September 9, 1970
Boston, MA US
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, Ramble On, For What It's Worth, Some Other Guy, Honey Bee), Communication Breakdown.
Originally scheduled for two shows, as a makeup date for the Eagle Rock Festival. Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant: "(The group) didn't complete their Sunday night concert in Honolulu until well into early Monday morning. In addition, being English, we were not aware of the Labor Day holiday which did not allow for air freight shipments and also our sound system had to come from Dallas, Texas". (Boston Globe, 9/10/70)
Press Review: Led Zeppelin In Return Bout
By 8:30, equipment men were still fiddling while Zep tuned up backstage. They burst on at 9 with an adrenaline rush. It had the women in a twitter and the men beating out the drum signature on their knee in frank imitation of John Bonham.
Singer Robert Plant let his mop to seed a bit since his last date here on October 25, 1969. His shaggy mane turned out to be his principal instrument. He incessantly tossed it about with great hauteur as he pranced in high heeled boots and bared his midriff with a slight spangled purple vest.
Jimmy Page has a beard now and wore a floppy khaki hat while he slouched over in hard rock position, riveting notes out of his ax with intensity of a jackhammer.
Scaling down from adrenaline rock, Page, Plant and John Paul Jones sat down to do a couple of acoustic numbers featuring bassist Jones on mandolin playing “That’s the Way”. The acoustic section established that they are sensitive musicians as well as pop stars.
Jones also did a passable organ solo, which reveals that he has been listening to John Fahey, likewise Zep’s Lemon Song is a thinly-disguised Robert Johnson “Travelling Riverside Blues”.
After the acoustic section, Zep got heavy again as the fans mobbed the front of the stage. Plant had encouraged the move by references to the presence of “blues” and asked if you could “move aside gents”.
Then Plant rapped with the audience after telling them to “shut up a minute”. He explained: “We were going to come to Boston as the first stop of the tour (Eagle Rock Festival), but the mayor said he ‘wanted no drug-crazed hippies on the lawn’. But we wanted to play Boston. Just remember, Boston is the best night on the tour, and we rushed all the way back from Hawaii to be here tonight.”
And all that Led Zeppelin needed for a finale was a match. [by C.Guiliano, Herald, 9-11-70]