Average: 4.9 (280 votes)

September 19, 1970

New York, NY US

Madison Square Garden

Setlist:

Afternoon show: 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, For What It's Worth, Honey Bee), Communication Breakdown.

Evening Show: 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, Dust My Broom, Bottle Up and Go, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Some Other Guy, Train Kept a Rollin', I'm a King Bee, Baby Don't You Want To Go, C.C. Rider), Out On The Tiles, Communication Breakdown (incl. Gallows Pole), The Girl Can't help It (medley: incl. Talking About You, Twenty Flight Rock), How Many More Times (medley incl. Cadillac, Blueberry Hill).

Notes:

The band return from England where they top the Melody Maker Poll Awards, dethroning the Beatles after eight years. A press conference is held the day before the show, with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Originally slated for June 27th, the band turn down an offer of $200,000 and re-schedule the summer American tour, to appear at the Bath Festival.

Two shows are scheduled: 2pm & 8pm, where Robert Plant also pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix who had just died. The evening's performance is widely considered one of their best ever.

PRESS REVIEW: LED ZEP $200,000 U.S. SELLOUT GIG

Led Zeppelin finished their American tour with around 200,000 dollars worth of business at the big Madison Square Garden where they nearly filled the first concert and completely packed the second. They were the only act on the bill and so each member earned himself around 30,000 dollars (after deductions) for just under six hours work.

But work it was - second show received such audience reaction, comparable with the Stones at their Madison date, that several long encores were done by the group.

They introduced several things from die new Led Zeppelin Three album including one number with Jimmy Page on acoustic guitar and John Paul Jones on electric mandolin.

Backstage it was quiet, everybody looking forward to departing to England the following day. Paul Jones, ex-Manfred Mann, chatted to John Paul Jones. Paul Jones is in New York for the opening of his British hit play, 'Conduct Unbecoming'.

Robert Plant was talking about buying a horse for his wife he has one himself! — Noel Redding was a backstage visitor. Lord Sutch was around, attended the con cert, but apparently couldn't make it backstage. It isn't too matey right now between the Zep and his Lordship over the Sutch album. Apparently there was a misunderstanding, with the Zep thinking they were doing rock oldies with Sutch as a favour, but with Sutch adding new lyrics and different titles. [R.M., Oct. 1970 / Ian Dove]



PRESS REVIEW
: With no fatigue showing following a gruelling six-week U.S. tour, Led Zeppelin filled the Garden for their second show. Saturday (19). With a good crowd for the first show, the group grossed over $200,000 and were the only act on the bill, unless you count disk jockey Scott Muni's minimal duties in introducing the group.

The second concert finished in just under three hours, with no sign of lagging enthusiasm from either audience or group. Drummer John Bonham walked off with the top ovation with his long feature, "Out on the Tiles" but the difference in the reaction to other members of the group was marginal.

The group flies off in several directions, covering the progressive and the rock world - "Blueberry Hill" yet, by Robert Plant. An undoubted assist is Plant's visual appeal which works on the assumption that a moving target is harder to hit.

This time round, the quartet featured a quiet time with Page doing an acoustic bit and a set with just Plant and John Paul Jones on electric mandolin. (J. RADCILIFFE, SEPT. 1970)

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Madison Square Garden show

I was at both the 2:00 and 8:00 shows. At this time I was working at The Fillmore East, as an assistant stage manager. That weekend, The Grateful Dead were playing at the theatre. I worked their Friday night, and watched one of the most boring shows ever. I was scheduled to work the Saturday show, but lucked out when Concerts East (the promoters for the Zeppelin show at the Graden) sent 10 comp tickets to the Fillmore early Saturday morning. 5 for the early show and 5 for the evening show. Since I was one of the first ones to get to the Fillmore on Saturdays, guess who got the tickets.

Two co-workers and myself headed to the Garden around noon, the seats were on the first tier (loge area) just to the left of the stage. A perfect view of John Paul Jones and Bonhams footwork behind the monster bass drum.

Awesome show, can only remember 2 songs "Immigrant Song" as an opener, then "Heartbreaker" which was the best song played at the show. The first show was about 2/3 full (suprisingly not sold out) with about 12,000. Still not bad for an early Saturday matinee. What I can rememember is, the band was much more re-fined than earlier performances, and much louder.

I saw the band perform before at The Fillmore (opening for Iron Butterfly in early 69' and as a headliner later that year). The band now had a couple of staple songs to carry them through the longer sets. The only other band that could match Zeppelin in loudness was "Blue Cheer". After the first show ended, we headed to Club 82 for a few shots, then back to the Garden.

The evening show was even better. More songs and a longer show. Again "Heartbreaker" was the best song performed, and "Out on the Tiles" was played as an encore song. A packed house of 20,000 for the evening show. I remember calculating that about 32,000 fans saw Zeppelin perform that Saturday, with an average ticket price of $7. meaning Zeppelin took in $224,000 for one day I dreaded going back to the Fillmore, to get my $85 a night.

That night though was one of my best days, 1 to see Zeppelin and 2, not forced to hear The Grateful Dead. Paul C