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Maple Leaf Gardens
Toronto, ON CA
September 4, 1971
Soundboard & Audience matrix
Immigrant Song, Aud
Heartbreaker, Aud - 3:50
Since I've Been Loving You, Aud - 11:00
Black Dog, Aud - 18:20
Dazed and Confused, Aud - 23:45
Stairway to Heaven, SB - 45:56
Celebration Day, SB - 55:00
That's the Way, SB - 60:42
Going to California, SB - 68:18
What Is and What Should Never Be, SB - 73:00
Moby Dick, SB - 77:37
Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, My Baby Left Me, Mess of Blues, You Shook Me), Aud - 92:52
Communication Breakdown, Aud - 112:39
Organ solo / Thank You. Aud - 120:00
A pretty good show, but the band seems to be tired after the last night. There are some great moments, like the opening two songs, a great version of Celebration Day with Jones' bass going nuts, and a great medley followed by an excellent Communication Breakdown. Thank You is played without an organ solo and is rushed. A good show with some great moments but not the best. Plant asking the audience to being quiet during acoustic set: "Listen. It realy amazes me, because anybody who's been to England knows that when you go to a concert, there's such a thing as listening to what's going on! Unfortunately, we're faced with the problem in our free society where a lot of people come to listen, and there's a lot of people who are making a racket so nobody hears what's going on. We've got some things to say but every time I go to open my mouth, there's another spokesman ... If the guy next to you is trying to listen, you've got to respect that and be quiet. So the whole thing's a bit circular respect thing. So many of those big festivals felt apart because the respect wasn't a uniform one, and the thing with these concerts is that they normally are!"
I was at this show , remember it clearly and they killed that night.
I was 16yrs old when i seen this concert. The first song I heard of Led Zeppelin was "Whole Lotta Love" in a friends basement and have been hooked ever since.
I still have my show tickets from the Maple Leaf Gardens, Sept. 4, 1971 concert. As naive as i was back then i always remember when the lights went out at the opening show, the whole arena lit up! This is one concert that i still brag about. The most amazing music. Thanks for keeping this alive Ray
This was my first concert ever and it was a mindblowing show! Close to two and a half hours including new material including Black Dog and an incredible version of Whole Lotta Love. This show became the standard for me for all concerts afterwards.
I was 18 at the time and had a seat probably less than 100 ft away, right behind center stage. It was very exciting to see them play from that angle. The band was absolutely fabulous and played with unbelieveable energy and stamina. I had all their albums to that date and was a huge fan. To see them playing upclose like that was surreal to say the least. Being a young musician myself at the time, I was particularly fascinated with John Bonham. He was so cool to watch, especially when he did his drum solo as I could see his whole kit from behind where I was sitting. It's been a long time but it was so memorable, I will never forget it and consider myself very fortunate to have seen them.
I was at this show, it was the first time I ever heard Stairway to Heaven, I was in the third row on the floor, it was amazing to hear this song, the best song of the night and the first time I had ever heard it. I knew then that was a moment. My earw rang for the rest of the long weekend from how loud it was as I drove to the cottage right after the show. You could smoke at shows in those days -- it was a time to remember