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Bath Festival - West Showground - June 28, 1970

  • Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, That's Way (tentatively titled: The Boy Next Door), What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley incl. Long Distance Call, Honey Bee, Meed Your Love Tonight, That's Alright Mama), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, Long Tall Sally ~ Say Mama ~ Johnny B. Goode ~ That's Alright Mama.
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on September 21, 2007 - 10:09am
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Average: 4.9 (73 votes)
June 28, 1970
Shepton Mallet
United Kingdom
uk
Setlist: 

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, That's Way (tentatively titled: The Boy Next Door), What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley incl. Long Distance Call, Honey Bee, Meed Your Love Tonight, That's Alright Mama), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, Long Tall Sally ~ Say Mama ~ Johnny B. Goode ~ That's Alright Mama.

Note: 
Bath '70 Programme

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 Peter Grant: "Some people were trying to videotape the Bath festival and they'd already been told beforehand they couldn't, so I had no qualms about throwing a bucket of water on to the tape machine which blew the whole lot up. Whoosh! It made a horrible smell and then it melted." (C. Welch interview)

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Review: By 8pm, it was estimated that a quarter of a million people – roughly the population of the city of Leeds – were champing at the bit awaiting Led Zeppelin. Half-an-hour to set up – then the members of THE definitive ‘heavy’ band strode on stage – Robert Plant, looking more like Norse warrior than ever, Jimmy Page looking like Mad Dan Eccles in an ankle length overcoat and yokel’s hat over his ears, John Bonham in purple vest crouched behind his green drums and John Paul Jones in “straight” trendy gear clutched his bass guitar.

They kicked off with a new riff from their next album called “Immigrant Song”. They actually took some time to warm up the crowd, but this may have been intentional as they built up to a fantastic climax with an act lasting over three hours.

Jimmy produced his violin bow to attack the guitar strings, and John Paul was featured on Hammond organ on Since I’ve Been Loving You.

It was after John Bonham’s phenomenal drum solo – violent, aggressive and furiously fast – had brought the crowd permanently to their feet, that the real fun began!

They had contrasted their rock style with the beautiful “The First Time” (aka That’s the Way) featuring John Paul on mandolin and Jim on six-string acoustic with Robert singing in the most attractive restrained style. Now it was time for the other extreme.

A wild rock medley - How Many More Times. The crowd wouldn’t let them go. Tambourines thrown to the fans. As dusk fell and the lights flickered on the band roared into Communication Breakdown.

ANOTHER ENCORE – at 10:50pm Zeppelin had won. They had made all the hang-ups worthwhile and given the crowd a night to remember – whatever else happened. In their final minutes, they paid tribute to the masters of Rock and Roll with the songs of Little Richard, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. (MelodyMaker, July 1970)

Notes: 
Bath '70 Programme

Click here to view the concert programme
(flipbook)

 Peter Grant: "Some people were trying to videotape the Bath festival and they'd already been told beforehand they couldn't, so I had no qualms about throwing a bucket of water on to the tape machine which blew the whole lot up. Whoosh! It made a horrible smell and then it melted." (C. Welch interview)

- - - - - - - -

Review: By 8pm, it was estimated that a quarter of a million people – roughly the population of the city of Leeds – were champing at the bit awaiting Led Zeppelin. Half-an-hour to set up – then the members of THE definitive ‘heavy’ band strode on stage – Robert Plant, looking more like Norse warrior than ever, Jimmy Page looking like Mad Dan Eccles in an ankle length overcoat and yokel’s hat over his ears, John Bonham in purple vest crouched behind his green drums and John Paul Jones in “straight” trendy gear clutched his bass guitar.

They kicked off with a new riff from their next album called “Immigrant Song”. They actually took some time to warm up the crowd, but this may have been intentional as they built up to a fantastic climax with an act lasting over three hours.

Jimmy produced his violin bow to attack the guitar strings, and John Paul was featured on Hammond organ on Since I’ve Been Loving You.

It was after John Bonham’s phenomenal drum solo – violent, aggressive and furiously fast – had brought the crowd permanently to their feet, that the real fun began!

They had contrasted their rock style with the beautiful “The First Time” (aka That’s the Way) featuring John Paul on mandolin and Jim on six-string acoustic with Robert singing in the most attractive restrained style. Now it was time for the other extreme.

A wild rock medley - How Many More Times. The crowd wouldn’t let them go. Tambourines thrown to the fans. As dusk fell and the lights flickered on the band roared into Communication Breakdown.

