Event Details



18-Aug-1969 ~ First Show (8.00 p.m.)  

The Rock Pile

  Official Web Site: Confirmed J
Recorded Time: 52:40   Toronto, ON, Canada   The Complete Concert Chronicles: Confirmed J
N American Tour Summer 1969     Led Zeppelin Reference: Confirmed J
    Led Zep Concerts: Confirmed J
      Wikipedia: Confirmed J


With the exception of the Toronto Pop Festival, last night’s Led Zeppelin concert at the Rock Pile was the most significant pop event this year. Not only were the two shows completely sold out in advance, but at least 2,000 were turned away, the management reported. They missed out on one of the finest shows ever to pour sweat onto the Rock Pile stage. Led Zeppelin proved itself not only to be one conceivable replacement for Cream, but at times I doubt if even Clapton, Bruce and baker could have topped what Zeppelin offered. At its tightest, Cream was the most exciting band of musicians in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, yet the Zeppelin came close to equalling it. Six months ago, this four-piece band was unknown, save for lead guitarist Jimmy Page, who had gained an impressive reputation with the Yardbirds. Two concert tours later, the band has become the most popular English group on the scene, with the exception of Beatles and possibly Rolling Stones. But it’s not surprising. When the Zeppelin plays blues, it plays them as few white men ever have. Judging by last night’s concert, I’d even go as far as to say that very few coloured bands could touch it. Certainly there are better individual musicians then the members of Led Zeppelin but, together it’s difficult to imagine a more cohesive and colourful team. Led Zeppelin was not a band for the chicken-hearted or the people who want subtlety and soft messages in their music. It lays it all out, hard and heavy, and it was the sort of thing that only a dyed-in-the-groove rock ‘n’ roller can take. I don’t want to sound overawed, but I do believe it is the strongest, tightest band to emerge from the current vogue of white blues groups. The most amazing thing was the improvement in the group since its first appearance here last February, when it was a fledgling blues band. It had the ideas and the dynamics, but the expertise was yet to develop. Now it has, and as the band says in one of its best known songs, Led Zeppelin leave one feeling dazed and confused.

Known Set List
  Track   Title Time
1.       Train Kept A Rollin'    2:35      
2.       I Can't Quit You Baby    6:08      
    a.        Unknown    0:35      
3.       Dazed And Confused   13:48    
    a.        Early Shuffle    0:42      
    b.        Bow Solo    3:07      
      i.        Slapped Echo Section    0:25      
      ii.        Mars Alternate Section #1    0:37      
      iii.        Vocal Accompanied Section    0:45      
      iv.        Judy Judy Judy    0:03      
      v.        Fireworks Section    0:25      
      vi.        Crescendo Section    0:12      
    c.        Moaning Section    0:26      
    d.        Outro Shuffle    1:55      
4.       You Shook Me   11:51    
    a.        Rock Me Baby    0:35      
5.       How Many More Times   16:02    
    a.        Smokestack Lightning    0:06      
    b.        Beck's Bolero    0:31      
    c.        The Hunter    0:40      
    d.        Acapella Blues Improvisation    1:15      
    e.        The Lemon Song    0:50      
    f.        Musical Copulation    0:26      
  6.       Closing Thanks        

My Collection Of Recordings For This Event









Generation   Length   Source   Comments
2nd gen   55   aud   1st set (the taper has volume or mic problems at certain points in the show)
3rd gen   54   aud   1st set