Average: 4.8 (179 votes)

July 27, 1969

Woodinville, WA US

Gold Creek Park (Seattle Pop Festival)

Setlist:

includes: 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:

Press Review: More than 50,000 rock fans gathered at Woodinville’s Gold Creek Park over the weekend for a practically non-stop three-day festival of music, events and exhibitions. The first annual Seattle Pop Festival was a marvel of crowd control and smooth organization.

Sunday night was supposed to belong to The Doors but it was stolen right out from under them by the great English blues group, Led Zeppelin.

Coming onstage about 11:30pm, immediately after the forced extravaganza of The Doors, the Zeppelin faced a jaded and uncomfortable audience that had been standing in the cold all evening. But the electricity of lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page quickly warmed them up.

Plant has a voice that is controlled hysteria. Anguish pours from his every note;  his voice is an epitome of the blues.

Page is an amazing guitarist. His runs and fingering are magnificent, his control of the instrument pure genius.

They were aided by a fine drummer, John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones. Few who experienced it will forget Led Zeppelin's performance, especially their smashing encore of Communication Breakdown. [P. Macdonald, SeattlePost-Intelligencer. July 1969]

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Zeppelin's show at Gold Creek

I was there along with at least 70,000 lucky others (the official "count" was 40,000, but I don't believe it). The line up for this festival was unbelievable and still stands, I believe, as possibly the very best line up of all time.

It happened one month before Woodstock. I've attended over 600 concerts since and this one is still number one. I saw Led Zeppelin four times over the years but this performance was the most amazing. They were really on their game, obviously enjoying themselves, and blew away the Doors who played right before them. Jim Morrison was pretty wasted and offensive but did sound good when he finally sang, and the rest of the Doors were great.

But LZ were tight and amazing - I coudn't believe my ears. I'll never forget the feeling! It's during this festival that the infamous "Edgewater Inn Mudshark Incident" supposedly happened.