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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Eyewitness - August 28, 1970

My friend Vindog and I attended this show at Olympia. We were enrolled at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and were waiting for Fall classes to start. We made the drive to Detroit so we could hang out downtown and attend the show.

We bought our tickets the day of the show at Hudsons. After scoring the tickets and taking in the latest Russ Meyer film at the Michigan, we drove to the Olympia for the show. Our seats were in an upper level behind the stage. This made for good viewing of the drum kit, but little else. As soon as the music started we left our seats and headed for the main floor and the stage. Nobody stopped us and we approached the stage from the right. There was a stoner curled up inside the front of a PA speaker cabinet - not a good idea. We stood in the aisle and took it all in. The Zep had the big full sound that you would expect.

The audience was rowdy (anyone from Detroit will understand) and did not quiet down to appreciate an acoustic number that Page played while sitting. He knocked a mic stand over at the end of the number to express his displeasure. Page was bearded and wearing a wide brimmed fishing hat. Guess he was tired of the glitzy aspects of the entertainment business at that point. Plant was bare-chested, maybe wearing a vest and had the full big hair thing going on. The band rocked. As the band was leaving the stage a few females attached themselves to Plant. LZ III was released a few weeks later. That disc rarely left my turntable.