '64 VW bus, so we could rest and sleep in it, since we were going so far ahead of the show. I'm sure he did it reluctantly, but like the great brother that he is, he did let us borrow it. I remember that the show was on a Saturday, and I believe it started in the late morning. We arrived at Kezar Stadium early on Friday morning, and we were among the first to get there. There was even a newspaper photo (which I still have) of us in our sleeping bags being first in line.

When the gates were finally opened, the gate we were at wasn't the first gate to open, but nonetheless we were among the first few hundred people to be let in. As we ran into the stadium, we looked at the stage (which at most shows was about five and a half feet tall) and saw that it was very tall. Maybe about fifteen feet tall. We knew that we couldn't be right against the stage, or we wouldn't be able to see the band. We put our blankets down about thirty feet from the stage, right in the center... perfect.

As the day rolled on and more people arrived, it made a show at Winterland look like peanuts. There were thousands and thousands of people at this concert. The opening act was Roy Harper, and then The Tubes, who I thought were pretty funny, especially when Fee Waybill came out in his platform shoes. Lee Michaels also played a short set.

Now it was time for Led Zeppelin. I had my camera primed with film, and I was ready to shoot their performance. They finally walked onto the stage, and the crowd went crazy. Then, it was a sound issue or something else, but the band suddenly walked off. I was wondering what in the heck was going on, but they soon came back out and played an amazing set.

One of the most odd memories I have of their performance is that, about a third of the way into it, I started to feel sick. It must have been the sun, the lack of food, and being among so many people, but I can remember going down on one knee to rest. Then I heard Jimmy Page start to bow his guitar, and instantly felt better. Throughout their set, I was mesmerized by the showmanship of the band. It was truly one of the best performances I have ever seen, and I'm glad I have the photos to prove it.




Michael: Seeing Led Zeppelin at Kezar Stadium was one of the major highlights of my youth. I was only nineteen years old when they came to San Francisco in 1973. I was a devout fan of their music, having followed them from the release of their first album in 1969, but had I never seen them perform, so I was intensely excited by the prospect of their appearance in the Bay Area.

We began our adventure weeks before the concert, by waiting all night on a sidewalk, so that we could be among the first to buy tickets. Although the concert was on a Saturday, we joined hundreds of other fans in arriving at Kezar Stadium on Friday, in order to be first through the gates and close to the stage. (David wisely declined to wait overnight at the stadium, but the next day he ended up being near us in the crowd.) I must admit that, from the perspective of middle age, we probably put ourselves through more trouble than was necessary, but the show was general admission and we were determined not to let anything keep us from our goal. It helped that we were young and eager.

The show was opened by Roy Harper, a British singer and songwriter who was a friend of Led Zeppelin. He came out on his own, sitting on a chair with his guitar, gamely singing his songs to a crowd that mostly had no interest in him. (Which was a great shame, because he was an excellent musician.) Roy Harper was followed by The Tubes, a local band who were becoming known for their humorous song, "White Punks on Dope." Their singer, Fee Waybill, wore outlandish clothes and was extremely funny. After The Tubes came Lee Michaels, but for some reason I have no particular memory of his set.

While Roy Harper, The Tubes, and Lee Michaels were performing, most members of the audience were occupied with their own activities, which centered mainly on getting themselves drunk and stoned. My friends and I abstained, choosing to remain completely sober. Once the alcohol and drugs had taken hold, the general situation began to get a bit depraved, with many people around us acting in an objectionable manner. I had not witnessed so much excessive behavior since December, 1969, when I attended the infamous performance given by The Rolling Stones at the Altamont Speedway. (My account of that concert can be found here.)

When Led Zeppelin finally appeared, there was a feeling of excitement throughout the stadium, but the band had a problem with their sound as soon as they started to play, forcing them to stop before they had finished their first song. After an awkward delay, they started again, quickly kicking into high gear with "Rock and Roll," played loud and fast. Robert Plant, standing at the front of the stage, looked as he always did in those days, with abundant hair and tight jeans, while Jimmy Page was sharply attired in a white suit and two-tone shoes. John Paul Jones and John Bonham were less showy in their look and demeanor, but they both made essential contributions to the music. It was an absolute thrill to see all four of them on stage.

