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Civic Center (Baltimore) - April 5, 1970

  • We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley incl. Boogie Chillen', My Baby Left Me, That's Alright Mama, Honey Bee / "Lemon Song"), Whole Lotta Love.
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on September 21, 2007 - 9:23am
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Average: 3.8 (37 votes)
April 5, 1970
United States

We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley incl. Boogie Chillen', My Baby Left Me, That's Alright Mama, Honey Bee / "Lemon Song"), Whole Lotta Love.


We're Gonna Groove, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Bring It On Home, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley incl. Boogie Chillen', My Baby Left Me, That's Alright Mama, Honey Bee / "Lemon Song"), Whole Lotta Love.


Glenn's picture

I remember getting to the ticket window 12 hours before the tickets went on sale. My friend, Bruce and I got seats front row center..There was no alternative. It was the first concert I ever went to and I was blown away by the experience. Every song just played to my soul. At the end, after Whole Lotta Love, Bonzo tossed his drumsticks into the audience. That was the only drawback to being in the front row. Otherwise, those sticks would have been mine. I saw Zeppelin once again and then, it was years before I saw Page & Plant in Philadelphia. Still, the most memorable moment of my rock n roll youth.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This performance in this show is rather mediocre compared to others during this era and also married with rowdy audience and equipment problems. After a rather flaccid We're Gonna Groove, where Plant's microphone cut out half way through the song, he apologizes and explains: "We've only had this PA for three nights." The PA cuts out again several times in the show. Since I've Been Loving You was dropped from the set list and the organ solo is very short. How Many More Times contains a sharp version of Ravel's Bolero and That's Alright and My Baby Left Me are played together (makes sense since they are the same song). Plant tries all night to get the crowd "loose" and they do when they play their hit Whole Lotta Love (probably what most of the audience came to hear).

Cindy's picture

I am so glad I finally figured out where to go to relive my first concert experience. OH MY GOD!
I was just a young teen and had no idea what a show I was about to experience. With the recent reunion in London I started to reminisce about the show so long ago.
My girlfried Eva and I were there and were blown away by this performance. Since it was 37 years ago my memory fades but I do remember crying during parts of the show I was so moved. We all rushed the stage towards the end ( I lost my shoe, had to explain that one to my Dad) These nice young men offered to put Eva and I on their shoulders in the front and I was probably only 10 feet away from the band. That was the good ole days when security was at a minimal and you could get up close to the band. I wish I could remember more; all I know is what a FIRST CONCERT experience. I've lost touch with Eva so I have no one to share this with. I do not know one single person who attended that concert.

Eric Rose's picture

This 1970 date appears in your site as the earliest Zep date in Baltimore, and many of us here know that there is an earlier one, posssibly 69, in which the band opens with 'Train Kept a Rollin', with Plant saying 'Welcome to an evening of Led Zeppellin', after that.
They do mostly the material from the 1st album, as the songs listed in this review hadn't been recorded yet-
Hope you can corroborate(sp?) this.

pat's picture

didn't savoy brown back up zep......

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Jim's picture

The 1969 Baltimore is on the Timeline

David Hoover's picture

Nowhere in the archives does it show, but I was at a 1969 date where Zep opened for Vanilla Fudge at the Baltimore Civic Center for one of the Silver Bullet post-MLK early evening shows that had to end at midnight. My band opened that show. The record of the date doesn't show on either the Zep site or the Fudge site.


Rick's picture

Thank you for the memory - I went to that show to hear Vanilla Fudge (you keep me hangiing on) with my first girlfriend, Lisa Quattrochi. Her older sister Jo Ann drove us to the Civic Center in a Ford Pinto because we were both under 16. Strange the things you remember. I don't think we stayed for much of Vanilla Fudge but I do recall leaving and being blown away by Zeppelin. This has been in the back of my mind for a long time and I knew Zeppelin backed up either Iron Butteryfly or Vanilla Fudge that night. I hope other people will remember.

S.L.T.'s picture

i thought maybe i had lost my mind in my old age (61).i couldn't find any mention of this concert on any sites either,i was at the show,came up with some friends from salisbury,had never heard of zepp but remember them opening up for fudge too,after hearing zepp vanilla fudge was a huge letdown.for some reason i remember a sound man or roadie behind the band onstage moving cables or making sound adjustments.

John  Eckenrode's picture

Yes, I remember that show. As I recall, it was on a Sunday night in late winter or early spring. My friends and I had never heard of Led Zeppelin and we were talkng about the guitarist (Page, of course) using a violin bow. The next day at school, there was a lot of talk about this new group among the people who'd been to the concert. One guy already had their album and loaned it to me.
As I also recall, the MC that night was Kirby Scott, a DJ from WCAO.
I think that there was also supposed to be a band called "Gunn" on the bill but they canceled out. Is it possible that the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was also on the bill that night?

Chuck Hughes's picture

Sat in the bleachers, right side, halfway back

Gary's picture

I attended this. Never forget it. It was headlined by butterfield and the fudge. The opening acts were iron butterfly and led zeppelin. And a local band the admirals played too. Never ever forget that show.

Gary's picture

You are correct. I was there too. Iron Butterfly and Zepp opened up for the Fudge and Butterfield Blues Band. The Admirals were there too. A local Baltimore band. The next day I went to Tower records in randallstown and bought the Zepp album. Up until them had never heard if them. They stole the show. Soon afterwards , no other bands wanted to be on the same stage with them because they blew everyone else off of the stage. Go buy Celebration and Same Old Song. Will blow you away.

mike burke's picture

I was also at that show, I vividly remember Plant working the echoplex himself (it was in on the drum riser)


Edward Lambdin's picture

Yes, I was a Dundalk High School senior then, and it was a great show. Robert Plant in a very tight outfit.


Johnny's picture

I was the keyboard player in Procreation at that show.


I remember the members in the band like it was yesterday.


I'd love to hear from you!!!


Drew, with his Jeff Beck jacket and 8 10 Marshall Cab, Jerry, who's house I crashed into with my dads car, Ronny, with his Kustom cabs, and the drummer, Kevin James who swiped a car on Loch Raven, with me in the car.


This is just proof it's me.





kc's picture

Hi Johnny,

Do you remember Tim playing the sax, Drew's girlfriends little brother?  If so, would love to touch base...

Lindsay's picture

Hi Johnny! I hope you get this, I was just talking about my uncle, Jerry Gibbs and this concert so googled Procreation. I have to say, this is the one thing I brag to everyone about!!! 

Johnny's picture

Hi. I hope that you get this email. I have tried very hard to get in contact with any of the guys in Procreation that I played with. If you should get this email, send me an email back with contact info. It would mean the world to me to laugh with them about all of the fun that we had, and catch up. I have done many many things musically since then. Probably, so have they.  ~Johnny




Johnny's picture

Do we know each other?



Diana's picture

I was at the concert too! One of the best concerts in my memory! Particularly Jimmy Page playing his guitar with a violin bow!

Randall E. Clarke 's picture

My ticket read "An Evening with Led Zeppelin" opening act needed..l was nearly 15 at the time and took a bus by myself from Salisbury to get there ...and had a good pair of binoculars to watch the concert...nothing since will ever compare to that.. started practicing guitar in 71 to learn STH.. have a reasonable facsimile of it by now..think l was either in the balcony or mezzanine.. anyway just want to log in at having the privilege of seeing the Greatest Rock Band That Ever Graced This World.. bar none !!!

Robert e Reyes's picture

I was at the 1970 Balto Show & remember Robert Plant's Microphone a PA malfunction for a minute or so in the middle of one of the Zep Songs...

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