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Olympia - October 10, 1969

  • Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountain Side, You Shook Me, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley incl. "Lemon Song", Boogie Chillen'.)
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on September 21, 2007 - 6:25am
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October 10, 1969
Paris
France
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Setlist: 

Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountain Side, You Shook Me, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley incl. "Lemon Song", Boogie Chillen'.)

Note: 

First broadcast on French radio, November 2, 1969 on Europe1 (Musicorama program). The tape was re-discovered in the radio station's basement in 2007 and re-broadcast on December 7, 2007. Officially released in 2014 on the deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin I".

Press Review excerpt (French translation): Jimmy Page, all in rose, guitar on the hip and long hair, Robert Plant, lion mane in black shirt and pants shared the forefront. Further down, the quiet John Paul Jones and John Bonham ("Bonzo"), a rhythm of hell. They began on a title extracted from their first L.P., "Good Times Bad Times”,  excellent  work of Bonzo at the drums, everything was above all, the fantastic voice of Robert. The audience warmly applauded.

What follows is adventure of all groups. Work, repetitions, first concerts and departure for the U.S.A. & the glory. Led Zeppelin went very fast to be one of the very first groups of heavy rock. At the end of "Good Times, Bad Times ", we were obliged to agree on the veracity of the thing.
Robert announces "I Can’t Quit You Babe…”, which is extraordinary, rises in the room.

Then, from their second album "The Only Way To Fly" (promising title!), they play us fantastic "Heartbreaker." In support, there is undeniably something. The power of Robert's magnetism … 

Then it's "You Shook Me ". Robert here plays the harmonica and, very strongly, in another way. Big blues well arranged.
Then we bring Jimmy a new guitar and a chair and his acolytes leave the scene. The demonstration in the style "I play rock, it's true, but I also know  how do something else ". 

Page and his guitar became one during the five or six minutes of the song. Who was playing? Who was the instrument and who the musician? Or was the boundary between the agile fingers and notes? The group then came back on stage, Robert pointed out that Jimmy had just interpreted "Black Mountain Side".

Following "Dazed and Confused ", another great moment of the evening where Robert modeled his voice on the sounds of the guitar, reproducing them to perfection. Then master Page grabbed his bow… The sounds coming out of the amp are amazing.

The show does not seem to to terminate as the air is motionless. Robert, similar to a young lion, occupies the whole motive of the scene, the other being taken by his friend Jimmy. I know more than a little girl from the room who would gladly have let go.
Bonzo will serve us a super-drum solo. This is Moby Dick, from their second album. John Paul is running his fingers at mind-blowing speed on the frets of his bass.

Finally, Robert, exhausted, sweating, we hear "How Many More Times". The last title, they all break down, as ever I had seen a group to do. The curtain closes, Led Zeppelin goes backstage. A stormy winds are about to pass in the Olympia.

For the first time in France, a Heavy Music band performed there and hopefully that the success of this evening will incite show organizers to continue this kind of concert with other groups and why not, again Led Zeppelin.

Although, Robert and Jimmy's are more obvious, do not omit John Paul Jones, bassist with the inexhaustible imagination and John "Bonzo" Bonham ‘s striking quality.  Together, they form one of the groups "Leader" of contemporary music and I hope that for a long time we will hear talk about the fabulous airship. [- Jean Matrial / Oct. 1969]

Notes: 

First broadcast on French radio, November 2, 1969 on Europe1 (Musicorama program). The tape was re-discovered in the radio station's basement in 2007 and re-broadcast on December 7, 2007. Officially released in 2014 on the deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin I".

Press Review excerpt (French translation): Jimmy Page, all in rose, guitar on the hip and long hair, Robert Plant, lion mane in black shirt and pants shared the forefront. Further down, the quiet John Paul Jones and John Bonham ("Bonzo"), a rhythm of hell. They began on a title extracted from their first L.P., "Good Times Bad Times”,  excellent  work of Bonzo at the drums, everything was above all, the fantastic voice of Robert. The audience warmly applauded.

