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Merriweather Post Pavilion - May 25, 1969

  • Songs performed during this tour include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love.
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on September 20, 2007 - 4:30pm
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May 25, 1969
Columbia
MD
United States
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Setlist: 

Songs performed during this tour include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love.

Note: 

A rare double-bill featuring Led Zeppelin and the Who - the only time this would occur. The encore featured another early appearance of Whole Lotta Love. Some 8mm backstage footage of both bands together exists, as well as a clip of Zep's performance.

Press Review:  At the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, on Sunday night, comedian Uncle Dirty, Led Zeppelin and The Who performed to a packed hall, field and parking lot.

Led Zeppelin played a fairly orthodox show, mostly using material off their first album. And although guitarist Jimmy Page once again proved himself a fine musician, there wasn’t much more to be said about the act as a whole. He and singer Robert Plant launched into innumerable transgressions of tonal question-answer games, more conducive to boredom than musically induced languor.[R. Cowan]

Notes: 

A rare double-bill featuring Led Zeppelin and the Who - the only time this would occur. The encore featured another early appearance of Whole Lotta Love. Some 8mm backstage footage of both bands together exists, as well as a clip of Zep's performance.

Press Review:  At the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, on Sunday night, comedian Uncle Dirty, Led Zeppelin and The Who performed to a packed hall, field and parking lot.

Led Zeppelin played a fairly orthodox show, mostly using material off their first album. And although guitarist Jimmy Page once again proved himself a fine musician, there wasn’t much more to be said about the act as a whole. He and singer Robert Plant launched into innumerable transgressions of tonal question-answer games, more conducive to boredom than musically induced languor.[R. Cowan]

Setlists: 

Songs performed during this tour include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love.

Comments

Bill Repaske's picture

I sat in one of the front rows, center stage. Loud as hell. Couldn't hear for hours afterward.

Jim Bedford's picture

When The Who took the stage after Zeppelin, Daltry said "We'd like to thank Led Zeppelin for what they did to you!"

Clyde's picture

Crashed the stage at the end of The Who's set, had Daltry's microphone (he had thrown it down), got kicked off the stage by a cop, lost the mike. One of my buddies got a drumstick. Couldn't hear for a couple of days. Think I took permanent damage!

Lynda Schlenger's picture

The fences were knocked down by eager fans. people were sitting on the speaker, and on the rafters. It was an unbeliebable show, one I tell my children about. Fabulous.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This is only the encore for the show and all that exists from the show. It also happens to be the second time ever (see April 26th, 1969 for the first) time Whole Lotta Love was played live. A very different version that is excellent, with a long guitar solo in the middle and great vocals from Robert. A very interesting comment about that evening comes from one of the Who's crew: "I had the unenviable task of throwing Zeppelin off the stage," recalled Jeff Wolff. "They were playing over time, stringin' it out, and there was a curfew, so I was saying, "I've got to get you off!" I had to pull the plug on them, otherwise we were never going to go on!" (The quote comes from the book written by Andy Neill and Mark Kent titled "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere - The Complete Chronicle of The Who 1958-1978". Many thanks to the authors for sharing these memories.)

Donna's picture

I love this!! I've lived a few miles from Merriweather most of my life, and I still get a thrill when I see this flyer. I'd give anything to have been a fly on the wall when Jimmy rided Pete over the fact that because The Who smashed their equipment night after night, they made less money than a non-headline act like Zeppelin. Sounds logical to me! (n.b.: this is the only story I believe about Jimmy from Richard Cole's book.)

richard pfleiderer's picture

Living in Baltimore, this concert was something my friends and I were not going to miss, although Led Zeppelin was still in its infancy. I'd been listening to their first LP for a few months, over and over again. There wasn't another band which played like that. But the prime reason for going to the show was The Who. they'd been around for a number of years and had proven themselves live and on record. I remember being blown away at Zeppelin's act--unpretentious with no frills, but played like madmen. I was even more hooked. And, then, to have The Who finish up the night (with a selection or two from their "upcoming" rock opera, Tommy) was something I'll never forget. When I tell folks about seeing both bands at the same show, they find it hard to believe, as I still do after all these years.

Samba's picture

I was there .The Who blew LZ off the stage, they had so much more energy and intensity .
Moonie was like a tornado.

