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Terrace Ballroom - July 30, 1969

  • Setlists during this tour include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown
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on September 20, 2007 - 5:25pm
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July 30, 1969
Salt Lake City
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Setlist: 

Setlists during this tour include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown

Note: 

One of the few shows where John Bonham uses a double bass drum.

Vanilla Fudge also on the bill. (2 Shows on this date). Poster reads: Vanilla Fudge ~ Led Zeppelin
TERRACE BALLROOM | TWO SHOWS 7:00-9:30 - WEDNESDAY JULY 30
 
Press Review: Salt Lake Resounds With Rock

The Vanilla Fudge / Led Zeppelin concert Wednesday night at the Terrace was very illuminating, as to what Salt Lake people’s musical tastes are anyway.

Both Zeppelin and Fudge are prominent hands on the “heavy” scene. The British group Led Zeppelin was billed second to the well-known American group Vanilla Fudge. But Zeppelin went over noticeably better than Fudge. This is somewhat encouraging to followers of the rock music cult, many of whom believe that Zeppelin deserves more attention.

The members of Led Zeppelin are accomplished musicians and true artists. Led by Jimmy Page, one time guitarist for the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin’s music is characterized by excellent, flashy vocals backed by creative and appropriate guitar work.

Vanilla Fudge appeared as musical imposters when compared to a group like Zeppelin. The bass player for the Fudge even apologetically acknowledged this as he mounted the stage and said, “There’s no way we can follow that.”

Showmanship, however, was probably more responsible for audience response than musicianship, as is often the case. Both bands exhibited a very exciting show, although Led Zeppelin appeared less inhibited, with the gravel-throated vocalist wandering around the stage. Vanilla Fudge was noticeably uptight for the first few numbers, following the Zeppelin performance.

But when the show was over, the thing that was most apparent is that there is still, to the dismay of some critics, a large following for “heavy” music, in Salt Lake at least. [-Summer Chronicle | by S. Poulsen | August 1, 1969]

Notes: 

One of the few shows where John Bonham uses a double bass drum.

Vanilla Fudge also on the bill. (2 Shows on this date). Poster reads: Vanilla Fudge ~ Led Zeppelin
TERRACE BALLROOM | TWO SHOWS 7:00-9:30 - WEDNESDAY JULY 30
 
Press Review: Salt Lake Resounds With Rock

The Vanilla Fudge / Led Zeppelin concert Wednesday night at the Terrace was very illuminating, as to what Salt Lake people’s musical tastes are anyway.

Both Zeppelin and Fudge are prominent hands on the “heavy” scene. The British group Led Zeppelin was billed second to the well-known American group Vanilla Fudge. But Zeppelin went over noticeably better than Fudge. This is somewhat encouraging to followers of the rock music cult, many of whom believe that Zeppelin deserves more attention.

The members of Led Zeppelin are accomplished musicians and true artists. Led by Jimmy Page, one time guitarist for the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin’s music is characterized by excellent, flashy vocals backed by creative and appropriate guitar work.

Vanilla Fudge appeared as musical imposters when compared to a group like Zeppelin. The bass player for the Fudge even apologetically acknowledged this as he mounted the stage and said, “There’s no way we can follow that.”

Showmanship, however, was probably more responsible for audience response than musicianship, as is often the case. Both bands exhibited a very exciting show, although Led Zeppelin appeared less inhibited, with the gravel-throated vocalist wandering around the stage. Vanilla Fudge was noticeably uptight for the first few numbers, following the Zeppelin performance.

But when the show was over, the thing that was most apparent is that there is still, to the dismay of some critics, a large following for “heavy” music, in Salt Lake at least. [-Summer Chronicle | by S. Poulsen | August 1, 1969]

Setlists: 

Setlists during this tour include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown

Comments

Richard Brown's picture

I was there for the 9:30 show.

Derek's picture

I have a poster for this concert. One of the best I have ever been to. They were billed as the warm up band for Vinella Fudge. They were called back three times for an oncore with standing ovations. The third one lasted for 30 min. befor the came back out. After they finished only about a third of the people who came stayed for the Fudge.

Michael Stone's picture

I worked at John Carlson's at the time and attended the late show.

Rageman's picture

I was at this concert. I barely got in because I had to panhandle to get enough change to buy a ticket. I sat in the back at first and worked my way forward to sit near the stage. Unbelieveable concert. Pure raw energy. I remember Robert Plant sang so loud I could hear his voice from where I sat along with the PA system. Bonham's drumming was riviting and explosive in a way no other percussionist has ever duplicated. Page's playing was still very bluesey and crisp in a way that cut right through your head. Simply amazing.

When Vanilla Fudge came out to play, most of the crowd had left, they were visably shook up They began to play their first song and had to stop and start over and I remember the bass player saying "how can we follow that?" ........

Gary's picture

This was a rockin show, Zep killed the fudge. After zep the fudge came out and tried to blow our ear drums out, man were they intimidated. It wasn't long after they disbanded, zep was so good. terrace ball room was perfect for concerts, you could stand within a food fo the stage and it was raised only about 2 feet off of the floor. AWESOME.

