May 3, 1969
Pasadena, CA US
Includes: 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, Communication Breakdown.
Support acts: Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
News Report: LED ZEPPELIN: ROSE PALACE 5-3-69
I hope you were at the Rose Palace on May 3. If you weren't, you missed the best concert we have had here in a long time. The group that highlighted the show was Led Zeppelin, who I'm sure you have already heard a lot about since they are one of the fastest rising groups in the music scene today. Zeppelin played for a capacity crowd that night and though nearly 500 fans were turned away from the door, I was lucky to get in.
The group is composed of four brilliant and talented musicians. The vocals were done by Robert Plant. Notice I end my sentence there because, in my eyes, no one could surpass Robert Plant. He feels the songs so deeply, the audience couldn't help but pick up his vibes; he could do no wrong. He is a new voice on the scene. Fresh and alive with all the ferocity and • suggestiveness of Morrison but with the soul and feeling of the great Otis Redding. Plant has so much going for him, it would be impossible to disagree.
Jimmy Page, lead guitarist and former member of the Yardbirds, proved that people such as Clapton and Hendrix aren't the only greats of our time. From the first note he played, I was sure I was in for an outta-site night. Plant's screaming voice answering Page's wailing guitar added so much to the group's driving sound. The two worked together so perfectly it seemed that Plant's voice and Page's guitar were one, striving for-the ultimate sound, which in my opinion was achieved.
On bass was John Paul Jones, sending out to the audience bass runs so heavy that they seem to vibrate your whole being. Truly amazing. Even though he kept to himself most of the time, his playing kept bursting through to still further Zeppelin’s hard driving sound.
Last but certainly not least is John Bonham, one of the most talented young drummers I have had the pleasure to hear. I guess what makes John so exceptional is the fact that he has individuality. The things he does with those drums are something else. At one part of his solo, he got up from his drums and drummed everything in sight on the stage. The fascinating thing about it was that steady pounding rhythm was kept on throughout his performance. He really blew a lot of people's minds. This combination of musicians makes up one of the best groups around. There's talk that Led Zeppelin will be the group to follow up the Cream. I can't think of any other group worthy enough to replace the Cream's role in the music world. The group performed most of their songs from their lst Atlantic album, simply entitled, LED ZEPPELIN. Once again, we can hear the group's talent and individuality that sets them apart from just being another "pop group." Songs like "I Can't Quit You Baby," "You Shook Me," and "How Many More Times," just tore up the audience. What they do with some of the old songs is remarkable. Their rendition of "You Shook Me" is too much. Many groups have recorded this song but none have done as good a job as Zeppelin. The way Plant stretches the words in the song has a great effect on the listener. Another cut off their album done that night was "Baby I'm Going To Leave You" more proof of the group's talent of taking a song and putting new life to it.
After doing their last song, "Dazed and Confused" the crowd wouldn't let them off the stage. Screams and shouts of "MORE" filled the room, the appreciation of the audience to the group was unlike anything I have ever seen. it was like the crowd couldn't live without that ONE MORE SONG. The group equally appreciated the audience and came back and did just one more song. The song, "Communication Breakdown," completely "broke-down" the audience. From the way Zeppelin performed that last song, you could tell they were loving every minute of this, their last performance in the United States. With the last note played, the great LED ZEPPELIN left the stage leaving their songs ringing in the heads of the people that saw them. I'm sure this concert will be the topic of conversation for a long time.
Led Zeppelin will be coming back in four months for another tour to give us another jolt of their electric sound. So take my advice and go see them when they're back, you won't regret it. Just ask some of the people who went. [by Rodney Bingenheimer, World Countdown, June 1969]
News report (#2): Hollywood, a city that is used to visiting dignitaries from all walks of life, is going all out to welcome Britain's newest musical rage, Led Zeppelin. Such excitement has not been generated by a group
since the Beatles set foot in Los Angeles three years ago.
Led Zeppelin, who arrived in the states last week for their second stateside tour appeared at the Rose Palace (launching pad for the annual Rose Parade festivities) in Pasadena recently. A host of stars purchased tickets for the event, including Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman and Laurence Harvey.
Producer Mark Carliner who happened to catch the group in San Francisco recently, is talking film projects with them. He is convinced they can be the logical successors on the screen to the Beatles and duplicate their high-flying box office success.