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 to excellent audience recording. 52 minutes.

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 2006 & reissue 2009)

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

      Unlike the San Francisco shows a few days later, the band played one long set instead of two shorter ones. To a big surprise, they start off with a long variation on As Long As I Have You. As in the case of previous performances on this tour, the musicians also inserted several other themes during the medley, choosing from countless compositions lingering in Jimmy's memory from his days as a session musician, of which the most interesting is a short clip of Summertime Blues of Eddie Cochran. The Train Kept A Rollin' is now moved closer to the middle of the set. While the first part of the show allows you to familiarize yourself with the already known repertoire, the remaining several minutes are a real feast. The first known live performance of Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, a song known from the repertoire of Joan Baez, is here still very close to the album version and impresses with its expressiveness. The original version of Killing Floor is played here at a much faster pace than the version that will be on the second studio album. And finally, For Your Love, The Yardbirds' old single hit, here stretched out to over five minutes as a setting for Page's brilliant, sharp psychedelic solos. A must-listen!


JANUARY 9 - FILLMORE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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 to very good audience recording. 4 minutes.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Dancing Avocado Supreme (Graf Zeppelin, 2018 & 2023 issue), Fillmore West 19690111 (Wendy Records), Fillmore West 1969 Multiband Remaster (Wendy Records), Fresh Garbage (Graf Zeppelin & Scorpio), & Twinight (Immigrant)

      The first visit to legendary Fillmore West and a very fragmentary recording. Just this single song, said to be from their debut at the famous venue led by the great late Bill Graham. 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 concerts 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. Unfortunately, for this short remainder, these intros can't be heard on this tape, but we can assume that the song belongs to this date.


JANUARY 10 - FILLMORE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Bag's Groove, Cat's Squirrel..), [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Dream Lower, The Riddle Song, The Hunter..) [ cut ], [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah..), [ cut ], Killing Floor, [ cut ], You Shook Me, [ cut ], Pat's Delight, [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You [ cut ], Communication Breakdown, For Your Love.
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 95 minutes.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): The Final Option (no label) & For Your Love (International Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Fillmore West 1969 Day 2 (no label), For Your Love (Cobra Standard Series CDR, Empress Valley Supreme Disc original 2006 and reissue 2013, & 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)

      A classic early and primitive monster show that is amazing from start to finish and the he crowd is really into it. The performance is divided into two sets, the first starts with The Train Kept A Rollin', which smoothly flows into the well-known Willie Dixon blues, I Can't Quit You Baby. As Long As I have You is full of quotes, of which Cream's Cat's Squirrel is the newest adition. Already during these early gigs the band's signature showpiece, Dazed And Confused begins to stretch in time, here yet to a safe ten minutes. The first part of the show closes with a long version of How Many More Times, where Page and Plant show off each other's skills. Even here, they already threw a snippets of Bobby Darin's Dream Lover and a traditional Riddle Song. The second set opens with Jimmy's old tune from The Yardbirds' days, White Summer, which now also includes a subtle Black Mountain Side. He loses himself several times during his solo, which makes him play a bit slower and more cautious than usual, this makes his playing style also unique. Plant's improvisation in Killing Floor brings the atmosphere to life, his vocals taking on a delta blues twist. In You Shook Me, which we can hear here for the first time performed live, his vocals are so penetrating at times that they seem to be on the verge of endurance. The second set of the show ends with a seven-minute long version of For Your Love that surpasses the original version by leaps and bounds. The song is announced in a slightly sarcastic style by Plant, “a thing Keith Relf had something to do with. Do you remember him? Works for Hammersmith Council now.“ Highly recommended!


JANUARY 11 - FILLMORE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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: I Can't Quit You Baby (<< Don't Know Which Way To Go..), Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (<< Smokestack Lightning..) [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete superb soundboard recording. 43 minutes.

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)

      This is all that is known to exist of this show, and it is a shame ... because this is a 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 equipment problems which caused the long delays between the songs, leading Robert 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 says, “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!“ A wild and visceral 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.


JANUARY 12 - FILLMORE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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: 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 ], [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah..) [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin', [ cut ], Pat's Delight [ cut ], [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song..).
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. Almost 80 minutes.

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)

      A classic early show when the band was young and every night was played with guts. Once again, the performance is divided into two sets. The first one starts again with As Long As I Have You. They seem intent on hammering the audience with speed and power, none of the previous concerts subtleties here. Baby Please Don't Go from Big Joe Williams repertoire is played during the medley. The violin bow part during Dazed And Confused evokes whistles from the crowd. This composition will quickly become a field for countless improvisations in the future and a favourite among the audiences all around the globe. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is another gem, where Robert gives a really strong and emotional vocal skills. The second set of the show starts with Jimmy's showcase, White Summer/Black Mountain Side medley, followed by a fast The Train Kept A Rollin'. The choice of this song at that point clearly indicates that at that time the band did not yet have a strictly defined repertoire, moving through all known arrangements and compositions instead. Bonzo's short solo in Pat's Delight is met with loud cheers from the audience. The highlight of the second set is a seventeen-minute version of How Many More Times, on which Plant adds ad-libs from their debut album during the violin bow solo, singing “I was a young boy I couldn’t resist...“ Another short performance of Killing Floor ends the gig, this time with lyrics from the yet unknown The Lemon Song.


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 forty-five minutes only.


JANUARY 23 - BOSTON TEA PARTY, BOSTON (MA), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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, Cat's Squirrel..), Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me.
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. Near 48 minutes.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Boston Tea Party (no label & Rockwell And Good Music)

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)

      The first of four nights at the legendary Boston Tea Party, where Zeppelin played one of their wildest shows during this tour. The whole band sounds really strong and Robert's voice is in its most primitive and powerful stage. The band stopped after The Train Kept A Rollin' because Page busts a string. There is a lengthy delay as Plant talks to the audience, saying, “Let me say it’s great to be in Boston. According to Jimmy, its one of the best places he’s ever played“ and promotes the just released first album. Then Bonham and Jones try to play a short impromptu jam, but they quickly give up when Jimmy is ready to go back to playing. Bonzo attacks his drums relentlessly, so intensively in As Long As I Have You ... he pulls back for a duel with Page later on. Plant tries to bring them back into the final verse, but he has to repeat “born in darkness“ phrase two times before they follow. Just amazing how to make a trump out of a mistake. This is all that is known to exist, the tape ends abruptly just before as the first set comes to an end. I bet the rest of the show was just as exciting as the first bit.


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


JANUARY 25 - BOSTON TEA PARTY, BOSTON (MA), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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, Cat's Squirrel, Steppin' Out, Mockingbird..), I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused (<< Move On Down The Line..), [ cut ], You Shook Me, [ cut ], Pat's Delight >> Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, How Many More Times (<< For Your Love, Beck's Bolero, Little Queenie, I'm Talkin' About You, The Hunter..), Stage Announcements, Instrumental Jam >> Communication Breakdown, Band Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Almost complete very good audience recording. Near 95 minutes.

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)

      An excellent and wild gig in front of a rather silent crowd and with great quality. The level of improvisations is truly outstanding, and the whole show is a great early Zeppelin energetic, loud and wonderful document. As with other performances, two separate sets were played. The first one starts with an extended version of As Long As I Have You. It's amazing how they stretched this composition in just one month, slowly preparing the listener for what this track will be on the next North American tour. The medley is extended, and features John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers' Steppin' Out among a few other quotes. Jimmy briefly plays Roy Orbison's old hit Move On Down The Line during his guitar solo in Dazed And Confused. This composition is also evolving day by day, here we can hear it a bit expanded already, with a clear division into a haunting bow solo and an instrumental section that keeps everyone in suspense. Quite surprisingly, the second set begins with Bonzo's drum solo, which is simply amazing and there are times when the audience's enthusiasm evidences what a spectacular performer he was. The lengthy How Many More Times is full of old classic tunes, of which another attempt to For Your Love is the best example of this ongoing trend. This formula will soon become a recognizable trademark of the band. The show closes with a harmonica-driven improvisation that gradually swells before exploding into a perplexing rendition of Communication Breakdown that included some missed cues and a bizarre ending, where the band stops as Robert began one of his Viking wails.


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

Recording 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, [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah..), Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, [ cut ], Pat's Delight, How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, For Your Love..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. Near 92 minutes.

