Average: 4.5 (19 votes)

February 1, 1969

New York, NY US

Fillmore East

Setlist:

includes: White Summer / Black Mountainside, Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Pat's Delight, How Many More Times (medley), Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

Two Shows: 8pm & 11:30pm. The band begins late as Plant reveals "we forgot the bass player's guitar" and begin their set with the instrumental White Summer. Zeppelin open for Iron Butterfly during this two night stand in New York.

UK '69 Programme

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Press Review: 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]

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Concert description

A really good, but uptight and confused gig. The show starts with an announcement from Robert Plant: "We're sorry about the delay but because we're all a bit stupid, we forgot the bass player's guitar! Would you believe that! So we're gonna open up without the bass player. We're gonna feature Jimmy Page. This is a thing that was very popular when he was with The Yardbirds." After a nice early version the band breaks into an extremely powerful The Train Kept A Rollin'. Then the show starts properly and is excellent, except they forget to play Dazed And Confused before the last song ... so they insert it in the middle of How Many More Times! A blistering show where the audience's reaction would mirror mine were I there: "Who gives a shit about the Butterfly?" This was an opening slot for Iron Butterfly ... and indeed who does give a shit?