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Fillmore East - January 31, 1969

  • Includes: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Communication Breakdown, You Shook Me, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Pat's Delight (drum solo), How Many More Times (incl. Season of the Witch).
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on September 20, 2007 - 2:41pm
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January 31, 1969
New York
NY
United States
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Setlist: 

Includes: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Communication Breakdown, You Shook Me, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Pat's Delight (drum solo), How Many More Times (incl. Season of the Witch).

Note: 

Two Shows: 8pm & 11:30pm. Zeppelin open for Iron Butterfly during this two night stand in New York.

UK '69 Programme

Click here to view the concert programme. (flipbook)

PRESS REVIEWS: Led Zeppelin: Fillmore East, NY. On the strength of Led Zeppelin’s debut LP on Atlantic, we dragged ourselves off a sickbed to venture down to the East Village rock showcase to see what they were like in person. It would make an interesting story indeed to be able to say that after hearing them perform, we were dancing in the aisles and subsequently ran all the way home. Suffice to say that the thought entered our mind, and though the spirit was willing, the flesh was weak.

In other words, through the Zeppelin album is very, very good, the group in person is even better and the excitement they generate hasn’t been felt in the Fillmore since the last appearance of Big Brother & the Holding Company.

Vocalist Robert Plant falls into the Terry Reid class (a nice class indeed), but the group’s musical talents are in a class by themselves and the combination of the two can only indicate super-stardom. A subtle hint of the group’s quickly growing status can be found in the fact that while their album had only been out a week and a half, fully half the audience was familiar with it. Need we say more? [Cashbox / Feb. 1969]


INSIDE NEW YORK: Led Zeppelin is by far one of the best groups on the scene today. In the short time they've' been together, they have had phenomenal success in both personal appearances and record sales in the U.S. Within a few weeks, their LP is in the top twenty on the national charts and is still climbing rapidly. Their first concert at the Fillmore East in NY several weeks ago brought the roof down.

Their opening number at the Fillmore was the "Train Kept a Rollin," an old Yardbird's tune. (Incidentally, Jimmy played on the original version recorded by Lord Sutch about four years ago.) It really got things rolling as they proceeded to create a total sensual experience in sight and sound. "Dazed and Confused" resembles a musical battle as Plant's shrill cries and Page's piercing tones mimic and answer each other in perfect time. Jimmy switched to acoustical guitar for his solo, "Black Mountain Side." Everyone left the stage, all the lights dimmed except for one spotlight on Jimmy seated on a chair. This was the only moment of the concert that it remained completely silent. The audience seemed mesmerized watching him. Again they broke into a hard rock number with "Communication Breakdown." Their version of "You Shook Me" was exceptional. Plant's vocal on "How Many More Times" and "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" was nothing short of SUPERHUMAN. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! "I Can't quit You Babe" was done in a slow, grinding blues tempo with Page breaking into another solo. Drummer Bonham was then given the stage for his extraordinary solo which lasted about 15 minutes .and
their seats. Their last song was "Season of the Witch" and it set the listeners into a frenzy.

It was definitely one of the most exciting shows I've ever seen.  They left NY to do a tour of the states. This is a group that has to be seen! (BY DENISE KELLY, World Countdown, Feb. 1969)


(NME) As expected, Led Zeppelin destroyed the audience at the Fillmore East last weekend. Second show Friday night they remained onstage for 90 minutes of absolutely incredible musicianship up and down the entire blues scene.

The group's success here - their first album swung into both charts this week with sales figures well over 100,000 - was marred only by the fact that John Bonham, 21-year-old drummer had to return to England suddenly after his small child (Jason) had an accident that required stitches in his head. But he flew back in time for the Zeppelin's concert's in Chicago at the weekend. (J. Harris, NME, Feb. 1969)

Notes: 

Two Shows: 8pm & 11:30pm. Zeppelin open for Iron Butterfly during this two night stand in New York.

UK '69 Programme

Click here to view the concert programme. (flipbook)

PRESS REVIEWS: Led Zeppelin: Fillmore East, NY. On the strength of Led Zeppelin’s debut LP on Atlantic, we dragged ourselves off a sickbed to venture down to the East Village rock showcase to see what they were like in person. It would make an interesting story indeed to be able to say that after hearing them perform, we were dancing in the aisles and subsequently ran all the way home. Suffice to say that the thought entered our mind, and though the spirit was willing, the flesh was weak.

In other words, through the Zeppelin album is very, very good, the group in person is even better and the excitement they generate hasn’t been felt in the Fillmore since the last appearance of Big Brother & the Holding Company.

Vocalist Robert Plant falls into the Terry Reid class (a nice class indeed), but the group’s musical talents are in a class by themselves and the combination of the two can only indicate super-stardom. A subtle hint of the group’s quickly growing status can be found in the fact that while their album had only been out a week and a half, fully half the audience was familiar with it. Need we say more? [Cashbox / Feb. 1969]


INSIDE NEW YORK: Led Zeppelin is by far one of the best groups on the scene today. In the short time they've' been together, they have had phenomenal success in both personal appearances and record sales in the U.S. Within a few weeks, their LP is in the top twenty on the national charts and is still climbing rapidly. Their first concert at the Fillmore East in NY several weeks ago brought the roof down.

