Tour Over Europe 1980

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.

Tour Over Europe 1980
Tour by Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin's 1980 Tour Over Europe.jpg
Associated albumIn Through the Out Door
Start date17 June 1980
End date7 July 1980
No. of shows14 (16 scheduled)
Led Zeppelin concert chronology


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.[1]

The band performed rehearsals for the tour at the Rainbow Theatre and Victoria Theatre in London, and then at Shepperton Studios, Middlesex.[1]

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.[1]

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.[2] However, some on-stage problems were experienced. The 26 June show at Vienna[3] 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, omitting "Black Mountain Side", Page and the band returned to play "Kashmir" and the rest of the show. The 27 June show at Nuremberg[4] 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.[5]

The tour's poster listed a second concert at Berlin, on 8 July,[6] but this show was never performed. The final full-length concert Led Zeppelin played until 2007 was on 7 July,[7] 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.[8]


Audio bootlegsEdit

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 (there are, however, two complete audience recordings of the Rotterdam show in existence), and the Vienna and Munich shows are sourced from audience recordings. There have been many unofficial releases of these concerts since, most of them in higher audio quality than Tarantura’s release.


On Led Zeppelin's website, there are 8mm films featuring parts of the Rotterdam,[9] Zürich[10] and Munich[11] shows. Footage also exists for the shows in Dortmund and Cologne.

Tour set listEdit

  1. "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Bradshaw, Kay, Mann)
  2. "Nobody's Fault but Mine" (Page, Plant)
  3. "Out on the Tiles" (intro) (Bonham, Page, Plant, ) / "Black Dog" (Jones, Page, Plant)
  4. "In the Evening" (Jones, Page, Plant)
  5. "The Rain Song" (Page, Plant)
  6. "Hot Dog" (Page, Plant)
  7. "All My Love" (Jones, Plant)
  8. "Trampled Under Foot" (Jones, Page, Plant)
  9. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Jones, Page, Plant)
  10. "Achilles Last Stand" (Page, Plant) (not performed on 26 June or 7 July)
  11. "White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side" (Page)
  12. "Kashmir" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
  13. "Stairway to Heaven" (Page, Plant)


Tour datesEdit

The tour was pushed back a month. The original itinerary consisted of:

Date City Country Venue
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:

Date City Country Venue
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


  1. ^ a b c Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 134.
  2. ^ Liner notes by Cameron Crowe for The Complete Studio Recordings.
  3. ^ "Led Zeppelin - Official Website".
  4. ^ "Led Zeppelin - Official Website".
  5. ^ Stephen Davis (1995). Hammer of the Gods (LPC) ISBN 0-330-43859-X.
  6. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Led Zeppelin - Official Website".
  8. ^ Dominick A. Miserandino, Led Zeppelin - John Paul Jones,
  9. ^ "Led Zeppelin - Official Website".
  10. ^ "Led Zeppelin - Official Website".
  11. ^ "Led Zeppelin - Official Website".

External linksEdit


  • Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.