Led Zeppelin Release 1976 Earls Court ‘Stairway To Heaven’ Performance
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 24: Jimmy Page of the rock band 'Led Zeppelin' performs onstage at the Forum on March 24, 1975 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
The Band’s Finest Moment
Led Zeppelin has released their live performance of “Stairway to Heaven” – recorded during their historic concerts in 1975 at London’s Earls Court. Over the course of nine nights, they played five shows in support of “Physical Graffiti.” They originally booked only three dates, but after tickets sold out in mere hours, they decided to add two more dates. They played for three hours each!
Although they were supporting their “Physical Graffiti” LP, their setlist also featured several of their greatest hits.
“The band played with tremendous fire, possessed by an almost demonic power, amidst clouds of smoke pierced by green laser beams,” music journalist Chris Welch wrote. “Jimmy Page flailed his violin bow against the guitar strings, producing eerie, echoing gothic howls. At the time, I wrote in a review that ‘Robert Plant maintains an essentially human, chatty approach to audiences, almost like a guide taking us through the story of the band, a jester at the wheel of some fearsome juggernaut, offering sly asides and poetic ruminations between moments of terrible power.’”
“The band enjoyed the Physical Graffiti material far more than the old war horses,” he continued, “and the best moments from the previous albums came in the shape of ballads and acoustic songs.”