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Musicarnival - July 20, 1969

  • Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (medley incl. "Lemon Song"), Communication Breakdown.
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on September 20, 2007 - 5:16pm
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July 20, 1969
Warrensville Heights
OH
United States
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Setlist: 

Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (medley incl. "Lemon Song"), Communication Breakdown.

Note: 

Support Act: James Gang

Press Review: Zeppelin Lands To Big Cheers At Musicarnival

CLEVELAND - The Led Zeppelin made a four-point landing at Musicarnival here during the Eagle movement on the moon. The British quartet had a sold-out audience of 2,574 stomping, clapping and dancing in the aisles during their five song stint.

Jimmy Page, former anchor man for the Yardbirds, received a standing ovation for his bluesy solo "White Summer." But the group hit their highest stride in the last part of their 10-minute "Dazed and Confused" when Page, singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bass guitarist John Paul Jones  sailed in a tight, together jam.

Plant shakes and bumps like a burlesque headliner, swings the mike like a lariat, comes across with the funky finesse of a male Janis Joplin.

The Atlantic group scored with encore "Communication Breakdown." A local group, the James Gang, also received a standing ovation. (JANE SCOTT / Billboard)


Press Review: Young Folks Take Trip at Musicarnival

While millions watched for the Eagle on the moon, 2,500 young people went on a 9-minute trip of their own.

They stomped, clapped, danced in the aisles as four British bombshells, the Led Zeppelin made a three-point landing at Musicarnival last night.

Lead singer Robert Plant, 21, comes on strong like a male Janis Joplin. His collarbone length blonde hair looks like a cheap permanent caught in the rain.

Plant shakes his shoulders, jumps high in the air, stomps his $60 python boots, twirls the mike like a lariat, does the bumps and grinds like a flat-chested sexy headliner. And the standing-room-only audience was with him all the way.

“Have you ever been shaken”? he rasped out to the audiences during his “You Shook Me” song and the group screamed back “Yes.” Plants murmurs words and syllables like Cab Calloway.

Feature for many was a fine solo, “White Summer” by Jimmy Page, one of the world’s best guitarists. He was the backbone of the old Yardbirds three years ago and he’s still a steel smash.

The Led Zeppelin did five songs. Their “Dazed and Confused a 10-minute ride, brought them sailing in a tight jam session that was the highlight of the night.

Drummer John Bonham, 21, in a black T-shirt that looked like the upper part of a 1920 swimsuit, hit a heavy beat that brought fee stomping and stepping.

“You make me feel so young!” Plant would up with their last song.

With screams of “more” the Led Zeppelin came back to do an encore, “Communication Breakdown.”

Nothing could be further from the experience last night.

The finale gave bass player John Paul Jones, 22, a chance to shine.

 (-The Plain Dealer, July 21, 1969)

Notes: 

Support Act: James Gang

Press Review: Zeppelin Lands To Big Cheers At Musicarnival

CLEVELAND - The Led Zeppelin made a four-point landing at Musicarnival here during the Eagle movement on the moon. The British quartet had a sold-out audience of 2,574 stomping, clapping and dancing in the aisles during their five song stint.

Jimmy Page, former anchor man for the Yardbirds, received a standing ovation for his bluesy solo "White Summer." But the group hit their highest stride in the last part of their 10-minute "Dazed and Confused" when Page, singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bass guitarist John Paul Jones  sailed in a tight, together jam.

Plant shakes and bumps like a burlesque headliner, swings the mike like a lariat, comes across with the funky finesse of a male Janis Joplin.

The Atlantic group scored with encore "Communication Breakdown." A local group, the James Gang, also received a standing ovation. (JANE SCOTT / Billboard)


Press Review: Young Folks Take Trip at Musicarnival

While millions watched for the Eagle on the moon, 2,500 young people went on a 9-minute trip of their own.

They stomped, clapped, danced in the aisles as four British bombshells, the Led Zeppelin made a three-point landing at Musicarnival last night.

Lead singer Robert Plant, 21, comes on strong like a male Janis Joplin. His collarbone length blonde hair looks like a cheap permanent caught in the rain.

