Led Zeppelin North American Tour Spring 1970

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North America Spring 1970
LedZepSpring1970.jpg
Poster for Led Zeppelin's concert at Dallas, used to help promote its Spring 1970 tour of North America
Concert tour by Led Zeppelin
Associated album Led Zeppelin II
Start date 21 March 1970
End date 18 April 1970
Legs 1
Shows 25 (26 originally scheduled)
Led Zeppelin concert chronology
Europe 1970 North America Spring 1970 Iceland, Bath & Germany, Summer 1970

Led Zeppelin's Spring 1970 North American Tour was the fifth concert tour of North America by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 21 March and concluded on 18 April 1970. It took place a little over a week after the conclusion of their recent European concert tour.

Overview[edit]

In many respects this tour was a tremendous success for the band, as they grossed a total of over $1,200,000, and broke attendance records at their Canadian concerts in Montreal and Vancouver.[1] The band were also made honorary citizens of the city of Memphis.[1]

However, this stint of concerts also featured many unsavoury crowd control problems, with the shows often descending into violent confrontations between young concert-goers and the police.[2] The tour occurred at a time when civil tension was very high in the United States, with numerous demonstrations taking place against the Vietnam War. On occasion Led Zeppelin were refused service in restaurants and in Texas they had a gun pulled on them.[3]

Singer Robert Plant's observations of these disturbing events would prompt him to write some reflective lyrics for the song "That's the Way", which was composed just after the completion of this tour at Bron-Yr-Aur, and was later recorded for the band's forthcoming album Led Zeppelin III.[1]

This was also the fateful tour during which guitarist Jimmy Page's 1960 Gibson Les Paul "Black Beauty" was stolen in an airport in Canada. Despite attempts to recover the guitar involving advertisements being placed in music magazines, it was never returned to him.

Initially, Stone the Crows were announced as the support act for the tour, but this arrangement was cancelled. During this tour and on all subsequent tours, the band dispensed with using any support bands for their concerts.[1]

The final date of this tour, at Las Vegas, was cancelled as a result of cumulative strain on Plant's voice.[1]

Tour set list[edit]

The fairly typical set list for the tour was:

  1. "We're Gonna Groove" (King, Bethea)
  2. "I Can't Quit You Baby" (Dixon) (on 21 and 25 March only)
  3. "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
  4. "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Jones Page, Plant)
  5. "Bring It On Home" (Page, Plant, Dixon)
  6. "White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side" (Page)
  7. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  8. "Organ Solo"/"Thank You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  9. "What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant)
  10. "Moby Dick" (Page, Jones, Bonham)
  11. "How Many More Times" (Page, Plant, Jones, Bonham)

Encores:

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
21 March 1970 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Pacific Coliseum
22 March 1970 Seattle, Washington United States Seattle Center Coliseum
23 March 1970 Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum
25 March 1970 Denver, Colorado Denver Auditorium Arena
26 March 1970 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace
27 March 1970 Inglewood, California The Forum
28 March 1970 Dallas, Texas Memorial Auditorium
29 March 1970 Houston, Texas Hofheinz Pavilion
30 March 1970 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena
31 March 1970 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
1 April 1970 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden
2 April 1970 Charleston, West Virginia Charleston Civic Center
4 April 1970 Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum
5 April 1970 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Civic Center
7 April 1970 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
8 April 1970 Raleigh, North Carolina Dorton Auditorium
9 April 1970 Tampa, Florida Curtis Hixon Hall
10 April 1970 Miami Beach, Florida Miami Beach Convention Center
11 April 1970 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium
12 April 1970 Bloomington, Minnesota Met Center
13 April 1970 Montreal, Quebec Canada Montreal Forum
14 April 1970 Ottawa, Ontario Ottawa Civic Centre
16 April 1970 Evansville, Indiana United States Roberts Municipal Stadium
17 April 1970 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
18 April 1970 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Coliseum

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 45.
  2. ^ Luis Rey (1997) Led Zeppelin Live: An Illustrated Exploration of Underground Tapes, Ontario: The Hot Wacks Press, p. 84.
  3. ^ Chris Welch (1994) Led Zeppelin, London: Orion Books. ISBN 1-85797-930-3, p. 49.

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.