Average: 4.8 (16 votes)

March 20, 1971

Sutton Coldfield, UK

The Belfry

Setlist:

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

"This was part of a 'thank you' tour with tickets set at 70p. They wanted to play at Mothers in Erdington Birmingham but the club closed in January 197. Therefore a promoter opened stepmothers at the Belfry"

"Mothers was only open from Auguster 1968 to January 1971 but was one of the best with John Peel saying "People are amazed to hear that for a few years the best club in Britain was in Erdington." - Tom Gavin

Review: Electrifying Zeppelin

Well over a thousand people were packed into the dance  hall of the Belfry, Sutton, Coldfield for what turned out to be the greatest rock concert ever seen there.

No strangers to the Birmingham area, Led Zeppelin put out the heaviest rock sound for three hours powering through new and old numbers.

To see them perform is quite an experience. With Robert Plant shaking his head and madly hopping around the stage,  Jimmy letting loose some fluent licks and John and Bonzo piling on the power,  there is a good deal of coordination between Jimmy and John. Each seems to know what the other will do – no mean task and the well known riffs seem to possess an electrifying intensity as they reverberate from the massive stacks.

The material battering the fans from all sides included the old favourites:  Since I’ve Been Loving You, Communication Breakdown, and the immortal Whole Lotta Love, with Black Dog, Going to California and the aesthetic Stairway to Heaven from the fourth album.

Their stage show is so exciting that you have to become involved as they go from side to side. Their albums don’t seem to make you realize this, but are a good second-best if you are one of those who couldn’t manage the concert tour. (T. McNally/ NME, March 1971)

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Belfry 20th March 71 by Colin Truran
The Belfry March 71 by Tom Gavin