Led Zeppelin Japanese Tour 1972
Poster for Led Zeppelin's concerts at Tokyo, used to help promote its 1972 Japanese tour
|Concert tour by Led Zeppelin|
|Associated album||Led Zeppelin IV
Houses of the Holy
|Start date||2 October 1972|
|End date||10 October 1972|
|Led Zeppelin concert chronology|
This tour took place shortly following the recording of the band's fifth album, Houses of the Holy. Two tracks from the album were played live for first time, namely "The Song Remains the Same" and "The Rain Song". For these tracks, Jimmy Page used his characteristic Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck guitar. Other songs from the album were also played, but these had already been debuted on previous concert tours.
It was on this tour that John Paul Jones played his mellotron for the first time. He used it for the tracks "Stairway to Heaven", "The Rain Song" and "Thank You". He also introduced an arco stand-up bass, which he played during "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp".
Some observers have noted that it was during this tour that the vocals of singer Robert Plant began to show signs of damage, as he arguably started to lose the extremely high-pitched wail which was evident on previous concert tours and album releases. In particular, Plant strained to sing the song "Rock and Roll", leading him to change the melody of the song to a lower register on all future tours.
Tour set list
The dropping of the acoustic set by the band resulted in shorter set lists than those played on more recent tours, with shows now extending to a more manageable length of around two hours. The fairly typical set list for the tour was:
- "Rock and Roll" (Page, Plant, Jones, Bonham)
- "Black Dog" (Page, Plant, Jones)
- "Over the Hills and Far Away" (Page, Plant)
- "Misty Mountain Hop" (Jones, Page, Plant)
- "Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
- "Dancing Days" (Page, Plant)
- "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp" (Page, Plant, Jones)
- "The Song Remains the Same" (Page, Plant)
- "The Rain Song" (Page, Plant)
- "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
- "Stairway to Heaven" (Page, Plant)
- "Moby Dick" (Bonham, Jones, Page) (on 5 and 9 October only)
- "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant)
Encores (variations of the following list):
- "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
- "Immigrant Song" (Page, Plant)
- "Thank You" (Page, Plant)
- "The Ocean" (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant)
- "Communication Breakdown" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
- "Stand by Me" (King, Leiber, Stoller), performed in Osaka on 9 October
There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour.
|2 October 1972||Tokyo||Japan||Budokan Hall|
|3 October 1972|
|4 October 1972||Osaka||Festival Hall|
|5 October 1972||Nagoya||Kokaido|
|9 October 1972||Osaka||Festival Hall|
|10 October 1972||Kyoto||Kyoto Kaikan|
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- Luis Rey (1997) Led Zeppelin Live: An Illustrated Exploration of Underground Tapes, Ontario: The Hot Wacks Press, p. 202.
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- Comprehensive archive of known concert appearances by Led Zeppelin (official website)
- Led Zeppelin concert setlists
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