Average: 4.7 (22 votes)

June 11, 1972

Baltimore, MD US

Civic Center (Baltimore)

Setlist:

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, I Need Your Love Tonight, Hello Mary Lou, Heartbreak Hotel, I'm Going Down, Going Down Slow), Rock and Roll, Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

Press Review: "Led Zeppelin Shows Distinctive Style"

Led Zeppelin, playing to a capacity crowd of nearly 13,000 at the Civic Center Sunday night, amply demonstrated how it became the number one British rock band after the death of the Beatles as a group.

Led Zeppelin has been known primarily for heavy electronic rock. One of the most pleasant parts of the concert Sunday night was an acoustic interlude with drummer John Bonham laying out and Page, Plant and Jones (playing mandolin) seated before microphones at the front of the stage. They did several songs, including Going to California and Tangerine, the highlight of which was the tight interplay between the mandolin and guitar.

After this demonstration of their versatility the group settled into their more familiar material – Dazed and Confused and Whole Lotta Love.

These tunes – very loud, tough and driving rock and roll – are what made Led Zeppelin’s name. Plant’s amazingly mobile voice, as variable an instrument as Page’s guitar and capable of almost as many special effects, is used to its greatest effect here – uncannily echoing the guitar phrases of turning up in the ensemble sound in unexpected but usually correct places. On the strength of this interweaving effect of voice and guitar, Page and Plant probably could get by as a duo.

For his part, Page has curbed his zeal for excessively long solos – although he uncorked one on Dazed and Confused, that was outstanding mainly for its length, in favor of more pungent statements. He also has given up fretting with the mike stand, an early device and now bows the guitar strings, brandishing the bow high in the air after sawing away at the strings to conduct the after-notes  echoing through the speakers. Page and Led Zeppelin have both come a long way since their first appearance in this area at the Laurel Pop Festival in 1969. (Balt. Sun, June 1972)

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Balto. Civic Ctr. July 11, 1972

I, too, was at this show, and it was a very good one! I had just broken up with my girlfriend and was really bummed-out. I got to the show early and found myself pretty much alone in my row of seats.

Just as that loneliness was wearing on me and I was about ready to leave before the show even started, two dudes show in the seats to my left. One of them has a bottle of Jack Daniels and asks me if I want a pull - Hell yeah, I respond and snatch that bottle up and commence to knocking back about 6 oz. of that firewater. Whoa, that felt good!

About 5 minutes later, and I'm *definitely* staying, the lites go dim and Plant steps out on stage wearing some diaphanous white "gowns". The spotlite bathes him in a white beam, he throws his head back and all of a sudden he wails out the Immigrasnt Song's infamous opener, and the band kicks into it. What a great way to begin the show, Immigrant Song has terrific vocals, a pounding, driving beat and is a real crowd-pleaser.

I remember Plant engaging the audience between many of the songs. He would step to the mic and then tell a little story that inevitably leads into the song. He mentioned going to a friend's house where he encountered a very big dog, a very Black Dog - BAM!!, they're off and running with a crazed version of Black Dog.

The show was terrific, Led Zeppelin really backed up their live concert image, this was a powerful, muscular show - I drove home with a big smile on my face...

It sure would be nice to locate soundboard tapes of these shows, Led Zep were in their prime!

-CD-