November 1, 1969
Syracuse, NY US
includes: Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, White Summer / Black Mountainside, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Something Else.
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Support act: The James Gang.
Press Reviews: Then the lights dimmed and Led Zeppelin made a dramatic entrance, after all the ever popular W.O.L.F. disc jockeys were introduced in their flashy apparel. The Zeppelin didn't waste any time in making a good connection with the audience which kept applauding until the Zeppelin drowned the applause with their soul-stretching sounds.
The James Gang set a pace and the Zeppelin had no trouble keeping it up and surpassing it. Zeppelin put on a better show than the Gang which helped them to make a better connection with the audience. (Syracuse Journal / Nov. '69)
Seeing Led Zeppelin in person at Syracuse last weekend was more than I could hope for. Although the acoustics were less than admirable and Page was hampered by low volume, Led Zeppelin was incredible. The scene of Page and Plant together on stage with Plant contorting wildly and Page playing down about his knees was a memorable one. Plant, wearing the tightest pants imaginable with crotch bulging and blond hair extending about two feet, was prone to committing every conceivable act that represented the functioning of any and all sexual acts. These hysterics were committed independent of whether he was singing at the moment.
Page did his thing with violin bow on guitar and it's really something to see and hear. This guy is innovative in his varied approaches towards music. The audience warmed up towards the end and Page and company responded with 45 minutes of encores. The security police were then overwhelmed and the crowd swarmed toward the stage. Some tried to join Led Zeppelin on stage.
Several spectators had to be bodily removed after making their unscheduled appearance on stage. It had the makings of a fullblown riot, but then the li ghts were turned on full blast which inhibited the crowd just enough to keep things under control .
Go see Led Zeppelin if you get the chance , but be careful guys about taking your girlfriend. [Ithacan, 11/14/69]
From the time the electrifying Led Zeppelin stepped on stage, at the Syracuse War Memorial, until they left the auditorium, a state of hysteria and overwhelming excitement overcame the audience.
Over 6,000 people appeared, on Saturday Nov. 1st, to view the freaked-out foursome. When "Zeppelin" came upon the stage the spectators rose to their feet, and gave the group a loud, chaotic, round of applause after about three minutes, while the crowd was still applauding, "Zeppelin" went into a medley of songs beginning with a short version of "Good Times, Bad Times", one of their more popular hits. Again the frightening crowd rumbled to its feet, and this round, as applause hurled over every ear in the city of Syracuse, the floor, walls, and building trembled.
In the course of the performance, the crowd rose time and time again, celebrating the "expedient" and "legato" guitar
work of lead guitarist, Jimmy Page. Page, acclaimed as one of the world's fastest blues artists, launched the group, along with singer Robert Plant, to fame and fortune. Page truly proved what critics acclaim. Every note pierced soul and punctured the ear drum. Shimmering notes simultaneously conquered each ear drum and each heart.
The most dramatic part of Page's performance appeared when Jimmy dragged a violin bow across his guitar strings. Incredible, a unique, imaginative sound.
In their performance, bass guitarist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham, set the foundation and background, while Page and Plant unwind and weave an incredible picture through the use of "feeling guitar and an unbelievable raging voice.
At the end of the performance the crowd refused to let Led Zeppelin depart. During two encores, devised of the usual "more-more" chant, part of the crowd attempted to force their way onto the stage. The other part of the audience rushed to the front of the stage and remained there, resisting police protests and action to move them, until the "Zeppelin" left. People were all over! They appeared: in the aisles, standing on chairs, being pushed off stage (in an attempt to touch Bob Plant, or Jimmy Page), some too freaked-out to even sit, tumbled to the floor still grooving
to the heavy sounds.
After the second and final encore, a young man came on stage and nicely asked the people to leave. Finally the audience did so, barricading all entrances in an attempt to get another glimpse of the group.
Some of the remarks I head on the way out were, Unbelievable! Great! Fantastic! Freaky! Loud! Heavy!
If you've never heard Led Zeppelin live, buy their LP's. If you get the chance to dig 'em live, do it! The Zeppelin "is" great! You won't regret it. [ -John La Bella / 11/69 / Monroe Doctrine]