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J. S. Dorton Arena - April 8, 1970

  • includes: 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 (medley includes: Stormy Monday, Bottle Up and Go, Long Distance Call), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.
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April 8, 1970
Raleigh
NC
United States
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Setlist: 

includes: 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 (medley includes: Stormy Monday, Bottle Up and Go, Long Distance Call), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.

Note: 

Press Reviews: Zeppelin Makes It  - Draws Capacity Crowd. Wednesday night a near capacity crowd filled Dorton Arena, anticipating a concert by one of England’s top rock groups, Led Zeppelin. By the evening’s end the concert had become a tremendous “happening” with hordes of screaming fans massed around the stage, grooving to the Zeppelin’s hard rock sounds.

The show started nearly an hour late due to a traffic jam, which held up the performers, and was further delayed by technical difficulties with one of the amplifiers. The audience, impatient at first, warmed up quickly as the Zeppelin began their show.

The performers displayed amazing energy, starting the performance with a fervor that takes most groups an hour to acquire. As the program progressed, they danced, leaped, cavorted, and literally covered the stage with their movements, especially Robert Plant, the lead singer. Each member of the group possesses enough talent to create a sensation alone. This was proven by their long solos which kept the crowd’s rapt attention and drew repeated rounds of applause.

 Jimmy Page proved himself a true master of lead guitar, creating numerous sounds and special effects. One of his most unique effects was his use of a bow to produce violin-type sounds on the electric guitar. Page’s solo performance of White Summer was versatile beyond description and drew a standing ovation from the audience, as did a drum solo by John Bonham, and an organ solo by John Paul Jones.
The varied Zeppelin program included transitions from blues to hard rock, even to country sound, which they displayed with their version of V-8 Ford. By the show’s end, nearly the entire audience was on its feet, with as many fans as possible crowded around the stage in a screaming mob.

Robert Plant, who performed brilliantly as lead singer, kept the audience captivated. The crowd was completely in his hands, practically hypnotized, hanging on his every word. The group was called back for four encores, with many fans remaining after the show was ended, begging for more. Led Zeppelin was a definite hit in Raleigh. In the opinion of many it was the best rock concert the Capital City has seen. [-M. Haynes / 4/70]
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ZEPPELIN IS LATE, LOUD, GOOD

Raleigh News and Observer
April 9, 1970 | By Gerry Ligon

Playing to an audience ranging from babes-in-arms to the "over thirty generation", Led Zeppelin put wings on Dorton Arena and piloted the audience on a musical tour from blues, to jazz, to boogie, to pure hard rock.

The performance had a very slow start. After waiting more than 45 minutes for the show to begin, the patient audience was rewarded with five minutes of ear-splitting feed back.

In order to avoid the echo within the arena, which Jimi Hendrix encountered recently, the performers had to present their music at their maximum volume. Because of this, the audience had to adjust to the powerful beat of sound.

However, anyone who arrived for the performance with a negative point of view had to be somewhat persuaded by the audience's acceptance of the reverberating sound. As in most rock concerts, each performer gave his solo.

Unlike most rock concerts, the audience spent a great portion of the show saluting the solos in standing ovations.Undoubtedly, anyone who refuses to listen to any music on his own phonograph above one-half volume, would not have lasted 30 minutes in the arena; but those who know how to listen to the rock and jazz of today were the ones who would not let the performers quit.

If this show is an example of how the music of today will be accepted in Raleigh, we can expect to see many more concerts of this type in the future. The reaction of the audience at last night's performance said so. (courtesy: Steve A. Jones)

Notes: 

Press Reviews: Zeppelin Makes It  - Draws Capacity Crowd. Wednesday night a near capacity crowd filled Dorton Arena, anticipating a concert by one of England’s top rock groups, Led Zeppelin. By the evening’s end the concert had become a tremendous “happening” with hordes of screaming fans massed around the stage, grooving to the Zeppelin’s hard rock sounds.

The show started nearly an hour late due to a traffic jam, which held up the performers, and was further delayed by technical difficulties with one of the amplifiers. The audience, impatient at first, warmed up quickly as the Zeppelin began their show.

