Led Zeppelin Japanese Tour 1971

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Japan 1971
Concert by Led Zeppelin
Poster for Led Zeppelin's concerts at Tokyo, used to help promote its 1971 Japanese tour
Associated album Led Zeppelin IV
Start date 23 September 1971
End date 29 September 1971
Legs 1
No. of shows 5
Led Zeppelin concert chronology

Led Zeppelin's 1971 Japanese Tour was the first in Japan by the English rock band. Commenced on 23 September and concluding on 29 September 1971, it was one of the first tours of Japan by a western rock band.[1]

"It was the first time I'd been to such a sort of overpopulated place…" recalled guitarist Jimmy Page of Tokyo, where the tour began. "It was a city with such a new vision towards the future. The technology boom was really going on, even then… It seems odd now with Nikon everywhere, but at the time they were just really breaking the market, and you could get cameras over here really, really inexpensively, and hi-fi and little cine cameras… We came here and went away loaded with cameras and I started documenting the rest of my travels with Led Zeppelin for a bit."[2]

One of the concerts from the short tour, at Hiroshima on 27 September,[3] was a benefit show. As an expression of thanks, the city of Hiroshima presented the band with a letter of appreciation and the city medal from the local mayor.[1]

During the tour, singer Robert Plant allegedly punched drummer John Bonham before one of the shows.[1] This was not the only turbulent incident, 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! [1]

The concerts were recorded at the insistence of the Japanese Warner Pioneer label, owned by the band's record company Atlantic Records. However, Page considered the audio quality so inferior that he decided to wipe the tapes and use them again.[1]

Set list[edit]

A typical set list was:

  1. "Immigrant Song" (Page, Plant)
  2. "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
  3. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  4. "Out on the Tiles" (intro) (Page, Plant, Bonham) / "Black Dog" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  5. "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
  6. "Stairway to Heaven" (Page, Plant)
  7. "Celebration Day" (Jones, Page, Plant)
  8. "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" (Page, Plant, Jones) (Played on 23 and 28 September)
  9. "That's the Way" (Page, Plant)
  10. "Going to California" (Page, Plant)
  11. "Tangerine" (Page)
  12. "What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant)
  13. "Moby Dick" (Page, Jones, Bonham)
  14. "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant)

Encores (variations of the following list):

There were some substitutions, variations, and order switches. On 24 September "Your Time Is Gonna Come" was played for the only time in a "Whole Lotta Love" medley that 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 Zeppelin of "Friends" on this tour on 29 September 1971 in Osaka,[4], as captured on a number of bootlegs.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
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


  1. ^ a b c d e Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, pp. 68-70.
  2. ^ Rowley, Scott (January 2017). "Welcome to Tokyo Super Jam". Classic Rock. No. 231. p. 7-8.
  3. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary
  4. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary

External links[edit]


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