Average: 4.2 (14 votes)

October 24, 1969

Cleveland, OH US

Public Hall

Setlist:

Setlists during this tour include: Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Moby Dick, How Many More Times.

Notes:

'69 Programme Click here to view the 1969 Tour Book

Support act: Grand Funk Railroad

Newspaper review: Cleveland. 8:32 p m.: Grand Funk Railroad comes in late. But they come on strong, sounding very heavy under the big pink WIXY 1260 sign and Public Auditorium fills with red and purple music and things are good for 2,000 kids, freaks, and music.

9:50 p.m.: Led Zeppelin just appears. The look is that particular brand of London freak — short on leather — and the colors in the hall change from deep solid to pink and white, like the white satin trousers of Jimmy Page - the musician, the magician, who plucks effects, acidity-blue atmosphere from his guitar, and music.

The light is not red but white, and hundreds of music technicians, and two screaming girls, crowd up front — really out front - to see close up and where one ear anyway is next to an eight-foot amplifier speaker and everyone looks at Jimmy Page's very fast fingers except in the black where a heady haze wraps around the music, and in the back people move, or stand alone or not. and things are good in the back.

While up front Jimmy Page uses a bow and does many things, as a hassle starts with fire aisles between the seats which have been a hassle (no blankets), and a man calls for the Angels to make a fire lane through the Page watchers, and they do. In the back, in the front, in the balcony, on stage, in the seats in the middle, the music goes on for a while, and then Led Zeppelin disappears. (Oct. '69)

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Led Zeppelin at Cleveland Public Hall, Oct 24, 1969

“[Following their Musicarnival show in July ‘69], Led Zeppelin announced they were coming back to Cleveland again, this time playing the huge Public Hall. Grand Funk opened for them and played a lot of songs from their album with “I’m Your Captain” on it. They also played their anti-drug song and tried to rally the crowd with it. It was October 24, 1969.

With “Whole Lotta Love” on the radio all the time, the crowd this time was huge. When the group came on, Robert Plant was running around, wearing a construction worker’s hardhat with an American flag design on it. [The hat is sitting on top of an amplifier in one of the pictures.] I remember they did songs from their first two albums. Our seats were, as I recall, about thirty or so rows back, on the main floor. Sounded great. —Michael Pierson, fan (Chicago).”

Reprinted from “Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories” by Carlo Wolff (copyright 2006), which you must read for amazing details on some of the great rock shows of the ‘60s. For more, see http://www.carlowolff.com/

Pictures from Led Zeppelin’s July 1969 Musicarnival show can be seen at http://www.ledzeppelin.com/show/july-20-1969