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Festhalle - July 18, 1970

  • Includes: 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, Communication Breakdown (medley).
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on September 21, 2007 - 10:35am
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July 18, 1970
Frankfurt
Germany
de
Setlist: 

Includes: 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, Communication Breakdown (medley).

Note: 

Newspaper review: For an audience that had to wait four months to near the Led Zeppelin, the crowd at Frankfurt's huge Festival Hall was surprisingly well-behaved. Nearly 5,000 rock fans, about 40 per cent of them apparently from the U.S. military community, turned out to hear the group last weekend.

The group, sometimes rated the second most popular rock outfit extant, was originally scheduled to appear in Franfurt last March. That concert was cancelled, however, after rowdy fans started to break up the hall during a performance by the Jethro Tull group.

The only thing broken Saturday night at the Led Zeppelin concert, however, was the narcotics law. By mid-performance the air had become dense with the sickly-sweet smell of marijuana. The audience was mostly made up of the under-30 set, who came appropriately dressed for the occasion. They were uniform in headbands, vests, bellbottoms, minis and maxis, bleached jeans and t-shirts, knitted ponchos and colorful love beads.

Led by former Yardbird Jimmy Page, the quartet rocked in a blues groove with some really fine musicianship and pleasing rock elements. Guitarist Page and his crew storm-trooped through a number of their hits dating to early last year, when they first exploded on the record-buying public. Fans applauded loudly as they recognized established hits such as "Communication Breakdown" and "I Can't Quit You Baby." It would be hard to pinpoint the actual highlight of ihe two-hour concert but the nearly 15-minute drum solo by Bonham on "Moby Dick," won a standing ovation from the excited fans.

"This is a song for you," shouted Plant. And appearing somewhat feminine with his long, curly, blond locks and slim torso, the lead singer then burst into a throat-tearing vocal of "Whole Lotta Love," that received wild cheers from the crowd. - W. Trott.

Notes: 

Press Review:  For an audience that had to wait four months to near the Led Zeppelin, the crowd at Frankfurt's huge Festival Hall was surprisingly well-behaved. Nearly 5,000 rock fans, about 40 per cent of them apparently from the U.S. military community, turned out to hear the group last weekend.

The group, sometimes rated the second most popular rock outfit extant, was originally scheduled to appear in Franfurt last March. That concert was cancelled, however, after rowdy fans started to break up the hall during a performance by the Jethro Tull group.

The only thing broken Saturday night at the Led Zeppelin concert, however, was the narcotics law. By mid-performance the air had become dense with the sickly-sweet smell of marijuana. The audience was mostly made up of the under-30 set, who came appropriately dressed for the occasion. They were uniform in headbands, vests, bellbottoms, minis and maxis, bleached jeans and t-shirts, knitted ponchos and colorful love beads.

Led by former Yardbird Jimmy Page, the quartet rocked in a blues groove with some really fine musicianship and pleasing rock elements. Guitarist Page and his crew storm-trooped through a number of their hits dating to early last year, when they first exploded on the record-buying public. Fans applauded loudly as they recognized established hits such as "Communication Breakdown" and "I Can't Quit You Baby." It would be hard to pinpoint the actual highlight of ihe two-hour concert but the nearly 15-minute drum solo by Bonham on "Moby Dick," won a standing ovation from the excited fans.

"This is a song for you," shouted Plant. And appearing somewhat feminine with his long, curly, blond locks and slim torso, the lead singer then burst into a throat-tearing vocal of "Whole Lotta Love," that received wild cheers from the crowd. - W. Trott.

Setlists: 

Setlists 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, Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Name  zeno's picture

i was at the franfurt 1970 concert .travel from my army base in fulda .as i remember halfway through whole lot of loving they sang for what its worth by buffalo springfield. ihad a great 16 months in germany and the train travel option was missed when i came back to the states. . i also was at the stones oct 1970 concert at the fest hsll good sound and pleasant people.

Machonewon's picture

We GI's took the train from Pirmasens. The venue was small with no seats on the floor. We just sat on the floor and admired the stain glass ceiling as we prepared for a much anticipated experience, we couldnt really imagine. There was also a full balcony. I recall John Bonham's 15 minute Moby Dick solo, amazing. We camped in the woods that evening in true 1970 style as we often did when following Rock concerts across Europe. 

Barry DeWaltze's picture

I Was there for the Frankfurt show . My first concert

Tommy Faidiga's picture

I got the best story on one of the best concerts I have ever been to in my entire life, if not the best!

Thank you, you guys, for this great memory I will Never Forget!!

The sounds were perfect...PERFECTION!

Paul Vale's picture

I bought my ticket to the Led Zep concert just after arriving at my new duty station in Germany in April 1970.  I was assigned to the 547th Engineer Battalion in Darmstadt, and it was a short train ride to Frankfurt on the day of the concert.  I met some of my friends from an Army personnel detachment when I got to Frankfurt, and we went to the concert together.  It was funny (and a little disappointing ) to see Germans passing a splif along my row during the concert, but stop before it got to me (with my short hair- a dead giveaway that I was a US Soldier).  That concert made me a Led Zeppelin fan for life.  It was drizzling when we got out of the concert, and the whole city sparkled.  

David Sanguinetti's picture
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At age 17, I was traveling with a history school throughout Europe for 6 weeks.  We were staying in the Frankfurt Youth Hostel when I saw the poster for the concert in the shared kitchen.  Being the only one in our subgroup from Soquel High School, in Soquel, California who was into Led Zeppelin, I talked my friends into attending.  We stood dead center of the stage about 50 feet back, and were blown away by the performance.  I consider it to be to this day one of the luckest and most amazing nights of my life.  The set list was comprised of most of their first two albums.  Its a memory I will cherish and never forget!

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