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Montreux Casino - March 7, 1970

  • 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 (medley incl. Boogie Chillen', Bottle Up 'n Go, My Baby Left Me, Jenny Jenny, "Lemon Song"), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.
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on September 21, 2007 - 8:34am
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March 7, 1970
Montreux
Switzerland
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Setlist: 

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 (medley incl. Boogie Chillen', Bottle Up 'n Go, My Baby Left Me, Jenny Jenny, "Lemon Song"), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.

Note: 

"Super Pop 70" - Recorded and broadcast on Swiss radio.

Journal of Montreux March 8, 1970
(Google translation from French)

• Led Zeppelin attracted two thousand youths. But much more if we consider that several hundred more fans could not enter. They waited in vain throughout the afternoon and well into the evening for some of them.

• The poor who had no ticket deployed wealth of imagination to try to force the doors. The stewards discovered potential free riders in unimaginable places: kitchens, windows, roof Casino and even in some pipes! Some street smarts were made ​​badges or invitation cards very well imitated.

• The bidding also in full swing. A permanence, some customers begged offered them a note saying they were willing to pay 150 or 200 francs. In vain, of course.

• No incidents were registered, if not inevitable jostling at the entrance of the Casino. Several personalities (including MM Pouly, municipal, Rochat, municipal, Aney, trustee Veytaux, Gaudard, chief of police) emphasized discipline spectators. One such person was in fact surprised to find that there are happy people who paid thirty-five francs for the right to assoire ground.

• A distinguished guest, the Aga Khan himself, surrounded by a few friends, all amateurs Pop music.

• Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones have stayed nearly a week in Montreux, visiting the area and indulging in the pleasures of snow at Avants. 

• The side effect of such a concert: these bizarre musicians, this long hair customers, which is still looks askance Montreux in various environments, is now beginning to be greatly appreciated not for its intrinsic qualities, but for its revenue. I know for example that a public institution was packed Saturday morning overnight at two hours: the staff has tripled its normal recipes ... Better: is there still, even among the rich, capable consumers as some of these young people tipping up to one hundred ten percent? [Journal de Montreux, 3/8/70]

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Soundman Phil Dudderidge: "When I arrived, mid-tour, at Montreux to join the Led Zeppelin crew, I found a fairly standard rig for that level of band, similar to those owned by The Who and Pink Floyd, which I had seen at various gigs. The speakers were mostly 4 x 12-inch columns (10 per side), plus two stacks of two 2 x 15s with a small horn on top per side, all driven by 12 100W power amps. And just two WEM five-channel Audiomaster mixers providing 10 channels. I'd never had my hands on such a big rig! Mics were the usual assortment of Shure Unidynes and Unisphere's, the forerunners of the SM57 and SM58." (Performing-Musician interview)

Montreux promoter, Claude Nobs, sparks a close friendship with the band and brings them to perform at the Casino. They would return to play in 1971 and 1972 as well as taking personal holidays to the mountain retreat throughout the decade. One of the perks of playing in Montreux is the availability of the state-of-the-art recording studio, Mountain Studios, connected to the venue, which the band also used.

(The group was never part of the "Montreux Jazz Festival", as they as sometimes erroneously attributed.)

 

Notes: 

"Super Pop 70" - Recorded and broadcast on Swiss radio.

Journal of Montreux March 8, 1970
(Google translation from French)

• Led Zeppelin attracted two thousand youths. But much more if we consider that several hundred more fans could not enter. They waited in vain throughout the afternoon and well into the evening for some of them.

• The poor who had no ticket deployed wealth of imagination to try to force the doors. The stewards discovered potential free riders in unimaginable places: kitchens, windows, roof Casino and even in some pipes! Some street smarts were made ​​badges or invitation cards very well imitated.

• The bidding also in full swing. A permanence, some customers begged offered them a note saying they were willing to pay 150 or 200 francs. In vain, of course.

• No incidents were registered, if not inevitable jostling at the entrance of the Casino. Several personalities (including MM Pouly, municipal, Rochat, municipal, Aney, trustee Veytaux, Gaudard, chief of police) emphasized discipline spectators. One such person was in fact surprised to find that there are happy people who paid thirty-five francs for the right to assoire ground.

• A distinguished guest, the Aga Khan himself, surrounded by a few friends, all amateurs Pop music.

• Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones have stayed nearly a week in Montreux, visiting the area and indulging in the pleasures of snow at Avants. 

• The side effect of such a concert: these bizarre musicians, this long hair customers, which is still looks askance Montreux in various environments, is now beginning to be greatly appreciated not for its intrinsic qualities, but for its revenue. I know for example that a public institution was packed Saturday morning overnight at two hours: the staff has tripled its normal recipes ... Better: is there still, even among the rich, capable consumers as some of these young people tipping up to one hundred ten percent? [Journal de Montreux, 3/8/70]

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Soundman Phil Dudderidge: "When I arrived, mid-tour, at Montreux to join the Led Zeppelin crew, I found a fairly standard rig for that level of band, similar to those owned by The Who and Pink Floyd, which I had seen at various gigs. The speakers were mostly 4 x 12-inch columns (10 per side), plus two stacks of two 2 x 15s with a small horn on top per side, all driven by 12 100W power amps. And just two WEM five-channel Audiomaster mixers providing 10 channels. I'd never had my hands on such a big rig! Mics were the usual assortment of Shure Unidynes and Unisphere's, the forerunners of the SM57 and SM58." (Performing-Musician interview)

Montreux promoter, Claude Nobs, sparks a close friendship with the band and brings them to perform at the Casino. They would return to play in 1971 and 1972 as well as taking personal holidays to the mountain retreat throughout the decade. One of the perks of playing in Montreux is the availability of the state-of-the-art recording studio, Mountain Studios, connected to the venue, which the band also used.

(The group was never part of the "Montreux Jazz Festival", as they as sometimes erroneously attributed.)

 

Setlists: 

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 (medley incl. Boogie Chillen', Bottle Up 'n Go, My Baby Left Me, Jenny Jenny, "Lemon Song"), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Peggy Anderson's picture

On the radio a few days ago / they were talking about concerts in 1975 in Switzerland! I was 14 and attending the Leysin American school (dreadful place) in 1970 and we were all bussed to a concert... The only one I have ever been to, and I am OLD. I remember months later listening to a song and thinking "wow.. that is the band I saw". What I remember? We were up close...in a rather small area and they gave us all free beer! Can you imagine? So I looked up the concert schedule and I think I just might have saved the one concert of my life to be the best. Thanks for solving long time question.

Rob's picture

I was at this concert! To this day, one of the best concerts I ever attended!

Argenteum Astrum's picture

Talk about energy. The audience is rowdy and loud and the group feed off of this to offer a killer show, with some of the best playing ever, and surely the best live version of Heartbreaker ever played. The audience recording captures the energetic atmosphere perfectly.

Michael Ansorge's picture

I was a student at a local boarding school that year. Claude Nobs owned a cafe next to our campus & we talked w/ him frequently. He gave us the heads up for up coming concerts & we also went to the "English" side of his lounge at the Casino....so we had tickets.
The Casino, all partitions opened could seat maybe 2-3 thousand ...but there had to be at least 10 times that who showed up & surrounded the place. The Swiss Police responded, as those left out began to push & act menacing. I heard some were crushed till the glass broke.
The show was late in starting because of the mayhem, & finally the band made their way to the stage, having come in the front while under police guard. We were arrainged mid floor, about 30 ft from the stage. Page & Plant worked slowly right through where we were sitting ...
The show was incredible. I had near worn out the 1st album, & the 2nd had just been released. They played cuts from both. Great show from an incredible band.

Zach Hilgers's picture

I, too, was attended a relatively nearby boarding school, LAS (Leysin American High School) in Leysin, about an hour away by train; had tickets and my girl friend and I waited outside for hours to get in, to eventually end up front row center, kneeling room only. I was close enough to reach out and grab Plant's leg if I wanted....I didn't want, but my girl friend did, I think! I had a B&W-loaded Hasselblad camera with me and took many great shots, some of which ended up in the yearbook that year. What a show! Robert really was squeezing his "lemons" for the Lemon Song....great show.....great venue, altho too bad the Casino burned up the next year for the (in)famous Zappa show (I was there for that one, too) that Deep Purple used for a muse on "Smoke on the Water."

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I was there too. by Zach Hilgers (not verified)
I was a student at a local by Michael Ansorge (not verified)
I was at this concert! by Rob (not verified)
Thanks for the help by Peggy Anderson (not verified)