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  posted on 9/12/2017 at 06:53 AM
After spending years off the road, Led Zeppelin made a triumphant return to the touring circuit with their 1980 European tour. Plans for an American leg were announced on Sept. 11 of that year — but a tragedy in the band’s ranks would prevent those dates from ever materializing.

Called “The 1980s: Part One,” Zeppelin’s return to North American stages was supposed to begin Oct. 17 in Montreal and continue through mid-November, with stops at a number of arenas throughout the East and Midwest. As writer Mick Wall detailed in his book When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin, the dates were assembled after a long period of careful nudging from manager Peter Grant, who could only get the band back on the road after convincing singer Robert Plant.

Plant, as most fans were aware, had made music much less of a priority since losing his son Karac to a sudden illness during Zeppelin’s 1977 tour. Making his way back to the spotlight was a gradual and painful process; as he later admitted, he seriously considered retiring from recording altogether, and was only able to get his head around performing again through his friendship with drummer John Bonham and the patient encouragement of guitarist Jimmy Page.

“I lost my boy,” he explained simply in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I didn’t want to be in Led Zeppelin. I wanted to be with my family.”

Back in gear after the release of 1979’s In Through the Out Door, the group reconvened onstage at Knebworth that year, striking the spark that Grant carefully fanned into a flame the following year. But while Plant was willing to return to the road, he had a list of conditions — among them an itinerary that included regularly scheduled downtime, smaller venues and breaks to return home every month.

That all factored into the list of shows the band’s management unveiled on Sept. 11, 1980. And while this leg was obviously too short to sate pent-up demand for live Led Zeppelin performances in North America, there was plenty of time to add more dates — or there would have been, if fate hadn’t taken the next in a series of dark turns for the group.

On Sept. 24 — shortly after rehearsals for the tour started — Bonham passed out after hours of heavy drinking and was put to bed by a pair of Zeppelin’s personal assistants. When the group’s road manager attempted to rouse Bonham the following morning, he was unable to find a pulse and called for an ambulance, but it was too late. The drummer died at the age of 32, bringing Led Zeppelin to an almost immediate end.

After Bonham’s death wiped the 1980 North American tour off the calendar, his surviving bandmates took several weeks to process his absence before deciding to put the group to rest; on Dec. 4, they shared their decision with the world in a press release. “We wish it to be known,” they wrote, “that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.”


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  posted on 9/12/2017 at 12:04 PM
My older brothers & their High School friends were very excited about Zep touring the US and were pretty convinced Atlanta was going to be added to the tour. I suspect it would have been if these dates had gone off well (I would have been turning 12 when they hit Atlanta and too young)

From Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Led_Zeppelin_%E2%80%93_The_1980s,_Part_One

The intended tour itinerary was as follows:

17 October 1980 Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum
19 October 1980 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
20 October 1980 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
22 October 1980 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum
23 October 1980 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
26 October 1980 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
27 October 1980 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
29 October 1980 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena
30 October 1980 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena
1 November 1980 Buffalo, New York War Memorial Auditorium
3 November 1980 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum
4 November 1980 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum
6 November 1980 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena
7 November 1980 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena
9 November 1980 Saint Paul, Minnesota Civic Center Arena
10 November 1980 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium
12 November 1980 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium
13 November 1980 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium
15 November 1980 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium
For the concerts on this tour, the band intended to use a scaled-down approach similar to the one they used for the European tour.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2017 at 01:10 PM
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My older brothers & their High School friends were very excited about Zep touring the US and were pretty convinced Atlanta was going to be added to the tour. I suspect it would have been if these dates had gone off well (I would have been turning 12 when they hit Atlanta and too young)

From Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Led_Zeppelin_%E2%80%93_The_1980s,_Part_One

The intended tour itinerary was as follows:

17 October 1980 Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum
19 October 1980 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
20 October 1980 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
22 October 1980 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum
23 October 1980 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
26 October 1980 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
27 October 1980 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
29 October 1980 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena
30 October 1980 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena
1 November 1980 Buffalo, New York War Memorial Auditorium
3 November 1980 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum
4 November 1980 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum
6 November 1980 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena
7 November 1980 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena
9 November 1980 Saint Paul, Minnesota Civic Center Arena
10 November 1980 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium
12 November 1980 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium
13 November 1980 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium
15 November 1980 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium
For the concerts on this tour, the band intended to use a scaled-down approach similar to the one they used for the European tour.


