101.Rock And Roll
103.Over The Hills And Far Away
104.In My Time Of Dying
105.The Song Remains The Same
106.The Rain Song
301.Dazed & Confused (includes Woodstock)
302.Stairway To Heaven
303.Whole Lotta Love/The Crunge
The two concerts in Vancouver are almost cancelled, due to a strike by radio station CKLG-FM.
3-18-75: "CUPE local 1004 (Canadian Union of Public Employees) at the PNE and two other unions involved would have boycotted the concert if CUPE local 686, representing the CKLG strikers, had so wished. But CUPE spokesman Ole Johnson said the concert is “definitely on.”
“We felt it was in the best public interest to allow the concert to be held," he said, “We aren’t intertested in hurting the over 20,000 people who have already bought tickets."
This is something like a prelude to the following evening's show. The playing is on top form and overall all the songs were performed with furiosity. Pagey is in decent form tonight, with especially fine playing on Sick Again, In My Time Of Dying and The Song Remains The Same; Plant is not in fine form, though, with his best vocals coming from the songs that demanded the least from him, such as No Quarter and Whole Lotta Love; Bonham does bring the bang, with awesome drumming on Over The Hills And Far Away, Kashmir and Trampled Underfoot. Ironically, it is Jones that makes this show awesome, with amazing bass playing and great keyboards from start to finish. Kashmir was dedicated to "...Richard Cole, our tour manager - a good upright British citizen" and Dazed And Confused to "...our manager, Peter Grant, who's made so many things possible. He's the man who gives us the blow job in the dressing room". Obviously the whole band had a great time during these two Vancouver shows.
The tape begins with a brief soundcheck before Rock and Roll crashes into motion. In My Time of Dying features some excellent slide work from Page. Plant exclaims "lick your pussy, yeah!" during the "oh Georgina!" section. The Rain Song is beautiful. Plant introduces Kashmir as "a song that talks about the wasted, wasted, wasted lands," adding "it's not California." No Quarter is absolutely fantastic. A series of echo-heavy theramin howls introduce Jones's outstanding piano solo. Page solos wildly as Bonzo and Jones explore an upbeat jazzy rhythm during the epic instrumental section. A phenomenal performance, one of the best and most complex thus far.
Page shreds erratically through the guitar solo during an aggressive Trampled Underfoot. Plant tells the crowd "a very serious part of the night has now arrived... where I nip off to the dressin' room to get a blow job" before introducing Moby Dick as "an experience you will never forget." He dedicates Dazed and Confused to Peter Grant, joking "he's the man who gives us the blow job in the dressing room." The ever-expanding Woodstock interlude now begins with a hauntingly beautiful a cappella guitar introduction. The bow solo is followed by an unusual quiet interlude, complete with ethereal howls from Plant. Page is absolutely on fire during the marathon guitar solo/workout section, shredding furiously as Bonzo and Jones race along at top speed. An unbelievably epic performance, clocking in at over thirty-seven minutes.
Stairway to Heaven is introduced as "one of the high spots amidst the haste." Plant introduces "Jimmy 'Jack Daniel's' Page" as the band returns to the stage. Whole Lotta Love features another excellent rendition of The Crunge prior to the funky theramin freakout. As the band leaves the stage, Plant announces "Vancouver, British Columbia... people of the realm, goodnight." Must hear.