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Assembly Center - August 21, 1970

  • 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 incl: Let That Boy Boogie, Bottle Up 'n Go, Matchbox, Who's Loving You Tonight, Heartbeat, My Baby Left Me, That's Alright Mama), Communication Breakdown.
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on September 21, 2007 - 10:43am
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August 21, 1970
Tulsa
OK
United States
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Setlist: 

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 incl: Let That Boy Boogie, Bottle Up 'n Go, Matchbox, Who's Loving You Tonight, Heartbeat, My Baby Left Me, That's Alright Mama), Communication Breakdown.

Setlists: 

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 incl: Let That Boy Boogie, Bottle Up 'n Go, Matchbox, Who's Loving You Tonight, Heartbeat, My Baby Left Me, That's Alright Mama), Communication Breakdown.

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Wiseguy's picture

One of the first rock bands to play a 6 year old Maxwell Convention Center and deep in the heart of the conservative "bible belt" Led Zeppelin were greeted warmly by the capacity crowd, but no so much by the local authorities. Mid way into the set, arena management turned on the "house lights" allegedly because of widespread disregard for a selectively enforced "no smoking policy". There were a few scattered boo's as Robert announced that the band will not continue until the lights went down, a few moments later the lights went off to enthusiastic cheers and the show continued. In 1988 undercover Tulsa police officers arrested a record number of concert goers for minor possession charges at Roberts solo show. In a Tulsa World Interview TPD Spokespeople claimed that an unprecedented amount of resources had gone in to the effort and cited alleged incidents at the 1970 Led Zeppelin show as evidence that Robert Plant/Led Zeppelin fans were the "wrong element"

Trip Allen's picture

I remember driving from Wichita for this show. I remember the authorities being uptight about something (pot smoking, volume, who knows) and they turned the lights on part way through the show.

I recall some appeals by Plant to please turn the lights off so people could enjoy the show. It was weird. The show seemed to end on the short side. I recall Bonham looking pretty green in the gills and stepping back stage a couple of times between songs. I always guessed that he was struggling with his demons, or maybe they were all fed up with the authorities crap.

We were about five rows back. The days with no security barriers. Very easy to walk up (it was a seated show) and take some pictures at the edge of the stage. "Since I've Been Loving You" seems to be the stand-out of the show for me -- John Paul Jones making a Farfisa organ sound better than a Farfisa ever did. Page and Plant flying above that languid organ. Bonham in control of the strings while that kite soared. Then those damn lights came on.

Larry Slack's picture

I was there on the floor in front of the largest damned speakers I had ever seen for the whole show. Prolly one reason for my hearing loss, among many others.but damned well worth it. Once in a lifetime was enuf, but could have stayed all night if they would have.

John Nelson's picture

Zeppelin played exactly the way the albums sounded. Robert Plant practically stuck his head into the speakers. They wisked away to the now non-existent Camelot Inn. Great concert. Oh yea, Jimmy Page had short hair with a beard and wore farmer's overalls.

Steve Sanders's picture

My first Rock & Roll show!! What a way to start!! I remember what Robert said like it was yesterday. If I had any understanding of the world a would have watched more carefully.
Sorry about the spelling. Thank You!!
Steve

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A really great, virtuoso concert from the whole band! Lots of little surprises here, including a rare version of White Summer played by Jimmy at the end of Dazed And Confused! Immigrant song has some excellent war cries from Plant, but as usual in 1970 America, crowd troubles threaten the gig. In the middle of his solo in Heartbreaker, Jimmy stopped playing and Robert said: "Actually you can turn down the house lights now. Turn the lights off! Everybody sit still. Before we carry on, the lights go down. No listen, if we're gonna have a good time and you are, we're gonna have to work hand in glove with the so-called authorities. So, you sit down and they'll be cool and turn the lights off. So let's wait for them to turn off the lights." But authorities obliged so Plant said: "That's not a victory - that's common sense, so don't take it as a victory!" Pagey then continued his guitar solo.

Asbo's picture

Played in a local Band...we did LZ covers...stopped doing them after we saw them play live...we were not that damn good!!

Michael's picture

Not to be too picky here but its actually Jimmy Page who says, "Actually, you can turn the house lights down now." Then Robert continues from there.
Would be great to have clearer audio from this show because this is the best Zeppelin performance I have ever heard. Page is on fire from the start and doesn't let up. Robert Plant is at the peak of his vocal abilities here.
Robert engages the audience all night...esp. before the start of That's The Way and particularly before the start of Bron-Yr-Aur as Jimmy is tuning his guitar.
If there was ever a Zeppelin show that needed to be documented it is this one. Sadly, there is just a poor recording of it that is the only one known to exist. But its better than nothing and at least gives you an idea of the brilliance of this particular show.

rob meador's picture

My 1st concert.  I was 16 yrs old.  Quite an experience.  

mark's picture

I was there and from what i can remember, it was a great show!!  surprised

no one has mentioned the song where jimmy was playing his guitar with

a violin bow.  what a night that was...  oh to be 15 again.....

 

 

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My 1st concert.  I was 16 yrs by rob meador (not verified)
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My first Rock & Roll show!! by Steve Sanders (not verified)