January 20, 1969
Wheaton, MD US
This date is officially unconfirmed and no proof has yet surfaced.
Press: Lore has it that only 55 people showed up for the Wheaton Youth Center show, quite possibly the smallest audience to see Led Zeppelin outside of Jimmy Page's living room. Local filmmaker Jeff Krulik is confident it actually took place, having made contact with the man who organized the concert: Barry Richards, who at the time was a DJ on Gaithersburg radio station WHMC and now lives on the West Coast. "It's unbelievable," said Jeff. "And the fact that it was a Monday night, January 20th, the night of Richard Nixon's inauguration."
"There's people who grew up in Wheaton, across the street, who went to every show, who don't remember it". Jeff, who with John Heyn made the cult classic "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" (the documentary consists of fans outside the Capital Centre before a 1986 Judas Priest concert), has become obsessed with Zep's first concert in the Washington area. It's an outgrowth of a project on the area teen center scene in the late '60s and early '70s.