Plant shakes his shoulders, jumps high in the air, stomps his $60 python boots, twirls the mike like a lariat, does the bumps and grinds like a flat-chested sexy headliner. And the standing-room-only audience was with him all the way.

“Have you ever been shaken”? he rasped out to the audiences during his “You Shook Me” song and the group screamed back “Yes.” Plants murmurs words and syllables like Cab Calloway.

Feature for many was a fine solo, “White Summer” by Jimmy Page, one of the world’s best guitarists. He was the backbone of the old Yardbirds three years ago and he’s still a steel smash.

The Led Zeppelin did five songs. Their “Dazed and Confused a 10-minute ride, brought them sailing in a tight jam session that was the highlight of the night.

Drummer John Bonham, 21, in a black T-shirt that looked like the upper part of a 1920 swimsuit, hit a heavy beat that brought fee stomping and stepping.

“You make me feel so young!” Plant would up with their last song.

With screams of “more” the Led Zeppelin came back to do an encore, “Communication Breakdown.”

Nothing could be further from the experience last night.

The finale gave bass player John Paul Jones, 22, a chance to shine.

 (-The Plain Dealer, July 21, 1969)

Setlists: 

Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (medley incl. "Lemon Song"), Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Louis Gattozzi's picture

I have spoken of this concert often and have the absolute best memories from July 20, 1969. My friend Jack Leffel and our dates attended this amazing concert with about 1,500 other very lucky people. The band was new to us and just blew us away. After the concert, we adjourned to my home and watched another amazing event, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon! It really does not get much better than that!

SWEET, SWEET MEMORIES!

Louis Gattozzi
Rochester, New York

GARY BREZINA's picture

WHAT A NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!NOT ONLY DID I SEE LED ZEPPELIN FROM THE 3RD ROW AND WAS BLASTED OUT OF ME SEAT, I WENT HOME AND SAW THE FIRST LUNAR LANDING AND WALK ON THE MOON.
FORTY YEARS LATER I STILL HAVE THE ZEPPELIN POSTER I PURCHASED FROM THE CONCERT.
THOSE EARLY VIDEOS BRING BACK ALOT MEMORIES

Steve's picture

I was at this concert. Had no idea I was witnessing history !

C Keast's picture

I was born on this day. It was also the same day Armstrong walked on the moon.

Michael Pierson's picture

"The year was 1969. Location, Musicarnival, a tent in the round in Warrensville Heights. The draw is Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page.

Opening act, the James Gang: “When they played Musicarnival, we had front-row seats. It seemed like a medium-sized venue, enclosed by a large tent. "The James Gang opened the show—Joe Walsh was wearing bright pants. They didn’t move around a whole lot, but Joe showed what a great guitarist he was, performing from the first two albums—“Funk #49,” “The Bomber,” etc. When they played “Lost Woman,” I wondered if Jimmy Page could hear it. During the break, I was looking to my left and could see some people coming in our direction. Suddenly it was Jimmy Page carrying his famous Les Paul, walking right by us to get to the stage.

They got up and played I think pretty much their first album. Sounded great. Page’s guitar solos were amazing. They played at least one Yardbirds song, “White Summer,” and of course the violin bow was used during a song or two. At the time it seemed extremely cool to see them—and in retrospect, it was something to see them before they got really big. "My friend and I were waiting for our ride, standing in the parking lot, when we saw some cool-looking guys walking toward us. Then we realized, wow, it was the group. I pulled out my camera and took a picture of Page as he was walking by. I should have asked before taking it, but he didn’t seem to mind. We watched them walk to a small house in the middle of the parking lot and go in. We stood outside one of the windows, hoping for a peek inside, but no such luck.

Headed home in the car, we realized that we were missing the telecast of man first walking on the moon, on July 20, 1969. We also realized that Led Zeppelin were probably inside that little house watching it themselves. [It was the home of Herman Spero, head of Upbeat.] "A couple months later, Led Zeppelin announced they were coming back to Cleveland again, this time playing the huge Public Hall. Grand Funk opened for them and played a lot of songs from their album with “I’m Your Captain” on it. They also played their anti-drug song and tried to rally the crowd with it.

