Led Zeppelin First North American Tour
December 26, 1968 - February 16, 1969

JANUARY 1 - ARMORY AUDITORIUM, SALEM, (OR). UNITED STATES (cancelled)
Led Zeppelin, The King Biscuit Entertainers and Heavy Company provided support for Vanilla Fudge.
JANUARY 2 - WHISKY A GO GO, WEST HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES, (CA), UNITED STATES
Billed as Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page formerly of The Yard Birds. Co-headlined with Alice Cooper.
JANUARY 3 - WHISKY A GO GO, WEST HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (CA), UNITED STATES (unconfirmed and may have been cancelled)
Billed as Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page formerly of The Yard Birds. Co-headlined with Alice Cooper.
JANUARY 4 - WHISKY A GO GO, WEST HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (CA), UNITED STATES
Billed as Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page formerly of The Yard Birds. Co-headlined with Alice Cooper.


JANUARY 5 - WHISKY A GO GO, WEST HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES, (CA), UNITED STATES
Billed as Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page formerly of The Yard Birds. Co-headlined with Alice Cooper.

Recording Includes: As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Summertime Blues, Bag's Groove, Mockingbird..), I Can't Quit You Baby, The Train Kept A Rollin', Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Dazed And Confused, Killing Floor (<< Blues With A Feeling..), For Your Love [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 52 minutes.
Details: A really good sounding audience tape, probably made in-house from the stage. Guitar and drums tends to overshadow vocals and bass but all the sounds are clearly discernible.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Nineteen Sixtynine (The Swingin' Pig Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Live At Whisky A Go-Go!! (Eelgrass) & Live At Whiskey A Go-Go!! (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue)

Bootleg DVD Audio Reference(s): Live At Whiskey A Go-Go!!! (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & Texas International Pop Festival (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: We can certainly feel that the performance of the band captured by the tape is one of its earliest, since most of the tunes are played in more compact manner than they became in later stages. Here, improvisations are confined to minimum levels. However, the brutality of Bonzo's drum playing and the wide range of Robert's voice is incredible. Jimmy also seems to have been doing some experimental guitar works here. For Your Love rounds out this performance and the band play it as it should have been originally. It doesn’t get more psychedelic than this version.

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JANUARY 9 - FILLMORE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Taj Mahal opened the night, then Led Zeppelin took the stage prior to the headliners Country Joe & The Fish. Bill Graham intoduced all the acts.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin'.
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 4 minutes.
Details: A bit overloaded tape with Page and Bonham out front and Plant in the back.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Dancing Avocado Supreme (Graf Zeppelin), Fillmore West 19690111 (Wendy Records), Fillmore West 1969 Multiband Remaster (Wendy Records), Fresh Garbage (Graf Zeppelin & Scorpio), & Twinight (Immigrant)

Comments: A single song said to be from the band's San Francisco debut at the Fillmore West. The band played these shows with second billing underneath headliners Country Joe And The Fish. The opening act for these shows was Taj Mahal. Like most of the early 1969 shows that the band did, in San Francisco they played two sets each night. Which means that the nightly program during this run at the Fillmore West saw the Taj Mahal do two sets, Zeppelin do two sets, and Country Joe do two sets. As was customary at the Fillmore and Winterland during this era, the start of each of the opening sets by each band was typically introduced by Bill Graham himself. Unfortunetaly, for this Zeppelin remainder, these intros can't be heard on this tape. What is fascinating about this supposed January 9th tape is that it is just the one song. There are a few other instances of this in Zeppelin collecting. Could be that this song was tacked on to someone's trading tape as a bonus (or a tease) by the taper. Or perhaps the taper on this night had intended to tape Country Joe, so only decided to capture one of Zeppelin's songs for the night. Or, perhaps the complete tape exists somewhere, and like so many rumored others, has simply yet to circulate. In any case, we can be fairly confident that the setlist for this show included more than just the one song that circulates on this audience tape, and that it is likely that the band played their complete set. If it is from January 9th, it may have even featured a performance of For Your Love, considering that the date before it and the date after it the band playing the song. Anyway, this is all we have from this show. It's a great performance of the song, sure, but what does it tell us about that night? First, if this tape is from the first night in San Francisco, we can assume that it's from the beginning of the second set. The reason for this can be found in Plant's intro: "Good evening ... thank you very much. It's very nice to come back for a second time. And once again ... uh, it's really a pleasure to be back again." The key to his words is that he mentions coming back for "a second time". Sure, he could be speaking of a second night in town, but from the way that he is talking, it sounds more like a casual sentiment of being back on the stage on the same night. But, as we can't be sure that this tape isn't really from some other date on their first tour, here's a little examination ... If this song isn't from the second set of the first night, but is still from San Francisco, then it would have to be the first song of the second set, from the third night on January 11th. The reason being because the tape we have of that third show features songs from the first set of the night (see Plant's speech before Communication Breakdown about worrying that they wouldn't have time to do another set). And, for the fact that we have those aforementioned complete audience recordings from the second and fourth nights. The song couldn't be from the beginning of that January 11th tape, because coming back for "a second time" wouldn't make sense in regards to either the set (since it was the first set) or the night (since it was the third). Notice that on this supposed January 9th tape, after The Train Kept A Rollin' ends, Page does not go directly into I Can't Quit You Baby, instead pausing and plucking some notes on his guitar. This further supports that this song is from the second set. Because if one examines the setlists from 1969, as well as the shows from 1970 up through April, one will notice that I Can't Quit You Baby was always played as the second song in the first set. So, for them not to have gone straight into the song on this night means that they had likely already played it in the first set. Which, again makes it a possibility that this song could have been from the second set of the first or third night. So, which is it? The first or the third? I lean towards it being from the first. Why? Listen to Plant's voice on this tape when compared to his voice on the third night. He is in great early shape on both nights, but on the recording we have here, he is in very high range. Whereas, the recording we have of the third night has Plant with just a tad less "freshness" to his voice, typical for having sung for three nights in a row. Sure, not a case-closer, but significant nonetheless. Of course, the remaining option is that this tape is not from San Francisco at all, and instead from some other night on the tour. Of which, it could be from anywhere on the tour. Either where they played two sets in one night, or played multiple shows in the same city. Detroit and Boston come to mind. We can limit the search down to this first tour, again by listening to Plant's voice, as well as to Page's guitar. The sound of those Rickenbacker amps only used on that first tour is unmistakeable. We admit that we initially had reservations about this tape having been from such an early date. The crowd sound just a little too rowdy and too enthusiastic to have this be the opening (or second) night in any of the towns that the band played. Not to mention, besides the radio airplay and hype, the band were still relative unknowns, and the first album was not even out yet. But yet, on the beginning of this tape you can hear all sorts of crowd noise and bodies shuffling, with shouts of "Sit down!" and "There ain't no room!", the kinds of things you'd hear at a show where the crowd were getting anxious to see their favorite band. But, again, perhaps that goes back to the likelihood that this song was the start of the second set. Which would speak to the first set having been so good that it whipped the audience into a frenzy. To which, it wouldn't be that surprising that the audience was excited to hear more, and as such were pushing and yelling to get a good spot on the floor. Furthermore, in favor of it being from San Francisco, if one listen's to the recording of the show from the next night, on January 10th, one can hear this very same kind of crowd reaction. After every song there are yells and whistles from the audience. Just before White Summer, you can even hear someone near the taper yell "Sit down!". So, if the band were able to get that kind of enthusiasm on the second night, perhaps it's not such a stretch to imagine that they had already gotten it on the first one. Page has long since been quoted as saying that it was in San Francisco where the band's popularity began to spread like "wildfire", after all. So, there you have it. Either this song is from January 9th, 1969, or it's from some other date. Only more tape, or more information, will tell.

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JANUARY 10 - FILLMORE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Taj Mahal opened the night, then Led Zeppelin took the stage prior to the headliners Country Joe & The Fish. Bill Graham intoduced all the acts.

Set 1 Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Bag's Groove..), [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Guitar Improvisation based on San Francisco theme, Dream Lower, The Hunter, Tobacco Road..) [ cut ].
Set 2 Includes: White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), [ cut ], Killing Floor (<< Improvisation based on What Is And What Should Never Be theme and Bring It On Home theme..), [ cut ], You Shook Me, [ cut ], Pat's Delight, [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You [ cut ], Communication Breakdown, For Your Love.
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 95 minutes.
Details: The tape is a bit muffled with some hiss, but clear enough to be enjoyable. Page and Plant are up front with the drums less discernible in the mix. The sound degrades during Pat's Delight, becoming more distorted and muffled with a lot of boomy low-end for the remainder of the show, clearing up a bit for For Your Love.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records) & For Your Love (Rock Solid Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Fillmore West 1969 Day 2 (no label), For Your Love (Cobra Standard Series CDR, Empress Valley Supreme Disc original and reissue, & Silver Rarities), Fresh Garbage (Graf Zeppelin & Scorpio), A Live Adventure At The Fillmore West (Wendy Records, original & reissue), Syonen Zep (Akashic), & We Can't Quit You (Digger Production)

Comments: A classic, early, primitive monster show that is amazing from start to finish! Stand-outs, among this entirely excellent show, are the great riffing intro to The Train Kept A Rollin', the epic As Long As I Have You and How Many More Times medley, and an incredible, 10 minute version of For Your Love that surpasses the original version by leaps and bounds. The song was introduced by Plant as "a thing Keith Relf had something to do with. Do you remember him? Works for Hammersmith Council now!" (sic!).

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JANUARY 11 - FILLMORE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Taj Mahal opened the night, then Led Zeppelin took the stage prior to the headliners Country Joe & The Fish. Bill Graham intoduced all the acts. The concert was aired On Q-107 (107.1 FM) on January 9, 2009 on "The Legends Of Classic Rock - 40 Years Gone, The Fillmore West Performances" and was rebroadcasted January 17, 2009.

Recording Includes: I Can't Quit You Baby (<< Don't Know Which Way To Go..), Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 43 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape with vocals and drums up front. The original original tape or its low gen copy from which many bootlegs were made has bleed in the background here and there.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Anybody Got A Les Paul? (Equinox), Birth Of The Gods (Balboa Productions), Fillmore East Vol. 2 (Mud Dogs), Fillmore West 19690111 (Wendy Records), Fillmore West 1969 Multiband Remaster (Wendy Records), Fresh Garbage (Graf Zeppelin & Scorpio), How Many More Years (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Psycho A GoGo! (Led Note), & Syonen Zep Zokango Tokubetsu Furoku (Akashic)

Comments: This is all that is known to exist of this show, and it is a shame ... this is great one! Robert is hoarse with a sore throat but his singing is still gutsy and the band is unreal, especially on Dazed And Confused. The group experienced some of equipment problems which caused the long delays between the songs so Robert leading to request the audience, "Has anybody got a Les Paul? Jeff who? Tell him to bring it here then!" As the band took the stage for the encore, Plant saying "I tell you what! This is the third night and we've decided that we're gonna come and live here, 'cos you're so nice! If we don't make it, then the police in England would rather we'd stay there!" Communication Breakdown has Plant substituting his "banshee-scream" before the solo with a lion's growl. This is also the earliest known live soundboard recording of Led Zeppelin and it's typical of the era, with the vocals and drums to the fore.

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JANUARY 12 - FILLMORE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Taj Mahal opened the night, then Led Zeppelin took the stage prior to the headliners Country Joe & The Fish. Bill Graham intoduced all the acts.

Set 1 Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Mockingbird, Bag's Groove, Baby Please Don't Go..), [ cut ], I Can't Quit You Baby (<< Don't Know Which Way To Go..), [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, [ cut ], Communication Breakdown [ cut ], [ cut ], You Shook Me [ cut ].
Set 2 Includes: White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..) [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin', [ cut ], Pat's Delight [ cut ], [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< The Hunter..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song..).
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. Almost 80 minutes.
Details: Distant, rather very hissy and overloaded tape in the low-end with Page and Plant more easily discernible than Jones and Bonham. The tape is cut between songs, losing most of Plant's dialogue with the audience.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): California '69 (Lemon Song), The Fourth Night - Legendary Fillmore Series ~ West Volume 6 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & Fresh Garbage (Graf Zeppelin & Scorpio)

Comments: A really raw and primitive show from early on; the playing is sheer inspiration and Robert's voice is throat tearing in the 2nd show especially. A classic early show when the band was young and every night was played with guts.

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JANUARY 15 - MAIN LOUNGE, MEMORIAL UNION, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, IOWA CITY (IA), UNITED STATES
Support from The Mother Blues Band. Led Zeppelin replaced Count Basie. Due to treacherous weather conditions, the band's equipment never arrived and they had to borrow Mother Blues' gear and instruments to perform the gig. The concert was interrupted by the campus security removing a member of the audience who had not paid for his ticket.
JANUARY 17 - GRANDE BALLROOM, DETROIT (MI), UNITED STATES
Billed erroneously as Led Zeptlin and Led Zeptelin. Support from Linn County and Lawrence Blues Band.
JANUARY 18 - GRANDE BALLROOM, DETROIT (MI), UNITED STATES
Billed erroneously as Led Zeptlin and Led Zeptelin. Support Linn County and from Target.
JANUARY 19 - GRANDE BALLROOM, DETROIT (MI), UNITED STATES
Billed erroneously as Led Zeptlin and Led Zeptelin. Support from Linn County and Wind.
JANUARY 20 - WHEATON YOUTH CENTRE, WHEATON (MD), UNITED STATES (unconfirmed)
It is reported that the band played for 45 minutes only.


JANUARY 23 - BOSTON TEA PARTY, BOSTON (MA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from The Raven. MC Charie The Masterblaster Daniels introduced both acts.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Bag's Groove..), Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me.
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. Near 48 minutes.
Details: The tape is very clear with all instruments evenly balanced for the most part. There is what sounds like a damaged section of tape during I Can't Quit You Baby but it recovers quickly. Some copies misses almost entire introduction while some others adds some short time after the show.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Boston Tea Party (A&BRD&C)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Boston After Dark (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), The Boston Tea Party 1969 (Wendy Records), Boston Tea Party 1969 1st Night (no label), Complete Boston Tea Party (ARMS), Mad Hatter Tea Party (Tarantura), A Sudden Attack Boston (no label), & Whisky And Tea Party (Ocean Recording Corporation)

Comments: This is all that is known to exist from this show. The band sunds really strong and Robert's voice is in its most primitive and powerful stage. Dazed And Confused is a very powerful and excting version. I only hope the rest of this great show comes out someday! The band stopped after The Train Kept A Rollin' because Jimmy Page had troubles with his guitar. "It's great to be in Boston. According to Jimmy it's one of the best places he's even played! I think, right now, in the shops there's an album called Led Zeppelin. I don't know whether it's out here yet. Is it out? You see, in one place it comes out one day and another place three weeks later. On this album we've tried to do a cross section of everything we've got into and we've included some blues because that's where it all comes from!" said Plant while Jimmy was preparing a guitar string.

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JANUARY 24 - BOSTON TEA PARTY, BOSTON (MA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from The Raven. MC Charie The Masterblaster Daniels introduced both acts.


