Led Zeppelin North American Tour Summer 1970
|North America Summer 1970|
Poster for Led Zeppelin's concert at Seattle, used to help promote its Summer 1970 North American tour
|Concert tour by Led Zeppelin|
|Associated album||Led Zeppelin II|
|Start date||15 August 1970|
|End date||19 September 1970|
|Shows||20 (29 planned)|
|Led Zeppelin concert chronology|
This concert tour was a massive success for Led Zeppelin, as they played to wildly enthusiastic audiences. It was their highest grossing tour to date (for the two New York City concerts alone, the band grossed $100,000). With The Rolling Stones off the road at the time, only The Who could now compete with Led Zeppelin for the title of the world's top concert attraction. The band were widely hailed as bigger than The Beatles, dethroning them in the polls for the first time in rock history.
This concert tour was originally scheduled to commence on 5 August at Cincinnati. However, the first week was cancelled due to the ill health of the father of bass player John Paul Jones. The itinerary was amended several times, leading to much confusion, with the band erroneously being billed to appear at the Strawberry Fields Festival on the weekend of August 8–9. The tour eventually commenced on August 15 at New Haven.
Tour set list
The fairly typical set list for the tour was:
- "Immigrant Song" (Page, Plant)
- "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
- "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
- "Bring It On Home" (Page, Plant, Dixon)
- "That's the Way" (Page, Plant)
- "Bron-Yr-Aur" (Page)
- "Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
- "Organ Solo"/"Thank You" (Page, Plant)
- "What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant)
- "Moby Dick" (Page, Jones, Bonham)
- "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant)
- "Communication Breakdown" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
- "Out on the Tiles" (Page, Plant, Bonham)
- "How Many More Times" (Page, Jones, Bonham)
- "Train Kept A-Rollin' (Bradshaw, Kay, Mann)
- "Blueberry Hill" (Lewis, Stock)
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, pp. 52-53.
- Chris Welch (1994) Led Zeppelin, London: Orion Books. ISBN 1-85797-930-3, p. 58.
- Michael Leonard, "Heaven Sent", Q Led Zeppelin Special Edition, 2003.
- Luis Rey (1997) Led Zeppelin Live: An Illustrated Exploration of Underground Tapes, Ontario: The Hot Wacks Press, p. 126.
- Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary
- Comprehensive archive of known concert appearances by Led Zeppelin (official website)
- Led Zeppelin concert setlists
- Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.