Average: 4.5 (41 votes)

March 7, 1970

Montreux, CH

Montreux Casino

Setlist:

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.

Notes:

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 a student at a local

I was a student at a local boarding school that year. Claude Nobs owned a cafe next to our campus & we talked w/ him frequently. He gave us the heads up for up coming concerts & we also went to the "English" side of his lounge at the Casino....so we had tickets.
The Casino, all partitions opened could seat maybe 2-3 thousand ...but there had to be at least 10 times that who showed up & surrounded the place. The Swiss Police responded, as those left out began to push & act menacing. I heard some were crushed till the glass broke.
The show was late in starting because of the mayhem, & finally the band made their way to the stage, having come in the front while under police guard. We were arrainged mid floor, about 30 ft from the stage. Page & Plant worked slowly right through where we were sitting ...
The show was incredible. I had near worn out the 1st album, & the 2nd had just been released. They played cuts from both. Great show from an incredible band.