Led Zeppelin North American Tour 1971
|Concert by Led Zeppelin|
Poster for Led Zeppelin's concert at the Hollywood Sportatorium, used to help promote its 1971 North American tour
|Associated album||Led Zeppelin IV|
|Start date||7 August 1971|
|End date||17 September 1971|
|Number of shows||26 (including two European warm-up shows)|
|Led Zeppelin concert chronology|
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 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.
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.
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.
It was on this tour that the notorious "Folding Chair Incident" took place. On August 26, at the show in Houston, several fans threw folding chairs at the stage in protest to what were perceived as overpriced tickets. Fortunately, no one was injured, and the show continued without any more interruptions.
On this tour, the band grossed $1 million.
Tour set list
The fairly typical set list for the tour was:
- "Walk Don't Run" (only on 22 August)
- "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)
- "That's the Way" (Page, Plant)
- "Going to California" (Page, Plant)
- "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):
- "Communication Breakdown" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
- "Organ Solo" (Jones) / "Thank You" (Page, Plant)
- "Rock and Roll" (Page, Plant, Jones, Bonham)
- "Weekend" (on 21 August only)
There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour.
- Comprehensive archive of known concert appearances by Led Zeppelin (official website)
- Led Zeppelin concert setlists
- U.S. 1971 tour
- Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.