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Group's Nothing To Get Excited About

Salt Lake Tribune, March 27, 1970

The following notes on Thursday night's Led Zeppelin concert in the Salt Palace Arena will spell what artists know as a "lukewarm" review - a review not particularly meant either to acclaim or to abominate. Led Zeppelin, then, is not particularly hot, nor is it cold. Led Zeppelin is not good, nor is it bad

Without question, Jimmy Page, the lead guitarist, is a virtuoso. There is seemingly nothing he cannot do in the technical realm. He plays one of the fastest guitar necks to be seen. His intonations, his vibratos and his sense of time and syncopation probably are matched by only a handful of contemporary guitarists.

However, one can only carry the wavering in the pitch of a tone so far, and a more conscious sandwiching of pure tones or "white" tones in his runs would have made the music more dimensional and fuller. At times, then, this incredibly gifted musician turned to gimmickry. Still, Page's "White Summer" solo was superb, motivated, as it was for harmony's sake.

Ideally, rock concerts should be environmental experiences, and the closer one is to the source the closer he is to the substance of the art. So those seated at a distance were invited down closer to the stage, and people were everywhere. But with the push of almost 14,000 in the hall, there was, on the other hand, an invitation to paranoia.
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Led Zeppelin History

June xx, 1969 - More recording for Led Zeppelin II at Morgan Studios
June 29, 1969 - Led Zeppelin play the prestigious Royal Albert Hall
June 28, 1970 - Zeppelin reach mass acceptance in Britain by playing Bath
June xx, 1971 - A news report claims Led Zep to play at an aid relief concert for Pakistan
June xx, 1972 - More recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy
June 21, 1972 - Eighth American tour begins in Denver, CO, almost four years since Zeppelin’s American debut
June 03, 1973 - Zeppelin play the Fabulous Forum in LA, a favorite venue to the band
June xx, 1973 - The band takes a mid-tour holiday in Hawaii
June xx, 1974 - Promoter Fred Bannister announces that Led Zeppelin will play Knebworth, the band declines
June xx, 1975 - John Bonham loses his license for six months over a drunk driving charge
June xx, 1976 - Filmmaker Kenneth Anger tells media that Jimmy Page is partly responsible for the failure of his film over the delayed soundtrack he provided
June 07, 1977 - The first of six nights at Madison Square Gardens
June xx, 1978 - Robert feels new life within Led Zeppelin again
June 26, 1979 - The entire Led Zeppelin line up appear at a Dave Edmunds show and party afterwards
June 17, 1980 - Led Zeppelin open their European (and last) tour at Westfallenhalle in Dortmund
June 27, 1980 - Zeppelin abandon their Nuremburg show after three numbers when Bonham collapses from exhaustion
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