Average: 4.6 (35 votes)

April 14, 1970

Ottawa, CA

Ottawa Civic Centre

Setlist:

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, Whole Lotta Love.

Notes:

Press Review: Thousands Thrill to Rock Band

Led Zeppelin, one of the world's most foremost rock bands, presented a concert April 14, in the Ottawa Civic Centre, Ottawa, Ont. The concert was sponsored by one of the local music stores, the Treble Cleft. The concert was an immeasurable success and attended by nearly 8,000 young people.

The Zeppelin presented themselves not only as splended musicians but as true showmen. Although the group arrived late, they performed a thrilling show with a highlight of John Bonham's drum solo without drum sticks. Bonham formed such a rapore with the audience it seemed that you and he were alone. Everyone was aware of this & it gave added reason for the standing ovation given him.

Jimmy Page also had a solo on lead guitar. Jimmy showed that he not only a master on lead with his fingers but also with a violin bow. Page's presentation of "Heartbreaker" was completely unbelievable. It was like listening to the song for the first time. Page also received a standing ovation.

John Paul Jones remained somewhat subdued as usual. But his bass was as heavy and as great as always. John Paul,
also spent some time on the electric piano as did Robert Plant.

The showman himself, Bob Plant, seemed to have cut his vocals somewhat but still thrilled the crowd with "Dazed and Confused". Plant's bodymotions set the whole audience loose and relaxed. Robert's harmonica sounded as sweet and mellow as always. The group left the stage with the crowd begging for more.

Love, music, freedom, and peace.

[M.Sanford/Journal 1970]

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Led Zeppelin in Ottawa - April 14, 1970

I was at a showing of Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day last evening (October 17, 2012) in Ottawa Canada and was blown away by the performance. I decided to look up some of the online reviews, and was stunned to find a web page dedicated to Led Zeppelin's performance in Ottawa back in 1970.

I was at that concert in Ottawa in 1970. It was my 15th birthday and my very first rock concert. Needless to say I have never forgotten that concert and was pleasantly surprised that the review here provided an account of the show just as I remembered it. What I find amazing is that was now over 42 years ago, and last evening I realized just how much of an influence Led Zeppelin has had over the last 4 decades.

An iconic group of superb musicians - and the addition of Jason Bonham for the 2007 London performance was brilliant. I really do hope they tour... even just a little. The world needs to hear more of Led Zeppelin while they still have the chops - and boy do they still have the chops!