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Civic Auditorium (NM) - August 2, 1969

  • Setlists during this tour include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown
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on November 23, 2007 - 7:08am
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August 2, 1969
Albuquerque
NM
United States
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Setlist: 

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

Note: 

One of the few shows where John Bonham uses a double bass drum. 

(Vanilla Fudge support act)

News Report:  From the first organ note by Vanilla Fudge to the last wail of a Led Zeppelin guitar, hard rock and blues fans were treated to one of the most exciting shows ever performed in Albuquerque.

Before it was over late Saturday night, much of the audience was dancing in the aisles, on the chairs or near the stage where Jimmy Page’s guitar and Robert Plant voice were screaming the blues of Led Zeppelin.

Most selections performed by the England-based Led Zeppelin were from its first album on Atlantic. Their second LP release on the same label is due soon.

They started with “Can’t Quit You Babe” and moved next into probably their most popular song, Dazed and Confused.

Plant and Page, one of the premier blues guitarists in the world stole the show.  Rod Geer - Albuquerque Tribune – 8/4/69

Notes: 

One of the few shows where John Bonham uses a double bass drum. 

(Vanilla Fudge support act)

News Report:  From the first organ note by Vanilla Fudge to the last wail of a Led Zeppelin guitar, hard rock and blues fans were treated to one of the most exciting shows ever performed in Albuquerque.

Before it was over late Saturday night, much of the audience was dancing in the aisles, on the chairs or near the stage where Jimmy Page’s guitar and Robert Plant voice were screaming the blues of Led Zeppelin.

Most selections performed by the England-based Led Zeppelin were from its first album on Atlantic. Their second LP release on the same label is due soon.

They started with “Can’t Quit You Babe” and moved next into probably their most popular song, Dazed and Confused.

Plant and Page, one of the premier blues guitarists in the world stole the show.  Rod Geer - Albuquerque Tribune – 8/4/69

Setlists: 

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

Comments

Phil's picture

I was a roadie back in the mid to late 60's and got to meet and party with most of the greats of the day. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin ohhh so many.

So I got to see/hear a lot of bands live obviously. These were the days that when you heard someone live, it was the real deal, no lip sync here. Also, you heard extended versions of the short tracks that were on the records.

This most amazing band was, hands down, Led Zepplin. I was backstage helping out at first..... Vanilla Fudge was the main draw and the Zep of course. 1969.

We cleared the stage and their guys were pulling out the equipment and we went front row center. Pretty soon the curtains were moving, cause someone was trying to find the break so they could get through. Plant come out, says hello to everybody and says "Hi, I'm Robert Plant and we are Led Zepplin and we'd like to play some music for ya". The curtain opens and they go to it for about 1/2 hour. He says "that's the first side of our album . Here's the second side" They used to do an incredible riff where Paige would strum the lowest fret and Plant would match it exactly (I mean EXACTLY) in tone. They would go up the scale until Paige was leaning on the wah-wah pedal while sliding up and down and Plant keeping up with him the whole time. Never heard that matched before or since. Then Plant said " we are working on a second album, would you like to hear it?" Duh....... They played about four more songs and Plant said "That's all we got, thanks a lot".

I went to the parties afterward, was a good time for all

Billy McGonigle's picture

The Fudge was phenominal but Led Zepplin launched the crowd beyond the stratosphere. The impression has lasted over 41 years.
It was fresh, new, and almost beyond belief. I don't think I listened to 41 year old music in those days but the songs are still popular with the younger generations of today. Will something comparable ever happen again in what remains of my lifetime?

GAry Newby's picture

I was at the 1969 Albquerque Led Zeppelin Concert. At that time I felt sorry for Vanilla Fudge. They had one popular song called "Keep me hangin on"but between Fudge's songs the crowd chanted for Zeppelin to come out. Zeppelin only had their first album at that time but as I think music history will show that album was their best album.
Ticket went on sale through mail order at first but I was the first one in line for tickets when they went on sale at the local record store. I got into the ninth row. All the mail order tickets sat in front of me. That will always be a regret of mine. The concert was surrealiticly fantastic. I still have dreams on occasion about getting closer to the stage than I was. The songs Zeppelin played were better than the album which was an acheivement in itself. After the concert was over people just stood in the isles in awe of what sounds had just been played out. Thanks for the memories boys.

NameTom Schuyler's picture

Just a fabulous evening. Jimmy Page beyond compare. Robert Plant sensational.

Mike B's picture

This was my first rock concert.  I was 18.  It was the beginning of my obsession with music that was way too loud, and about which my father said, “This stuff sounds like noise. It hurts my ears.”  I quote my dad because this comment is in loving memory of him.  We lived in Gallup, New Mexico at the time (140 miles west).  He drove us to Albuquerque that day because he had to pick up some parts at Grainger.  He dropped my younger brother and I off at the Civic Center, did his business, and picked us up at the designated stop after.  As we were getting into the car, he said, “I thought you guys came to see Vanilla Fudge.”  We did.  We were from Gallup, New Mexico.  What did we know?  I had never been to a rock concert.  Vanilla Fudge was all over the Top 40 radio at the time.  My dad went on to say that after he bought his parts, he came back to the Civic Center, bought himself a ticket to see want his sons were into, and sat in the only available seats – behind the stage. His critique was, “I can pass on those Vanilla whatever guys, but that other group made me rethink my dislike of rock-n-roll. Maybe we should buy their albums and play it for your mother?”  Truly high praise from Mr. B.  As for me, I was hooked.  My first concert was also my best, and I have seen most of the greats.  Thank you Led Zeppelin for playing Albuquerque, NM.

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My First Concert - My Dad's Critique by Mike B (not verified)
Just a fabulous evening. by NameTom Schuyler (not verified)
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