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State Fair Coliseum - August 4, 1969

  • includes: Train Kept a Rollin, I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times.
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on October 3, 2007 - 2:34pm
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August 4, 1969
Dallas
TX
United States
us
Setlist: 

includes: Train Kept a Rollin, I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times.

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Press Reviews and Backstage Interview:
Dallas Crowd Overwhelms Members of British Band

Led Zeppelin pulled off one of the most surprising shows in a long time Monday night at the Texas State Fair Coliseum. And despite the heat and the sound system that was unreal, the crowd gave this English band four ovations before their set was over and one more to bring an encore that was completely unexpected.

Dazed & Confused brought the crowd into complete rapport with the group, even though the acoustics just about ruined the first two songs. Robert Plant, lead singer took the trouble in stride and joked with the audience while the equipment managers frantically tried to fix the amps. After a few unsuccessful attempts, the sound was fairly in control for the rest of the evening.

Jimmy Page’s White Summer was THE song of the evening. Talking to him later, he explained why it was never put on the first album or the second one scheduled for release in late August. “The song is really something that you don’t do the same way twice. On stage, it was strictly improvised. I played what I wanted to and really don’t think it belongs on an album.”

Robert Plant was not as quite effective in his singing due to the distortion. And he is not another Jim Morrison as was predicted, according to bassist John Paul Jones. “Robert doesn’t try to be like anyone. Robert Plant is Robert Plant,” he said.

They were very impressed by the crowd and its response throughout the show. “The audience was really fantastic,” Jimmy grinned. “The four standing ovations were also fantastic”.

Plant was also impressed with the Dallas reception. “This is out second tour, but first time in Dallas. Houston was really responsive to us but this audience was great. We have been getting this type of reaction since we’re been on tour”, he continued. “In Boston, we played at the Tea Party (a well-known New England club) and stayed on for three hours. We will stay on as long as the audience wants us. If there are at least 100 people and they ask for an encore, we’ll give them one.”

Page full agreed with Plant. “There are some groups that will do a 40 minute set and that’s it. They just won’t come back no matter how the audience reacts. I can’t believe that”.

Drummer John Bonham was impressed with the freedom American musicians have, compared with what British bands do and sing. “There are a lot of reasons Americans have this freedom,” he remarked. “The big one is probably just about anyone can get on record over here. Companies will take just about anyone, where in England you have to be pretty good before anyone will even listen to you.”

The next stop on the long one-night-stand tour was LA. Plant stressed that the group WILL be back for the Texas Pop Festival. [-Jayne Ferguson, 8/69]

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Local Texas band F.O.B. appears as the opening act, who receive rave reviews for this performance in the local press. A poor sound system plagues the gig, more so for Zeppelin.  

“No one has ever made any claims as to the acoustical perfection of the State Fair Park Coliseum”, said a local review. “Nor did the more than capacity crowd help the sound situation. Something had to go, and in the trade the vocals lost out to volume.”

During the set, Plant mistakenly announced the group would not be appearing at the Texas Pop Festival at the end of the month. “Their earlier statement that they would not be part of the Texas Pop-In was completely in error, “ a reporter wrote:

“They admitted this later in the evening, but thanks to the sound system, the word might not have gotten out. Another faulty sound system, this time between group and manager was responsible for the abortive bomb-shell.”

“As with the F.O.B., the Zeppelin was faced with having to play much too loud in order to reach the multitude present. So, their quality dropped accordingly. The situation was compounded with vocalist Robert Plant’s microphone threatened to drop completely dead. But he handled it with much humor and finesse. Plant did an outstanding job of emceeing their segment, even when microphone buzz totally devastated the force of the silent break in the middle of You Shook Me, an otherwise effective effort.”

Notes: 

Press Reviews and Backstage Interview:
Dallas Crowd Overwhelms Members of British Band

Led Zeppelin pulled off one of the most surprising shows in a long time Monday night at the Texas State Fair Coliseum. And despite the heat and the sound system that was unreal, the crowd gave this English band four ovations before their set was over and one more to bring an encore that was completely unexpected.

Dazed & Confused brought the crowd into complete rapport with the group, even though the acoustics just about ruined the first two songs. Robert Plant, lead singer took the trouble in stride and joked with the audience while the equipment managers frantically tried to fix the amps. After a few unsuccessful attempts, the sound was fairly in control for the rest of the evening.

Jimmy Page’s White Summer was THE song of the evening. Talking to him later, he explained why it was never put on the first album or the second one scheduled for release in late August. “The song is really something that you don’t do the same way twice. On stage, it was strictly improvised. I played what I wanted to and really don’t think it belongs on an album.”

Robert Plant was not as quite effective in his singing due to the distortion. And he is not another Jim Morrison as was predicted, according to bassist John Paul Jones. “Robert doesn’t try to be like anyone. Robert Plant is Robert Plant,” he said.

They were very impressed by the crowd and its response throughout the show. “The audience was really fantastic,” Jimmy grinned. “The four standing ovations were also fantastic”.

Plant was also impressed with the Dallas reception. “This is out second tour, but first time in Dallas. Houston was really responsive to us but this audience was great. We have been getting this type of reaction since we’re been on tour”, he continued. “In Boston, we played at the Tea Party (a well-known New England club) and stayed on for three hours. We will stay on as long as the audience wants us. If there are at least 100 people and they ask for an encore, we’ll give them one.”

Page full agreed with Plant. “There are some groups that will do a 40 minute set and that’s it. They just won’t come back no matter how the audience reacts. I can’t believe that”.

