May 23, 1969
Chicago, IL US
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
Press Review: On record, the Zeppelin is one of the few groups that can convey feeling and intensity well. It has wisely chosen to make recording a separate experience from the in-person concert.
Robert Plant, the Zeppelin’s lead vocalist says: “We try to make our records foundations on which we can build on in live concerts. Extended jams are pretty much impossible because of the total lack of atmosphere. We need the live audience.”
“When we play the states,” says Plant, “the audience reaction is still pretty much unknown, so we’re forced to play tighter.”
At the recent concert at Chicago’s Kinetic Playground, the Zeppelin was superb. Never has loudness been so completely pleasurable. It has the power to vibrate your body and dislocate your nervous system.
Fight the sound and you’ll have one of the worst headaches on record; move with it and you’ll be completely captivated.
A unique fact of the band is Jimmy Page’s unusual guitar technique. Page often uses a cello bow to play his guitar like a violin. At great volume, the technique allows him to hold a note almost indefinitely. Wave after wave of unearthly sound stuns the listener.
The Zeppelin has an extremely strong rhythm section, led by bass guitarist John Paul Jones (misprinted as John Bonham), one of the best around. Nothing flashy, just a solid and tasteful undercurrent. He’s learned the ultimate music lesson: He listens to the rest of the band with a very sympathetic ear.
The Zeppelin’s supporting band at the Kinetic Playground was Jethro Tull, another new group from England. It proves conclusively that jazz is not dead. [Chicago, July 1969]