Average: 4.8 (173 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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Original Press Release

BOYD GRAFMYRE PRODUCTIONS, INC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 1, 1969

Spectacular fireworks, arts and crafts displays, a variety of food service and more than twenty top musical performers are scheduled to highlight the FIRST ANNUAL SEATTLE POP FESTIVAL set for July 25, 26 and 27 at Gold Creek Park, Woodinville, Washington.

Representing the total spectrum of "pop" music today, nationally and internationally known artists set to appear are: CHUCK BERRY, TIM BUCKLEY, ERIC BURDON, THE BYRDS, CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY, ALBERT COLLINS, BO DIDDLEY, THE FLOCK, FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS, GUESS WHO, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY, LED ZEPPELIN, CHARLES LLOYD, MURRAY ROMAN, SANTANA, SPIRIT, TEN YEARS AFTER, IKE AND TINA TURNER REVUE, VANILLA FUDGE, AND THE YOUNGBLOODS.

"Gold Creek Recreation Park is a perfect setting for a family event such as this," said Boyd Grafmyre promoter of the POP FESTIVAL. "In addition to the continuous entertainment scheduled daily, the facility includes swimming pools, large picnic areas, golf driving ranges, a miniature train and much more."

The Festival opens at 12:00 (noon) Friday, July 25 and will run from noon until midnight daily. The Retina Circus Light Company from Seattle will provide a special light show each evening at dusk designed specifically for the artists participating in the festival.

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