|Concert by Led Zeppelin|
|Associated album||In Through the Out Door|
|Start date||17 June 1980|
|End date||7 July 1980|
|No. of shows||14 (16 scheduled)|
|Led Zeppelin concert chronology|
Tour Over Europe 1980 was the last concert tour by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. The tour ran from 17 June to 7 July 1980. Ten of the tour's shows were performed in cities throughout West Germany, as well as one show each in Brussels, Rotterdam, Vienna, Zürich, and West Berlin.
This was the first series of concerts performed by the band since their shows at Knebworth almost a year before. Singer Robert Plant was reluctant to tour the United States, and the band wanted to avoid some of the negative press attention that had dogged them in the United Kingdom, so as a compromise Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant decided to schedule a short European tour. He hoped that being on the road again would rejuvenate Plant's enthusiasm for touring and eventually inspire Plant's desire to tour the U.S again.
During the tour the band played small venues with a scaled-down PA and a modest stage and lighting setup. As such, it had a much more low-key feel than on recent tours. The set list was also shorter, at approximately two hours, with some of the band's longer songs such as "No Quarter" and "Moby Dick" discarded. Material from the band's most recent album, In Through the Out Door, was also limited. The concerts opened with "Train Kept A-Rollin'," which had not been a regular feature of their live sets since 1969. Press coverage of the tour was minimal.
Generally speaking, there was a playful and generous spirit about the tour, with guitarist Jimmy Page even handling some of the stage introductions himself for the first time in the band's twelve-year career. However, some on-stage problems were experienced. The 26 June show at Vienna was interrupted during "White Summer" when Page was struck in the face by a firecracker. The organizer stepped up and talked to the audience, and asked the person responsible to come to the stage to have a word with him. After a delay, the band returned to play "Kashmir" to conclude the show. The 27 June show at Nuremberg came to an abrupt end after the third song when John Bonham collapsed on stage and was rushed to a hospital. Press speculation arose that Bonham's problem was caused by an excess of alcohol and drugs, but the band claimed that he had simply overeaten.
The tour's poster listed a second concert at Berlin, on 8 July, but this show was never performed. The final full-length concert Led Zeppelin played until 2007 was on 7 July, with "Whole Lotta Love" being the closing number at this gig.
In an interview, bass player John Paul Jones recalled of this tour:
Morale was very high. We were in really good spirits. We were stripped down a lot, musically, and as an act, we remember back to what we were doing. Punk kind of woke us up again. "Oh yeah, I remember what we are supposed to be doing here." It was about to go for a change of gears and round two ... By the time John [Bonham] died, we all had sorted it out and were ready to go again. He died in rehearsals for an American tour.
All the shows of the tour were released by the bootleg label Tarantura on a 26-disc box set, and as separate releases during 1996 and 1997. Most of the shows are complete and are sourced from soundboard recordings; the Rotterdam show is missing the first four songs, and the Vienna and Munich shows are sourced from audience recordings. There is, however, a complete audience recording of the Rotterdam show in existence.
The tour was pushed back a month. The original itenerary consisted of:
|22 May 1980||Vienna||Austria||Wiener Stadthalle|
|23 May 1980||Munich||West Germany||Olympiahalle|
|25 May 1980||Dortmund||Westfalenhalle|
|26 May 1980||Cologne||Sporthalle|
|28 May 1980||Bremen||Bremen Stadthalle|
|29 May 1980||Berlin||Eissporthalle|
|30 May 1980|
|31 May 1980||Mannheim||Eisstadion|
|1 June 1980|
|2 June 1980||Zürich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|5 June 1980||Brussels||Belgium||Forest National|
|14 June 1980||Saint-Ouen||France||Sport Center|
The dates performed were:
|17 June 1980||Dortmund||West Germany||Westfalenhalle|
|18 June 1980||Cologne||Sporthalle|
|20 June 1980||Brussels||Belgium||Vorst Nationaal|
|21 June 1980||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Rotterdam Ahoy|
|23 June 1980||Bremen||West Germany||Stadthalle|
|24 June 1980||Hanover||Messehalle|
|26 June 1980||Vienna||Austria||Wiener Stadthalle|
|27 June 1980||Nuremberg||West Germany||Messezentrum Halle|
|29 June 1980||Zürich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|30 June 1980||Frankfurt||West Germany||Festhalle Frankfurt|
|2 July 1980||Mannheim||Eisstadion am Friedrichspark|
|3 July 1980|
|5 July 1980||Munich||Olympiahalle|
|7 July 1980||West Berlin||Eissporthalle an der Jafféstraße|