Average: 4.8 (100 votes)

September 4, 1970

Inglewood, CA US

The Forum

Setlist:

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 incl.: Let That Boy Boogie, Who's Loving You Tonight?, I'm Movin' On, Red House, Some Other Guy, Think it Over), Communication Breakdown (medley: incl. Good Times Bad Times, For What It's Worth, I Saw Her Standing There), Out On The Tiles, Blueberry Hill.

Notes:

An historic show immortalized on one of the first-ever LP bootlegs, Blueberry Hill.

Press Review: Led Zeppelin Plays for Forum Audience

Musically reactionary, overbearing, plagiaristic and exploitative. Though these adjectives may remain occasionally applicable, they no longer suffice in summing up Led Zeppelin, as was quite lucid at the group’s Friday evening performance at the Forum.

To rest one’s case after simply cataloging the group’s musical deficiencies is first to wither in the face of responsibility of explaining its awesome commercial success (which is indicated by the fact that the current one is the second consecutive American tour in the last five months during which the group has played to capacity audiences in Forum-proportioned venues).

This success may be attributable at least in part to the accelerating popularity among the teen-age rock and roll audience of barbiturates and amphetamines, drugs that render their users most responsive to crushing volume and ferocious histrionics of the sort Zeppelin has heretofore dealt in exclusivity.

Combine this condition of the audience with Jimmy Page’s veneration as a super-guitarist and Robert Plant’s ability to brilliantly caricaturize the archetypal sexy lead singer and shatter bottles at 40 paces with his shrieking and it’s not at all difficult to see how the group has achieved astonishing success.

A contextual consideration is also in order. The advent of such practitioners in roughly the same as Mountain and Grand Funk, which picked up where Zeppelin left off in sacrificing everything possible to volume and histrionics, has had the effect of making Zeppelin look terrific in comparison.

Whole Lotta Love for instance, strikes ears that have survived Mark Farner and Black Sabbath as a masterpiece of subtlety. Which is not to imply that many of Zeppelin’s ridiculously overblown heavy workouts aren’t enormous absurd fun on their own, for they are.
Finally, it must be mentioned that, apparently a trifle bored with being enormous fun, Zeppelin has taken to slipping quiet and definitely musical bits in between its dreaded screamers, bits like a pleasant (if far from dazzling) organ interlude by John Paul Jones. [J.Mendelsohn/LATimes/9-7-70]

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Led Zeppelin LA forum september 4, 1970 Blue Berry Hill

This was my second Led Zeppelin Concert and I was 14 years old. I saw them six months before at the forum for the first time on March 27 for my friend's birthday. I was thirteen and my friend's mom dropped us off on a school night. She bought him two tickets for his birthday at the little ticketmaster located in the back of the Broadway department store at Stonewood in Downey, I think for about four dollars. I think we were the youngest kids in there back in March. My brothers were in good bands and I had a little garage band, but I never experienced anything like what we saw and heard at those two concerts. I snuck a tape recorder into the blueberry hill concert on September 04, and had the tapes up until a few years back, and the recordings were terrible of course. I remember someone throwing two M-80's up into the air and exploded during the whole lotta love medley, I believe. Plant yelled out " Who threw the firecracker, you ought to be locked up, You ought to be locked up". I remember Plant was wearing a blue short sleeved T shirt and blue jeans and it seems that they all had beards. I remember that later on, I found the bootleg of live on Blueberry Hill at Middle earth records in Downey. I was able to discover that we had missed the opening Immigrant song, Heartbreaker and walked in as Dazed and Confused was just starting. We were late because the gal that was driving, had to finish making her 'Maxi Skirt' which was a big deal back then. Smoking marijuana and drinking Colt 45 malt liquor on the way also didn't help. I didn't do any of that, and neither did her little brother (my friend) who was only 11 years old! Unbelievable what our parents didn't know about. We were pretty good kids. After seeing them seven times at the LA forum, I called it a day after seeing them in June of 1977. I started listening to Christian music exclusively for a long time, got married. I still enjoy looking back to being able to see some pretty incredible concerts as a pretty young kid. Never could ever quite get the smell of burned marijuana out of my hair and clothes after those concerts and it is really a bummer when one is a cop for the past 28 years. Between the gunfire and amplifiers over the years, I am suprised I hear anything. By the way, I know "who threw the firecracker.....