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Met Center - April 12, 1970

  • Setlists during this tour included: We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love.
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on September 21, 2007 - 9:43am
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April 12, 1970
Bloomington
MN
United States
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Setlist: 

Setlists during this tour included: We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love.

Note: 

review: Led Zeppelin Was Good and Loud

Led Zeppelin, a decibel-driven dirigible, screamed out a frenzied menu of hard rock to the delight of a large throng of turned-on admirers at the Metropolitan Sports Center Sunday night.

The Zeppelin, a British four-man group that specializes in hard, cerebral rock, made a din that made a North Stars crowd in full cry sound like a mewling baby.

The rock concert was set back an hour and a half to accommodate the playoff activities of the local icemen. The crowd had to wait yet another 75 minutes for the performance while the assorted amplifiers were connected and an organ was persuaded to work.

The result for the audience was a happy one as they seemed to get everything they wanted from the wailing rhythms that engulfed the farthest corner of the arena.

As the lights dimmed and the musty, sweet aroma of burning “grass” lifted from all parts of the crowd, much of the throng swept out of the aisles closer to the loudspeakers that were set up on the ice sheet.

The Zeppelin presented offerings ranging from an opening number that was a screaming nightmare of psychedelic horror to a rippling guitar solo by lead guitarist, Jimmy Page.

The lead vocalist, Robert Plant, shared his own nightmares with a faulty P.A. system with the audience and played an exuberant harmonica in a rock blues number entitled, “Bring It On Home”.

Page’s solo was a thing of beauty and was suppressed in comparison to the tumult of many of the other numbers. At times, his guitar would display the Eastern beauty of a sitar and then suddenly he would be back in the Western rock idiom.

Why the Zeppelin and other groups like, composed obviously of talented individuals, have to make music with every electronic stop pulled out is another question. (P. Vaughan / MN Star, April 1970)

Notes: 

review: Led Zeppelin Was Good and Loud

Led Zeppelin, a decibel-driven dirigible, screamed out a frenzied menu of hard rock to the delight of a large throng of turned-on admirers at the Metropolitan Sports Center Sunday night.

The Zeppelin, a British four-man group that specializes in hard, cerebral rock, made a din that made a North Stars crowd in full cry sound like a mewling baby.

The rock concert was set back an hour and a half to accommodate the playoff activities of the local icemen. The crowd had to wait yet another 75 minutes for the performance while the assorted amplifiers were connected and an organ was persuaded to work.

The result for the audience was a happy one as they seemed to get everything they wanted from the wailing rhythms that engulfed the farthest corner of the arena.

As the lights dimmed and the musty, sweet aroma of burning “grass” lifted from all parts of the crowd, much of the throng swept out of the aisles closer to the loudspeakers that were set up on the ice sheet.

The Zeppelin presented offerings ranging from an opening number that was a screaming nightmare of psychedelic horror to a rippling guitar solo by lead guitarist, Jimmy Page.

The lead vocalist, Robert Plant, shared his own nightmares with a faulty P.A. system with the audience and played an exuberant harmonica in a rock blues number entitled, “Bring It On Home”.

Page’s solo was a thing of beauty and was suppressed in comparison to the tumult of many of the other numbers. At times, his guitar would display the Eastern beauty of a sitar and then suddenly he would be back in the Western rock idiom.

Why the Zeppelin and other groups like, composed obviously of talented individuals, have to make music with every electronic stop pulled out is another question. (P. Vaughan / MN Star, April 1970)

Setlists: 

Setlists during this tour included: We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love.

Comments

Gary Peterson's picture

I was at this show and the description above...while extremely accurate really lends nothing to what this show was. The wait was nothing but the music...and the atmosphere was amazing. I was 17, a drummer that was playing in a 3 piece band that made every effort to copy Zep and I was in complete AWE of Bonhams drumming...WOW. It has been said and it is completely true, that it's not what he played it's what he chose not to play.......he was the absolute best of the best.

Thanks for this great memory !! I look forward to your up coming tour......!

