Led Zeppelin United Kingdom Tour Winter 1971

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United Kingdom Winter 1971
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Poster for Led Zeppelin's concert at the Wembley Empire Pool, used to help promote its Winter 1971 U.K. tour
Concert tour by Led Zeppelin
Start date 11 November 1971
End date 15 December 1971
Legs 1
Shows 15
Led Zeppelin concert chronology
Japan 1971 United Kingdom Winter 1971 Australasia 1972

Led Zeppelin's Winter 1971 United Kingdom Tour was a concert tour of the United Kingdom by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 11 November and concluded on 15 December 1971.

It has been suggested that this tour confirmed the status of Led Zeppelin's supremacy in the United Kingdom rock marketplace.[1] Taking place immediately after the release of the band's fourth album, all tickets sold out despite going on sale less than a week before the commencement of the tour. Second shows at Wembley and at Manchester needed to be added after fans queued for up to eighteen hours in order to secure a ticket.[1]

This tour is particularly notable for the two concerts performed by the band at the Wembley Empire Pool, dubbed the "Electric Magic" shows,[2][3] which were the first concerts ever performed at the venue by a rock act in its own right. These five hour shows included bizarre vaudeville circus acts with plate spinners, trapeze artists and performing pigs which were dressed in policeman's uniforms.[4] The concerts also incorporated supporting acts such as Stone the Crows, which was a rare event for Led Zeppelin at this point in their career.[1] A colour poster was sold to fans at the concerts for 30p, which is now a rare and highly sought-after collectible. An altered version of the poster was created for a two coloured silk-screen t-shirt print in 2010 for an official Led Zeppelin t-shirt.[5]

This was the first concert tour on which the band visually projected the "four symbols" which adorned (and is a variant title for) their fourth album onto their stage equipment. Jimmy Page's "Zoso" symbol was put onto one of his Marshall amplifiers, John Bonham's three interlinked circles adorned the outer face of his bass drum, John Paul Jones had his symbol stenciled onto material which was draped across his Fender Rhodes keyboard and Robert Plant's feather symbol was painted onto a side speaker PA cabinet. Only Page's and Bonham's symbols were retained for subsequent Led Zeppelin concert tours.[1]

Tour set list[edit]

The fairly typical set list for the tour was:

  1. "Immigrant Song" (Page, Plant)
  2. "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
  3. "Out on the Tiles" (intro) (Page, Plant, Bonham) / "Black Dog" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  4. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  5. "Rock and Roll" (Page, Plant, Jones, Bonham)
  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. "Celebration Day" (Jones, Page, Plant)
  12. "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
  13. "What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant)
  14. "Moby Dick" (Bonham)
  15. "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
11 November 1971 Newcastle upon Tyne England Newcastle City Hall
12 November 1971 Sunderland Locarno Ballroom
13 November 1971 Dundee Scotland Caird Hall
16 November 1971 Ipswich England St. Mathew's Baths
17 November 1971 Birmingham Kinetic Circus
18 November 1971 Sheffield Sheffield University
20 November 1971 London Empire Pool
'Electric Magic' show
21 November 1971
23 November 1971 Preston Preston Public Hall
24 November 1971 Manchester Free Trade Hall
25 November 1971 Leicester Leicester University
29 November 1971 Liverpool Liverpool Stadium
30 November 1971 Manchester Kings Hall, Belle Vue
2 December 1971 Bournemouth Royal Ballroom
15 December 1971 Salisbury City Hall

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

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