Average: 4.6 (23 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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Salt Palace 1970

Long story I wrote up for a Zep newsletter/zine (Tight But Loose?) but about midpoint, Plant told people in loges and colonades to come down to the floor ("You paid a lot for those tickets...") and they went into Heartbreaker. Pandemonium broke out as entire Salt Palace emptied out onto the floor, All the lights came on and there were suits and uniformed cops onstage with band; standing in front of Page giving the cut-throat sign language. Band persisted. When they finished the song Plant said "There are some people up here who have little or no faith in humanity and they will stop the show if you don't all go back to your seats." Vibes got ugly, Plant pleaded with crowd; crowd grumbled wouldn't move. Then Page went into White Summer / Black Mountainside and you could feel the tension leave the arena "Whoosh = mellowness!" People went back to seats to mellow music.