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March 7, 1970

Montreux, CH

Montreux Casino


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, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley incl. Boogie Chillen', Bottle Up 'n Go, My Baby Left Me, Jenny Jenny, "Lemon Song"), Whole Lotta Love.


"Super Pop 70"

Journal of Montreux March 8, 1970
(Google translation from French)

• Led Zeppelin attracted two thousand youths. But much more if we consider that several hundred more fans could not enter. They waited in vain throughout the afternoon and well into the evening for some of them.

• The poor who had no ticket deployed wealth of imagination to try to force the doors. The stewards discovered potential free riders in unimaginable places: kitchens, windows, roof Casino and even in some pipes! Some street smarts were made ​​badges or invitation cards very well imitated.

• The bidding also in full swing. A permanence, some customers begged offered them a note saying they were willing to pay 150 or 200 francs. In vain, of course.

• No incidents were registered, if not inevitable jostling at the entrance of the Casino. Several personalities (including MM Pouly, municipal, Rochat, municipal, Aney, trustee Veytaux, Gaudard, chief of police) emphasized discipline spectators. One such person was in fact surprised to find that there are happy people who paid thirty-five francs for the right to assoire ground.

• A distinguished guest, the Aga Khan himself, surrounded by a few friends, all amateurs Pop music.

• Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones have stayed nearly a week in Montreux, visiting the area and indulging in the pleasures of snow at Avants. 

• The side effect of such a concert: these bizarre musicians, this long hair customers, which is still looks askance Montreux in various environments, is now beginning to be greatly appreciated not for its intrinsic qualities, but for its revenue. I know for example that a public institution was packed Saturday morning overnight at two hours: the staff has tripled its normal recipes ... Better: is there still, even among the rich, capable consumers as some of these young people tipping up to one hundred ten percent? [Journal de Montreux, 3/8/70]


Soundman Phil Dudderidge: "When I arrived, mid-tour, at Montreux to join the Led Zeppelin crew, I found a fairly standard rig for that level of band, similar to those owned by The Who and Pink Floyd, which I had seen at various gigs. The speakers were mostly 4 x 12-inch columns (10 per side), plus two stacks of two 2 x 15s with a small horn on top per side, all driven by 12 100W power amps. And just two WEM five-channel Audiomaster mixers providing 10 channels. I'd never had my hands on such a big rig! Mics were the usual assortment of Shure Unidynes and Unisphere's, the forerunners of the SM57 and SM58." (Performing-Musician interview)

Montreux promoter, Claude Nobs, sparks a close friendship with the band and brings them to perform at the Casino. They would return to play in 1971 and 1972 as well as taking personal holidays to the mountain retreat throughout the decade. One of the perks of playing in Montreux is the availability of the state-of-the-art recording studio, Mountain Studios, connected to the venue, which the band also used.

(The group was never part of the "Montreux Jazz Festival", as they as sometimes erroneously attributed.)


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I was there too.

I, too, was attended a relatively nearby boarding school, LAS (Leysin American High School) in Leysin, about an hour away by train; had tickets and my girl friend and I waited outside for hours to get in, to eventually end up front row center, kneeling room only. I was close enough to reach out and grab Plant's leg if I wanted....I didn't want, but my girl friend did, I think! I had a B&W-loaded Hasselblad camera with me and took many great shots, some of which ended up in the yearbook that year. What a show! Robert really was squeezing his "lemons" for the Lemon Song....great show.....great venue, altho too bad the Casino burned up the next year for the (in)famous Zappa show (I was there for that one, too) that Deep Purple used for a muse on "Smoke on the Water."