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Springfield Municipal Auditorium - October 31, 1969

  • Setlist includes: 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, Long Tall Sally, Whole Lotta Love.
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on September 21, 2007 - 6:47am
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October 31, 1969
Springfield
MA
United States
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Setlist: 

Setlist includes: 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, Long Tall Sally, Whole Lotta Love.

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

Gansett Tribal Rock Festival. Two Shows: 7pm & 9:30pm. Support act: Taj Mahal. (Originally scheduled for the Rhode Island Auditorium in Providence, but moved to Springfield after city licence was denied).

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

Gansett Tribal Rock Festival. Two Shows: 7pm & 9:30pm. Support act: Taj Mahal. (Originally scheduled for the Rhode Island Auditorium in Providence, but moved to Springfield after city licence was denied).

Setlists: 

Setlist includes: 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, Long Tall Sally, Whole Lotta Love.

Comments

Wendy's picture

My roommate and I snuck into the show via an open window at street level. We made our way through the back of the theatre and ended up behind the stage!

Barry Hayes's picture

Led Zeppelin
Springfield Municipal Auditorium
Springfield, MA
Halloween Night, October 31, 1969

I was a budding 14 year old drummer and had been listening to Led Zeppelin I for most of a year when I found out that they had a new album coming out and were coming to Springfield and that I might actually get to finally see a real "Rock Show". Some friends and I got front row balcony seats for $4.50 or $5.50 (some RIDICULOUS amount) and I remember we waited a long time for Taj Mahal (a local lad, he) to arrive and he never did as I recall. So it was ALL ZEP…..ALL THE TIME for the rest of the night. And they made us sweat!! I have a vivid memory of Bonzo breaking a bass drum head during Moby Dick!! Something that I never even thought was POSSIBLE. He wasn’t fazed; however, he stood up and continued “hand-playing” his way around the kit while a slightly panicked drum roadie(s) replaced the unlucky drumhead. Bonham completed his orbit, sat down picked up his sticks and thrashed on. AMAZING!! It was all magical and perfect. We left the show and went back to a school dance that was still going on and everyone there thought we were “HIGH”. Well, we were high all right and Led Zeppelin had taken us there.

Barry Hayes
Brookline, MA

LJC's picture

Hometown native and U. Mass. grad, Taj Mahal opened: Jesse Edwin Davis era. Zeppelin might've done "Whole Lotta Love" in the first show, but not the second.

Jimi Warren's picture

I arrived very early, like around NOON time. A friend of mine and me were in a Head shop/ book store, if my memory serves me well.
Just down the street from the M.A. in Springfield Ma.
Well guess who comes in; you guessed it not one, not two, but all the members of Zeppelin. It was amazing, I could not believe it.
What a trip to experience. Led Zeppelin in the Flesh.
I looked all over for something for them to Autograph and I grab a free news paper. I think I got all there Autographs, if I did I do not have them now. That night I had a ticket to the second show. I stayed outside on the steps for the first show and if you closed your eyes you were in the first show without a ticket. Awesome, I could not wait to see them LIVE
And Live they were. I will never forget that concert, I think I was on the left balcony side looking down right at Page, J.B was my favorite drummer and he blow it out the park with a 15 min. drum solo. I was overwhelmed.

P E A C E Jimi Warren

Bruce Cosimini's picture

Just found this web site. It was the sixties.I forgot lead guitar. Page. I was there with my girl friend. One of the best shows I've ever seen. Page tuning his guitar on Black Mountain Side was a mind blower. I will never forget it.

John Guevin's picture

I went to the first show with my big brother, I was 16.
It was my first rock show and I was in awe.
Their second album just came out, what an era!
The chocolate chip was good too.

Lorin Cowell's picture

I took nearly a whole roll of film (my mother's tiny Kodak) for the October 31, 1969 show. Only one came out reasonably presentable.

bob grady's picture

This was my first rock concert {I was 14 yrs. old} and i was totally blown away. The opening act was Taj Mahal , and from the time he took the stage till the time zepplin played there last number it was pure magic. one song you dont have listed on your setlist that they played that night was "whole lot of love". I remember it well because at the time it was getting alot of airplay from the local underground radio station WHVY in the springfield area and was really the only song of theirs I knew up till that night. When they played that song, the croud went crazy! We got tickets to the show from a friend of mine who"s neighbor worked for naragansett brewing co. , the catch was, we had to staple concert posters on every teliphone pole and tree in springfield! pritty good deal for a couple of 14 year olds, huh? I might even have one of those posters somewhere. Is it worth anything?

