Average: 5 (8 votes)

April 2, 1969

Cardiff, UK

Top Rank Suite Club

Setlist:

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

Notes:

Review: It all went a bit pear-shaped when Led Zeppelin did a benefit gig in Cardiff back in 1969.

The Progressive Blues Night (also featuring Welsh band Kimla Taz) at the Top Rank was in aid of the Biafran Relief Organisation. Unfortunately only 450 people turned up to watch and the charity event actually lost money to the tune of £100.

However those who did go were treated to a technically brilliant performance. Opening number Communication Breakdown demonstrated why Led Zep's debut album was riding so high in both the US and UK charts. Robert Plant's vocal virtuosity and Jimmy Page's nimble fingers whipped up the faithful into a tumult.

The show continued in the same pompous rock-god vein until How Many More Times. This 15 minute epic was meant to be the evening's highpoint showcasing Page's incredible guitar skills. However an engineer accidentally activated the revolving stage causing jack plugs to be wrenched from their sockets whilst others were snapped off completely.

The gig ended at that precise moment. For several seconds afterwards though arguably the greatest rock band in history stood on a revolving stage in Cardiff mutely playing to a bemused and constantly shifting crowd. (by Anthony Brockway)

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I was there! If memory serves Fairport Convention were advertised to play that night but it was cancelled a week or so before the gig and Led Zepp was announced in the South Wales Echo."Led who?" we asked but the advert said ex Yardbirds so I went downtown with fellow 16yr old schoolmate John. We had to wear a tie and there was a no jeans rule. Naturally we were blown away and I can recall JP playing with the violin bow and also using a Theramin. This was 1969 in Wales and we had seen nothing like it. The most memorable moment came at the end though at the end of a drum solo I think. The band overran and somone began revolving the stage but the PA was on the non revolving area and it started pulling the speakers over. An argument then broke out (this may be tinged with some romantic vision!!) and JB had to be restrained by the suited staff. Maybe this may jog some memory banks? The set list was as above but sadly I only have memories and not memorabilia. I saw them in Bristol and Croydon after that. I lost them a bit when they went arena.