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Kinetic Playground - February 8, 1969

  • Second set includes: White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (incl lyrics from The Time I Get To Phoenix), You Shook Me (w/ JPJ on organ), As Long As I Have You (incl. Fresh Garbage, For What It's Worth), Dazed and Confused (incl. lyrics from Green Door).Songs performed during this tour include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, As Long As I Have You, Killing Floor, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown, Pat's Delight (drum solo).
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on September 20, 2007 - 2:56pm
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February 8, 1969
Chicago
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United States
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Setlist: 

Second set includes: White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (incl lyrics from The Time I Get To Phoenix), You Shook Me (w/ JPJ on organ), As Long As I Have You (incl. Fresh Garbage, For What It's Worth), Dazed and Confused (incl. lyrics from Green Door).

Songs performed during this tour include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, As Long As I Have You, Killing Floor, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown, Pat's Delight (drum solo).

Note: 

Led Zeppelin share the bill with Vanilla Fudge and Jethro Tull for 2 nights in Chicago.

Carmine Appice: "John and I were testing out some new Ludwig stands while playing the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. By the end of the night, we had both broken the stands so we gave them back and said: "They're gonna need  to be a lot stronger, we broke them." You should have seen the look of shock on the faces of the people from Ludwig!"

Notes: 

Also on the bill: Vanilla Fudge and Jethro Tull, for 2 nights in Chicago.

Press Review: It was Vanilla Fudge, offering one of the most exciting shows ever given in Aaron Russo’s Kinetic Playground a week ago last night. And they were not alone. Also there, and making their Chicago debut, were Led Zeppelin, the new supergroup, a la Cream and Jeff Beck, led by former Yardbird guitarist Jimmy Page.

On stage, the group’s act is a balanced blend of unaffected musicianship (particularly Page) and strong physical presence (particularly vocalist Robert Plant).

Offstage, interestingly enough, the characters hold true.  Jimmy stands quietly on the sidelines, talking a little to the other musicians; Plant constantly clowns, even wrestles with the other stars, and wonders between vocal imitations if there is any milk left in the cooler.

Zeppelin’s portion of the show started a little slowly, with Jimmy sitting down and soloing on White Summer, from the Yardbird days. I worried a bit, as he had said just before that they would mostly solo and improvise the second set and he wished I could have been there for the first.

Then came Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, the group’s arrangement of the traditional folk song which is my favorite cut from the new Atlantic album. All doubts vanished.

Plant is a superb stylist, but that doesn’t keep him from enjoying himself at the same time. He peppered his deliveries with lines and phrases from other songs. Underground radio announcer Psyche and I played a game to see who could identify the most songs. I caught the beginning of Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth, during Fresh Garbage, as well as the end of Summertime and picked up on By The Time I Get To Phoenix in Babe. But she won by spotting, of all things, Green Door in the middle of Dazed and Confused.

The encore came when the audience – and almost the whole, wall-to-wall crowd stayed around after the Fudge to see Zeppelin and the other group, Jethro Tull – absolutely refused to let the four go. They were halfway up the backstage stairs when the cheers brought them back.

The added number was another showstopper. Page bowed his guitar (yes, like a violin and the sound is incredible in its eeriness) during the number and his interplay with Plant was at its best. The two stood facing each other, throwing the musical ball back and forth, nodding in time with each beat.

It would have been enough. Even without John Paul Jones, a bassist who can hold his own with any in the business (and a triumph on one solo sneaked on Mark Stein’s organ) or John Bonham on drums. And even without Vanilla Fudge or Jethro Tull. [Tribune / 2-16-69]
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Carmine Appice: "John and I were testing out some new Ludwig stands while playing the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. By the end of the night, we had both broken the stands so we gave them back and said: "They're gonna need  to be a lot stronger, we broke them." You should have seen the look of shock on the faces of the people from Ludwig!"

Setlists: 

Songs performed during this period include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, As Long As I Have You, Killing Floor, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown, Pat's Delight (drum solo).

Comments

Kurt's picture

I was at this show. I had never heard of either Led Zeppelin or Jethro Tull. Tull opened up the night with "My Sunday Feeling" and continued with selections from their "This Was" album. Led Zeppelin came on next-this was a life-altering experience for me. I was just 15 years old and this was the first concert I have ever been to! I sat on the floor, the place had a circular light show hanging from the ceiling. I was about 10 feet from the stage. Vanilla Fudge came on last, then there was a break and all three bands did a second show after midnight.I will never forget it.

christine johnson's picture

I was there! so long ago, thanks for this site I can put a date on the event I think this was my first real concert I ever went to. I'm enjoying searching the net seeing if I can find dates for other one's I attended. Brain's pretty foggy lol. Saw Zep again in Chicago the night Page got sick on stage and couldn't continue.

Chuckles's picture

I was 18. Don't know which night I went, my memories are a bit fuzzy from back then. I'd heard of Tull (via an import) and Zep (from the Yardbirds) but didn't know exactly what to expect. The Fudge were the headliner. Can you believe three bands like this, two sets each, for $5. They all rocked. Things thinned out a bit after midnight, and place mellowed out some. Remember those stupid meditation booths? I probably saw scores of shows at the Electric Theatre/Kinetic Playground. Seems I went every week. And why not? Look at the lineups they threw at you. My favorite show was a sweaty summer one, as I recall. Buddy Rich Big Band (in powder blue tuxes) opened, and he seemed pissed, as usual. Joe Cocker was next up, and I did not know him, and thought him a bit odd. I came to see The Who doing "Tommy." I was standing in the balcony (more like a catwalk) and Cocker came out from the back and stood next to me, doing his thing while The Who rocked. He spazzed sweat all over me. Eew! ;-) kidding, I didn't care. What a show.

Diane's picture

Wow!  I was at that same concert!  I remember that light show and it being circular.  But I don't remember Jethro Tull!  I thought it was Santana that opened for Led Zeppelin!!  WEIRD  But I do remember it was "far out"!

Mary's picture

All these years I've been telling people I saw Zeppelin at the Electric Theater back in the day.  We went as often as we could: the lineups were amazing; we saw all these great "underground" bands for a few bucks. It wasn't long after that these same bands were playing big venues, and then the prices started rising.  But what an amazing time and place it was!  I was 17; it was a different world.  Zep still remain in heavy rotation on my Ipod(!)  We knew, even in those early tours, that they were the real deal.  Not just heavy, rhythmic, loud, bluesy, sexy, but borrowing from many genres to weave something different. Still gets me; takes me back.  Thanks for many years of listening and experiencing.

chris hoeferlin's picture

My friend and I attended this concert when we were 16 years old. This was an experience that I will never forget. When Jethro tull and led zeppelin performed, I was sitting there thinking is this for real. It was totally awsome. After led zeppelin finished a chicago cop had warned everyone to leave if you did not fit the curfew age. We left, but if i could do it over again I would have stayed and took that chance. Everything was perfect and thankyou to the folks that put this all together.

Billy Fleckles's picture

Zeppelin, Vanilla Fudge and Tull in one night! I almost thought I had dreamed up that night. Thank you for having this site.

Ron's picture

I was at this show and have remembered it all my life- it ranks up there with the show I saw there where The Who performed "Tommy" live for the first time.  I was a regular there and saw the best shows of my life-most for $5!!!

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