The performers displayed amazing energy, starting the performance with a fervor that takes most groups an hour to acquire. As the program progressed, they danced, leaped, cavorted, and literally covered the stage with their movements, especially Robert Plant, the lead singer. Each member of the group possesses enough talent to create a sensation alone. This was proven by their long solos which kept the crowd’s rapt attention and drew repeated rounds of applause.

 Jimmy Page proved himself a true master of lead guitar, creating numerous sounds and special effects. One of his most unique effects was his use of a bow to produce violin-type sounds on the electric guitar. Page’s solo performance of White Summer was versatile beyond description and drew a standing ovation from the audience, as did a drum solo by John Bonham, and an organ solo by John Paul Jones.
The varied Zeppelin program included transitions from blues to hard rock, even to country sound, which they displayed with their version of V-8 Ford. By the show’s end, nearly the entire audience was on its feet, with as many fans as possible crowded around the stage in a screaming mob.

Robert Plant, who performed brilliantly as lead singer, kept the audience captivated. The crowd was completely in his hands, practically hypnotized, hanging on his every word. The group was called back for four encores, with many fans remaining after the show was ended, begging for more. Led Zeppelin was a definite hit in Raleigh. In the opinion of many it was the best rock concert the Capital City has seen. [-M. Haynes / 4/70]
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ZEPPELIN IS LATE, LOUD, GOOD

Raleigh News and Observer
April 9, 1970 | By Gerry Ligon

Playing to an audience ranging from babes-in-arms to the "over thirty generation", Led Zeppelin put wings on Dorton Arena and piloted the audience on a musical tour from blues, to jazz, to boogie, to pure hard rock.

The performance had a very slow start. After waiting more than 45 minutes for the show to begin, the patient audience was rewarded with five minutes of ear-splitting feed back.

In order to avoid the echo within the arena, which Jimi Hendrix encountered recently, the performers had to present their music at their maximum volume. Because of this, the audience had to adjust to the powerful beat of sound.

However, anyone who arrived for the performance with a negative point of view had to be somewhat persuaded by the audience's acceptance of the reverberating sound. As in most rock concerts, each performer gave his solo.

Unlike most rock concerts, the audience spent a great portion of the show saluting the solos in standing ovations.Undoubtedly, anyone who refuses to listen to any music on his own phonograph above one-half volume, would not have lasted 30 minutes in the arena; but those who know how to listen to the rock and jazz of today were the ones who would not let the performers quit.

If this show is an example of how the music of today will be accepted in Raleigh, we can expect to see many more concerts of this type in the future. The reaction of the audience at last night's performance said so. (courtesy: Steve A. Jones)

Setlists: 

includes: 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 (medley includes: Stormy Monday, Bottle Up and Go, Long Distance Call), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Larry Butterton's picture

I was there!
4th row center.
The last song, after the second encore (as I remember, anyway) was some unknown-to-me blues number in which Robert played the harp and then yelled, "We don't know anymore songs! We'll never forget Carolina!!"
I'll never forget them...that night....

Richard L. Tucker's picture

Hello From North Carolina, USA,

As 2 freshmen in college, my future wife and I were at this show, at age 19, in Raleigh, NC (April 8, 1970) on a Monday night, about 2 hours west of where we lived. Of course, it was a life changing event for me, as a musician and lead guitarist, with a Gibson Les Paul and full Marshall stack!!! It was simply unbelievable and indescribable when the band broke into Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Living Loving Maid, etc. I had never seen or heard anything like it then or since !!!! Today I own 3 Les Pauls and 2 Stratocasters and still play some every day.....and this is 38 years later. I run around with a coupla bands but do have a full time job. I have enjoyed this website many, many times over the years, and have always wanted to write in to you fine folks with a coupla little corrections: the venue is and has always been: DORTON ARENA, IN RALEIGH, NC, USA. Not Dorten Auditorium. It has been listed wrong for many years. Yes, I do realize this is VERY MINOR IN SCOPE !!!

