Average: 4.8 (18 votes)

September 9, 1970

Boston, MA US

Boston Garden

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, Ramble On, For What It's Worth, Some Other Guy, Honey Bee), Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

Originally scheduled for two shows, as a makeup date for the Eagle Rock Festival. Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant: "(The group) didn't complete their Sunday night concert in Honolulu until well into early Monday morning. In addition, being English, we were not aware of the Labor Day holiday which did not allow for air freight shipments and also our sound system had to come from Dallas, Texas". (Boston Globe, 9/10/70)

Press Review: Led Zeppelin In Return Bout

By 8:30, equipment men were still fiddling while Zep tuned up backstage. They burst on at 9 with an adrenaline rush. It had the women in a twitter and the men beating out the drum signature on their knee in frank imitation of John Bonham.

Singer Robert Plant let his mop to seed a bit since his last date here on October 25, 1969. His shaggy mane turned out to be his principal instrument. He incessantly tossed it about with great hauteur as he pranced in high heeled boots and bared his midriff with a slight spangled purple vest.

Jimmy Page has a beard now and wore a floppy khaki hat while he slouched over in hard rock position, riveting notes out of his ax with intensity of a jackhammer.

Scaling down from adrenaline rock, Page, Plant and John Paul Jones sat down to do a couple of acoustic numbers featuring bassist Jones on mandolin playing “That’s the Way”. The acoustic section established that they are sensitive musicians as well as pop stars.

Jones also did a passable organ solo, which reveals that he has been listening to John Fahey, likewise Zep’s Lemon Song is a thinly-disguised Robert Johnson “Travelling Riverside Blues”.

After the acoustic section, Zep got heavy again as the fans mobbed the front of the stage. Plant had encouraged the move by references to the presence of “blues” and asked if you could “move aside gents”.

Then Plant rapped with the audience after telling them to “shut up a minute”. He explained: “We were going to come to Boston as the first stop of the tour (Eagle Rock Festival), but the mayor said he ‘wanted no drug-crazed hippies on the lawn’. But we wanted to play Boston. Just remember, Boston is the best night on the tour, and we rushed all the way back from Hawaii to be here tonight.”

And all that Led Zeppelin needed for a finale was a match. [by C.Guiliano, Herald, 9-11-70]

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Was there, Have pix

Venue: We arrived from the North Station Tee. The place was already packed. Frisbees were tossed across from balcony to balcony and up from floor. Somehow we made it stage edge standing room. Crowd seemed restless. Concert started a little late, I thought.

Spot: As an avid amateur photographer seeking snapshots of bands I liked, stationed myself to band's left, right in front of speaker cabinets, and took a dozen or so 35 mm slides. Unfortunately, the spotlights weren't good for color photography; was unable to stop the furious action on stage and all of them came blurry, burnt or washed out... still nice images I cherish. Had wished I had taken snaps 18 months earlier when I first saw Hendrix, which was why I was determined to get a few at other concerts; these were the days of manual Nikon F's and pushed film being state-of-the-arts, which is why faster b/w images of concerts are often seen.

Set List: Recollect that they played every song on the 1st and 2nd album, vinyl that I knew well, owned, and wore out. It was a long concert; surprised with a couple from the 3rd (white) album, which hadn't yet come out. Immigrant Song (which they opened with) and Since I've Been Loving You were especially thrilling renditions unmatched by studio recordings or since. They skipped Communication Breakdown, one of my favorites, so I was a bit disappointed... until they came out for an encore and did it in spectacular fashion. Shockingly, the break was a blur of fast fingered riffs. This fortified my opinion at the time that Page belonged among the guitar gods. Would take years for Rolling Stone to agree.

Instruments: Page played a well worn blonde Fender telecaster for Album 1 songs and I believe a Gibson Les Paul for Album 2 and 3 songs. Bonham kept beat throughout with what seemed like baseball bats, except when he used his hands for a solo (might have been during A Whole Lotta Love). Crowd was silent and transfixed behind me at the band's virtuosity and vocals. Certainly among the best concerts I ever personally witnessed, and there have been many.

Aftermath: Loud? Legendary! Ears rang for a day; don't seem to have any permanent hearing loss, however. Seems like such a long time ago.