 It was October 24, 1969. "With “Whole Lotta Love” on the radio all the time, the crowd this time was huge. When the group came on, Robert Plant was running around, wearing a construction worker’s hardhat with an American flag design on it. I remember they did songs from their first two albums. Our seats were, as I recall, about thirty or so rows back, on the main floor. Sounded great. —Michael Pierson, fan (Chicago)" Reprinted from "Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories," by Carlo Wolff (2006) copyright.

This book is a MUST READ not just for people from Cleveland - but for anyone who loves 60's Rock!!!

wm's picture

AWESOME!! i was 14 years old. my 3rd rock n roll show. john mayall's usa union being the 1st in '68 and maybe a week prior to zepp was iron butterfly and mike pineira's blues image. what a summer! musicarnival was a theater in the round under a canvas tent. maximum capacity maybe 1500. it was only a couple hundred yards from my grandmother's house. my father dropped my friend jon and me off then went to his mother's house to watch neil armstrong walk on the moon (live). we walked back after the show and saw the replay.

i am sure the concert's playlist is incomplete, because this was just before #2 was released. jimmy page sat down on a chair with violin bow in hand and they launched into "whole lotta love"...never before heard! AWESOME!!!

wm's picture

a little older and more forgetful.....joe walsh and the james gang warmed up the stage.

PJ's picture

I was in a local band from Newton Falls and my best friend, our drummer got tickets for our garage band. We had the first album and were learning a few songs from it. Unbelievable to see them in person though!!! It sure seemed a lot longer than what the reviews here stated. I thought I remembered at the encore that the crowd wouldn't even let them leave as they had to leave through the crowd since they were in the center. The James Gang was no big deal because I was used to seeing them about every weekend at the local spots. I was proud of the James Gang though cause I thought on that day they really hit the big time. Hard to believe I was one of only 2500+ to see this show. It sure seemed longer and was one of the largest crowds I had been around at the time.

Michelle Kritch's picture

Love this band till I die

Carl Bradley's picture

If I recall correctly, they moved up the start of the concert so that everyone could get home to watch the Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

A very intense and powerful show but plagued with some PA problems. Plant: "Once again, as last time in the State of Ohio, we find that the PA system is completely inaudible; but, nevertheless, we'd like to carry on ... I think I'd better get out of the way ... If we go up with a flash and a bang..." The first two songs are very powerful and Robert's voice is simply devastating. Page is playing great and the rhythm section is unalterable in Dazed And Confused and incendiary and dynamic in How Many More Times, steering the group through the changes.

SEMOH's picture

I heard them on one of the college stations KSU CSU CWR...........couldn't wait to get ther......snuck under the tent to get in........went home buzzed on them.......my father said we just landed on the moon...........WOOPDEEDOO....I just heard the greatest band ever==>41 years later...........HISTORY in the making.

Patrick's picture

I almost daily drive up and down Warrensville Center Rd in NE Ohio and often wonder where the old Musicarnival was located. I finally did a little web search today and came across this Zeppelin site. I attended this Musicarnival show on 7/20/69 with a few of my buddies. We were all still in high school at the time. We also attended the Iron Butterfly show, which I see by the poster on this site was just the week before. I don't remember much about the shows except that the Zeppelin show was the same night as the lunar landing. We watched the men on the moon after returning home after the show. I was surprised to read that the James Gang opened the show. I didn't remember that but I know we were really into them at the time. They were a local NE OH band. The other thing I remember most was at the Iron Butterfly show, we wandered down by the circular stage after the show as the roadies were packing up the equipment. When nobody was looking my friend quickly grabbed a piece of equipment from a bag on the edge of the stage. Later we found out it was a "fuzz button" that was used by bass player, Lee Doorman. The next week, my friend repeated another heist after the Zeppelin show by grabbing what turned out to be Jimmy Paige's "wa-wa pedal". Crazy! I was amazed to see by the info on this site that all tickets were only $5!!! I saw Zeppelin once more a few years later at an outdoor concert in Tampa, FL. Wild times.

