January 31, 1969
New York, NY US
Includes: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Communication Breakdown, You Shook Me, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Pat's Delight (drum solo), How Many More Times (incl. Season of the Witch).
Two Shows: 8pm & 11:30pm. Zeppelin open for Iron Butterfly during this two night stand in New York.
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PRESS REVIEWS: Led Zeppelin: Fillmore East, NY. On the strength of Led Zeppelin’s debut LP on Atlantic, we dragged ourselves off a sickbed to venture down to the East Village rock showcase to see what they were like in person. It would make an interesting story indeed to be able to say that after hearing them perform, we were dancing in the aisles and subsequently ran all the way home. Suffice to say that the thought entered our mind, and though the spirit was willing, the flesh was weak.
In other words, through the Zeppelin album is very, very good, the group in person is even better and the excitement they generate hasn’t been felt in the Fillmore since the last appearance of Big Brother & the Holding Company.
Vocalist Robert Plant falls into the Terry Reid class (a nice class indeed), but the group’s musical talents are in a class by themselves and the combination of the two can only indicate super-stardom. A subtle hint of the group’s quickly growing status can be found in the fact that while their album had only been out a week and a half, fully half the audience was familiar with it. Need we say more? [Cashbox / Feb. 1969]
INSIDE NEW YORK: Led Zeppelin is by far one of the best groups on the scene today. In the short time they've' been together, they have had phenomenal success in both personal appearances and record sales in the U.S. Within a few weeks, their LP is in the top twenty on the national charts and is still climbing rapidly. Their first concert at the Fillmore East in NY several weeks ago brought the roof down.
Their opening number at the Fillmore was the "Train Kept a Rollin," an old Yardbird's tune. (Incidentally, Jimmy played on the original version recorded by Lord Sutch about four years ago.) It really got things rolling as they proceeded to create a total sensual experience in sight and sound. "Dazed and Confused" resembles a musical battle as Plant's shrill cries and Page's piercing tones mimic and answer each other in perfect time. Jimmy switched to acoustical guitar for his solo, "Black Mountain Side." Everyone left the stage, all the lights dimmed except for one spotlight on Jimmy seated on a chair. This was the only moment of the concert that it remained completely silent. The audience seemed mesmerized watching him. Again they broke into a hard rock number with "Communication Breakdown." Their version of "You Shook Me" was exceptional. Plant's vocal on "How Many More Times" and "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" was nothing short of SUPERHUMAN. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! "I Can't quit You Babe" was done in a slow, grinding blues tempo with Page breaking into another solo. Drummer Bonham was then given the stage for his extraordinary solo which lasted about 15 minutes .and
their seats. Their last song was "Season of the Witch" and it set the listeners into a frenzy.
It was definitely one of the most exciting shows I've ever seen. They left NY to do a tour of the states. This is a group that has to be seen! (BY DENISE KELLY, World Countdown, Feb. 1969)
(NME) As expected, Led Zeppelin destroyed the audience at the Fillmore East last weekend. Second show Friday night they remained onstage for 90 minutes of absolutely incredible musicianship up and down the entire blues scene.
The group's success here - their first album swung into both charts this week with sales figures well over 100,000 - was marred only by the fact that John Bonham, 21-year-old drummer had to return to England suddenly after his small child (Jason) had an accident that required stitches in his head. But he flew back in time for the Zeppelin's concert's in Chicago at the weekend. (J. Harris, NME, Feb. 1969)