Average: 4.9 (89 votes)

June 28, 1969

Bath, UK

Recreation Ground (Bath)

Setlist:

Songs performed during this tour include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown

Notes:

Bath '69 programme

Click here to view the Bath Festival 1969 programme.
(flipbook)

John Bonham's brother Mick recalls the event in his book, "My Brother John":

"On previous occasions I had traveled to gigs on my scooter or on the bus, but this time it would be in style to what had been advertised as 'the Big One'. We drove down during the morning meeting up with Jimmy, Robert, and John Paul in the backstage bar. It was pretty unreal for me, rubbing shoulders with some of the great musicians I had only read about like: Fleetwood Mac, Ten Years After and the man who launched so many great names from his Bluesbreakers, Mr. John Mayall.

The Recreation Ground and Pavilion was in a lovely setting in the centre of Bath and on a warm summer's afternoon I couldn't think of anywhere I would rather be, along with 12,000 other people. I had taken a camera with me, so well before Zeppelin was to go on I made my way out into the crowd and towards the front of the stage. Finding a nice patch of grass, I waited patiently  for the emergence of Led Zeppelin. When the band took to the stage, the audience surged past me, leaving me only enough time to take three photos before I was swallowed up by 'the ocean'. As the show finished and the crowd moved back, I was still on the floor, looking like one of those hedgehogs you see squashed on the road.

After the show, it was a few beers in the bar and then back home, via the local fish and chip shop of course. Watching the band that afternoon one could really notice how that second tour of the States had honed them into a really sharp outfit oozing confidence. The press saw it too, declaring 'Zeppelin's fiery set in which they played their own individual form of progressive blues devastated most and proved on of the most enjoyable sets of the festival'."

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Bath Blues Festival

I hitch hiked over to Bath from Frome. There was plenty of room for everyone on the field, and security was very light. I easily gatecrashed the musicians beer tent (by following an acquaintance from Liverpool Scene) and queued up behind Led Z to get free beer. The audience listened politely and it was fun. Now everyone's desperate to see them play again, but 40 years ago it was just a decent gig with a good band at a sensible price, and it didn't matter if you only caught half the set.
Surprised to see that John Peel was the compere, but in 1969 I don't think I knew what he looked like, so he was just some bloke introducing the acts