Average: 4.5 (55 votes)

April 13, 1970

Montreal, QC CA

Montreal Forum


includes: We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountain Side, 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.


The group set a new attendance record with an estimated 17,500 fans, grossing $93,000. CFCF TV films a news report / Robert Plant interview at the Montreal airport.

Press (1): Montreal Gazette [Feb. 2013]: “The sold-out Forum was filled with expectant fans on April 13, 1970 for the local debut of Led Zeppelin, the most-hyped group of the day. According to one website, my review was the worst they’d ever received. Zeppelin offered the conviction that more — three hours’ worth — was better. 

The loudness was a “gimmick,” I wrote, giving an “illusion of Importance.” In short, they blew their wad in the first 10 minutes of the concert, and everything thereafter was mechanical repetition; my friend Herbert Aronoff at The Gazette expressed similar feelings. My brutal review — “ridiculously monotonous,” “sluggish,” “miserable” — took them by surprise. Led Zep, pioneers of the apocalypse, had never faced the criticism that they had “as much creativity as an encyclopedia salesman.” 

Outraged, oh so righteous, at the airport they sought out a soapbox — the CFCF newscast — to vent their hurt. Big-time British heavies resorting to Montreal TV! The local yokel in me had to laugh.” [Juan Rodriguez | Feb. 15, 2013]


Press review: "Led Zeppelin Dazzle 15,000"

The Montreal Forum and promoter Donald K. Donald probably established two new records last night: approximately 15,000 people (the largest crowd yet) paid their way into the Forum to hear Led Zeppelin (the loudest rock group yet).

And Led Zeppelin laid it on. For more than two hours, the British foursome sprayed the crowd with their painfully loud brand of blues — a harsh, frantic sound achieved through the combined efforts of John Bonham on drums, John Paul Jones on bass and organ, Jimmy Page on guitar and lead singer Robert.

On record, Zeppelin have carved their own niche in the pop world, grounding their original blues tunes with heavy drumming and booming bass lines, topping them off with Plant's high-pitched screech and Page's gymnastic, highly-gimmicked freeform guitar.

The effect is stunning. Although there is a sameness to much of Zeppelin's material, the interplay among the group has produced some fine, sensitive music.

Last night, Led Zeppelin had to prove they could do it all in a live performance. They failed, but it was a splendid failure. As Robert Plant sings, "been dazed and confused for so long it's not true", Zeppelin did all the right things last night, but in the wrong order. The result was a concert top-heavy in technique and low on funk.

This is a group of great virtuosity, but the talent should never be allowed to overcome the music. What came across at the Forum was more expertise than honest excitement, a tired, almost automatic performance that hardly did justice to the two Zeppelin albums.

Jimmy Page is a talented guitarist. His nearly classical technique and imaginative use of electronic effects and accessories (e.g. a violin bow) gives the group its snaring sound. But last night's guitar solos seemed vain attempts at instant orgasm with Page sacrificing honest involvement for dazzling finger work. His intentions were clear but music didn't quite make it.

Plant's singing suffered much the same fate. Occasionally, and on Heartbreaker in particular, he and Page traded moaning phrases with
a touch of the interplay that characterizes the best of Zeppelin's music. But mostly, the singing seemed strained, with Plant losing the tune on more than one occasion.

If the music itself never really moved, the total sound certainly had its effect. The audience was up for this concert (it almost seemed to be the "Spring Prom" for Montreal's music freaks) and thrilled to the sheer power of Zeppelin's performance.

With technical assistance from the States, the Forum's PA system never sounded stronger. No one in the building could have escaped the vibrations. As for me, I can't hear the keys as I type this. (H. Aronoff, Gazette, April 1970)

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Led Zeppelin Memories for April 13 1970 in Montreal

Hello My friends and I went to this concert in Montreal. There was of course a lot of anticipation and Lep Zeppelin delivered big time. Don't pay any attention to the two different newspaper reviews of the show that are posted. Both of those reviewers didn't have a clue about modern contemporary music and were just sounding off their frustrations.

I skipped school and hung out at the record stores all day just to soak up the vibe. There was some concern about hype and potential for riots 'cause that had been happening in many American cities. Sure, there was hype but nothing but good vibes. The show started off with something that was very bizarre and odd sounding. It was very jagged and intense. 

But then everything fell into place. Another new song, Since I've Been Loving You appeared shortly into the show and it was magical. Thank You, Bring It On Home and What Is And What Should Never Be were other early highlights. All of the big songs from I and II were represented.

Jimmy did his violin solos and the White Summer/Black Mountainside medley. Bonzo soloed for 29 minutes during Moby Dick according to a friend who said he timed it with his watch. It was hard to believe. To my ears it was all brilliant. The rest of the crowd were feeling the same as they gave the band a rapturous 4 encores. Nobody wanted to go home. Whole Lotta Love was the first encore and for the remainder the band, having exhausted their regular repertoire, were playing old 50s rockabilly songs. I read elsewhere that Led Zeppelin were having a great time at the show. They were apparently having a rough time in those US venues with paranoia hype and death threats. They said that Montreal was a breathe of fresh air and they were able to let go of a weight. In spite of this, there was some tension during the show. Jimmy Page had berated the audience for being chatty during songs. It was most apparent during the quieter parts of things like Dazed And Confused where his subtle violin explorations were being lost in the chatter. During The Lemon Song when Plant was moaning quietly, some idiot near the back of the crowd shouted, Sing Lounder. Plant, without losing a beat and in barely a louder voice encouraged him to "just f--k right off." The rest of the crowd roared it's support for the Bobster. This concert still stands as one of the top three that I've ever seen.