Average: 4.7 (39 votes)

April 8, 1970

Raleigh, NC US

J. S. Dorton Arena


includes: We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, 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 includes: Stormy Monday, Bottle Up and Go, Long Distance Call), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.



Raleigh News and Observer
April 9, 1970 | By Gerry Ligon

Playing to an audience ranging from babes-in-arms to the "over thirty generation", Led Zeppelin put wings on Dorton Arena and piloted the audience on a musical tour from blues, to jazz, to boogie, to pure hard rock.

The performance had a very slow start. After waiting more than 45 minutes for the show to begin, the patient audience was rewarded with five minutes of ear-splitting feed back.

In order to avoid the echo within the arena, which Jimi Hendrix encountered recently, the performers had to present their music at their maximum volume. Because of this, the audience had to adjust to the powerful beat of sound.

However, anyone who arrived for the performance with a negative point of view had to be somewhat persuaded by the audience's acceptance of the reverberating sound. As in most rock concerts, each performer gave his solo.

Unlike most rock concerts, the audience spent a great portion of the show saluting the solos in standing ovations.Undoubtedly, anyone who refuses to listen to any music on his own phonograph above one-half volume, would not have lasted 30 minutes in the arena; but those who know how to listen to the rock and jazz of today were the ones who would not let the performers quit.

If this show is an example of how the music of today will be accepted in Raleigh, we can expect to see many more concerts of this type in the future. The reaction of the audience at last night's performance said so. (courtesy: Steve A. Jones)

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Raleigh, NC, USA live Led Zeppelin concert in 1970

Hello From North Carolina, USA,

As 2 freshmen in college, my future wife and I were at this show, at age 19, in Raleigh, NC (April 8, 1970) on a Monday night, about 2 hours west of where we lived. Of course, it was a life changing event for me, as a musician and lead guitarist, with a Gibson Les Paul and full Marshall stack!!! It was simply unbelievable and indescribable when the band broke into Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Living Loving Maid, etc. I had never seen or heard anything like it then or since !!!! Today I own 3 Les Pauls and 2 Stratocasters and still play some every day.....and this is 38 years later. I run around with a coupla bands but do have a full time job. I have enjoyed this website many, many times over the years, and have always wanted to write in to you fine folks with a coupla little corrections: the venue is and has always been: DORTON ARENA, IN RALEIGH, NC, USA. Not Dorten Auditorium. It has been listed wrong for many years. Yes, I do realize this is VERY MINOR IN SCOPE !!!

Thanx so much for this great website and all you do for us. I can only hope that the guys can get together and tour the world again, even with the gray hair !!!! It's OK !

Kindest Regards.......Richard L. Tucker