For several hours, as Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham charged through one famous song after another, I was utterly enthralled by the electric majesty of Led Zeppelin. When I got home that evening, I wearily fell into my bed and slept heavily until the next afternoon. It had been an overwhelming day, long and hot and uncomfortable, but also a day that I would never forget.

After the concert

More about Led Zeppelin at Kezar Stadium here

More about Led Zeppelin at David's Rock Scrapbook

Tight But Loose, an excellent magazine dedicated to Led Zeppelin here  

A review of a performance by Robert Plant in Portland, Oregon, in 2011 here

Next: Savoy Brown

37 comments:

  1. Bill from Canada..... GRRREEEEN WITH ENVY !!

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  2. Ariel from Argentina...it´s GREAT to see private pictures with professional quality. Many people sit on these treasures and don´t let them go. They hoard them. It´s great to see a blog like this wich enjoys sharing experiences

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  3. CLEAN AND CLASSY....

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  4. Thanks for the memories. I too was at this memorable event at Kezar, along with a bunch of High School friends & all of you folks. I was not there for the scene or anything else. I was only there for the musical extravaganza that was Led Zeppelin. I left my partying friends early on with my only quest to be alert & as close to the giant stage as I could get. The day delivered!

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  5. This is interesting to read the articles & comments...more interesting to see the photos. I had forgotten that Lee Michaels even performed at this show, but I do remember The Tubes & thinking what the...??? I was on a certain popular mind altering substance that day, so I recall few details, except Mr. Page's white suit and his bow-playing on Dazed and Confused. I certainly don't remember the crowd being as enormous as the photos show, which is probably a good thing. This was my second Zepplin show, with my third & final one 4-years later; June 14,1977 at Madison Square Garden...it was a fluke how I ended up in the right place & time to see them there. Anyway,it's good to see these photos...thank you!!
    PS-When the heck is the O2 Arena show going to be released??????????????????????????????????

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  6. These are truly spectacular pictures. Thank you so much for sharing them.

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  7. What incredible accounts of a truly red-letter day in Bay Area rock concert history! Thank you for posting these amazing photos and remembrances. I was also there with three high school buddies of mine from Vallejo, they were Mark, Dave, and Dennis. It was one of the highlights from my teenage years. I can remember all the sets, especially when Lee Michaels performed "You know What I Mean," still a wonderful classic tune today. When Led Zeppelin came on (finally!), there truly was electricity in the air. For here, the "gods of rock" appeared from the Misty Mountaintop, and the crowd just exploded. It's a memory and experience that is shared by relatively few alive today...

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  8. Magnificas fotos.Gracias por compartirlas..yo tambien tome algunas fotos usando una camara simple...Hice mi video tomando de ustedes algunas de estas fotos,espero no les moleste el que lo haya hecho..Lo hice solo para compartir mi vivencia con todos los fans de Led Zeppelin y rockeros del mundo...I was there on June 2 1973 at the Kezar Stadium on the best rock concert ever.......Thanks for share this chanel.....peace and love !

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  9. I was there, and was part of the clean up crew the next day. Was paid $5 per hour, bologna on white bread sandwiches, and anything we found. Left with a dozen or so roach clips and pipes, 2 boda bags, baggies full of herb, several ounces of hash, and a small vial with 50 hits of windowpane acid.

    Ah, to be that young again!

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    1. I knew I dropped my stash somewhere in the stadium. Thanks for finding it! Please return the windowpane to peterdfrench@gmail.com Hahaha...just kidding. Sorta. I was there but I wasn't tripping.

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  10. I attended one of the last shows in their career in Zurich 1980 and in your words I live again that beautiful day.Thank you guys for sharing your experience!

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  11. Dee Dee asks.....I was there at Kezar and remember the Led Zepplin show was one of the first outdoor concert! Does anyone remember people droppping in from the top of the wall to get access to the stadium?

