Led Zeppelin United Kingdom Tour 1970

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United Kingdom 1970
LedZepUK1970.jpg
Tour Programme for Led Zeppelin's Usher Hall gig in Edinburgh, Scotland, in February 1970.
Concert tour by Led Zeppelin
Associated album Led Zeppelin II
Start date 7 January 1970
End date 17 February 1970
Legs 1
Shows 8
Led Zeppelin concert chronology
North America Autumn 1969 United Kingdom 1970 Europe 1970

Led Zeppelin's 1970 United Kingdom Tour was a concert tour of the United Kingdom by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 7 January and concluded on 17 February 1970.

This tour is arguably best known for the band's performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 January.[1] According to Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page, the Royal Albert hall was "at the time the largest and most prestigious gig in London."[2] The band's manager, Peter Grant, arranged for this performance to be professionally filmed by Peter Whitehead and Stanley Dorfman for a proposed documentary project. However, it was not officially released at the time because the footage was reportedly filmed at the wrong speed. A 40-minute cut was prepared but was deemed by the band to be of unsatisfactory quality. This cut was released years later as a bootleg.[3] In 2003 the original footage was officially remastered and virtually the entire concert was released on the Led Zeppelin DVD. Audio recordings of two songs from the concert, "We're Gonna Groove" and "I Can't Quit You Baby", had earlier been released on the 1982 Led Zeppelin album, Coda

One concert from this tour, at Edinburgh on 7 February, was postponed for 10 days owing to vocalist Robert Plant suffering a minor car accident, in which he sustained some facial injuries.[3][4]

For all but one of these concerts the band did not use any supporting act, although Barclay James Harvest did support them at the Edinburgh Usher Hall gig on 7 February. This would be a trend to continue on subsequent Led Zeppelin concert tours.[3]

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)
  3. "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
  4. "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
  5. "White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side" (Page)
  6. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Page, Plant, Jones)
  7. "Thank You" (Page, Plant)
  8. "What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant)
  9. "Moby Dick" (Bonham)
  10. "How Many More Times" (Bonham, Jones, Page)

Encores (variations of the following list):

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

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
7 January 1970 Birmingham England Birmingham Town Hall
8 January 1970 Bristol Colston Hall
9 January 1970 London Royal Albert Hall
13 January 1970 Portsmouth Guild Hall
15 January 1970 Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle City Hall
16 January 1970 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
24 January 1970 Leeds University Refectory
17 February 1970 Edinburgh Scotland Usher Hall
rescheduled date; originally scheduled for February 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary
  2. ^ Liner notes by Cameron Crowe for The Song Remains the Same, reissued version, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, pp. 41-4.
  4. ^ 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.