September 1, 1970
Seattle, WA US
Setlists during this tour include: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, That's Way, Bron-Yr-Aur, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley).
Press Review: Young Crowd Rocks with Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin is a trip. More than 10,000 young persons turned on to this British rock group in a concert at the Seattle Center Coliseum last night.
Many times during the nearly three hour concert, one could close one’s eyes and feel and see the loud, driving music, not just hear it.
In their hits, Moby Dick (?), and Whole Lotta Love, Zeppelin was particularly good. It was impossible to sit through the concert without at least nodding your head or tapping your foot. Many persons seemed so affected by the hypnotic, involving tempos of the music that they all but danced in their seats.
Jimmy Page’s loud guitar blazed through all the music, sometimes to the advantage of the group but sometimes to its disadvantage. During a semi-duet between the vocalist Robert Plant and the organist, John Paul Jones, the guitar seemed superfluous and obliterated the themes being developed by Plant and Jones.
The visual side of the show was as electrifying as the musical. For a start, there was sexy Robert Plant, whose gyrations and emoting make Tom Jones look like Bing Crosby.
Dressed in hip-hugging blue jeans, a purple bolero and high heeled blue boots, Plant was a show in himself, tossing his shoulder-length blond mane about, gesturing and shimmying with more liveliness than a hopped-up stripper. Often he would shape his lips into a sexy pout, looking down under lowered eyelids at the girls in the front rows.
For a change of pace, Led Zeppelin tried some acoustic sounds. Jones, Plant and Page sat on three chairs to one side of the stage and played a lilting, interesting song for mandolin (electrified), voice and acoustic guitar.
…the show worked, and Zeppelin worked. For the entire two-plus hours, with ho help from a backup group.
“Dig it”, Plant kept saying… “Dig it”.
The fans dug it enough to surge forward toward the stage for the group’s last numbers, and dug it enough to clap and stomp and stand on their chairs, demanding encore after encore. [by Carole Bers, 9-2-70]