Desert Eagle's picture

The whole auditorium was vibrating. Smoke hung thick in the air. The music was non-stop. The voice was like nothing ever heard before - powerful as an instrument. It was my first rock concert. There was no resisting the music. Sound came from no particular location. In this small auditorium Led Zeppelin took command with a technology and style that was primal, heavy, and driving. I'd never heard of the band. Never dreamed they would be famous. Forgot all about it till Anderson Cooper was talking about his first rock concert. Then I remembered. Did Led Zeppelin really play in Springfield? Electric metal amplified until the audience was floating in the middle of the contained soundspace.

Tony T's picture

I was there on that Halloween night.

Barry Hayes's picture

Let's see the shot!

Dickie from Hungry Hill (SPFLD, MA)'s picture

Yeah, I remember Plant and Page smoking a joint behind the amps while Bonham was doing his Moby Dick solo. We were on the side of the stage looking through the ventilation grates. Great concert!

George N Carranza's picture

I was 13 when Fran Barrington and I went to this concert. Fran's older brother Rich was in a local rock band, and he told us we had to go see LZ, so we did; somehow we got 3rd row seats. "Whole Lotta Love" really did ignite the already frentic crowd. I can't believe the opener, Taj Mahal is STILL touring!!! Good times baby!

Ron Burati's picture

I knew Rich Barrington. I was 16 and I was also at this show. Hanging around in the afternoon after school to get a glimpse of the band's gear, my friend Larry and I happened to be standing behind the auditorium when the band and their equipment truck pulled up to the curb. I got to talk with Robert Plant quite a bit and he invited us to come up to the hotel room after the show, which we did and got to hang with everyone but Page until about 2AM when we went home. Amazing night. Great concert.

I'm trying to remember the name of Rich Barrington's band.

Barry Hayes's picture

Rich Barrington's band was "Armageddon"....pretty heavy.
Yeah Ron, I remember "Cyn", too.

Rikki Bates's picture

Hah! I was a 15 year old drummer, and went to the show with yet another 15 year old drummer, Tom Ardolino (who became NRBQ's drummer in 1974). We had third row center stage seats. Taj was there when we saw them. i guess maybe you saw the early show Barry, and we saw the second show? I had forgotten there were two shows. Taj was okay, but Zep was killer. I remember the P.A. was something like 4 Altec Voice of the theater boxes with radial horns, and it just couldn't keep up with the band. Sound was awful, pretty distorted. Somebody set off a hammerhead or M80 at one point. Jimmy Page was wearing plaid pants. I had a copy of that handbill/poster you posted here, Barry. I had Gary Sohmers (Wex Rex, Antique Roadshow) auction it for me along with 26 other posters I had saved from The Woodrose and Capitol Theater. Looks like the one in that picture could have been the one I sold.

chas's picture

Even the police doing security thought they were awesome.  I was front row balcony.   Plants vocals were nothing short of incredible.  First show was not sold out.  Members of the band came out and sat on top of the massive blocks of stone on the side of the stairs.  You wish you were there!!!

Brad's picture

Floor  5th row back- great!

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Great show! by Rikki Bates (not verified)
i was there- by Brad (not verified)
I went to the first show by John Guevin (not verified)
Just found this web site. It by Bruce Cosimini (not verified)
Rich Barrington's band was by Barry Hayes (not verified)
Let's see the shot! by Barry Hayes (not verified)
Halloween Night, October 31, 1969 by Barry Hayes (not verified)
I was there by Tony T (not verified)
Slide by Lorin Cowell (not verified)
I snuck in too! by Dickie from Hun... (not verified)
WOW! I was there, I was really There by Jimi Warren (not verified)
We snuck in! by Wendy (not verified)
Information by LJC (not verified)
First rock concert by Desert Eagle (not verified)
I knew Rich Barrington. I by Ron Burati (not verified)
What an incredible show! by George N Carranza (not verified)
led zepplin concert,10-31-69 by bob grady (not verified)