August 31, 1971
Orlando, FL US
Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed and Confused, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, My Baby Left Me, Mess of Blues), Organ solo / Thank You.
Press Review: The Sights & Sounds of Led Zeppelin In Concert – Heavy
Led Zeppelin has come and gone at the Orlando Sports Stadium, and like the lead man blurted over the din of thousands of wildly cheering voices and clapping hands, ‘Man, I don’t believe this place.’
It was, in a word, unbelievable. And in another, perhaps more acceptable word, heavy – very heavy.
The youths – universally and collectively long-haired, bell-bottomed, braless hot panted, haltered and Hang Ten – began arriving with blanket rolls and seat cushions as early as five o’clock to find choice sears for a show still three hours away.
Then at 8 p.m., or close to starting time as any rock group ever has gotten, the house lights went out and Zeppelin exploded into life in a pink, purple and yellow electric haze and magnetized the audience.
There was no second group on the billing to fill the gaps, because there were no gaps. Zeppelin and Zeppelin alone gave their audience two and a half solid hours of unremitting rock in one of the most professional rock shows we’ve seen. No light show, very little talk – just music.
And good music. Too often, audiences are disappointed with their favorite performers when they hear them live. Some groups just can’t cut it in a live performance, depending on complicated electronic studio mixing to make tapes and records sound good. No so with Zeppelin. They are good by themselves and powerful. They ripped through their greatest hits, including Whole Lotta Love and Living Loving Maid (??), and the moving drum solo on Moby Dick went on for at least 15 minutes.
Zeppelin gave a well-timed presentation, leveling off around 9pm from their initial burst of energy, then coming back for a long and strong finale of selections that recaptured the crowd immediately and held them to the end. [Orlando Today, 9-71]