Dana Thompson's picture

I knocked down the fence at Merriweather to see the Who. My buds and I spread out on the lawn. I thought Led Zeppelin was a local band called Coyote until I heard "How Many More Times" then I stood up and started paying attention. The sound was unbelievable. To this day that is my favorite Led Zep song. I said "Who are these guys?" just like Butch Cassidy said to the Sundance Kid later that year. The next day I called a friend of mine, Debbie Pierce, and told her about this band I had heard at Merriweather. She said that was Led Zeppelin silly. Thay have an album out with a blimp on the front. Straight to the record store I went. I bought the 8-track and wore it out. The rest is history. I still get chills when I retell the story. Those Merriweather concerts were the greatest. Hendrix, Janis, CCR, the Doors, the Who. It was a rock n roll hall of fame in 1967-1970

Name's picture

I was at that historic show as well.
A slight correction if I may. The Who actually opened the show! The reason I remember this is that during the intermission we were able to sneak from our lawn seats into the second row. I had never heard of Zeppelin before then and was blown away!

One comical event from the show came when The Who "smashed" their equipment (cheap replacements) at the end of their set. A fan grabbed a $50 microphone from the edge of the stage and the roadies pounced on him like it was a bag of gold! LOL

Name's picture

I have talked about you and the mic incident for many, many years! Remember how they changed guitars before the final to el cheapo equipment? We joked for a long time about how they were known for trashing equipment and the stage hand went crazy over a cheap microphone!
WOW!
JUST WOW!

Patrick's picture

I laughed when I read your comment about this concert. I was sitting on the lawn, and had to hold my ears from the Who's loudness. What a great event to have been at though. Cheers.

Dave Peace's picture

I had just returned home from a year in Vietnam and on leave prior to reporting to the 82nd at Ft. Bragg. As a welcome home gift, my friend Teresa bought the tickets and took me to the concert. We went to see the Who and were blown away by Led Zeppelin. Hands down, absolutely the best concert I have ever attended. Every time I hear Whole Lotta Love I think fondly of Teresa and wonder where she is now. I'd like to thank her.

Rabbit's picture

You are NOT correct! I worked with Lester Grossman back then and was backstage with The Who for interviews and photos while Led Zeppelin was onstage.

Jim Bedford's picture

Zep was on first.

Rebecca's picture

I was there in the field...one of my favorite memories.  Lucky to have seen so maty great bands, been a part of that era. Great concert, great summer for music, great jug of Kool Aid passed around that evening as I recall :) 

Michael's picture

I was there, Led Zeppelin went on first, the Who followed.  Both bands were great.

Dan's picture

I was there with my friend Marsha who at the time worked at Giant Music and was able to get great seats! I will always remember Jimmy Page throwing his violin bow to the audience he would use to play the guitar. Then to be followed by The Who with songs from their amazing Tommy album. Without a doubt it was one of the most impressive shows I would ever experience. A big thank you and hug to Marsha for such a great time ! 

Bill McCown's picture

I believe it was $3.50 for the grass tickets. I remember that you could not hear Uncle Dirty from the the back very well. The light show was very good but no one had quite figured out how to amplify music quite right. I think that would come a year or two later. Regardless, LZ were unbelieavable, irrespective of what the Post said. I was only 13 at the time, but had seen many shows and they were clearly the best live band around. The only other band I had ever seen at the time with as much presence and charisma was the Doors. Paige related much more to the audience than Morrison did at this point in his professional life and certainly the sense of improvisation and sponteneity was very much evident.

In my opinion this show was a great improvement over the Civic Center in Baltimore, where accoustics were really bad and the band's set list was too short.

Dang sure sad I missed the Wheaton show a few months earlier(!!!)    

Nick Tsottles's picture

I was at the concert with Alan Mergenthaler.

Mervo's picture

I was at the concert with the Greek.  I don't remember ever touching the ground probably because we were kissing the sky.

Dennis Logan's picture

We were there too. After LZ's set, it was very hard to sit though the entire Tommy album I can tell you that...

Don Wertz's picture

I was there. So many came that they opened the gates for everyone all the way to the field and parking lots. When it was over, the state police got on stage and thanked the crowd for a peaceful show. Then they made all the exits one way out and they directed traffic to empty the place quick. The show ran past the curfew time limit, but was not stopped. One of the best concerts I've been to. I would love to see an encore with both bands again.

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I was there. So many came by Don Wertz (not verified)
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Best concert EVER! by Mervo (not verified)
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I remember the COST!!!! by Bill McCown (not verified)
incredible Concert by Dan (not verified)
Zeppelin-Who Concert 1969 by Rebecca (not verified)
Rong! by Jim Bedford (not verified)
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You are one of my best memories!!! by Name (not verified)
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I had just returned home by Dave Peace (not verified)
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Who/Zep Merriwether Post by Samba (not verified)
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Great Show - Almost went deaf by Bill Repaske (not verified)
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