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Civic Auditorium (Honolulu) - May 13, 1969

  • Songs performed during this period include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, As Long As I Have You, Killing Floor, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown.
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on September 20, 2007 - 4:17pm
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May 13, 1969
Honolulu
HI
United States
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Setlist: 

Songs performed during this period include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, As Long As I Have You, Killing Floor, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown.

Note: 

While in Honolulu, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are interviewed on KPOI FM.

Press Review: Led Zeppelin was the first major British rock group to appear in Hawaii, and I think most people at the Civic Auditorium last Tuesday night will agree that we want more.

The showmanship exceeded any rock performance (with possible exception of Jimi Hendrix) here to date. The very British way of stage appearance really made for an interesting show. At times Robert Plant looked almost feminine (don't worry, he’s married, has one kid and is only 20 years old ), but he retained  his masculinity with powerful gestures and a voice that was always clear --- whether singing low or screaming.

Jimmy Page blew everybody out with his unbelievable guitar work. He is definitely one of the greats along with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and of course, Jeff Beck. I' ve never seen Beck, but if you interchanged Beck with Page or Plant with Rod Stewart (Beck's lead vocalist) I think you'd come out with basically the same sound. Of course, Led Zeppelin has a heavier sound: most of it made by Page's bow work on his electric guitar (very similar to playing a cello).

Bass player, John Paul Jones, who played organ on Jeff Beck's ''Truth'' album, and John Bonham on drums completed the group. I really wondered before the concert if Led Zeppelin could sound as good as their Atlantic album - they sounded better.

Local promoters want to book Led Zeppelin again in August at the H.I.C. Most rock groups like the Civic, but if the heat and light problems aren’t corrected, no one will want to play there.

Many thanks have to go to John Selby and Co. for bringing Zeppelin over. Because it was a Tuesday night they probably lost money, but musically, Indica Music Productions put on the best rock show ever. [May 1969, Honolulu, K. Rosene]
 

Notes: 

While in Honolulu, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are interviewed on KPOI FM.

Press Review: Led Zeppelin was the first major British rock group to appear in Hawaii, and I think most people at the Civic Auditorium last Tuesday night will agree that we want more.

The showmanship exceeded any rock performance (with possible exception of Jimi Hendrix) here to date. The very British way of stage appearance really made for an interesting show. At times Robert Plant looked almost feminine (don't worry, he’s married, has one kid and is only 20 years old ), but he retained  his masculinity with powerful gestures and a voice that was always clear --- whether singing low or screaming.

Jimmy Page blew everybody out with his unbelievable guitar work. He is definitely one of the greats along with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and of course, Jeff Beck. I' ve never seen Beck, but if you interchanged Beck with Page or Plant with Rod Stewart (Beck's lead vocalist) I think you'd come out with basically the same sound. Of course, Led Zeppelin has a heavier sound: most of it made by Page's bow work on his electric guitar (very similar to playing a cello).

Bass player, John Paul Jones, who played organ on Jeff Beck's ''Truth'' album, and John Bonham on drums completed the group. I really wondered before the concert if Led Zeppelin could sound as good as their Atlantic album - they sounded better.

Local promoters want to book Led Zeppelin again in August at the H.I.C. Most rock groups like the Civic, but if the heat and light problems aren’t corrected, no one will want to play there.

Many thanks have to go to John Selby and Co. for bringing Zeppelin over. Because it was a Tuesday night they probably lost money, but musically, Indica Music Productions put on the best rock show ever. [May 1969, Honolulu, K. Rosene]
 

Setlists: 

Songs performed during this period include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, As Long As I Have You, Killing Floor, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown.

Comments

Mois's picture

I was there. The Civic Auditorium was the sort of place where they'd have roller derby or pro wrestling, so that gives you some idea of what kind of house it was. There was no reserved seating and the main floor was wide open. Get there early and get inside and you could find a good spot in front of the stage. I'll never forget Zeps set up. They were using Marshall heads with green Rickenbacker speaker cabinets, a truly bizarre sight but the sound was great. The chemistry in the band was spectacular and their sound was the biggest thing I'd ever heard next to Hendrix. I'll never forget the sight of Jimmy Page, sitting just a few feet away from me playing White Summer on his Danelectro guitar.

