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Carnegie Hall - October 17, 1969

  • includes: Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Moby Dick, What Is and What Should Never Be, How Many More Times, Bring It On Home, Summertime Blues.
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on September 21, 2007 - 6:30am
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Average: 4.5 (49 votes)
October 17, 1969
New York
NY
United States
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Setlist: 

includes: Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Moby Dick, What Is and What Should Never Be, How Many More Times, Bring It On Home, Summertime Blues.

Note: 

2 Shows: 8:30pm and 12:00 midnight

UK '69 Programme

Click here to view the concert programme.
(flipbook)

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Review: Led Zeppelin became the first hard rock act to play Carnegie Hall since the Rolling Stones tore the place up some five years ago. Even up against Donovan at Madison Square Garden (a complete sellout), both of Zepppelin's shows went clean, with tickets being scalped as much as twice their original price!

Though the management was uptight at half the audience dancing on top of their seats, and tried desparately to control the encores, the group managed to pull off one of the most exciting performances ever. They featured a selection of material from their new album, in addition to Jimmy Page's haunting "White Summer" solo and Bonzo's 25 minute attack on the skins. (J. Harris, Oct '69)


Les Girls Flock About, As Jimmy Tunes Guitar
(R. Yorke / Oct. '69)

Getting to see Jimmy Page, the quiet guitarist with Led Zeppelin during one of the group's concerts is about as difficult as persuading John Wayne that something is wrong with U.S. policy in Vietnam.

I had to batter my way backstage through a swarm of both male and female admirers strung around the stage door and the stairs leading to the dressing room at Carnegie Hall. When I finally reached the door marked "Led Zeppelin", I found that the dressing room was almost as crowded as the concert hall itself, tickets for which had been sold out weeks before.

Page was sitting in a corner, trying to tune his guitar while a group of young women looked on adoringly. It was the start of Led Zeppelin’s fourth American tour in a year and it was fairly obvious that the group had become the most popular English band working these parts, outside of the Stones.


CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK — In conjunction with the release of their second Atlantic album, "Led Zeppelin II," guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones are currently making their U.S. tour in one year. At this moment, they are the hottest act to come from England in some time. Friday night (17), it was easy to see why.

Robert Plant has become one of the sex deities of rock. His lion's mane of thick, curly, blond hair, his powerful throaty singing form an image that reaches the audience. There were actually some screams from the girls as he stalked his way around the stage, swiveling his hips, writhing his body in time to the music. Jimmy Page is one of the great guitarists in modern music. Not only is he a master of rock blues, but in his brilliant performance of the instrumental "White Summer" (an old track from the Yardbirds), Page proved himself able to do anything on the guitar. Many rock guitarists play fast, but Page, while playing super fast, actually manages to hit the right notes. At the same time, he is a demon on stage, running about with his head down, playing his leads off of Plant's vocals, or working his guitar strings with a violin bow that he keeps with him at all times.

Drummer Bonham and bassist Jones are also masters of their instruments and stunned the audience with the driving sound that they create together as a backup for Page and Plant. Led Zeppelin has landed! [Cashbox, 1969]
 

 

Notes: 

2 Shows: 8:30pm and 12:00 midnight

UK '69 Programme

Click here to view the concert programme.
(flipbook)

-------------------------------------------------------

Review: Led Zeppelin became the first hard rock act to play Carnegie Hall since the Rolling Stones tore the place up some five years ago. Even up against Donovan at Madison Square Garden (a complete sellout), both of Zepppelin's shows went clean, with tickets being scalped as much as twice their original price!

Though the management was uptight at half the audience dancing on top of their seats, and tried desparately to control the encores, the group managed to pull off one of the most exciting performances ever. They featured a selection of material from their new album, in addition to Jimmy Page's haunting "White Summer" solo and Bonzo's 25 minute attack on the skins. (J. Harris, Oct '69)


Les Girls Flock About, As Jimmy Tunes Guitar
(R. Yorke / Oct. '69)

Getting to see Jimmy Page, the quiet guitarist with Led Zeppelin during one of the group's concerts is about as difficult as persuading John Wayne that something is wrong with U.S. policy in Vietnam.

