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Gold Creek Park (Seattle Pop Festival) - July 27, 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, Communication Breakdown
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on September 20, 2007 - 5:23pm
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July 27, 1969
Woodinville
WA
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, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown

Note: 

Press Review: More than 50,000 rock fans gathered at Woodinville’s Gold Creek Park over the weekend for a practically non-stop three-day festival of music, events and exhibitions. The first annual Seattle Pop Festival was a marvel of crowd control and smooth organization.

Sunday night was supposed to belong to The Doors but it was stolen right out from under them by the great English blues group, Led Zeppelin.

Coming onstage about 11:30pm, immediately after the forced extravaganza of The Doors, the Zeppelin faced a jaded and uncomfortable audience that had been standing in the cold all evening. But the electricity of lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page quickly warmed them up.

Plant has a voice that is controlled hysteria. Anguish pours from his every note;  his voice is an epitome of the blues.

Page is an amazing guitarist. His runs and fingering are magnificent, his control of the instrument pure genius.

They were aided by a fine drummer, John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones. Few who experienced it will forget Led Zeppelin's performance, especially their smashing encore of Communication Breakdown. [P. Macdonald, SeattlePost-Intelligencer. July 1969]

Notes: 

Press Review: More than 50,000 rock fans gathered at Woodinville’s Gold Creek Park over the weekend for a practically non-stop three-day festival of music, events and exhibitions. The first annual Seattle Pop Festival was a marvel of crowd control and smooth organization.

Sunday night was supposed to belong to The Doors but it was stolen right out from under them by the great English blues group, Led Zeppelin.

Coming onstage about 11:30pm, immediately after the forced extravaganza of The Doors, the Zeppelin faced a jaded and uncomfortable audience that had been standing in the cold all evening. But the electricity of lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page quickly warmed them up.

Plant has a voice that is controlled hysteria. Anguish pours from his every note;  his voice is an epitome of the blues.

Page is an amazing guitarist. His runs and fingering are magnificent, his control of the instrument pure genius.

They were aided by a fine drummer, John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones. Few who experienced it will forget Led Zeppelin's performance, especially their smashing encore of Communication Breakdown. [P. Macdonald, SeattlePost-Intelligencer. July 1969]

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, Communication Breakdown

Comments

Hardy Wood's picture

I was there for Saturday and Sunday and I will never forget it. Occasionally I will run into somebody that was there and we will go over all the groups it was incredible. I lived about 4 miles from the site so it was pretty cool. I still live in the area and when I go by the site I still reflect. I saw Led Zeppelin at the Green Lake Aqua theatre first they were the opening act for Three Dog Night again in the early 70's at the Seattle Center Coliseum. Those were the days.

Tom Swan's picture

Today I showed my Seattle Pops Festival poster to my 17 year old. Yes, I started late. He was dazzled. "You were there, Dad? All three days?"
The next thing I knew he was on his smart phone and said, You know what that poster is worth? Wow $3000. I only paid $15 for the three dats and the poster was free.

Trisha Nerney's picture

I was only 13 when I attended this show, but I do remember that Led Zeppelin were still fairly new on the scene. They, in my opinion, stole the show from the Doors. The Led Zep set left me spellbound. They seemed so innovative, and edgy. Bubble gum was so over.

Lisa's picture

(Correction - Gold Creek (two words) Park is located in Woodinville (not Seattle).)

I attended all 3 days of the Seattle Pops Festival. This outdoor festival was beyond anything I have experienced since. If you read the handbills and the poster, most of the groups and artists that preformed were ahead of their time. If only we could go back in time to see it again.

Prior to the event, I worked at Gold Creek Park where this occurred. The festival was just outside in back of the ice skating rink in a field.

I still have in my possession a few of the items you see on the Led Zeppelin web site. I have the ticket stubs for all 3 days, an 8½ x 11 two-sided handbill, and the poster.

In my quest for information on the pictured items, I searched by the artist’s name on the poster, researched the festival, and could not find any of them. A co-worker found this site and forwarded the link.

Does anyone else have any of the pictured items from the festival?

