Average: 4.6 (24 votes)

March 26, 1970

Salt Lake City, UT US

Salt Palace

Setlist:

includes: We're Gonna Groove,   Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You,  Organ solo / Thank You, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love.

Notes:

Press Review: Group’s Nothing To Get Excited About

The following notes on Thursday night’s Led Zeppelin concert in the Salt Palace Arena will spell what artists known as a “lukewarm” review – a review not particularly meant to either acclaim or to abominate. Led Zeppelin is not good, nor is it bad.

Without question, Jimmy Page, the lead guitarist, is a virtuoso. There is seemingly nothing he cannot do in the technical real. He plays one of the fastest guitar necks to be seen. His intonations, his vibratos and his sense of time and syncopation probably are matched by only a handful of contemporary guitarists.
However, one can only carry the wavering in the pitch of a tone so far, and a more conscious sandwiching of pure tones or “white” tones in his runs would have made the music more dimensional and fuller. At times, then, this incredibly gifted musician turned to gimmickry. Still, Page’s White Summer solo was superb, motivated as it was for harmony’s sake.

Ideally, rock concerts should be environmental experiences, and the closer one is to the source, the closer he is to the substance of the art. So those seats at a distance were invited down closer to the stage, and people were everywhere. But with the push of almost 14,000 in the hall, there was, on the other hand, an invitation to paranoia. [By G. Raine | Salt Lake Tribune  | March 27, 1970]

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The Greatest Night of My LIfe

   My memories of this concert are that I thought I was gonna die in a riot. The Salt Palace had a large area we called the floor where the stage was and tier like balconies up above. I was sitting in the floor area in about the 15th row.There were huge velvet maroon drapes that covered that walls.The band was talking to the audience and then they started playing again when all of a sudden the lights come on, The music stops and the ushers and cops are on stage harrassing Jimmy Page. Robert Plant is trying to get them to leave Jimmy alone. He says something that ticked them off. The crowd is yelling at the cops to get off of the stage. I thought they were trying to arrest Jimmy for drugs or something.Plant tells people to go sit down. I looked around to see who he was talking to when it dawns on me that the isles are now full of people and there are people sliding down the maroon drapes ,flooding the stairs and jumping the tiers above to get to the floor area. Then all of a sudden the music started up again, The lights went off and someone handed me a joint. I was 14 years old and my life was never going to be the same again. It was the greatest night of my life.