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Newport Jazz Festival - July 6, 1969

  • Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (incl. "Lemon Song"), Communication Breakdown, Long Tall Sally.
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on September 20, 2007 - 5:08pm
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July 6, 1969
Newport
RI
United States
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Setlist: 

Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (incl. "Lemon Song"), Communication Breakdown, Long Tall Sally.

Note: 

Review: Great Zeppelin Closed Newport, Despite Ban!

For the first and last time, British groups may have suffered as a result of the 16th annual Newport Jazz Festival, held last weekend in Newport Rhode Island.

The three day event attracted a record crowd of some 80,000, the heaviest attendance figures of 25,000 coming on Friday night, which was devoted entirely to heavy rock. It also attracted the attention of the local authorities who, because of the tension and near riotous situation which prevailed on the same Friday night, demanded that Led Zeppelin be cancelled from the final bill on Sunday, and subsequently revoked the permission given for the opening concert on the Blind Faith tour.

Getting down to the festival itself for the first time, promoter George Wein was persuaded to run rock acts. If I recall, the first show he booked into this category was English – Jeff Beck, Ten Years After, Jethro Tull, John Mayall and Led Zeppelin - was the count of UK acts.

Beck, Ten Years and Jethro all appeared Friday, along with Roland Kirk and Blood Sweat and Tears. Beck had the responsibility of closing an incredible show which was literally a six-hour swing through the best in rock.

Excitement caused tension, tension provokes trouble with the local authorities and Newport, hardly used to rock, told George Wein to cancel Led Zeppelin’s appearance on Sunday, “in the interest of public safety”!

Wein announced the Zeppelin would not appear owing to the illness of one of the group. They showed up on Sunday anyway, following a knockout performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival and at 1am Monday morning, proceeded to go on stage and completely destroy the audience.

It was a strange situation for the Zeppelin to be in. Jimmy Page told me: “You don’t blow a date like this one. Not after all that. The Newport Jazz Festival was far too important to us to just cancel out and I’m very upset at the whole thing. Wein should never have announced once of us was ill.”

That wasn’t all. Johnny Winter was given an hour and a half on stage .Other acts ahead of Jimmy seemed to ignore the time limit set on their performances. Page was uptight, but when he went on stage, that crowd out there was ready and waiting, and Led Zeppelin was prepared to sock it to me – regardless of the unfortunate set of circumstances.
With the Zeppelin’s close, so the 16th annual Newport Jazz Festival came to an end. (J. Harris, July '69)

Notes: 

Review: Great Zeppelin Closed Newport, Despite Ban!

For the first and last time, British groups may have suffered as a result of the 16th annual Newport Jazz Festival, held last weekend in Newport Rhode Island.

The three day event attracted a record crowd of some 80,000, the heaviest attendance figures of 25,000 coming on Friday night, which was devoted entirely to heavy rock. It also attracted the attention of the local authorities who, because of the tension and near riotous situation which prevailed on the same Friday night, demanded that Led Zeppelin be cancelled from the final bill on Sunday, and subsequently revoked the permission given for the opening concert on the Blind Faith tour.

Getting down to the festival itself for the first time, promoter George Wein was persuaded to run rock acts. If I recall, the first show he booked into this category was English – Jeff Beck, Ten Years After, Jethro Tull, John Mayall and Led Zeppelin - was the count of UK acts.

Beck, Ten Years and Jethro all appeared Friday, along with Roland Kirk and Blood Sweat and Tears. Beck had the responsibility of closing an incredible show which was literally a six-hour swing through the best in rock.

Excitement caused tension, tension provokes trouble with the local authorities and Newport, hardly used to rock, told George Wein to cancel Led Zeppelin’s appearance on Sunday, “in the interest of public safety”!

Wein announced the Zeppelin would not appear owing to the illness of one of the group. They showed up on Sunday anyway, following a knockout performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival and at 1am Monday morning, proceeded to go on stage and completely destroy the audience.

It was a strange situation for the Zeppelin to be in. Jimmy Page told me: “You don’t blow a date like this one. Not after all that. The Newport Jazz Festival was far too important to us to just cancel out and I’m very upset at the whole thing. Wein should never have announced once of us was ill.”

That wasn’t all. Johnny Winter was given an hour and a half on stage .Other acts ahead of Jimmy seemed to ignore the time limit set on their performances. Page was uptight, but when he went on stage, that crowd out there was ready and waiting, and Led Zeppelin was prepared to sock it to me – regardless of the unfortunate set of circumstances.
With the Zeppelin’s close, so the 16th annual Newport Jazz Festival came to an end. (J. Harris, July '69)

Setlists: 

Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (incl. "Lemon Song"), Communication Breakdown, Long Tall Sally.

Comments

Jay Hofschneider's picture

I'll never forget this concert.I was 18. My friend Andy and I had hitch hiked to Newport from Rochester NY.The night before, we sat up in the hills behind Festival Field to hear Jethro Tull.It was the first gathering of the tribes of that spectacular summer. When a group of rowdys tried tearing down the fence, The stage announcer said-"Chill out ,People. If you screw things up tonight, you'll screw up Philadelphia, Toronto and the big one at Woodstock!" It was the first I'd heard about Woodstock and I immediately found the tiny ad in Rolling Stone and ordered my tickets. They then announced that Led Zepellin had been canceled, but we had tickets for Sunday and had no intention of leaving as Johnny Winter was still on. When Zep showed up anyway, we knew a new era was upon us. A month later we were at Woodstock and our lives were forever changed.