Their opening number at the Fillmore was the "Train Kept a Rollin," an old Yardbird's tune. (Incidentally, Jimmy played on the original version recorded by Lord Sutch about four years ago.) It really got things rolling as they proceeded to create a total sensual experience in sight and sound. "Dazed and Confused" resembles a musical battle as Plant's shrill cries and Page's piercing tones mimic and answer each other in perfect time. Jimmy switched to acoustical guitar for his solo, "Black Mountain Side." Everyone left the stage, all the lights dimmed except for one spotlight on Jimmy seated on a chair. This was the only moment of the concert that it remained completely silent. The audience seemed mesmerized watching him. Again they broke into a hard rock number with "Communication Breakdown." Their version of "You Shook Me" was exceptional. Plant's vocal on "How Many More Times" and "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" was nothing short of SUPERHUMAN. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! "I Can't quit You Babe" was done in a slow, grinding blues tempo with Page breaking into another solo. Drummer Bonham was then given the stage for his extraordinary solo which lasted about 15 minutes .and
their seats. Their last song was "Season of the Witch" and it set the listeners into a frenzy.

It was definitely one of the most exciting shows I've ever seen.  They left NY to do a tour of the states. This is a group that has to be seen! (BY DENISE KELLY, World Countdown, Feb. 1969)


(NME) As expected, Led Zeppelin destroyed the audience at the Fillmore East last weekend. Second show Friday night they remained onstage for 90 minutes of absolutely incredible musicianship up and down the entire blues scene.

The group's success here - their first album swung into both charts this week with sales figures well over 100,000 - was marred only by the fact that John Bonham, 21-year-old drummer had to return to England suddenly after his small child (Jason) had an accident that required stitches in his head. But he flew back in time for the Zeppelin's concert's in Chicago at the weekend. (J. Harris, NME, Feb. 1969)

Setlists: 

Includes: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Communication Breakdown, You Shook Me, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Pat's Delight (drum solo), How Many More Times (incl. Season of the Witch).

Comments

Dorothy's picture

Wow. I can't believe I saw them so long ago. The show was amazing. They were the lead in group for Iron Butterfly, but when they played, it was clear the music was going to stay with us a long, long time.
I went to the midnight show. Awesome.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

An opening set for Iron Butterfly and a very intense and show stealing one at that! Zeppelin was infinitely better than the Butterfly as this set amply shows. Robert's voice in all of its high pitched, amazing 1969 glory and the band playing as well as ever thus far in their short time together. Jimmy is on fire!

ZenGalacticore's picture

I heard that IB didn't want to go on stage after Zeppelin performed because they were too intimidated!

Maria Celi Vano's picture

Me & my Friends were Fillmore Groupies !!!!
I'll never 4get that night !!!!!!! (I'm almost sure It was the Friday nite Jan 31, 1969 Concert)
As I recall we were so lookin forward 2 see Iron Butterfly .However, when Led Zepplin took the stage we were SO BLOWN OUT !! No one at that time really ever heard of LZ & They were Grreat! >>>>>>>>
O How I Remember !!!!
We went to the Fillmore East every Friday Nite, Cause on Saturdays we did our clubbing nite ( Electric Circus, Unganos,Ondines ETC)
And of course on Sundays ALL US "Hippie/Love/Flower Children"(LoL) Hung out in Central Park, Smokin weed & other shyt>>>>And walked aimlessly round & round Bethesa Fountain "WRAPPIN" about our GROOVEY Weekend >>>OMG,,What a DYNAMITE/GROOVEY/OUTRAGEOUS Time, 2 have Grown Up In >>Really Miss them DAYS & That Entire ERA !!!!
Now All I Have R The Memerories 2 Share With My Children & Grandchildren..Until I Die or Alzheimers robs me of Them !
But I Always Thank GOD I Grew at that Time !!!!!!
Woodstock 69' 4 Ever !!!!!! Rera123

Dennis's picture

Hi Rera!
Wow glad to see another old timer! Used to go to the filmore religiously too, i still have my ticket stubs and programs .Surprised I didn't chuck them out..

Remember the Electric Circus?, those big tubes were handy for, well you remember "closer encounters"..with the opposite sex...those Crumb comics I used to read in that headshop on McDougal Place next to the circus..
What a great time it was, new musicians always coming out, if you were high on the streets, people just kinda looked the other way and ignored you..Cental pk was always such fun on Sats, concerts in the circle, $2 Shafer music festivals..
We'll have those memories!! Regards, Dennis

Dennis's picture

I remembered I was out late seeing the Doors the week before at the garden, I only went to the 8pm Filmore show to keep the parents happy..
If I only knew how important my 38 sec clip was I would have taken a few more film cartridges.. of well, I'm glad to share it will all..Regards, Dennis

Colorado Kid's picture

Trying to confirm what i heard...DJ here in the Springs was saying IB didn't take the stage after Zeppelin's set...truth or fiction?

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Comments

Did Iron Butterfly refuse to play afterwards? by Colorado Kid (not verified)
that filmore concert.. by Dennis (not verified)
my Led Zep clip by Dennis (not verified)
Opening for Iron Butterfly by ZenGalacticore (not verified)
Wow. I can't believe I saw by Dorothy (not verified)
One Grrreat Nite !!! by Maria Celi Vano (not verified)