Carole's picture

I was also there, I was with John and Craig Harvey who helped with the festival. I was a 20 year old french girl who had just arrived in the States. That summer was a crazy one, sex, drugs and Rock and Roll all over.
I would love to have a poster of the festival. Is there any way I could have one sent to Paris?
Thank you

Larry Bovard's picture

My first concert at the age of 14. The Woodinville pop festival was three days with the big acts the last day. There was no food and we chewed on licorice rolling papers as a snack I remember waiting all day excited to see Led Zeppelin and they were late, Robert Plant said something about hassles coming in from Canada because of Jimmy's patient leather shoes. I was blown away at this show it was beyond anything I had seen all day. From that day I never missed a Seattle show. Led Zeppelin is the best rock band that has ever existed they invented everything that is cool about live rock music.

robert halstead's picture

I was there to experience those three magical days beautiful days no cops no hastle huge field of grass.I have the line up poster but I have looked for the poster for over 25 years This the one poster I can not find a have a large collection and would give up anything .How about the doors set where Morrisson had the crowd yelling at him that was something I have never seen and into it for several minutes and back to the exact place on break on through.Zepplelin and the Vanilla Fudge were killer that night This event is the highlight reel of my life.There is a bit of the doors on utube you can not really see or here.My favorite was Ten Years After and Santana and I could not figure out what the hell Alice Copper was.3 days what a trip

Larry's picture

All day pop festival, Led Zeppelin was awesome. High energy rocked the Woodinville valley with magic in the air. It was an innocent time at the beginning of the big rock legends. Led Zeppelin was the biggest of them all, Peter Grant was a wise manager that never exploited his great band.

Kevin's picture

My dad was a good buddy of the owner of Goldcreek park.I guess they grew up together.So I was at the the 3 day event,I was on the stage next to Zepplin,I was just 12,but GOD I was moved forever deep inside..MY dad was like running around and taking the kids pot at the show for security reasons..YEA Right!!! now I know..But that was such a cool time in my life to be so close to Zep,and the way Plant was moving on the stage was so cool..

Seattle Pop Festival 1969's picture

BOYD GRAFMYRE PRODUCTIONS, INC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 1, 1969

Spectacular fireworks, arts and crafts displays, a variety of food service and more than twenty top musical performers are scheduled to highlight the FIRST ANNUAL SEATTLE POP FESTIVAL set for July 25, 26 and 27 at Gold Creek Park, Woodinville, Washington.

Representing the total spectrum of "pop" music today, nationally and internationally known artists set to appear are: CHUCK BERRY, TIM BUCKLEY, ERIC BURDON, THE BYRDS, CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY, ALBERT COLLINS, BO DIDDLEY, THE FLOCK, FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS, GUESS WHO, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY, LED ZEPPELIN, CHARLES LLOYD, MURRAY ROMAN, SANTANA, SPIRIT, TEN YEARS AFTER, IKE AND TINA TURNER REVUE, VANILLA FUDGE, AND THE YOUNGBLOODS.

"Gold Creek Recreation Park is a perfect setting for a family event such as this," said Boyd Grafmyre promoter of the POP FESTIVAL. "In addition to the continuous entertainment scheduled daily, the facility includes swimming pools, large picnic areas, golf driving ranges, a miniature train and much more."

The Festival opens at 12:00 (noon) Friday, July 25 and will run from noon until midnight daily. The Retina Circus Light Company from Seattle will provide a special light show each evening at dusk designed specifically for the artists participating in the festival.

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Billy O's picture

they were dynamo Jimmy Page was using violin bow on Gibson S/G GREAT SOUND effects nobody ever did it like JP, HE WAS ALSO WEARING Pink Bell bottoms.

Don Swanson's picture

I was there along with at least 70,000 lucky others (the official "count" was 40,000, but I don't believe it). The line up for this festival was unbelievable and still stands, I believe, as possibly the very best line up of all time.

