Fillmore East - January 31, 1969
8mm film of Led Zeppelin opening for Iron Butterfly at New York's Fillmore East (8pm show), during their first U.S. tour. (Film by Dennis DiMatteo)
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I was at that show. I was so impressed that I went back for the 11pm show, too.
Led Zeppelin was eagerly anticipated by Yardbirds fans and they were not disappointed. I was amazed when I heard them that night and knew I was watching history unfold.
The fact they were opening for Iron Butterfly was a joke amongst my friends who knew Zep's background and what to expect.
It was a heady time. Cream, Hendrix, Joplin, The Jeff Beck Group and The Doors all came out that year and the year before. The Beatles, the Stones and The Who were at their creative peaks and the world was staggeringly alive with new sounds.
I saw them all and many more. How lucky I was.