Led Zeppelin North American Tour 1971

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North America 1971
LedZepAmerica1971.jpg
Poster for Led Zeppelin's concert at the Hollywood Sportatorium, used to help promote its 1971 North American tour
Concert tour by Led Zeppelin
Associated album Led Zeppelin IV
Start date 7 August 1971
End date 17 September 1971
Legs 1
Shows 26 (including two European warm-up shows)
Led Zeppelin concert chronology
Europe 1971 North America 1971 Japan 1971

Led Zeppelin's 1971 North American Tour was the seventh concert tour of North America by the English rock band. The tour commenced on August 7 and concluded on 17 September 1971. It included two warm-up shows in Montreux, Switzerland.

This tour took place just prior to the release of the band's fourth album. The band had hoped to release this album in time for the tour, but various delays prevented this from occurring.[1]

This was the longest break that the band had from touring North America to date, with their last tour there having taken place almost a year previously. During the interim the hard rock band Grand Funk Railroad had asserted its influence on the American music market, and Led Zeppelin was keen to re-establish their live reputation through this stint of concert performances.[1]

The new material from the fourth album which was presented by the band on stage was very well received by audiences, which helped to ensure massive sales of that album when it was eventually released in November 1971.[1]

The tour is also notable for the high frequency of crowd disturbances which occurred at the concerts, including those at New York City, Toronto and Boston, as the bootlegs of these concerts attest.

Before this tour, Robert Plant shaved off his beard, a style which he and the rest of his bandmates had adopted the year before. John Paul Jones followed suit a month later, as did Jimmy Page the following winter.

On this tour, the band grossed $1 million.[2]

Tour set list[edit]

The fairly typical set list for the tour was:

  1. "Walk Don't Run" (only on 22 August)
  2. "Immigrant Song" (Page, Plant)
  3. "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
  4. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  5. "Out on the Tiles" (intro) (Page, Plant, Bonham) / "Black Dog" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  6. "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
  7. "Stairway to Heaven" (Page, Plant)
  8. "Celebration Day" (Jones, Page, Plant)
  9. "That's the Way" (Page, Plant)
  10. "Going to California" (Page, Plant)
  11. "What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant)
  12. "Moby Dick" (Page, Jones, Bonham)
  13. "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant)

Encores (variations of the following list):

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

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
European warm-up shows
7 August 1971 Montreux Switzerland Montreux Casino
8 August 1971
North America
19 August 1971 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Pacific Coliseum
20 August 1971 Seattle, Washington United States Seattle Center Coliseum
21 August 1971 Inglewood, California The Forum
22 August 1971
23 August 1971 Fort Worth, Texas Tarrant County Convention Center
24 August 1971 Dallas, Texas Memorial Auditorium
26 August 1971 Houston, Texas Sam Houston Coliseum
27 August 1971 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Civic Auditorium
28 August 1971 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Arena
29 August 1971 New Orleans, Louisiana Municipal Auditorium
31 August 1971 Orlando, Florida Orlando Sports Stadium
1 September 1971 Pembroke Pines, Florida Hollywood Sportatorium
3 September 1971 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
4 September 1971 Toronto, Ontario Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
5 September 1971 Chicago, Illinois United States Chicago Amphitheater
6 September 1971 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden
9 September 1971 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum
10 September 1971 Syracuse, New York Onondaga Veterans Auditorium
11 September 1971 Rochester, New York War Memorial Auditorium
13 September 1971 Berkeley, California Berkeley Community Theatre
14 September 1971
16 September 1971 Honolulu, Hawaii Neal S. Blaisdell Arena
17 September 1971

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 64.
  2. ^ Chris Welch (1994) Led Zeppelin, London: Orion Books. ISBN 1-85797-930-3, p. 65.

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

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