For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: Zeppelin at Memorial Auditorium, '75
Led Zeppelin played Memorial Auditorium six times between March 28, 1970, and April 1, 1977 -- including back-to-back, attendance-record-setting gigs on March 4 and 5 in '75. Those shows remain perhaps the two best-documented concerts in local hard-rock history: The band's official Web site features dozens of photos from the concerts taken by Carl Dunn -- the lifelong Dallas resident whose work is celebrated here and collected in his tome This is Rock and Roll -- as well as ticket stubs, the tour program, a print ad and video from the show augmented with the original radio spots advertising the March 3 Fort Worth gig and the Dallas shows.
There's also a review from The Dallas Morning News penned by one Charlie Bates -- not a huge fan:
Page's style appears uncontrolled, very aggressive and almost always at a high level of unvarying intensity. His guitar and Plant's scorching vocal tones embody the Zeppelin sound. When back-grounded by John Paul Jones' bottom-heavy bass and drummer John (Bonzo) Bonham's booming licks, that group sound is thunderous, jagged, overbearing.
Sounds good to me -- real good, as evidenced by this 2-hour-42-minute soundboard recording of the March 4 show, commonly known as Chasing the Dragon. It opens with "Rock and Roll," closes with "Heartbreaker," and somewhere in the middle of the 15-song set list is a half-hour "Moby Dick" that is, sure, thunderous. I used to think that was the climax of the concert -- years ago I paid $39.95 for a "remastered special-edition" double-disc-er titled, simply, Dallas 1975 that left off the final five tracks. Dang it.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Dallas, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.