Average: 4.9 (20 votes)

March 23, 1971

London, UK

Marquee

Setlist:

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

Back to the clubs tour.

Press Review: It was very nostalgic for Led Zeppelin to play London’s Marquee Club last Tuesday. But was it such a good idea, really?
Naturally the place was packed to overflowing. Naturally the group was pretty good, though the sound suffered from the small surroundings. But how much better it might have been if Zep had chosen the Lyceum or Roundhouse for the only London venue on their current tour.

As it was, hundreds instead of thousands were able to see the group who last played the Marquee almost two years ago to the day and who first played the Marquee billed as the “former Yardbirds” and attracted little interest.
Zeppelin are a group to be looked up to, on a pinnacle for all to see. A group that can pack New York’s Madison Square Garden just isn’t right in the intimate atmosphere of the Marquee.

But musically the group were almost perfect. I say almost because the sound seemed to suffer from too much treble and consequent whining feedback during numbers. For excitement value, few can touch them.

Highlight for me was Since I’ve Been Loving You, with Jimmy Page’s solo coming over better than on the third album. We had a preview of three numbers from their next album: Stairway to Heaven, Going to California and Black Dog, all of which promise to be standard Zep numbers.

Bonham’s drum solo in Moby Dick was as good as ever, and the whole club began to gyrate as they played their anthem Whole Lotta Love. The fans wanted more  - back they came – Communication Breakdown, a number they probably played at the Marquee in those early days. They did Dazed and Confused too and a chick fainted during Jimmy’s violin bow guitar bit.

The Marquee in its long and colourful history, has probably never had a night like it, but I still doubt the wisdom of choosing the club in favour of a larger venue. [-C.Charlesworth / Melody Maker / April 1971]

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I went to this show but I

I went to this show but I can remember the buying of the tickets as well. The queue started in the evening and by midnight there were a lot of youngsters out in the cold in Soho. My memory is that the police forced the club to let us inside for our own safety and they sold us the tickets but we couldn't leave the club until it was felt safe and the tubes were running. Then we went to the Roundhouse and joined the queue for the Rolling Stones concert!

The gig was great and it was unreal being so close to them. I remember robert Plant holding something over thehead of the owner as he introduced them. Unfortunately I was too close to a speaker so for me it was ll rather loud.