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Hofheinz Pavillion (University of Houston) - March 29, 1970

  • Includes: We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountain side, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times* (medley incl. For What It's Worth, Tobacco Road), Whole Lotta Love.
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on September 21, 2007 - 9:17am
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March 29, 1970
Houston
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United States
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Setlist: 

Includes: We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountain side, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times* (medley incl. For What It's Worth, Tobacco Road), Whole Lotta Love.

Note: 

Press Review: Zeppelin Show Attracts Standing Room Audience

Led Zeppelin was as out-of-sight as the price of the standing – room – only tickets being sold by the promoter with Southwest Concerts Sunday.

Robert Plant was at his moaning groaning best on the vocals, punctuating his slinking around with flamingo foot stomping.

Jimmy Page did a forever solo with Arabesque overtones, turning a large part of the audience in the process. Not that the audience needed any help.

John Bonham attacked his drums in a primitive, open-ended rift titled Moby Dick. By the time Jones was through the audience had ebbed to the front and was lapping at the stage.

Zeppelin’s people formed a human buffer and kept the people from flowing onto the stage and inundating the Zeppelin.

The rhythm got to the people up front, and they climbed on the chairs and did their little things, especially the gasping, throbbing teeny-bopper chicks.

Undoubtedly there will be those who loved the Zeppelin and those who weren’t that moved. Such seems to be the dichotomy of the general reaction to the group – either they capture you completely or not at all. Whatever the reaction, it can’t be denied that there is a lot of show business in what the Zeppelin does and the way they do it. [March 1970]

Notes: 

Press Review: Zeppelin Show Attracts Standing Room Audience

Led Zeppelin was as out-of-sight as the price of the standing – room – only tickets being sold by the promoter with Southwest Concerts Sunday.

Robert Plant was at his moaning groaning best on the vocals, punctuating his slinking around with flamingo foot stomping.

Jimmy Page did a forever solo with Arabesque overtones, turning a large part of the audience in the process. Not that the audience needed any help.

John Bonham attacked his drums in a primitive, open-ended rift titled Moby Dick. By the time Jones was through the audience had ebbed to the front and was lapping at the stage.

Zeppelin’s people formed a human buffer and kept the people from flowing onto the stage and inundating the Zeppelin.

The rhythm got to the people up front, and they climbed on the chairs and did their little things, especially the gasping, throbbing teeny-bopper chicks.

Undoubtedly there will be those who loved the Zeppelin and those who weren’t that moved. Such seems to be the dichotomy of the general reaction to the group – either they capture you completely or not at all. Whatever the reaction, it can’t be denied that there is a lot of show business in what the Zeppelin does and the way they do it. [March 1970]

Setlists: 

Includes: We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountain side, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times* (medley incl. For What It's Worth, Tobacco Road), Whole Lotta Love.

Comments

T Ford's picture

Zeppelin at their very best as far as I am concerned!!! An excellent time for a 19 year old! Whole lot of good memories!

Susan Chelf's picture

Most awesome concert ever! When Jimmy Page struck his guitar with the bow, the whole place echoed in colors!!

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This is a very good clip from this show. White Summer/Black Mountain Side is a great virtuostic performance from Jimmy, and the medley has a great introduction before it really gets kick started. This medley is hot ... Page has an obsession with playing For What It's Worth during How Many More Times. Not only does he use it as an introduction, but reintroduces it after the first verse and includes it during the medley. Curiously, Plant doesn't sing any of its lyrics.

Kelly (danny) Williams's picture

I was so rocked it scared me;
I was aware during the concert that they had taken
complete control of me!
The next morning my mom asked me if I had had a good time,
an unusual question at the time...
She showed me the newspaper write up,
"a concert to tell your grandchildren about,"
I have no grandchildren, so I'm telling you,
"IT WAS!"

jim Thomas's picture

Greatest concert ever. One that I judged all to, from that date on. Hofhienz is the UH basketball arena and seats about 3,500.

Of course I was dazed and confised myself, but this was a concert to remember and Zepplin at it's best.

Chris Gauntt's picture

My husband (RIP Bud) and I were kids when we saw them at Hofheinz Pavilion - 18 & 20 - what a great concert - these guys were so ahead of their time and so young. Wonderful memory for me and I always feel my husband is saying hi from "up there" when I turn on my radio and hear a Zeppelin tune!

Name heather walters's picture

I was there & shook hands with J. Page and then they all dissappeared. It was fantastic!!!

Name heather walters's picture

that was the best show ever!!! they dissappeared after their encore which was doublly wierd... but so very good due to the accoustics of the excellent music hall. It was the very best!!! I'm sorry I lost my date
who was a younger dude but finally made it home. ... X+memorable

Michael Graviano's picture

My brother, Tommy, and I went to this concert. We loved LZ and had the first album on 8 track tape. I was a senior in high school and my brother was two years behind me. We were blown away by the music and Hofheinz Pavillion is a great place for a concert. I think the tickets were $6 each. After this one, we were hooked for life!

 

Name's picture

This was my first Led Zeppelin concert, I saw them four more times afterwards over the years.  This was the wildest. I saw seats on fire, people where going nuts.  I hear they banned concerts there for six months.  Led Zeppelin did the best Tobacco Road I ever heard.  They always did at least one cover song.  The last time I saw them I was on the 4th row, floor, center.  I knew what Robert was going to sing when he sang the first note, Flowers in Your Hair, or what ever the title was, San Francisco?.  I've been to hundreds of concerts, Zeppelin was my favorite. 

 

HoustonChronicle's picture

Many Houstonians will remember Hofheinz Pavilion as the House that Elvin Built (but never played at) or the spot where Phi Slama Jama held court.

But the arena, which shuts its doors for good Sunday to be reborn as the Fertitta Center, was also where one could catch some of the hottest acts of the 1970s.

The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Yes, Elvis Presley, Alice Cooper, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and The Band, and Fleetwood Mac were just a few of the big names to toil there.

Not all of those shows went smoothly. It was near the end of a 1970 Led Zeppelin concert when fans rushed the stage.

"'Whole Lotta Love,' a demanded encore, resulted in pounding chaos," wrote the Houston Chronicle's Jill Melichar in her review. "Freaked-out fans swarmed the stage and the Zeppelin barely escaped. [Robert] Plant turned to run, but whirled around for a final bravado with head thrown back, body arched and arm raised tautly."

Wrote Donna Gaye on the Bayou City History Facebook page:

"I am the infamous 'little bird' who jumped up on Led Zeppelin's stage Easter night, 1970, and scrambled behind their huge speakers, dancing on my knees for the rest of the concert.

"A big roadie protected me from the angry police, and standing in the delivery access driveway, I got a sweet kiss on the cheek by all the band members."

-Memories of rock legends live on as Hofheinz era ends

By J.R. Gonzales  | March 4, 2017 
Houston Chronicle

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