August 19, 1970
Kansas City, KS US
includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, That's Way, Bron-Yr-Aur, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown.
Review: Led Zeppelin, rock group in concert at the Arena of the Municipal Auditorium featuring Jimmy Page, lead guitar, Robert Plant, lead singer, John Paul Jones, bass and organ and John Bonham, percussion.
Who was that guitar player with long hair and a beard, the brim of his hat pulled down over his forehead, a la John Lennon?
Strangely enough, it was Jimmy Page, his boyish face almost no longer visible. Robert Plant and John Paul Jones also displayed new grown foliage.
But an abundance of hair was not the only change in Led Zeppelin, fast-rising British group. Without losing force and volume, they have added a mellowness which benefits their talents as well.
Plant has the vocal strength of a steam whistle and an amazingly wide range. Utilizing his talent as lead singer, the group in the past always seemed to be coming on strong.
Now they have developed a change of pace. Without sacrificing energy, they have added more style. Plant still booms out notes, but not constantly. This gives him something to build up to and he does.
A more refined Plant balances the group a little more in the direction of lead guitarist Jimmy Page, who may be the best in the business (I think so). The sound Page creates is distinct and sharp, both picking and strumming. His talent almost can be referred to as wizardry.
Zeppelin’s mellow sound is an improvement. Their performance was considerably better than their one here last winter (when after a good first show, drummer John Bonham got a wee bit liberated on Scotland’s finest export and barely made the second).
John Paul Jones played a fine organ solo and likewise Bonham on the drums. About 6,500 persons saw the performance which was produced by Concerts West. (S. Weber, Aug. 1970)