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Oakland Coliseum - September 2, 1970

  • 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 incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Boppin' the Blues, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, For What It's Worth, Honey Bee, I'm Movin' On, Fortune Teller, That's Alright Mama), Communication Breakdown (medley: incl. Good Times Bad Times), Train Kept a Rollin', Blueberry Hill, Long Tall Sally.
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September 2, 1970
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Setlist: 

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 incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Boppin' the Blues, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, For What It's Worth, Honey Bee, I'm Movin' On, Fortune Teller, That's Alright Mama), Communication Breakdown (medley: incl. Good Times Bad Times), Train Kept a Rollin', Blueberry Hill, Long Tall Sally.

Note: 

Rare set of encores, including the return of Train Kept a Rollin'. Reports of a planned closed-circuit TV system called "Concert Closeup" with large projection screens was eventually nixed.

Press Review: Led Zeppelin Blasting Off

Guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist-organist John Paul Jones, drummer John Bonham and lead singer Robert Plant blasted nearly 10,000 people half senseless with music of sheer power, force and emotion. The song lyrics themselves, I am convinced, are virtually immaterial. Even if one can understand them, they are routine in exercises in universal themes.

Seeming to underscore this aspect of their music, or lack of same, is the fact that Plant is a completely uninteresting singer. He can yell and screech, unquestionably, but so can a Mynah bird. His importance to the group is as a visual and audible contributor of ten or more degrees to the fever pitch. If, on the other hand, one were to substitute Quicksilver’s Dino Valenti for Plant, I think Led Zeppelin would threaten both the Who and Rolling Stones.

Whatever, the group is close enough now. Page is one of the two or three most exciting guitarists in pop music, Bonham played the best rock drum solo I can recall hearing – sort of a ‘If Buddy Rich had been a rock band drummer when he was a kid’… and John Paul Jones is an expert bassist and a superb organist.

The shortcomings of the evening were two: one minor and the other less minor. Led Zeppelin ventured into the acoustic field with three numbers – two from their forthcoming Led Zeppelin III on Atlantic – with mediocre success but it was a commotion that Plant at one point muttered, “We pray your indulgence, ladies and gentlemen… Tom Jones is next.”

At the end, a thousand or so rushed the stage area and several people were knocked down. But, that’s understandable. I mean, if they hadn’t they would have nothing to show and tell at the next teenybopper trot.

The group did more than a dozen songs in a two hour and 15 minute set, including Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, Good Times Bad Times and You Shook Me. It was a sensational performance. [-J. Wasserman, SF Chronicle]

Notes: 

Rare set of encores, including the return of Train Kept a Rollin'. Reports of a planned closed-circuit TV system called "Concert Closeup" with large projection screens was eventually nixed.

Press Review: Led Zeppelin Blasting Off

Guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist-organist John Paul Jones, drummer John Bonham and lead singer Robert Plant blasted nearly 10,000 people half senseless with music of sheer power, force and emotion. The song lyrics themselves, I am convinced, are virtually immaterial. Even if one can understand them, they are routine in exercises in universal themes.

Seeming to underscore this aspect of their music, or lack of same, is the fact that Plant is a completely uninteresting singer. He can yell and screech, unquestionably, but so can a Mynah bird. His importance to the group is as a visual and audible contributor of ten or more degrees to the fever pitch. If, on the other hand, one were to substitute Quicksilver’s Dino Valenti for Plant, I think Led Zeppelin would threaten both the Who and Rolling Stones.

Whatever, the group is close enough now. Page is one of the two or three most exciting guitarists in pop music, Bonham played the best rock drum solo I can recall hearing – sort of a ‘If Buddy Rich had been a rock band drummer when he was a kid’… and John Paul Jones is an expert bassist and a superb organist.