JANUARY 25 - BOSTON TEA PARTY, BOSTON (MA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from The Raven. MC Charie The Masterblaster Daniels introduced both acts.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Bag's Groove, Mockingbird..), I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused (<< Move On Down The Line..), [ cut ], You Shook Me, Pat's Delight >> Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, How Many More Times (<< For Your Love, The Hunter..), Announcer Speech, Drums/Bass/Harmonica Improvisation >> Communication Breakdown, Band Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Almost complete very good audience recording. Near 95 minutes.
Details: For long time circulated as tape from May 28th, 1969. The recording is a bit muddy and slightly distant but it is also quite clear and good balanced recording, having almost no distortion.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Complete Boston Tea Party (ARMS), The Golden Age Of Pirates (Wendy Records), The Legendary Boston Tea Party Tapes Volume 1 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Masters Of Excess (The Symbols), Pat's Delight (Tecumseh Recording Co.), & Praise Ye The Lord (Tarantura)

Comments: An excellent and wild show in front of a rather dull and unresponsive crowd. Robert's voice is simply perfect and the band is so on! The improvisations in Dazed And Confused, As Long As I Have You, and a very long How Many More Times are truly outstanding and the whole show is a great 1969 Led Zeppelin energetic, loud, powerful, raw, and wonderful document.

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JANUARY 26 - BOSTON TEA PARTY, BOSTON (MA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from The Raven. MC Charie The Masterblaster Daniels introduced both acts.

Set 1 Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song..), Dazed And Confused (<< Shapes Of Things..), You Shook Me, [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Set 2 Includes: White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, [ cut ], Pat's Delight, How Many More Times (<< Duke Of Earl, Kisses Sweeter Than Ever, For Your Love, Over Under Sideways Down..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. Near 92 minutes.
Details: The tape is very clear and crisp, with Page in front and Bonham and Plant in the back. The drums sound a bit thin at times but overall it is a great recording. All copies circulated have weird cut-and-paste job at the end of How Many More Times.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Killing Floor (Trade Mark Of Quality)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): The Boston Tea Party 1969 (Wendy Records), Fillmore 69 (House Of Elrond CDR), Fillmore East Vol. 1&2 (Mud Dogs), Killing Floor (Cobra Standard Series & no label), A Sudden Attack Boston (Shout To The Top), A Sudden Attack Boston (no label), Tight But Loose (Tarantura), & Whisky And Tea Party (Ocean Recording Corporation)

Comments: An amazing show ... this could be quite possibly one of the the best Led Zeppelin concert from 1969. The sound is vibrant and crisp and the playing is amazing. Jimmy's soloing throughout is nothing short of breathtaking and Jones' thundering bass and Bonham's amazing drums only add to it, as does Robert's crystalline and wonderful voice. An incredible show ... one of the very best! Some sources reports that another set of rock 'n' roll medleys was performed but a big care must be taken with these statements.

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JANUARY 31 - FILLMORE EAST, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Porter's Popular Preachers (replacement act for The Move) opened the night, then Led Zeppelin took the stage prior to the headliners Iron Butterfly. Bill Graham introdiced all the acts. Iron Butterfly cancelled their second show and Edwin Hawkins Singers replaced them.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. Near 1 minute.
Details: Filmed in color from right side much close to the stage. The band members' height fillings almost entire screen. Shot from the second or third row on the right side of the stage, also includding very short snippet of Iron Butterfly performance. Most of copies circulated are synched up with audio from the following night.

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy), History Lesson: The Video History 1958~2016 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & The Only Way To Fly (Masterpiece Premium)

Comments: This was possibly great and very intense show. Having almost complete recordings for their second date at Fillmore we can expect that the band performed their usual set and crashed the audience what caused of an aplause for the Zeppelin instead of Iron Butterfly, whose were billed as headliners.

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FEBRUARY 1 - FILLMORE EAST, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Porter's Popular Preachers (replacement act for The Move) opened the night, then Led Zeppelin took the stage prior to the headliners Iron Butterfly. Bill Graham introdiced all the acts.

Set 1 Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Pat's Delight, How Many More Times (<< Dazed And Confused, The Hunter..), Communication Breakdown.
Source: Almost complete good audience recording. 45 minutes.
Details: The sound is rather distant and muddy with slight tape hiss. There are also an distortion due to bass/drum overloading here and there.

Set 2 Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, Pat's Delight, How Many More Times (<< The Hunter..), You Shook Me.
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 47 minutes.
Details: The tape is fairly clear with some rather small distortion. The drums are slightly muddy. There’s a micro gap at 4:18 into I Can’t Quit You Baby after which the sound changes significantly on most of copies circulated. Some copies have several seconds more at the start.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) set 2: Live In Singer Bowl 1969 (no label), Move On Out (Grasshopper), & Realize (Grasshopper)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) set 1: Drive Me Insane (Scorpio), Legendary Fillmore Tapes Vol. 1 (Savage Beast Music), & New York In The Wind (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) set 2: Drive Me Insane (Scorpio), The Grande Ball (Missing Link), New York In The Wind (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Psychedelic Raw Blues (Immigrant), & We Can't Quit You (Digger Production)

Comments: A really good, but uptight and confused gig. The show starts with an announcement from Robert Plant: "We're sorry about the delay but because we're all a bit stupid, we forgot the bass player's guitar! Would you believe that! So we're gonna open up without the bass player. We're gonna feature Jimmy Page. This is a thing that was very popular when he was with The Yardbirds." After a nice early version the band breaks into an extremely powerful The Train Kept A Rollin'. Then the show starts properly and is excellent, except they forget to play Dazed And Confused before the last song ... so they insert it in the middle of How Many More Times! A blistering show where the audience's reaction would mirror mine were I there: "Who gives a shit about the Butterfly?" This was an opening slot for Iron Butterfly ... and indeed who does give a shit? Second set has Robert's voice in all of its high pitched, amazing 1969 glory and the band playing as well as ever. Dazed And Confused was played instead of How many More Times this time and the show is very tight and powerful throughout. Jimmy is on fire!

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FEBRUARY 2 - THE ROCK PILE, TORONTO (ON), CANADA (2 shows)
Billed as Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page. Support from Teegarden & Van Winkle and Mary Lou Horner. Ritchie Yorke introduced all the acts.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, [ cut ], You Shook Me [ cut ], Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song, Think You Need A Shot (The Needle..), How Many More Times (<< Fever, The Hunter, Money (That's What I Want)..).
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 46 minutes.
Details: The tape is quite murky, sounding as if it was recorded underwater but it is still enjoyable. Page and Plant are up front while Jones and Bonham are barely discernible. There is the expectant tape hiss also.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Absolutely Gems - Mighty Monday And Exploding Saturday (Sanctuary), The Complete Rock Pile Tapes (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin), The Rockpile Canada 2-2-69 (Totonka), The Rockpile February 1969 (Graf Zeppelin), & The Rockpile Tapes (Badgeholders)

Comments: A very compact, complete and powerful set. Ritchie York announced the show: "Led Zeppelin is going to be doing two sets tonight ... in between we've got Tee Garden and Van Winkle. Next Friday and Saturday night - Albert King, don't forget and B.B. King at Massey Hall on February 14th ... but right now ... their first Canadian appearance, and there's going to be a lot more of them ... Atlantic recording stars - Led Zeppelin!" The band is smoking and Robert's voice is unbelievable! The highest note he reaches in How Many More Times is simply amazing.

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FEBRUARY 3- STEVE PAUL'S THE SCENE CLUB, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (cancelled because of John Bonham's sudden departure)
FEBRUARY 4 - STEVE PAUL'S THE SCENE CLUB, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (cancelled because of John Bonham's sudden departure)
FEBRUARY 5 - STEVE PAUL'S THE SCENE CLUB, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (cancelled because of John Bonham's sudden departure)
FEBRUARY 6 - STEVE PAUL'S THE SCENE CLUB, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (cancelled because of John Bonham's sudden departure)
FEBRUARY 7 - KINETIC PLAYGROUND, CHICAGO (IL), UNITED STATES
Billed as Led Zepelin. Shared bill with Vanilla Fudge and Jethro Tull with Led Zeppelin performing after Jethro Tull prior to headliners Vanilla Fudge.
FEBRUARY 8 - KINETIC PLAYGROUND, CHICAGO (IL), UNITED STATES
Billed as Led Zepelin. Shared bill with Vanilla Fudge and Jethro Tull with Led Zeppelin performing after Jethro Tull prior to headliners Vanilla Fudge.


FFEBRUARY 14 - THEE IMAGE CLUB, SUNNY ISLES BEACH, NORTH MIAMI BEACH, MIAMI (FL), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Fantasy (house band) and Smack. The band records a promo film for Communication Breakdown during these gigs at the Image Club by Media Research Production. Based in Miami, their mini-mobile video van was reportedly used.

Set 1 Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused (<< Sugartime..), [ cut ], Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song, Think You Need A Shot (The Needle), You'll Be Mine..), [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (<< Reflection On My Mind..), [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Roll Over Beethoven..) [ cut ].
Set 2 Includes: White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..) As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Detroit City, Mockingbird, Bag's Groove..), You Shook Me, [ cut ], Pat's Delight.
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 89 minutes.
Details: The tape is somewhat noisy with Page and Plant in front and Bonzo being buried under Page's guitar. The guitar is to the fore and the vocals in the background a little. Still very enjoyable recording though.

Recording Includes: Introduction, Communication Breakdown.
Source: Complete black and white professional TV recording. 3 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent television film. Promo clip used in Japan.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Ratso's Bus Ride (Trade Mark Of Quality)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Miami Image Club (Wendy Records), Reflections On My Mind (Image Quality), Roll Over Beethoven (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Thee Image Club (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), We're Unknown (Tarantura), & Yellow Zeppelin (Tarantura)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): 1969 (Cosmic Energy), Bring It On Home 1969~1970 (Eye Thank You), Early Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One (Celebration Definitive Masters), History Lesson: The Video History 1958~2016 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & The Only Way To Fly (Masterpiece Premium)

Comments: Two very high powered sets with different moods and feels to them. Both feature a band playing with fiery intensity! Robert hits some of the highest screams and is raw emotion, ranging from the primordial wails of How Many More Times and As Long As I Have You to the pain and suffering of Babe I'm Gonna Leave You. The band's assault is relentless as well. This was the second to last show from the first US tour of 1969. Again, the group ended (?) with Bonham's drum solo. This is also the very first pro footage of the band. The shots are dubbed with studio version. Great insight into Zeppelin's early days, so sad the music isn't original!

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FEBRUARY 15 - THEE IMAGE CLUB, SUNNY ISLES BEACH, NORTH MIAMI BEACH, MIAMI (FL), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Fantasy (house band) and Smack. The band records a promo film for Communication Breakdown during these gigs at the Image Club by Media Research Production. Based in Miami, their mini-mobile video van was reportedly used.

Recording Includes: Introduction, Communication Breakdown.
Source: Complete black and white professional TV recording. 3 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent television film. Promo clip used in Japan.

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): 1969 (Cosmic Energy), Bring It On Home 1969~1970 (Eye Thank You), Early Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One (Celebration Definitive Masters), History Lesson: The Video History 1958~2016 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & The Only Way To Fly (Masterpiece Premium)

Comments: This is the very first pro footage of the band. The shots are dubbed with studio version. Great insight into Zeppelin's early days, so sad the music isn't original!

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FEBRUARY 16 - CIVIC CENTER, BALTIMORE (MD), UNITED STATES
Billed as Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page (formerly of The Yardbirds). Support for Vanilla Fudge, along with Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Procreation and The Lemon Lime. The Gun was also on the bill but cancelled.

 

Led Zeppelin Second United Kingdom Tour
February 24, 1969 - March 13, 1969

FEBRUARY 24 - CLUB LAFAYETTE, WOLVERHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
John Bonham books the Lafayette Club in Wolverhampton for his wife Pat's 21st birthday party. The band members all attend and take to the stage.
MARCH 1 - VAN DIKE CLUB, PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM (cancelled as the equipment not made it back from the US tour in time)
MARCH 2 - TRADE UNION HALL, WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM (cancelled)


MARCH 3 - PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Broadcast on John Peel's "Top Gear", Radio One between 3pm and 5pm on March 23, 1969 (Sunday) (some sources says March 9th). Also on the show in session were The Moody Blues, Free and Deep Purple. The audition was rebroadcast on "Tommy Vance Friday Rock Show", BBC Radio, London, England on February 2, 1979 (Friday). Finally, Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me and I Can't Quit You Baby were released on BBC Sessions album in 1997.

Recording Includes: You Shook Me, I Can't Quit You Baby (<< Nineteen Years Old..), Communication Breakdown, Dazed And Confused.
Source: Complete superb professional pre-FM radio recording. 19 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent radio master.

Official LP Reference(s): BBC Sessions (Atlantic) & Missing BBC Sessions Tracks (Atlantic)

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Bonham's Rebirth (The Amazing Kornyphone Rebirth Label), The Complete BBC Performances (Toasted Records), Dazed And Confused (Atlantic), In The Light 69-85 (Zipp Zapp), Knebworth Fair Vol. 1 (K&S Records), The Last Farewell Vol. 2 (Fujiyo Music), & Riverside Blues (The Swingin' Pig Records)

Official CD Reference(s): BBC Sessions (Atlantic)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): BBC (Last Stand Disc), BBC/London Wavelength: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Classics Off The Air Volume One (Neutral Zone), The Complete '69 BBC Classics (Immigrant), The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), Fillmore East Vol. 2 (Mud Dogs), The Lost BBC Sessions (Led Note), Pb (Tarantura), Real Complete BBC Sessions: 1969 (Tarantura, all 3 editions), & Riverside Blues (The Swingin' Pig Records)

Comments: Debut radio appearance and a great delight for ears! A classic, early Zeppelin in the best form. Robert hints some incredible notes during I Can't Quit You Baby. All songs were played very close to the album versions what caused powerful and raw sound.

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MARCH 7 - BLUESVILLE '69 CLUBS, HORNSEY WOOD TAVERN, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
MARCH 8 - UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
Billed as Ex-Yardbirds Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page.
MARCH 13 - DE MONTFORT HALL, LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
The band played at the Pyjama Dance and co-headlined with Ferris Wheel and Decoys as a part of the University's Rag Week celebrations.

 

Led Zeppelin Mini Scandinavian Tour
March 14, 1969 - March 17, 1969

MARCH 14 - KRAM, SVERIGES RADIO TV STUDIOS, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (early show)
The lip-sync promo performance. The whole video was used for Early Days - The Very Best Of Led Zeppelin Volume 1 in 2000 and DVD in 2003.

Recording Includes: Communication Breakdown.
Source: Complete black and white professional TV recording. 3 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent television film.

Official Visual Reference(s): DVD (Warner Music Vision)

Comments: This is probably second to only lip-sync performance by the group. A real rare and a gem! Some nice close-ups are available here. Rare appearance by the double bass on the maple drum kit.

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MARCH 14 - KONSERTHUSET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (mid show)
Co-headlined with Country Joe & The Fish. Broadcast on "Rock fran underjorden" ("Rock From Underground") in 1982 and 1985.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin', I Gotta Move, I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), How Many More Times (<< Over Under Sideways Down, The Hunter..), Band Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Almost complete fair audience recording. Near 51 minutes.
Details: The quality of the tape is poor. It sounds like it was taped in the lobby of the venue. What you hear for the most part is the echo from the PA, making it sound slow and distorted.

Recording Includes: I Can't Quit You Baby, I Gotta Move, Dazed And Confused, How Many More Times [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent professional pre-FM soundboard radio recording. 22 minutes.
Details: Superb quality and spectrum. Very clear and well balanced but a bit bass heavy. This show wasn't broadcast live as it was happening. It was broadcast some days after the original show taking place (see below), and as of yet, the date of the original broadcast is unknown. The Swedish radio station secured the rights to broadcast only a part of the show from Peter Grant, who thus gave them what we have today. It was copied from Jimmy's master reel, and from there the pre-broadcast reel resided in Swedish radio archives until relatively recently.

