Average: 4.7 (27 votes)

August 20, 1969

Schenectady, NY US

Aerodrome

Setlist:

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

Notes:

Two shows, 8pm & 11pm.

'69 Programme Click here to view the 1969 Tour Book

Promoters paid Led Zeppelin $8,000 per appearance. "I remember Robert Plant smiling and saying, 'It's so nice to be in sunny Schenectady' recalls Jim Furlong, owner of Vestige Music Shop in Albany. "A year later, Zeppelin were filling Madison Square Garden."

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Zep at the Aerodrome

Thought I should chime in with my two cents as I worked sound and lighting for that gig. Sadly the "sound system" back in those days was a 100watt Bogen amp with volume knobs only and 2 Voice of the Theatre speakers hung by the stage. Amazing, especially when Robert wanted more vocals. Yeah right ! There was a maximum volume and then feedback. That was it !! Seriously ! We did what we could. A little known fact is that about a week or so earlier Rod Stewart made the same request for "more vocals" when the Jeff Beck Group (Truth Lineup) was there, accompanied by Page, Plant and Jones. So imagine Beck, Stewart, Wood, Hopkins, Newman gigging with those friends in tow. I had the pleasure of guarding the bathroom door for the rather shy Mr. Wood, trying to get Jeff to answer some questions into a microphone, which he claimed he was "terrified" of and getting Mr. Plant to do a radio station ID promoting their upcoming show. We worked on the pronunciation of Schenectady for some time until we decided it was futile.
All the bathroom stories were true and then some.
Before the boys left that night they decided it would be good fun to see how much havoc one could reek on a Pepsi machine with a Les Paul. Amongst my duties at the club was readying the venue for the next show which had me sweeping up the next day. The dressing room was strewn with guitar parts and soda machine guts. I still have one of Jeff's volume knobs and can't for the life of me understand why I didn't claim more. I guess I thought a broken guitar neck was worthless. Silly me.
A side note is that Jimmy Page and I coveted each other's tee shirts and swapped even. Big fun those gigs !