Average: 4.8 (20 votes)

January 9, 1969

San Francisco, CA US

Fillmore West

Setlist:

Songs performed during this period include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, As Long As I Have You, Killing Floor, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown.

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January 9, 1969 tape history

Somewhere between Fall 1972 and Spring 1973, Bill Graham spent 72 hours on KSAN-fm radio (then San Fransisco's leading rock station) broadcasting tapes from the Fillmore and the Fillmore West. He was on the air almost the entire time, sleeping in the studio, and many amazing things were broadcast. This was before most people had home cassette decks, so to my knowledge the whole sequence was never airchecked. I have never seen a complete list of what was broadcast, much less actually heard it again.

Nonetheless I sat and listened to as many hours as I could on my little portable FM radio, in between going to high school and sleeping. Most of the taped material was one or a few tracks from various shows. They were usually announced with some generic remark like "here's Jeff Beck from 1968," followed by various anecdotes from Graham. Many of the remarkable snippets that circulate come from these broadcasts, because many people managed to record a tape or two, even if they couldn't keep their decks rolling for 72 hours.

Many of the items broadcast were from local San Francisco bands (Blue Cheer or what have you), but plenty of English bands got airings as well. It would be perfectly likely that at 3:00am or something, Graham put on a Led Zeppelin tape and broadcast a track or two, which was somehow preserved. However, even at the time, he would have most likely said "here's Led Zeppelin from their first trip to SF," not giving a specific date. If a single unidentified track from January 1969 at Fillmore West appears to exist absent the rest of the show, as a prior post suggests, it was most likely from the 1972/3 Graham broadcast (which was different than the well documented 1977 "What Was That" Summer of Love broadcast, also featuring live tapes).

While much of Graham's archive was preserved and sold to Wolfgang's Vault, some of it was lost in an 1985 fire, so there's no guarantee the original tape survived. However, its very plausible that a single track from Led Zeppelin's 1969 San Francisco appearance was broadcast on the radio in 1972.