The shortcomings of the evening were two: one minor and the other less minor. Led Zeppelin ventured into the acoustic field with three numbers – two from their forthcoming Led Zeppelin III on Atlantic – with mediocre success but it was a commotion that Plant at one point muttered, “We pray your indulgence, ladies and gentlemen… Tom Jones is next.”

At the end, a thousand or so rushed the stage area and several people were knocked down. But, that’s understandable. I mean, if they hadn’t they would have nothing to show and tell at the next teenybopper trot.

The group did more than a dozen songs in a two hour and 15 minute set, including Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, Good Times Bad Times and You Shook Me. It was a sensational performance. [-J. Wasserman, SF Chronicle]

Setlists: 

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 incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Boppin' the Blues, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, For What It's Worth, Honey Bee, I'm Movin' On, Fortune Teller, That's Alright Mama), Communication Breakdown (medley: incl. Good Times Bad Times), Train Kept a Rollin', Blueberry Hill, Long Tall Sally.

Comments

Sam McClain's picture

Immigrant Song was the First Song of My First Led Zeppelin Concert on Wednesday, September 2nd, 1970 in Oakland, California US, at the Oakland Coliseum.

I was a Senior at Lynbrook High School, San Jose, California when I drove to see My Favorite Rock and Roll Group: Led Zeppelin. I was so excited! I had great seats near the stage where my favorite rock group was going to play.

When Led Zeppelin hit the stage, the first song that they played was the Immigrant Song.

When I heard Immigrant Song for the very first time, I literally jumped out of my seat! The song was so intense and invigorating. It was so AWESOME!

Everything that Led Zeppelin played live that enchanting night was even better than their recordings.

I will never forget my first Led Zeppelin concert that I experienced that night and the first song that they played Immigrant Song!

Tom Weisend's picture

I was 15 at the time I saw this, We drove down to Oakland from El Cerrito, a bunch of young white long hairs, I was so excited, and I remember when they opened with Immigrant Song, I was awed by the SHEER POWER of the whole band, the thundering bass, the insane guitar, I was awed. The whole show-I was so stunned by their power and musicality. They were awesome! I remember John Pauls bass just THUNDERING all night, It was an incredible experience for a young lad like me, we snuck up front at the end, and the visuals were amazing. I was so impressed by this band. See my note on the Kezar show in 1973.

Bob Ward's picture

This Oakland show was my first big concert. I was still in high school and we drove to Oakland from Sacramento on a school night. I was blown away from the first notes of Immigrant Song.

Charlie McGimsey's picture

This was my very first Led Zeppelin show I was 17 years old and been play drums for about 4years we drove down from Sacramento to see the show. After see and hearing John Bonham solo I could not believed what I just heard it was amazing I’m 55 and can still remember it to this day Thank You Led Zeppelin you are the best. Charlie McGimsey

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A really excellent show, with an unusual and exciting string of encores! The playing is amazing, and Robert, as on nearly every 1970 show, is in incredible voice, with a range that is unbelievable. The acoustic section is greeted with impatience which causes Plant to scold them, and rightfully so ... it sounds great! An explosive start to the West Coast blitz of the 1970 tour!

Pete Stevens's picture

I lived in a small town called El Ceritto in the north east bay of San Francisco. My dad(God rest his soul), was a complete music nut and told me,"Son, its time for you to go to your first concert". I was 7 years old and had no earthly idea what I was about to be exposed to. So low and behold he takes me to see what is undenyably the greatest rock band of all times. It was the single most powerful musical experience I can remember. I have attended countless hundreds of concerts since then, spanning a wide genre of music and to this day, nothing can compare. Led Zepplin will live forever in the hearts of its current and future fans.

Mike's picture

We were also there for this Oakland Zep Performance and I swear to this day I can still hear the buzzing in my ears just like after the show...Incredible band will never be duplicated...Was at Mitty High in Cupertino and we made the trip to the coliseum..never forget it....

Bonnie Braga-Chavez's picture

My first Led Zeppelin concert and enjoyed It even more being spaced! Incredible!!

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