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Kinetic Playground - October 19, 1969

  • Setlists during this tour include: Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Moby Dick, How Many More Times.
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on September 21, 2007 - 6:32am
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October 19, 1969
Chicago
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United States
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Setlist: 

Setlists during this tour include: Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Moby Dick, How Many More Times.

Note: 
'69 Programme Click here to view the 1969 Tour Book

Two shows: 3pm & 8pm. Support acts = Santana, Lighthouse. 

Notes: 
'69 Programme Click here to view the 1969 Tour Book

Two shows: 3pm & 8pm. Support acts = Santana, Lighthouse. 

Setlists: 

Setlists during this tour include: Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Moby Dick, How Many More Times.

Comments

Mark Skulstad's picture

There is not a day that goes by where i dont think about this concert and what i witnessed. Jimmy sitting in the spotlight alone on a simple metal chair. Everyone is quiet and he starts Black Mountain Side then the breakout of Communication Breakdown..Words can not describe the emotion that was in me and that small club that Aron Russo built.Thank You for this venue Aron!! Many good times were spent at Kinetic Playground but none as sweet as that Sunday afternoon with Jimmy, John, John Paul & Robert. Led Zeppelin Lives Now & Forevermore !!!

sid gilberg's picture

i was lucky to be able to attend the evening show of lighthouse, santana and led zeppelin on october 19, 1969 in chicago at the kinetic playground. the venue was a first come first seated - no chairs - and i and my friends were first in line. what a great show.

it did not end until the wee small hours of the morning. lighthouse was the first to play. we were sitting in the first row of concertgoers when santana played and they were incredible. when led zeppelin came out i got this rush of electricity up and down my entire spine. i didn't think any group could be better than santana that night. was i ever wrong. led zeppelin played both albums -led zeppelin 1 and led zeppelin 2. they were phenomenal. i never attended another zeppelin concert because i felt i saw them at their best. there was no light show. there were no gimmicks. just a great band playing great music. how can you top that. by the way i was lucky enough to see almost every band on their chicago stop. this concert was definitely one of the best. i was 20 years old when i went to this concert.

Jim Clark's picture

I was a local college student attending The Kinetic Playground for the first time. Zep was heavy - sometimes bluesy - even some space rock with Jimmy Page on bowed guitar. Definitely a fine Zep performance. But Santana was even better that night - searing guitar coupled with infectious Latin rhythms and driving drums. More vital than Woodstock - the audience craved more. Santana's 10/19/69 set is among the greatest rock performances I experienced in Chicago during the late 60s and early 70s.

bill willfond's picture

i had just graduated from high school in june of 69 , plant, page and company stormed the stage that still reverberates all these years later, they had absolute confidence and bravado, they opened with good times bad times, they also did much material from zepplin two all in all an incredible show

Ronald Ortman's picture

i was at the kinetic playground october 19, 1969. i was 17. with a couple buddies. i remember being in the street outside before the concert and robert plant sticking his head out the window above. i'll never forget his long blonde curls as he waved to the crowd. we went up the alley next to the venue and got in a minute before the front doors opened and got right up at the front. what an awesome show. i didn't know lighthouse. but carlos was so awesome that night as was led zeppelin. i have other recollections too.

Gary Spears's picture

I attended in the afternoon... no doubt, a smaller crowd than the evening concert (not a disadvantage). To be honest, I barely remember the Lighthouse segment.  Santana was simply incredible.  When Led Zeppelin started playing, the guy who attended with me walked-out... said the volume was too loud.  (Can you imagine!?)  As I recall, they opened with Communication Breakdown.  If we hadn't already been sitting there, we would have been knocked to the floor!  Jimmy page wore an off-white Edwardian style frock-coat sort of thing... a haunting figure with his violin bow on guitar.  The volume WAS indeed cranked... can't imagine that those who were hugging the speaker stacks for the entire set are still hearing, if they're still alive.  Non-stop mass-passing of little, home-rolled cigarettes.  (One might conclude that fire-code enforcement was somewhat less than robust?)  Unforgettable!

Thor's picture

Great memories Mark! Wish I could have been there...but I was 1yr old!

Zep rules forever!

-Thor

Kat's picture

I was also at this show and look back at it remembering mostly what a powerful voice Robert Plant had in this small venue.

George Angelini's picture

I'm from NY and was going to school in Chicago in 1969. I was at the 8pm concert and was totally blown away by Zep. I was used to seeing bands at the Filmore East in Manhattan and this little club with no chairs was a strange venue for me.

This was one of the most memorable events in my life. Thank you for years and years of wonderful music.

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Afternoon Concert by Gary Spears (not verified)
1969 by Kat (not verified)
that night by Ronald Ortman (not verified)
October 19th 1969 by Mark Skulstad (not verified)
october 19, 1969 concert by sid gilberg (not verified)
Kinetic Playground Oct 19, 1969 by Jim Clark (not verified)
zep show by bill willfond (not verified)