Average: 4.9 (80 votes)

February 7, 1969

Chicago, IL US

Kinetic Playground


Second set includes: White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me (w/ JPJ on organ), As Long As I Have You (incl. Fresh Garbage, For What It's Worth), Dazed and Confused.


Led Zeppelin share the bill with Vanilla Fudge and Jethro Tull for 2 nights in Chicago.

Review excerpt: Making their Chicago debut were Led Zeppelin, the new supergroup a la Cream and Jeff Beck Group, led by former Yardbird guitarist Jimmy Page.

On stage, the group’s act is a balanced blend of unaffected musicianship  - particularly Page – and strong physical presence – particularly vocalist Robert Plant.

Zeppelin’s portion of the show started a little slowly, with Jimmy sitting down and soloing on White Summer, from the old Yardbird days. I worried a bit, as he had said just before that they would mostly solo and improvise the second set and he wished I could have been there for the first.

Then came Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, the group’s arrangement of the traditional folk song which is my favorite cut from the new Atlantic album.  All doubts vanished.

Plant is a superb stylist, but that doesn’t keep him from enjoying himself at the same time. He peppered his deliveries with lines and phrases from other songs. Underground radio announcer, Psyche and I played a game to see who could identify the most songs. I caught the beginning of Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth during Fresh Garbage, as well as the end of Summertime and picked up on By The Time I Get to Phoenix in Babe.

But she won by spotting, of all things, Green Door in the middle of the encore, Dazed and Confused.

The encore came when the audience – and almost the whole wall-to-wall crowd stayed around after the Vanilla Fudge to see Zeppelin and the other group, Jethro Tull and absolutely refused to let the four go. They were halfway up the backstage stairs when the cheers brought them back.

The added number was another showstopper. Page bowed his guitar and the sound is incredible in its eeriness, during the number and his interplay with Plant was at its best. The two stood facing each other, throwing the musical ball back and forth, nodding in time with each beat.

It would have been enough. Even without John Paul Jones, a bassist who can hold his own with any in the business (a triumph on one solo sneaked on Mark Stein’s organ), or John Bonham on drums.  (ChicagoTrib., February  1969)


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"Joe the Jammer"

"Here comes Joe the Jammer," is what Robert Plant and Jimmy Page used to say when they saw Page's guitar tech Joe Wright coming their way.

Wright got his start playing rock 'n' roll at the legendary Windy City concert haunt The Kinetic Playground on Clark Street near Lawrence.

Wright organized the venue's Tuesday night jam sessions and owner Aaron Russo would let him in to see the concerts for free.

That's how he met Led Zeppelin backstage, before they played their first Chicago concert on Feb. 7, 1969, when they were booked as the opening act for Vanilla Fudge.

"No one had really heard of Led Zeppelin yet, but it featured Jimmy Page from the Yardbirds, and I was a big fan of the Yardbirds," Wright said.

right eventually signed on with the rising British rock group as a roadie and later became Page's guitar tech.

As his friendship with Page grew, Wright would often jam with him in his dressing room before a gig. Sometimes he was invited on stage, introduced by his new moniker "Joe Jammer."

Eventually, he went to England by Zep's manager, Peter Grant, who hooked the young American axe man up with renown British producer Mickey Most.

After forming The Joe Jammer Band, songs were recorded and he opened for Zeppelin, including the prestigious Festival Of Bath in June 1970.

Jammer later went on to play guitar for European singer Maggie Bell, the opening act on Bad Company's 1975 world tour.

Albums were made, tours were done, and Jammer did some elbow rubbing with major rock stars of the day, including Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.

After spending most of the 1980s in Canada, Wright returned to Chicago in the late 1990s and has been active in area clubs and recording studios. A few years ago, Jammer wrote a tribute to his favorite sports team, "The White Sox Victory Song."

Though Joe Jammer never attained the fame and fortune of many his early European cohorts, the decades of blood, sweat, tears and hard work he invested are woven into the fabric of every note he plays in his live performances.

A typical show these days finds Jammer with his guitar in hand, ripping through a blend of classic cover songs (many with great stories attached) and his own original songs.

Joe Jammer never became a household name, but his name and reputation is renown and respected in the Chicagoland music community.

Jammer is talented, entertaining, and full of great rock 'n' roll war stories from the road.