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Laugardalsholl Hall - June 22, 1970

  • Includes: Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.
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on September 21, 2007 - 10:03am
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June 22, 1970
Reykjavik
Iceland
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Setlist: 

Includes: Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.

Note: 

Led Zeppelin's first date in June brought them to Iceland participating in a cultural exchange program representing the UK.  Peter Grant did not travel with them and mentions in the UK press that a film crew would document their visit. Despite this plan, only local news footage captures the group's arrival at the airport, hotel and short clip of Dazed and Confused. Robert Plant is also interviewed on the day of the show. Some of this news footage is included on the 2003 official dvd.

Press Review excerpt: (Translated to English): When the hour came, went they place on the stage. Plant, like a lion with gilded mane, toned, young and elegant. He was dressed in a shirt, black with golden threads and very tight jeans. Adjacent to Plant, were two princes:  Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. Page, dressed in blue velvet, Jones in a white robe and green velvet trousers.

Plant offered a nice evening and began dramatically. It was short, powerful and clean sound of Zeppelin.  Plant, thereafter, thanked for having this opportunity, to those  who have made this possible to have had been asked to play in Iceland. He said they would start with a song off their first album, and next song would be: "Dazed and Confused ". 

Behind John Paul Jones on the bass, was John Bonham at the drums, along with Page and Plant. Despair, suffering and grief interpreted a man's voice and guitar. Page played guitar with long bow and it was amazing to listen how he created the mood and let each one attack. His game this evening was beautiful. He moved about the stage and had enjoyed playing far to the right, for photographers. The boy in him was great, he laughed, hopping around. However, when he played a most impressive solo guitar, music reached him and he threw his head back, bent back and played to death and soul. The same was true with Plant - he threw himself into it & therefore had many fine scenes. He was the contact between the audience. Rarely (or even never) has a man been so strong - and how good musicians John Paul Jones and John Bonham are.

Bonham performed a clean, magnificent solo on drums, first with sticks and then with bare hands. Jones, however, was in the shadows the whole evening. On bass, he was very effective and played the organ, which was gorgeous.  Zeppelin played quite a few songs in the Hall for almost two hours. When they were ready to play the last song, announced Plant, this was a big mistake on his part, because a group of those who were closest to the stage, rose up and thrust closer. It was absolute chaos. The crowd in front of the stage were getting crushed and some near suffocation.  Plant himself went to try and help those who were in the worst straits. The music stopped and when things finally calmed down, playing resumed.

Songs  they played included "Thank you", "Heartbreaker" "Bring it on Home", Moby Dick" and more. They played one song from the next album, they worked on the last two months and should be released in late July. It was named "Since I've been Loving You". They ended with "Whole Lotta Love".  [Timinn / 6-24-70 / Baldvin Baldvinss]

Notes: 

Led Zeppelin's first date in June brought them to Iceland participating in a cultural exchange program representing the UK.  Peter Grant did not travel with them and mentions in the UK press that a film crew would document their visit. Despite this plan, only local news footage captures the group's arrival at the airport, hotel and short clip of Dazed and Confused. Robert Plant is also interviewed on the day of the show. Some of this news footage is included on the 2003 official dvd.

Press Review excerpt: (Translated to English): When the hour came, went they place on the stage. Plant, like a lion with gilded mane, toned, young and elegant. He was dressed in a shirt, black with golden threads and very tight jeans. Adjacent to Plant, were two princes:  Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. Page, dressed in blue velvet, Jones in a white robe and green velvet trousers.

Plant offered a nice evening and began dramatically. It was short, powerful and clean sound of Zeppelin.  Plant, thereafter, thanked for having this opportunity, to those  who have made this possible to have had been asked to play in Iceland. He said they would start with a song off their first album, and next song would be: "Dazed and Confused ". 

Behind John Paul Jones on the bass, was John Bonham at the drums, along with Page and Plant. Despair, suffering and grief interpreted a man's voice and guitar. Page played guitar with long bow and it was amazing to listen how he created the mood and let each one attack. His game this evening was beautiful. He moved about the stage and had enjoyed playing far to the right, for photographers. The boy in him was great, he laughed, hopping around. However, when he played a most impressive solo guitar, music reached him and he threw his head back, bent back and played to death and soul. The same was true with Plant - he threw himself into it & therefore had many fine scenes. He was the contact between the audience. Rarely (or even never) has a man been so strong - and how good musicians John Paul Jones and John Bonham are.

Bonham performed a clean, magnificent solo on drums, first with sticks and then with bare hands. Jones, however, was in the shadows the whole evening. On bass, he was very effective and played the organ, which was gorgeous.  Zeppelin played quite a few songs in the Hall for almost two hours. When they were ready to play the last song, announced Plant, this was a big mistake on his part, because a group of those who were closest to the stage, rose up and thrust closer. It was absolute chaos. The crowd in front of the stage were getting crushed and some near suffocation.  Plant himself went to try and help those who were in the worst straits. The music stopped and when things finally calmed down, playing resumed.

Songs  they played included "Thank you", "Heartbreaker" "Bring it on Home", Moby Dick" and more. They played one song from the next album, they worked on the last two months and should be released in late July. It was named "Since I've been Loving You". They ended with "Whole Lotta Love".  [Timinn / 6-24-70 / Baldvin Baldvinss]

Setlists: 

Includes: Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Asgeir Ragnar Bragason's picture

I remember being just a ten year old rock rookie, stalking around the place soaking in the ambiance. I lived on the westside of Reykjavik in those days and traveling all the way to Laugardals Hall was quite a unique and cool experience for me at the time. This gig goes down in Icelands Rock memoribilia, specially b.coz of the Immigrant Song. Thank you guys ! Geiri Meiri Purrkur, a fan

Bo Halldorson's picture

I was at this concert and it fwas unforgettable even to this day Great

Argenteum Astrum's picture

So sad this is only what survived! The legend tells the story during this short visit to the cold island Robert had been inspirating to wrote a lyrics of Immigrant Song.

David Howell's picture

I have watch the brilliant Led Zeppelin dvd and the video footage of page with his bow in Laugardalsholl Hall , iceland, sent shivers down my spine. I have trawled the internet but cannot find any further footage.

My question is, that is there any footage of this concert or any audio as i would love a live copy of the track thats on the Led Zeppelin dvd where page plays with the bow on his guitar? or any of the concert at all?

David

G.Halldors's picture

I went to this concert in Reykjavik with the band members of Trubrot and Zeppelin kicked ASS. To date this is on my top 10 concerts along with Woodstock.

Thanks for the memorys,

G.Halldorss

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