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  1. A Variety excerpt by Jem Aswad: 50 Years Ago, Led Zeppelin Held Its First Rehearsal: ‘The Whole Room Just Exploded’ "The group played an incredible 145 shows in 1969, and by the end of the year they had released the blockbuster “Led Zeppelin II” (featuring their breakthrough single “Whole Lotta Love”) and were headlining venues like London’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Boston Garden and Detroit’s Olympia Stadium. From there, Zeppelin went on to become one of the most popular rock bands in history, dominating the 1970s, influencing countless thousands of musicians and, according to unofficial estimates, selling more than 200 million albums worldwide."
  2. Roughly one month after Led Zeppelin's NYC concert at the Schaefer Music Festival in Central Park, the band opted to play at Asbury Park rather than accepting an invitation to play at Woodstock. Janis Joplin's schedule as shown below, was not a direct conflict with the Woodstock concert dates and allowed her to play a both venues. Two months later almost to the day, Led Zeppelin came back to New York to play at Carnegie Hall on their fourth tour of the US in 1969. It was also the first time in five years that Carnegie Hall management in 1969 started to allow rock concerts to be played again at this prestigious venue.
  3. Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page seemed to have overlapping concert schedules at a number on New York metro area venues, including the Schaefer Music Festival in Central Park. The perfomrances of both Led Zeppelin and The Jeff Back Group occurred during the month of July (1969) just three months prior to the LZ concert at Carnegie Hall on October 17, 1969.
  4. Here's a little more color on the LZ concert at the Schaefer Music Festival roughly 3 months prior to the 10/17/69 Carnegie Hall concert.
  5. Roughly 3 months prior to the Carnegie Hall 10/17/69 LZ concert, Led Zeppelin played in New York at the Wollman Skating Rink Theater (Central Park) along with B.B. King as part of the Schaeffer Music Festival summer concert series. Tickets were $1.00 and $1.50! The band used these concert tours through New York in 1969 to also get some studio time to finish up recording, mixing and final production of the Led Zeppelin II album.
  6. Compare the balcony shot of the Beatles Carnegie Hall performance in 1964 (above) with the shot of the March 7, 2018 Led Zeppelin Carnegie Hall tribute concert below: Note that Carnegie Hall still uses the 1960's vintage, bland, accordion style backdrop for concerts even today!
  7. Here is another picture of the early 1960's Beatles performance at Carnegie Hall taken from one of the balconies. Check out the fans actually seated on the stage!!!
  8. In memory of John Rebbenack (aka Dr. John), who passed away yesterday (06/06/2019). He "hung out with the band" and stood in the wings of the Carnegie Hall stage the night of October 17, 1969 watching Led Zeppelin play through both of their dazzling shows. He was joined by Eddie Kramer, Lord Sutch, Chris Wood and Chris Welch. Dr. John will be missed and now joins John Bonham as another distinctive musician leaving behind a legacy of great music for us to enjoy for many years to come! Rest in peace Dr. John - your fans still love you and will always remember your "larger than life" stage presence, sense of style and charismatic personality.
  9. The promotional staff for Led Zeppelin's 1969 and early 1970 concerts used the same graphic image of the band members that was used for the Carnegie Hall 10/17/69 poster (far right) as shown below:
  10. Led Zeppelin at Carnegie Hall on October 17, 1969 revisited. One night, two shows, LZ is the only gig. A ticket on the floor three rows from the stage costs $5.50. The mind-blowing experience: priceless!!!
  11. As a follow up to the commentary about Paul McCartney, it should be noted that Led Zeppelin was intrigued with the idea of playing at Carnegie Hall after the Rolling Stones and the Beatles had played there. On page 4 of this Forum posting, I highlighted some of the details of the the Rolling Stones concert. Below are the promotional poster and a photo from that of the Beatles Carnegie Hall concert.
  12. Just three months prior to the 10/17/69 Carnegie Hall concert, Jimmy Page spent part of the day on July 13, 1969 with Jeff Beck and his band, The Jeff Beck Group at the Singer Bowl, the site of the former NY Worlds Fair in Queens. This probably coincided with Jimmy's engineering sessions in NYC involving final studio production and mixing efforts with LZ II.
  13. LZ Fans: I wanted to add this photo from the Carnegie Hall concert on October 17, 1969. The source is some other photographer whose photo was posted to the LZ.com website. Interestingly, the way to confirm that this is from that night in NYC is the stage backdrop behind the bank - the signature accordion-style backdrop that is so plain, yet distinctive!
  14. Only Way to Fly: Thanks for the back story and "added color" on the Life Magazine photo coverage and story on the rumored death of Paul McCartney. Much appreciated!
  15. While Led Zeppelin was coming off an electrifying 10/17/69 Carnegie Hall concert performance and were days away from releasing their second highly successful album, the Beatles were trying to convince the world that Paul McCartney was not dead: Rebuttal The magazine report that rebutted the rumor On 21 October 1969, the Beatles' press office issued statements denying the rumor, deeming it "a load of old rubbish"[13] and saying that "the story has been circulating for about two years—we get letters from all sorts of nuts but Paul is still very much with us."[14] Rumors started to decline when,[15] on 7 November 1969, Life magazine published a contemporary interview with McCartney in which he said, Perhaps the rumor started because I haven't been much in the press lately. I have done enough press for a lifetime, and I don't have anything to say these days. I am happy to be with my family and I will work when I work. I was switched on for ten years and I never switched off. Now I am switching off whenever I can. I would rather be a little less famous these days.[5]
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