I had to batter my way backstage through a swarm of both male and female admirers strung around the stage door and the stairs leading to the dressing room at Carnegie Hall. When I finally reached the door marked "Led Zeppelin", I found that the dressing room was almost as crowded as the concert hall itself, tickets for which had been sold out weeks before.

Page was sitting in a corner, trying to tune his guitar while a group of young women looked on adoringly. It was the start of Led Zeppelin’s fourth American tour in a year and it was fairly obvious that the group had become the most popular English band working these parts, outside of the Stones.


CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK — In conjunction with the release of their second Atlantic album, "Led Zeppelin II," guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones are currently making their U.S. tour in one year. At this moment, they are the hottest act to come from England in some time. Friday night (17), it was easy to see why.

Robert Plant has become one of the sex deities of rock. His lion's mane of thick, curly, blond hair, his powerful throaty singing form an image that reaches the audience. There were actually some screams from the girls as he stalked his way around the stage, swiveling his hips, writhing his body in time to the music. Jimmy Page is one of the great guitarists in modern music. Not only is he a master of rock blues, but in his brilliant performance of the instrumental "White Summer" (an old track from the Yardbirds), Page proved himself able to do anything on the guitar. Many rock guitarists play fast, but Page, while playing super fast, actually manages to hit the right notes. At the same time, he is a demon on stage, running about with his head down, playing his leads off of Plant's vocals, or working his guitar strings with a violin bow that he keeps with him at all times.

Drummer Bonham and bassist Jones are also masters of their instruments and stunned the audience with the driving sound that they create together as a backup for Page and Plant. Led Zeppelin has landed! [Cashbox, 1969]
 

 

Setlists: 

includes: Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Moby Dick, What Is and What Should Never Be, How Many More Times, Bring It On Home, Summertime Blues.

Comments

John Papaleo's picture

Saw this show when I was 16 with my now wife. I remember Jimmy Page sitting on a stool, on stage, alone with his Les Paul and playing it with a bow.......very cool.......great show. We sat front row balcony but i don't think we were in our seats for most of the show. It was the loudest concert I had heard at that time, way louder than anything at the Fillmore.....

Bob Gurevics's picture

I was thirteen. This had been my FIRST rock concert; I had never really heard live music before. I've been permanently blown away. The ecstasy bordered on trauma. Unbelievable.

Spud's picture

The only time I got to see Zep live. I went with 3 buddies and we had seats up close to the stage. It was so incredible. Not as loud as Johnny Winter at the Capitol the following Spring (1970), but with the aid of (then) modern chemistry truly an unforgettable experience. Page swinging the bow, and Bonham's bare handed playing stand out. Just not as much as the chick next to me standing on her seat, hand down the front of her jeans, really groovin'. Wow, what a concert!

Joe Dera's picture

I happened to be wandering by Carnegie Hall after leaving some buddies at a local saloon. We would bus into the city from Jersey cause you could drink at 18 in NYC. Not being a big drinker, I abandoned by buddies, wandered past Carnegie, went to the box office as a lark, thinking the gig would be sold out. Imagine my good fortune when I snagged a first row balcony for $3.50. Great show. Thank you boys.

Gary's picture

This was the best Zep show I ever saw and heard!! Saw them many times and this was by far the tightest and dynamically sounding concert ever with the band performing the second album almost entirely and mixing in the greatest hits from the first album. How can you go wrong with the best music and sitting in a private box with your best friends smokin' doob and having the best of times! I miss those days

Maria's picture

One of the best concerts I've ever been to Zepplin performed THEIR BEST and I Saw THEM in concert everytime they played NYC !! Had such a Grrrreat nite and I remember it like it was yesterday !!!!

Alan's picture

I was 17 and at the late show that night.  Made it over after sneaking in to see Donovan at the Garden earlier that evening.  Zeppelin put on an amazing show playing most of their first album and their still to be released second album.  I just remember standing on our seats at the rear of the orchestra seating and being blown away by the volume and Jimmy Page.  It was part of quite a weekend since the next day I was out to Stoney Brook to see The Who in the gym at the University.  But it is the Zeppelin show that I remember most.  I got Jimmy Page's autograph that night at the stage door.

Michael Gentile III's picture

I was at that concert. It was one of the best concerts I think I ever heard. I have the program from the concert which I might be coerced into selling. If anyone's interested let me know.

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