50 Years Ago Today: “Stairway to Heaven” was Performed for the First Time (Audio)
On the evening of March 5, 1971, Led Zeppelin began their "Back to the Clubs" tour in front of 1,200 fans in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
They began the concert with "Immigrant Song" from 1969 and after the fifth song, "Dazed and Confused," the four-piece debuted a new song that had just been written and had not even been recorded, yet. That song, "Stairway to Heaven," eventually found its place as the fourth song on Side One of Led Zeppelin IV, released in November, 1971.
'Stairway' was followed-up by another first for the band as they debuted "Going to California." "Black Dog" and "Rock and Roll" also were played for the very first time to an audience.
The following night, Led Zeppelin played a show in Dublin, Ireland. This would be the final time that they ever played a concert on The Emerald Isle.
You can view photos and ticket stubs from that night, HERE.
Since I've Been Loving You
Dazed and Confused
Stairway to Heaven
Going to California
What Is and What Should Never Be
Whole Lotta Love
Rock and Roll
Bring it On Home.
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