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Houston Music Hall - August 3, 1969

  • Setlists during this tour included: 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 September 20, 2007 - 5:28pm
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August 3, 1969
Houston
TX
United States
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Setlist: 

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

Note: 

Press Review: Page Is ‘Led Zeppelin’ Helium

Never trust anyone over 20 — that was the obvious attitude of the crowd overflowing the Led Zeppelin concert at the Music Hall.

A shoeless microbopper, denied even standing room, braced a reporter at a side entrance: “Did you come to cover the riot?” he asked, waving a $5 ticket. “If I don’t get in I may start one.”

Tempers cooled, however, as the 5-million decibel strobe-lit warmup by Southwest FOB, a local rock group, began — 20 minutes late.

Revert to Album

After a long intermission, Zeppelin led off its half of the Sunday night concert with “Sweet Baby,” a number obviously unfamiliar to the crowd. Sensing the terrain, the English group reverted to selections from its solo U.S.-released album.

Lead guitarist Jimmy Page is the helium in the Zeppelin. Primarily responsible for the group’s unique sound, he is almost a one-man, one-instrument rock band. Cross-fretting, picking, plunking, slapping, even bowing, Page utilizes the peculiarities of amplified guitar to produce dynamic contrasts, echo and simulated feedback effects.

Not All Turned On

In “White Summer,” the only solo performance of the evening, Page proved himself as provocative a new guitarist of the Gary Burdon group. Page, too, deserves an LP of his own. Free of the Zeppelin’s rather restricting format, his guitar becomes a self-accompanied sitar, perfectly suited to his complex, amplified style.

One’s first look at Zeppelin is rather disquieting. After the gutsy, masculine sound of its album, one anticipates four Steve McQueens with long hair. The frail, sensitive lead duo of the Zeppelin personifies the soul of unisex. But the music is what matters — and it’s early Hell’s Angels. [Houston Chronicle, Aug. 1969]

Notes: 

Press Review: Page Is ‘Led Zeppelin’ Helium

Never trust anyone over 20 — that was the obvious attitude of the crowd overflowing the Led Zeppelin concert at the Music Hall.

A shoeless microbopper, denied even standing room, braced a reporter at a side entrance: “Did you come to cover the riot?” he asked, waving a $5 ticket. “If I don’t get in I may start one.”

Tempers cooled, however, as the 5-million decibel strobe-lit warmup by Southwest FOB, a local rock group, began — 20 minutes late.

Revert to Album

After a long intermission, Zeppelin led off its half of the Sunday night concert with “Sweet Baby,” a number obviously unfamiliar to the crowd. Sensing the terrain, the English group reverted to selections from its solo U.S.-released album.

Lead guitarist Jimmy Page is the helium in the Zeppelin. Primarily responsible for the group’s unique sound, he is almost a one-man, one-instrument rock band. Cross-fretting, picking, plunking, slapping, even bowing, Page utilizes the peculiarities of amplified guitar to produce dynamic contrasts, echo and simulated feedback effects.

Not All Turned On

In “White Summer,” the only solo performance of the evening, Page proved himself as provocative a new guitarist of the Gary Burdon group. Page, too, deserves an LP of his own. Free of the Zeppelin’s rather restricting format, his guitar becomes a self-accompanied sitar, perfectly suited to his complex, amplified style.

One’s first look at Zeppelin is rather disquieting. After the gutsy, masculine sound of its album, one anticipates four Steve McQueens with long hair. The frail, sensitive lead duo of the Zeppelin personifies the soul of unisex. But the music is what matters — and it’s early Hell’s Angels. [Houston Chronicle, Aug. 1969]

Setlists: 

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

Comments

Sue  's picture

All my friends from Austin descended on Houston for this show, the biggest concert of the year!

sharon czubas's picture

Was it Bubble Puppy and Jethro Tull that opened for Led Zeppelin at this concert?

Frank's picture

SAW that concert. And had balcony seats w/a great view. And all the benefits of upstairs seating. Robert Plant/Jimmy Page were at their best in this concert. Will never forget it.

Susan Chelf's picture

They were amazing!! My friend saw colorful sparks coming out of Robert Plant's hair!!

Tommy Rodriguez's picture

I was 15 years old when I saw this concert, it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life! To have seen Led Zepplin in it's infancy was a real treat.

Dan Calhoun's picture

Our band was at this concert, the three of us were the only ones sitting behind Zepplin, Rick, Dan and Frankie. Our group's name at the time, "Aftermath"

Dan's picture

This was a super gig, we were the only ones sitting in the back, and Plant was playing to us..amazing.

Scott's picture

What a shame to have been so young (16) and not realize the presence of greatness within which I stood! It was the same as the year before when I saw The Who in OKC, OK. But I have seen some of the greats in my life.....Not tooo shabby!

Tom's picture

I can't remember a whole lot. I do remember getting blown away by them. I had bought there debut LP a few months prior and of course loved Dazed and Confused. I had no idea how (Jimmy) Page made the sounds that he did until I saw him live. It was the first time I saw anyone use a violin bow on an electric guitar. It was mesmerizing. The song seemed to go on forever yet you didn't want it to end. (Robert) Plant used his voice like an instrument and played off Page's amazing guitar sounds. (Drummer John) Bonham and (bassist John Paul) Jones were also incredible. Some bands did not carry over well from their studio to live performances. Zeppelin was a hundred times better live. You just knew if they stayed together this was going to be a rock super group. Given the incredible acoustics of the Music Hall and the sound system they had, my ears were ringing for several days, but I didn't care.

-Tom Tannahill

Michael Joyce's picture

I saw a lot of concerts in the Music Hall and the Coliseum in Houston during '69 & '70, including The Zep, Hendrix, Stones, Who, Allman Bros and many others. $3 Tickets! Standing in line at the box office! Never saw the Beatles, unfortunately... Lost my high frequency hearing after seeing Jimi twice, in '69 & again in '70.

carlin edmunds curtis's picture

I went to my first concert in 1969. It was a Led Zeppelin concert at the Music Hall in Houston. I had a date with a very nice young man named Charl Janeke, who was from South Africa, and was in Houston visiting family. The most vivid memory I have is of the incredible music, but when I tell people that the audience was quiet, stayed seated, and clapped after every song, but remained very polite and respectful, it is hard for people to believe. No wonder that every concert I attended after that was difficult to enjoy d/t the audience being out of control. 

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I was 15yo when I went in 1969 by carlin edmunds ... (not verified)
Our band by Dan Calhoun (not verified)
SAW that concert. And had by Frank (not verified)
What a shame to have been so by Scott (not verified)
I was there by Dan (not verified)
Houston '69 Concert by Susan Chelf (not verified)
Led Zep concert by Michael Joyce (not verified)
Everyone wanted to see this one by Sue (not verified)
I was there! by Tommy Rodriguez (not verified)