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Coliseum (Indianapolis) - April 4, 1970

  • Includes: We're Gonna Groove,  Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You,  Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown, Whole Lotta Love.
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on September 21, 2007 - 9:22am
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April 4, 1970
United States

Includes: We're Gonna Groove,  Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You,  Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown, Whole Lotta Love.


Press Review Led Zeppelin Gives 10,000 A Big Night

Not since the burning of the Hindenburg in 1937 has a blimp caused so much excitement as the rock music group Led Zeppelin did Saturday night at the Coliseum.

More than 10,000 avid sound seekers were more than satisfied by a surprisingly solid 2 ½ -hour performance that capped a week-long WIFE pop music festival.

Their music is “heavy" psychedelic sound, continually interrupted with instrumental jam session-type takeoffs and solos. The performance was only hurt by the echoing rafters of the Coliseum which caused a dominant rumbling of the bass guitar and drums heard over the vocal output.

The crowd at first seemed unsure of the group, many persons roaming the corridors invading the concessions when the instrumental take offs didn't appeal to them.

The group did some of its familiar material, which included "Heartbreaker," "Bring It on Home" and "Ramble On," as each player was spotlighted throughout the show.
Lead guitarist Jimmy Page, costumed in pink velvet bell bottoms pink shoes and a plum silk shirt,  was the first to ''do his thing" with a 15-minute guitar solo. His variations with a violin bow across the guitar was a spellbinder.  

Bass guitarist John Paul Jones soloed on a switch to the organ, followed later by drummer John Bonham's 20-minute act in which he played two sets of drums, bongos and a Chinese gong with and without the drumsticks. The drummer was applauded nine times during his performance and earned a standing ovation.

At 10 o'clock, lead singer Robert Plant, clad in tight denim bells and made-up about his lips and eyes, announced they were going to finish the show. About 1000 viewers who wanted to beat the traffic left early and missed the best part of the show.

The “last song," which lasted almost a half hour was actually a wild combination of dancing, songs, musical ad libs and sexy verses which brought the crowd to its feet rhythmically clapping to whatever the beat changed to.

Their closing song ended and the Coliseum rumbled with enthusiasm in chants for more music from the group. Led Zeppelin did return, this time to do the group's biggest career hit, “Whole Lotta Love,'' the song that everyone had been waiting for.

It wasn't necessary for the crowd to rise to its feet in appreciation for this one. They had been up for 45 minutes. [by Z. Dunkin / Indy News]


Setlists during this tour include: We're Gonna Groove,  Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Since I've Been Loving You,  Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love.


Bob Maryan's picture

Setlist included "How Many More Times," it was my favorite LZep song then, and remains the same today.

During Moby Dick, the rest of the band left for about a half-hour. When they came back, Plant was swigging on a bottle of Jack Daniels.

Page was in a pink suit.

Larry S.'s picture

What can I say my older brother Jim(Nineteen) took me to see Led Zeppelin I was a little over fifteen at the time. I remember that Led Zeppelin played a long time, and that they were the best damn band in the world. I also remember it being really cold in the Coliseum, I think that they were holding some kind of skating show there with plywood over the ice rink floor. I also remember that the chairs were made of metal so it seemed even colder. I also recall that about forty people(Hippies) came in holding hands and filled up the rest of the row were setting in. There were people with video camera's running up and down the aisle, and people taking pictures, although I never seen any from this show? I was so impressed with the band they really rocked the place!!!!!!! Jimmy played his guitar with his violin bow, Robert was swinging his microphone at a cop in front of the stage I thought he was going to hit the cop for sure, John Paul play a really cool organ solo, and John Bonham beat the S**T out of his drums with his bare hands playing Moby Dick. I will never forget that night ever.

jerry patterson's picture

when everbody left over half the stadium left Led Zepppelin played a encore over an hour!!!!!!!!!!

Jim Wilson's picture

I attended this concert . It was phenominal . They played intensely for approximately two hours , took a short break , then played for another two ! The seats on the floor were on top of an ice rink ,probably covered with plywood . We were cold, but we rocked the house with one of the all time great rock and roll bands . People were jumping up and down on top of metal chairs ! It was my younger brother's first concert . Wow , what a memory !

Ken's picture

I always thought they played their first Indianapolis show in 1969. I remember that all of my friends were going to Muncie to see Three Dog Night, but I was headed to Indianapolis. I was on the floor in row K, seat 21. As the other reviews state, it was a long show. What I didn't see was any mention of the last encore. There must have been only 700 fans still in the building when they came back out. i've never forgotten it because they played for another half-hour and none of the songs were on their records. It wasn't until the BBC sessions were released that I heard them again. Most were old blue's standards and british bar songs. 43 years have passed and I've seen hundreds of shows, but nothing will ever compare with that night. I just watched Celebration Day and decided to look up when the show was.

Valparaiso, IN 2012

Ron Palmer's picture

I was 16 years old and had just gotten my drivers licence 4 days earlier. Of all the concerts i have been too since this was by far the greatest. I was amazed Jimmie Page playing with a violin bow I thought he had to be the greatest guitar player alive.I remember after John Bonham playing his drum solo my buddy saying wow a 26 minute drum solo, and robert Plant looked like they had to have spray painted his jeans on. The song I remember the most was the Lemon Song I was very inexperienced and was standing in front of a strange girl how was rubbing herself off on my shoulder.

Jenifer Baldwin's picture

I was there too and I always thought it was in 1969. I stayed for the encore and left my seat in the stands and went down infront of the stage the place was practically empty. It was the best concert ever !!!

Daline Bell 's picture

Page and allyou Led Zepplin, Robert Plant Jimmy Page     May age 16My first concert ever! The energy was electric! Until April 4th 1970, 16 yrs of age my music world was transformed! From the era of ‘music to dance to’ into the energy, soul, the nerve center of music itself! I will continue to seek out the soul and nerve centers of such as is within for  the rest of my life! Thank you all for a lifetime of excellent music, Led Zeppelin R. Plant, J Page + all



Toni's picture

I was at this concert too! Dream come true!

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