Led Zeppelin North American Tour Spring 1970
|North America Spring 1970|
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|
|Shows||25 (26 originally scheduled)|
|Led Zeppelin concert chronology|
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.
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. The band were also made honorary citizens of the city of Memphis.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Tour set list
The fairly typical set list for the tour was:
- "We're Gonna Groove" (King, Bethea)
- "I Can't Quit You Baby" (Dixon) (on 21 and 25 March only)
- "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
- "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Jones Page, Plant)
- "Bring It On Home" (Page, Plant, Dixon)
- "White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side" (Page)
- "Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
- "Organ Solo"/"Thank You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
- "What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant)
- "Moby Dick" (Page, Jones, Bonham)
- "How Many More Times" (Page, Plant, Jones, Bonham)
- "Whole Lotta Love" (Dixon, Page, Plant, Jones, Bonham)
- "Communication Breakdown" (Page, Jones, Bonham)
There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour.
- Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 45.
- Luis Rey (1997) Led Zeppelin Live: An Illustrated Exploration of Underground Tapes, Ontario: The Hot Wacks Press, p. 84.
- Chris Welch (1994) Led Zeppelin, London: Orion Books. ISBN 1-85797-930-3, p. 49.
- Comprehensive archive of known concert appearances by Led Zeppelin (official website)
- Led Zeppelin concert setlists
- Interview with Jimmy Page about the tour
- Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.