Fillmore East - Jan 31, 1969 (8mm film)

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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First Led Zeppelin show

Believe it or not, most of the people were there to see Iron Butterfly, and did not even know who Led Zeppelin were. Led Zeppelin was the opener to the main band, as is the custom. Jimmy Page did such a mind boggling performance (every time he pointed the violin bow at the audience, there was dead silence) that poor iron Butterfly had to open with Inagoddaof whatever (a good song then) because their guitarist, no doubt understood he had heard a master and was probably humiliated before he started! Those few hundred of us who were there because we were fans of the Yardbirds and knew of jimmy Page, got up and left after poor Iron Butter Fly's first song that should have been played last in their set traditionally.