Average: 4.5 (20 votes)

April 18, 1970

Phoenix, AZ US

Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Setlist:

We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Organ solo / Thank You, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love.

Notes:

The show is cut short due to Robert Plant feeling ill, which also ends the tour as the following night in Las Vegas is cancelled.

Jimmy Page addresses the audience after Whole Lotta Love: "You've been a fantastic audience, but there's been something happening tonight... Robert's been very ill and as he came off he's just collapsed and we've just called for a doctor. We'd really like to do more, but obviously it's impossible."

Press Review: Zeppelin Plays 25-Minute Drum Solo for 14,000 Youths

Led Zeppelin, presently one of the most popular rock groups from Britain, drew a capacity crowd of more than 14,000 young people for an hour and a half performance in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum last Saturday night.

An “Evening With Led Zeppelin” consisted of the four member group performing eight songs, and a 25-minute drum solo from their two previously released albums, along with additional improvisations added by the individual musicians.

The group began the concert with “Hard Blues Song” (note: “We’re Gonna Groove”), followed by a cut from its first album, Dazed and Confused, containing a violin bow solo an guitar by Jimmy Page, lead guitarist. Other highlights of the performance included album cuts Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home and Black Mountain Side.

During “Living Loving Maid” (note: actually referring to “Thank You”), organist and bass guitarist, John Paul Jones played an outstanding organ lead accompanied by a heavy organ bass. Led Zeppelin concluded its performance with Moby Dick containing the drum solo by John Bonham and Whole Lotta Love.

When asked for their compliments or criticisms of the Led Zeppelin concert, following their performance, students expressed their opinions:

Arnold Martin, senior, North High, said, “The sound system could have been louder. It degraded one of the best rock groups of our time. But the music was still good, although I was disappointed it wasn’t longer.”

“The show was fantastic. It’s too bad Robert Plant (the lead singer) got sick and shortened it”, said Chris Kyle, Coronado junior. [-D Harkins, April 1970]

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Led Zeppelin 4-18-70

My first concert, a life altering experience,I had good seats, 16 rows back from the stage. Amazing show, the sound was massive, more prescense than any other concert I've seen but one, you felt every note! Roberts voice only strong for the first 2 songs but he put so much energy into his performance, he really sang the blues, gave it all he had. Page, Jones, and Bonham, were excellent, very tight! Bonham could only be described as thunderous, 20 minute Moby Dick!

The only drawback was they couldn't do the usual encores, so the show lasted a little over an hour and a half! I was hoping someone might have a picture of this show, they had more gear on stage than any other show I've seen them pictured during this time period, stacks of WEM cabinets, huge PA.

I've heard some of the other shows from this tour, I think there was more feeling and energy in this show than most of them, even with Robert's voice going out, can only imagine if he would have been in top shape, great performance!