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Earl Warren Showgrounds - August 1, 1969

  • Setlists during this period include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown  
srapallo's picture
on September 20, 2007 - 5:27pm
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Average: 4.8 (147 votes)
August 1, 1969
Santa Barbara
United States

Setlists during this period include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown  


Support acts: Fraternity of Man and Jethro Tull.


Support acts: Fraternity of Man and Jethro Tull.


Setlists during this period include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown  


Dennis Donley's picture

This was a truly amazing show, held in the horse rink arena on the Showgrounds proper. (most shows of that era were held in the yellow-domed building) The likely setlist seems likely, but quite frankly, all I can tell you for sure is that the encore was in fact "Communication Breakdown." This was my first live encounter with either Led Zeppelin or Jethro Tull, and even though the details are sketchy, the overall impression remains, which was one of stunned exhilaration. Two weeks after this engagement, we had Blind Faith with Delaney and Bonnie Friends in the same outdoor venue!

Tom's picture

A carload of high school buddies drove up from Ventura, very excited. Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull belted it out and did his one legged flute playing. Drugs were consumed at a dizzying pace by the crowd. A naked confused lady wandered through the crowd. Memory gets more fuzzy at this point. Zep comes on and Rocks the crowd! Page bows his guitar! More drugs. The ride home was peaceful with our ears ringing from the show. Danny was forgotten and had to hitch hike home. What a night!

roberta lafrate's picture

My friend Candy and I drove up from L.A. After listening to their albums, Jethro Tull and Led Zepplin, and then seeing them in person, we were in awe. I don't recall a large crowd there but Led Zepplin played what seemed like forever and everyone was just tripping out. I will never forget it. I wish I could locate my friend Candy.

Norm Bertuch's picture

Was 15 ys old + there with my best friend - We got up backstage about 15' behind John Bonham (I'm a drummer) so could see his incredible footwork as well as his hands - What A Show!!! Knew these guys were great musicians from the way they performed. J.Tull also Great!!

Del's picture

I was in the Navy. Flew down to LA from the Bay area and when I arrived my buddy Keith mentioned the Zep concert 90 miles north. We picked up a 10 dollar lid and drove his Sunbeam Alpine to Earl Warren showgrounds.

I'd been to Earl Warren many times before but never in the arena. It wasn't the best concert I ever saw there, but it sure had the most people I ever saw there.

Does anyone know the name of the tune Page played on acoustic guitar, by himself, about the middle of their set?

christian's picture

I was there... up in the light tower stage right. I'd been invited to climb up there by the lighting engineer. So cool to be twenty feet away and above from the stage and in awe of Jethro Tull and Jimmy Page bowing his electric guitar. I don't remember much about the ride home to Santa Maria.

Vinny's picture

I'm a huge fan and was born on this date. Interesting that 'Zeppelin' is spelled incorrectly on the poster. I would love to get my hands on one of those...

pat callan's picture

this was AN AWESOME CONCERT!!! I will never forget it!!!!! When I mention to people of any age when chatting about concerts, this was the most electric and awe inspiring concert, I see and hear the envy in their eyes and voices of how fortunate I was to witness this event!

Brian's picture

I remember that the electrical power failed about two thirds of the way through Communication Breakdown, and I am pretty sure that after power was restored Led Zeppelin played one more song. Robert Plant cheerfully told the crowd, "We've had a real communication breakdown; maybe we can borrow some of Jethro Tull's equipment. I've always thought that somebody pulled the plug, and that nothing really "broke down". Power was quickly restored and the band did resume playing, and I'm pretty sure they then started and finished a final encore song. A totally mind blowing show by all three groups !!!!

Brian's picture

I was there at this mind-blowing show and I am very sure that the tune was White Summer--Black Mountainside. It was fantastic and quite long and carried me away to some other land and time!!

George  Fludas's picture

Do you remeber if Bonzo had  two bass drums set up at this gig? There are a few gigs from right around this time where he used a double bass set up....only the first week of August 69. 

George Fludas's picture

Hi, Do you recall if he used two bass drums on this show? He did for a few others arounf this time. thanks,George

Ken Robinson's picture

Christian: I saw your comment on that you did the light show for the same concert I did the lights as well. I was on the lower light tower changing the gels. I have great memories of that show. By chance do you have any pictures of the concert? Thanks, Ken 


Scott MacLeod's picture

Was at this concert.  Amazing experience for a 21 year old boy from Ohio...........

Harry J. Johnson's picture

i was there at that concert, age 18. We were dancing on the dance floor that was away from the stage. May have been beer involved...

Kuzie's picture

An unforgettable concert on a warm summer's night by the California coast with minimun security, and plenty of space to be able to get up close up and  rest my elbows right on the edge of the stage while my hands held up my chin as I looked up at Robert Plant or Ian Anderson just inches away; or standing up against the side of the stage watching either John Bonham or Clive Bunker do great drum solos; or being mesmorized seeing  Jimmy Page sitting on a folded chair playing  his 12-string acostic guitar; or witnessing the Fraterity of Man singer take a toke on a joint that wasjust passed to him from someone in the audience as he sang "don't Bogart that joint my friend, pass it over to me"! 

George Fludas's picture

Do you recall if Bonzo used two bass drums on this gig? He used them on a few gigs arounf this time.



Joe H's picture

I was a friend of guitarist for Fraternity, Jay Kaye, and was on stage for the concert.   Amazing show and Led zeppelin was killer! 50 years go by quick!

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