November 11, 1971
includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, That's the Way, Going to California, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Celebration Day, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown.
Press Review: Zeppelin – Good, Bad or Indifferent?
The months of frustration and impatient waiting were over – Led Zeppelin were back at Newcastle City Hall last Thursday. And the group that has brought the rock back to rock and roll were, for me at least, awful.
A young audience cried for more after their two and a quarter hour performance. They got it to the tune of a lengthy encore.
They gave us “Immigration Song”, Heartbreaker, and Robert Plant immediately sank to rock bottom in my estimation. Maybe it was the hall, maybe it was the mike…
The tragedy of it all was this band can play and Plant can sing to rival any group in the world. They proved this with one track from the new LP – Stairway to Heaven.
But Alas, the euphoria was not to last. The mediocrity of the rest of the gig could easily be seen in the band’s performance of Celebration Day.
I tried desperately to think back to Zeppelin’s first mind-shattering explosion on the British music scene and to convince myself that it WAS the notorious City Hall acoustics that daunted Plant.
I’ve hardly mentioned Jimmy Page, you say? True enough he did some amazing things with that guitar. But only spasmodically.
This is the start of the great Zeppelin British tour. They should make sure they get a bigger hall and better presentation than a packed City Hall got last Thursday night. [-S. Bennett / Disc, Nov. 1971]