December 8, 1972
The Hardrock Concert Theatre
101. Rock And Roll
102. Over The Hills And Far Away
103. Black Dog
104. Misty Mountain Hop
105. Since I've Been Loving You
106. Dancing Days
107. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
108. The Song Remains The Same
109. The Rain Song
201. Dazed And Confused
202. Stairway To Heaven
301. Whole Lotta Love
303. Immigrant Song
304. Communication Breakdown
A very energetic and fiery show. The instrumental machine is on a roll and Robert' though careful with the range of his voice, is still extremely powerful and high. The rowd is noisy so it leaded Plant to the statement: "Every time we come to Manchester, there's a lot of people shouting out." Dazed And Confused is a slick and incredible version and Jimmy outplays himself in his solo from Since I've Been Loving You. The medley is very fast and spontaneous and there's a nice selection of encores, played with guts.
Plant is regaining control of his voice, belting out the verses with power and bravado during Rock and Roll. Black Dog is brutally heavy. Page shreds through the guitar solo. Plant forgets some lyrics during the first verse of Misty Mountain Hop. Page is on fire during an epic Since I've Been Loving You. A truly powerful performance, one of the best in recent memory. Before Dancing Days, Plant comments on the English music press's fondness for the song. After a long pause, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp begins with a loud hum of feedback from Jones's bass.
Page's fingers fly across the fretboard during an excellent The Song Remains the Same. The Rain Song is fantastic, the perfect balance of delicate beauty and thunderous attack. As shouted requests continue to pour in from the crowd, Plant jokes "it really doesn't matter, we're gonna carry on with Bill Fury numbers all night" before Dazed and Confused. The lead-in to the bow solo features a great heavy jam with Bonzo thrashing violently at anything within reach before a particularly heavy iteration of the San Francisco interlude. The guitar solo/workout section is an explosion of raw energy lead by Page's lightning-fast soloing. The outro is drenched in wah-wah as Plant's screeches and howls echo out over the crowd. An amazing performance.
Stairway to Heaven is plagued by feedback during the verse before Bonzo enters. Page blazes through an excellent guitar solo as Bonzo holds down a martial rhythm. Plant introduces Whole Lotta Love as "a song that really typifies everything that we do during our hobby time." Page leads the band in a jam on a funky riff before the theramin freakout. With a machine gun snare burst, Bonzo triggers the thunderous explosion of the Everybody Needs Somebody to Love section. The band gets into a funky It's Your Thing breakdown before the guitar solo break. Plant skips the usual boogie rap, heading straight into a riotous rendition of John Lee Hooker's Bottle Up and Go. Page, Jones, and Bonzo jam on a bluesy rhythm as Plant struggles to get the boogie back on track. The medley proper includes Boogie Chillen', a raucous rendition of Gene Vincent's Say Mama, Elvis Presley's Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, and Goin' Down Slow after a cut in the tape. As the band leaves the stage, Plant tells the crowd "thank you very much, we've had a very silly time."
Page gets Jones and Bonzo into a high-speed jam in the middle of the a cappella solo during Heartbreaker. He blazes through a lightning-fast guitar solo. The final verse is utterly explosive. Plant introduces Immigrant Song as "a song that's taken all over the world, even Bangcock." The band closes the show with a quick and dirty Communication Breakdown. A devastatingly heavy performance. Must hear.