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)

      An amazing show, this could quite possibly be one of the best Led Zeppelin concerts from that tour. The sound is vibrant and crisp and the playing is simply 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. As usual, the performance was divided into two sets. The first starts this time with the well-known, visceral The Train Kept A Rollin', and the second with the breathtaking White Summer/Black Mountain Side medley. What is special about the show is the extreme lengths Page goes to introduce improvisation and variations into the songs. Dazed And Confused veers off into several different and unique improvisations, and similar to the previous night's show features some references to other tunes. Killing Floor starts with a great, fast-paced Hendrix-inspired intro. Sometimes it sounds as if Page is imitating Jeff Beck in attempting impromptu variations. You Shook Me contains a rare organ solo in the middle, something not usual on the first tour. However, the most interesting fragment of this concert seems to be How Many More Times that has a long medley containing several rare and interesting references, including a bowed rendition of For Your Love. Unfortunately, the recording cuts off shortly after, and we can only guess what the band played next. This is said they went on for at least another hour of encores, exhausting everything in their repertoire, but a big care must be taken with these statements. A must-have!


JANUARY 31 - FILLMORE EAST, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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.

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy), The Film Vol. 1 (Wendy Records), History Lesson (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), & The Only Way To Fly (Masterpiece Premium)

      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 applause for the Zeppelin instead of Iron Butterfly, whose were billed as headliners.


FEBRUARY 1 - FILLMORE EAST, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (early show)
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.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah..), The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Pat's Delight, How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, Dazed And Confused, The Hunter..), Communication Breakdown.
Source: Almost complete good audience recording. 45 minutes.

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

      A really good but uptight and confused gig. The show starts with an announcement from Robert,“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 and kept in a compact form, except they forget to play Dazed And Confused before the last song ... so they insert it in the middle of How Many More Times. The concert ends with a loud ovation from the enthusiastic audience. It was also during this performance that someone next to the taper perfectly described the atmosphere, summarizing it in a few strong words, “Who gives a shit about the Butterfly?“


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

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, Pat's Delight, How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter..), You Shook Me.
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 47 minutes.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Fillmore East N.Y. 1969 (Grass-Hopper), Live In Singer Bowl 1969 (no label), Move On Out (Grass-Hopper), & Realize (Grass-Hopper)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): 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)

      The late show offers a quick and efficient set. Jimmy is on fire and Robert's voice is very strong, he seems to be holding back during the first few songs, but he loosens up as the set goes on. What strikes here is the silence from the people who attended the show during the songs, they must have been very impressed by the band's music. Dazed And Confused was played in its proper place this time. They play a version very close to the studio album, including the final cadence that was essentially dropped soon after this tour. The audience becomes much more animated during the final song, a ten-minute version of How Many More Times, where Plant changes the lyrics in the second verse to “How many more years / are you gonna wreck my life? / I gotta get you together baby / 'cause I want you to be my wife“. You Shook Me makes a rare appearance as the closing number.


FEBRUARY 2 - THE ROCK PILE, TORONTO (ON), CANADA (early & late show)
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 (<< Beck's Bolero, Fever, The Hunter, Money (That's What I Want)..).
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 46 minutes.

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)

      A very compact, complete and powerful show. Ritchie Yorke introduces the band by saying they are gonna do two sets, but it is not known from which show this tape comes. All the longer songs are dropped. Left instead are the intense electric attack of the heavier tunes. What is particularly interesting is how much intensity grows during the forty-five minutes they are on stage, the band simply played their balls out that night. You Shook Me is simply great and is almost as thrilling as Dazed And Confused, which contains moments of such unbearable tension that even Plant has to react. Killing Floor follows and in this early stage is more another free flow improvisation like As Long As I Have You than the recorded The Lemon Song on their future second album. It also features a snippet of an old blues, Think You Need A Shot (The Needle) of Walter Davies. The final song of the set, How Many More Times, is one of the heaviest played in the first tour. It includes the slow violin bow solo and Plant signs some of his highest notes during the song that are really amazing.


FEBRUARY 3 - THE SCENE CLUB, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (cancelled because of John Bonham's sudden departure)
FEBRUARY 4 - THE SCENE CLUB, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (cancelled because of John Bonham's sudden departure)
FEBRUARY 5 - THE SCENE CLUB, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (cancelled because of John Bonham's sudden departure)
FEBRUARY 6 - 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.
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.


FFEBRUARY 14 - THEE IMAGE CLUB, SUNNY ISLES BEACH, NORTH MIAMI BEACH, MIAMI (FL), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
Support from Fantasy (house band) and Smack.

Recording 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, [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Roll Over Beethoven, Beck's Bolero..) [ cut ], [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah..), As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Detroit City, Mockingbird, Bag's Groove..), You Shook Me, [ cut ], Pat's Delight [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 89 minutes.

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 box)

      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, and Jimmy is usually out of this world. The first set starts with the standard Yardbirds tune, a hurricane sounding The Train Kept A Rollin', and is a kind of overview of the songs from their debut album. Almost all of them are played in versions still reminiscent of their studio versions, but even here you can hear the developing riffs and structures that will become the basis of their next North American tour. It may be surprising that in almost every track the musicians borrow motifs from other artist's compositions, of which Dazed And Confused or Killing Floor are good examples of this. The final track from the first set is extended How Many More Times, and it shakes the windows and rattles the walls, with no other than John Henry Bonham leading the charge. At one point during the medley jam, he and Page enter a call and response that is devastating in its accuracy and concentrated energy. So sad, the rest of the song is cut. The second set opens with White Summer paired up with Black Mountain Side, after which we witness a highly energetic version of As Long As I Have You, where the band debuts with Bobby Bare's Detroit City. Unbridled power is all that comes to mind as the band roughs up the crowd with this naked display of brute strength and musical ability. Once again, Bonzo closes the show with his solo, and it seems almost impossible for them not to return that night for at least one encore.


FEBRUARY 15 - THEE IMAGE CLUB, SUNNY ISLES BEACH, NORTH MIAMI BEACH, MIAMI (FL), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
Support from Fantasy (house band) and Smack. The band records a promo film for Communication Breakdown 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 with dubbed sound. 3 minutes.

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), The Film Vol. 1 (Wendy Records), History Lesson (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), & The Only Way To Fly (Masterpiece Premium)

      This is the very first pro footage of the band. The shots are dubbed with the album's version. The footage was used for a promo clip in Japan. Some versions exist with a Japanese intro with Good Times Bad Times under it, others don't. Great insight into Zeppelin's early days, so sad the music isn't original.


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 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 (some sources says March 9). 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. Finally, You Shook Me, I Can't Quit You Baby and Dazed And Confused were released on BBC Sessions album in 1997.

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

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

Bootleg LP Reference(s): The Complete BBC Performances (Toasted Records), In The Light 69-85 (Zipp Zapp Records, 2 issues), 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 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), 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 box 2006/standard reissue 2007/box reissue 2018), Fillmore East Vol. 2 (Mud Dogs), The Lost BBC Sessions (Led Note), Pb (Tarantura), The Real Complete BBC Sessions (Tarantura box), & Riverside Blues (The Swingin' Pig Records)

      Debut radio appearance and a great delight for ears. All songs were played very close to the album versions, which caused a powerful and raw sound. You Shook Me sounds somewhat sluggish but majestically, magnified by a lower voice from Plant than usual and with superb organ orchestration. He hints some incredible notes during I Can't Quit You Baby. Communication Breakdown features double-tracked vocals and Dazed And Confused is excellent and the bow solo is short but haunted. A must-have!


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 with sound dubbed. 3 minutes.

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

      This is probably second to only lip-sync performance by the group. Some nice close-ups are available here. Rare appearance by the double bass on the maple drum kit.


MARCH 14 - KONSERTHUSET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (mid show)
Co-headlined with Country Joe & The Fish. Broadcast on "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, Casbah..), How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, Communication Breakdown, The Hunter..), Band Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Almost complete fair audience recording. Near 51 minutes.

Recording Includes: I Can't Quit You Baby, I Gotta Move, Dazed And Confused, How Many More Times [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete superb professional pre-FM radio recording. 22 minutes.

