Average: 4.7 (159 votes)

September 11, 1971

Rochester, NY US

War Memorial Auditorium


Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Organ solo / Thank You.


Press Review: If there were a word to describe the music of Led Zeppelin, I’d use it. However, one does not presently come to mind, so I can’t be quite so economical.

The Led Zeppelin (alias Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones) played at the Rochester War Memorial last Saturday night to what could be termed a breathing room only crowd and were phenomenal.

The driving, opening progression of "Immigrant Song” set the tenor of the evening. Careening crazily with sound off sound, the British foursome literally exploded onto stage and launched a two and one half hour tirade of their own b ran d of music. The concert was so long that it becomes impossible to repeat each and every song that they performed, so I’ll just outline the highlights.

Jimmy Page, being the guitarist that he is, shall never cease to amaze me. Worth note in his efforts Were "Living Lovin’ Maid’ (NOTE: Author is referring to Heartbreaker) from the second album, and "Black Dog” in which he took off on an incredible: riff with a violin bow. Odd tactics indeed.

Led Zeppelin is not generally known for an acoustic sound, but much of their third album is acoustic, and " Lemon Tree” (NOTE: Author is referring to Thats The Way) coupled with "Celebration Day” were perhaps the best numbers of the evening.

Not to be forgotten is John Bonham, whose percussion solo in "Moby Dick” was superlative. The only failing in the performance came about this time when the group remembered the effects that they wanted to create, and forgot the music.

Redemption, redemption, redemption, the finale was amazing.

Starting with "Whole Lotta Love,” they moved deftly into a jam that included all the 50’s favorites, mostly notably their version of Rick Nelson’s "Mary Lou.” Laying it on even heavier, "Dazed and Confused” and the end of a concert After a good round of applause, they returned and gave John Paul Jones a shot at the spotlight laying down the keyboard line for "Your Time Is Gonna Gone.” (NOTE: Author is referring to Thank You)

Robert Plant was the driving force of the night, by his own admission quite stoned, but thoroughly exciting by any criterion. Definitely a concert worth the price of admission.

The concert was promoted by an organization called East Coast Concerts, who run concerts in this area of the country now and then. [by Mark Sammelmayer | 9-24-71]

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