Average: 4.8 (16 votes)

April 12, 1970

Bloomington, MN US

Met Center

Setlist:

Setlists during this tour included: 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, Whole Lotta Love.

Notes:

review: Led Zeppelin Was Good and Loud

Led Zeppelin, a decibel-driven dirigible, screamed out a frenzied menu of hard rock to the delight of a large throng of turned-on admirers at the Metropolitan Sports Center Sunday night.

The Zeppelin, a British four-man group that specializes in hard, cerebral rock, made a din that made a North Stars crowd in full cry sound like a mewling baby.

The rock concert was set back an hour and a half to accommodate the playoff activities of the local icemen. The crowd had to wait yet another 75 minutes for the performance while the assorted amplifiers were connected and an organ was persuaded to work.

The result for the audience was a happy one as they seemed to get everything they wanted from the wailing rhythms that engulfed the farthest corner of the arena.

As the lights dimmed and the musty, sweet aroma of burning “grass” lifted from all parts of the crowd, much of the throng swept out of the aisles closer to the loudspeakers that were set up on the ice sheet.

The Zeppelin presented offerings ranging from an opening number that was a screaming nightmare of psychedelic horror to a rippling guitar solo by lead guitarist, Jimmy Page.

The lead vocalist, Robert Plant, shared his own nightmares with a faulty P.A. system with the audience and played an exuberant harmonica in a rock blues number entitled, “Bring It On Home”.

Page’s solo was a thing of beauty and was suppressed in comparison to the tumult of many of the other numbers. At times, his guitar would display the Eastern beauty of a sitar and then suddenly he would be back in the Western rock idiom.

Why the Zeppelin and other groups like, composed obviously of talented individuals, have to make music with every electronic stop pulled out is another question. (P. Vaughan / MN Star, April 1970)

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This was my first rock concert

This was my very first rock concert and as I look back at it, I am so fortunate that it was Led Zeppelin. They set the pace for every rock band to follow. I was 13 years old when I first heard Good Times Bad Times on the radio and was blown away at that song. I remember thinking, "Wow...these guys are incredible!" At the time, I was a drummer in my first rock band and I simply could not believe John Bonham's talent and raw power as Zep's drummer. When I heard they were scheduled to play in Minneapolis, I jumped at the chance to buy a ticket. I paid $4.50 for the "nose bleed" section and a friend drove us the 5 hours from Sheldon, IA to Minneapolis for the show.

The concert was delayed due to a hockey game and when they finally let the 20,000 or so Zep fans into the Met Stadium that cold, overcast, Sunday night in April, it felt like a dream to me. I had never seen a crowd that large and to think I was about to hear and see the band I had idolized for the past two years. Granted, the sound up in the rafters where I was seated was less than good but I was still glad to be there. The opening song was an instrumental jam as they apparently were doing a sound check. Following their opening number, they proceeded to tear the place apart! It was live, powerful rock at it's finest! The only glitch was John Paul Jones' organ not working properly and they had to restart a couple songs, aside from that it was loud, heavy and a great concert!! I wish I could remember it better than I do but then again...it was 41 years ago. Suffice to say, for my first ever rock concert, damn...I can't imagine starting out any better than with Zep! I saw them once again in January of '75 in the same venue as they were promoting the Physical Graffiti album...WOW!!! That show was off the chart, but that is yet another story...