What follows is adventure of all groups. Work, repetitions, first concerts and departure for the U.S.A. & the glory. Led Zeppelin went very fast to be one of the very first groups of heavy rock. At the end of "Good Times, Bad Times ", we were obliged to agree on the veracity of the thing.
Robert announces "I Can’t Quit You Babe…”, which is extraordinary, rises in the room.

Then, from their second album "The Only Way To Fly" (promising title!), they play us fantastic "Heartbreaker." In support, there is undeniably something. The power of Robert's magnetism … 

Then it's "You Shook Me ". Robert here plays the harmonica and, very strongly, in another way. Big blues well arranged.
Then we bring Jimmy a new guitar and a chair and his acolytes leave the scene. The demonstration in the style "I play rock, it's true, but I also know  how do something else ". 

Page and his guitar became one during the five or six minutes of the song. Who was playing? Who was the instrument and who the musician? Or was the boundary between the agile fingers and notes? The group then came back on stage, Robert pointed out that Jimmy had just interpreted "Black Mountain Side".

Following "Dazed and Confused ", another great moment of the evening where Robert modeled his voice on the sounds of the guitar, reproducing them to perfection. Then master Page grabbed his bow… The sounds coming out of the amp are amazing.

The show does not seem to to terminate as the air is motionless. Robert, similar to a young lion, occupies the whole motive of the scene, the other being taken by his friend Jimmy. I know more than a little girl from the room who would gladly have let go.
Bonzo will serve us a super-drum solo. This is Moby Dick, from their second album. John Paul is running his fingers at mind-blowing speed on the frets of his bass.

Finally, Robert, exhausted, sweating, we hear "How Many More Times". The last title, they all break down, as ever I had seen a group to do. The curtain closes, Led Zeppelin goes backstage. A stormy winds are about to pass in the Olympia.

For the first time in France, a Heavy Music band performed there and hopefully that the success of this evening will incite show organizers to continue this kind of concert with other groups and why not, again Led Zeppelin.

Although, Robert and Jimmy's are more obvious, do not omit John Paul Jones, bassist with the inexhaustible imagination and John "Bonzo" Bonham ‘s striking quality.  Together, they form one of the groups "Leader" of contemporary music and I hope that for a long time we will hear talk about the fabulous airship. [- Jean Matrial / Oct. 1969]

Setlists: 

Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountain Side, You Shook Me, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley incl. "Lemon Song", Boogie Chillen'.)

Comments

Gilles Chateau's picture

The Paris show at the Olympia was one of the most memorable concerts in Paris by a rock band, in the fall of 1969 and a huge opportunity for Zeppelin to conquer the continent on October 10, 1969. I was lucky enough to get a ticket for it and bring my camera along with me.

A light show had been planned for Led Zeppelin’s first concert in France but it was quickly dismissed due to malfunctioning. Nevertheless the band agreed to go on without it.

Two crew men projected spotlights on Robert and Jimmy from the rafters up above but that was it for the light show. The band did not mind the film noir lighting and eventually set the stage on fire with the bare minimum of props which included the violon bow segment and the most outstanding acoustic “Black Mountainside”.

Led Zeppelin in Paris was a barn burner of a show. It struck with the crowd that night and for years to come. Robert Plant was dressed in a black silk puffy sleeved pirate like shirt and wore some type of indian moccasins while Jimmy Page wore shiny satin velvet pants and pink tight T shirt to boot that accentuated his fragile frame and beautiful body.

The show was unbelievable. I had just turned 18, Jimmy would have been 22 at the time, and Robert 21 or so.

Gilles Chateau
Creative Director
Ebranders.com

John Smith's picture

AWESOME SHOW! One of the first live performances of Heartbreaker. Huge How Many More Times medly.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

Ok, this is what we were looking for a long years! A spectacular and gutsy show in a stunnig quality. Whole concert is so energetic and powerful that can be easily compared with August 31st, 1969. Good Times Bad Times Intro is awesome and Communication Breakdown is filled with some excellent lyrics. An amazing Heartbreaker shows its power and Plants voice is dramatic. Very long and intense How Many More Times contains some renditions to the old Yadbirds' tunes and is a definitive killer of this show.

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