Recording Includes: Banter, I Can't Quit You Baby, I Gotta Move, Dazed And Confused, How Many More Times [ cut ], Banter.
Source: Complete superb professional FM broadcast. Almost 24 minutes.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) pre-FM soundboard source: 10th Anniversary (Help), The Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. I (The Wizard's Quest Continuing Saga Records), Blow One's Cool (Grass-Hopper), The Final Option (no label), 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 box) & 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 box)

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

      This performance is rather famous in trading circles thanks to a short fragment of a soundboard recording. The Swedish local radio station secured the rights to broadcast only a part of the show from Peter Grant, who thus gave them what we have today. The performance itself is really good, the previous tour of America has done much for the band, their playing is tight and confident. The show is most notable for the first of the two known inclusions of an impromptu version of Otis Rush’s I Gotta Move. Jimmy Page was tending to a broken string, so the rest of the band played a bit of Chicago blues in a style that other bands could only envy. Dazed And Confused clocks in at just over ten minutes, one forgets how strong the early versions of this composition are, still free of clutter and straight to the point with a perfect blend of musicianship and sheer aggression. Plant tries to get the band to go into a short jam based on Communication Breakdown during How Many More Times, but they leave it soon after and all we get is a few line freak-outs, quite interesting though.


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, Cat's Squirrel, I Just Wanna Make Love To You..), You Shook Me, Instrumental Jam >> Communication Breakdown.
Source: Complete very good audience recording. 35 minutes.

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 box), & Short Cuts (Image Quality)

      With a short time frame to work with, the band gives a compact and brutally intense performance. The show is a unique performance as it is one of the very few, where Dazed And Confused was not played, yet not surprisingly you do not miss it. The playing is exceptional, much fluent and dynamic, especially from Page. His leads are blistering, and the interplay between him and the rhythm section is superlative. The set highlight is a fierce version of As Long As I Have You, the group uses it as a vehicle for improvisation, throwing the only known live rendition of Willie Dixon’s I Just Wanna Make Love To You among a few other quotations. You Shook Me features the whole band works intensively, and a powerful but short Communication Breakdown ends the set.


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.

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 box)

      For this evening show, the band gives a more relaxed yet very powerful performance. It may be striking how good the musicians play this late set, this tour was really murderously intense. The medley of The Train Kept A Rollin' and I Can't Quit You Baby sounds similar to the early show, but You Shook Me is more focused than the afternoon performance. Page expertly leads the band through their collective paces; the sound of his guitar has a wonderful raw sound to it, so much that it seems to overpower the rest of the band. Very sadly, there is only almost thirty minutes of this fragmentary recording, we know from the pictures that they played White Summer as well. Nonetheless, a very powerful half an hour.


MARCH 16 - TIVOLIS KONCERTSAL, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (early & late show)
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 and "Arena Heavy Metal", BBC2 on January 1, 1990. Fragments were used on "Over The Hills And Far Away" (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 (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter..).
Source: Complete black and white TV professional broadcast with actual sound. 31 minutes.

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, both editions)

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)

      A great mini-show performed for a small television audience and one of a very few chances to see the whole band live on TV screen before they disappear from that media soon after. There is an incredible amount of energy packed into this set, and the improvisations showcase the immense talents of the whole band. Just listen to an opening blast of Communication Breakdown, the fury of the middle extravaganza in Dazed And Confused that has the whole band going wild or Plant's emotional delivery of Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - they are performed with much greater intensity than studio versions. A strong yet still compact How Many More Times is played as the last song. A real gem!

 

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. 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.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) soundtrack: British Super Show '69 (no label), 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)

      The 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 band was set to perform more than just one song, but the director declined the offer and said it was not necessary. A shame, as the complete set might be one of the most valuable gems in the history of rock music.


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.

Recording Includes: 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 amateur AM broadcast recording. 14 minutes.

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 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original box 2006/standard reissue 2007/box reissue 2018), Ottawa Sunshine (House Of Elrond), The Real Complete BBC Sessions (Tarantura box), & Sunshine Woman (Flagge)

      Probably one of the rarest Zeppelin studio recordings ever discovered! The original tapes were wiped by BBC crew and the only remaining copies are mediocre quality amateur radio recordings. What makes this recording so interesting is Sunshine Woman really, with Jones on piano and with an outstanding guitar background. It shares “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 this poetry since Rod Stewart was using it in the Jeff Beck Group at the same time.


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 very good audience recording. 11 minutes.

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

      This is the earliest known true live reminder of the band during their UK Clubs tour. The short recording ends right before the bow solo, it is said that the taper turned the recorder off because he didn't like it ... too bad as the quality is really good.


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. The other two songs were also broadcasted by two different channels in 2007 and 2010 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 with sound dubbed. 13 minutes.

Recording Includes: Whole Lotta Love.
Source: Complete 2nd color professional TV broadcast with sound dubbed. 3 minutes.

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) TV broadcast source 1: Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy), History Lesson (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), & 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 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), & The Only Way To Fly (Masterpiece Premium)

      It remained as a curiosity why the band decided to perform on television after as they were so disappointed with that medium. For sure the band didn't want to play it and this can be easily noticed, when Bonham just looks around dully while he's playing drums. They performed Babe I'm Gonne Leave You and You Shook Me, but the producers of the programme weren't really impressed by the group's performance and did not broadcast the filmed material. Instead, when Whole Lotta Love became popular in Germany, the producers used the previously filmed material to create a video clip using the commercially released song for the clip's audio portion.


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 (early & late show)
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, Cat's Squirrel, You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover..), Instrumental Jam >> Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Swan Song..), [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You [ cut ], Pat's Delight.
Source: Incomplete superb audience recording. Almost 59 minutes.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): 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 (Graf Zeppelin, 2018 & 2023 issue), 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)

      The start of their second North American tour and the level of playing is simply out of this world. The sound is so good it has very often been mistaken as a soundboard, except for vocals, which are buried in the mix. In fact, it comes from two mics positioned in front of PA monitors. Quite possibly the most hectic and improvised version ever recorded of As Long As I Have You is here. Halfway through the medley, which features a long run of other compositions, among which Bo Diddley's You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover is the latest addition, Jones' bass cabinet exploded and Plant ad-libbed 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 have the right key“. A much more developed rendition of Killing Floor contains now some great bass/guitar/drum interplay. The opening jam, which is not on The Lemon Song released on the second studio album, sounds quite similar to Smokestack Lightning riff written by Howlin' Wolf, and it was played only during these West Coast shows. Plant hits one of his most incredible notes ever, his voice is in incredible shape. The still fresh White Summer/Black Mountain Side medley is a pure delight for ears and shows Page's abilities at his prime. At that time he started extending this tune with adding an embryonic version of Swan Song, a composition that would be much rehearsed within the next few years. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is simply stunning. The recording is very incomplete, ends with drum solo. This may be just from a single set, or it's a mix of both of them. A must-listen!


APRIL 25 - WINTERLAND BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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 (<< There's A Mountain..), [ cut ], As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Bag's Groove [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. Almost 25 minutes.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Caution Explosive (Wizardo Records), The Final Option (no label), 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 box), 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)

      The second show on the tour finds the band performing in Winterland, but the recording is again very fragmentary. A shame because this performance is absolutely ferocious and if the whole show were to surface, this would be the legendary gig that is essential to own. Both short pieces, The Train Kept A Rollin' and Communication Breakdown are extremely explosive, knocking the listener to the ground. You Shook Me is a ten-minute-long, intense extravaganza and is perhaps the best version ever performed by the band. Before the last song Plant pays a tribute to San Francisco, “Last time, when we came here was the first, was the second gig that we ever did in America, and we must have been together about three months, and we were really pleased with the way we went down. If we hadn't done well here, I think we would have shipped ourselves around 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 six-minute As Long As I Have You cuts out half the way throughout, just in the middle of a guitar jam. Again, it is not known whether this is a recording of the first or second set.


