Average: 4.5 (33 votes)

May 3, 1971

Copenhagen, DK

K. B. Hallen

Setlist:

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed and Confused, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, What Is and What Should Never Be, Four Sticks, Gallows Pole, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Bottle Up and Go, Mess of Blues, Honey Bee), Communication Breakdown (incl. Celebration Day), Misty Mountain Hop, Rock and Roll (aka: It's Been a Long Time).

Notes:

A rare setlist including the only known performance of Four Sticks, and the debut of Misty Mountain Hop. Over 4,000 fans in attendance pack the K.B. Hallen where they play a blistering and unique show for well over two hours.

Press Review: LED ZEPPELIN EVEN BETTER

NEARLY 4,000 Danish fans were left with almost split eardrums in Copenhagen KB Hallen, when Led Zeppelin played 135 minutes of heavy, loud rock '71, but everybody enjoyed the session and kept calling for more!

Led Zeppelin played so much better than a year ago and sounded closer in their instrumental pieces, as if knowing each other better. Jimmy Page' played some really outstanding guitar, electric as well as acoustic, and he could be "the new Hendrix," if he wants to making his guitar do almost everything in sound.

Zeppelin played material from their three LPs and presented a few new songs, which we were told appear on their next album. The best one's title was drowned by the applauding and cheering audience, but is called something like "Stairways To Heaven," a beautiful number, starting softly with Jimmy Page on guitar and a silent Robert Plant, joined by John Paul Jones on organ and then building and building in force and speed into a breathtaking climax, where everybody went wild, a real inferno of sound.

Running through well-known items, such as "Tangerine," "Gallows Pole," "Dazed And Confused," "Since I've Been Loving You," etc, the group seemed stronger than ever, controlling themselves and their music perfectly. The impact made on the fans was overpowering. They were treated almost Jaggerishiy by vital Robert Plant, who was almost all hair and voice — and what a voice!

He must have screamed away his tonsils a long time ago. Surely he has the loudest and highest voice on today's beat scene, and how he uses it! But at the end of the song, he's still got his normal voice left. Incredible and unbelieveable!

Led Zeppelin is THE rock'n'roll band in 1971, no doubt! They ended very suitably in a tribute to Elvis, including heavy versions of "That's Alright" and "A Mess Of Blues" in the middle of "Whole Lotta Love" — a marvellous show topper.

But Led Zeppelin is more than just a 'headache! They are so much more versatile now. Their music is a lot more than just blowing the heads off the audience. They are too good instrumentalists for that, the four of them, and they prove it by playing acoustic guitar in the middle of the concert and making everybody keep cool before the next musical hurricane takes off!' -G. SORENSEN, NME 1971
 

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Concert description

An incredible show that previews almost the entire fourth album eight months before its release! Robert's voice is exceptional, going higher than the parts on the records! Jimmy, Jonesy and Bonzo are relentless too, and they include two big surprises! Some bad things happened inside the audience so Robert Plant appealed for calm after Heartbreaker: "Whoa, stop! You stop! Tell him to stop - because any trouble and we go off! We can't play if there's gonna be this going on through every number, so somebody had better tell him in Danish what the score is! We cannot play if there's gonna be a constant passage of people moving. We'd rather people sit on the floor, sit down! We wanna give you a concert of music and we cannot do that if there's a lot of people running around." Four Sticks has a very unique intro and is played really well, and it sounds good on stage. "We're gonna try something that we have never ever tried before and there's every chance it'll fall apart. If it does, we'll stop and start again. This hasn't even got a title yet but we'll think of one as the night goes on!" It and the rocking Gallows Pole (with 12-string electric guitar) should have been elaborated on more ... they could have easily been done in the set. This is the only time the band ever played these live, and added to the fact that the rest of the show is amazing.