Average: 4.6 (18 votes)

August 17, 1969

Wallingford, CT US

Oakdale Musical Theatre

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

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Without a doubt one of the

Without a doubt one of the best concerts I experienced. Robert Plant made a comment about Woodstock-- saying there was "... something happening at a farm in NY" (90 minutes away). I was 14 years old. I wanted to be at Woodstock- my parents said I was too young to go. Woodstock was a develolping story the night LZ played. I new all the songs on the first LZ album by heart. Robert Plant could not finish a song title before the audience cut him off with screams "Communication.... (Scream) "Dazed and (scream)... these were serious fans, they new LZ music. As the lights went down, my brother, 13 at the time went up on stage ... we were waiting for the band to come out - and he grabbed a drumstick right from the drum set and walked back to his seat. One of the roadies came up to him asked for the stick back and taped him over the head with it- not hard ..a sort of warning. I was so embarrassed and afraid we might get thrown out. Oakdale was a small in the round venue and folks could see what was happening if they were paying attention. We were sitting pretty close. I will never forget in the communication between Page and Plant- it was jaw dropping. It was like seeing the Beatles at the Cavern (what I think it must have been like) this was a band on the verge of breaking through into the mainstream of musical stardom. They had a core group of devoted fans- who were there for the music. LZ belonged to that large group of album bands- there was no reason to have a 45 (a single released) in the top 10. There was no fluff or throw away songs on the first album and the crowd was there to see what they had been hearing. They were working hard- the sound was clean. Bonzo's drums sounded so rich- and had that dry thumping sound that kept rolling out. I realized that night how important his drumming was to the group's overall sound and energy. If I remember he had a "gong" up on stage- that just added to the mystical vibe LZ carried with them. "Dazed and Confused" knocked me out that night, and the voice and guitar exchange between Plant and Page was remarkable- human voice-electric guitar call and response, the back and forth, then they became one. Robert Plant was very sensual- I experienced how live music could pull you in and hold you there. I was 14 then- I will be 55 next week- and this experience- was a game changer. I wanted to go to Woodstock-- I wanted to be there- but as soon as LZ started playing-- Woodstock became "a farm somewhere in NY," and for the folks in this little theater in the round in Connecticut- long before the stairway to heaven- the barn door was blown wide opened.