Recording Includes: I Can't Quit You Baby, I Gotta Move, Dazed And Confused, How Many More Times [ cut ].
Source: Complete excellent professional FM broadcast. Almost 24 minutes.
Details: Superb quality and spectrum. Very clear and well balanced but a bit bass heavy. DJ comments opens and close the source.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) pre-FM soundboard source: 10th Anniversary (Help), Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. 1 (Rock Solid Records), Blow One's Cool (Grasshopper), The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records), Led Zeppelin (K&S Records), Led Zeppelin (Sound & Vision) (Kaleidoscopic Music), Led Zeppelin Film Can (Rock Solid Records), Riverside Blues (The Swingin' Pig Records), & Spare Parts (Toasted Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience: Rock Of Ages (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) & Stockholm 1969 (no label)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) pre-FM source: Denmark Deluxe (Moonchild Records), First Time I Met The Blues (Tarantura), Hampton Kicks (House Of Elrond), Kicks (Tarantura), Missing Links (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), & Stockholm 1969 (no label)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) FM source: Denmark Deluxe (Moonchild Records), Final Rendez-Vous (Godfatherecords), First Time I Met The Blues (Tarantura), & The Valkyrie's Vigil (Tarantura)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & pre-FM mixes: Super Session At Tivolis Koncertsal (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: A very powerful and compact show. Jimmy breaks a string after the first song so the band ad-libs a one-time only I Gotta Move with guitar, bass, harmonica and vocals while Jimmy restrings. A unique performance! The show is very good and strong, albeit too short!

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MARCH 14 - AULA, UPPSALA UNIVERSITY, UPPSALA, SWEDEN (late show)
Co-headlined with Country Joe & The Fish.


MARCH 15 - TEEN CLUB, EGEGAARD SKOLE, GLADSAXE, DENMARK (early show)
Billed as Led Zeppelin (Yardbirds). Support from The Ox and Uffe Sylvesters Badekar.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Bag's Groove, I Just Wanna Make Love To You..), You Shook Me, Communication Breakdown.
Source: Complete very good audience recording. 35 minutes.
Details: The tape is noisy, but clear with Page and Plant up front and Bonzo and Jones buried somewhere in the back. The recording is taped much close to the stage.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Led Zeppelin (Sound & Vision) (Kaleidoscopic Music)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Danish Television March 1969 (Cobra Standard Series), Denmark 1969 (Wendy Records), Denmark 15th March 1969 (no label), Led Zeppelin Is A Gas (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Led Zeppelin Is A Gas Revisited (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Rock Of Ages (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), & Short Cuts (Image Quality)

Comments: An incredibly powerful concert! The band is really ripping through everything tonight. As Long As I Have You is a shortened, compact and brutal version. Dazed And Confused is missing here, only the second time known (so far, see February 1st, 1969 for the other). Page checks the guitar-tuning with a bossa nova riff, quickly followed by the other two instruments for a few seconds, Plant says: "We'll try to carry on despite Che Guevara" much to everyone's amusement. You Shook Me and Communication Breakdown are massive as well.

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MARCH 15 - BRONDBY POP CLUB, NOREGARDSHALLEN, BRONDBY, DENMARK (late show)
Support from Keef Hartley Blues Band, Ham and Made In Sweden

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. Almost 30 minutes.
Details: The quality is definitely very good. A mild hiss is present and there is some very minor distortion that occurs briefly at times on the high end. Pagey overpowering the rest of the band at some points.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): C'mon Eberybody (House Of Elrond CDR), Denmark 1969 (Wendy Records), Denmark 15th March 1969 (no label), Jimmy Page Blues Band (Tarantura), Led Zeppelin Is A Gas (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Led Zeppelin Is A Gas Revisited (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & Rock Of Ages (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Comments: Another excellent and raw, powerful show in front of a small crowd. Robert's voice is a little sore but he makes up for it in passion and the band sounds very primitive, raw and powerful. The extended Dazed And Confused is the perfect example.

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MARCH 16 - TIVOLIS KONCERTSAL, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (2 shows)
Led Zeppelin and Keef Hartley Blues Band provided support for Country Joe & The Fish.


MARCH 17 - STUDIO 5, DANMARKS RADIO/TV BYEN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Aired on Danish TV, May 19, 1969 (Saturday) and "Arena Heavy Metal", BBC2 on January 1, 1990. Fragments were used on "Over The Hills And Far Away" (late 1990) and "Whole Lotta Love" (1997) promo videos. Finally, the whole video was used for DVD in 2003.

Recording Includes: Communication Breakdown, Dazed And Confused, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You >> How Many More Times (<< The Hunter..).
Source: Complete black and white TV professional broadcast with actual sound. 31 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent television multicam film. How Many More Times fades out on the official DVD while it reaches the end on the bootlegged versions.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) TV soundtrack: Danish Television March 1969 (RL Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) TV soundtrack: C'Mon Everybody (House Of Elrond CDR), Danish Television March 1969 (Cobra Standard Series), Danish TV 1969 (Flying Disc Music), & Danish TV & Studio Sessions (Watch Tower 1st & 2nd edition)

Official Visual Reference(s) TV broadcast: DVD (Warner Music Vision) & Over The Hills And Far Away (promo video)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) TV broadcast: 1969 (Cosmic Energy), Bring It On Home 1969~1970 (Eye Thank You), Denmark 1969 (Wendy Records), Early Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One (Celebration Definitive Masters), & Hats Off To John Bonham (Sugar Mama)

Comments: This is a great mini-show performed for a small television audience and the only chance to see the whole band live on TV screen until 1976 (except March 25th and 27th, 1969). There is an incredible amount of energy packed into this set and the improvisations showcase the immense talents of the band ... a great one to have! Few versions of this tape are available. The one used on "DVD" is possibly pre-broadcast tape from Denmark TV archives. The second version is known from BBC2 "Heavy Metal Arena" show from 1990 and this was the first occcassion to see this film after its premiere in 1969 on Denmark television. It clocks at 32 minutes (without introduction). The third version comes from French TV and length is 31 minutes.

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Led Zeppelin Third United Kingdom Tour
March 18, 1969 - April 17, 1969

MARCH 18 - SUPERSHOW, HALE MILL, LINOLEUM FACTORY, STAINES, UNITED KINGDOM
Usually attributed as March 25. The band performed on the first day of the event. The original intention was to perform two numbers but Plant had problems with his voice so You Shook Me was dropped. Premiered at London, England's Lyceum in November 14, 1969. Screened also in North America in late 1969 with a limit. Fragments were used on "Whole Lotta Love" promo video in 1997. Finally, the whole song was used for DVD in 2003.

Recording Includes: Dazed And Confused.
Source: Complete color professional footage with actual sound. Almost 8 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent television multicam film. The official DVD has opening bass note cut but other versions are complete. Likely compiled from different takes.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) soundtrack: Live In Copenhagen July 21 1971 & Staines March 25 1969 (Rock Solid Records) & Riverside Blues (The Swingin' Pig Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundtrack: The Complete '69 BBC Classics (Immigrant) & Riverside Blues (The Swinign' Pig Records)

Official Visual Reference(s) video footage: DVD (Warner Music Vision), Rock Aid Armenia (Virgin Video, VHS), & Supershow (Virgin Video, VHS)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) video footage: 1969 (Cosmic Energy), & Early Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One (Celebration Definitive Masters)

Comments: Zeppelin's contribution to the Supershow movie was this exquisite, compact and powerful version of Dazed And Confused with a really spacey bow section and a ripping finale. The song is incomplete, it was always that way, even on the official Supershow DVD. A real gem and a treat! The band was set to perform more than just one song but as Jimmy Page recollects: ,,There was definitely a timeslot for us to do another number, especially as the other artists hadn't arrived, and I suggested to the director that maybe it would be a good opportunity to do Communication Breakdown as a second number, but they declined the offer and said it wasn’t necessary!"

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MARCH 19 - STUDIO 4, MAIDA VALE, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
The audition was originally broadcast on Alexis Korner's "World Service Rhythm & Blues", later re-titled "Blues Is Where You Hear It", BBC World Service Show, April 14, 1969, (Monday). Original tapes were have been wiped by BBC crew.

Recording Includes: Alexis Korner Introduction, Alexis Korner Introduction [ cut ], I Can't Quit You Baby (<< Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You..), Alexis Korner Introduction, You Shook Me [ cut ], [ cut ], Sunshine Woman.
Source: Incomplete very good professional AM broadcast recording. 14 minutes.
Details: The instruments are in a good balance but since the show was recorded from medium wave broadcast the quality suffers from some distortion and tape hiss. I used term professional only to indicate that the actual show was taped by the radio.

Official LP Reference(s): Missing BBC Sessions Tracks (Atlantic)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Anybody Got A Les Paul? (Equinox), BBC Sessions (Last Stand Disc), BBC/London Wavelength: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), Ottawa Sunshine (House Of Elrond), Real Complete BBC Sessions: 1969 (Tarantura, all 3 editions), & Sunshine Woman (Flagge)

Comments: Probably one of the rarest Zeppelin studio recording ever discovered. What makes this tape more attractive is group's attempt to the song called Sunshine Woman. It shares the "I've got a mortgage on my body/I've got a lean on my soul" and "When she walks/she walks just like a willow tree" lyrics and is an interesting coincidence Plant recycles those lyrics since Rod Stewart was using them in the Jeff Beck Group at the same time. The tapes were wiped by BBC crew and supposedly the only remainder master copies are somewhere in Eastern Europe but if they really exists, they are in the hands of tape hoarders or persons who have no idea what they have! It is also reported that these masters have a complete version of Sunshine Woman and obviously a Polish pirate flexi-card must be sourced from one of low gen copies. What Is And What Should Never Be was commonly attributed to this date but it's really from June 16th, 1969 broadcast and was added later to this tape.

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MARCH 21 - LIME GROVE STUDIO G, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
This was a pilot for an arts discussion programme directed by Tony Palmer. Appearing to replace The Flying Burrito Brothers and performed Communicatiion Breakdown. Tapes have been wiped by BBC crew that night after emission. Aired at 10:50pm that night on "How Late It Is" introduced by Michael Wale, BBC TV.


MARCH 22 - MOTHERS CLUB, EDRINGTON, BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Blodwyn Pig. Ron Berg, drummer of Blodwyn Pig, allegedly took over the drum duties for the encore as John Bonham was ill.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 11 minutes.
Details: The sound is great for the time and all the instruments can be heard reasonably clearly. There's a bit of distortion but you get the impression that this is caused not so much by recording overload but also the nature of such a small venue.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Blighty (Tarantura), A Decree Of Love (Wendy Records), Newcastle 1969 Plus (Graf Zeppelin), & Three Shows (Graf Zeppelin)

Comments: This is the earliest known true live recording of the band during their UK Clubs tour. Too bad since the quality is great!

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MARCH 23 - PETERLEE JAZZ CLUB, ARGUS BUTTERFLY, PETERLEE, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Middle Earth.


MARCH 27 - BEAT CLUB STUDIOS, BREMEN, GERMANY
The lip-sync performance. Whole Lotta Love was aired at 4:15pm to 5:15pm on "Beat Club #53 Episode", Radio Bremen ARD, Germany, March 28, 1970 (Saturday). The other two songs were also broadcasted by two different channels in 2007 and 1010 as digital broadcasts. An incomplete Babe I'm Gonna Leave You was broadcasted some forty years after the session.

Recording Includes: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete 1st black and white and color professional TV broadcast. 13 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent television multicam film consisting of lip-sync versions with studio versions. Snippets of this footage were used in Whole Lotta Love clip mentioned below.

Recording Includes: Whole Lotta Love.
Source: Complete 2nd color professional TV broadcast. 3 minutes.
Details: An excellent television broadcast of lip-sync performance mixed with portions of two songs originally filmed. The clip is edited and does not include the whole song, also features an unverified 1969 performance from Fillmore venue, go-go female dancer, background music from studio version of Whole Lotta Love and short snippets from above video.

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) TV broadcast source 1: Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy), History Lesson: The Video History 1958~2016 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & The Maximum Destroyer (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) TV broadcast source 2: 1969 (Cosmic Energy), Bring It On Home 1969~1970 (Eye Thank You), Early Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One (Celebration Definitive Masters), History Lesson: The Video History 1958~2016 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & The Only Way To Fly (Masterpiece Premium)

Comments: It remainded as a curiocity why the band decided to perform in television after as they were so dissapointed with "How Late It Is" show on March 21st, 1969. For sure the band didn't want to play it and this can be easily noticed, when Bonham just looking around dully while he's playing drums. Led Zeppelin performed Babe I'm Gonne Leave You and You Shook Me but the producers of Beat Club weren't really impressed by group's performance and did not broadcast the filmed material. Only in March 1970, when Whole Lotta Love became popular in Germany, the Beat Club producers used the previously filmed material to produce a video clip using the commercially released version of Whole Lotta Love for the clip's audio portion. The originally recorded audio portions were not used. Newly rediscovered in Autumn of 2007 incomplete version of the previously unaired Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is captured from a recent broadcast of "Vinyl - RockPopGeschichte(n)". In the Spring of 2010 You Shook Me was found as another lip-sync performance.

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MARCH 28 - MARQUEE CLUB, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Eyes Of Blue.
MARCH 29 - BROMLEY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, BROMLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Maddening Crowd.
MARCH 30 - FARX CLUB, THE NORTHCOTE ARMS, SOUTHALL, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Smokey Rice.
MARCH 31 - COOKS FERRY INN, EDMONTON, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
APRIL 1 - KLOOKS KLEEK, RAILWAY HOTEL, WEST HAMPSTEAD, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Gypsy (they replaced The End and Pale Green Limousine).
APRIL 2 - TOP RANK SUITE CLUB, CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Kimla Taz and The Eyes Of Blue. The event was called The Progressive Blues Night and performed in aid of the Biafran Relief Organisation.
APRIL 3 or 4 - SWAN HOTEL, BOLTON, ENGLAND (unconfirmed)
APRIL 5 - ROUNDHOUSE, DAGENHAM, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from The Further.
APRIL 6 - BOAT CLUB, NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
A free gig played for Boat Club members.
APRIL 7 - BAY HOTEL, SUNDERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (cancelled)
APRIL 8 - THE CHERRY TREE, WELWYN GARDEN CITY, ENGLAND
APRIL 13 - KIMBELL'S BLUES BAND, SOUTHSEA, PORTSMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
APRIL 15 - THE PLACE, HANLEY, STOKE-ON-TRENT, UNITED KINGDOM (cancelled)
APRIL 16 - THE TOBY JUG, TOLWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM
APRIL 17 - CLUB LAFAYETTE, WOLVERHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM

 

Led Zeppelin Second North American Tour
April 24, 1969 - May 31, 1969

APRIL 24 - FILLMORE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity and Colwell-Winfield Blues Band. Bill Graham introduced all the acts.

Recording Includes: As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Bag's Groove, Mockingbird, You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover, Suzie Q..), Instrumental Intro based on Smokestack Lightning >> Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song..), White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You [ cut ], Pat's Delight.
Source: Incomplete superb audience recording. Almost 59 minutes.
Details: The quality of this recording is so good that for many years it was incorrectly mentioned as a soundboard. The show is captured with two mics placed right on the stage. Every instrument is clear and balanced with Plant a bit behind the rest of the band. Reported to be stolen from Bill Graham vaults.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Dancing Avocado (The Swingin' Pig Records), The Rising Of The Zeppelin (no label), & San Francisco '69 (no label)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Best Of 1969 Tour (Forever Standard Series), Black Beauty (Wendy Records), Blues Anytime (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), A Bunch Of Skinny Brits (Tarantura), Cracker Jack Blues (Jelly Roll), The Dancing Avocado (Godfatherecords), Dancing Avocado Supreme: Fillmore West April 1969 (Graf Zeppelin), Fillmore 69 (House Of Elrond CDR), Fillmore West (Last Stand Disc), Fillmore West 24.4.69 (no label), Go West Young Man! (Scorpio), Listen To The Difference (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Psychedelic Raw Blues (Immigrant), & Who's Country Joe (Flying Disc Music)

Comments: We don't know if this recording comes from single ser or it's just a mix of both sets. The sound is so good it has been often mistaken as a soundboard. In fact it comes from PA monitors. Quite possibly the best version ever recorded of As Long As I Have You, competing madly with the April 27th, 1969 version. Halfway through the number, Jones' bass cabinet exploded and Plant ad-libed new lyrics: "I think we've got some trouble with our equipment, yeah ... I think we're gonna get it together, yeah ... I think we're gonna have a good time ... I think we'd better the right key!" After the song Plant commented: "We seem to have a cock-up every time we've been here!" Killing Floor contains some great bass/guitar/drum interplay and Robert's voice is in incredible shape.

