August 24, 1969
Jacksonville, FL US
Includes: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown
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Press Review:Kids Get High on ‘Zeppelin’
Some might have thought it was pot, or acid maybe, or even speed that made the kids go wild at the Coliseum Sunday night. Those guessing were wrong. They should have known it was the Led Zeppelin and their musical love potion that filtered through the minds of thousands, creating a mass emotional front of rushing, demanding, appreciative demonstration.
There was no communication breakdown, no doubt about what as said. The youthful audience answered by surging upon them without fury but not minus singleness of purpose. It was a thankful, unified pageant of friendship.
“Are you alright?” Led Zeppelin questioned them in the beginning. Seconds later it was obvious, stomping feet, clapping hands and nodding heads got together with the beat.
From their first album, Led Zeppelin (“one”), they gave Dazed & Confused and with each moment frenzy increased to a pitch of delirious delight. Singer Robert Plant was partly responsible for the spirit with his strikingly unusual style of singing and shouting the words and constantly motioning with dance and expression. His message, and that of John Bonham and John Paul Jones, bass guitar, grew louder and louder, seemingly desperately, as he tried to reach each person in the wide expanse of the Coliseum. They were successful.
Jimmy Page had something to say too and didn’t lack the same excitement. He played lead guitar, intimately but sharing that closeness with much generosity.
Jimmy did it again with White Summer, a guitar solo spiked at the finish with a not-so-distant sound of drums. The guitar pleaded for audience and spoke with authority of splendor and sensation. There was only one guitar but Jimmy made it sound like twelve.
Zeppelin jarred us again with You Shook Me and an electric vibration shuddered through all.
“Ain’t you never been shook?”, Robert voiced. He was not alarmed when thousands of adoring fans bounced back with “yes!”.
“Come on, clap your hands!”. Hands created thunder. “A little bit louder in the second row”. His command produced more thunder until finally, everyone stood. Too restless to just sit and listen, a beginning advancement of happy youths surrounded the Led Zeppelin.
As expected, officials were angry and couldn’t understand the togetherness felt by all. “There are some gentlemen here who want you to go back and sit down”, a Zeppelin explained regretfully.
Slowly, disappointedly, the chairs were filled again. But the lights burned brightly. “Hey, Mr. policeman! It’s much too bright… try to make you feel all right!”, chanted Robert Plant.
“Be cool, sit down and the Led Zeppelin will play on. We want a cool uprising”.
Obligingly they sat anywhere and everywhere.
Drums paraded sound throughout. Song managed to reach through the fierce pounding. “You’re doing it good”.
One lucky guy ran to the stage and shook a hand. Another threw his favorite hat to the singer who eagerly and gratefully accepted it, until the drummer grabbed it for a crown.
Music stopped and two sticks were flung into the air, caught be the hands of two conquering young boys. They would save those drumsticks forever.
It was over but nobody believed it. Nobody moved. They couldn’t imagine something so great could end so fast. Eventually, a slow procession drained the Coliseum, leaving the remainder staring aimlessly. [by Joanne Moore, Florida Times]
Press Review: Zeppelin Hits Big.
“You’re Fantastic”. Led Zeppelin generated excitement to the crowd at the Jacksonville Coliseum.
In fact, they four-piece powerhouse brought the audience out of its general admission seats to crowd around near the stage. The fans gave standing ovations to the group’s last two songs, and when the performance was over people rushed the stage and Bob Plant – the group’s secret weapon who generates emotion of blues – shook hands with fans. Plant simply yelled, “You’re fantastic!” and finally left the stage. [Jacksonville Journal, Aug. 1969]