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

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, You Shook Me, [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Smokestack Lightning, Beck's Bolero, Roll Over Beethoven, Girl From The North Country, The Hunter..), [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah..), Instrumental Jam >> 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, Cat's Squirrel, Steppin' Out..), [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 125 minutes.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): The Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. II (The Wizard's Quest Continuing Saga Records), The Final Option (no label), First Concert As The New Yardbirds At The Marquee 16-10-68 (Acme Records, original & reissue), 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 box), Graham's Superb Vol. 1 (Image Quality), Lead Set (Tarantura box), Live At Winterland Ballroom (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Psychedelic Explosion (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), & Winterland Ballroom 1969 Day 2 (no label)

      This is Led Zeppelin as a psychedelic-hard rock combo, pioneering a new and original sound in the process. The concert itself is pure magic, a staggering experience. Everything that made the band an amazing live act is here, and these two sets are just revolutionary. The first set has Communication Breakdown as the opener this time. Plant again greets the audience before Dazed And Confused, saying, “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.“ 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 playing, and Robert's voice is incredible, higher than any notes Page can get on his guitar. Also, this is the first appearance of the Theremin, he utilizes it in the spaced out coda section. The first set closes with a long, powerful How Many More Times. The medley is still expanded with many solos, but also features a great rendition of Bob Dylan's classic, The Girl From The North Country. The second part of the show begins with a medley of White Summer/Black Mountain Side as is the custom on the second tour, and is followed by Killing Floor that features again that intensively hypnotic intro based on Smokestack Lightning of Howlin' Wolf. The second set closes with a mind-blowing, seventeen minute version of As Long As I Have You that features some of the best guitar solos from Page. He takes a cue from Hendrix by playing with the feedback while the rest are trying to keep up with him. What makes this show very special, however, is the first known live version of Whole Lotta Love played as the encore. 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 anticipate. The spot, where Theremin would be featured in the song, 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 instead. For Plant's last solo line, he still sings the original “you need love“ from Willie Dixon's lyrics. As the band crashes in and the song heads towards the ending, Plant then repeats the line “baby you need love“ over and over and the song ends. A real treat for the listener, this is probably their best show ever from that period of time!


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

Recording 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 (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Communication Breakdown, [ cut ], Instrumental Jam >> Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Swan Song..) [ 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.

Recording 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 (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, [ cut ], Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Communication Breakdown, [ cut ], Instrumental jam >> Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song..) [ 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 to superb professional preFM radio recording. Almost 113 minutes.

Recording 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..), Banter [ cut ], [ cut ], You Shook Me, Banter [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, [ cut ], Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush..) [ cut ], Banter [ cut ], [ cut ], Banter [ cut ], Instrumental Jam >> Killing Floor (<< The Lemon Song..) [ cut ], Banter [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You [ cut ], Banter [ cut ], Sittin' And Thinkin' (<< Gee/Baby Ain't I Good To You..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Pat's Delight [ cut ], Banter [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], Banter, Communication Breakdown, Banter [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent to superb professional FM radio recording. Almost 116 minutes.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) preFM: The Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. II (The Wizard's Quest Continuing Saga Records), Dazed And Confused (On Stage Records), Fillmore West 1969 (GLC Great Live Concerts, High-In Fidelity Records, Jester Productions original 2LP 1985/two 2LP reissues 1986/3LP reissue, & LXXXIV Series), Fillmore West April 27 1969 (High In-Fidelity Records), The Final Option (no label), Flying High (White Knight Records), It's Been A Long Time (High In-Fidelity Records), 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), Avocado Power (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), Dancing Avocado Supreme (Graf Zeppelin, 2023 issue), Fillmore West 1969 Final: Audience Recording (no label), Graham's Superb Vol. 2 (Image Quality), & Lead Set (Tarantura box)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) preFM: American Beauty (Tarantura), Avocado Power (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), 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), Avocado Power (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), Blue Flame (Bumble Bee), Collage (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Dancing Avocado Supreme (Graf Zeppelin, 2018 & 2023 issue), 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)

      After playing two shows in larger Winterland, the group has returned to the Fillmore West for their final performance in San Francisco. 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. But even for the familiar, very little of the show is standard here, and the whole band acts on another level! It starts off with a devastating drum intro to The Train Kept A Rollin' and segues directly to I Can't Quit You Baby, where Robert ad libs new lyrics about San Francisco: “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“. What follows is an As Long As I Have You of truly epic proportions and a perfect venue to showcase the improvisational abilities of each member of the band, no other version of this song is so intense than this. The medley is plenty of great versions of many tunes, with Bo Diddley's I'm A Man and Chuck Berry's No Money Down as definitive highlights. The band stretches out, pushing You Shook Me to almost ten minutes and How Many More Times over twenty minutes, where they incorporating a variety of different guitar licks and melodies no one in the audience was expecting that night. Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush from Traffic hit single is another surprise here, and Jimmy teasing Theremin at the end of the song. The first set closes with a gutsy and powerful version of Communication Breakdown, played here in a more sluggish mood than anywhere else, a heavy psychedelic Zeppelin in its full-blown. The second set starts with a loose and funky Killing Floor, including new lyrics from Plant, whose voice seems to get rougher as time goes by. Like the day before, the song is preceded by a slow blues intro based on Howlin' Wolf's Smokestack Lightning. A somewhat subdued but still gorgeous Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is next, wondering how much demanding this was for his voice as he signs his lungs out. The only live version of Sittin' And Thinkin', a Buddy Guy number, is there and this song is great for its own. The band closes their second set eventually with the bowed guitar antics of Dazed And Confused, a rather unexpected choice which leaves the listener asking for more. With that final crash and some polite parting words from Plant, they left the stage, leaving a tale of aural destruction in their wake that would foreshadow even bigger crowds upon their return next time. A definitive must!


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 (early & late show)
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.

Recording Includes: Whole Lotta Love.
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 8 minutes.

Recording Includes: Backstage scenes.
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. Close to 2 minutes.

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 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box)

      This is only the encore for the show, and all that exists from the available recording. It also happens to be the second time ever Whole Lotta Love was played live. A very different version that is excellent but still misses the Theremin section, with a long guitar and drum battle in the middle that sounds almost the same as the latter performed during Bring It On Home. A very interesting comment about that evening comes from one of the Who's crew, indicating that the Zeppelin were played over time, so they've been pulled out. The entire concert was probably excellent, it could be an amazing find if more of it exist.


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 (early & late show)
Support from Woody Herman & His Orchestra and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. Bill Graham introduced all the acts.

Recording 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, Mustapha, Casbah, Swan Song..), How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, Just A Little Bit, The Hunter..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Almost complete fair to good audience recording. Almost 64 minutes.

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

      By the end of their second North American tour, the band played four shows over two nights in Fillmore East, but only the early show from the first night exists. The performance itself is short but thunderous, in front of a crowd who has fallen under Zeppelin's spell. Robert sounds fantastic and the rest of the band is in a great shape, they plough through The Train Kept A Rollin' and I Can't Quit You Baby with intensity and fire. “Thank you very much. Good evening. Um, very nice to be back at The Fillmore East. We, we'd like to carry on really and do short sets of about an hour and not much talking.“ Plant said before as they launched into Dazed And Confused that draws a roar of excitement from the vivd crowd already. The bow solo begins with the string slapping workout that will become familiar in the years to come. Robert misses one of his echo cues from Jimmy, then something strange happens when he is moaning along with him during the violin bow episode because the audience erupt in laughter. The majestic White Summer is now extended with Mustapha from the repertoire of Davy Graham. How Many More Times have great jamming from all four band members and here is played in a more compact way, yet it features a primitive, evolving improvisation on Just A Little Bit from Roscoe Gordon's repertoire that would evolve into a famous  John Lee Hooker's Boogie Chillun section in latter years. An excellent and wild rendition of Communication Breakdown is performed as encore, and the crowd is left begging for more.


MAY 31 - FILLMORE EAST, NEW YORK (NY), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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 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, The Lemon Song..), Between Song, What Is And What Should Never Be, Something Else.
Source: Complete superb professional pre-FM radio recording. 19 minutes.

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

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Something Else (Archive)

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

Bootleg CD Reference(s): BBC (Last Stand Disc), BBC/London Wavelength (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), The Complete '69 BBC Classics (Immigrant), The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original box 2006/standard reissue 2007/box reissue 2018), The Lost BBC Sessions (Led Note), & The Real Complete BBC Sessions (Tarantura box)

      Another brilliant broadcast and a truly one of the best studio versions of Communication Breakdown with snippets of Just A Little Bit of Roscoe Gordon thrown in. But this show is reserved for two never before played songs, The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair and Something Else. The first one has similar guitar structure to the latter used on Moby Dick's instrumental introduction, while the second is a superb rendition of Eddie Cochran's classic tune and Zeppelin's own hymn to one of their rock 'n' roll heroes. Another must!