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APRIL 25 - WINTERLAND BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity and Colwell-Winfield Blues Band. Bill Graham introduced all the acts.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin', [ cut ], You Shook Me, [ cut ], Communication Breakdown, [ cut ], As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Bag's Groove [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. Almost 25 minutes.
Details: Tape is hissy and distant but fairly clear and enjoyable nonetheless. Plant's vocals at times are a bit drowned out.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Caution Explosive (Wizardo Records), The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records), Led Zeppelin Film Can (Rock Solid Records) & White Summer (Acid, Box Top Records, March & Rock Solid Records both issues)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): California '69 (Lemon Song), Good Old Led Zeppelin (Tarantura), The Grande Ball (Missing Link), How Many More Years (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), The Valkyrie's Vigil (Tarantura), & Winterland Ballroom 1969 Day 1 (no label)

Comments: Sounding very similar to the tape from January 9th at Fillmore West, this tape from the band's second gig of their second visit to the city (and their first performance at the Winterland Ballroom), is much longer in length, being just under 25 minutes. The taper was close to the stage, likely on the floor of the venue, and the resulting recording is a nice listen of an excellent performance. Unfortunately, the last song on the tape, As Long As I Have You, ends after only six minutes. Cuts are present between all four songs, which masks the fact that there are almost certainly songs missing in-between these cuts. This is a given for the simple reason that the entire tape is less than half an hour long, yet it starts with Bill Graham introducing the band, and ends with Plant giving the audience a sincere farewell for the evening. Whether or not the Graham introduction is from the beginning of the 1st set or the beginning of the 2nd set isn't known. But given Plant's farewell, we can assume that the taper was present from the start of at least one of the sets through to the end of the night, save for any additional encores the band may have done. Again, just like that January 9th Fillmore West tape, there is also confusion as to what the actual date of this recording is. And, again, the confusion here is caused by the words that Plant says to the audience. Just before that incomplete version of As Long As I Have You, he says the following: "Last time when we came here was the first ... it was the second gig we ever did in America ... and ... we'd been together about three months, and we were really pleased with the way we went down. If we hadn't have done well here I think we would've shitted ourselves and ran home. And you've done the same for us this time as you did last time. We'd like to say thank you very much, and good night." A simple fact-checking of his statement about the town being the second gig the band ever did in America would effectively rule out San Francisco. The first US gig was on December 26th, 1968 in Denver, with the second in Seattle on December 27th. After those first two, the band played Vancouver and Spokane, with Portland said to have been played as well during that week. From there, in the first week of the new year, the band headed south to California for four nights at the Whisky in Hollywood, before heading up to the Fillmore West in San Francisco the following week. So, unless this tape is from Seattle, Plant's words don't make sense. Thankfully, the mystery here is helped by the fact that this tape starts with that aforementioned introduction by Bill Graham: "...welcome them back from England, this is Led Zeppelin." Graham's introduction on the tape weighs in heavy on this debate. In fact, so heavy, that even though we can never be entirely sure about these types of things, it pretty much settles the date. During this era, Graham had yet to begin promoting concerts outside of his own venues in the Bay Area and New York. So, for his voice to appear on this tape immediately identifies San Francisco or New York as the location. However, the sound of Page's guitar on this tape matches with the echo-heavy and fuzzed-out sound he used in San Francisco in April. By the time the band reached New York in May, Page will have gotten rid of that constant echo and fuzz sound, and will have switched over exclusively to his Les Paul. So, that's two points for this tape being from San Francisco. Not definitive proof, but pretty close. As for which day in San Francisco, April 26th and 27th are automatically out due to the fact that we already have complete recordings from both nights. As well, the first night back in town, April 24th, is also out, as that show starts with As Long As I Have You, which the band can be heard playing on this tape from April 25th. Unlike shows at other venues on the tour, where the band played to separate audiences at separate early and late shows, at Fillmore West and Winterland, the band played to the same audience the entire night. And during this period, we have no record of them repeating any songs within the same night at any of the other dates they played in town. Which ultimately asks the question as to why Plant would make such statement. The easiest answer probably being that he was merely being sentimental and appreciative to the audience. San Francisco was an important town for the band during this period. The gigs that the band gave there, especially during that week of April, are among the finest that they ever gave. So, given that connection, what's wrong with a little white lie amongst friends? So, I think this recording is indeed from San Francisco, at Winterland, April 25th, 1969. Even though the recording is so short and fragmentary, it is still a wonderful slice, highlighting a caliber of playing that is right up there with the other nights of the run. Plant's voice is fantastic, in glorius high range, and Page's playing actually sounds even better than it would the next night. Hopefully, one day more of this tape will circulate (if there indeed is any more).

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APRIL 26 - WINTERLAND BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity and Colwell-Winfield Blues Band. Bill Graham introduced all the acts.

Set 1 Includes: Band Announcements, Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me, [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Smokestack Lightning, Roll Over Beethoven, Girl From The North Country, The Hunter..).
Set 2 Includes: White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), Instrumental Intro based on Smokestack Lightning >> Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song, That's Alright Mama..), Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Pat's Delight [ cut ], As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Mockingbird, Bag's Groove..), [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 125 minutes.
Details: The sound is clear for the most part, slightly muffled in places and the drums are a little in the background of the mix. The only drawback is that the recording is somewhat overloaded in places. Overall one of the better audience recordings for the era.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. 2 (Rock Solid Records), The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records), First Concert As The New Yardbirds (Trade Mark Of Quality), Live (Instant Analysis), Live In Japan 69 (TM 1698), Unburied Dead Zeppo's Grave (TM 1698, both issues), Winterland (Rock Solid Records), & The Yardbirds Reform For Marquee (XL 1543/44/45)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Avocado Club (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Good Old Led Zeppelin (Tarantura), Graham's Superb Vol. 1 (Image Quality), Lead Set: Psychedelic Ballroom (Tarantura), Live At Winterland Ballroom (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Psychedelic Explosion (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), & Winterland Ballroom 1969 Day 2 (no label)

Comments: This is Led Zeppelin as acid/psychedelic hard rock, pioneering a new, original sound in the process. The concert itself is a pure magic. Everything that made Led Zeppelin an amazing live act is here and these two sets were so revolutionary in their time that even now, I am dumbstruck by the power and performance. "I think last night we said that it was nice to be back. Well, there seems to be a lot more people here, so I hope the message is carrying on" said Plant after I Can't Quit You Baby. Jimmy plays like a man possessed, hitting everything with such fluency and accuracy and with such emotion. Bonham is thunderous, Jonesy is all over the place, inventing lead lines to counter Jimmy's, and Robert's voice is incredible, higher than any notes Jimmy can get on his guitar! The power and performance are staggering. Also, the first appearance of the Theremin (Dazed And Confused) and the first ever time Whole Lotta Love was played live! Hearing this first recorded version, it’s amazing how much the song had already been worked out. Plant’s lyrics are mostly the same as what would appear on the album, with the exception being that he doesn’t once sing the chorus "Wanna whole lotta love". That aside, the song remains pretty much the same as the one we all know and love. During the middle section, Page doesn't use the theremin. The spot where it would be featured in the song instead features Bonham doing the same steady high-hat and clicking accompaniment that he would do on the album, but with Page doing a slide solo, sounding pretty much like the one he had just done a few songs earlier in Killing Floor. After Bonham and Jones join in with a rushing beat and the song comes to a slow down, Page then plays some of the solo portions he had just played in As Long As I Have You. As Page keeps soloing, Jones jumps in with parts of the backing bass line from "You Shook Me", and then the band get into the formal return solo that would lead back to the main riff in the song. For Plant's last solo line, he hadn’t yet gone so far as to change the original Dixon lyric into "Woman, you need IT", so instead sings the original "You need love". As the band crash in and the song heads towards the ending, Plant then repeats the line "Baby you need love" over and over. And the song fades out.

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APRIL 27 - FILLMORE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity and Colwell-Winfield Blues Band. Bill Graham introduced all the acts.

Set 1 Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, [ cut ], As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Bag's Groove, Cat's Squirrel, I'm A Man, No Money Down..), You Shook Me, How Many More Times (<< Feel So Bad, The Hunter, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Set 2 Includes: Instrumental Intro based on Smokestack Lightning >> Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song, Sweet Jelly Roll..), [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..) [ cut ], Sittin' And Thinkin' (<< Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You..), Pat's Delight, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 121 minutes.
Details: The first set suffers from some form of distortion. All the instruments come through rather clear. There are portions that get a little muddy as the volume crashes into the recorder. Communication Breakdown has speed problems as well as few other parts.

Set 1 Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage [ cut ], Bag's Groove, Cat's Squirrel, I'm A Man, No Money Down..), [ cut ], You Shook Me, [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Feel So Bad, The Hunter, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You [ cut ], Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Set 2 Includes: Instrumental Intro based on Smokestack Lightning >> Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song, Sweet Jelly Roll..) [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, [ cut ], Sittin' And Thinkin' (<< Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You..), [ cut ], Pat's Delight [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent professional preFM recording. Almost 113 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Set 1 Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage [ cut ], Bag's Groove, Cat's Squirrel, I'm A Man, No Money Down..), [ cut ], You Shook Me, [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Feel So Bad, The Hunter, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You [ cut ], Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush..) [ cut ].
Set 2 Includes: Instrumental Intro based on Smokestack Lightning >> Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song, Sweet Jelly Roll..) [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You [ cut ], Sittin' And Thinkin' (<< Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Pat's Delight [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete excellent professional FM recording. Almost 116 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape. An incorrect song order here. The tape have been played by Paul 'The Lobster' Wells on his "Lobster Platter" radio show on KSJO San Jose station back in 1979. DJ comments are included throughout.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) preFM: Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. 1 (Rock Solid Records), Fillmore West 1969 (GLC, Jester Productions & LXXXIV Series), The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records), Flying High (White Knight), The Hand That Feeds (The Swingin' Pig Records), It's Been A Long Time (Songs For Swinging Mother), Led Zeppelin (Sound & Vision) (Kaleidoscopic Music), Led Zeppelin Film Can (Rock Solid Records), Live At Fillmore West 1969 (The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label), Metallic Opus (Rec 90764), Moby Dick (GLC & Jester Productions), & No Page Unturned (Nova & Wendheath)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience: Avocado Club (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Fillmore West 1969 Final: Audience Recording (no label), Graham's Superb Vol. 2 (Image Quality), & Lead Set: Sitting & Thinking (Tarantura)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) preFM: American Beauty (Tarantura), Fillmore West (Last Stand Disc), Fillmore West 1969 Final: Soundboard Recording (no label), Go West Young Man! (Scorpio), Twinight (Immigrant), & Zeppelin Express/Zeppelin Ediface (Condor)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & preFM mixes: 1969 Sleeping Beauty Multiband Remaster (Wendy Records), Avocado Club (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Blue Flame (Bumble Bee), Collage (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Dancing Avocado Supreme: Fillmore West April 1969 (Graf Zeppelin), Fillmore West 1969 Final: Soundboard & Audience Recording (no label), Live At Fillmore West (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Simplistic Atmosphere (Jelly Roll), Sixty Nine Special (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & Sleeping Beauty (Wendy Records, 2007), & Sleeping Beauty 1969 Multiband Remaster (Wendy Records)

Comments: This show is just blistering. The first set has the group firing on all cylinders and playing their hearts out. The second set is more bluesy and laid back, but that never means less enjoyable. The only live version of Sittin' and Thinkin', a Buddy Guy number, is here and the completely different song list for each set make this a great show to have. Dazed And Confused is really dark here. The group's excitement to be so anticipated by Californian audience found their way in Plant ad-libbed lyrics of I Can't Quit You Baby: "I'm so glad you came tonight ... but I think we're gonna leave this town for a little while ... I don't want to leave you people ... but I think we've got to leave San Francisco for a little while". Also some member of the audience is calling for You Shook Me, what makes a quick and quite funny response from Plant: "Right! Don't worry by that! Just one before that!"

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MAY 1 - CRAWFORD HALL, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Lee Michaels and Hard Luck Boy. Initially the band planned to played two shows of which the second was cancelled.
MAY 2 - ROSE PALACE, PASSADENA (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity and Elvin Bishop.
MAY 3 - ROSE PALACE, PASSADENA (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity and Elvin Bishop
MAY 9 - EDMONTON GARDENS, EDMONTON (AB), CANADA
Support from Angus Park Blues Band and Papa Bear's Medicine Show Band. The event was advertised as a "Light Show and Dance", and Angus Park Blues Band also got to play after them for the "dance" portion of the show.
MAY 10 - PNE AGRODOME, VANCOUVER (BC), CANADA
Support from Spring and Jaime Brockett, a last minute replacement for Papa Bear's Medicine Show Band, who were stranded in Alberta, due to an Air Canada strike.
MAY 11 - GREEN LAKE AQUA THEATER, SEATTLE (WA), UNITED STATES
Support from Three Dog Night, Jaime Brockett and Translove Airlines.
MAY 13 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM, HONOLULU (HI), UNITED STATES
MAY 16 - GRANDE BALLROOM, DETROIT (MI), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
The concert was moved from Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan. Original suuport was Spirit and Illinois Speed Press. After as the venue was changed, two new support acts were added: Sun Ra and Golden Earring.
MAY 17 - CONVOCATION CENTER, OHIO UNIVERSITY, ATHENS (OH), UNITED STATES
The band provided support for Jose Feliciano. A local comedian performed in-between the two acts. Junior Prom show.
MAY 18 - TYRONE GUTHRIE THEATRE, MINNEAPOLIS (MN), UNITED STATES
MAY 23 - KINETIC PLAYGROUND, CHICAGO (IL), UNITED STATES
Support from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Illinois Speed Press (with with Kal David and Paul Cotton later of Poco).
MAY 24 - NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA FOLK-ROCK FESTIVAL, SANTA CLARA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, SAN JOSE (CA), UNITED STATES (cancelled)
MAY 24 - KINETIC PLAYGROUND, CHICAGO (IL), UNITED STATES
Support from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Illinois Speed Press (with with Kal David and Paul Cotton later of Poco).


MAY 25 - MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION, COLUMBIA (MD), UNITED STATES
Opened for The Who. Comedian Uncle Dirty opened the show. It is whispered that the show was cut by Who's crew because Led Zeppelin had have continued to play after the time.

Recording Includes: Whole Lotta Love.
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 8 minutes.
Details: The tape is a bit distorted at times, but clear and enjoyable. Not as bad as we could think at all.

