Average: 4.8 (131 votes)

July 21, 1969

New York, NY US

Central Park (Wollman Rink Theater) / Schaefer Music Festival


1st set includes: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, White Summer / Black Mountainside, How Many More Times (medley incl. For What It's Worth (lyrics), "Lemon Song"), Communication Breakdown.


Led Zeppelin perform two shows this night (7pm & 9:30pm), which include B.B. King as support act. (Rain date scheduled for July 22)

Press Review: Led Zeppelin / B.B. King

WOLLMAN RINK, N.Y. - The New York pop scene became a roman candle Monday night, July 21 , when The Schaefer Music Festival highlighted its season with an outstanding double-bill featuring Led Zeppelin and B. B. King.

King, a veteran bluesman only recently coming into his own, demonstrated the earthy and powerful sensitivity that invariably makes one bow in acknowledgement of a master's touch. His husky, expressive  voice and sweet, sweet guitar were the perfect vehicles for the rich, human understanding that the blues is really all about - something that B. B. King knows all about; he is a truly great man in a great tradition.

Led Zeppelin practically brought the house down; no kidding. By the end of a four-encore musical colossus the beam and erector-set framework of the temporary stage (and adjoining walls) were creaking under the strain as performers and audience alike were swept into a rock 'n' roll bacchanalia that would have made the most cynical critic wilt.

The accomplishment and spontaneity of John Paul Jones on bass and John Bonham on drums could have only been enhanced by a phenomenon like Jimmy Page. The apparently unimprovable gifts of the youthful virtuoso have, if possible, expanded since , we saw him last. The subtlety and lyrical inventiveness for which Page has always been recognized seem to have gained a hitherto dormant passion equal to that of any flamenco gypsy, as he whipped through "I Can't Quit You Babe," "Dazed and Confused," and the incredible "White Summer".

Outstanding candidate for superstardom is the group's luminary vocalist, Robert Plant. His soaring, spellbinding voice revealed an extraordinary physical and emotional range as he wove Zeppelin's demanding musical atmosphere with apparent ease, This , combined with his wantonly awesome stage presence, drama of movement, and searing improvisation all testify that Robert Plant may very well be the artist who can embody all nine muses at once. [Cash Box / Aug. 1969]

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Second Show That Night

I came down from Scarsdale with my friend, Curt Brokaw (A&R at RCA), for the second show. BB King opened, to an audience of mostly middle-aged black men, drinking wine/beer out of paper-bag-covered containers. He was smokin! and mellow, too.

Toward the end of BB's set, I popped a couple of tabs of acid, then toked on a joint to get "right". A short break, then BAM! Led Zepp came on, AND SO DID I!! The music... the vocals... were so intense; I could barely stay on my feet.

A month later, I went to Woodstock (the music festival), but this remains THE best live rock concert I've ever attended.