Larry Miller's picture

My best friend in the USAF dragged me to the sucker. I had no idea what a Led Zeppelin was and thought is was a lame name for a band.
Hand pressed Sunshine was in abundance and the show was one if not the best one I ever experienced...Please audio or video...
how kewl :-)

Wolf garcia's picture

I was in the opening act for this show.

Catherine Love's picture

I was there !! My girlfriend and I drove from Kailua to Honolulu for the concert. Then is was considered country (Kailua) to the big city of Honolulu.

The Civic Auditorium was fairly small, not like today's HIC (Honolulu International Center). Great place to see concerts at the time. We had never seen a group like Led Leppelin before and Loved them.. They rocked the house down and we have been rocking every since.. Thank you Led Zeppelin for bringing the Kailua Girls out of the country and giving us a great time..

LEW A. GODFREY's picture

HEY, I WAS THERE TOO! BUT I CLIMBED UP A DRAINPIPE AND CLIMB IN A WINDOW ON WHAT SEEMED LIKE THE SECOND STORY. I CAME THRU ON THE INSIDE, AND STEPPED UPON THE BLEACHERS. IT WAS NEAR THE END OF THE CONCERT, AS I CLIMBED UP TWICE, ONCE WITH SOMEONE BEHIND ME CLIMBING THE PIPE OUTSIDE, ANY WAY HE FELL TO THE GROUND. AND I ENDED CLIMBING OUT AND BACK TO THE FALLEN FELLOW. I PUT HIM IN MY V.W. BUG, DROVE HIM TO KAISER HOSPITAL NEAR THE ALA WAI BRIDGE IN WAIKIKI. DROPPED HIM OFF. HE HAD A BROKEN LEG. I SPED BACK TO THE CIVIC. BACK UP THE DRAIN PIPE, AND BACK IN FOR THE LAST 2 SONGS.......................AWESOME

Name jennifer's picture

We walked in off the street- couldn't believe it! awesome

Susan's picture

 

I WAS THERE!!  i moved to Hawaii from the Midwest by myself when I was 20.  I had the Led Zeppelin album and loved it.  I landed in Honolulu and saw a poster that would be playing later that week and I had to see them.  It was a really intimate concert in that so few people were there and the venue was not very big.  They were on a homemade stage and there was a thin rope attached to maybe 4' poles that wouldn't have kept anyone away but no one wanted to push it.  I stood at the rope, smoked a joint as did many others.  They were, of course, thrilling.  I have told people this over the past 40 some yrs but would love to hear how someone else that was there felt about.

Al Tisdale's picture

After seeing Led Zepplin live I agree with those fans who say they sounded as good and better live than on their LP. I was stationed at Camp Smith Marine Corps Base Honolulu 68 -69. It was right up there with Cream and Hendrix as one the best sounding shows I have heard. Jimmy page guitar work Plants voice and Bonnom drummin their way into rock history. If you were there then you would remember reptiles bigger than life running all over the walls freaking me out with help from a hit of orange sunshine. 63 Alive and well in southern NH with many great memmories of great music.  ROCK ON

Recy K. 's picture

I was only a sophomore in high school but I knew of Led Zeppelin because my older sister was dating a rock musician at the time.  I remember sitting on the hard concrete seats that encircled the stage for what seemed like a three-hour concert.  The Civic Auditorium was small compared to arenas of today, so it quickly filled with smoke and the sweet smell of marijuana. Those were the days!  Led Zeppelin took the stage and rocked!  I was mesmerized by the haunting sounds that came from the guitar as Jimmy Page dragged the bow across the strings in "Dazed and Confused."  With each song the arena got smokier until I could barely see them play.  Plus, the "doobies" being passed around continuously, certainly helped the dream effect in the whole arena.  The concert ended with "How Many More Times" that brought the house down!  I remember feeling so exhilarated, and also exhausted when the concert finally came to an end.  I could hardly stand up after sitting so long on the hard concrete seats.  I still feel so fortunate to have been there.  This concert ranks as one of the best I've ever experienced although it took place many years ago. 

Jim Worthley's picture

I remember one of the locals jumped up on stage and took Roberts mic away from him. Robert Plant had this look on his face like "wtf". Of course, he wasn't going to argue with a 300lb drunk local. Where was Peter Grant when you need him? The moke soon realized he didn't belong there and stumbled off. Good ol' Hawaii.

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