Led Zeppelin North American Tour Autumn 1969

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North America Autumn 1969
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Poster for Led Zeppelin's concert at the Winterland Ballroom, used to help promote its Autumn 1969 North American tour
Concert tour by Led Zeppelin
Associated album Led Zeppelin II
Start date 17 October 1969
End date 8 November 1969
Legs 1
Shows 16
Led Zeppelin concert chronology
Europe Autumn 1969 North America Autumn 1969 United Kingdom 1970

Led Zeppelin's Autumn 1969 North American Tour was the fourth concert tour of North America by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 17 October and concluded on 8 November 1969.

This tour is notable for the fact that Led Zeppelin were the first pop act to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York since the Rolling Stones in the mid-1960s,[1] and also for their three performances at Bill Graham's Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco (the alternate venue offered to those bands which pulled crowds too large for the smaller Fillmore West venue).[2]

Another significant concert which took place during this tour took place at the Boston Garden on 25 October.[3] For this gig, the band performed to an audience of 15,000 and grossed $45,000.[2] It was a precursor to the scale of concerts the band would perform on future tours, where they regularly filled large auditoriums and stadiums. The band's manager, Peter Grant, later commented:

This performance makes me realise that we can be bigger than the Stones and The Beatles [2]

The band released their hugely popular second album on 22 October 1969, part-way though this tour.

Tour set list[edit]

The fairly typical set list for the tour was:

  1. "Good Times Bad Times" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
  2. "Communication Breakdown" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
  3. "I Can't Quit You Baby" (Dixon)
  4. "Heartbreaker" (Bonham, Page, Plant)
  5. "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
  6. "White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side" (Page)
  7. "What Is and What Should Never Be" (Page, Plant) or "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (Page, Plant, Bredon)
  8. "Moby Dick" (Bonham)
  9. "How Many More Times" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
  10. "C'mon Everybody"/"Something Else" (Cochran, Capehart, Sheeley, Cochran) (on 6 November)

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
17 October 1969 New York City, New York United States Carnegie Hall
18 October 1969 Detroit, Michigan Detroit Olympia
19 October 1969 Chicago, Illinois Kinetic Playground
2 shows
24 October 1969 Cleveland, Ohio Public Hall
25 October 1969 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden
30 October 1969 Buffalo, New York Kleinhans Music Hall
31 October 1969 Providence, Rhode Island Gansett Tribal Rock Festival - Rhode Island Auditorium
1 November 1969 Syracuse, New York Onondaga Veterans Auditorium
2 November 1969 Toronto, Ontario Canada O'Keefe Centre
2 shows
4 November 1969 Kitchener, Ontario Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex
5 November 1969 Kansas City, Kansas United States Memorial Hall
6 November 1969 San Francisco, California Winterland Ballroom
7 November 1969
8 November 1969

References[edit]

  1. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary
  2. ^ a b c Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 38.
  3. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.