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Grande Ballroom Detroit '69

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These photos were graciously shared by a friend named Tom Gaston, who took them on May 16 1969 at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit. He has never publicly shared them before. He gave me the go ahead to share them with the fan community so here they are. I checked this gig on the timeline here and there are no other known photos from this gig so this is a nice find. 

 

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Thanks for sharing - Great pics. There actually is a pic from this show in Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin official book. (I didn't include it in the site's Timeline ).

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Wow! Cheers George, fantastic pics.

If I ever build a time machine, the Grande & the Fillmore West around 68/9 will be my first port of call.

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12 hours ago, sam_webmaster said:

Thanks for sharing - Great pics. There actually is a pic from this show in Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin official book. (I didn't include it in the site's Timeline ).

Now I know!!  Was wondering if there were any known pics from this gig. I know two people who went to this show and said they were totally blown away.  One guy said during Dazed , it occurred to him that unlike most rock shows he had been to, the audience was dead quiet during Jimmy's bow solo. He said people were mouths agape, in wonder. I'll ask if he has any more pics to share. He went to most of the shows they did in Detroit. 

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Very good stuff indeed! I'm amazed by the fact that every few days new photo's are added to the site. 

I saw The Firm in 1985 at the Rosemont Horizon and brought in my Kodak Disc camera. I had a bunch of photo's from the gig, but lost them years ago. Every time I go back to the house I search the basement for those negatives - If/when I find I'll be sure to share. 

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46 minutes ago, anniemouse said:

What capacity did that venue have.

Wikipedia says capacity was 1,837

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grande_Ballroom

It is so great to see photos of early shows, especially photos that include the audience, before they hit the big time.  Smaller venues, small simple stages, and you can tell they are just starting out.

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13 hours ago, sam_webmaster said:

Here's the other pics from this show which surfaced earlier this year. It's one of the rare events where JP used both the Telecaster and the newly acquired Les Paul.

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http://www.ledzeppelin.com/show/may-16-1969

 

 

Thanks Sam! These are really great. It's incredible how tightly setup they are and how close they are to the front of the stage. I'm going to ask Tom if he can see himself in these photos because he said he was right up front, as you can tell by the pics that he took of Jimmy.

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On 11/17/2018 at 7:12 AM, porgie66 said:

These photos were graciously shared by a friend named Tom Gaston, who took them on May 16 1969 at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit. He has never publicly shared them before. He gave me the go ahead to share them with the fan community so here they are. I checked this gig on the timeline here and there are no other known photos from this gig so this is a nice find. 

 

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Do it Zep' do it"!..

Thank's for Posting your a Star" !..

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