Average: 4.6 (47 votes)

July 30, 1969

Salt Lake City, UT US

Terrace Ballroom

Setlist:

Setlists during this tour include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown

Notes:

Vanilla Fudge also on the bill. (2 Shows on this date)

Poster reads: Vanilla Fudge ~ Led Zeppelin
TERRACE BALLROOM | TWO SHOWS 7:00-9:30 - WEDNESDAY JULY 30
 
Press Review: Salt Lake Resounds With Rock

The Vanilla Fudge / Led Zeppelin concert Wednesday night at the Terrace was very illuminating, as to what Salt Lake people’s musical tastes are anyway.

Both Zeppelin and Fudge are prominent hands on the “heavy” scene. The British group Led Zeppelin was billed second to the well-known American group Vanilla Fudge. But Zeppelin went over noticeably better than Fudge. This is somewhat encouraging to followers of the rock music cult, many of whom believe that Zeppelin deserves more attention.

The members of Led Zeppelin are accomplished musicians and true artists. Led by Jimmy Page, one time guitarist for the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin’s music is characterized by excellent, flashy vocals backed by creative and appropriate guitar work.

Vanilla Fudge appeared as musical imposters when compared to a group like Zeppelin. The bass player for the Fudge even apologetically acknowledged this as he mounted the stage and said, “There’s no way we can follow that.”

Showmanship, however, was probably more responsible for audience response than musicianship, as is often the case. Both bands exhibited a very exciting show, although Led Zeppelin appeared less inhibited, with the gravel-throated vocalist wandering around the stage. Vanilla Fudge was noticeably uptight for the first few numbers, following the Zeppelin performance.

But when the show was over, the thing that was most apparent is that there is still, to the dismay of some critics, a large following for “heavy” music, in Salt Lake at least. [-Summer Chronicle | by S. Poulsen | August 1, 1969]

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I was at this concert.

I was at this concert. Memory fades after 39 years or so, but this is what I remember:
My girlfriend and I were so excited they were coming. We had been listening to the LP almost non-stop, and staring at the picture on the back. Our teenage fantasy brewing: I would get Robert and she wanted Page. I was a month shy of 14.
Vanilla Fudge were the top bill, and though we liked them, we were there for Zeppelin. We couldn't wait. The Terrace Ballroom, a perfect venue for smaller crowds was a fabulous old building converted to a ballroom. It's beginnings had Big Band orchestra type shows, with a huge dance floor and booths circling the floor for seating. The stage was very low, like two feet maybe. The acoustics were the best in the valley. With a domed roof, made entirely of wood with no nails made the music sink in and feedback was non-existent. All bands playing there loved it, and very often went hours overtime just jamming because they loved it.
My friend and I got there early and lined up. People would just sit and wait, talk about the show, pass things around, etc. They finally opened the doors and in we flew to the front row center.
When they took the stage I was mesmerized by Jimmy's playing. Totally blown away, I was just staring at his fingers, amazed at what he was doing, and how incredible the sound was. He would just break out and keep going and going, mesmerizing everyone, taking us on a magick ride.
Robert was directly in front of us, with Bonzo only a few feet away. They played the entire LP and then some, as I recall. Bonzo did a drum solo. Robert played his harp. We were so close we both felt some kind of drips from Robert. Sweat, spit, we didn't mind one iota.
At one point Robert bent over with his eyes closed and when he opened them he was face to face with my friend, who also has huge blue eyes and the look on her face was hysterical.
When Fudge came on they said some like, "how Do you follow something like that?" Went straight into 'Keep Me Hanging On' after that the crowds booed Fudge. Every one was yelling- Zeppelin, Zeppelin, Zeppelin!! and stomping their feet. As far as I remember they finally just gave up and gave the stage back to Zep. The crowd went wild, which spurred more ecstatic music from the guys. It was really funny, Fudge sort of stomping out. But the cheers were worth it because the guys kicked butt even more then.
It sealed the deal for me forever. In my eyes they were the greatest, and they always sold out quickly here every time they came.
About the 'two shows'...I've asked as many as possible and get a 50/50 reply so I can't confirm that 100%. They often combined 'two shows' into one back then. Bottom line is, it was the best concert I saw there at that fabulous Ballroom.