Average: 4.8 (12 votes)

September 16, 1971

Honolulu, HI US

Civic Auditorium (Honolulu)

Setlist:

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Celebration Day, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Hello Mary Lou), Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

Press review: Led Zeppelin Shot Down

The real irony of Led Zeppelin's two hour performance last night was that they played their own review in their last number, Communication Breakdown. The show itself was marred by a generally sloppy performance on the part of the group, rather noisy behaviour on the part of some of the 4,000 people in attendance, and a hot and sweaty atmosphere on the part of the good old poorlyventilated Civic Auditorium. The music was limp and uneven during all but a small part of the evening.

They started with Immigrant Song and from the first note it was obvious that these guys were not into what they were doing. Rhythms were off, Plant's vocals were relatively  impotent and the overall group cohesion and enthusiasm was missing. Throughout Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Dazed and Confused, I Can't Quit You Baby, Black Dog and Stairway to Heaven, you couldn't help but get the impression that these guys were tired of the evening. 

The only bright spot came with a crisp drum solo by John Bonham and a romping version of Whole Lotta Love, which featured a number of old rock'n roll songs including Hello Mary Lou.

Aside from someone yanking down the microphone and yelling into it, another clown jumped up on stage and started yelling some four letter gems into the mike.The band should be commended for their ability to put up with such obstacles. (Honolulu Star Bulletin, 9.17.71)

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Civic Auditorium Show by Doug Fairweather