May 31, 1969
New York, NY 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.
Two Shows: 8pm & 11:30pm
Review: Led Zeppelin Makes Triumphant Return
Led Zeppelin once again shook the foundation of the Fillmore East when they made their appearance a few weeks ago. Their explosive performance was reminiscent of their Fillmore debut in January with the exception that they are now recognized as the best blues oriented group around. And that’s some accomplishment considering the fiercely competitive group scene today! Even before they approached the stage , the audience stood and widely applauded. The mounting tenseness was an indication that this was going to be one of those “exceptionally stimulating performances”.
Then they took the stage amid a thundering ovation and broke into their soaring rendition of “Train Kept a Rollin’”. Led Zeppelin has succeeded in fusing musicianship and showmanship to produce one of the most exciting stage performances ever! Page and Plant almost immediately began to get into each other’s phrases and kept together throughout the entire set. It’s almost impossible to describe in the exact words, but anyone who has seen one of their concerts knows what I’m talking about!
They continued with an electrifying version of “I Can’t Quit You Baby”, a slow blues tempo. “Dazed and Confused” with Page’s guitar and Plant’s vocals answering and mimicking each other in perfect time really gets things going. Page went into a fantastic solo using his violin bow.
Along with Plant’s fiery vocal and suggestive movements, this number can certainly be considered one of the high points of their act.
Plant announced Jimmy’s solo “Black Summer”, combining two songs he composed, “White Summer” and “Black Mountainside” from their LP. This number holds the audience spellbound as Page switched to acoustic guitar style to play soft, melodic passages. It received a standing ovation. Page has been described as being “The most progressive guitarist on the scene today with a very versatile and inventive style.
They continued with Babe I’m Gonna Leave You and You Shook Me with some of the best instrumental work and vocals I’ve ever heard.
How Many More Times brought the roof down. Plant’s performance was extraordinary, along with Page’s guitar, it sounded as if it were one. The applause was deafening as they left the stage and though they were on stage nearly two hours, they were called back to do an encore. Of course, it was a dynamic version of Communication Breakdown.
The following evening (May 31), I went to the second performance again and had a few words with them before the show. They are in England now working on their new LP to be released shortly and they will do several appearances including the Royal Albert Hall.
Their performance was to say the least just as spectacular as the night before. John Bonham did a fantastic drum solo. He is really something else to watch perform. During How Many More Times they broke into some early rock numbers, Roll Over Beethoven, and Move On Down The Line by the fabulous Jerry Lee Lewis. They received a tremendous ovation as usual and left the Fillmore audience paralyzed. (Denise Kelly – World Countdown, June 1969)