August 29, 1970
Winnipeg, MB CA
Setlists during this tour include: 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), Communication Breakdown.
The venue is moved to the indoor Winnipeg Arena due to rain. Some of Zep's equipment does not arrive in Winnipeg and they use gear borrowed from other bands on the bill. The Guess Who's Randy Bachman loans Jimmy Page his Les Paul for the show, (the one used on "American Woman" according to Bachman).
PRESS REVIEW: It was well past midnight Sunday when Zeppelin took the stage. Despite the limitations of the PA system muddying their overall sound and a lack of suitable concert lighting for atmosphere, they played a loose, stoned set with extended guitar solos by Jimmy Page.
“It was obvious they were really enjoying themselves, and they played forever,” recalls Bruce Rathbone (local promoter/journalist). “You could tell they were all loaded, but who wasn’t?”
While not their finest moment musically, it was certainly among the band’s best-received sets ever. One concertgoer insists singer Robert Plant altered the lyrics in Dazed and Confused from “Tried to love you baby/but you pushed me away” to “Saved all my money/gonna buy me a new PA.” It had been a very long day, and some in the crowd fell asleep during the band’s set.
Led Zeppelin finally walked off the stage at around 3 a.m., leaving the audience both exhausted and satisfied.
Interviewed shortly afterwards back at their hotel, Plant admitted, “It was hard to get into it because of the sound, and the building we were in wasn’t too hot on the acoustics, wasit?” Added bass player John Paul Jones, “I think you lot did a pretty good job, what with all your groups pitching in with all their equipment on such short notice. I feel sorry for the cats that lost all their sound system out there in the rain. Their insurance company is going to have a fit when they find out what happened.” [WFP / 8/2015]
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"It was 3 a.m., the show had run very late, however the group didn't appear to be dragging; they were full of fun, life and love. Unlike the impression their music may give, Zeppelin are not tough characters; they are not star struck. They are the every-day-people types; just four regular down-to-earth chaps that have a lot of fun running the world playing their music.
The first thing Jimmy Page did was to call for some tea. "Please send tea for 25" he told the voice on the other end of the phone, there were five of us in the room, and John Bonham said "Well you never know when friends might drop in" in a slightly too posh English accent which sent the rest of the group into guffaws of laughter. High flying, blonde and beautiful lead vocalist, Robert Plant commented on the night's performance; "We're not exactly happy about what went down tonight, it was hard to really get into it because of the sound. Our music demands a great deal of equipment for one thing and the building we were in wasn't too hot on the old acoustics was it?" I had to agree with him.
John Paul Jones said, "It was just an unfortunate set of circumstances, we don't blame anybody for it, I think you lot did a pretty good job, what with all the groups pitching in with their equipment and your local sound people, with such short notice. I feel sorry for the cats that lost all their sound system out there in the rain. Their insurance company is going to have a fit when they find out what happened!"
(Ann Stark, W.F.P 1970)