Led Zeppelin North American Tour Spring 1969

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North America Spring 1969
LedZepAmericaSpring69.jpg
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
Associated album Led Zeppelin
Start date 24 April 1969
End date 31 May 1969
Legs 1
Shows 25
Led Zeppelin concert chronology
United Kingdom & Scandinavia 1969 North America Spring 1969 United Kingdom Summer 1969

Led Zeppelin's Spring 1969 North American Tour was the second concert tour of North America by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 18 April and concluded on 31 May 1969.

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.[1] They were now receiving four times the money that they had previously commanded on their first tour of America just a few months earlier.[2] Indeed, the band was also one of the first groups to be a single act without any opening group for some of their performances.[3] 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.[1][4]

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.[5]

It was during this period that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page switched from using his Telecaster to his signature Gibson Les Paul, whilst also incorporating the use of Marshall amplifiers.[1]

Tour set list[edit]

The fairly typical set list for the tour was:

  1. "Train Kept A-Rollin' " (Bradshaw, Kay, Mann)
  2. "I Can't Quit You Baby" (Dixon)
  3. "As Long As I Have You" (Mimms)
  4. "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
  5. "You Shook Me" (Dixon, Lenoir)
  6. "How Many More Times" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
  7. "Communication Breakdown" (Bonham, Jones, Page)
  8. "White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side" (Page)
  9. "Killing Floor" (Wolf)
  10. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (Bredon, Page, Plant)
  11. "Sitting and Thinking" (on 27 April only)
  12. "Pat's Delight" (Bonham)
  13. "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Dixon, Jones, Page, Plant)

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

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
24 April 1969 San Francisco, California United States Fillmore West
25 April 1969 Winterland Ballroom
26 April 1969
27 April 1969 Fillmore West
1 May 1969 Irvine, California Crawford Hall - UC Irvine
2 May 1969 Pasadena, California Rose Palace
3 May 1969
4 May 1969 Santa Monica, California Santa Monica Civic Center
5 May 1969
9 May 1969 Edmonton, Alberta Canada Edmonton Gardens
10 May 1969 Vancouver, British Columbia PNE Agrodome
11 May 1969 Seattle, Washington United States Green Lake Aqua Theater
13 May 1969 Honolulu, Hawaii Civic Auditorium
16 May 1969 Detroit, Michigan Grande Ballroom
two shows
17 May 1969 Athens, Ohio Convocation Center
18 May 1969 Minneapolis, Minnesota Guthrie Theater
23 May 1969 San Jose, California Northern California Folk-Rock Festival
24 May 1969 Chicago, Illinois Kinetic Playground
25 May 1969 Columbia, Maryland Merriweather Post Pavilion
27 May 1969 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Tea Party
28 May 1969
29 May 1969
30 May 1969 New York City, New York Fillmore East
31 May 1969

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 24.
  2. ^ Chris Welch (1994) Led Zeppelin, London: Orion Books. ISBN 1-85797-930-3, p. 39.
  3. ^ Luis Rey (1997) Led Zeppelin Live: An Illustrated Exploration of Underground Tapes, Ontario: The Hot Wacks Press, p. 38.
  4. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary
  5. ^ Led Zeppelin Discography

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

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