Average: 4.3 (25 votes)

August 28, 1970

Detroit, MI US

Olympia Stadium

Setlist:

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, That's Way, Bron-Yr-Aur, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley),

Notes:

Review: So Led Zeppelin know all the heavy tricks a freak psychedelic rock group has to know. Jimmy Page & Co. wowed the audience at Detroit’s Olympia with their expertise in the heavy idiom: Page in particular has a way of turning down his volume to a whisper, (but only for a moment at a time), that puts the crowd right on the edge of their seats. (P. Cain, Rock 10/70)

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The show started a couple of

The show started a couple of hours late. Not surprisingly (if you know Detroiters) the mood was getting surly. Then, Zeppelin opened their set with a song we had never heard before--"The Immigrant Song." I still remember how Robert's wail went like a jolt of electricity through the crowd in the old barn (Olympia Stadium). Everyone snapped out of their sullen funk and really got into it.
There were two problems with this concert--the venue and the crowd. I was in the far end of the stadium and the sound mix was lousy, with Jimmy's guitar poorly heard. I jumped to the conclusion that Zep was just a great studio band. How wrong I was! When the Led Zeppelin DVD was released, I was blown away by how great they were in concert. In that footage, you can hear Zeppelin as they deserve to be heard, not handicapped by an acoustically inferior arena.
The second problem on Aug. 28, 1970, was that the Detroit crowd (half of them stoned) were so hyped up--so deliriously craving Zeppelin's high-energy, pulse-quickening power music that they were rude and noisy when the boys tried to play a couple of the acoustic tunes on their third album. Jimmy, in great frustration, finally stomped off the stage partway through a song. I wasn't sure they'd ever return to Detroit, but they did. On behalf of my fellow Motown denizens, I am sorry that you didn't receive better treatment that night, Jimmy.
Oh, one final point. "Thank you" was the number that the band played for its encore that night. It ended with Bonzo tossing his drumsticks high in the air for a couple of lucky fans to grab as souvenirs of having seen rock's greatest band.