Led Zeppelin North American Tour Spring 1969
|North America Spring 1969|
Poster for Led Zeppelin's concert at the Fillmore West, used to help promote its Spring 1969 North American tour
|Concert tour by Led Zeppelin|
|Start date||24 April 1969|
|End date||31 May 1969|
|Led Zeppelin tour chronology|
By this point in time, Led Zeppelin's skyrocketing popularity was such that the group had reached top billing, sharing that honour for some of their gigs with established acts such as Julie Driscoll, Delaney & Bonnie and Three Dog Night. They were now receiving four times the money that they had previously commanded on their first tour of America just a few months earlier. Indeed, the band was also one of the first groups to be a single act without any opening group for some of their performances. However, for the band's concert at Columbia, Maryland, on 25 May, manager Peter Grant agreed for Led Zeppelin to receive second billing in support of The Who. This was the only time that these two English bands ever performed on the same bill.
During this tour the band took time out at various recording studios to record tracks for their forthcoming album, Led Zeppelin II. Many of the tracks were later mixed down by Eddie Kramer at A&R Studios, New York.
Tour set list
The fairly typical set list for the tour was:
- "Train Kept A-Rollin' " (Bradshaw, Kay, Mann)
- "I Can't Quit You Baby" (Dixon)
- "As Long As I Have You" (Mimms)
- "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
- "You Shook Me" (Dixon, Lenoir)
- "How Many More Times" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
- "Communication Breakdown" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
- "White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side" (Page)
- "Killing Floor" (Wolf)
- "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (Bredon, Page, Plant)
- "Sitting and Thinking" (on 27 April only)
- "Pat's Delight" (Bonham)
- "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant)
There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour.
- Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 24.
- Chris Welch (1994) Led Zeppelin, London: Orion Books. ISBN 1-85797-930-3, p. 39.
- Luis Rey (1997) Led Zeppelin Live: An Illustrated Exploration of Underground Tapes, Ontario: The Hot Wacks Press, p. 38.
- Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary
- Led Zeppelin Discography
- Comprehensive archive of known concert appearances by Led Zeppelin (official website)
- Led Zeppelin concert setlists
- Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.