Average: 4.9 (17 votes)

February 8, 1969

Chicago, IL US

Kinetic Playground

Setlist:

Songs performed during this period include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, As Long As I Have You, Killing Floor, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown, Pat's Delight (drum solo).

Notes:

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

Carmine Appice: "John and I were testing out some new Ludwig stands while playing the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. By the end of the night, we had both broken the stands so we gave them back and said: "They're gonna need  to be a lot stronger, we broke them." You should have seen the look of shock on the faces of the people from Ludwig!"

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Hard to believe

I was 18. Don't know which night I went, my memories are a bit fuzzy from back then. I'd heard of Tull (via an import) and Zep (from the Yardbirds) but didn't know exactly what to expect. The Fudge were the headliner. Can you believe three bands like this, two sets each, for $5. They all rocked. Things thinned out a bit after midnight, and place mellowed out some. Remember those stupid meditation booths? I probably saw scores of shows at the Electric Theatre/Kinetic Playground. Seems I went every week. And why not? Look at the lineups they threw at you. My favorite show was a sweaty summer one, as I recall. Buddy Rich Big Band (in powder blue tuxes) opened, and he seemed pissed, as usual. Joe Cocker was next up, and I did not know him, and thought him a bit odd. I came to see The Who doing "Tommy." I was standing in the balcony (more like a catwalk) and Cocker came out from the back and stood next to me, doing his thing while The Who rocked. He spazzed sweat all over me. Eew! ;-) kidding, I didn't care. What a show.