DavidZoso Posted February 14, 2013 Share Posted February 14, 2013 This was the last ever show played by the original band in the United States. It was played at the Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California as a two day event. It was put on by Bill Graham as his 'Day on the Green' yearly shows. It was the first time in a very long time that Led Zeppelin actually had opening acts: Derringer and Judas Priest. Robert Plant and John Bonham knew the members if Judas Priest personally as they were also from Birmingham, England. Derringer was a band that Rick Derringer had and it included drummer Vinny Appice who would go on to play with Black Sabbath. This is one of my fav shows from the 1977 tour and one of the first I collected back in the early '80's . I still have my original vinyl bootleg. The two Oaklland shows are unique in that the music really had to speak for itself as it was played outdoors during the day with hardly any lights, no dry ice and no lasers. The stage was dressed up to look like Stonehenge with a big sun positioned behind Bonzo's drums. I don't know the full story about the woman coming out during No Quarter and dancing with Robert Plant but she also came out at the end of Stairway to Heaven as you can see in the pics. One thing that is kinda neat- the clothes and boots that Jimmy Page wear are the same exact ones he wears in the first video from The Firm's first video for 'Radioactive' in 1985. There was no drum solo played at this show. The next scheduled show for the band was going to be at the Superdome in New Orleans. Tragedy struck on July 26th when Robert Plant's 5-year old son Karac died from a stomach virus. The rest of the tour was immediately cancelled. Here are the last dates that the band didn't get to play: July 30-New Orleans-The Superdome. August 2-Chicago- Stadium August 3- Chicago-Stadium August 6- Orchard Park, New York-Rich Stadium August 8--Buffalo, New York-Memorial Auditorium August 9- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- Civic Arena August 10- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- Civic Arena August 13- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-JFK Stadium Setlist: The Song Remains The Same Sick Again Nobody's Fault But Mine Over the Hills and Far Away Since I've Been Loving You No Quarter Ten Years Gone The Battle of Evermore Going to California Mystery Train Black Country Woman Bron-Y-Aur Stomp White Summer ~ Black Mountainside Kashmir Trampled Underfoot Guitar solo Achilles Last Stand Stairway to Heaven Encore: Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll Jimmy Page arriving for show. Robert Plant backstage Bonzo walking to the stage. The Song Remains the Same The Song Remains the Same The Song Remains the Same The Song Remains the Same Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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