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Pacific Coliseum - March 21, 1970

  • Includes: 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, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown, Whole Lotta Love.
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March 21, 1970
Vancouver
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Canada
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Setlist: 

Includes: 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, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown, Whole Lotta Love.

Note: 

The group holds a press conference earlier in the day.
Press conference info: http://www.ledzeppelin.com/event/march-21-1970-0

Review: Zeppelin Pack ‘em In

Robert Plant, lead singer of the high-flying Led Zeppelin, said recently in London the group wanted to tour America again because audiences here are so “ultra responsive”.

His observation was correct, but even the Led Zeppelin was obviously not prepared for the reaction they caused Saturday at the Pacific Coliseum as nearly 19,000 rock fans jammed the building for the group’s first concert in a 19-city tour.

Although it started half-an-hour late, the concert was already blessed by the fact that there were none of the often tedious and time-consuming supporting acts.

Led Zeppelin walked onstage at 8:30pm, took control and didn’t stop through two-and-a-half hours of glorious, ear-splitting rock.

They are essentially the same group they werehere last year, with as many new faults as there were noticeable improvements.

Except for a few minor mechanical problems during the opening of Dazed and Confused, Led Zeppelin succeeded in their heavy brand of rock that everyone came to hear.

The only new material offered was the song Since I’ve Been Loving You, to be released soon on Led Zeppelin III. It’s raw, physical qualities make the album one worth looking forward to.

And no one really minded that they played songs from their first two albums. From the raw, gutsy sounds of How Many More Times, to the frenzy improvisation that is Heartbreaker.

Robert Plant, the physical and vocal gymnast of the group, turned the crowd on at will with his shaggy blond mane and his searing three-octave voice.

The lead guitar of Jimmy Page was a constant delight to the senses, particularly in his much-improved White Summer solo.

Drummer John Bonham demonstrated his talent in a 15-minute stick-twirling and barehanded exhibition that exhausted both himself and listener, while bass guitarist John Paul Jones more than kept the beat alive.

As the concert drew to a close during the fever pitch of Whole Lotta Love, the massive crowd surged forward and about 50 senseless fans spoiled it for the group and the audience by vaulting up onto the 15-foot high stage.

“Never before in the history of Led Zeppelin has this happened,” Plant shouted mock-serious into the microphone, not knowing whether to be offended or flattered.

When the stage was finally cleared, Led Zeppelin came back for two encores and a standing ovation that was a fitting tribute to one of the most talented rock groups in the business today. (Express, 3.24.70)

Notes: 

The group holds a press conference earlier in the day.
Press conference info: http://www.ledzeppelin.com/event/march-21-1970-0

Review: Zeppelin Pack ‘em In

Robert Plant, lead singer of the high-flying Led Zeppelin, said recently in London the group wanted to tour America again because audiences here are so “ultra responsive”.

His observation was correct, but even the Led Zeppelin was obviously not prepared for the reaction they caused Saturday at the Pacific Coliseum as nearly 19,000 rock fans jammed the building for the group’s first concert in a 19-city tour.

Although it started half-an-hour late, the concert was already blessed by the fact that there were none of the often tedious and time-consuming supporting acts.

Led Zeppelin walked onstage at 8:30pm, took control and didn’t stop through two-and-a-half hours of glorious, ear-splitting rock.

They are essentially the same group they werehere last year, with as many new faults as there were noticeable improvements.

Except for a few minor mechanical problems during the opening of Dazed and Confused, Led Zeppelin succeeded in their heavy brand of rock that everyone came to hear.

The only new material offered was the song Since I’ve Been Loving You, to be released soon on Led Zeppelin III. It’s raw, physical qualities make the album one worth looking forward to.

And no one really minded that they played songs from their first two albums. From the raw, gutsy sounds of How Many More Times, to the frenzy improvisation that is Heartbreaker.

Robert Plant, the physical and vocal gymnast of the group, turned the crowd on at will with his shaggy blond mane and his searing three-octave voice.

The lead guitar of Jimmy Page was a constant delight to the senses, particularly in his much-improved White Summer solo.

Drummer John Bonham demonstrated his talent in a 15-minute stick-twirling and barehanded exhibition that exhausted both himself and listener, while bass guitarist John Paul Jones more than kept the beat alive.

As the concert drew to a close during the fever pitch of Whole Lotta Love, the massive crowd surged forward and about 50 senseless fans spoiled it for the group and the audience by vaulting up onto the 15-foot high stage.

“Never before in the history of Led Zeppelin has this happened,” Plant shouted mock-serious into the microphone, not knowing whether to be offended or flattered.