Recording Includes: Backstage scenes.
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. 1 minute.
Details: A quick shots of Page, Plant, and Bonham along with the members of The Who at the backstage. Cream is also on the reel, as well as one second long shots of Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey. Some copies are dubbed with existing audio, some others with official audio.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Anybody Got A Les Paul? (Equinox), A Decree Of Love (Wendy Records), Miami Image Club (Wendy Records), Newcastle 1969 Plus (Graf Zeppelin), Red Snapper Deluxe (Balboa Productions), Three Shows (Graf Zeppelin), & Whole Lotta Love (Tarantura)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy) & History Lesson: The Video History 1958~2016 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: This is only the encore for the show and all that exists from the show. It also happens to be the second time ever (see April 26th, 1969 for the first) time Whole Lotta Love was played live. A very different version that is excellent, with a long guitar solo in the middle and great vocals from Robert. A very interesting comment about that evening comes from one of the Who's crew: "I had the unenviable task of throwing Zeppelin off the stage," recalled Jeff Wolff. "They were playing over time, stringin' it out, and there was a curfew, so I was saying, "I've got to get you off!" I had to pull the plug on them, otherwise we were never going to go on!"

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MAY 27 - BOSTON TEA PARTY, BOSTON (MA), UNITED STATES
Support from Zephyr.
MAY 28 - BOSTON TEA PARTY, BOSTON (MA), UNITED STATES
Support from Zephyr.
MAY 29 - BOSTON TEA PARTY, BOSTON (MA), UNITED STATES
Support from Zephyr.


MAY 30 - FILLMORE EAST, NEW YORK (NY), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Woody Herman & His Orchestra and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. Bill Graham introduced all the acts.

Set 1 Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), How Many More Times (<< Just A Little Bit, The Hunter..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Almost complete fair to good audience recording. Almost 64 minutes.
Details: The tape is overloaded and distorted at times, but the great performance makes it highly enjoyable. All the instruments are blurry in a steady noise, and because of that vocals are mostly obscured.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Drive Me Insane (Scorpio) & The Legendary Fillmore Tapes Vol. 2 (Savage Beast Music)

Comments: A short, intense and excellent show in front of a crowd who has fallen under Led Zeppelin's spell. Robert's voice is fantastic and the band plows through the set with intensity and fire and Dazed And Confused and How Many More Times have great performances from all four band members. Check out Jimmy's mind-blowing solo in You Shook Me ... another triumph!

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MAY 31 - FILLMORE EAST, NEW YORK (NY), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Woody Herman & His Orchestra and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends with the special guest of Dorothy Morrison. Bill Graham introduced all the acts.
JUNE 1 - KIEL AUDITORIUM, ST. LOUIS (MO), UNITED STATES (cancelled)
Led Zeppelin and Joe Cocker were on shcedule to provide support for The Who. After as Led Zeppelin cancelled, only Joe Cocker appeared and The Who headlined.

 

Led Zeppelin Fourth United Kingdom Tour
June 13, 1969 - June 29, 1969

JUNE 13 - TOWN HALL, BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Liverpool Scene and Blodwyn Pig.
JUNE 14 - SPA ROYAL HALL, BRIDLINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM (cancelled)
JUNE 15 - FREE TRADE HALL, MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Liverpool Scene and Blodwyn Pig.


JUNE 16 - STUDIO 2, AEOLIAN HALL, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Broadcast between 10am and 12 noon on "Chris Grant's Tasty Pop Sundae", June 22, 1969 (Sunday, between 10am & 12 noon). Also on the show in session were Marmalade and Vanity Fair. This performance was originally commissioned for Dave Symond's "Symonds On Sunday" show, however Symonds was on holiday. Finally, the whole broadcast (minus interview) was released on BBC Sessions album in 1997.

Recording Includes: Interview with all members of Led Zeppelin, [ cut ], The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair, Studio Chatter, Communication Breakdown (<< Just A Little Bit..), Between Song, What Is And What Should Never Be, Something Else.
Source: Complete superb professional pre-FM radio recording. 19 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent radio master.

Official LP Reference(s): BBC Sessions (Atlantic) & Missing BBC Sessions Tracks (Atlantic)

Bootleg LP Reference(s): A Collection Of BBC Archives (Archive) & Dazed And Confused (Atlantic)

Official CD Reference(s): BBC Sessions (Atlantic)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): BBC (Last Stand Disc), BBC/London Wavelength: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), The Complete '69 BBC Classics (Immigrant), The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), The Lost BBC Sessions (Led Note), & Real Complete BBC Sessions: 1969 (Tarantura)

Comments: Another brilliant broadcast and a truly one of the best studio versions of Communication Breakdown with snippets of Just A Little Bit thrown in. But this show is reserved for two never before played songs: The Girl I Love and Something Else. The first one has similar guitar structure to the later used on Moby Dick instrumental intro while the second is a superb rendition to Eddie Cohtan's classic tune and Zeppelin's own hymn to one of their rock 'n' roll heroes.

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JUNE 19 - ANTENNE CULTURELLE DU KREMLIN-BICETRE, PARIS, FRANCE
Whole concert was professionally filmed for "Tous En Scene", ORTF TV. The programme bill also bell boys pretending to be a rock group, jazz and variety acts, and a Salvation Army band. Aired on France television on September 5, 1969 (Friday). Re-broadcast on Canal Jimmy, French TV in 1991. Fragments were used on "Whole Lotta Love" promo video in 1997. Finally, mix of both versions of Communication Breakdown and Dazed And Confused were used for DVD in 2003. There is unreleased footage in the archives, including beginning segement of Dazed And Confused and backstage.

Recording Includes: Communication Breakdown [ cut ].
Source: Complete 16mm color professional footage with actual sound. 2 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent television master, showing members rehearsing before the actual show. Boom mic is used to record the audio.

Recording Includes: Stage Announcements, Communication Breakdown, Dazed And Confused, Stage Announcements [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete color professional TV broadcast with actual sound. Almost 12 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent television multicam film and soundboard output is used for the audio. The official DVD doesn't include the rehearsal but used some snippets of rehearsal footage to replace some shots from the original broadcast that had nothing to do with the performance. Backstage footage and alternate concert footage (including the first part of Dazed and Confused) is also achieved.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) broadcast soundtrack: The Complete '69 BBC Classics (Immigrant)

Official Visual Reference(s) video rehearsal: DVD (Warner Music Vision)

Official Visual Reference(s) TV broadcast: DVD (Warner Music Vision)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) video rehearsal: 1969 (Cosmic Energy), Bring It On Home 1969~1970 (Eye Thank You), Early Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One (Celebration Definitive Masters), Hats Off To John Bonham (Sugar Mama), & The Only Way To Fly (Masterpiece Premium)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) TV broadcast: 1969 (Cosmic Energy), Bring It On Home 1969~1970 (Eye Thank You), Early Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One (Celebration Definitive Masters), History Lesson: The Video History 1958~2016 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & The Only Way To Fly (Masterpiece Premium)

Comments: This is all that exists from this rather unexpected and fantastic raw performance. The group performed strong, short set but only Dazed And Confused and rehearsal and show versions of Communication Breakdown were recorded. After so much disappointent of broadcast the group never performed in television again. This was the last ever Led Zeppelin TV performance.

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JUNE 20 - CITY HALL, NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Liverpool Scene and Blodwyn Pig.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), Harmonica/Drums/Bass Interlude, You Shook Me (<< The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Pat's Delight, How Many More Times (<< Over Under Sideways Down, There's A Mountain, The Hunter..), Communication Breakdown (<< Just A Little Bit, It's Your Thing..).
Source: Almost complete fair audience recording. 85 minutes.
Details: A highly overloaded, distant and hissy tape makes this recording rather hard to listen. Bass is overloading the tape, vocals are distorted, guitar is hard to pick out.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Blighty (Tarantura), A Decree Of Love (Wendy Records), Newcastle 1969 Plus (Graf Zeppelin), & Three Shows (Graf Zeppelin)

Comments: A truly powerful show just a week before as the band took BBC Playhouse Theatre's venue on June 27th, 1969. The performance is superb and the curiosities such as the harmonica/drums/bass interlude before You Shook Me and some frenetically delivered lines from Donovan's There Is A Mountain during How Many More Times are priceless. The band and the audience seem to be having a great time. "You know we do a lot of work in America but I think this is the best night we've ever had in England," says Robert near the end.

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JUNE 21 - COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Liverpool Scene. Blodwyn Pig were unable to play that night.


JUNE 24 - STUDIO 4, MAIDA VALE (BBC STUDIOS), LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Broadcast between 7pm and 9pm on John Peel's "Top Gear", Radio One, June 29, 1969 (Sunday, from 7pm to 9pm). Also on the show in session were The Pentagle, Savoy Brown Blues Band and Idle Rice. The audition was rebroadcast on "Tommy Vance Friday Rock Show", BBC Radio, London, England on February 2, 1979 (Friday). Travelling Riverside Blues was first released as a part of Led Zeppelin box set and also used as a music background to the promo film under the same title during promotion campaign of Remasters set in late 1990 by Jimmy Page, mixed along with other miscellaneous scenes as well as brief parts of July 1973 The Song Remains The Same and Seattle July 17, 1977 pro shots. Finally, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown and Travelling Riverside Blues were released on BBC Sessions album in 1997.

Recording Includes: Studio Chatter, What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, Travelling Riverside Blues (<< The Lemon Song..).
Source: Complete superb professional pre-FM radio recording. 18 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent radio master.

Official LP Reference(s): BBC Sessions (Atlantic) & Coda "deluxe" and "super deluxe" editions (Atlantic)

Bootleg LP Reference(s): 10th Anniversary (Help), Absence (Toasted Records), Bonham's Rebirth (The Amazing Kornyphone Rebirth Label), The Complete BBC Performances (Toasted Records), Dazed And Confused (Atlantic), Hiawatha Express (Ze Anonym Plattenspieler), In The Light 69-85 (Zipp Zapp), Knebworth Fair Vol. 1 (K&S Records), The Last Farewell Vol. 2 (Fujiyo Music), Led Zeppelin (K&S Records, 1LP & Sfot-Cid both issues, 1EP), Led Zeppelin Film Can (Rock Solid Records), Riverside Blues (The Swingin' Pig Records), Rock 'N' Roll Circus (Barking Moose Records), Rock 'N' Roll Circus Special (Ze Anonym Plattenspieler), & Spare Parts (Toasted Records)

Official CD Reference(s): BBC Sessions (Atlantic), Coda "deluxe" and "super deluxe" editions (Atlantic), & Led Zeppelin Box Set (Atlantic)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): BBC (Last Stand Disc), BBC/London Wavelength: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Classics Off The Air Volume One (Neutral Zone), The Complete '69 BBC Classics (Immigrant), The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), The Lost BBC Sessions (Led Note), Rarities (Fire Power), Real Complete BBC Sessions: 1969 (Tarantura, all 3 editions), & Riverside Blues (The Swingin' Pig Records)

Official Visual Reference(s): DVD (Warner Music Vision) & Travelling Riverside Blues (promo video)

Comments: Another studio session that needs no recommendation. During this short British tour the band was absolutely on peak form and it can be easily heard on this amazing recording. A fury, power and energy are present on all the tracks. Whole Lotta Love is psychedelic stand-out and Robert's yelling during theramin battle is thrilling. Communication Breakdown is devastating and What Is And What Should Never Be is one of the most dramatic versions the band ever played. A real pearl, Traveling Riverside Blues is Zeppelin's bow to the talent and magic of Robert Johnson and Plant sings some of his "lemon" lyrics.

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JUNE 26 - GUILDHALL, PORTSMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Liverpool Scene and Blodwyn Pig.


JUNE 27 - PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Broadcast between 8pm and 9pm on John Peel's "Top Gear", Radio One, August 10, 1969 (Sunday). Also on the show in session was The Edgar Broughton Band. The audition was rebroadcast on "Tommy Vance Friday Rock Show", BBC Radio, London, England on December 28, 1979 (Friday). In 2013, almost entire show was rebroadcasted. White Summer/Black Mountain Side was released as a part of Led Zeppelin box set in late 1990. Finally, Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, You Shook Me and How Many More Times were released on BBC Sessions album in 1997.

Recording Includes: Alan Black Introduction, Communication Breakdown (<< It's Your Thing..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< Don't Know Which Way To Go..), Alan Black Interview with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Dazed And Confused, Alan Black Introduction, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), The Liverpool Scene Sketch with Adrian Henry/Mike Evans/Andy Roberts, You Shook Me, Alan Black Introduction, How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, The Lemon Song..).
Source: Complete superb 1st professional pre-FM radio recording. 62 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent radio master.

Recording Includes: Communication Breakdown (<< It's Your Thing..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< Don't Know Which Way To Go..), Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), You Shook Me, How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, The Lemon Song..).
Source: Complete superb 2nd professional pre-FM radio recording. 52 minutes.
Details: The tape is an excellent edited radio master with almost entire chatter and banter between songs removed.

Recording Includes: DJ Introduction, Alan Black Introduction, Communication Breakdown (<< It's Your Thing..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< Don't Know Which Way To Go..), Alan Black Interview with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Dazed And Confused, Alan Black Introduction, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..) [ cut ], You Shook Me, Alan Black Introduction, How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, The Lemon Song..), DJ Outroduction.
Source: Complete superb 3rd professional pre-FM radio recording. 63 minutes.
Details: The tape is actually an excellent radio rebroadcast master. It excludes the Liverpool sketches and had extra DJ intro and outro.

Official LP Reference(s) 2nd source: BBC Sessions (Atlantic), Led Zeppelin Box Set (Atlantic), & Missing BBC Sessions Tracks (Atlantic)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) 2nd source: Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. 2 (Rock Solid Records), The Big Dope Party (LZ69 & LZ869), Carnival (Toasted Records), The Complete BBC Performances (Toasted Records), Dazed And Confused (Royal Sound), The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records), First Concert As The New Yardbirds (Trade Mark Of Quality), Flight Of The Led Zeppelin 1969 (Jolly Good Sound), Four Symbols (Accord), Idolescence (Volsung), In The Light 1969 (LZL4 A-D), Led Zeppelin (String Records), Led Zeppelin Film Can (Rock Solid Records), Live In London 1969 (Elektrecord), London 1969 (Accord Records), My Rider (LZ69), One Night Stand (Atlantic), Over London (European Fan Club), Stairway To The Moon (no label), White Summer (The Swingin' Pig Records), The Yardbirds Reform For Marquee (XL 1543/44/45), & Zep Over Europe (Earthworks)

Official CD Reference(s) 2nd source: BBC Sessions (Atlantic) & Led Zeppelin Box Set (Atlantic)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) 1st source: BBC Sessions (Last Stand Disc), BBC Rock Hour (Bumble Bee), BBC/London Wavelength: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Classics Off The Air Volume Two (Neutral Zone), The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), Real Complete BBC Sessions: 1969 (Tarantura, all 3 editions), & Rock Hour (Antrabata Reference Master)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) 2nd source: BBC (Last Stand Disc), BBC/London Wavelength: The Best Of The Rock Hour (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), The Best Of The Rock Hour (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), The Complete '69 BBC Classics (Immigrant), & White Summer (The Swingin' Pig Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) 3rd source: Led One-Hour Radio Special (Boleskine House Records)

Comments: This show was recorded for the BBC to broadcast the entire show, and here it all is. An incredible, compact, tight show that features some of the best playing ever, with Jones and Bonham shining throughout and quite possibly the best recording of Plant's voice ever. Add Jimmy's dazzling guitar work and you have a classic show.

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JUNE 28 - BATH FESTIVAL OF BLUES, RECREATION GROUND, BATH, UNITED KINGDOM
The band performed as one of headliners.

Recording Includes: Judging by stills of the film, Dazed And Confused, and more.
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. 2 minutes.
Details: Shot from various parts of the floor. The tape is hoarded and VHS copy is given to one person for personal use only.

Comments: A very fragmentary remainder, nothing above mediocre quality. We only hope to see more complete version in the future. Potentially, an audience recording also exists.

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JUNE 29 - POP PROMS, ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (2 shows)
Support from Liverpool Scene and Blodwyn Pig.

