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Civic Arena (Pittsburgh) - March 30, 1970

  • Setlists during this tour include: We're Gonna Groove,   Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, 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.
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on September 21, 2007 - 9:18am
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March 30, 1970
Pittsburgh
PA
United States
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Setlist: 

Setlists during this tour include: We're Gonna Groove,   Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, 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.

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Promoter Pat DiCesare comments: "The English acts were always difficult to deal with. In 1970, I played Led Zeppelin at the arena, which sold out as expected. The group wanted two cases of Dom Perignon champagne for the dressing room.

I had several runners whose jobs were to fetch what the acts demanded, the "rider requirements." The dressing room was the hockey team's locker room. All the walls and floors were concrete. We tried to buy the two cases of Dom but to no avail. Horne's Department store, the premier liquor store at the time, said that "In all of the city of Pittsburgh, you will not find two cases of Dom. You must order that item well in advance."
I dispatched my runner to all the state stores in the Tri-State area to fill up two cases with Dom and the next best thing he could find.

Before Led Zeppelin arrived, the two cases of champagne were placed in the dressing room. Several hours later, I was again summoned to the dressing room.

"What is this?" the manager asked."Champagne?" I responded. "Champagne? You call this garbage champagne?" he yelled.

I tried to explain the incredible effort it took to gather up the champagne to fill the cases, but he kept calling it garbage. Then, he reached for a bottle, one that cost me about $100 apiece, and threw it against the wall. Again and again until all 24 bottles were smashed. Two thousand and five hundred dollars disappeared before my eyes."

Notes: 

Promoter Pat DiCesare comments: "The English acts were always difficult to deal with. In 1970, I played Led Zeppelin at the arena, which sold out as expected. The group wanted two cases of Dom Perignon champagne for the dressing room.

I had several runners whose jobs were to fetch what the acts demanded, the "rider requirements." The dressing room was the hockey team's locker room. All the walls and floors were concrete. We tried to buy the two cases of Dom but to no avail. Horne's Department store, the premier liquor store at the time, said that "In all of the city of Pittsburgh, you will not find two cases of Dom. You must order that item well in advance."
I dispatched my runner to all the state stores in the Tri-State area to fill up two cases with Dom and the next best thing he could find.

Before Led Zeppelin arrived, the two cases of champagne were placed in the dressing room. Several hours later, I was again summoned to the dressing room.

"What is this?" the manager asked."Champagne?" I responded. "Champagne? You call this garbage champagne?" he yelled.

I tried to explain the incredible effort it took to gather up the champagne to fill the cases, but he kept calling it garbage. Then, he reached for a bottle, one that cost me about $100 apiece, and threw it against the wall. Again and again until all 24 bottles were smashed. Two thousand and five hundred dollars disappeared before my eyes."

Setlists: 

Setlists during this tour include: We're Gonna Groove,   Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, 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.

Comments

bryan's picture

The first concert I ever attended was at the Pitts, Civic Arena on March 30th. I was blow away sitting right. I was hooked. In August of 71, my friend and I went to Fl. for vacation. We had friends in Miami but on the way down we bought tickets for the show in Orlando. We were 18 and making money the way most kids were back then selling pot. Got to the show went inside, we lasted the first song because the inside was beyond belief. We sat out side and smoked pot while we listened to their show. I don't know how the boys played that one, bit they did. I saw them one more time at the Tampa show in the mid 70's at the old Tampa stadium that turned into a riot after a brief but violent thunderstorm cancelled the show after the 2nd. or 3rd. song. We found out later that the boys had left as soon as they walked off the stage. No hard feelings though, it was still alot of fun, And they are still one my FAVORITE BANDS. THHANKS.

Richard's picture

Have been watching LZ part of Kennedy Center Honors 2012. Must watch the 22min version starting with Jack Black. SPECTACULAR
It took me back to the "igloo in 1970. I can clearly remember real loud, a drummer from another planet and a date who didn't get it.
I'm 66 and it's great to relive your youth.

Bill Hambelton's picture

What a performance by the band. I believe it was standing room only and everyone was standing. I went with two friends, Don Hosmeyer and Steve Vasilaros. We had seats on the second level looking down on the stage. Great view of the band. Page was brilliant, Plant hit every note, Bonham and Jones were a solid foundation. I remember this concert like it was yesterday.

Lou's picture

What a show! The opening acts could not make it so LZ played for 3 hours!! Lots of jamming and solos, think the band had fun with it. Definitely hooked after seeing this concert.

Neil Anderson's picture

I saw Led Zeppelin twice in Pittsburgh at the Civic Arena. For some reason, I thought the first time was late fall or early spring in 1969. The second time was during the tour promoting the second album. I thought that the second concert occurred in 1970 or 1972. Although I am a bit uncertain now of these dates, I am certain that both concerts took place at the Civic Arena. If anyone reading this knows the dates of these concerts, I would appreciate hearing from you. At the time, I believe the Civic Arena seated about 8000, which means that not a lot of people were able to see the group. At the second concert, I shot Ektachrome slides of the show. I had pushed the film to ASA 400. They came out well enough that I was able to have 8x10's made. I still have the slides and the prints.

Randy Galvan's picture

This was my first concert ever. I was straight as an arrow. Within 3 months I was a pot smoking, acid dropping, FREAK.

Kenny Winovich's picture

Any chance I could obtain one pic of the slide of the Pittsburgh show? What was Jimmy Page wearing?

Michael Frye's picture

I would give a couple fingers to see zep live in the early years, how amazing that had to be man....theyare the 4 most talented guys ever grouped in a foursome at anything ever...

Name's picture

Peter Grant was a badass.  I can totally see him smashing those bottles one by one against the wall.  So Rock and Roll.

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