Average: 4.5 (29 votes)

July 20, 1969

Warrensville Heights, OH US

Musicarnival

Setlist:

Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (medley incl. "Lemon Song"), Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

Press Review: Zeppelin Lands To Big Cheers At Musicarnival

CLEVELAND - The Led Zeppelin made a four-point landing at Musicarnival here during the Eagle movement on the moon. The British quartet had a sold-out audience of 2,574 stomping, clapping and dancing in the aisles during their five song stint.

Jimmy Page, former anchor man for the Yardbirds, received a standing ovation for his bluesy solo "White Summer." But the group hit their highest stride in the last part of their 10-minute "Dazed and Confused" when Page, singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bass guitarist John Paul Jones  sailed in a tight, together jam.

Plant shakes and bumps like a burlesque headliner, swings the mike like a lariat, comes across with the funky finesse of a male Janis Joplin.

The Atlantic group scored with encore "Communication Breakdown." A local group, the James Gang, also received a standing ovation. (JANE SCOTT / Billboard)


Press Review: Young Folks Take Trip at Musicarnival

While millions watched for the Eagle on the moon, 2,500 young people went on a 9-minute trip of their own.

They stomped, clapped, danced in the aisles as four British bombshells, the Led Zeppelin made a three-point landing at Musicarnival last night.

Lead singer Robert Plant, 21, comes on strong like a male Janis Joplin. His collarbone length blonde hair looks like a cheap permanent caught in the rain.

Plant shakes his shoulders, jumps high in the air, stomps his $60 python boots, twirls the mike like a lariat, does the bumps and grinds like a flat-chested sexy headliner. And the standing-room-only audience was with him all the way.

“Have you ever been shaken”? he rasped out to the audiences during his “You Shook Me” song and the group screamed back “Yes.” Plants murmurs words and syllables like Cab Calloway.

Feature for many was a fine solo, “White Summer” by Jimmy Page, one of the world’s best guitarists. He was the backbone of the old Yardbirds three years ago and he’s still a steel smash.

The Led Zeppelin did five songs. Their “Dazed and Confused a 10-minute ride, brought them sailing in a tight jam session that was the highlight of the night.

Drummer John Bonham, 21, in a black T-shirt that looked like the upper part of a 1920 swimsuit, hit a heavy beat that brought fee stomping and stepping.

“You make me feel so young!” Plant would up with their last song.

With screams of “more” the Led Zeppelin came back to do an encore, “Communication Breakdown.”

Nothing could be further from the experience last night.

The finale gave bass player John Paul Jones, 22, a chance to shine.

 (-The Plain Dealer, July 21, 1969)

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~My ticket stub~

This is my ticket stub from this show. Musicarnival was an interesting venue to see Led Zeppelin, in a carnival tent. It was so special to see them up close. I had seen Page before when he was with the Yardbirds. The seats were great. I could have taken a couple of steps and been on stage. It was thrilling. They sounded great. How many more times was perfect. When Plant sings the Lemon song there isn't much more I can say. :) I think the opening act was suppose to be Michael Stanley Band but Michael was sick so The James Gang (Joe Walsh started in this band) opened the show. Loved both local bands but The James Gang had been out to LA for an album so it was great to see them. The sad part is I never saw Led Zeppelin again for one reason or another.