Led Zeppelin Japanese Tour 1971
Poster for Led Zeppelin's concerts at Tokyo, used to help promote its 1971 Japanese tour
|Concert tour by Led Zeppelin|
|Associated album||Led Zeppelin IV|
|Start date||23 September 1971|
|End date||29 September 1971|
|Led Zeppelin concert chronology|
Led Zeppelin's 1971 Japanese Tour was the first concert tour of Japan by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 23 September and concluded on 29 September 1971. It was one of the first tours of Japan by a western rock band.
One of the concerts from this short tour, at Hiroshima on 27 September, was organised as a benefit show. As an expression of thanks, the city of Hiroshima presented the band with a letter of appreciation and the city medal by the local mayor.
During this tour, singer Robert Plant allegedly punched drummer John Bonham before one of the shows. This was not the only turbulent incident which occurred during the tour. As manager Peter Grant explained:
There were rows. One bloody amazing one happened in Japan when Robert came off stage with a split lip. It was over some dispute over some money from some tour. He still owed Bonzo some petrol money for 70 quid or something, but that's how it was!
The concerts were recorded at the insistence of the Japanese Warner Pioneer label, which was owned by the band's record company Atlantic Records. However, upon hearing the recordings guitarist Jimmy Page found the audio quality to be so inferior that he decided to wipe over the tapes and use them again.
Tour set list
The fairly typical set list for the tour was:
- "Immigrant Song" (Page, Plant)
- "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
- "Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
- "Out on the Tiles" (intro) (Page, Plant, Bonham) / "Black Dog" (Page, Plant, Jones)
- "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
- "Stairway to Heaven" (Page, Plant)
- "Celebration Day" (Jones, Page, Plant)
- "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" (Page, Plant, Jones)
- "That's the Way" (Page, Plant)
- "Going to California" (Page, Plant)
- "Tangerine" (Page)
- "What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant)
- "Moby Dick" (Page, Jones, Bonham)
- "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant)
Encores (variations of the following list):
- "Thank You" (Page, Plant)
- "Communication Breakdown" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
- "Rock and Roll" (Page, Plant, Jones, Bonham)
There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. On 24 September "Your Time Is Gonna Come" was played for the only time in a "Whole Lotta Love" medley which went something like this: "Whole Lotta Love"/"Boogie Chillen"/Cocaine Blues"/"Rave On!"/"Your Time Is Gonna Come"/"I'm A Man"/"The Hunter"/"Hello Mary Lou/"Oh, Pretty Woman"/"How Many More Times"
The only known live performance by Led Zeppelin of the song "Friends" was performed on this tour on 29 September 1971 in Osaka, as is captured on a number of Led Zeppelin bootleg recordings of the show.
|23 September 1971||Tokyo||Japan||Budokan Hall|
|24 September 1971|
|27 September 1971||Hiroshima||Municipal Gymnasium|
|28 September 1971||Osaka||Festival Hall|
|29 September 1971|
- Comprehensive archive of known concert appearances by Led Zeppelin (official website)
- Led Zeppelin concert setlists
- Led Zeppelin Japanese Tour Programme 1971
- Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.