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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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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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."

 

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A quoted blog text from JonFox on June 14, 2014 providing some additional color and back-story:

The Paris concert from October 10, 1969, is the real hook for the Zep fanatic, as the recording captures the omnipotent Led Zeppelin from the stage just a few weeks before the release of the group's blistering second LP. Performing at the Olympia in Paris, and billed as a warm-up gig for the group's October 12th show at London's Lyceum Ballroom, followed by Zeppelin's fourth tour of the United States, beginning at Carnegie Hall in New York on the 17th, the Paris performance includes songs from the first two albums, with a brief intro of "Good Times Bad Times" giving way to the battering onslaught of "Communication Breakdown". Page produced the recording for the Led Zeppelin remastered offering, which was originally aired via French radio airwaves on November 2, 1969.

The live set showcases Zeppelin hitting hard, while accenting their on-stage presence with lighter moments. Featuring "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" and "Dazed and Confused", as well as the group's cover of "You Shook Me", and a preview of "Heartbreaker" and "Moby Dick", the gig culminates with a tight roll through "How Many More Times", which also closes out the legendary debut LP.
 

Source: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/led-zeppelin/led-zeppelin-5/

 

Edited by drowan
Provided source of blog quote.

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Some additional color on the approaching Led Zeppelin North American Tour in the fall of 1969 and the opening gig at Carnegie Hall on October 17:

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Source: "No Quarter:  "The Three Lives of Jimmy Page", by Martin Power:

 

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Historical perspective on the 10/17/69 Led Zeppelin Concert at Carnegie Hall from Fine Art America:

"Rock and roll music first came to Carnegie Hall when Bill Haley & His Comets appeared in a variety benefit concert on May 6, 1955. Rock acts were not regularly booked at the Hall however, until February 12, 1964, when The Beatles performed two shows during their historic first trip to the United States. Promoter Sid Bernstein convinced Carnegie officials that allowing a Beatles concert at the venue "would further international understanding" between the United States and Great Britain. "Led Zeppelin became the first hard rock act to play Carnegie Hall since the Rolling Stones tore the place up some five years ago." Two concerts were performed October 17, 1969. Since then numerous rock, blues, jazz and country performers have appeared at the hall every season.Jethro Tull released the tapes recorded on its presentation in a 1970 Benefit concert, in the 2010 re-release of the Stand Up album. Ike & Tina Turner performed a concert April 1, 1971, which resulted in their album What You Hear is What You Get. The Beach Boys played concerts in 1971 and 1972, and two songs from the show appeared on their Endless Harmony Soundtrack. Chicago recorded its 4-LP box set Chicago at Carnegie Hall in 1971."

Source:  https://fineartamerica.com/featured/2-carnegie-hall-ed-weidman.html

 

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John Mendelsohn, top writer and rock music critic for Rolling Stone magazine, less than two months after the 10/17/69 Carnegie Hall concert, concedes he got it all wrong about Led Zeppelin earlier that year and that the band is destined for, if not already arrived at, greatness as of December, 1969:

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II (Atlantic)

John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, 13 December 1969

Hey, man, I take it all back! This is one fucking heavyweight of an album! OK – I'll concede that until you've listened to the album eight hundred times, as I have, it seems as if it's just one especially heavy song extended over the space of two whole sides. But, hey! You've got to admit that the Zeppelin has their distinctive and enchanting formula down stone-cold, man. Like, you get the impression they could do it in their sleep.

 

 

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Rock and roll music first came to Carnegie Hall when Bill Haley & His Comets appeared in a variety benefit concert on May 6, 1955.[22] Rock acts were not regularly booked at the Hall however, until February 12, 1964, when The Beatles performed two shows[23] during their historic first trip to the United States.[24] Promoter Sid Bernstein convinced Carnegie officials that allowing a Beatles concert at the venue "would further international understanding" between the United States and Great Britain.[25] "Led Zeppelin became the first hard rock act to play Carnegie Hall since the Rolling Stones tore the place up some five years ago." Two concerts were performed October 17, 1969.[26] Since then numerous rock, blues, jazz and countryperformers have appeared at the hall every season.[27] Jethro Tull released the tapes recorded on its presentation in a 1970 Benefit concert, in the 2010 re-release of the Stand Up album. Ike & Tina Turner performed a concert April 1, 1971, which resulted in their album What You Hear is What You Get. The Beach Boys played concerts in 1971 and 1972, and two songs from the show appeared on their Endless Harmony Soundtrack. Chicago recorded its 4-LP box set Chicago at Carnegie Hallin 1971.
 
 

 

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Led Zeppelin at Atlantic Records in New York City in 1969 displaying their Gold Album awards for Led Zeppelin I a few months before their 4th North American Tour and kick-off Carnegie Hall concert in October of that year.

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On 1/26/2018 at 6:32 AM, sam_webmaster said:

Here are some never-before-seen fan photos from Led Zeppelin's legendary Carnegie Hall (October 17, 1969) appearance. A group of 15 year-old fans captured their experience at the 8:30pm (early show) from the 10th row. They describe a lack of security, except for Carnegie Hall ushers and were free to venture up to the front of the stage for a few pics as well.

Amazingly, these photos also reveal Jimmy Page's first photographed live use of his Black Beauty Les Paul during Led Zeppelin and confirms it was brought to North America for this fall 1969 tour.

http://www.ledzeppelin.com/show/october-17-1969

 

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Another firsthand witness account of the 10/17/29 Carnegie Hall concert from Jimmy Page's website:

Joseph Dera I was there. My crew would come into the city for some beers and mischief. Not much of a drinker I wandered around Manhattan and hit 7th and 57th. Saw that Zep were playing. Asked the box office if any tix left? Yes, front row balcony, $3.50. What a show. Will never forget it.

Source:  https://www.jimmypage.com/?fbclid=IwAR1I621zcDwLh9qro-yTNy1aOJKuJlOg-aLDTE3WsxNiEAScAdAc-BWBY0M

 

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Jimmy Page in A&R Studios in 1969, the year they played at Carnegie Hall.

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