Gary Peterson

Randy Byers's picture

This was my very first rock concert and as I look back at it, I am so fortunate that it was Led Zeppelin. They set the pace for every rock band to follow. I was 13 years old when I first heard Good Times Bad Times on the radio and was blown away at that song. I remember thinking, "Wow...these guys are incredible!" At the time, I was a drummer in my first rock band and I simply could not believe John Bonham's talent and raw power as Zep's drummer. When I heard they were scheduled to play in Minneapolis, I jumped at the chance to buy a ticket. I paid $4.50 for the "nose bleed" section and a friend drove us the 5 hours from Sheldon, IA to Minneapolis for the show.

The concert was delayed due to a hockey game and when they finally let the 20,000 or so Zep fans into the Met Stadium that cold, overcast, Sunday night in April, it felt like a dream to me. I had never seen a crowd that large and to think I was about to hear and see the band I had idolized for the past two years. Granted, the sound up in the rafters where I was seated was less than good but I was still glad to be there. The opening song was an instrumental jam as they apparently were doing a sound check. Following their opening number, they proceeded to tear the place apart! It was live, powerful rock at it's finest! The only glitch was John Paul Jones' organ not working properly and they had to restart a couple songs, aside from that it was loud, heavy and a great concert!! I wish I could remember it better than I do but then again...it was 41 years ago. Suffice to say, for my first ever rock concert, damn...I can't imagine starting out any better than with Zep! I saw them once again in January of '75 in the same venue as they were promoting the Physical Graffiti album...WOW!!! That show was off the chart, but that is yet another story...

Tim's picture

I attended this show at 15 years old. Already a veteran of rock concerts, I had seen Jimi Hendrix at 13 (twice), and now at the age of 55 I have seen over 1000 shows. To this day, this concert is my all time favorite. No opening act, just 3 & 1/2 hours of pure early Zep. They played nearly everything from the first 2 albums, which is all they had at that point, and jammed extensively on most songs. I do remember the issues with the PA system and mikes, but it wasn't major. Just gave that particular concert a uniqueness that made it memorable. Saw them 3 more times, including Madison Square Garden in July 1973 when they filmed The Song Remains The Same, but this show would never be topped.

Lee Davidson's picture

Fantastic show! I was 17 when I was there. I also am a drummer now for 45 yrs. and Bonzo was my greatest influence although I now play with Pearl Eliminator double-bass pedals. Absolutely a mezmerizing show. One couldn't help but follow where Zep went into the world they created with their music and lyrics. Never harmful but mystical and Greek Mythological or at least Nordic. I have many favorites for bands and musicians but Led Zeppelin IMHO was the greatest rock band ever. Not to discount The Beatles who actually changed the world.
I also saw The Who that same year if I remember right in Minneapolis. Another fantastic show! Priceless Memories that are in my head like videos.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

Possibly standard set was performed but this track is the only remainder.

Thomas Harder's picture

For those that don't remember...Jimmy Page's finger was broken. Regardless, in all the years...in all the concerts I've seen. for all the terrible sound. This was, without question, the best concert ever presented to my ears. You guys weren't good, you were the best I've ever seen.

I'm 54 now...I was there in MPLS in 1970. I'm a (embarrassingly) audiophile. I have NEVER heard the quality of sound I did that night...since.

After so many concerts there is only one that stands out above them all! The list is too long to emunerte. It is long and impressive.

Regardless, there has never been a band as Zeppelin. Never the sound...never the shear power.

Billy's picture

The 1975 Minneapolis show was the "broken finger show. In 75 Page broke the finger just before the tour. Start of tour was delayed. Minn. MET was 1st show of the tour. Never heard of any Page finger problems in 1970 tour.

Beverly Belche's picture

I was there : ) A friend and I took a bus from University of Iowa to come see  if Zeppelin was as awesome as the Records were ~ THEY WERE the BEST!! I am so thankful for that show~ Thank you for this site ~ BJB

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Broken finger was 1975 by Billy (not verified)
The Met Center ~April 1970 by Beverly Belche (not verified)
This was my first rock concert by Randy Byers (not verified)
Minneapolis show by Thomas Harder (not verified)
I attended this show at 15 by Tim (not verified)
Minneapolis Show 1970 by Gary Peterson (not verified)