January 7, 1970
Songs performed include: We're Gonna Groove, I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley), Whole Lotta Love, C'mon Everybody, Something Else, Johnny B. Goode, Communication Breakdown, Bring It On Home.
Press Review: Led Zeppelin and the Lovely Strangled Cat Sound
Fans cheered wildly, danced in the aisles and even their seats last night to give Led Zeppelin one of the most fantastic receptions ever witnessed at Birmingham Town Hall.
Zeppelin, the group that conquered the State was opening its British tour for many months. It was fitting that the group should have chosen Birmingham to do this and must have been pleasing for the boys to receive such a reception.
The two-and-a-half hour show featured solely Zeppelin… and some of the best rock music I have ever heard.
The group opened its act with “Groove”, before going into one of their early numbers, Dazed and Confused, featuring brilliant lead guitar work from Jimmy Page, who with the aid of cello bow, made his guitar sound like a cat being strangled.
All was, by then, going great for the group and more of Jimmy Page by way of a solo with “White Summer” brought more applause.
Other numbers included “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, written by the group only a couple of days before the concert and featuring John Paul Jones on organ – a track likely to be on the group’s forthcoming album, Led Zeppelin III, and “Thank You” again with JPJ on organ.
The final touch to the show was added by Robert Plant, gyrating around the stage, calling on the audience to “Do Your Thing” and screaming out some really groovy rock.
Then things really got going with “Moby Dick” featuring Dudley’s John Bonham with a tremendous ten-minute drum solo. Discarding drum sticks, he added to the magnificence by playing barehanded and brought the audience to its feet.
There it stayed until the end of the show, Zeppelin playing some of the greatest hard rock numbers including “Rip It Up”, “By By Johnny”, “C’mon Everybody” and “Something Else”.
Two encores and eventually the group came on to close with a really wild version of “Bring it On Home”, leaving the audience ecstatic and the Town Hall shaking to its very foundation after one of the wildest, raviest shows ever seen there.
The group performed its two and a half hours without a break and when it finished, all four looked as though they had given everything they had, although I imagine they would have quite willingly carried on for an extra two and a half hours.
The Birmingham based outfit tour continues tonight in Bristol and if things go as well as last night, perhaps it won’t be too long before the group gets the chart success it deserves and has seen in the States. (Express & Star, Jan. 1970, by T. Raba)