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July 20, 1969

Warrensville Heights, OH US



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.


Support Act: James Gang

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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Cleveland Rocks with Led Zeppelin Musicarnival July 20, 1969

"The year was 1969. Location, Musicarnival, a tent in the round in Warrensville Heights. The draw is Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page.

Opening act, the James Gang: “When they played Musicarnival, we had front-row seats. It seemed like a medium-sized venue, enclosed by a large tent. "The James Gang opened the show—Joe Walsh was wearing bright pants. They didn’t move around a whole lot, but Joe showed what a great guitarist he was, performing from the first two albums—“Funk #49,” “The Bomber,” etc. When they played “Lost Woman,” I wondered if Jimmy Page could hear it. During the break, I was looking to my left and could see some people coming in our direction. Suddenly it was Jimmy Page carrying his famous Les Paul, walking right by us to get to the stage.

They got up and played I think pretty much their first album. Sounded great. Page’s guitar solos were amazing. They played at least one Yardbirds song, “White Summer,” and of course the violin bow was used during a song or two. At the time it seemed extremely cool to see them—and in retrospect, it was something to see them before they got really big. "My friend and I were waiting for our ride, standing in the parking lot, when we saw some cool-looking guys walking toward us. Then we realized, wow, it was the group. I pulled out my camera and took a picture of Page as he was walking by. I should have asked before taking it, but he didn’t seem to mind. We watched them walk to a small house in the middle of the parking lot and go in. We stood outside one of the windows, hoping for a peek inside, but no such luck.

Headed home in the car, we realized that we were missing the telecast of man first walking on the moon, on July 20, 1969. We also realized that Led Zeppelin were probably inside that little house watching it themselves. [It was the home of Herman Spero, head of Upbeat.] "A couple months later, Led Zeppelin announced they were coming back to Cleveland again, this time playing the huge Public Hall. Grand Funk opened for them and played a lot of songs from their album with “I’m Your Captain” on it. They also played their anti-drug song and tried to rally the crowd with it.

 It was October 24, 1969. "With “Whole Lotta Love” on the radio all the time, the crowd this time was huge. When the group came on, Robert Plant was running around, wearing a construction worker’s hardhat with an American flag design on it. I remember they did songs from their first two albums. Our seats were, as I recall, about thirty or so rows back, on the main floor. Sounded great. —Michael Pierson, fan (Chicago)" Reprinted from "Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories," by Carlo Wolff (2006) copyright.

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