Thirty-one years ago tomorrow (3/10/75), Led Zeppelin -- on tour behind their Physical Graffiti album -- played a 14-song set at the Sports Arena. No band opened for them. Doors for the sold-out concert opened at 3 p.m., and seating was unreserved. No chairs were set up on the floor. (When the band returned to the venue two years later, Robert Plant would comment from the stage, "I see you've finally found your seats.") The band took the stage at 9 p.m., an hour later than scheduled.
As captured on the bootleg album Symphony in a Thousand Parts, after the opening medley of "Rock and Roll" and "Sick Again," Robert Plant implored the unruly crowd to "shut right up" and "step back," as patrons pressed toward the stage. The drum solo in "Moby Dick" ran just under a half hour in length, and female attendees reportedly showered the stage with lingerie during the opening strains of "Stairway to Heaven." The bootleg album does not include the final encore, "Heartbreaker."