Ron Moore's picture

I just aquired the poster from this concert. Led Zeppelin was the opening act for the band Vanilla Fudge, and blew the kids away. When the main attraction came on, they were nearly boo-ed off stage as the crowd wanted to hear more from the wild new band for the UK. The poster I now have in my collection was heavily damaged and needed a complete work over by Chameleon Restorations of New York. It had a big, greasy burrito splatt right in the middle of it (courtesy of some drunk leaving Momma Eddie's Beanery), tons of tape and a bumper sticker at the top. It was found on the bulletin board at Tape head Company under about 10 layers of old handbills and poster put up over the eons . It now looks like new. Go to CR website for a look at the finished result. Simply amazing as only 3 of these have ever surfaced here in Salt Lake City. I have fielded offers in excess of $7000 for this gem. It is staying put for now.

Jim's picture

I was at this concert in 1969 and will never forget it. This is without a doubt the best concert I've ever been to. The Terrace is long gone, but was a remarkable venue for the Zep. There were not very many people at this old dance floor setting. I sat in one of the booths by the stage and it was like being right next to them.

Led Zeppelin was fresh and new. I clearly remember watching both Plant and Page who were only a few feet from me. I was amazed at their performance and that they were opening for Vanilla Fudge. I went to their concert at the Salt Palace the next year, but it was a big stage production and nothing like this. The only thing that ever came close was watching the Animals at the Old Mill in SLC, but they lacked the depth of the Zep. I feel fortunate to have seen this concert.

Janine's picture

I was at this concert. Memory fades after 39 years or so, but this is what I remember:
My girlfriend and I were so excited they were coming. We had been listening to the LP almost non-stop, and staring at the picture on the back. Our teenage fantasy brewing: I would get Robert and she wanted Page. I was a month shy of 14.
Vanilla Fudge were the top bill, and though we liked them, we were there for Zeppelin. We couldn't wait. The Terrace Ballroom, a perfect venue for smaller crowds was a fabulous old building converted to a ballroom. It's beginnings had Big Band orchestra type shows, with a huge dance floor and booths circling the floor for seating. The stage was very low, like two feet maybe. The acoustics were the best in the valley. With a domed roof, made entirely of wood with no nails made the music sink in and feedback was non-existent. All bands playing there loved it, and very often went hours overtime just jamming because they loved it.
My friend and I got there early and lined up. People would just sit and wait, talk about the show, pass things around, etc. They finally opened the doors and in we flew to the front row center.
When they took the stage I was mesmerized by Jimmy's playing. Totally blown away, I was just staring at his fingers, amazed at what he was doing, and how incredible the sound was. He would just break out and keep going and going, mesmerizing everyone, taking us on a magick ride.
Robert was directly in front of us, with Bonzo only a few feet away. They played the entire LP and then some, as I recall. Bonzo did a drum solo. Robert played his harp. We were so close we both felt some kind of drips from Robert. Sweat, spit, we didn't mind one iota.
At one point Robert bent over with his eyes closed and when he opened them he was face to face with my friend, who also has huge blue eyes and the look on her face was hysterical.
When Fudge came on they said some like, "how Do you follow something like that?" Went straight into 'Keep Me Hanging On' after that the crowds booed Fudge. Every one was yelling- Zeppelin, Zeppelin, Zeppelin!! and stomping their feet. As far as I remember they finally just gave up and gave the stage back to Zep. The crowd went wild, which spurred more ecstatic music from the guys. It was really funny, Fudge sort of stomping out. But the cheers were worth it because the guys kicked butt even more then.
It sealed the deal for me forever. In my eyes they were the greatest, and they always sold out quickly here every time they came.
About the 'two shows'...I've asked as many as possible and get a 50/50 reply so I can't confirm that 100%. They often combined 'two shows' into one back then. Bottom line is, it was the best concert I saw there at that fabulous Ballroom.

bob masse's picture

  I have no way of knowing when this post was posted..courious about yopur poster ...you still have it ?...you want to sell it ???...................................massso

Mike's picture

Paid 4 vanilla Fudge. got opening band only.  was Zeppelin. unheard of in salt lake later some  guys from Bosie Idaho brought  album to Salt lake did not hear zeppelin on radio until whole lotta love. What can I say it was Salt Lake City in 1969 how Zeppelin got in is a mystery. I was destroyed by this great noise/music/sound I was hearing  but what did I know I was 14 years old. this venue was hard wood flooring was seated at foot of stage which was only afoot high Could touch Page's guitar if wanted   Not too many patrons inside was largest ballroom in America wood dommed ceiling some say no nails greatest sound acoustics I have heard  and greatest sound Rock  from some unknown by the name of Led Zepplin 

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PJ's picture

I realize this was a long time ago, and you were only 14, but you seem a little confused about some things. Yes, Led Zeppelin was relatively unknown but their album had been out since Jan. and was available at any record store ( I think I bought it at the old Cosmic Airplane in SLC and had been listening to it constantly in the months previous to their SL debut) Some guys from Boise didn't introduce it to Salt Lake. The band was widely promoted in the rock press as a kind of super group rising from the ashes of the Yardbirds (They were billed as the New Yardbirds for their earliest concerts).

There was a thriving rock scene in Salt lake at the time, largely centered at the Terrace. The "no nails" comment you have confused with the Mormon Tabernacle. The 1 foot tall stage? Sorry,more like 5.

Shottmaker's picture

One of the greatest concerts I ever saw at the Terrace or anywhere else. I sat on the side of stage and was watching Bonham the whole time. Probably 15 feet from him.

 

Many great concerts at the Terrace Ballroom. Mitch Ryder, Pink Floyd, others.

 

This was the best

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