March 22, 1970
Seattle, WA US
includes: We're Gonna Groove, 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, Whole Lotta Love.
Press Review: Led Zeppelin Offers Lighter Than Air Fare
The Arena was sold out; over 6,000 fans crowded into the smoke-filled hall defying ushers and sitting on the floor to be near the stage.
The Led Zeppelin played loud and long, evoking thunderous applause, standing ovations and an insistent cry for an encore. For the audience, last night’s concert was an obvious success.
There were only three solid times during the concert that Led Zeppelin warranted its acclaim – during an impromptu drum solo by John Bonham after a disconnected electrical cord shut down the instruments and microphones; during Jimmy Page’s unaccompanied guitar solo piece and during Bonham’s 15-minute drum solo on Moby Dick.
During the rest of the concert, the music was so painfully loud that whatever good moments occurred was lost in the wall of sound. Plant seemed to compete with whatever instrument was playing lead at the moment and the battle honors apparently went to the most strident. [Times/3-23-70]