ANOTHER ENCORE – at 10:50pm Zeppelin had won. They had made all the hang-ups worthwhile and given the crowd a night to remember – whatever else happened. In their final minutes, they paid tribute to the masters of Rock and Roll with the songs of Little Richard, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. (MelodyMaker, July 1970)

Setlists: 

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, That's Way (tentatively titled: The Boy Next Door), What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley incl. Long Distance Call, Honey Bee, Meed Your Love Tonight, That's Alright Mama), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, Long Tall Sally ~ Say Mama ~ Johnny B. Goode ~ That's Alright Mama.

Comments

Victor T.'s picture

You heard me. It needs to be done. I know they have it, and it is ready. So Jimmy, if you are reading this, package it, sign it, and deliver man. This show is awesome.

Aquamarine's picture

My most lingering memories of this night, in addition to the fact that the ground had finally dried out after the rain and the crowd's mood was palpably lifting, was the way the band came on right at sunset--afterwards we learned Peter Grant had orchestrated this, but at the time it seemed like an incredible piece of natural drama. There was a mad rush to the front, the result of this being that I couldn't personally see anything, but no trouble hearing--so incredibly loud you could feel the vibrations through the ground. And they were fabulous, of course.

Tim Johnson's picture

Hired a mini bus from Doncaster which had to leave at midnight on Sunday. The festival was over runnig by nearly a day so it looked like we would miss the band. Enter Peter Grant who had Flock pushed off stage so the band come on at 8:00pm just as the sun was setting.

Slightly baffling choice of songs but still a great gig.

Tim J

Name Terry Garrett's picture

A great concert at the best gig in the world .... ever !!!!!

Argenteum Astrum's picture

The most legendary gig by Zeppelin ever certainly lives up to that, even in the average recording. Robert's voice is just amazing in its range and scope, and the band are blistering ... Jones is on fire, Jimmy is incendiary and Bonham is thunderous. The band just played a perfect gig! There are a few previews: Immigrant Song, which was written six days before has a completely different vocal arrangement, That's The Way (under it's working title and introduced as "something a little different"), and a great jam at the end, and Since I've Been Loving You is played for the first time in the UK. Moby Dick is exceptional and the How Many More Times and Rock Medley are immensely powerful. Plant speaking to the audience prior to the final encores: "We've been playing America a lot recently and we really through that coming back here we might have a dodgy time. There's a lot of things going wrong in America at the moment, that are getting a bit sticky. It's really nice to come to an open-air festival where there are no bad things happening and everything's turned out beautiful."

gordon davis's picture

Bath Festival........what an event! Led Zeppelin and the other great bands changed my life. every time I hear them I can smell strange things?
what an atmosphere never to be repeated, it's a shame some plonker threw water over the video recording equipment! still it all adds the mystique? wonderful times wonderful music. Led Zeppelin still rule

Christopher Maddock's picture

That's ironic, isn't it! Peter Grant scoffing about how he threw a bucket of water on a video tape machine, and, next to this comment above, the statement that "there is no video from this show yet, check back here soon". Wishful thinking, fellows. I was at this show, right down the front in the Press, VIP area. Security/roadies were constantly leaping into the crowd and ripping audio tapes out of tape machines (I don't recall the bucket of water incident). In about 2003 I read a Jimmy Page comment that was something like "I was listening to a bootleg tape of us the other day and we were playing all these fantastic little riffs between songs. We were so hot then!" (He wasn't talking about Shepton Mallet.) Ah, the wisdom of hindsight. It would be nice now to have that Shepton Mallet video and all those destroyed audio tapes, wouldn't it?.

Gwyn Dalley's picture

I missed the previous year's festival, so was determined not to miss out on this one. It was my first ever taste of the new Pop Festival's...and it will be forever, my all time favourite!!
Not just because Led Zep played an amazing set...but Pink Floyd were awesome. John Mayall, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat....wow! How much would all their tickets cost today?!!
Mind you...I often wonder if they ever did find Harry!!!
Cheers,
Gwyn

Name Mike Richards's picture

A very very long time ago now ! but bits of it i remember as if it was yesterday . I had never ceen so many people in my life ,i remember Canned heat playing until they blew their equipement up , Maynard Ferguson ,and i seem to have in my mind a FIRE Enging going through the masses to put a fire out part way through the Led Zep set .

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*extends hand* Official release please! by Victor T. (not verified)
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