John D.'s picture

I was at the Sunday night concert and remember Johnny Winter and Jimmy Page jamming together...or maybe it was Johnny Winter jamming with Led Zeppelin itself. Whatever, it was unreal. Imagine that, Winter and Page together in a guitar duel.

Robin's picture

3 other sailors and myself left Grotten Conn. Sub Base july 4th. to hitch hike to WoodStock NY. we got about 20 miles away from it on the hiway everything was jammed and stoped and no way to get a ride. We hungout with the freeway people a whial then turned back and headed for Newport. We paid and got in a day er so later. We stayed a couple daze saw lots of Rock Stars did a lot of dope and met thousands of people. I have never been to a better consert or had more fun in my us navy stay. We got back a day late and were punished for it, but The Newport Jazz Fest in 1969 was worth it!

David Bender's picture

I WAS THERE AND SAW JOHNNY WINTER PLAY LIKE THE WIND. I WAS GOING TO GIVE UP GUITAR CAUSE I WASN'T AS FAST AS I WANTED TO BE BUT THEN SAW BB KING AND JOHNNY WINTER JAM AND KNEW I JUST HAD TO BE ME..MY OWN STYLE.

LED ZEPPELIN WAS MY FAVORITE AS I GOT SO MUCH LOVE WHEN I PLAYED THEIR ALBUM...I WENT BACK STAGE WHICH WAS A DIRT PARKING LOT..JUST BEFORE THEY ENDED THEIR SET... I WAS ALONE..NO ONE THERE...DARK. THEY ENDED THEIR SET AND THEN A BLACK LIMO PULLED UP. THEY'RE WERE MANY SET OF OPEN WOODEN STAIRS...THE LIMO PULLED UP TO ONE OF THEM. I GOT CLOSER AND THEN THEY STARTED TO COME DOWN THE A SET OF STAIRS. WOW..MY HERO'S..WOW.! THEY GOT CLOSER AND I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW SMALL THEY WERE. I'M SIX FEET AND WAS SURPRISED. LIMO DRIVER OPENED THE DOOR AND GOT BACK INTO THE CAR. I HELD IT OPEN AS THEY CAME BY. JIMMY DROPPED HIS SCARF..I PICKED IT UP AND HANDED IT TO HIM..THEY LOOKED AT ME AND I JUST SMILED... NOTHING REALLY TO SAY...JUST ONE HELL OF A ROCK BAND.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

Led Zeppelin closed out the final night of the festival with this extremely gutsy and intense performance. The audience was rowdy after as the Zeppelin was reported to be not performed and Plant announced: "A lot of people though that we weren't gonna come here today. There was a lot of talk thtat everyone was ill and bad. There was nothing wrong with us at all and we intended on playing. That's what we've come to America for. We were coming in the first place so don't get any hassles about what we were gonna do and what we weren't. We hope you'll enjoy everything we do tonight and have a ball". Robert's voice is so powerful it wreaks havoc on the recorder! The band is definitely on and Jones and Bonham hit some unreal highs throughout the show, as does Jimmy as well. Some great harmonica soloing from Robert as well and two riotous encores cap this great show.

Richard Peck's picture

BETTER than Woodstock! Smaller, GREAT bill, all three nights rocked!! Newport was a beautiful venue, more so than being in the woods! Led Zeppelin was the perfect ending. THIS type of show will never happen again, EVER!

RDP

Ed F's picture

Oh yeah, we did enjoy!

joe-projectionist's picture

was there film or video shot at the concert and if so is it available?

jimmy cooper's picture

My 3 friend's and I attended the 4/6/69 8pm show of Led Zeppelin + at the Newport Jazz Festival. We spent the very hot day wandering around the area, we found water, and were climbing rocks and sunbathing, unwittingly getting very bad sunburns in the process. The show began and seemed to take forever, we were digging some and  just tolerating others. The temperature had dropped, we were still wearing shorts and t shirts, and with the sunburns, were now freezing, which made having to withstand some rather tedious music all the more painful. Finally, rather late, Led Zeppelin came on. I had heard some of their stuff but was not a fanatic, however seeing and especially hearing them in such a close space that night altered my view of reality, considerably. The main lasting impression of that night was the intense volume of the earth shattering bass guitar, coupled with the relentless attack of the lead guitar , the feedback, distortion, and caterwalling of the singer combined to produce a spectacle on such a grand scale that I have never witnessed duplicated before or since. "Dazed & Confused" & "You Shook Me" seemed to go on for hours. The instruments, so loud, tight, intense and distorted are etched into my sonic memory forever, the massive sound of each line bouncing over under sideways down around and then the new line, chord, shreik, explosion renewing the assault on my senses in what seemed like a never ending cycle of sound. It was a little like torture at times mixed with sublime  primal bliss, euphoric mind numbing waves of dense aural tides , entering every ear and firing every brain cell  of every attendee in the folding metal chairs with such a fulfilling experience, that calling it a rock concert sounds pathetically shallow. 

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re: concert description by Ed F (not verified)
led zeppelin @ newport 1969 by jimmy cooper (not verified)
video by joe-projectionist (not verified)
Winter and Page by John D. (not verified)
Newport and the first whispers of Woodstock by Jay Hofschneider (not verified)
Years ago! by Robin (not verified)
Newport Jazz Festival 1969 by Richard Peck (not verified)
I WAS THERE by David Bender (not verified)