 

Led Zeppelin Third North American Tour
July 5, 1969 - August 31, 1969

JULY 4 - ROOSEVELT RACEWAY, WESTBURY, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (cancelled)


JULY 5 - ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL, ATLANTA RACEWAY, HAMPTON (GA), UNITED STATES
The band headlined the second night of the festival. Rumoured to be professionally recorded.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused, [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..] [ cut ], [ cut ], You Shook Me [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 42 minutes.
Details: A bit distant but exceptionally clear tape, with a significantly good instrument separation and fortunately, with no distortion. The drums are in the back a little but the quality level makes this recording one of better sounding from this tour. The rest of the show was supposedly achieved but erased by the taper.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. 50 seconds.
Details: Shot from small distance, filmed in the front of actual stage. Because the band had the sunset time slot at this festival, the video is quite dark but enough clear to capture details. Circulated also with audio dubbed from actual performance except for How Many More Times.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Atlanta International Pop Festival (Graf Zeppelin), Atlanta Pop Festival 1969 (no label), The Fuckin' Spirit (Melvin Records), & Rocks In Atlanta (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): History Lesson: The Video History 1958~2016 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: Great show, with Plant hits his lungs out here. From the word go you can feel that they really want to make an impression on the big crowd. Sometimes you can hear the tension and the band (Robert especially) almost loose it by the end You Shook Me. Brilliant played through out and a very impressive and intimate medley of White Summer/Black Mountain Side and a rather peculiar finish of Dazed And Confused from both Plant and Page! It's not their best gig from the tour, and the band seemed to be a bit unaware of anticipation. This the show where some naked dude with a Woodrow jumps on stage, dances for a while and then dives bollocks-first into Bonzo's drums? If so, that part must be on the missing reels.

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JULY 6 - NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL, FESTIVAL FIELD, NEWPORT (RI), UNITED STATES
The band headlined the fourth night of the festival. Rumoured to be professionally recorded and filmed.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< Your Good Thing (Is About To End)..), Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, The Lemon Song..), Communication Breakdown [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good 1st audience recording. Almost 55 minutes.
Details: The recording is very bright and has all the instruments in great balance except for Plant's vocals that are lost in the mix very noticeably.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< Your Good Thing (Is About To End)..), Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, The Lemon Song..), Communication Breakdown >> Long Tall Sally, Band Announcements.
Source: Almost complete good to very good 2nd audience recording. 64 minutes.
Details: The tape is clear but the audience is loud in some spots. What's interesting is that the PA problems that are so common in the first source seem almost non-existent in this source. You can hear the same people yelling to turn it up as in above source but Plant's voice comes through here probably the clearest of all. Jimmy's guitar is slightly in the background. Towards the end of How Many More Times the balance changes a bit but it's still the same source.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< Your Good Thing (Is About To End)..), Dazed And Confused [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good 3rd audience recording. 20 minutes.
Details: A bit distorted in lower sequences but still clear tape, with Plant vocals most prominent. It ends abruptly when the taper goes out from the festival field. The tape is still hoarded and only copies available are bootlegs.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 1: Live At The Newport Jazz Festival (Led)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: Live At The Newport Jazz Festival (aka Good Times Bad Times) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Long Tall Sally (Tarantura), Newport Jazz Festival 1969 (Graf Zeppelin), & Tales From '69 (Tarantura)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 3: Newport Jazz Festival (Masterport)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source mixes: Jazz But Rock (Tarantura), Newport Jazz Festival 1969 (Graf Zeppelin 2009 & 2016 edition), & Summer Jazz (Eat A Peach)

Comments: Led Zeppelin closed out the final night of the festival with this extremely gutsy and intense performance. The audience was rowdy after as the Zeppelin was reported to be not performed and Plant announced: "A lot of people though that we weren't gonna come here today. There was a lot of talk thtat everyone was ill and bad. There was nothing wrong with us at all and we intended on playing. That's what we've come to America for. We were coming in the first place so don't get any hassles about what we were gonna do and what we weren't. We hope you'll enjoy everything we do tonight and have a ball". Robert's voice is so powerful it wreaks havoc on the recorder! The band is definitely on and Jones and Bonham hit some unreal highs throughout the show, as does Jimmy as well. Some great harmonica soloing from Robert as well and two riotous encores cap this great show.

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JULY 11 - LAUREL POP FESTIVAL, LAUREL (MD), UNITED STATES
The band headlined. Shared bill with plenty of other artists.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. Length not known.
Details: All that's known to circulate is in the film 'Led Zeppelin Played Here', which showcases the films with other bands.

Comments: The film centers around the Wheaton Youth Center, in Silver Spring, Maryland, where on January 20, 1969 Led Zeppelin supposedly performed on its first US tour. Because of Krulik's inability to secure the music rights, the film has never been formally released.

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JULY 12 - SPECTRUM POP FESTIVAL, THE SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA (PA), UNITED STATES
Led Zeppelin headlined on the last day of the festival. Shared bill with plenty of other artists.
JULY 13 - SINGER BOWL MUSIC FESTIVAL, FLUSHING MEADOWS PARK, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES
The band was not scheduled to play but during Jeff Beck show Page, Pland and Bonham took the stage and joing the Jeff Beck Group for an encore, along with Jethro Tull's bassist Glenn Cornick and Ten Years After's drummer Rick Lee.
JULY 18 - KINETIC PLAYGROUND, CHICAGO (IL), UNITED STATES
Support from Savoy Brown, The Litter and Jethro Tull.
JULY 19 - KINETIC PLAYGROUND, CHICAGO (IL), UNITED STATES
Support from Savoy Brown, The Litter and Jethro Tull.


JULY 20 - MUSICARNIVAL, WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS (OH), UNITED STATES
Support from The James Gang.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..) [ cut ], [ cut ], You Shook Me [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, The Lemon Song, You Make Me Feel So Young..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. Almost 62 minutes.
Details: The tape is a bit noisy with Plant in the back, sounding like he's singing through a transistor radio. There are some rather large problems with the channel and speed issues during White Summer medley.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Cleveland 1969 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Destroyer 1969 (Tarantura & Wendy Records), & Musicarnival (Graf Zeppelin)

Comments: A very intense and powerful show but plagued with some PA problems. Plant: "Once again, as last time in the State of Ohio, we find that the PA system is completely inaudible; but, nevertheless, we'd like to carry on ... I think I'd better get out of the way ... If we go up with a flash and a bang...". The first two songs are very powerful and Robert's voice is simply devastating. Page is playing great and the rhythm section is unalterable in Dazed And Confused and incendiary and dynamic in How Many More Times, steering the group through the changes.

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JULY 21 - SCHAEFER MUSIC FESTIVAL, WOLLMAN RINK, CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Led Zeppelin co-headlined with BB King on the first day of the festival. Approximately 40 minutes of color 16mm film exists along with another 16mm full coat mag track with sound.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), How Many More Times (<< Woody Woodpecker Song, For What It's Worth, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, You Make Me Feel So Young..) [ cut ], Communication Breakdown (<< Just A Little Bit..).
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent audience recording. 68 minutes.
Details: It is a bit tinny but very clear, detailed and up front audience recording and a minor miracle considering it comes from the summer of 1969. One of the best from the era. The only drawback is the minor amount of tape hiss present here.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Central Park '69 & Central Park '69-Milan '71 (no label), The Dirty Dozens (Ass Records), The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records), & Ratso's Bus Ride (TMOQ)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Complete Central Park 1969 (Sanctuary), Live At Central Park (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Schaefer Music Festival (Graf Zeppelin & Rock Calendar Records), & Woody Woodrocker Show (Tarantura)

Comments: A wild show! The great recording gives a vibrant atmosphere and the show is outstanding! Plant's voice is just amazing, and the instrumental machine is exquisite, soaring and roaring through every song with a vengeance! I love listening to the Zeppelin festival sets from 1969 because they had a set time to play and they put everything they have into it and it leaves you breathless! Robert aplogised to the audience for the lack of new material: "We've got an album coming out in the second week in August, but at the moment there's a bit of delay in us getting the numbers together really for stage, because we're still doing the old ones." Some wacky and exciting surprises in How Many More Times add to the fun and excitement!

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JULY 25 - MIDWEST ROCK FESTIVAL, STATE FAIR PARK, GRANDSTAND, WEST ALLIS (WI), UNITED STATES
Shared bill with plenty of other artists.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused, [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, Travelling Riverside Blues, The Lemon Song [ cut ]..), Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent audience recording. 52 minutes.
Details: This is primarily a clear and vibrant recording, though some low end distortion and disturbance do exist. The rhythm section is slightly in the background with the vocals and Page's crystal clear guitar to the forefront.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): West Allison State (Grasshopper)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): I've Got You...Under My Skin (Tarantura, original & reissue), Love Letter From Canada 1969 (Wendy Records), Midwest Rock Festival (Graf Zeppelin, 1CD & 2CD), Midwest Rock Festival 1969 (no label), State Fair (Digger Productions), Stroll On! (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), & Twist (no label)

Comments: A super-charged festival set! The band plow through this material with one of the best versions of The Train Kept A Rollin' ever and frenzied playing throughout. Bonham plays some really inventive patterns and Jonesy is flying as always. Robert's voice is gutsy and Jimmy is great as always ... every song is excellent, and the vibrant recording make this a kicking show!

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JULY 26 - PNE AGRODOME, VANCOUVER (BC), CANADA
Co-headlined with Vanilla Fudge.
JULY 27 - SEATTLE POP FESTIVAL, GOLD CREEK PARK, WOODINVILLE (WA), UNITED STATES
The whole show is achieved as a soundboard but yet tapes are not in circulation. Shared bill with plenty of other artists.
JULY 29 - KINSMEN FIELD HOUSE, EDMONTON (AB), CANADA
Co-headlined with Vanilla Fudge. Drummer Carmine Appice and bassist Tim Bogert switched with John Bonham and John Paul Jones in the middle of How Many More Times, much to the surprise of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Both bands also jammed together during Vanilla Fudge's set.
JULY 30 - TERRANCE BALLROOM, SALT LAKE CITY (UT), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Opened for Vanilla Fudge.
AUGUST 1 - EARL WARREN SHOWGROUNDS, SAMUEL E. KRAMER ARENA, SANTA BARBARA (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Jethro Tull and Fraternity Of Man.
AUGUST 2 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM, ALBUQUERQUE (NM), UNITED STATES
Co-headlined with Vanilla Fudge.
AUGUST 3 - MUSIC HALL, HOUSTON (TX), UNITED STATES
Support from Southwest F.O.B.

AUGUST 4 - STATE FAIR COLISEUM, DALLAS (TX), UNITED STATES
Support from Southwest FOB.
AUGUST 7 - ICE PALACE, LAS VEGAS (NV), UNITED STATES
Support from Wolf Ticket and Pinkiny Canady.


AUGUST 8 - SWING AUDITORIUM, SAN BERNARDINO (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Jethro Tull and Trane (aka The Caretakers).

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, I Gotta Move/Improvisation, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], [ cut ], White Summer [ cut ], [ cut ], You Shook Me [ cut ], [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky, The Lemon Song, Schooldays, Hideaway, Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll..).
Source: Incomplete poor to fair audience recording. 55 minutes.
Details: This is heavily overloaded and distorted tape. The taper was much close to Page’s amplifier and he drowns out the rest of the band almost completely, leaving the space for the others only when Pagey is out from action.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): The Summer Of '69 (Rubber Dubber)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Get High! Be Free! (Tarantura, original & reissue), The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes (Graf Zeppelin), Live At Central Park (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & Wrath Of The Gods (Wendy Records)

Comments: This show is the first recorded performance of the band headlining in a large auditorium, with this show having taken place at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California. As far as the gig itself, the show is very good. After a solid performance of the first two songs the band pause for Page to change a string, which prompts the rest of the group to get into another I Gotta Move jam, like they had done in March 14th, 1969 on the radio. But, before they get into it, something seems to happen in front of the stage, which causes Plant to laugh and comment: "How we doin? You must bear with me. I’m of slight coordination, right? So, if you’re ready to take it, I can give it." At which moment a girl can be heard near the recorder yelling out in true "summer of 69" hippy spirit: "Get high! ... And get with meeee!" With a nearby audience member responding to her in like manner: "Be free!"

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AUGUST 9 - CONVENTION CENTER, ANAHEIM (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Jethro Tull.
AUGUST 10 - SPORTS ARENA, SAN DIEGO (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Suprise Package and Jethro Tull.
AUGUST 14 - MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, AUSTIN (TX), UNITED STATES
Support from Sweet Smoke, Lavendar Hill Express, Flash and Laughing Kind.
AUGUST 15 - CONVENTION CENTER (HEMISFAIR) ARENA, SAN ANTONIO (TX), UNITED STATES
Support from Sweet Smoke and Jethro Tull.
AUGUST 16 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK (NJ), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Joe Cocker.


AUGUST 17 - OAKDALE MUSICAL THEATRE, WALLINGFORD (CT), UNITED STATES
Support from The Mustard Family.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby.
Source: Incomplete fair audience recording. 8 minutes.
Details: The sound is very flat with Plant being the most prominent in the mix. There is some tape warble/distortion throughout Train Kept a Rollin'. Reprted that the rest of the tape is still hoarded.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Anybody Got A Les Paul? (Equinox), The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes (Graf Zeppelin), Miami Image Club (Wendy Records), Red Snapper Deluxe (Balboa Productions), & Tales From '69 (Tarantura)

Comments: This is all that exists from this show ... I heard that the taper stored it for years in bad conditions and this is the only undamaged part of the tape. The other story says that the show was performed on a revolving stage, resulting in very uneven sound. True or not, this is a very powerful fragment and it leads me to believe the rest of the show was equally powerful and exciting.

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AUGUST 18 - THE ROCK PILE, TORONTO (ON), CANADA (2 shows)
Support from Edward Bear.

Set 1 Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused [ cut ], You Shook Me, [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, The Lemon Song..).
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 55 minutes.
Details: The tape is hissy and distorted with a lot of tape disturbances and volume fluctuations throughout. The taper has volume or mic problems at certain points in the show.

Set 2 Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..) [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, She's A Truckin' Little Baby, Cumberland Gap, They're Red Hot, Think You Need A Shot (The Needle), It's Tight Like That, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Announcer Speech, Communication Breakdown (<< Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky, There's A Mountain..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good 1st good audience recording. 83 minutes.
Details: The recording is clear but many parts of tape are quite bass heavy to the point of overpowering the tape.