Kevin's picture

It's where they were the day man first walked on the moon

~Marian~'s picture

This is my ticket stub from this show. Musicarnival was an interesting venue to see Led Zeppelin, in a carnival tent. It was so special to see them up close. I had seen Page before when he was with the Yardbirds. The seats were great. I could have taken a couple of steps and been on stage. It was thrilling. They sounded great. How many more times was perfect. When Plant sings the Lemon song there isn't much more I can say. :) I think the opening act was suppose to be Michael Stanley Band but Michael was sick so The James Gang (Joe Walsh started in this band) opened the show. Loved both local bands but The James Gang had been out to LA for an album so it was great to see them. The sad part is I never saw Led Zeppelin again for one reason or another.

tsrts's picture

i think Neil Armstrong was the unlukiest man on the moon....

he was missing Led Zeppelin concert at the moment xDDD

Cindy's picture

No- the concert was going on while the landing on the moon was going on...Plant said, "you will always remember where you were tonight".

gary petersen's picture

in fact the Landing took place earlier, but the moon walk took place after the concert. my friend tom pitts, fiance shirley cappy and i went to her mom's place after the shoe to watch.

some people walked out after joe walsh and james gang played!! it was so hot, the band had to lean over so the sweat could run off their hair. we had an extra ticket we gave to a kid in the parking lot, he stayed for one song, left gave it to someone else and so on for the show.

JH's picture

YOu are so lucky to have gone to that concert!  I wonder if any posters are floating around the area... I might need to get to knocking on doors.  Im only 25 so I wasnt quite around yet.

Newt Gordon's picture

On July,20th,1969 Me Newt Gordon, The Vade Pliskin and Barney Barnett were hanging out in

our homes in Akron,Oh~ vis telephone the quandry of the night was wheateher

or not to stay home as are parents wished to watch the crew of Appollo

11 attempt to land  on the Moon or drive north and try to get into a

sold out Led Zeppelin show~ Next thing we new we were in the car

driving north into the Music Carnival parking lot~ as we exited the car the James Gang

was on the stage~ as we stood there Barney stealthfully opened a section of tent

and we entered~ found 3 seats in the 3rd row vacated by some people who had blown lunch

saw Zeppelin play there short set In my opinion they were drunk on stage but could still perform

~ After it ended we ran out hoped

into the car drove to a Manner's Big Boy restarant and saw  throught a plate glass window

on TV Man Landing on the Moon~ What a night! and great show!

Lee Combs's picture

  It was my first concert and I was there with Jeff Golub my childhood friend ( who became a great jazz guitarist ) we were so young his mom had to drive us. Sadly Jeff died in 2015.

Scott Cullen-Benson's picture

A friend and I drove up from Minerva, OH to see Zep tour their first album. Musicarnival was just a large circus tent (hence the 2,574 attendance) and so did not have the best accustics, but we were there for the show and that didn't really matter for us. I know a human walked on the moon during the concert, but I can always hear reruns of that.  I cannot hear a rerun of "Dazed and Confused" in a small venue at Warrenville ever again...

 

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Great concert by Scott Cullen-Benson (not verified)
I was there with Jeff Golub by Lee Combs (not verified)
69 concert by JH (not verified)
The best by Michelle Kritch (not verified)
I was 16 at the time... by PJ (not verified)
What a night, 7/20/69 by Louis Gattozzi (not verified)
led zeppelin and moon walk by gary petersen (not verified)
41 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK by SEMOH (not verified)
Yep, I was there too by Patrick (not verified)
Historic Day by C Keast (not verified)
No- the concert was going on by Cindy (not verified)
Musicarnival concert by Carl Bradley (not verified)
CLEVELAND MUSICARNIVAL ZEPPELLIN CONCERT by GARY BREZINA (not verified)
~My ticket stub~ by ~Marian~ (not verified)
I was at this concert. by Steve (not verified)
It's where they were the day by Kevin (not verified)
a little older and more by wm (not verified)
AWESOME!! i was 14 years by wm (not verified)