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    1. Yes I remember this black guy with no shirt jumping into the stadium from the Polytechnical High School side of the arena off the wall that seemed to be at least 20' high not to mention the bleachers & people below My 1st thought was this guy is out of his mind he's not going to make it w/o injury or possibly killing himself. He jumped and landed wrong on his foot but hobbled off quickly trying to blend into the crowd so security couldn't catch him. The tickets were $6.50. This guy paid the price with his body. What a day it was. I remember Lee Michael's blazing set. He had a guitarist with him that just tore it up. After Lee's set I remember what seemed to the eternal wait for LZ to start. I remember hearing Traffic's "Low Spark of High Healed Boys" at least a dozen times til someone yelled F..K Traffic bring on LZ. The hour & 1/2 wait was worth it. They were phenominal. Lots more to share but as for the event it was magical for an LZ fan who just turned 17.

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  12. Thank you so much for this article and the awesome photos! I am in the audience about maybe 50 feet from stage center and it is by far the best concert I ever went to. Reading these posts has reinforced memories that I will never forget in this life or the next. I guess it's appropriate that there are not concerts like this any more because that would probably lessen the magic that happened in those years, but at the same time I yearn so much to see it all again. What can I say, it was simply heaven.

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  13. Merci beaucoup to the four of you to let me share your feels, fears, hapiness...and pix almost 40 years ago. What a fantastic and fond memories. Great blog. Congratulations and Keep on Rockin'

    Stef the frenchy frog.

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  14. WOW !! I was at this show also. I was in the Navy at the time and came over to the concert in an old panel truck with some friends. We drove over from Concord and arrived in plenty of time to get a choice section of grass about center stage and around fifty feet from the stage. This was the first time I saw Led Zeppelin and I consider it in the top 5 of concerts that I have seen. I'll say one thing, it was better to see them outside than indoors. The sound was much better and the whole atmosphere added to the magical performance that day. Thanks for the photos guys. Seeing the photos brings back so many memories, it's almost like I am there again !

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    1. At 50 feet from the stage center you had to be within a radius of ten feet from me. I had a teenage female sitting on my shoulders for the entire show - because she was too short to see from within the crowd. My neck was stiff for the next three days. The open top of the dumpsters on the track looked like smokehouses. Best outdoor concert I ever attended. I was told the doves were all rendered deaf after sitting on the top of the speaker stands for so long.

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  15. Could have swore Tubes opened and Harper was second. Also, the way I remember it the doves came out of the red smoke during Whole lot of love. With out a doubt one of the best shows ever. And loud. Cronicle the next day said "every note was clearly audible one mile behind the stage".

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  16. I was there! I was in the Air Force stationed in Sacramento. Great show!!! I don't remember Harper at all, but the Tubes were GREAT. One guy who went remembers even less. We'd partied all night, and he crashed before the first note and slept through the whole thing!
    Zep wasn't bad either.

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    1. Hey! I was there too! and stationed at Beale in Marysville,best concert experience EVER although I saw Robert Plant at New Orleanes jazz fest in 08

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  17. I remember this concert, on of the best I have ever expirenced. We were driving down Stanyan Street when all of a sudden the car was filled with the aroma of extra strong wacky. We all looked at each other and said were here! It took a while to find a parking spot (parking has always sucked in the city). The most memorable part of this concert was Jimmy bowing his Les Paul. At one point he was bouncing the music off the buildings on Frederick Street. His timing was perfect and it sounded like there were two Jimmys playing! SWEET MUSIC!!!

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  18. I was at the Keezar show. Took acid and the train from San Jose at 3 in the morning. There was a three hour delay between Roy Harper and Zep. Epic show.

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  19. A couple of friends and me also drove from Sacramento to see this show. I thought that during the Tubes show, one or a couple of the band members through something off stage out into the crowd that was a whitish power in clear plastic. Probably during "White Punks on Dope". Anyone else remember that?

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  20. I got to see their last show in the Bay area a few years later at the "Day on the Green", as I was only 12 at the time of the '73 performance. Wish I could have seen them then!

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  21. I had a girlfriend that lived in the Haight. Spent the day outside the stadium in the stairwell of a victorian. I had never heard sounds like the ones that came out of Kezar that day...big and haunting...the vibes in the neighborhood, the sound...the sound. Never will I forget it

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  22. Yes, I remember it well. I was 14 yrs.old and thought i had died and gone to heaven. My first concert ever and one I will never forget.
    The Zep played great and the Tubes were getting things thrown at them. One guy sitting about 20 ft. from where I was standing,threw a tuna sandwich and hit Fee in the belly.Nice.
    I saw the Tubes a lot growing up in the SF area-they were booked all over the place in those days. Became a really great act around
    1975-76. Definitely talented people.

