August 4, 1969
Dallas, TX US
includes: Train Kept a Rollin, I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times.
Local Texas band F.O.B. appears as the opening act, who receive rave reviews for this performance in the local press. A poor sound system plagues the gig, more so for Zeppelin.
“No one has ever made any claims as to the acoustical perfection of the State Fair Park Coliseum”, said a local review. “Nor did the more than capacity crowd help the sound situation. Something had to go, and in the trade the vocals lost out to volume.”
During the set, Plant mistakenly announced the group would not be appearing at the Texas Pop Festival at the end of the month. “Their earlier statement that they would not be part of the Texas Pop-In was completely in error, “ a reporter wrote:
“They admitted this later in the evening, but thanks to the sound system, the word might not have gotten out. Another faulty sound system, this time between group and manager was responsible for the abortive bomb-shell.”
“As with the F.O.B., the Zeppelin was faced with having to play much too loud in order to reach the multitude present. So, their quality dropped accordingly. The situation was compounded with vocalist Robert Plant’s microphone threatened to drop completely dead. But he handled it with much humor and finesse. Plant did an outstanding job of emceeing their segment, even when microphone buzz totally devastated the force of the silent break in the middle of You Shook Me, an otherwise effective effort.”