Average: 4.9 (20 votes)

April 9, 1970

Tampa, FL US

Curtis Hixon Hall

Setlist:

includes: 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 incl. Boogie Chillen, Hideaway, Bottle Up 'n' Go, Mess of Blues, My Babe, "Lemon Song"), Whole Lotta Love.

Notes:

Press Review: Zeppelin Group Was Great

Jimmy Page may have finished only sixth or seventh to the recently completed Playboy magazine jazz poll but more than 9,000 rock fans decided Thursday night in Tampa he may be the great¬est.

Page was the premier attraction of Led Zeppelin, a British Isles supergroup who conducted "an evening with…" concert at Curtis Hixon Hall Thursday night.

It was Curtis Hixon’s first complete standing room only sellout in a long time. It was also one of the more expensive concerts ever on this coast of Florida. So, if things didn't go perfectly smooth, the sub-culture of hard rock would surely have let the promoters know about it.
Things went smoothly.

Page, while the most musical of the quartet, is still only one fourth. Bobby Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham are names you will hear again. If not as members of Led Zeppelin, then as solos or members of other small groups. Each member of Zeppelin got a shot at solo work. Page was first and he was magnificent. Many of the groups touring through the area manage to turn every¬body on, but few of the individual performers are true musical craftsmen
Jimmy Page is a master guitarist

After cranking out some numbers from their two albums, vocalist Plant introduced Page for a solo. The slender guitarist, hanging over his instrument like some strange stork, stroked out more than 15 minutes of music scaling from elementary Chuck Berry rhythm to hard raga.
The far eastern influence in Page's fretwork was obvious, his long, bony fingers running the length of the electrified guitar with magical ease.

The capacity audience re¬warded Page with a seven-minute standing ovation. Only a shy smile creased his lips as Page fidgeted about the stage constricted with huge amplifiers. Drummer Bonham soloed for more than 25 minutes to several standing ovations. Bass guitarist Jones turned his solo on the electric organ and vocalist Plant, besides providing the words for all the Zeppelin's songs, played his harmonica.

Zeppelin turned in one of the truly great performances in this area. Some of the biggest names in rock have been at Curtis Hixon but few – besides B.B. King — have received the welcome afford¬ed these slender English boys.

And more amazing than the group's ability to perform is the fact they came on the stage and started their first number four minutes before show time. This was promised by the promoter, National Shows Inc., but few hardened rock fans believed it.

Led Zeppelin is one group that would be welcome back. 

(J. Lankford, Independent, April 10, 1970)

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This was the first concert I

This was the first concert I ever went to. I was 15 y/o and had a great time. Was by far the best I have ever seen.