July 30, 1969
Salt Lake City, UT US
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
One of the few shows where John Bonham uses a double bass drum.
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]