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CARNEGIE HALL, NY 10-17-69 - Never Before Seen Fan Photos! First use of Black Beauty Les Paul

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On 2/2/2019 at 8:45 PM, ScarletMacaw said:

Thanks for the photos and all this info! I just recently returned to this site.

I attended the Zep tribute event at Carnegie Hall in March 2018. It was a lot of fun. Some of the acts were better than others, but they all put on a good show. The highlight was definitely the Rock and Roll cover by Living Colour. I wish I could go this year but I moved to California. 

Scarlet Macaw:  Yes, the Living Colour band members put on a great performance at the Led Zeppelin Tribute last March 2018 at Carnegie Hall.  Here is a photo I took of the band that night. Rock on!!

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Here is a live video clip of Living Colour playing one of their favorite Led Zeppelin songs at the Carnegie Hall tribute last March 2018:

 

 

 

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The Steve Hoffman Music Forum had this commentary about the prospect of finding a bootleg recording of the Carnegie Hall Led Zeppelin concert:

If memory serves (and it's less and less these days) I asked Eddie Kramer about taking all those Zep photos at Carnegie Hall. Was he there taping the show and took the chance to snap some photos?

Unfortunately, he said no. I don't believe multis exist of that show.

Source: https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/led-zeppelin-live-versus-studio.346572/page-6   (see the commentary at the bottom of Page 6)

 

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On 2/4/2019 at 3:40 PM, drowan said:

Scarlet Macaw:  Yes, the Living Colour band members put on a great performance at the Led Zeppelin Tribute last March 2018 at Carnegie Hall.  Here is a photo I took of the band that night. Rock on!!

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Here is the photo of Living Colour at the March 7, 2018 Led Zeppelin Tribute held at Carnegie Hall:

 

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For all of us sentimental fans hoping to one day find a bootleg from the Carnegie Hall Led Zeppelin concert, here is a 1969 video recording of "Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You - 1969":

 

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On 2/4/2019 at 3:40 PM, drowan said:

Here is a great interview of Eddie Kramer (EK) by Finding Zoso (FZ) about their experiences recording Led Zeppelin II during 1969 right before the Carnegie Hall concert was held in October of that year:

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The Carnegie Hall concert was held a week before the release of Led Zeppelin II and included a visit by the band to Atlantic's New York studio with Eddie Kramer to talk about their tour, the concert they were playing that night at Carnegie Hall and the release of the album.  Both Chris Wood (Traffic) and Dr. John were in the studio that day visiting with the Atlantic staff along with sound engineer Eddie Kramer and were subsequently invited to watch the Carnegie Hall concert back stage that night.  

 

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Here is some additional insight on why in 1968 and 1969, Eddie Kramer, who had already done studio mixing and production work for the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and others later became so enamored with Led Zeppelin and their fresh new sound.  Note Eddie's reference to John Paul Jones and the earlier days when he was originally know as John Baldwin:

 

 

 

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Source:  Interview of Eddie Kramer by Finding Zoso, posted August 2012 - see link below:

http://findingzoso.blogspot.com/2012/08/interview-with-eddie-kramer.html

 

 

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On 2/4/2019 at 3:40 PM, drowan said:

Here is an excerpt of Eddie Kramer talking with Chris Welch during the Led Zeppelin concert at Carnegie Hall:

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Source:  Keith Shadwick, "Led Zeppelin:  The story of a band and their music:  1968 - 1980".

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On 2/4/2019 at 3:40 PM, drowan said:

No commentary on Atlantic Records would be complete without a mention of Ahmet Ertegun.  The Atlantic Records offices were located at 1841 Broadway, right off Columbus Circle at West 60th Street in Midtown Manhattan (see photo below).  It was there that Jimmy Page, Peter Grant and Ahmet signed up Led Zeppelin for their first record contract in 1968.  A description of Ahmet's involvement with the company at the time and how it evolved follows:

"At Wexler and Nesuhi's urging, Ahmet and company decided to sell Atlantic Records to what would become Warner Music Group in 1967. Fortunately for Ahmet, Warner requested that he, Wexler and Nesuhi still be involved in the company and Ahmet was able to negotiate a new deal on their behalf. In 1970, after a dramatic and intense courtship, Ahmet signed The Rolling Stones to Atlantic Records following the band's commitment to Decca. With the 70's came some of Atlantic Records definitive rock & roll releases from rock icons Led Zeppelin, Yes, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Cream, and Bad Company."

The Atlantic office in New York was conveniently located only a couple of blocks from Carnegie Hall (photo of front door is below), making it easy for the Led Zeppelin to stop there in the afternoon prior to their concert that evening.  Below is a picture of Jimmy Page, Peter Grant and Ahmet Ertegun taken on November 11, 1968 (11 months prior to the Carnegie Hall concert) the day that Led Zeppelin signed their record contract:

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Another key player in the early years of Led Zeppelin's success is the band's attorney, Steve Weiss.  Interestingly, Jeff Beck was in the Atlantic office the day Jimmy Page signed their contract with the recording label company.  Shown here are two photos that include Steve taken the year prior to the Carnegie Hall concert held in October 1969.  The first photo was taken the day on the record contract signing on 11/11/68.  The second was taken six months later in New York at the Plaza Hotel, presumably during the last week of May in 1969 when the band played at the Fillmore East on May 30 and 31 of that week.

 

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