Led Zeppelin didn’t know what to expect on their first tour of the United States, arranged after the release of their fifth studio album, Houses of the Holy. While the band already knew the stability of success thanks to their previous releases, the 33-city tour defied the band’s expectations - starting off with a 53,000 blockbuster concert in Atlanta, GA.
But it was their record-shattering concert to 55,000 screaming fans the next day in Tampa, FL that broke attendance numbers set by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Grand Funk Railroad, and Three Dog Night. The concert claimed the record for the top-attended concert in the United States and set the tone of Zeppelin’s’73 US tour - a rollicking success that sealed their place as an iconic British band beloved in the United States.
Replica of the Led Zeppelin Tampa Stadium concert tee from May 7, 1973