WOW!!! Pretty amazing to see that many multiple dates in the same city. Maybe not since they were and are one of the greats. Probably do not get a lot of that these days.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2017 at 01:11 PM
I saw them in 1971 and twice again in 1973. First time I was 16 and a junior in high school. It was only my second concert. They did only one night at The Forum in L.A. (Lakers' venue at the time). They came back to The Forum when I was an 18 year old senior. They had really exploded.............Led Zep IV had been out for awhile and dominated the airways. Houses Of The Holy though was their latest and they played every single cut............another of their greatest records. Now they were up to four nights @ The Forum. Three buddies and I stayed overnight @ The Forum to get tickets...........I scored primo seats for the first and last nights. Took a girl the first night, me and three friends went to the last.

It would be hard for me to really describe how incredible those three shows in '71 and '73 really were. Page/Plant/Jones/Bonham were all in their early 20's, pumped and in their prime. In '71 they played for 3-1/2 hours with a 20 or 30 minute acoustic set in the middle including side two of Led Zeppelin III. I remember Plant walking out for their 4th encore and telling the crowd, "You don't even give a bloke a chance to have a smoke!!"

'73 was more in the vein of a hard core rock and roll show............their stardom was beginning to peak, they knew it, and they were pumped; I remember Page swinging his right arm around in a windmill when he walked onstage, kind of a message to the crowd, "Are you ready kids?" You knew then that this was going to be special. They had discarded the acoustic set by then although I've heard they went back to it in later years.

I never even bothered seeing them again. I asked myself "Why? They can never come close to what I have already seen. I'm not going to tarnish that memory." Looking back it seems I possessed wisdom beyond my years.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2017 at 02:20 PM
There were supposed to be three dates in Montreal

Oct. 14
Oct 15
Oct 17

They were supposed to have been on sale already but there was a delay as there had to be an "extra ticket" attached to each ticket. It was a warning against fireworks and things of that nature. Stating that if it happens the band walks off stage.

Because of the delay, people had been camped around the old Montreal Forum for days. The shows would have sold out immediately obviously. I had a lock on front row center for the 15th through the promoter. 3rd row center for the other two nights. It was a sad day indeed when Bonham died and those dreams fell through.

Not sure about the other dates listed but those are definitely dates missed off the list. The promoter was also offered dates on the back end of the tour.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2017 at 06:08 PM
i remember when they announced the chicago shows. the only way to get tickets was to get a copy of the chicago tribune so you could get the mail in full page ad with the instructions for getting tickets. i took off work the day it came out and Q95 had copies of the paper they were going to give out on monument circle. there was a huge crowd and a near riot to get one of 100 papers. i got one and had to get a money order to mail in for tickets. then the news came out that Bonham had died. they returned my money order and sent a short note saying how sad it was and that i could still purchase hockey tickets or something else insted (i still have the note and the original paper)

years later some guy happened to purchase all of the unsold tickets. he probably still has some. he would frame them various ways and resold them. i bought 2 different versions, plus he gave me 4 single tickets unframed. they are very cool to have hanging in my house.

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  posted on 9/12/2017 at 07:21 PM
Really loved them when I was a young kid. As all the proof has come out with how much they stole from other artists I've rarely listened to them. When I have tried all I think about is what thieves they were.

Like Mark Maguire & Barry Bonds I don't have time for them. Would have been great without ripping off other songwriters.

 
 


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