Set 2 Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), [ cut ], You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..) [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, She's A Truckin' Little Baby, Cumberland Gap, They're Red Hot, Think You Need A Shot (The Needle), It's Tight Like That, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown (<< Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky, There's A Mountain..), Band Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 2nd audience recording. 75 minutes.
Details: The tape sounds quite crispier than above recording. It is noticeably overpowered by the music on the whole run though. Rumoured that the taper didn't have a ticket to the show and recorded it from outside the venue.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) afternoon show: Absolutely Gems - Mighty Monday And Exploding Saturday (Sanctuary), The Complete Rock Pile Tapes (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin), The Complete Rockpile Show (The Symbols), & The Rockpile Tapes (Badgeholders)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) evening show source 1: Absolutely Gems - Mighty Monday And Exploding Saturday (Sanctuary), The Complete Rock Pile Tapes (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin), The Complete Rockpile Show (The Symbols), Long Tall Sally (Tarantura), & The Rockpile Tapes (Badgeholders)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) evening show source 2: The Complete Rock Pile Tapes (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin)

Comments: The first show is a great opening set that would be nothing when compared to the scorching, even greater second show here! The playing here is hot, though. Dazed And Confused is short, compact and powerful, and You Shook Me and How Many More Times are breathtaking in power and playing, and short to work to a maximum effect. The evening show is just awesome, played in front of the best crowd you'll ever hear! The band is just brilliant here and plays their guts out for this great audience. The band is so exciting to be in Canada after a bad reception from the side of Texas audience few days before what caused of Plant's long comments: "It's very nice to be back, but we've got a lot of problems. We've just come from San Antonio in Texas, were all the geezers thought we should get our hair cut, and we've been through that and everybody's been feeling rather bad, so we're very pleased to be here one way or another. It's nice to be back. We'd like to say hello to anybody from the British Isles, including Scotland and two geezers who used to come from Birmingham in a group called The Yellow Rainbow. Nice to see you're still nicking gear! And so, if everybody can feel free and easy, we'd like to see what we can do." How Many More Times is filled with some tense drama that is broken by Robert laughing when he can't hit the highest note. A very hot reception caused Plant to introduce the band in a very funny mood: "We'd like to try to draw a conclusion to what's been a very hectic day. We'd like to tell you that Texas is still as it was when you last read about it and that England is still what it always will be, and we'd like to see you very shortly again, but if not you could all move to the Bahamas or something ... on bass guitar, Hammond organ, and throne ... King John Paul Jones, on drums John Henry Bonham and on lead guitar and as many chicks as he can find ... Jimmy Page!" Then Bonham took the microphone and introduced Plant as "straight from the Labour club at Cradley Heath." Communication Breakdown is a blistering version for an encore.

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AUGUST 20 - AERODROME, SCHENECTADY (NY), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Spyder and Last Thursday.
AUGUST 21 - CAROUSEL THEATRE, FRAMINGHAM (MA), UNITED STATES
Support from Orpheus. DJ JJ Jackson introduced the band on stage. It is reported that the band played What Is And What Should Never Be for the first time.
AUGUST 22 - PIRATES WORLD, DANIA (FL), UNITED STATES
Support from The Echo, Royal Ascots and Brimstone
AUGUST 23 - PIRATES WORLD, DANIA (FL), UNITED STATES
Support from The Echo, Royal Ascots and Brimstone.
AUGUST 24 - VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, JACKSONVILLE (FL), UNITED STATES
Support from Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys.
AUGUST 25 - TAMARACK LODGE, GREENFIELD PARK (NY), UNITED STATES (cancelled as switched to Delano Motor Lodge, Monicello, NY)
AUGUST 25 - DELANO MOTOR LODGE, MONTICELLO (NY), UNITED STATES (2 shows, cancelled)
AUGUST 27 - CASINO BALLROOM, HAMPTON BEACH (NH), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
AUGUST 29 - SINGER BOWL MUSIC FESTIVAL, THE PAVILION, FLUSHING MEADOW PARK, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES
Shared bill with plenty of other artists.
AUGUST 30 - SINGER BOWL MUSIC FESTIVAL, THE PAVILION, FLUSHING MEADOW PARK, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES
Shared bill with plenty of other artists.


AUGUST 31 - TEXAS INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL, DALLAS INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, LEWISVILLE (TX), UNITED STATES
Led Zeppelin appeared on the second day of the festival and shared bill with plenty of artists.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), How Many More Times (<< Suzie Q, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, Eyesight To The Blind, Shake For Me [ cut ]..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete fair to good 1st audience recording. 63 minutes.
Details: The tape is hissy, distand and muddy, also overloaded. Although all the instruments are still audible, overall quality is really not impressive and tape ranks good in places only. Members of the audience are talkative in some places.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), How Many More Times (<< Suzie Q, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, Eyesight To The Blind, Shake For Me..), Announcer Speech, Communication Breakdown, Band Announcements.
Source: Almost complete very good to excellent 2nd audience recording. 64 minutes.
Details: The recording is very clear but emphasizes the bass, has noticeable hiss, mic handling noise and the ocassional audience comment. Still one of the best from the era.

Recording Includes: I Can't Quit You Baby [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], [ cut ], You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..) [ cut ], [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Suzie Q, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, Eyesight To The Blind, Shake For Me..) [ cut ], Announcer Speech [ cut ], [ cut ], Communication Breakdown [ cut ], Band Announcements.
Source: Incomplete good to very good 3rd audience recording. 56 minutes.
Details: A rather clear, a bit distant recording with a fair instrument separation. The guitar and vocals are in favor of bass and drums a bit, and the audience is talktative in places, of which some comments are very annoying.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused [ cut ], You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), How Many More Times (<< Suzie Q, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, Eyesight To The Blind, Shake For Me..) [ cut ], Announcer Speech, Communication Breakdown, Band Announcements.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. Near 63 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Recording Includes: Dazed And Confused [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent 1st color amateur footage. 3 seconds.
Details: A very brief clip of the band playing at the end of the film.

Recording Includes: I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, How Many More Times [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent 2nd color amateur footage. 39 seconds.
Details: Part of a film with multiple bands.

Recording Includes: I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 16mm silent color professional footage. 10 minutes.
Details: The film is dark and a bit blurry, but is nonetheless an interesting early visual document of the band in a true live setting. The film also features second angle. Taped in order to be used in a documentary about the festival. (A complete Dazed And Confused can bee seen on Got No Shoes, Got No Blues film documentary.) All versions circulating have either a stamp in the center of the picture either a timecode and all have sound synched up with soundboard. Earlier versions are shorter, missing some content.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) audience source 1: The Big Dope Party (LZ69 & LZ869) & Never Healed (Idi Amin)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) soundboard: Don't Mess With Texas (Oh Boy) & Texas International Pop Festival (Oh Boy)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 1: Eyes Big Crowd (Tarantura) & Texas International Pop Festival: Definitive Edition (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 2: Plays Pure Bob (Tarantura), Plays Pure Bob! (Tarantura), & Texas International Pop Festival: Definitive Edition (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Best Of 1969 Tour (Forever Standard Series), Don't Mess With Texas (Oh Boy), Plays Pure Blues (Whoopy Cat), Texas International Pop Festival (Oh Boy, original and reissue & Last Stand Disc), Texas International Pop Festival 1969 (no label), & Texas International Pop Festival: Definitive Edition (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 2 & soundboard mixes: Ladies And Gentlemen (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), The Only Way To Fly (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Plays Pure Bob! (Tarantura), Sixty Nine Special (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Texas Blues (Godfatherecords), Texas International Pop Festival (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), & Texas International Pop Festival 1969: Stereo Matrix (no label, original & reissue)

Bootleg DVD Audio Reference(s): Texas International Pop Festival (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) professional footage: Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy), Bring It On Home 1969~1970 (Eye Thank You), Early Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume One (Celebration Definitive Masters), & History Lesson: The Video History 1958~2016 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: An excellent show, perfectly consolidating all of the great playing that this tour had produced, from the powerful opener to the extended end of show medley, complete with Plant doing his best adlibs yet. An easy choice for one of the very best shows of the year. As if the performance wasn't enough, a superb soundboard, as well as a near-excellent audience sources circulate for this show. Plant mentioned about the cancelled August 4th concert: "It's very nice to be back in Texas. Last time we were here it was a near disaster when we said we weren't doing the festival and everything. This is the last date before we go back to England, so we'd really like to have a nice time ... And you can help us." Plant also apologised for cutting the set short: "We've got to say goodnight according to the programme. Unfortunately, the programme has got a little delayed but there's nothing we can do about it!" Pages amps act up during a few spots in the show, producing brief crackling sounds, as if his guitar cable or a connection somewhere was coming loose. Although not at all a distraction for the listener, this makes for a funny moment during Dazed And Confused and How Many More Times, when Page's amps can be heard briefly picking up the sound of the festival security staff speaking on their radios.

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Led Zeppelin European Interlude
October 3, 1969 - October 13, 1969

OCTOBER 3 - CIRCUSTHEATER, SCHEVENINGEN, HOLLAND
Support from Steamhammer.
OCTOBER 4 - DE DOELEN, ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND
Support from After Tea and George Cash.
OCTOBER 5 - CONCERTGEBOUW, AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Support from Steamhammer. The parts of set were professionally filmed by Vara TV company and broadcasted on November 12, 1969. It is stated that film clocks at 17 minutes long but it's no longer in company's archives.
OCTOBER 6 - KONSERTHUSET, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN (cancelled)
OCTOBER 7 - KONSERTHUSET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (cancelled)
OCTOBER 9 - TIVOLIS KONCERTSAL, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (cancelled)


OCTOBER 9 - CONCERTGEBOUW, HARLEEM, HOLLAND
As yet this footage is still not discovered and may have been wiped. Originally was aired on "Dit is het begin", Dutch VARA networked TV Show, December 12, 1969 (Friday.) The programme also included Deep Purple's studio recording Child In Time.

Recording Includes: Dazed And Confused [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent color professional TV broadcast. 12 minutes.

Comments: Not known if the group performed the whole set or just one song. But if the content was similar to the following two nights then this would be a real gem!

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OCTOBER 10 - OLYMPIA, PARIS, FRANCE
Whole concert was recorded professionally. Originally aired on "Musicorama", Europe1 on November 2, 1969. Rebroadcast on Europe2 on December 7, 2007 at 22:30. Remastered deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin I (released June 2014) have preFM recording edited in many parts to be fitted with single companion disc.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown (<< It's Your Thing..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), How Many More Times (<< Over Under Sideways Down, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, Boogie Chillun, Hideaway, Think You Need A Shot (The Needle)..).
Source: Almost complete superb professional 1st pre-FM recording. 78 minutes.
Details: Professionally mixed pre-FM master. Moby Dick not included.

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times >> Communication Breakdown (<< It's Your Thing..), I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), Moby Dick, How Many More Times (<< The Hunter..).
Recording: Incomplete superb professional 2nd preFM recording. 71 minutes.
Details: Professionally mixed preFM master. The recording is edited in many parts of which most notable are: Band Announcements excluded, interference between Communication Breakdown and I Can't Quit You Baby added, missing some guitar solo in Heartbreaker, some of actual guitar solo in White Summer/Black Mountain Side missing, some of actual drum solo in Moby Dick missing, and most of medley in How Many More Times edited out.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown (<< It's Your Thing..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), How Many More Times (<< Over Under Sideways Down, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, Boogie Chillun, Hideaway, Think You Need A Shot (The Needle)..).
Source: Almost complete superb professional FM recording. 78 minutes.
Details: Professionally mixed FM master. DJ comments are included throughout. Moby Dick was played but not recorded or aired possibly.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) FM source: En Noir Et Blanc (The Swingin' Pig Records) & Get The Boogie (Whispering Souls Authentic Vinyl Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) 1st pre-FM source: Chatenay-Malabry 1969 (no label), Olympia 1969 (no label), One Night Stand In Paris (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin), Paris 1969 Pre-FM Master (no label), & The Valkyrie's Vigil (Tarantura)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) 1st & 2nd preFM sources: Heavy Zeppelin (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, both editions)

Official LP Reference(s) 2nd preFM source: Led Zeppelin I "deluxe" and "super deluxe" editions (Atlantic)

Official CD Reference(s) 2nd preFM source: Led Zeppelin I "deluxe" and "super deluxe" editions (Atlantic)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) FM source: Ain't No Fool (Black Dog Rekords), Good Times Bad Times (Scorpio), L'Olympia (Godfatherecords), N'est Aucun Imbecile (Black Dog Rekords), Olympia 1969 (no label, two different issues), One Night Stand In Paris (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin), Paris Olympia 1969 (Wendy Records), & Paris Par Excellence (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: Ok, this is what we were looking for a long years! A spectacular and gutsy show in a stunnig quality. The set begins with the devastating opening bars of Good Times Bad Times serving as a prelude to Communication Breakdown. Only at these shows was this arrangement used as they were trying to achieve the most overwhelming sound they could muster. This tape includes the earliest reference to Heartbreaker introduced by Robert saying ”We’d like to carry on with something on the new Led Zeppelin II album, which is eventually coming out in England and America. It’s called Heartbreaker”. This version sounds close to the studio arrangement and Page uses heavy distortion during the guitar solo. White Summer was still played at this time and is introduced by Plant saying “right now we’d like to feature…” Page can be heard behind him saying“wanking dog”. How Many More Times is stretched to over twenty minutes long. The long improvisation starts off very dark and includes references to Holst’s Mars: The Bringer Of War and a very slow version of The Yardbirds’ Over Under Sideways Down. Some people shout to Plant while he’s in the middle of The Hunter and causes him to say “shut up”. There is a long Boogie Chillun’ part with a reference to Ainsley Dunbar and Needle Blues where Plant sings “I got my needle in you babe, and you seem to think it’s alright. Why don’t you roll over baby, see what it’s like on the other side. I think that was Brownie McGhee”. Where are the encores?!

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OCTOBER 12 - LYCEUM BALLROOM, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Support from Frosty Noses and Audience. Tony Statton-Smith intrdouced all the acts.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby, [ cut ], Heartbreaker, [ cut ], You Shook Me [ cut ], [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< colors, Over Under Sideways Down, Down By The River, The Hunter, Eyesight To The Blind, Shake For Me, Boogie Chillun [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 59 minutes.
Details: The tape is fairly clear but a bit noisy and lacks clarity, but listenable. Drums and bass are bit muddy and in the back. The quality seems to have gone down a bit for How Many Times, and then there are some tape pauses and/or stetching before an abrupt end.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Live At The Lyceum (Grant Musik) & London Live (Right Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Good Times Bad Times (Scorpio), Live At The Lyceum In London (Cobra Standard Series & Graf Zeppelin), The Lyceum Ballroom UK 10-12-69 (Totonka), Lyceum Preview (Immigrant), & Triumphant UK Return (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: The Lyceum performance was originally supposed to feature the entire Led Zeppelin II previewed but the band were having none of that and would play a set similar to the American summer dates plus the inclusion of two new songs from LZ II. As with the prior show in Paris, they added a few bars of Good Times Bad Times before Communication Breakdown making a very dynamic start to the concert. Plant gives an introduction to Heartbreaker: “I don’t know what to say. It was a long drive down from Birmingham. Ah, we’d like to continue with something ah, off the new, the Led Zeppelin II thing, that’s been running into a lot of difficulties just lately. Nevertheless, it should be out in a couple of, a couple um, well I don’t know what to say. This is a number from it anyway. It’s called Heartbreaker”. Like we know from the Paris recording two days prior, Heartbreaker was a monster in its earliest live versions. Jimmy’s solo is really good and just a bit tentative. You Shook Me almost sounds like Robert and Jimmy were going to do a call and response until Page obliterates him with an incredibly fast and devastating flourish of leads, a real showstopper. What is and What Should Never Be is the first known live recording of this song. Certainly it was played during the previous European dates but nothing has surfaced yet. A typically great Dazed And Confused follows. By the time the band break into How Many More Times the audience cannot hold back any longer and enthusiastically clap along with the band. The song features a great member introduction by Plant. The medley is typical for this time frame, a tip of the hat to the Yardbirds with a variation of the Over Under Sideways Down riff, The Hunter, and Boogie Chillun’ as well as several other obscure references between these main songs. There are a couple of tape stretches before the song cuts.

