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Municipal Auditorium (KC) - August 19, 1970

  • includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, That's Way, Bron-Yr-Aur, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown.
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on October 2, 2007 - 5:41am
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Average: 4.9 (14 votes)
August 19, 1970
Kansas City
KS
United States
us
Setlist: 

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, That's Way, Bron-Yr-Aur, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown.

Note: 

Review: Led Zeppelin, rock group in concert at the Arena of the Municipal Auditorium featuring Jimmy Page, lead guitar, Robert Plant, lead singer, John Paul Jones, bass and organ and John Bonham, percussion.

Who was that guitar player with long hair and a beard, the brim of his hat pulled down over his forehead, a la John Lennon?

Strangely enough, it was Jimmy Page, his boyish face almost no longer visible. Robert Plant and John Paul Jones also displayed new grown foliage.

But an abundance of hair was not the only change in Led Zeppelin, fast-rising British group. Without losing force and volume, they have added a mellowness which benefits their talents as well.

Plant has the vocal strength of a steam whistle and an amazingly wide range. Utilizing his talent as lead singer, the group in the past always seemed to be coming on strong.

Now they have developed a change of pace. Without sacrificing energy, they have added more style. Plant still booms out notes, but not constantly. This gives him something to build up to and he does.

A more refined Plant balances the group a little more in the direction of lead guitarist Jimmy Page, who may be the best in the business (I think so). The sound Page creates is distinct and sharp, both picking and strumming. His talent almost can be referred to as wizardry.

Zeppelin’s mellow sound is an improvement. Their performance was considerably better than their one here last winter (when after a good first show, drummer John Bonham got a wee bit liberated on Scotland’s finest export and barely made the second).

John Paul Jones played a fine organ solo and likewise Bonham on the drums. About 6,500 persons saw the performance which was produced by Concerts West. (S. Weber, Aug. 1970)

Notes: 

Review: Led Zeppelin, rock group in concert at the Arena of the Municipal Auditorium featuring Jimmy Page, lead guitar, Robert Plant, lead singer, John Paul Jones, bass and organ and John Bonham, percussion.

Who was that guitar player with long hair and a beard, the brim of his hat pulled down over his forehead, a la John Lennon?

Strangely enough, it was Jimmy Page, his boyish face almost no longer visible. Robert Plant and John Paul Jones also displayed new grown foliage.

But an abundance of hair was not the only change in Led Zeppelin, fast-rising British group. Without losing force and volume, they have added a mellowness which benefits their talents as well.

Plant has the vocal strength of a steam whistle and an amazingly wide range. Utilizing his talent as lead singer, the group in the past always seemed to be coming on strong.

Now they have developed a change of pace. Without sacrificing energy, they have added more style. Plant still booms out notes, but not constantly. This gives him something to build up to and he does.

A more refined Plant balances the group a little more in the direction of lead guitarist Jimmy Page, who may be the best in the business (I think so). The sound Page creates is distinct and sharp, both picking and strumming. His talent almost can be referred to as wizardry.

Zeppelin’s mellow sound is an improvement. Their performance was considerably better than their one here last winter (when after a good first show, drummer John Bonham got a wee bit liberated on Scotland’s finest export and barely made the second).

John Paul Jones played a fine organ solo and likewise Bonham on the drums. About 6,500 persons saw the performance which was produced by Concerts West. (S. Weber, Aug. 1970)

Setlists: 

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, That's Way, Bron-Yr-Aur, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Matthew J Lawrence's picture

This show was my first rock concert of any kind.

A co-worker/schoolmate and I rented a camera and telephoto lens to take slides of the show.
Nobody stopped us.
I was amazed at the size of the gong behind Bonham and the astounding energy of the performance.
I also wondered what the strange smell was throughout the auditorium. A couple of years later I was well acquanted with the source.

Still, the concert remains a turning point in my life.

Led Zeppelin will always be first.

Gary Ray's picture

I had just turned 17 but I had already developed a real appreciation for the band. Led Zep III had come out earlier that year, and I had all three of their albums. I took the new love of my life, Donna with me to the concert. She was 15.

One memory I will never forget is when Donna asked me, "what's that funny smell?" as someone about two rows in front of us was toking up, and she had evidently never smelled burning reefer in her young life. I'll also never forget them opening their set with Immigrant Song and Robert Plant's eerily plaintive strains of "aahhhh aahhhh ahhhhhhhhh, ahhhhhhhhhhh." (You know what I mean.)

I absolutely loved the concert and really dug on "Dazed and Confused," John Paul Jones' organ solo on "Thank You," "Whole Lotta Love," John Bonhan's drum solo on "Moby Dick" and ... what the hey? I just loved the whole thing.

Later in life as a school teacher, when I would tell my students that I had seen Led Zeppelin live in concert in 1970, they would bow down and say, "we're not worthy" like I was a god for actually being present for such an iconic event.

Doug Hughes's picture

My memory of this show is it was a general admission event, and the huge crowd outside the venue started moving forward before the doors opened. The crush that created had me leaning hard into the person in front of me as the weight of the crowd behind me pushed me foward. This was years before the infamous Who show when many kids died, and it was quite alarming though thankfully brief. Once the doors did open the crowd ran onto the floor taking the best seats they could grab and me and my friends managed pretty good floor seats. I recall vividly seeing Jimmy in his oriental dragon suit, and the long set including "wooden music" (acoustic) was phenominal. Wish I could find a recording of that show. They never played Kansas City again.

mark's picture

I have, framed, a pair of ticket stubs from this concert. I still can't hear.....Section 3, Row 4, seats 13 & 14. They were second, only to Jimi Hendrix.

Terry's picture

I was 10 years old, first concert and already a huge Zep Fan.  My older brother took me, he almost could not get off work.  He had just started as an intern physical therapist for the KC Chiefs, who won the Super Bowl later that year.
We got tickets at the box office and the seats were way in the back of Municipal Auditorium. I remember Page wearing the "bucket" hat turned down and Plant wearing an open vest.
I was stunned when they opened with a strange new song I'd never heard before.  Immigrant Song.  I later told my friends about some new song that Robert just howled on.   I checked the record stores everyday for a new record, and several months later LZ III came out.  I rushed home and dropped the needle and heard Immigrant Song for the 2nd time!  That's it!!!!  That's the song!
I remember the acoustic set and Bonham's drum solo.   No opening band, no encore but I didn't even know what those were.  It seemed over so quickly and I was in a "daze" for a few days afterwards.
I'm still a huge fan 43 years later
Terry

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