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. Re-broadcast on Canal Jimmy, French TV in 1991. Fragments were used on "Whole Lotta Love" promo video in 1997. Finally, mix of rehearsal and actual performance 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 scenes.

Recording Includes: Communication Breakdown [ cut ].
Source: Complete 16mm color professional footage with actual sound. 2 minutes.

Recording Includes: Stage Announcements, Communication Breakdown (<< It's Your Thing..), Dazed And Confused, Stage Announcements [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete color professional TV broadcast with actual sound. Almost 12 minutes.

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 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), & The Only Way To Fly (Masterpiece Premium)

      This is all that exists from this rather unexpected and fantastic, raw performance. The group performed a short set, consisting of few songs, of which White Summer is listed, but only fragments of the show has surfaced. 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. After so much disappointment of broadcast, the group never performed in television again. This was the last ever Led Zeppelin TV performance.


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, Mustapha, Casbah, Swan Song..), You Shook Me (<< The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Pat's Delight, How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, School Days, There's A Mountain, The Hunter..), Communication Breakdown (<< Just A Little Bit, It's Your Thing..).
Source: Almost complete fair to good audience recording. 85 minutes.

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

      A truly powerful show and the playing is superb, and the band and the audience seem to be having a great time throughout. On this first major UK tour, they presented a significantly altered and shortened setlist from that of their previous US visit, with The Train Kept A Rollin' and I Can't Quit You Baby still kept as show openers. Page seems to solo effortlessly, it's great to hear the way he goes from solo to heavy riff into a slow blues all within seconds. After Dazed And Confused, Robert introduces Clive Coulson, who had just come to England and began working for the band. Jimmy’s tour de force, White Summer/Black Mountain Side medley, finds him in excellent form, and there's a brief and funny interlude just before You Shook Me, where Plant tries a harmonica he borrowed from someone from the audience, followed by the rest. The Lemon Song is now shortened to just a few-second vocal exercise at the end. How Many More Times is a typical set highlight, the medley is yet not so long, but already features a couple unique and rare songs inside, of which Chuck Berry's School Days and Donovan's There's A Mountain are the newest additions. The final crescendo has the audience screaming for more, after which Plant tells them that he thinks it’s the best gig they have done in England and the audience response is deafening while the only encore of Communication Breakdown, with its short medley, is about to begin.


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 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. Travelling Riverside Blues was first released as a part of Led Zeppelin box set in 1990 and also used as a music background to the promo film under the same title during promotion campaign of Remasters set in 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 (<< Mystery Train..), Communication Breakdown (<< Just A Little Bit..), Travelling Riverside Blues (<< The Lemon Song..).
Source: Complete superb professional pre-FM radio recording. 18 minutes.

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

Bootleg LP Reference(s): 10th Anniversary (Help), Absence (Toasted Records), The Complete BBC Performances (Toasted Records), Hiawatha Express (Ze Anonym Plattenspieler), In The Light 69-85 (Zipp Zapp Records, 2 issues), 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 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), 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 box 2006/standard reissue 2007/box reissue 2018), The Lost BBC Sessions (Led Note), Rarities (Fire Power), The Real Complete BBC Sessions (Tarantura box), & Riverside Blues (The Swingin' Pig Records)

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

      Another studio session that needs no recommendation. A fury, power and energy are present on all the tracks. Whole Lotta Love is a pure psychedelic stand-out, and Robert's yelling during Theremin 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, Travelling Riverside Blues is their bow to the talent and magic of Robert Johnson and Plant sings some of his "lemon" lyrics. Those verses will be used eventually in the following tours as a part of never-ending How Many More Times and Whole Lotta Love medleys. Yet again must-have!


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. 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. 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, Mustapha, Casbah, Swan Song..), The Liverpool Scene Sketch with Adrian Henry/Mike Evans/Andy Roberts, You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), Alan Black Introduction, How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song..).
Source: Complete superb 1st professional pre-FM radio recording. 62 minutes.

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, Mustapha, Casbah, Swan Song..), You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song..).
Source: Complete superb 2nd professional pre-FM radio recording. 52 minutes.

Recording Includes: Banter, 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, Mustapha, Casbah, Swan Song..) [ cut ], You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), Alan Black Introduction, How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song..), Banter.
Source: Complete superb 3rd professional pre-FM radio recording. 63 minutes.

Official LP Reference(s) 2nd source: BBC Sessions (Atlantic), Coda "deluxe" and "super deluxe" editions (Swan Song), Led Zeppelin Box Set (Atlantic), & Missing BBC Sessions Tracks (Atlantic)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) 2nd source: The Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. II (The Wizard's Quest Continuing Saga Records), Carnival (Toasted Records), The Complete BBC Performances (Toasted Records), Dazed & Confused (Royal Sound), The Final Option (no label), First Concert As The New Yardbirds At The Marquee 16-10-68 (Acme Records, original & reissue), Flight Of The Zeppelin 1969 (Jolly Good Sound), Idolescence (no label, GLC Great Live Concerts, Verzyl, & Volsung Records), In The Light 1969 (no label 1LP and 2LP & Verzyl), 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), Coda "deluxe" and "super deluxe" editions (Swan Song), & Led Zeppelin Box Set (Atlantic)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) 1st source: BBC Sessions (Last Stand Disc), BBC Rock Hour (Bumble Bee), BBC/London Wavelength (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), Classics Off The Air Volume Two (Neutral Zone), The Complete British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Sessions (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original box 2006/standard reissue 2007/box reissue 2018), The Real Complete BBC Sessions (Tarantura box), & Rock Hour (Antrabata Reference Master)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) 2nd source: BBC (Last Stand Disc), BBC/London Wavelength (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box), 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)

      This performance was recorded for the BBC to broadcast the entire concert, and here it all is. This one has also always stood out from the others because it is the only one of the two the band did to be taped in front of a live audience. As with the other performances on this tour, the setlist is the same except for Bonham's drum solo, which was dropped for the hour-long programme, and the choice of Communication Breakdown to open the show. Each song is masterfully played here. Just listen to Jimmy’s blues tone setting the stage for the young Robert Plant stretching notes during a superb I Can't Quit You Baby or the haunting bow solo in Dazed And Confused, which is one of a kind storm of sounds, keeping the whole band in a powerful race. However, nothing else than White Summer/Black Mountain Side medley makes this radio appearance a special treat. A kind of beauty, this version is possibly the best of all available, emphasizing the talent of the young Jimmy Page. You Shook Me is a rare version, which has John Paul Jones playing the Hammond organ, and the thirteen-minute version of How Many More Times that closes this great performance on a high is absolutely fantastic, and the short but impressive medley is pure gold. Add the absolutely stunning quality, and you have a classic show with all four members playing one of their best early shows ever!


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

JUNE 29 - POP PROMS, ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (early & late show)
Support from Liverpool Scene and Blodwyn Pig.

 

 

Led Zeppelin Third North American Tour
July 4, 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 (<< Over Under Sideways Down..), [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha..] [ cut ], [ cut ], You Shook Me [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 42 minutes.

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.

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): The Film Vol. 1 (Wendy Records) & History Lesson (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box)

      This is the first concert of the tour and the performance is in line with the others from their Summer visit in North America. The setlist haven't changed that much from their last UK tour, in fact it's just about the same minus Bonham's drum solo, which was dropped to fit in the time limit of the festivals. As for the show itself, the playing is very good but yet not as intense as on the other dates of the tour, of which the highlights are a lusty I Can't Quit You Baby and compact yet loose Dazed And Confused, with some snippets from Over Under Sideways Down by the great late Yardbirds. The lack of some songs from previous tours may be a bit surprising here, but it was at this time that the musical image of the band finally crystallized, based almost exclusively on compositions from their first album except for Page's showcase, White Summer/Black Mountain Side combo. The recording is also incomplete, we do not know if Moby Dick was already dropped per numerous cuts. The taper recorded all the set but at some point accidentally erased some, the missing songs are most certainly How Many More Times and the encore of Communication Breakdown with its potential short medley.


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 (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song..), Communication Breakdown [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good 1st audience recording. Almost 55 minutes.

