Strider Posted March 24, 2009 Share Posted March 24, 2009 Peter Grant put them up at the Bath Festival instead during the weekend of Woodstock. Would have been interesting today, to see Zeppelin in the Woodstock film. They weren't at Bath the weekend of Woodstock; Bath was in June. Here is where they played the weekend of Woodstock August 15-17, 1969: 8.15.69 San Antonio, Texas 8.16.69 Asbury Park, New Jersey 8.17.69 Wallingford, Connecticut As for Woodstock, I think in the long run it helped that they didn't play Woodstock. Think about it; just about every act that supposedly got a "boost" from appearing at Woodstock and in the film, either was dead shortly after, or "Woodstock" remained their peak and they never stayed popular or relevant. It was like the acts that appeared in the movie were frozen in amber, forever destined to be remain tied to that whole "hippie thing" and stuck in the 60's. Jimi Hendrix, dead. Janis, dead. Canned Heat? Never amounted to anything after Woodstock...same goes for Ten Years After, John Sebastian, Country Joe McDonald, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker. None of these bands went on to do much in the 70's and I think part of the reason is that people looked at them as "Woodstock" bands, bands of the past, not the future(the decade of the 70's). So, in a way, it was a blessing that Zeppelin was playing elsewhere that weekend. Because of that, I think it helped them be perceived by the kids as something fresh, new and exciting...not your father's or older brother's hippie music. This reminds me of one of the inane things written by Jon Bream in that new book, "Whole Lotta Led", which if you want to look at pictures is okay, but it is filled with factual errors and bullshit opinions by Mr. Bream. In fact, the only redeeming factor is that it reprints in its entirety the famous William Burroughs-Jimmy Page interview from the 1975 Crawdaddy magazine(a copy of which I have buried in my archives), conducted while the band was playing their New York shows that February. Anyway, back to Bream...in the book he states that Zeppelin didn't want to play Woodstock because they feared not being able to stand out from the crowd. PLEASE...what utter bullshit. First of all, they played other festivals that year, often with many of the same bands that played Woodstock. And seriously, do you really think Led Zeppelin thought they couldn't distinguish themselves from the likes of Sha Na Na and John Sebastian and Jefferson Airplane? Give me a break. The Who and Grateful Dead were pretty much the only ones to survive Woodstock and go on through the 70's with their integrity and popularity intact. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.