January 16, 1970
Includes: We're Gonna Groove, I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown
Press Review: Ex-Yardbird is Led Zeppelin
Zeppelin came to Sheffield to justify a liking for traumatic hard rock. At the start it looked like Pink Floyd all over again. Not that it mattered to the audience who had fully subscribed the City Hall. If the group had recited Homer, it seemed, they would have roared. Blind Faith.
"Dazed and Confused," a great favourite, was just that. There is much of Jagger in Robert Plant's contortions.
Jimmy Page tortures his guitar with a violin bow, then switches instrument to go solo on "White Summer."
John Paul Jones moves over to organ for a track from the new album, while John Bonham has a whale of a time on the drums with "Moby Dick."
They're called progressive. But it's really a bit of an in joke for students and their ilk.
Underground and pop main line can never compete, although they may merge at some point. Underground will never take over the industry.
Touches of Hendrix spark the Zeppelin performance. They're not as uncontrolled as Pink Floyd, but they need pointing in a worthwhile direction, which didn't stop the audience from going mad.
A remarkable sleight of hand with an old-fashioned thing they used to call a tune. Now you hear it, now you don't. Mostly, you don't. [Jan. 1970, by K. Strong]