Average: 4.9 (16 votes)

September 7, 1971

Boston, MA US

Boston Garden

Setlist:

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.

Notes:

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)

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Led Zeppelin concert at Boston Garden (September 1971)

I was in attendance at this concert. With the lights barely dimmed at the old Boston Garden, Led Zeppelin took the stage like a storm and whipped right into the "Immigrant Song" for their opening number. To say the crowd was stunned would be an understatement. People who had been wandering around the facility aimlessly rushed back to their seats to see what the big commotion was all about. Most bands of this era invariably showed up late for their performances. Not Led Zeppelin. They were scheduled to arrive at 8 PM and they promptly took the stage only a few minutes later. The band's appearance in those days differed from their later image and attire. Page had a full beard and, for the most part, everyone was in jeans. Call it the "business casual" of 1971.
Plant did all the talking during the show and commented ruefully to the audience about Atlantic Records and the problems they were having getting their new album released. I remember the band played at least two tracks from the up-coming album (Led Zeppelin IV): "Black Dog" and "Stairway to Heaven." Both songs were given mild support from the audience as is always the case when new un-heard songs are played. The band did an outstanding acoustic set (all four members sitting in chairs in the middle of the stage) and played a number of cuts from their third album including "That's the Way." Near the end of the show, John Paul Jones did an extended and impromptu organ solo and the other band members danced at the front of the stage. There were several well-received encores after which the band left the stage triumphantly. The show clocked in at just over three hours and was considered one of their most masterful performances of 1971. I had just returned from Vietnam (August 1971) and this was the first concert I attended after my arrival back in the States. It was also a sold-out performance (15,000) and there was no opening act.