October 17, 1969
New York, NY US
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.
2 Shows: 8:30pm and 12:00 midnight
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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]