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Salt Palace - March 26, 1970

  • includes: We're Gonna Groove,   Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You,  Organ solo / Thank You, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love.
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on September 21, 2007 - 9:08am
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March 26, 1970
Salt Lake City
UT
United States
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Setlist: 

includes: We're Gonna Groove,   Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You,  Organ solo / Thank You, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love.

Note: 

Press Review: Group’s Nothing To Get Excited About

The following notes on Thursday night’s Led Zeppelin concert in the Salt Palace Arena will spell what artists known as a “lukewarm” review – a review not particularly meant to either acclaim or to abominate. Led Zeppelin is not good, nor is it bad.

Without question, Jimmy Page, the lead guitarist, is a virtuoso. There is seemingly nothing he cannot do in the technical real. He plays one of the fastest guitar necks to be seen. His intonations, his vibratos and his sense of time and syncopation probably are matched by only a handful of contemporary guitarists.
However, one can only carry the wavering in the pitch of a tone so far, and a more conscious sandwiching of pure tones or “white” tones in his runs would have made the music more dimensional and fuller. At times, then, this incredibly gifted musician turned to gimmickry. Still, Page’s White Summer solo was superb, motivated as it was for harmony’s sake.

Ideally, rock concerts should be environmental experiences, and the closer one is to the source, the closer he is to the substance of the art. So those seats at a distance were invited down closer to the stage, and people were everywhere. But with the push of almost 14,000 in the hall, there was, on the other hand, an invitation to paranoia. [By G. Raine | Salt Lake Tribune  | March 27, 1970]

Notes: 

Press Review: Group’s Nothing To Get Excited About

The following notes on Thursday night’s Led Zeppelin concert in the Salt Palace Arena will spell what artists known as a “lukewarm” review – a review not particularly meant to either acclaim or to abominate. Led Zeppelin is not good, nor is it bad.

Without question, Jimmy Page, the lead guitarist, is a virtuoso. There is seemingly nothing he cannot do in the technical real. He plays one of the fastest guitar necks to be seen. His intonations, his vibratos and his sense of time and syncopation probably are matched by only a handful of contemporary guitarists.
However, one can only carry the wavering in the pitch of a tone so far, and a more conscious sandwiching of pure tones or “white” tones in his runs would have made the music more dimensional and fuller. At times, then, this incredibly gifted musician turned to gimmickry. Still, Page’s White Summer solo was superb, motivated as it was for harmony’s sake.

Ideally, rock concerts should be environmental experiences, and the closer one is to the source, the closer he is to the substance of the art. So those seats at a distance were invited down closer to the stage, and people were everywhere. But with the push of almost 14,000 in the hall, there was, on the other hand, an invitation to paranoia. [By G. Raine | Salt Lake Tribune  | March 27, 1970]

Setlists: 

includes: We're Gonna Groove,   Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You,  Organ solo / Thank You, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love.
 

Comments

ops the rabbit's picture

the day before my birthday. too bad i do not remember the concert

Rob Parrish's picture

This was my first real "Rock and Roll" Concert - and it left a lasting impression on a 14-year-old. The lighting effects were something none of us had ever seen before, and when Jimmy Page played the guitar with the bow, we all turned to each other and said "So, that's how he gets that sound." John Bonham's extended drum solo, much of it played with his hands, blew me away as a brand new drummer myself - I'm still playing but I'm not crazy enough to use only my hands!

Richard Pusateri's picture

Long story I wrote up for a Zep newsletter/zine (Tight But Loose?) but about midpoint, Plant told people in loges and colonades to come down to the floor ("You paid a lot for those tickets...") and they went into Heartbreaker. Pandemonium broke out as entire Salt Palace emptied out onto the floor, All the lights came on and there were suits and uniformed cops onstage with band; standing in front of Page giving the cut-throat sign language. Band persisted. When they finished the song Plant said "There are some people up here who have little or no faith in humanity and they will stop the show if you don't all go back to your seats." Vibes got ugly, Plant pleaded with crowd; crowd grumbled wouldn't move. Then Page went into White Summer / Black Mountainside and you could feel the tension leave the arena "Whoosh = mellowness!" People went back to seats to mellow music.

Sharon Desmond's picture

This was the first rock concert I ever saw. I was 14 years old and attended with my older sister and her husband. It was fabulous and I have never forgotten it. From that time through 1974, I saw virtually all the major rock bands who performed in SLC. Led Zeppelin stands head and shoulders above all the rest in my memory. I'm still a Led Zeppelin fan, with a vintage Zeppelin bumper sticker on my car. Jimmy Page is a rock & roll god and I still remember the sight of Robert Plant of the golden hair up on that stage. Thank you, Led Zeppelin, for my life-long love affair with you!

Wolfy8k's picture

The first time Zeppelin played in Utah at the Salt Palace the place was only half full. I remember towards the end of the show the spot lights were scanning the crowd just on the floor because so many empty seats existed up higher.

That was back when you would see joints being passed up and down the rows and bota bags filled with wine.

The next time I stood in line at the Salt Palace on the day they went on sale and they were gone in three hours. At that point it was a record for the fastest sell out. There were no internet sales or massive radio give aways in those days and scalping had yet to grow to it's present day scum level. It was just people that wanted to see the show.

It was a magical time.

Valerie 's picture

does anyone remember who opened for Led Zeppelin at this show

Pamela Hansen's picture

   My memories of this concert are that I thought I was gonna die in a riot. The Salt Palace had a large area we called the floor where the stage was and tier like balconies up above. I was sitting in the floor area in about the 15th row.There were huge velvet maroon drapes that covered that walls.The band was talking to the audience and then they started playing again when all of a sudden the lights come on, The music stops and the ushers and cops are on stage harrassing Jimmy Page. Robert Plant is trying to get them to leave Jimmy alone. He says something that ticked them off. The crowd is yelling at the cops to get off of the stage. I thought they were trying to arrest Jimmy for drugs or something.Plant tells people to go sit down. I looked around to see who he was talking to when it dawns on me that the isles are now full of people and there are people sliding down the maroon drapes ,flooding the stairs and jumping the tiers above to get to the floor area. Then all of a sudden the music started up again, The lights went off and someone handed me a joint. I was 14 years old and my life was never going to be the same again. It was the greatest night of my life.

 

Bowen Lyman's picture

Aloha,

My Dad did the poster for this show as well as the Arizona show, same poster in blue. Looking for originals, even just to locate and catalog. I have limited edition second reprints from this show I just aquired as my Dad recently passed and this were found when cleaning out his storage. Please contact me if you have any info on this poster/s

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Posters artist was my Dad :) by Bowen Lyman (not verified)
The Greatest Night of My LIfe by Pamela Hansen (not verified)
Opener by Valerie (not verified)
Salt Palace 1970 by Richard Pusateri (not verified)
the day before my birthday. by ops the rabbit (not verified)
This was the first rock by Sharon Desmond (not verified)
Salt Lake City by Wolfy8k (not verified)
This was my first real "Rock by Rob Parrish (not verified)