Led Zeppelin Australasian Tour 1972

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Australasia 1972
Australasia1972.jpg
Concert tour by Led Zeppelin
Associated album Led Zeppelin IV
Start date 16 February 1972
End date 29 February 1972
Legs 1
Shows 6
Led Zeppelin concert chronology
United Kingdom Winter 1971 Australasia 1972 North America 1972

Led Zeppelin's 1972 Australasian Tour was the only concert tour of Australia and New Zealand by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 16 February and concluded on 29 February 1972. (Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page had earlier toured Australia with The Yardbirds in January 1967).

The original plan for this tour was for the group to stop off en route at Singapore for a concert on 14 February, but the local authorities refused their entry due to local laws banning males from wearing long hair.[1][2]

Led Zeppelin received generally good press coverage for this tour and black-and-white footage of some of their concert at Sydney on 27 February,[3] along with a press party, were filmed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and shown to a national audience.[1][3] Some of this footage was later made available on the Led Zeppelin DVD, released in 2003.

Part way through this tour Page shaved off his trademark beard, a look he adopted nearly two years before while recording Led Zeppelin III. He had the beard at Led Zeppelin's concert in Melbourne 20 February, but is clean shaven at the band's press party two days later. Page would remain clean shaven for the rest of the band's career.

All of the concerts on this tour except for one (at Brisbane on 29 February)[4] were performed at open-air venues. The Melbourne performance at Kooyong Stadium on 20 February was cut short due to inclement weather.[5]

All concerts from this tour are available on unofficial CDs except for the Perth concert and show the band in fine form.

Tour set list[edit]

The fairly typical set list for the tour was:

  1. "Immigrant Song" (Page, Plant)
  2. "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
  3. "Black Dog" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  4. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  5. "Celebration Day" (Page, Plant, Jones) (on 25, 27 and 29 June only)
  6. "Stairway to Heaven" (Page, Plant)
  7. "Going to California" (Page, Plant)
  8. "That's the Way" (Page, Plant)
  9. "Tangerine" (Page)
  10. "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  11. "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
  12. "What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant)
  13. "Rock and Roll" (Page, Plant, Jones, Bonham)
  14. "Moby Dick" (Bonham)
  15. "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant)

Encores:

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
16 February 1972 Perth Australia Subiaco Oval
19 February 1972 Adelaide Memorial Drive Park
20 February 1972 Melbourne Kooyong Stadium
25 February 1972 Auckland New Zealand Western Springs Stadium
27 February 1972 Sydney Australia Sydney Showground
29 February 1972 Brisbane Brisbane Festival Hall

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 74.
  2. ^ Chris Welch (1994) Led Zeppelin, London: Orion Books. ISBN 1-85797-930-3, p. 65.
  3. ^ a b Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary
  4. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary
  5. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.