Average: 4.6 (34 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 defies the passage of time

Recordings: Led Zeppelin defies the passage of time
Ottawa Citizen

Celebration Day — 3 ½ stars. Led Zeppelin (Warner Music)

April 14, 1970 was the date of the first rock concert I attended. It still may be the best ever on my list, but at my age there’s no point in being too cut and dried. That was day Led Zeppelin blew into town and rocked, I mean ROCKED, the Civic Centre with a selection of songs from their first (and in my opinion still their best) album. Good times, no bad times that night. The boys also showcased material from Led Zeppelin II. Songs like Whole Lotta Love were the driving heart of one of the best bands in the world.

On Dec. 10, 2007, they recreated that feeling in a reunion concert performed before 18,000 fans at the O2 Arena in London. The audience was picked by lottery draw from some 20 million entrants. The night featured the surviving members of the original group, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page. Julian Bonham ably replaced his late dad John on the drum kit. They showed then that they hadn’t lost a step, Plant’s voice still soaring to the stratosphere and Jones delivering a powerful bass line. But the master, as he always has been and still is, judging by the film documentary It Might Get Loud, was Jimmy Page. There are lots of guitar gods but Page, his quiet, calm, enigmatic self on stage, was/is the smoothest in my uneducated opinion. The music just seems to flow through him — on that night so long ago and on this latest disc. There are Blu-ray discs and a DVD to remind you what they looked like five years ago. But the music helps you remember what was and always will be.

— Peter Robb
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