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 (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song..), Communication Breakdown >> Long Tall Sally, Band Announcements.
Source: Complete good to very good 2nd audience recording. 64 minutes.

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.

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

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: Battle Of LZ & JBG (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), 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: Battle Of LZ And JBG (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Jazz But Rock (Tarantura), Newport Jazz Festival 1969 (Graf Zeppelin 2009 & 2016 edition), & Summer Jazz (Eat A Peach)

      Led Zeppelin closed out the final night of the festival with an extremely intense show. The audience is rowdy after as they were reported to be not performed. Plant mentions the controversy, saying, “A lot of people were certain that we weren't gonna come here today. There was a lot of talk that everybody was ill and bad ... There was nothing wrong with us at all and we all intended on coming. That's what we've come to America for, so, we hope that you'll enjoy everything we do. And that we were coming in the first place so don't get any hassles about what we were gonna do and what we weren't.“ From the opening chords of The Train Kept A Rollin' you can hear that it will be a visceral and exceptional performance and the band is definitely on. Jones and Bonham hit some unreal highs throughout the whole show, as does Jimmy as well. I Can't Quit You Baby is storming and features a short quote from Your Good Thing Is About To End of a blues singer, Mabel John. Unfortunately, the whole event is hampered by technical problems, Plant is half audible throughout most of the songs and Jimmy's showcase of that time, White Summer/Black Mountain Side medley, is absent in favour of more blues/rock oriented tunes. The main set closer How Many More Times lacks the violin bow interlude completely, but features very hot and sexually suggestive guitar solos, culminating with orgiastic moans by Robert. The short encore segment consisting of a wild and dirty Communication Breakdown segued directly to a long and chaotic version of Little Richard’s Long Tall Sally. There are only a couple recorded versions of the band playing this tune, and this is the first known to be taped.


JULY 11 - LAUREL POP FESTIVAL, LAUREL (MD), UNITED STATES
The band headlined. Shared bill with plenty of other artists.
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, Casbah, Mustapha [ cut ]..) [ cut ], , [ cut ], You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..) [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, You Make Me Feel So Young..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. Almost 62 minutes.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Cleveland 1969 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Destroyer 1969 (Tarantura & Wendy Records), Moon Landing (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Musicarnival (Graf Zeppelin), & Musicarnival 1969 (no label)

      The third North American tour feature some of the most intense performances of the year, the whole band were making quite the name for themselves and drawing larger audiences and acting on as many different places as possible. This caused of a very confident and powerful show, but plagued with some PA problems. “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...“, says Plant. The casual medley of Train Kept A Rollin' and I Can't Quit You Baby 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 You Shook Me is a pure blues nirvana featuring a bit of Rock Me Baby from BB King's repertoire. The all four members are incendiary and dynamic in How Many More Times, steering the group through the changes during the improvised middle section and a short but vivid medley featuring the first known rendition of Frank Sinatra's You Make Feel So Young. An encore, if any, has been not recorded, and we can assume it was nothing else than Communication Breakdown.


JULY 21 - SCHAEFER MUSIC FESTIVAL, WOLLMAN RINK, CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..), How Many More Times (<< The Woody Woodpecker Song, For What It's Worth, Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, You Make Me Feel So Young..) [ cut ], Stage Announcements [ cut ], Communication Breakdown (<< Just A Little Bit..), Band Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent audience recording. 68 minutes.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Central Park 69 (Trade Mark Of Quality), Central Park 69/Milan 71 (Trade Mark Of Quality), The Dirty Dozens (Ass Records), The Final Option (no label), & 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)

      The band played two shows that day for the Schaefer Music Festival, and this tape documents the late one. It gives a vibrant atmosphere and Plant's voice is just amazing. The instrumental machine is exquisite, soaring and roaring through every song with a vengeance, and the opening salvo of The Train Kept A Rollin' is a bomber. Jimmy is on the edge of something unreal throughout all the songs. His playing is outstanding throughout the whole show, especially during more blues-oriented compositions in such of I Can't Quit You Baby and You Shook Me, not to mention a masterful fingerwork in a gorgeous combo of White Summer/Black Mountain Side that keeps him in a simply amazing form. Robert apologized 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, of which the most notable are the only known variation based on Kay Kyser's The Woody Woodpecker Song and the earliest known reference to Buffalo Springfield's hit single, For What It's Worth. Another wild and standout version of Communication Breakdown closes this performance.


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, Casbah, Mustapha..), [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song [ cut ], [ cut ], I've Got You Under My Skin [ cut ]..), Communication Breakdown (<< Just A Little Bit..).
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent audience recording. 52 minutes.

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)

      A super-charged festival set in a great quality. The band plough through this material with one of the best versions of The Train Kept A Rollin' ever and frenzied playing throughout an awesome I Can't Quit You Baby. The introduction to the show has one of the most funny comments from Plant saying “Ding, dong, and away we go, but we've never ever done these things before!“ Bonham plays some really inventive patterns and Jonesy is flying as always. Robert's voice is gutsy and Jimmy is simply blistering ... his spectacular soloing in Dazed And Confused is greatly expanded from album version, as does his controlled havoc during the dramatic eight minutes of elegant and thigh White Summer virtuosity, even with his out-of-tune guitar at one point. One may ask why they dropped You Shook Me that night, perhaps limitations of the event played a role here, or the song is simply not taped. The visceral How Many More Times follows, with the only know reference to Frank Sinatra's I've Got You Under My Skin during the medley, and a gutsy and intense Communication Breakdown marks the absolute end of the evening. It is also worth noting this was the first time when Clapton saw them live, and said that he did not like it too much because they were too loud!


JULY 26 - PNE AGRODOME, VANCOUVER (BC), CANADA
Co-headlined with Vanilla Fudge.
JULY 27 - SEATTLE POP FESTIVAL, GOLD CREEK PARK, WOODINVILLE (WA), UNITED STATES
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 (early & late show)
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, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], [ cut ], White Summer [ cut ], [ cut ], You Shook Me [ cut ], [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky, The Lemon Song, School Days..).
Source: Incomplete poor to fair audience recording. 55 minutes.

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)

      This is the first recorded performance of the band headlining in a large auditorium. As far as the gig itself, the show is very good, but the quality is just awful. Obviously, the taper was close to Page’s amplifier, and he drowns out the rest of the band almost completely. After a solid version of the first two songs, the band pause for Jimmy to change a string, which prompts the rest of the group to get into the second and last known version of I Gotta Move jam, like they did in March on the Swedish radio but in a much faster pace. 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 a true hippie manner, “Be free!“ Dazed And Confused is next and is delivered with usual inspiration, You Shook Me finds the group is a perfect mood and synchronization, and the How Many More Times medley features some great rock 'n' roll covers, with Lee Dorsey's Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky and Chuck Berry's School Days as highlights. The encore is missing, and most likely it was Communication Breakdown.


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 (early & late show)
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 to good audience recording. 8 minutes.

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)

      This is all that exists from this show ... it is reported 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 to believe the rest of the show was equally powerful and exciting.


AUGUST 18 - THE ROCK PILE, TORONTO (ON), CANADA (early show)
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 (<< Rock Me Baby..), [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song..).
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 55 minutes.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): 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)

      Six months after their first successful visit to Toronto, the band returned to The Rock Pile for two consecutive shows. Although the actual selection of songs is scaled down a bit compared to the February performance, the concert is longer. The Train Kept A Rollin' starts off the gate, and Dazed And Confused is yet short, but compact and powerful. You Shook Me is breathtaking in power and playing, and excellent to work to a maximum effect. White Summer/Black Mountain Side medley is dropped in favour of the evening set. During the band introduction, Plant refers to John Paul Jones as “The King, King John the Second“, which will be a running gag in the late show. How Many More Times has by this time dropped the violin bow solo completely, which is on the studio recording and on their past tours. Instead, it is replaced by a long and very intense section that features many surprising references from the stream of consciousness of Jimmy’s memory among usually played tunes. Unfortunately, the encore was not recorded again, or they simply abandoned plans to play it.


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

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..), [ cut ], You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..) [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, Over Under Sideways Down, The Hunter, She's A Truckin' Little Baby, Cumberland Gap, They're Red Hot, Hideaway, 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..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good 1st good audience recording. 83 minutes.

