Average: 4.7 (44 votes)

January 26, 1969

Boston, MA US

Boston Tea Party


Set One Includes: Train Kept A Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Killing Floor, Dazed And Confused (incl. Shapes Of Things), You Shook Me, Communication Breakdown.

Set Two Includes: White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Pat's Delight, How Many More Times (incl. For Your Love, Over Under Sideways Down).


77 programme

Boston Tea Party - (press release)
January 1969

(flipbook - 6 pages)

John Paul Jones:  “As far as I’m concerned, the key Zeppelin gig, the one that put everything into focus, was one that we played on our first American tour at the Boston Tea Party. We’d played our usual one hour set, using all the material for the first album and Page’s White Summer guitar piece and by the end, the audience just wouldn’t let us offstage. It was in such a state that we had to start throwing ideas around, just thinking of songs that we might all know or that some of us knew a part of and work it out from there.

So we’d go back on and play things like “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Please Please Me”, old Beatles favorites. I mean, just anything that would come into our head and the response was quite amazing. There were kids actually bashing their heads against the stage – I’ve never seen that a gig before or since, and when we finally left the stage, we’d played for four plus hours.

Peter (Grant) was absolutely ecstatic. He was crying, if you can imagine that, and hugging us all. You know with this grizzly bear hug. I suppose it was then that we realized just what Led Zeppelin was going to become.” – (NME, Feb. 1973)

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This was the night of nights!

I just started working at the Tea Party this weekend. How I got the gig was a story unto itself. While in college I hooked up with an upper classman that turned me on to a tape he had of Robert Johnson recorded long ago. There was an LP out at the time King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol 1. This had stuff not on that. The day before this engagement I walked into the club to learn more and talked to Don Law the club manager about it. His jaw dropped when I played it and asked to borrow it. Little did know until that evening that Don's dad was a producer at CBS had actually discovered and recorded Robert Johnson! The next day I came back, was a Thursday, and Don asked if I would be willing to help out this guy, I remember him to this day, Clive Coulson, Zeppelin’s roadie load in. And the rest as they say… Don actually turned on Robert and Jimmy to the tape, and Robert came up to me and asked if he could have it. Needless to say it was my pleasure… If we fast forward to this specific performance, the band was held over. The band wanted to rehearse a bit and Clive asked if I wanted to listen in. Did !I? I got to the club in the afternoon and the band was loose, very loose and happy. I literally had an hour or two conversation with Jimmy one to one. He ran the voodoo down with me. Talking about his studio years, The Yardbirds and Jeff Beck, Guitars, the violin bow thing, the Kinks, his vision with Zeppelin. The deal with Atlantic, the whole thing. He was on fire, and young though I was, I realized I was talking not with just a musician, but an artist with a limitless musical curiosity as well. I also hung with Bonzo who, was carrying not just one but two bass drums, the second a back up. It was a beautiful Ludwig kit. Rock Maple I think. All weekend we kept bugging him to use both, and finally this Sunday he relented. Clive set up the second bass drum. Then the performance. I remembered the feeling in my bones. You knew it in the audience and on stage. Something special was happening. That connection between the band and us. Like an electric circuit. Bonzo went crazy on his drum solo called Pat’s Delight. I saw Ginger play Toad, and Keith all around monstrous, but John’s playing that night was explosive. Like a runaway freight train. And Jimmy. Dazed and Confused. He went wild with the violin bow. The result. We would not let them off the stage. And they ran out of material and started making it up on the fly. Looking back I think about it as flying without a net. My last recollection was that no-one wanted to leave. I helped Clive load up. There was plenty of Watney’s. We all hung out until the wee hours. High on the music, on what just happened. I remember Peter Grant, their manager was ebullient. So were we. The hammer had just been unleashed… for the first time? I saw Robert perform a couple of years ago and he talked about the Tea Party and how it all came together one night. I think this night was it. Funny how certain parts are so clear to me 40 years later. Would love to talk with Jimmy and Robert again…