- Led Zeppelin Japanese Tour 1971
infobox concert tour
concert_tour_name = Japan 1971
Poster for Led Zeppelin's concerts at Tokyo, used to help promote its 1971 Japanese tour
type = Concert
September 23, 1971
September 29, 1971
number_of_legs = 1
number_of_shows = 5
last_tour = North America 1971
this_tour = Japan 1971
next_tour = United Kingdom Winter 1971
Led Zeppelin's 1971 Japanese Tour was the first concert tourof Japanby the English rock band. The tour commenced on September 23and concluded on September 29, 1971. It was one of the first tours of Japan by a western rock band.Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) "Led Zeppelin: The Concert File", London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, pp. 68-70.]
One of the concerts from this short tour, at
Hiroshimaon September 27, [ [http://ledzeppelin.com/show/september-27-1971 Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary] ] was organised as a benefit show. As an expression of thanks, the city of Hiroshima presented the band with a letter of appreciation and the city medal by the local mayor.
During this tour, singer
Robert Plantallegedly punched drummer John Bonhambefore one of the shows. This was not the only turbulent incident which occurred during the tour. As manager Peter Grant explained:
The concerts were recorded at the insistence of the Japanese Warner Pioneer label, which was owned by the band's record company
Atlantic Records. However, upon hearing the recordings guitarist Jimmy Pagefound the audio quality to be so inferior that he decided to wipe over the tapes and use them again.
Tour set list
The fairly typical
set listfor the tour was:
Immigrant Song" (Page, Plant)
#"Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
#"Black Dog" (Page, Plant, Jones)
#"Dazed and Confused" (Page)
Stairway to Heaven" (Page, Plant)
Celebration Day" (Jones, Page, Plant)
That's the Way" (Page, Plant)
Going to California" (Page, Plant)
What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant)
#"Moby Dick" (Page, Jones, Bonham)
Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant)
There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. On September 24 "
Your Time Is Gonna Come" was played for the only time in a " Whole Lotta Love" medley which went something like this: " Whole Lotta Love"/" Boogie Chillen"/Cocaine"/" Rave On!"/" Your Time Is Gonna Come"/" I'm A Man"/" The Hunter"/" Hello Mary Lou/" Oh, Pretty Woman"/" How Many More Times"
The only known live performance by Led Zeppelin of the song "Friends" was performed on this tour on
29 September 1971in Osaka, [ [http://ledzeppelin.com/show/september-29-1971 Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary] ] as is exhibited on a number of Led Zeppelin bootleg recordingsof the show.
*23/09/1971 flagicon|Japan Budokan Hall -
*24/09/1971 flagicon|Japan Budokan Hall -
*27/09/1971 flagicon|Japan Municipal Gymnasium -
*28/09/1971 flagicon|Japan Festival Hall -
*29/09/1971 flagicon|Japan Festival Hall -
* [http://www.ledzeppelin.com/timelinebrowse Comprehensive archive of known concert appearances by Led Zeppelin (official website)]
* [http://www.bootledz.com/setlists.htm Led Zeppelin concert setlists]
*Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) "Led Zeppelin: The Concert File", London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.
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