Average: 4.9 (283 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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IN THE GARDEN WITH LED (Review)

IN THE GARDEN WITH LED

I saw and heard the Led Zeppelin band twice during I969, in that summer of Rock in-the-Park and Pavilion. I did not feel them in concert, though throughout the period of my initial exposure to Zeppelin, a vivid dichotomy between their studio orientated and concert-performed music threw shrouds of disappointment and confusion upon my eager anticipation of a live encounter with this premiere rock group of the recorded music medium.

Led Zeppelin has been my favorite album, without exception, for eighteen months running. In what may be termed the ultimate accomplishment in the realm of art, it has ceased to exist as an isolated, abstract form, dependent upon a specific point of departure or frame of reference for Its essential significance, to transcend the inherent limitations of its medium, becoming more than itself,
i.e. its own reason for being — truth and beauty, that which life imitates.

These identical four musicians, from England, Jimmy Page (guitar, electric and acoustic), Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica, and tambourine), John Bonham (drums and percussion), and John Paul Jones (bass, mandolin, and organ), provided those assembled at Madison Square Garden last Saturday (Sept. 19th) with a real unreal experience. Led Zeppelin have gone back to listen to their own albums; the absolute trip of those recordings was re-created in immense, smothering, immobilizing proportion, on September 19, 1970. Mark it, people.

We have become prostrate at the demands of the electrical monster, a ravenous beast reclaiming the greater part of a power man once harnessed against nature. In a careful ritual, we gather en masse to be lashed numb by the shock waves of the "amps." The sound system is the instrument of an intricate, exquisite, total intoxication of mind / soul / body in music. The genius and originality of man in the arena of entertainment has succeeded . . . "Auditorium" must now rank with the other enormously wicked, sensual lust-pleasures for which man has long envied our buried, crumbled, classical world.

Abruptly at 8:20 P.M., the sight hovered; and within minutes I stood, incredulous, as The Zeppelin descended upon the thousands in that definitive opening passage of bass notes and high, quivering shrieks . . . we, all, were consumed into the swirling maelstrom of "Dazed and Confused" . . . The World was Beatles once . . . we've passed that, to come to this — and whatever it remains, The Zeppelin are on the top. [“The RockWriter” / J. Portanova, Published Sept. 1970]