It happened one month before Woodstock. I've attended over 600 concerts since and this one is still number one. I saw Led Zeppelin four times over the years but this performance was the most amazing. They were really on their game, obviously enjoying themselves, and blew away the Doors who played right before them. Jim Morrison was pretty wasted and offensive but did sound good when he finally sang, and the rest of the Doors were great.

But LZ were tight and amazing - I coudn't believe my ears. I'll never forget the feeling! It's during this festival that the infamous "Edgewater Inn Mudshark Incident" supposedly happened.

Brad Turner's picture

My wifes uncle was the promoter for that show and gave my wife the poster.She was 11 she kept it,Now it,s framed in my office in Woodinville.

peter's picture

dont have pictures but had a wonderful time there as agroup we sat up front all three days....they are right the doors were not good but zepelin under the stairs was incredible...so was guess who every afternoon..and ike and tina turner ..and all the other acts.....just moved there and was glad i was there instead of woodstock...in those days a lots of great acts played vancover bc and seattle as warmups for tours...elton john was great there and neil young by himself in vancover glad to find there is a page for this.....didnt even know it was called the pop festival until now...very good music all day every day....i know im leaving out some group...santana or steve miceals and his drummer maybe more glad to hear ay other comments

Lisa's picture

Robert - The poster is hard to find. The only other one I have ever seen is on this web page. I do not know how to connect with you. This July it will be 30 years since this festival. It is hard to comprehend how fast time has gone by.

Rich's picture

I too had this poster for many years. I got it out of a record store window after the show. The owner was going to throw it out! It was a fixture on my room's wall, and later on a wall in my house. But alas, time and lack of care took its toll. It became smoke-stained, the tacks shredded the corners, and packing it for the moves were rough on it. It was succumbing to the elements when it got packed away in the attic at the folks house. Not long ago, my brother was cleaning out stuff when he found a couple of my concert posters (Uriah Heep, Sly and the Family Stone) but sadly this one was nowhere to be found.

Lisa's picture

Boy am I in denial. It will be 40 years, not 30!

Sam Beasley's picture

Are you looking for the John Moerhing poster, 1969 Seattle Pop Festival? Sambeasleytv@gmail.com

Sambeasleytv's picture

Are you looking for the John Moerhing poster of the 1969 Seattle Pops Festival?

Richard Hartland's picture

 

I was at that festival in 1969 and it was one of the greatest weekends ever spent.  I had the original poster and would love to have another one if it were possible to get one.

Eagle Many Hats's picture

I read your article. Would you be one of the ones that got to partake in one of the free kegs roll off the budweiser truck that was driven into the cow pasture that Sunday afternoon?

 

Jon ellis's picture

Is there a recording of led zeppelin from the seattle pop festival 69 

thank you

 

Dennis's picture

Alice Cooper and Santana fiiled in for bands that cancelled late

Thom's picture

Morrison was full of himself and chided the crowd for wanting to hear Light My Fire. His last act on stage was to take a christ like pose as the lights faded. We were glad to see him go...then, Led Zeppelin. Amazing act for 1969, one of the best of the show.

Kevin's picture

Leaving Port Townsend at midnite on Thursday, my friend Rod and I hitchiked to My sisters house near Greenlake where we had breakfast and caught a ride out to Woodinville. I would have walked the distance over glass had I known what I was about to experience. Three days of great weather and better music, culminating in the coronation of LZ as the next great thing. They killed it with a powerful set...I dare say no one was ready for it.  I was standing down front....the Doors were...mmmmm..not great...Morrison giving it to the crowd " what do you fuckers want to hear?"....the crowd giving it back to him with "The Guess Who"...a preliminary to Page, Plant et al. Let me say here that I was glad to have seen Terry Kath perform...what a magical guitar player. Just check out the lineup over 3 days ...music..sun..girls, omg..the odd trip...all cool....but the bands...damn....

 

Name Tom Pfeifle's picture

No one had enough money to buy tickets but we did have enough to bribe a guard. He laid the chain link fence down so we could get in. As soon as we were in he called to his fellow guards to throw us out because we "snuck in ". We all disappeared into the crowd. Remember Page playing his guitar with a violin bow. Awe struck. I was 15.

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