Average: 4.9 (284 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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Concert description

Afternoon show is a strong performance. Before What Is And What Should Never Be Plant paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix who died only one day earlier in Londo: "I think it's really hard ever having to say something about something that's quite a delicate point. But yesterday something happened - Jimi Hendrix died and we're all very sorry because he contributed a lot to the current music thing, and we'd like to just hope that everybody thinks it'a a real shame ... Jimi Hendrix!" Immigrant Song is playing with fury and led into very heavy version of Heartbreaker. Dazed And Confused follows that and it's another good version. A bit strange organ solo and dramatic Thank You making this show interesting and Bonham's high energic drum solo is very inspired. The Whole Lotta Love medley and agressive Communication Breakdown closed this show but it's nothing when compared to the evening set. This one is a great audience recording for this era of technology, and of Zep live, pleasure to listen to. The performance is definitely a best-of-1970, at outset seems to take a while to get going ... there are some crowd issues, Plant improvises a "sit down, sit down" lyric for the 1st verse of Dazed And Confused. Bring It On Home is really intense and from this point the band seems to have "won the audience over". Since I've Been Loving You has some unique ensemble improv and a great guitar solo. Jonesy is really stretching out in his organ solo, with what sounds like pitch-bending/shifting and the crowd seems to enjoy it. This show's utterly unique Whole Lotta Love does make it a strong "holy grail" candidate - it even briefly includes The Train Kept A Rollin’. Before as song starts, Plant says: “What we want to do is try to choose a good number to go on with.” Out On The Tiles is a raved-up "rhythm move along" version and the last time ver when they performed it live! Communication Breakdown includes Gallows Pole verses. Spontaneous Girl Can't Help It, Talking 'Bout You and Twenty Flight Rock encore medley is priceless and we're lucky to have it captured on tape. The band want to keep ensuring that their audience has a good time, so How Many More Times includes another excellent medley of odd tunes. What could we ask for more?