Led Zeppelin – Melbourne (1972)
Images here of Jimmy Page’s 1959 sunburst Gibson Les Paul on-stage at Kooyong Stadium. One of the pick-ups needed adjustment after the show. Melbourne guitar guru Merv Cargill worked on the neck and electronics, then one of the roadies waited for the guitar and flew with it in First Class back to Page at his hotel in Sydney ready for the Randwick concert the next day. Page was so impressed with the frets, neck work and pick-up re-wiring that he called Merv that evening to discuss in depth how he had achieved such a magnificent job on Page’s well-worn lead-guitar.
Led Zeppelin’s 1972 Australasian Tour was the only concert tour of Australia and New Zealand by the English rock band.
The images also show the stage erected over the ‘bleachers’ at the Glenferrie Road end of the Kooyong Tennis Stadium in Melbourne. The Musician’s Union required that an equal number of Australian musicians perform as the support act but Zeppelin played the entire show as ALL the Melbourne bands had tickets and were sitting in the audience.
Merv was a long time friend of our Managing Director Leah’s father and did much work out of the Gallin’s Guitar store. Her father attended the 1972 Melbourne performance at Kooyong Stadium on 20 February, that was cut short due to inclement weather.
Also, here is Leah’s business card when working for Australian Musical Imports it had Jimmy Page on the front.