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Municipal Auditorium (Nashville) - August 25, 1970

  • Songs during this tour include: 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), Communication Breakdown. (Encores reportedly included: "Johnny B Goode" , "Blue Suede Shoes".  "Blueberry Hill")
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on September 21, 2007 - 10:46am
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August 25, 1970
United States

Songs during this tour include: 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), Communication Breakdown. (Encores reportedly included: "Johnny B Goode" , "Blue Suede Shoes".  "Blueberry Hill")


Songs during this tour include: 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), Communication Breakdown.


John's picture

I attended this concert, bought a $7.00 ticket for me and my girlfriend. We had pretty good seats. Glad I had the chance to see them live. That makes me a rock star now with my grown kids.

JSK's picture

My Dad was friends with an editor at the Nashville Banner who used to get 4 great tickets to most all the shows at Municipal Auditorium. The editor had two kids as well and my sister and the two of them and I went to a number of concerts in the '70s.

This particular show we were on the front row. I was 9.
Most of my memories are of how raucous and cool the crowd was. The band refused to play until they turned out the lights. This went on for quite awhile. Finally they turned the lights out and then a few minutes later, it, well, became smoke filled. g. I believe this is the first time they ever turned out the lights for a concert at the Auditorium.

Me and my friend stood on our chairs as everyone was standing and cheering. Eventually we got body surfed to the back of the floor seating...the length of a hockey rink.

Thanks Rob.

Ronnie Potts's picture

Hey, I remember this concert very well. It was one of the first really big concerts I was able to see. Led Zeppelin was definitely at the top of their game. I don't really remember the playlist, but they played everything I liked.

I can add one song to the playlist I know they played that is not listed. Jimmy Page played a spot on rendition of The James Gang's Bomber. That was the first time i'd ever heard it and thought it was terrific. I called the local radio station, WKDA-FM, for days trying to get them to play it. They didn't have a clue what I was talking about until I talked to the late night guy and he told me it was a James Gang song, which he then played. It was certainly a night I will never forget and still one of my top 5 concerts ever. That's all ..

Alan McMullin's picture

Home on leave before shipping out to Germany. Best show I ever saw and I've seen a lot.

michael stewart's picture

This was the best concert i ever seen it was truly amazing i just can't belive they never came back to Nashville but i can say i saw them the only thing would have been any better is to have seen the BEATLES
the only person cooler than Jimmy is John Lennon it changed my life school was never the same.

Steve's picture

I was a huge fan of Led Zeppelin back in the 1970's. There was a rumor or urban legend going around in and around the Nashville area that Zeppelin had played there once but due to a bad experience, they would never come back to Nashville.
I wonder if there was any truth to that. I am just curious. Also, there is a rumor going around now that Zeppelin will play Lala-Palooza. Fact, fiction or wishful thinking?

Scott's picture

I have heard the same story about the Grateful Dead and several other bands that something bad happened in Nashville and they wouldn't play there again. I don't think any of it is true. I think that was just some Nashville story that popped up when peoples' favorite bands didn't play here. I just think at the time Nashville was a fairly small city without a large venue and after 1970, Led Zeppelin was too large a band to play here.

I have advertisements from this show that I could send in for this page.

I am wondering where the set list came from if there is no known tape of this show. Is it based on what they played other nights this tour? If it is how do we know the encore was Communication Breakdown?

Van Pilkinton's picture

I was 17 years old and this was my only time I got to see my favorite band and it was and still is my favorite concert of all time. I had front row, center seats with my buddy John Stabler and we heard a great concert!

I was a younger rock & roll drummer and a big fan of Bonzo and his son Jason has honored him by being a great drummer also and playing with the band! I hope LZ tours again soon and if it is in the Southeast USA, I WILL be there! Best wishes & good health to Robbie, Jimmy, JP and to Jason!

Van Pilkinton Birmingham, Alabama June 2008

David's picture

I wasn't there...wasn't even born yet, but a friend of mine who was there said the Fire Marshall would not allow the lights to go down. Led Zeppelin refused to go on until they did. Someone else would have to confirm this, but they said the mexican standoff between the band and the Fire Marshall caused the band to go on almost an hour laste, but Led Zeppelin played a while longer to make it up to the fans. This may explain why they never came back. In 1970, British rock stars and southern Fire Marshalls probably didn't mix well. I know several people who have seen them. I wish I could have.

Sam Moran's picture

Yea, I had heard the same thing, and at the end of the show Plant said "Goodby suck city". I always wondered if it was true.

Mark's picture

I was there, it being my first show in Nashville, having just relocated from the DC area. The show was delayed, but continued with the house lights on.

ked's picture

Start of Senior year in HS, drove up from Huntsville. 6th row seats. Mind-boggling event / music  / experience. Yes, it's hard to name a better concert I've ever atteneded since (RS Exile Tour in Tuscaloosa, Little Feat Waiting For Columbus were pretty good too). Yes, there was a delay at the start over dimming the lights... seemed like forever, but I don't think it was an hour. Plant came on & told us (paraphrasing) "we won't play until they turn off the house lights". Being Mr. Obvious (insert: My Brush With Fame) , I shouted, as loudly as only a young punk could, "TURN OFF THE GOD DAMNED LIGHTS!". As Plant turned away to walk off, he said, "... you tell 'em"... 'Course, the crowd, already rowdy (even by Southern rock fans in '70s standards... we rarely outnumbered The Man) went ballistic. Within a few minutes, the lights went down, everyone shifted into overdrive & the rest is burned permanently into my brain (at least, as best I recall) ...  phenomenal release of shared tension into acoustic explosion. Not sure they make 'em like that anymore. {& it is great to read these comments... amazing we've made it this far... cheers!}       

MARK's picture

 I attended this concert as a 17 year old, with two great friends, Ty and Robert. I left speechless. The crowd was wild with enthusiasm. This was a seminal moment for many of us. I don't remember the issue with house lights. The overwhelming music washed that away. If memory serves, the encore included Johnny B Goode and Blueberry Hill.

Phil's picture

This was my first concert. I was 16 years old. Two buddies and I drove a 1966 VW Beetle up from Tullahoma, TN. To this day, it was one of the best concerts I've ever seen (and I've been to alot of concerts)!!! Thank you Jimmy, Robert, John Paul and John.

Susan's picture

This may have been my first concert. Steppenwolf and James Taylor also came to town in the same time frame and it was a life changing time for me with those 3 shows. I don't remember the details about the lights but much of the show did have house lights up, and the stage lights eventually did come on. I do remember Robert Plant calling for all of the people in the mezzanine and upper deck to come to the floor. My $3 ticket got me against the stage and my mind was totally, absolutely blown. Page playing his guitar with a violin bow and the mic stand, the crazy electronic sounds of the drums moving between the speakers on either side of me, and Robert Plant ... OMG he set that 13 yr old girl's heart aflutter. I was never the same innocent little bubblegum teenybopper after that night. Absolutely changed my life's direction.

Angelo 's picture

I could have sworn they played "blue suede shoes" during the second Encore. We moved from our seats halfway up the auditorium down to the floor on approximately the eighth row because after the first encore a lot of people left. Probably the best concert I have ever attended. After the first encore, people got so rowdy and yelled and screamed and clapped until they came back out and it seemed they had run out of songs to play, so they played some of the old stuff.  

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