September 7, 1971
Boston, MA US
includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, 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), Communication Breakdown, Organ solo / Thank You, Rock and Roll.
News Report: Led Zeppelin At the Garden
Imagine, if you will, 10 or 20 or 30,000 people assembled in a sweaty hall. Go ahead, it won't cost you anything. Ten or 20 or 30,000 people gathered together to hear the all-time, almost original HEAVY BAND.
Now imagine a slender rubber tube descending on each and every one. Then imagine all 10 or 20 or 30,000 voices all saying (all at once, mind you): "Wow, man. Led Zeppelin sure is a' Heavy Band!" or words to that effect. Imagine that all happening as Boston Garden slowly begins to rise from all that hot air and floats gently over North Station and suddenly all the air whooshes out and with one, last piercing cry from Robert Plant's navel, the whole 'heavy band and their equally heavy audience disappear with a huge splash into Boston Harbor. Imagine that!
Of course, nothing like that happened last night at Boston Garden when Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham (who are usually associated with their business name, Led Zeppelin), played around,
"Not now, not now, not now. Off the stage, kiddies. We'd like to do a number from our new album (it'll be in your favorite record shop in about four weeks, pant pant). These usherettes will have to go!" Thudding along, some of the hundredweight tunes they did were (staged to a throbbing bass line) "Heartbreaker" and "Since I've Been Loving You," (enter from stage right a thumping drumbeat) "Black Dog" and "Dazed and Confused," (enter a few hundred people to rush the stage) "Whole Lotta Love," (mix with a few monstrous electric guitar chords) "I Can't Quit You," (a long long piercing , scream) and a symbolic "Communication Breakdown."
Most relevant quote of the night may well be attributed to "Shakey" Bill. As he hurdled over chairs to get closer to the stage, he shouted out in a crude but moneymaking tone: "What fools these heavyweight immortals be." Lord have mercy. (-M.Nicholson, Globe Correspondent)