Recording Includes: The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..), [ cut ], You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..) [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, Over Under Sideways Down, The Hunter, She's A Truckin' Little Baby, Cumberland Gap, They're Red Hot, Hideaway, Think You Need A Shot (The Needle), It's Tight Like That, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown (<< Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good 2nd audience recording. 75 minutes.

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

      This is the longest and most loose show from the third North American tour. The band is just brilliant here and plays their guts out for this great audience. They're 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, where 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.“ The start of The Train Kept A Rollin' is thunderous, and Dazed And Confused is visceral and features a great middle instrumental race. How Many More Times features a very long medley that incorporates a massive collection of old tunes (of which some of them are played here for the very first time), and Robert introducing the band in the best way ever, saying, “...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.“ This time, the show is closed with a riotous Communication Breakdown, introduced amusingly as a thing from Bing Cosby.


AUGUST 20 - AERODROME, SCHENECTADY (NY), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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 they 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 (early & late show, cancelled)
AUGUST 27 - CASINO BALLROOM, HAMPTON BEACH (NH), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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 (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), How Many More Times (<< Suzie Q, Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, Eyesight To The Blind, Shake For Me [ cut ]..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown (<< Cat's Squirrel, It's Your Thing..).
Source: Incomplete fair to good 1st audience recording. 63 minutes.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), How Many More Times (<< Suzie Q, Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, Eyesight To The Blind, Shake For Me..), Announcer Speech, Communication Breakdown (<< Cat's Squirrel, It's Your Thing..), Band Announcements.
Source: Almost complete very good 2nd audience recording. 64 minutes.

Recording Includes: I Can't Quit You Baby [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..) [ cut ], [ cut ], You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..) [ cut ], [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Suzie Q, Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, Eyesight To The Blind, Shake For Me..) [ cut ], Announcer Speech [ cut ], [ cut ], Communication Breakdown (<< Cat's Squirrel, It's Your Thing..) [ cut ], Band Announcements.
Source: Incomplete good 3rd audience recording. 56 minutes.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, The Train Kept A Rollin' >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..) [ cut ], You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), How Many More Times (<< Suzie Q, Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, The Lemon Song, Eyesight To The Blind, Shake For Me..) [ cut ], Announcer Speech, Communication Breakdown (<< Cat's Squirrel, It's Your Thing..), Band Announcements.
Source: Incomplete superb soundboard recording. Near 63 minutes.

Recording Includes: Dazed And Confused [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent 1st color amateur footage. 3 seconds.

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.

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.

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 2006 and reissue 2021 & Wendy Records), & 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), The Film Vol. 1 (Wendy Records), & History Lesson (Empress Valley Supreme Disc box)

      An outstanding performance, perfectly consolidating all the great playing that this tour had produced, from the powerful opener to the extended ending medley, complete with Robert doing his best ad libs yet and the rest of the band playing like they all have been enchanted. As if that was not enough, a superb soundboard and a partial videos are in circulation. The Train Kept A-Rollin' and I Can’t Quit You Baby are mind-blowing versions, employed here for the final time as the set opener. Page acts up heavily during the violin bow solo in Dazed And Confused that reaches some intense creepiness. A peculiarity about this version is the first known inclusion of the heavy, majestic riff from Gustav Holst's Mars: The Bringer Of War theme. The rest of the concert is nothing short of amazing playing from all four members, it's all makes this as a real treasure. Plant mentioned the cancelled August 4th date, “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.“ You Shook Me is simply outstanding, featuring a jaw-dropping guitar licks and the rhythm section sounds like a hurricane. A very powerful How Many More Times with some of the best medleys producing brief crackling sounds, as if his guitar cable or a connection somewhere was coming loose, and although not at all a distraction for the listener, this makes for a funny moment, when the amps briefly picking up the sound of the festival security staff speaking on their radios. The medley features a bit of Suzie Q from the popular Credence Clearwater Revival quartet, as well as Sonny Boy Williamson II's Eyesight To The Blind and Howlin' Wolf's Shake For Me. The sole encore of an explosive version of Communication Breakdown that features another very short medley closes the show. An easy choice for one of the best gigs of the year!

 

Led Zeppelin European Interlude
October 3, 1969 - October 12, 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 network and aired on "Dit is het begin" on November 12, 1969. The programme also included Deep Purple's studio recording Child In Time.

Recording Includes: Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent professional TV broadcast with actual sound. 13 minutes.

      Possibly the whole show has been recorded, but only a single song survived so far. The version of Dazed And Confused is still comparable to the versions from the past tours, and it rocks.


OCTOBER 6 - KONSERTHUSET, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN (cancelled)
OCTOBER 7 - KONSERTHUSET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (cancelled)
OCTOBER 9 - TIVOLIS KONCERTSAL, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (cancelled)
OCTOBER 9 - CONCERTGEBOUW, HARLEEM, HOLLAND


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 >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..), You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, 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.

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times >> Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..), You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), Moby Dick, How Many More Times (<< The Hunter..).
Recording: Incomplete superb professional 2nd preFM recording. 71 minutes.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..), You Shook Me (<< Rock Me Baby..), How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, 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.

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 box)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) 1st & 2nd preFM sources: Heavy Blues (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, both editions 2020)

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)

      The show was known to have been professionally recorded for radio, but nobody taped it when it was aired. It was rebroadcast some thirty-eight years later, but knowing this would be released by numerous bootleg labels, the station wanted to ensure nobody would have a clean copy of it, so they inserted several comments during the actual music. Finally, a raw copy off the radio master started to circulate just a couple of years later. What makes this tape, so special is the inclusion of the tracks from Led Zeppelin II live. The setlist now begins with the devastating opening bars of Good Times Bad Times, serving as an instrumental prelude to Communication Breakdown. Obviously, the band was trying to achieve the most overwhelming sound they could muster. The earliest known reference to Heartbreaker sounds close to the studio arrangement, with Page using heavy distortion during the guitar solo, and Bonham's Moby Dick has its premiere as well. The rest of the show repeats the programme known from their last extensive North American tour, with usually long How Many More Times and its medley, which includes the first known fully developed version of Boogie Chillun from the repertoire of John Lee Hooker, played as the closing number. More likely than not they also played What Is And What Should Never Be since that was a regular inset in the set at that time, but there's no single evidence of it anywhere yet.


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 (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Colours, Beck's Bolero, 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.

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)

      The intention of the Lyceum performance was to showcase the entire Led Zeppelin II album, but the band were having none of that and would play a set similar to the one from Paris. As in the case of the show from two days prior, they added a few bars of Good Times Bad Times before Communication Breakdown, making a very dynamic start to the event. Like we know from the previous recording already, Heartbreaker was a monster in its earliest live versions, the guitar solo is superb and just a bit tentative. You Shook Me is one of the main vehicles in the set to showcase Page’s improvisational talent in conjuring the heaviest riffs imaginable. We can remain unconvinced that Dazed And Confused is in the correct place; it appears earlier in the setlist in most other shows of the era, and the lack of Bonham's drum solo is also much confusing. 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. By the time the band breaks into How Many More Times, the audience cannot hold back any longer and enthusiastically clap along with the band. The medley features more surprises, Donovan's Colours has its only premiere here, and there's the first rendition of Neil Young's Down By The River. No encore is known to exist, unfortunately.

 

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

OCTOBER 17 - CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK CITY (NY), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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 (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..) [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 78 minutes.

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)

      A great discovery, long rumoured Carnegie Hall tape, is finally here. To play a venue like this was a big honour and a huge accomplishment for all four members of the band, Robert had this to say, “It is a big prestige thing, being asked to play there. You have to wait until you’re asked to play in the hall by a committee that runs the place. I don’t know why they asked us. Could they think us a nice group?“ The show itself is a very good starter, and Jimmy is on fire during the whole show, but from the very beginning he has to struggle with his guitar. Not only he's tuning up before a gutsy Good Times Bad Times and Communication Breakdown medley, he also misses a note during the solo in the latter, and after that he tunes his guitar again, what caused of another long pause before as the band continues with a strong I Can't Quit You Baby. The story went that they were late getting into NYC and some of their gear was rented, certainly not Page’s guitar. The rest of the performance is good but not superb, and the obvious highlight is a very long White Summer that features again a snippet of a very subtle Black Mountain Side paired up with Bert Jansch's Casbah, Davy Graham's Mustapha and Jimmy's own composition, Swan Song. With a big loss, the taper recorded only the early show, missing most of How Many More Times and all the encores.