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Led Zeppelin Fourth North American Tour
October 17, 1969 - November 8, 1969

OCTOBER 17 - CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Rumoured to be recorded professionally.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], [ cut ], Good Times Bad Times Intro [ cut ] >> Communication Breakdown, [ cut ], I Can't Quit You Baby, [ cut ], Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..) [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 78 minutes.
Details: This is all that remainded from the early show. A significantly distant and boomy recording with vocals pushed to the rear and with the guitar being exposed loud in the mix. The bass is blurred and distorted and drums are barely listenable in louder parts except for cymbals.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): At Carnegie Hall 1969 (Wendy Records), Black Beauty (Graf Zeppelin), Carnegie Hall 1969 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc & no label), Empire State Of Mind (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Plays Black Beauty (Tarantura), & Starting Show Of North American Tour Autumn 1969 (Wisteria Records)

Comments: An amazing performance with just average sound. This recording captures some of Page's best live guitar tone coupled with outstanding musical precision. He is playing in a legato style with violin-like sustain and additional flourishes sprouting everywhere. The outro solo for Communication Breakdown is a great example with a restrained and completely unique approach almost quoting Third Stone From The Sun, staying in the bass register without his usual pulloff shred runs. He does struggle with tuning throughout the concert though. The band reportedly got into NYC late and came with limited gearso that was a rush to get on stage. The main drawback are acoustics here. Carnegie Hall was designed for classical music and Led Zeppelin was designed to play something quite different. Perhaps the amps were turned down for the hall and we get sweet tone instead of crushing volume. Jimmy is ripping on I Can't Quit You Baby and Robert seems to be struggling to find his place or almost trying to compete with Jimmy in some spots. Heartbreaker is very similar to album version. Jimmy is receiving a long standing ovation after a virtuoso version of White Summer. What Is And What Should Never Be is absolutely astounding. So laid back in the quiet bits and absolutely crushing in the choruses and tag. John Bonham himself considered his drum solo in Moby Dick to be his best ever and it is certainly one of the best ones he ever did. The tape runs out during the start of How Many More Times. We may presume a similar setlist has been given for the late show as well. A classic gem!

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OCTOBER 18 - OLYMPIA STADIUM, DETROIT (MI), UNITED STATES
Support from Lee Michaels, MC5 and Grand Funk Railroad.
OCTOBER 19 - KINETIC PLAYGROUND, CHICAGO (IL), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Santana and Lighthouse.
OCTOBER 20 - SEATTLE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
OCTOBER 24 - PUBLIC HALL, CLEVELAND (OH), UNITED STATES
Support from Grand Funk Railroad.
OCTOBER 25 - THE GANSETT TRIBAL ROCK FESTIVAL, BOSTON GARDEN, BOSTON (MA), UNITED STATES
Support from Johnny Winter and MC5.


OCTOBER 30 - KLEINHANS MUSIC HALL, BUFFALO (NY), UNITED STATES
Support from The James Gang.

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (<< The Hunter [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 81 minutes.
Details: The tape is a bit muddy due mostly to some particularly boomy bass frequencies from Jones. Beside this, recording is nicely balanced and only a distant spectrum does not help this tape being more enjoyable.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Headliner (Magnificent Disc), Long Tall Sally (Tarantura), Pat's Delight (Tecumseh Recording Co.), Soars On Buffalo 1969 (Graf Zeppelin), & When A Glass Was Thrown (Tarantura, original & reissue)

Comments: An extremely powerful, heavy and loud show in front of a rapturous crowd. The band is amazing and Robert's voice is a true delight ... in its best shape ever! An interesting thing happens at this show, during I Can't Quit You Baby, when a member of the audience throws a bottle at Plant, causing him to insert a warning to the fellow in the following lyrics: "I can’t quit you babe. I'm gonna put you... (pauses) ...you down for a while. Cuz you’re messing up a good concert, you silly fool! You must’ve been my one desire! If you think you’re really very smart, then you better come right up here and do that thing again! Here me talking to ya!? Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, you think you’re really smart! I suggest you come right up here and do that simple thing once again!” After the song, Plant addresses the culprit: “Thank you very much. Thank you. It’s a great pleasure to be here tonight. And we’d like to welcome our friend. He’s so used to throwing coconuts in the fairground, he doesn’t really know. Thanks for the glass.“ The surprise of the night is Page’s version of White Summer. Even though it tended to be the same song night-after-night, this is a fantastic rendition. Fluid, clean, and precise. A really great version of what was normally just a routine solo piece. As for the new songs in the set, they still sound faithful to the album renditions. Heartbreaker still features Bonham playing a more swinging jazz background, with Page's solo being short and free of most of the tricks that he would later incorporate into the piece. What Is And What Should Never Be likewise has Plant starting out the vocal intro to the song identically to how it was sung on the album.

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OCTOBER 31 - RHODE ISLAND AUDITORIUM, PROVIDENCE (RI), UNITED STATES (cancelled due to crowd disturbances)
Support from Dr. John The Night Tripper and Taj Mahal. Both acts also cancelled.
OCTOBER 31 - GANSETT TRIBAL ROCK FESTIVAL, SPRINGFIELD MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, SPRINGFIELD (MA), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Taj Mahal. Originally scheduled for the Rhode Island Auditorium in Providence but moved to Springfield after city licence was denied.
NOVEMBER 1 - ONONDAGA WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, SYRACUSE (NY), UNITED STATES
Support from The James Gang.


NOVEMBER 2 - O'KEEFE CENTRE, TORONTO (ON), CANADA (2 shows)
Support from Edward Bear. Ritchie Yorke introduced both acts.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown (<< Bluebird..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< It Hurts Me So..), Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused (<< Some Tears..), [ cut ], White Summer (<< Still I'm Sad, Black Mountain Side..), Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (<< Down By The River, Ramble On..), [ cut ], Moby Dick, [ cut ], C'mon Everybody [ cut ] >> Something Else.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 85 minutes.
Details: This is of what remains from the late show. The recorder was fairly close to Jonesy's amplifiers, therefore the bass is upfront, but there is no distortion. Bonzo is a bit distant than the rest of instruments. The vocals sound a little distorted and echoey. It goes more muddy as the show progresses but it clears up again for the last two encores. How Many More Times was played but not taped.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Back In Toronto (Graf Zeppelin), Beast Of Toronto (Immigrant), Draw Like Heavy Magnet (Graf Zeppelin), Good Times Jimmy's Got The Blues (Tarantura), Listen To My Bluebird (Image Quality), Love Letter From Canada 1969 (Wendy Records), O'Keefe Centre 1969 Late Show (no label), & Tront Cowgirls (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: An excellent show, full of energy and classic 1969 Zeppelin. Jones is all over the place, Jimmy is spectacular, Bonham is amazing and Robert's voice is so high it is unbelievable. Plant joked with the crowd: "We intend to try to do as much of the Led Zeppelin I album as possible, but we through we'd cut it down by half and do Led Zeppelin II." There are many other songs thrown in, including a great version of Buffalo Springfield's Bluebird, Neil Young's Down By The River and The Yardbird's Still I'm Sad. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is played by a special request so we can assume they haven't performed this song during the early set. Near the end of Something Else, a huge amount of fans stormed the stage. This is all that is known to exist from this show, and it is truly a spectacular concert.

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NOVEMBER 4 - MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, KITCHENER (ON), CANADA
Support from The Copper Penny.


NOVEMBER 5 - MEMORIAL HALL, KANSAS CITY (KS), UNITED STATES (2 shows)
Support from Morning Star, Bartok's Mountain, The Spokesman, Blues Garden and Bill Zickos (who cancelled). Led Zeppelin's gear was shipped from the previous night's gig in Canada to San Francisco so the band had to use borrowed gear and PA system from the promoters and other acts.

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused, [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, Boogie Chillun, Move On Down The Line..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 39 minutes.
Details: This is of what remains from the early show. The tape is muffled and a bit distorted, but overall not so bad. What makes this show bad is quality of the show. Bonham was drunk, and at times it sounds like the band members are playing different songs.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Birth Of The Gods (Balboa Productions), Centralien (Wendy Records), Good Times Jimmy's Got The Blues (Tarantura), Love Letter From Canada 1969 (Wendy Records), Miami Image Club (Wendy Records), Soars On Buffalo 1969 (Graf Zeppelin), & Tales From '69 (Tarantura)

Comments: Page is playing as excellently as he had been the past few dates. Jones as well is spot on. And Plant is in strong voice. But Bonham ... The story goes that Bonham was so drunk that he couldn't stay awake at this show. I don't know if that's true, but I wouldn't be surprised, as it sure sounds like it. The entire night he seems to frequently disappear from songs, often times crashing in at the wrong time, and playing either too fast or too slow when he does come in. Some "highlights" include his drum outro to I Can't Quit You Baby, his on-again-off-again participation during the return from Page's solo in Heartbreaker, his total absence during the beginning of Dazed And Confused, and his complete butchering of The Hunter portion of How Many More Times, among many other moments of really really bad drumming. Bizarrely, a review of this show in the Kansas City Star doesn't mention anything about Bonham's performance. It does mention, however, that the band did not use their own instruments at this show. Besides not making any sense whatsoever, this doesn't sound like it was entirely correct.

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NOVEMBER 6 - WINTERLAND, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Roland Kirk, Wolfgang and Isaac Hayes. Bonzo Dog Band was scheduled but a sign said they were cancelled because of immigration problems. Bill Graham introduced all the acts.

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< It Hurts Me So..), Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Over Under Sideways Down, The Hunter, Boogie Chillun, Move On Down The Line, Hideaway, Bottle It Up And Go, They're Red Hot, Cumberland Gap, The Lemon Song..), C'mon Everybody >> Something Else, Bill Graham Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Almost complete good to very good 1st audience recording. 99 minutes.
Details: This recording is quite clear but more distant than other source. It does contain some noticeable tape hiss and distortion.

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< It Hurts Me So..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be [ cut ], Moby Dick, How Many More Times (<< Over Under Sideways Down, The Hunter, Boogie Chillun, Move On Down The Line, Hideaway, Bottle It Up And Go, They're Red Hot, Cumberland Gap, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], C'mon Everybody >> Something Else.
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd audience recording. 89 minutes.
Details: The source is more close to the stage that caused of some rather minor distortion only. The instruments all rather well balanced. Due to being recorded closer, the sound is much more punchy and bright.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Blow-Up (Immigrant), C'mon Eberybody (House Of Elrond CDR), The End Of '69 (Whole Lotta Live), Final Winterland (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin), Punk! (Tarantura), Pb (Tarantura), & Room 2/3 (Image Quality)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: C'Mon Everybody (House Of Elrond) & Final Winterland (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source mixes: Good Old Led Zeppelin (Tarantura), Stand Up Sit Down Up There Settle Down! (Tarantura), & Winterland Party (Wendy Records)

Comments: A very intense and great show. The opening number is brutal in impact and Zeppelin takes the audience all over the spectrum, from, the great jamming of Dazed And Confused and the gentleness of White Summer/Black Mountain Side, through an awesome How Many More Times medley and two punked-up encores. The "nastiness" of the recording helps emphasize the intense atmosphere and savage beauty of Robert's voice. Robert alluded to the fact that John Bonham allegedly was very drunk and almost missed the second show in Kansas City.

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NOVEMBER 7 - WINTERLAND, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from
Wolfgang and Isaac Hayes. Bonzo Dog Band was scheduled but a sign said they were cancelled because of immigration problems. Roland Kirk was cancelled as he had a run-in with Bill Graham and he fired him and his band eventually. Bill Graham introduced all the acts.

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< It Hurts Me So..), Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Dazed And Confused [ cut ], [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (<< Down By The River..) [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], Suzie Q Intro >> How Many More Times (<< Smokestack Lightning, Got a Lot Of Living To Do, Beck's Bolero, The Hunter [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 1st audience recording. Almost 90 minutes.
Details: The tape is distorted with Bonzo and Plant buried under Page and Jones. The bass is very audible in the mix for most of the show, sometimes overpowering the rest of instruments. It's also riddled with speed fluctuations throughout the show. The quality worsened near the end of Moby Dick, lacking bottom end and being less crisp.

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< It Hurts Me So..), Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (<< Down By The River..), What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], Suzie Q Intro >> How Many More Times (<< Smokestack Lightning, Got a Lot Of Living To Do, Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, Boogie Chillun, Move On Down The Line, Bottle It Up And Go, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Bring It On Home.
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd audience recording. 108 minutes.
Details: A very clear and dynamic tape, with bass being just a tiny blurred because of the distance. The recording has great ambience and shares almost no distortion except for bottom end and the audience is very quiet and respecful throughout the whole show.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Final Winterland (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin), Good Old Led Zeppelin (Tarantura), Return To San Francisco (Graf Zeppelin, last two discs), Room 2/3 (Image Quality), & Winter Of Our Content (Missing Link)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source mixes: Final Winterland 1969 2nd Night: Source 2 (no label), Rare Magic (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Return To San Francisco (Graf Zeppelin, first two discs), Stand Up Sit Down Up There Settle Down! (Tarantura), & Winter In Winterland 1969 (Wisteria Records)

Comments: This is the second to last show from the 4th US Tour of 1969 and a very exciting show! The beginning of Good Times Bad Times is quite thrilling and a long and drawn out Communication Breakdown is an early highlight. Jones plays some great bass ... check out his lines in Heartbreaker. Jimmy is definitely playing on another level and is out of this world! The tone of his guitar on here is just great. Plant is not at the top of his range for 1969 but he's still perfectly fine and powerful. Jimmy has tuning issues especially during Babe I'm Gonna Leave You. That song comes across very powerfully here though. The final encore, Bring It On Home is recorded for the very first time and it rocks! You really feel the power of Zeppelin from this song.

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NOVEMBER 8 - WINTERLAND, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Wolfgang and Isaac Hayes. Bonzo Dog Band was scheduled but a sign said they were cancelled because of immigration problems. Roland Kirk was cancelled as he had a run-in with Bill Graham and he fired him and his band eventually. Bill Graham introduced all the acts.

 

Led Zeppelin Final European Date
December 6, 1969

DECEMBER 6 - PISTON '70, ECOLE CENTRALE, CHATENAY-MALABRY, FRANCE
School ball one-off show. Support from The Pretty Things, Les Variations, Triangle and Bachdenkel (which were not advertised on the bill).

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times Intro [ cut ] >> Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< It Hurts Me So..), Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side..), [ cut ], You Shook Me, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (<< The Hunter, Smokestack Lightning, Whole Lotta Love, Improvisation based on Good Times Bad Times theme, Wee Baby Blues, Hideaway, Move On Down The Line, Boogie Chillun..).
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 104 minutes.
Details: The volume fluctuates throughout the tape. The vocals, guitar, and bass are pushed to the front and more distorted, while the drums are less distorted and pushed back in the mix. One bad thing is that Moby Dick has a very loud volume, and the volume on How Many More Times is lower, and so with more hiss.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Chatenay-Malabry 1969 (no label), Centralien (Wendy Records), Final Rendez-Vous (Godfatherecords), Les Rendez-Vous De Paris (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), LZ Au Gala De L'Ecole (Graf Zeppelin, original & reissue), No Cancellation! (Akashic), Seconds After Catching Fire (Tarantura), & This Is Jimmy (Boleskine House Records)

Comments: Over the years, there's been much speculation regarding the validity of Led Zeppelin's appearance at Ecole Centrale's Piston 70 - despite a review in the French magazine Best in February 1970 and a publication of the programme in the book Hexagonal Experiences. The first clue was the photographs of the gig taken by Gilles Château, which were published on the LedZeppelin.com website. But now, more than 40 years later, there's no doubt that it really happened since this recording has been dig out! A 40 years old master tape that has never been circulated before. It must have a few glitches from times to times, but it's a miracle that it was not completely gone after all this time. This is the culmination of the 1969 gigs. It is unlike any of the others, including Winterland from the previous month. It is more exquisite, delicate and vicious than anything previously. The subtle interplay between Plant and Jimmy on How Many More Times is unprecidented. They actually bridge into into the solo work from Good Times Bad Times. Tightness is fluid beyond belief. This was a private gig where they just did whatever they felt was neccessary. When they came back in 1970 it was different. This recording is an historic revelatory piece that if Jimmy holds the soundboard he should release it!

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