November 2, 1969
Toronto, ON CA
Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown (incl. Bluebird), I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (incl. Ramble On (lyrics), What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, C'Mon Everybody.
2 shows: 5pm and 8:30pm
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Press Review: The flight of the Led Zeppelin
"Everybody comfortable? 'cos we won't start until you are!"
Showmanship and artistry marked the Led Zeppelin concert at the O'Keefe Centre on Sunday. The surroundings weren't exactly the best for the creation of a relaxed, involved, groovy audience - but the heavy music in the darkness slowly loosened the crowd and relaxed the people, but never to that point of uninhibited hysteria that the Zeppelin seem to expect.
Rock is becoming an art
It became very obvious as the Zeppelin took the stage that rock music is now an art which, at peak performance, is experimenting with combinations of electronic sounds and voices. Rock is closest to achieving the function of pop art – in interpreting the industrial environment of machines - and motors to people.
But the Edward Bear, who are supposedly a new and fast-moving Canadian group first disgraced themselves with uncoordinated, loud and clumsy derivative noise. Don't bother about their first album which is to be dumped on the market soon.
Theatre is a large part of the success of a rock concert - the dance of singers and players, exhibiting slim and graceful bodies to the virile music, the element of surprise and old-fashioned carnival showmanship.
After a long and absorbing drum solo called 'Moby Dick' the Led Zeppelin wound up with the last, important component of good rock - audience reaction, as they moved us out of the theatre, still rocking and clapping our hands, the formal and straight atmosphere of the 0' Keefe blown to kingdom come. (by By J. ALBRIGHT, York University, Nov. 5, 1969)
While in Toronto, John Bonham picks up a miniature set of drums for his three year old son Jason: "I've bought him a great set of miniature drums. It's an absolutely perfect replica down to the bass drum pedal and hi-hat. Even I can play them. They are Japanese made and I saw them in a shop in Toronto. They weren't really for sale and were just on display. But I offered them a hundred dollars and bought them." (M.M., Dec. 1969)