When the stage was finally cleared, Led Zeppelin came back for two encores and a standing ovation that was a fitting tribute to one of the most talented rock groups in the business today. (Express, 3.24.70)

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Press Review (2): Zeppelin Fans Devour Solid 2 ½ Hour Concert

The high flying Led Zeppelin boarded a plane at Richmond Airport Sunday, leaving thousands of fans contented with their Saturday night concert.

The Zeppelin, on a one-month tour of North America, were on stage 2 ½ hours in the Coliseum, offering everything in their books.

Earlier in the day, at a press conference in the Bayshore Inn, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, spent a half-hour before television camera and reporters.

Plant, explaining why the group prefers to appear solo at concerts, said they do not like to be cut short by time curfews. The singer said they want to give their fans full exposure for their month. A third Led Zeppelin album will be cut following the 30-day North American tour, he announced.

Questioned about their fans, Plant said the group had never experienced youths mobbing the stage. But he spoke too soon.  During the concert, dozens of fans leaped up on stage to get close to the entertainers. The stage was crammed with fans within minutes.

“Everybody is going to stay cool,” Plant ad-libbed in song as the youths sat on stage, some contorting with the music. The youths got off stage without incident when told the group would do an encore if the stage was cleared.

Earlier, Plant received applause for telling hundreds of people to sit down because nobody behind them could see.

Heaviest applause during the concert was for John Bonham following his 20-minute plus extended drum solo in Moby Dick.

During their stay, members of Zeppelin visited the Riverqueen and toured the island.  The group will earn $1,000,000 during the 18 city tour.   [3/25/1970 / Richmond Review]

Setlists: 

includes: 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, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown, Whole Lotta Love.

Comments

Steve A. Jones's picture

There was a newspaper strike in progress when Led Zeppelin performed this concert so the relatively small, suburban 'Richmond Times' scored a bit of a scoop with their coverage. At least one photograph was taken of them at the airport by Stuart Cleigson.

Raine's picture

I was 17 when I went to this concert at the Coliseum, it was so cool, I loved it when Jimmy used the violin bow on his guitar solo.... Led Zeppelin still rocks..... Raine

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This is all that is known to exist of this show, the first of the North American tour of 1970. A really raw performance, with Robert's voice immensely strong and the bass/guitar/drum interplay reaching exhilarating peaks like Heartbreaker and We're Gonna Groove. This is really good ... I hope the rest of it sees the light someday (if the rest of this show even exists!).

ally's picture

What can I say ? I was 13yrs old and so excited to just be at this show let alone expect a performance like the one we all got. The Coliseum was bulging at the seams and the crowd was electric .All of this creating an atmosphere that I'd never before experienced at a concert. Nothing , not even lighting problems , was going to prevent this night from being an event that so many of us Zepheads would remember for the rest of our lives. I suppose it's fair to say that I was in awe once the band hit the stage..."Good Evening" from Plant with Bonham hammering out a few hits that pushed me back into my seat. Jimmy and JPJ's amps were sizzling so loud you could feel the vibration going through your body. Then out of nowhere.... a song that I'd never heard before..We're Gonna Groove kicked it all off. For arguments sake, let's just say it was sometime during Dazed And Confused that I finally got a grip on what it was that I was witnessing !
What a night, what a crowd and what a great way to see the band live for the first time. Thanks to my late mom and dad for buying me the ticket .

ally

Kurt's picture

I had a ticket for this show and almost lost it when a jerk snatched it out of my hand near the front of the queue, luckily I whipped around fast and grabbed his jacket and threatened to pound his face in if he didn't return it. He promptly did as ordered. Remember also that rioters had run amok while we were inside, but didn't know until I exited and saw all the broken windows at the entrance. Note the price: $5. Worth every penny and every memory. This is a great Zep website by the way.

Joe Jones's picture

Unbeknownst to most fans, this concert does exist in a nearly complete form in several generations of the audience and soundboard tapes. In fact, if you can locate both sources, you can put together this wonderful concert for yourself. The soundboard (professionally recorded) tape obviously is far superior to the audience tape, but the sheer electric energy is clear in both sources. Through youtube, you can hear almost all of the soundboard source. The audience source will take a little more digging. As far as I know, the soundboard recording contains: We're Gonna Groove, Heartbreaker, Sine I've Been Loving You, Thank You, Communication Breakdown, and What Is And What Should Never Be. The rest of the concert is chronicled on the audience tape. As far as the show itself, I agree that it is one of the finest shows that Zep has ever played. This is also one of the few shows where Zep played any form of Ramble On (this one is found in a short Communication Breakdown medley). The other Ramble On can be found in an audience tape of a 1970 show at the Boston Garden. Happy Listening, Zep Fans!

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Recording/Tape Rumors by Joe Jones (not verified)
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