Thanx so much for this great website and all you do for us. I can only hope that the guys can get together and tour the world again, even with the gray hair !!!! It's OK !

Kindest Regards.......Richard L. Tucker

Simon's picture

Dorton Arena Great Show very loud

Argenteum Astrum's picture

An excellent show captured in an exquisite sounding recording. Bring It On Home is probably the best version ever and We're Gonna Groove is certainly the funkiest version I have ever heard! The band and Robert are simply outstanding and loose: "That was a thing called Groove which is just what we intend to do, and we hope you're gonna as well. So get loose!"

Danny Cox's picture

Just to let you know I was there, for many years I thought this concert was in '69. Wonder how that happened? An altered state, maybe.
I was 20 and had pretty much just started "experimenting" with drugs. The frist time I heard Zeppelin II was in a trailer in N.C. with a wall of sound and full blast. Never got used to it any other way. To this day, even at age 62, I still have to turn it waaaay up when one of its songs come on the radio. I have the cd and it is one of my favorite.
Wish I could go back to those days but some where along the way the "experiment" went horribly wrong. Oh well.
Thank God for Zeppelin. Rock on forever.

Peace and Love( some things never change), Danny Cox

PS, Wish I could fine some of the people I went there with.

Beatle's picture

This show was on a wednesday. just trivial...rock it !!!

mike green's picture

I was their WEDNESDAY night on the 8th and I was in Charlotte the 7th
the night before. I had just turned 18 in March. The best concert ever. Wish you well. Keep playing.

Mike (Myrtle Beach SC)

Joe "Dynamo" Norkus Sr.'s picture

David Glicken, who's father ran WKIX AM (rock) radio in Raleigh, NC, gave me a call an hour before the show & wanted to know if I'd like to attend, compliments of the station (realize I was in 7th. grade, twelve years old, & a drummer in a lil' garage band I'd started), well of course my answer was YES!!!  

We walked in with our vintage State Fair fudge topped ice cream cones, cherry on top, to find our assigned center row seats just five from the stage, YES!!!  This was my first ROCK concert, YES!!!  To say we were blown away is an understatement, but what was even finer was hearing from my older brother, Charley, also a drummer, the next day at breakfast tell me that he had seats all the way in the back!  

Led Zep's first album was played in it's entirety as I remember, and their big hit that had just come out, Whole Lotta Love, as well, the sound was all encompassing, and the experience was pure flower power child gone forceful, oh yes, and most unforgettable to this day, a time capsule worthy experience.

 

pasha's picture

YES IT TOOK A WHILE FOR THE AUDIENCE TO WARM UP 

 

I REMEMBER PLANT TRYING TO MAKE JOKES  WITH A SOUTHERN ACCENT AND THE AUDIENCE JUST STARED BACK  AND THE BAND PLAYED ON AND WON US OVER  AND THEN DID 2OR 3  ENCORES -THEY WERE MORE OVER WHELMED THAN US I THOUGHT -- THEY MAY HAVE THOUGHT WE WOUDNT LIKE THEM AND THEN WHAT WOULD THEY DO? JUST PLAY THE REQUIRED TIME IN THE CONTRACT AND LEAVE -- BUT  WITH TIME AS I SAID THEY WON US OVER THEN HAD TO RETURN IT BY ENCORES- IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE PLANT STARTED A SONG  WITH THE LINE IN IT REPEATEATED OVER AND OVER "BYE BYE BYE BYE"........ 

pasha's picture

 I HAVE THE ORIGINAL POSTER OF THIS EVENT AND I WAS THERE 

 

Terry B's picture

I was a sophmore in Chapel Hill and a bunch of the guys on my floor (2nd floor, Stacy) bought tickets and went.  We were all into English rock.  Had good seats, about 15 rows back at stage left.  I very much remember going down front near the end and standing in front of the stage with a mob, not 20 feet from Plant and Page.  Really made an impression on me for sure.  And the two things that I remember most are the volume of the music and the smell of marijuana that filled the building. 

 

I ran into Plant many years later, in the Admirals Club in Miami airport.  He still looked like a rock God to me.  I was sort of in awe sitting next to him.

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