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 (early & late show)
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 (<< It's Your Thing..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..), What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, Over Under Sideways Down, The Hunter.. ) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. 81 minutes.

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)

      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 ... one of his best shape ever. An interesting thing happens 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 lyrics. After, as the song ended, he 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. As for the new songs in the set, they still sound faithful to the album renditions. Heartbreaker 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. Again, the tape cuts abruptly during the medley of How Many More Times, and all the encores are missing.


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 (early & late show)
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 (early & late show)
Support from Edward Bear. Ritchie Yorke introduced both acts.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown (<< It's Your Thing, Bluebird..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< It Hurts Me So..), Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..), 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.

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)

      An excellent performance, full of energy, and classic early Zeppelin in its highest fly. Jones is all over the place, Jimmy is really spectacular, Bonham is amazing and Robert's voice is so high it is unbelievable. Plant joked with the crowd by saying Bonzo got a diarrhoea before the opening bars of Good Times bad Times, and later he continues, “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 IV.“ There are many other songs thrown in this evening, including a great version of Buffalo Springfield's Bluebird during powerful Communication Breakdown, a short clip of If Hurts Me So from the Spencer Davis Group that will stay as a regular inclusion during this and forthcoming tours, and a short, but awesome medley of Neil Young's Down By The River and the first known live reference to Ramble On ever in the middle of now rarely played Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, performed by a special request here. Dazed And Confused and White Summer are usual killers, and both are very long already, just like the drum solo in now fully finished Moby Dick. Near the end of Eddie Cochran's classic, Something Else, a huge amount of fans stormed the stage. This is all that is known to exist from the late show, How Many More Times and the entirety of the early set are not taped.


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


NOVEMBER 5 - MEMORIAL HALL, KANSAS CITY (KS), UNITED STATES (early & late show)
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 (<< It's Your Thing..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused, [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, Boogie Chillun, Further On Down The Line..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 39 minutes.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Birth Of The Gods (Balboa Productions), Centralien (Wendy Records), Good Times Jimmy's Got The Blues (Tarantura), Kansas City 1969 (no label), Love Letter From Canada 1969 (Wendy Records), Miami Image Club (Wendy Records), Soars On - Buffalo 1969 (Graf Zeppelin), & Tales From '69 (Tarantura)

      The band played two shows that night, but it is not known what one this is from. Page is playing as excellently as he had been the past few dates, Jones as well is spot on, Plant is in strong voice, but Bonham ... The story goes that he was so drunk that he couldn't stay awake at this gig. We don't know if that's true, but it wouldn't be a surprise, 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 of the most listenable “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 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 terrible drumming. A press review does mention only that the band did not use their own instruments as they've been shipped directly to San Francisco, and rented the gear from one of the support bands.


NOVEMBER 6 - WINTERLAND, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Roland Kirk, Wolfgang and Isaac Hayes. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah 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 (<< It's Your Thing..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< It Hurts Me So..), Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..), What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, Over Under Sideways Down, The Hunter, Boogie Chillun, Further 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, Stage Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 1st audience recording. 99 minutes.

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown (<< It's Your Thing..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby (<< It Hurts Me So..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..), [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be [ cut ], Moby Dick, How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, Over Under Sideways Down, The Hunter, Boogie Chillun, Further 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.

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), & Winterland 1969 1st Night (no label)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: C'Mon Everybody (House Of Elrond), Final Winterland (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin), & Winterland 1969 1st Night (no label)

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

      A very intense and great performance, this is also the band's final run of shows in San Francisco until they come back with Houses Of The Holy album. Plant nervously addressing the audience before the show starts, “Good Evening. It’s very nice to return again to San Francisco. We’d like to try and ... rather than say that, and give you a load of bullshit. We’d rather like to try and show you through what we’re gonna do now. So let’s go.” The opening medley of Good Times Bad Times and Communication Breakdown, along with I Can't Quit You Baby is just brutal in impact as well. Zeppelin takes the audience all over the spectrum, from the great jamming of a powerful and still evolving Dazed And Confused and the gentleness of White Summer/Black Mountain Side medley, through a fresh sounding What Is And What Should Never Be and an awesome and still stretching to the limits How Many More Times medley, which now contains a number of compositions that will form the foundation for the next few tours ahead. The two punked-up encores from the repertoire of Eddie Cochran, C'mon Everybody and Something Else, showing their respect and devotion to annals of rock 'n' roll history. The audience is much more quiet compared to the first two visits in the Bay Area, this only helps emphasize the so intense atmosphere and savage beauty of Robert's voice, and the songs from the recently released second album leaves them in a reverie.


NOVEMBER 7 - WINTERLAND, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Wolfgang and Isaac Hayes. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah 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. He introduced all the acts.

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown (<< Cat's Squirrel, It's Your Thing..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War [ cut ]..) [ cut ], [ cut ], White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (<< Down By The River..) [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Susie Q, Beck's Bolero, The Hunter [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 1st audience recording. Almost 90 minutes.

Recording Includes: Good Times Bad Times Intro >> Communication Breakdown (<< Cat's Squirrel, It's Your Thing..) >> I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), Dazed And Confused (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (<< Down By The River..), What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< Susie Q, Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, Boogie Chillun, Further On Down The Line, Hideaway, Bottle It Up And Go, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Bring It On Home.
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent 2nd audience recording. 108 minutes.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Final Winterland (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin), Good Old Led Zeppelin (Tarantura box), 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 box), & Winter In Winterland 1969 (Wisteria Records)

      This is the second to last gig from their Fall North American tour 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 is just great. The epic Dazed And Confused is full of instrumental exercises and gymnastics, even if the band gets a bit lost when Page starts playing a third verse instead of the lead-in jam to the bow solo. Another great example of his skills is obviously majestic White Summer and Black Mountain Side combo, which is mesmerizing. The only exception from this are few tuning issues during a powerful rendition of Babe I'm Gonna Leave You. It is assumed to be played the following night and then dropped forever, only to be performed one more time in the following year on a special occasion. Plant is not at the top of his range as on other shows on this tour, but that doesn't stop him to be still perfectly fine and extremely powerful, and Bonham is in its full force while pounding heavily in Moby Dick. A stunning version of How Many More Times and its long medley are probably the best versions ever captured on tape since their second visit to San Francisco earlier this year. The medley again features a groovy riff from Suzie Q by Credence Clearwater Revival. However, this gig is immortalized because of the inclusion of the final encore. Bring It On Home is recorded for the very first time, and it blows you right away from where you're standing. A must!


NOVEMBER 8 - WINTERLAND, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), UNITED STATES
Support from Wolfgang and Isaac Hayes. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah 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. He 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 (<< Mars: The Bringer Of War..), White Summer (<< Black Mountain Side, Casbah, Mustapha, Swan Song..), [ cut ], You Shook Me, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (<< Beck's Bolero, The Hunter, Whole Lotta Love, Good Times Bad Times, Wee Baby Blues, Hideaway, Further On Down The Line, Boogie Chillun..).
Source: Almost complete very good to excellent audience recording. 104 minutes.

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)

      Over the years, this concert was long discussed as to be lost or not taped. There's been also much speculation regarding the validity of the show, despite a review in the French press and a publication of the programme. Now, more than fifty years later, the recording has been dig out finally. A really great performance, a culmination of their little over a year of activity so far. It is unlike any of the others, including high-powered gigs from the previous month. It is more exquisite, delicate and vicious than anything previously. Jimmy is playing with the highest level of intensity, a near train wreck solo in the middle of Dazed And Confused is simply breathtaking. A lenghty You Shook Me is quite an intriguing version, as it starts with Jonesy playing on bass and switches over to organ about four minutes in. Here we can enjoy this tune also for the very last time, they eventually perform it again in its more compact version during the medleys in latter years. The subtle interplay between Plant, and Page especially, on How Many More Times is unprecedented. They suddenly bridge into a riff from Whole Lotta Love for a while, and then going through the solo work from Good Times Bad Times along with some other blues-inspired groovy tunes featuring a traditional Wee Wee Blues. The only real drawback is that the tape cuts out after Robert's “goodnight“, and we are left not knowing what or if the audience was treated to an encore.