Average: 4.6 (34 votes)

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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Yep, I was there too

I almost daily drive up and down Warrensville Center Rd in NE Ohio and often wonder where the old Musicarnival was located. I finally did a little web search today and came across this Zeppelin site. I attended this Musicarnival show on 7/20/69 with a few of my buddies. We were all still in high school at the time. We also attended the Iron Butterfly show, which I see by the poster on this site was just the week before. I don't remember much about the shows except that the Zeppelin show was the same night as the lunar landing. We watched the men on the moon after returning home after the show. I was surprised to read that the James Gang opened the show. I didn't remember that but I know we were really into them at the time. They were a local NE OH band. The other thing I remember most was at the Iron Butterfly show, we wandered down by the circular stage after the show as the roadies were packing up the equipment. When nobody was looking my friend quickly grabbed a piece of equipment from a bag on the edge of the stage. Later we found out it was a "fuzz button" that was used by bass player, Lee Doorman. The next week, my friend repeated another heist after the Zeppelin show by grabbing what turned out to be Jimmy Paige's "wa-wa pedal". Crazy! I was amazed to see by the info on this site that all tickets were only $5!!! I saw Zeppelin once more a few years later at an outdoor concert in Tampa, FL. Wild times.