Drummer John Bonham was impressed with the freedom American musicians have, compared with what British bands do and sing. “There are a lot of reasons Americans have this freedom,” he remarked. “The big one is probably just about anyone can get on record over here. Companies will take just about anyone, where in England you have to be pretty good before anyone will even listen to you.”

The next stop on the long one-night-stand tour was LA. Plant stressed that the group WILL be back for the Texas Pop Festival. [-Jayne Ferguson, 8/69]

------------------------------------------

Local Texas band F.O.B. appears as the opening act, who receive rave reviews for this performance in the local press. A poor sound system plagues the gig, more so for Zeppelin.  

“No one has ever made any claims as to the acoustical perfection of the State Fair Park Coliseum”, said a local review. “Nor did the more than capacity crowd help the sound situation. Something had to go, and in the trade the vocals lost out to volume.”

During the set, Plant mistakenly announced the group would not be appearing at the Texas Pop Festival at the end of the month. “Their earlier statement that they would not be part of the Texas Pop-In was completely in error, “ a reporter wrote:

“They admitted this later in the evening, but thanks to the sound system, the word might not have gotten out. Another faulty sound system, this time between group and manager was responsible for the abortive bomb-shell.”

“As with the F.O.B., the Zeppelin was faced with having to play much too loud in order to reach the multitude present. So, their quality dropped accordingly. The situation was compounded with vocalist Robert Plant’s microphone threatened to drop completely dead. But he handled it with much humor and finesse. Plant did an outstanding job of emceeing their segment, even when microphone buzz totally devastated the force of the silent break in the middle of You Shook Me, an otherwise effective effort.”

Setlists: 

includes: Train Kept a Rollin, I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times.

Comments

Earl Clark's picture

I was around 16 and had been listening to the first album for a few months and experimenting with recreational...well, you know.

It was fantastic to see the musicians I had been listening to! Although there were problems with the sound it was a great night for me and my friends!

Thanks LZ!

Gary 's picture

My dad saw Zep 5 times , my step dad 7 times and my uncle 7 times. I always remember the stories of them saying they would see Zep in Dallas the 1st night and then see them in Ft. Worth the next. Or the other way around. Which ever place they would play first. Zeppelin two nights in row at different venues. MY GOD!!! But what I always remember the LEGEND of this show was that Robert's PA going out and him still singing. I bug them ever time I can to know all they can remember about any of the shows because I want to know every detail. But it it always comes back to Robert hollering without a mike at this show. I would give my arms to see The Best Band Ever. I am so grateful that I have the stories of my family and to just know they were there gives me chills.

Sandy's picture

I was 16 and was there. I Kinda remember the "dead" mic incident.
I had forgotten about Southwest F.O.B. opening for them.
I was so excited just to be in attendance. We had stood outside the doors at S.F.C. for what seemed like 2 hours or more waiting to get in.
We had floor seats. 20-30 rows back
and as I remember, was very hot that day. I was just glad to finally get in and be there & be part of Texas Music Histroy. Yes, they were loud!
They were Led Zepplin! Unmatched awsome power. My expectations
were right on target. They were everything I had hoped they would be.
After the show, they pulled a black stretch Cadilliac limo right into the S.F.C. arena and when we spotted it, me and several of my friends moved in around the limo to an opened rear door, trying hard to reach inside to get Jimmy Page's autograph. I think Peter Grant and their security chased everyone away from the limo that containing Page and some other band members. I cannot remember who else was in their limo. afterwards, we partied in downtown Dallas at the Cellar on Commerece and got back to home town of West, Texas about 6 a.m. A night to remember!

Cajun Hippie's picture

I was in East Texas for the summer and I met a few locals who were into this type of music scene. We hopped in my car with tickets in hand and headed to Dallas. We found a place to crash and the next night we went to the concert. 

Seems to me there were not that many people there and you could get up and walk right up to the stage. You have to remember, this was the start of Zeppelin becoming famous. 

After the concert we found a place to park the car and crash until the sun came up and I drove back home.

Jay Turner's picture

I was there.  It was great.  It was the first concert I had ever been to.  If I remember correctly, they played a lot of the material that was to be on the upcoming Led Zeppelin II album.

Flechettes's picture

Hey, it has been a long time since this show took place and a lot of water has passed under the bridge. This is what they say about time, it only happens once. Sure you can go see this band again, but never will you be able to repeat that first time experience.

I was living in Marshall Tx in 69 and I meet some guys who were in a band and since I had a car they invited me to go with to see Lepplin in Dallas. I never heard of this guys, but was really thrilled to be part of this group to go see these Zepplin guys.

We hit the freeway in my 63 Chevy Impala and ended up some small town and these chicks picks us up. We had some fun petting etc and then back on the road to dallas. 

In dalls we ended up in a park and Brian found us a place to crash as he put it. We went there and later me and another guy went to my car and was listening to some cool songs on the FM radio. A cop car hit its lights and we got out and the cop said someone had called in about us. He had no idea about who Led Zepplin was because we kept telling him that is why we came eto dallas. He let us go.

well, finally it time to go to the show. I really did not know much what was going on, except the sound was terrible man! Reading the news article confirms that I was not the only one to think that! I walked right up to the stage. I bet if I wanted to I could of got on the stage. Things were so different then! I wish I would of thought of doing that, but I was so close to the band I could see everything. Jimmy jumped around alot! 

Well, after the show a few of the guys I was with picked up some chicks and I drove around Dallas while they had there fun. I had met a chick from dallas and called her and she said I could pull my car in their driveway and we all could sleep in the car. 

The next day, back on the freeway to go home. What a interesting trip that turned out to be. 

 

 

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