May 10, 1969
Vancouver, BC CA
includes: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, Killing Floor, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown.
Support Acts: Papa Bear's Medicine Show & Spring
Review: Up, Up and Away With Zeppelin
Nearly 4,000 young people accorded Led Zeppelin, a British contemporary rock blues group, a wildly cheering standing ovation Saturday night in the PNE Agrodome.
Zeppelin, a quartet, had registered a gradually accelerating, hill and dale performance of some 80 minutes when lead vocalist-harmonicat Robert Plant tried to say good night on behalf of his cohorts.
But the crowd, heavily concentrated at floor level, pressed forward to the rim of the stage, some extending their hands, and literally begged for more.
The group made a wise decision. It came back and reprised its last number for another 15 minutes. Like good shepherds, they were bringing their flock home.
Besides Plant, I urge you to remember their names; the Zeppelin flew as represented on its Atlantic albums. Included were Jimmy Page, several types of guitar, John Paul Jones, bass, and John Bonham, drums.
These young men are going to perform next month to the Newport Jazz Festival. Based on what I heard Saturday night this recognition is worthy.
Page is a facile, powerful guitarist, at home with blues or ballads. Although I thought his stint with a bow was a shade overlong, it was a new sound to me. He registered strongly on an extended solo interlude.
Bassist Jones was a rumbling, rolling mountain of foundation under the whole while Bonham’s drums were alternately brilliant in solo, adept in accompaniment.
Plant’s singing power and projection were amazing. Where do these slender young Britons get their lung power and how long will it last?
But for me his most compelling vocal moment occurred in a slow, majestic blues Babe I’m Gonna Leave You. (Van-Sun May ’69)
While in Vancouver, work continues on the second album as Robert records a harmonica track for Bring It On Home.