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  23. the best show i ever saw, too bad no recordings have ever come to light, i have never heard since raw power as clear as a bell as that day, no quarter jelled the brain. . .

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    1. No Recordings ? You need to look around. The audience recording has been in circulation since the 1970's and a soundboard recording of a large part of the gig surfaced over 10 years ago.....

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  24. WOW!!! I was at this concert. I had just graduated from Palo Alto High School (a year late). It was one of the most anticipated concerts I had been to, at that time. A lot of drugs circulating at the time, and all the local markets around the park were sold outta beer & wine the evening before the concert. Yeah, we got there the day before and were wired to the Max by the time the gates opened. By doing so we were able to be within 20 yards or so from the stage.

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  25. I was there that day too.My best friend Beta had two tickets to the gig,said if I would drive I could have one.We were from Alameda so it wasn't too far.
    The weather was nice and the line up was cool too.I had never seen Led Zep so I was really excited.The Tubes were cool and Lee Micheals was great.Led Zep made us wait a hour & a half which at time I thought was excessive.

    My buddy and I were ten yards from the front of the stage.Finally Zep came on and Robert Plant explained that they had only been awake for two and half
    hours then ripped into a awesome show.They played for 2 1/2 hours.Which made up for the wait.Bonzo played the best drum solo I have ever seen on Moby Dick.He play bare handed for half of it.Page was outstanding.Great gig.We were soooo lucky to be from the bay area in the late 60's and early 70's.I was 19 yrs old at the time no generation had music like we did! I remember I hada ounce of weed we got there and very little by the time it was over.

    Leaving Kezar after the gig I had a parking ticket on my car.Before I could say anytime my buddy tore it up and threw it out the window.2 years later I got busted for the parking ticket...hahaha.Great memories.

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  26. Was this the STICKS concert? Save The Inter City Kids. I can't remember the date, but the STICKS was at the Polo Grounds and LZ ended the show. I was with a couple of friends and we drove down from Fairfield. The one thing I remember the most were the announcements for so and so to pick up their friend from the medical tent. As several of you had said, there were a lot of drugs being passed around that day.

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    1. There might have been a "Sticks" concert but the one mentioned here was the 1973 Kezar concert. I was there and in the stands. It was so loud that i went down to the field and hid behind a big trash dumpster. It was a great experience but i wouldn't say it was a great concert because the sound was bad and way too loud. I have pictures from the concert on my facebook page...frank jenks (paradise).

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    2. Polo Grounds is in New York. Quite possibly you have the Kezar show at the wrong venue.

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  27. I recently looked up the history of the that tour, remembering it was the biggest in its time. the entire tour grossed 4.5 million dollars? after expenses and taxes I wonder what was left?

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  28. No pictures of Robert and Jimmy petting the dove?

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  29. Take a closer look at the B/W photos.

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  30. I and two high school friends went the night before, didn't get a wink of sleep, people kept walking through where we were. I had my Swiss Army knife, a gift from my uncle, with me to open bottles/cans whatever, I was shocked when security took it from me and tossed it in a dumpster, I never even thought of it as a "weapon!"

    I seem to remember the then unknown Tubes opening the show, their first song was a really cool astro/surf instrumental, then Fee came out dressed as "Quay Lude" (or was that "Lewd"?) Yes, he was throwing things into the crowd, "Have some cocaine!" I thought it was jawbreakers or something. Almost immediately people began throwing it back at him. Very brave of them to open for that crowd, people would tune in to them in a couple more years, but they were "ahead of their time" then.
    I thought Harper played after Lee Michael's set but it doesn't matter because there was no live music for a long wait. I had the then current Rolling Stone with me, their review of "HOTH" was titled "Zep Sans Blues: Limp Blimp!"

    I too remember the dove release and Page's bow solo echoing off the nearby buildings in the late afternoon.

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