Led Zeppelin North American Tour Summer 1970

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North America Summer 1970
LedZepSummer1970.jpg
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
Legs 1
Shows 20 (29 planned)
Led Zeppelin concert chronology
Iceland, Bath & Germany 1970 North America Summer 1970 U.K. Spring 1971

Led Zeppelin's Summer 1970 North American Tour was the sixth concert tour of North America by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 15 August and concluded on 19 September 1970.

Overview[edit]

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).[1][2][3] 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.[1] The band were widely hailed as bigger than The Beatles, dethroning them in the polls for the first time in rock history.[4]

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.[1] The tour eventually commenced on August 15 at New Haven.[5]

During this tour the band mixed their third album at Ardent Studios, Memphis, in August 1970. The album was released in October 1970, shortly following the conclusion of this tour.

Tour set list[edit]

The fairly typical set list for the tour was:

  1. "Immigrant Song" (Page, Plant)
  2. "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
  3. "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
  4. "Bring It On Home" (Page, Plant, Dixon)
  5. "That's the Way" (Page, Plant)
  6. "Bron-Yr-Aur" (Page)
  7. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  8. "Organ Solo"/"Thank You" (Page, Plant)
  9. "What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant)
  10. "Moby Dick" (Page, Jones, Bonham)
  11. "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant)

Encore:

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

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
15 August 1970 New Haven, Connecticut United States Yale Bowl
17 August 1970 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Roads Coliseum
19 August 1970 Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Auditorium
20 August 1970 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma State Fair Coliseum
21 August 1970 Tulsa, Oklahoma Assembly Center
22 August 1970 Fort Worth, Texas Tarrant County Convention Center
25 August 1970 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium
26 August 1970 Cleveland, Ohio Public Auditorium
28 August 1970 Detroit, Michigan Olympia Stadium
29 August 1970 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Man-Pop Festival, Winnipeg Arena
31 August 1970 Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States Milwaukee Arena
1 September 1970 Seattle, Washington Seattle Center Coliseum
2 September 1970 Oakland, California Oakland Coliseum
3 September 1970 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
4 September 1970 Inglewood, California The Forum
5 September 1970 Honolulu, Hawaii Neal S. Blaisdell Arena
6 September 1970
9 September 1970 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden
19 September 1970 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
2 shows

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, pp. 52-53.
  2. ^ Chris Welch (1994) Led Zeppelin, London: Orion Books. ISBN 1-85797-930-3, p. 58.
  3. ^ Michael Leonard, "Heaven Sent", Q Led Zeppelin Special Edition, 2003.
  4. ^ Luis Rey (1997) Led Zeppelin Live: An Illustrated Exploration of Underground Tapes, Ontario: The Hot Wacks Press, p. 126.
  5. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

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