February 10, 1975

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin performed for 18,700 fans at a sold out show in Washington D.C. at the Capital Centre.

A riot erupted and 70 officers were called to the scene that was scattered with debris. Several police cars were damaged, windshields broken and the tires on police cruisers were slashed. More than 20 arrests were made that evening over outbursts of violence both inside and outside of the arena.

No injuries were reported.

A Sargent on the scene said the disturbance was started with “disorderly persons trying to crash the gates.”

The 18,700 tickets for the show were sold within hours, the fastest sellout in the history of the new arena in the city. The week prior the group sold 100,000 tickets (for five shows in NY) in just 36 hours.


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