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A great quote to put LZ's one and only evening at Carnegie Hall on 10/17/69 in perspective:

“Playing for the first time somewhere is always special,” Copenhagen-based cellist Soo-Kyung Hong told me. “Playing the first time in Carnegie Hall — there is such an expectation to fulfill, and you think of the people who have played it before.”

Or you might think of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker (1947), Edith Piaf (1957), the Rolling Stones (1964), Buck Owens (1966), Led Zeppelin (1969) or Stevie Ray Vaughan (1984).

Source:  https://www.carnegiehall.org/About/History/Performance-History-Search?q=&dex=prod_PHS&event=13035&pf=Led Zeppelin_


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Within thirty months of the 10/17/69 Led Zeppelin concert, Carnegie Hall was thriving on the attendance and cash flow generated by its rock concert offerings.  Not only was the Led Zeppelin concert, promoted by Howard Stein, transformational for Led Zeppelin, but it also marked a sea-change in attitude by Carnegie's management and ushered in a golden era of rock performances at the Hall! 


Readable text from the above N.Y. Times article is excerpted below:

You might call it “the greening of Carnegie Hall”— 50 rock concerts during the past [1971-1972] season, ushers dressed in red‐and‐white “Carnegie Hall” T‐shirts, the sweet smell of marijuana drifting over the red velvet seats.

Started With Beatles

Actually, the sight of a foot‐stomping, cheering, hand clapping crowd boogying to the sounds of an amplified rock band in Carnegie Hall is not new. The hall's first certified rock concert occurred in February, 1964, when the Beatles chose Carnegie for their first New York appearance.

In the years since, many rock musicians have gone out of their way to play the hall, for reasons both personal and musical. They feel, as do rock promoters like Nat Weiss, that it's “the ideal, show case,” especially for softer solo performers such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Carole King.

“It's a status engagement for a rock act,” said Howard Stein, the producer. “Remember, musicians from the time they take piano or guitar lessons dream of playing Carnegie Hall.”

Mr. Stein also believes that the “ambiance, the atmosphere” draws many older concertgoers who shy away from “freakier” places like the Academy of Music.

Source:  New York Times, Grace Lichtenstein, June 27, 1972, p 34.

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Here's a chance to get a better sense of what the 10/17/69 Led Zeppelin concert at Carnegie hall was like in terms of live performance impact... 

Led Zeppelin – Soars On Buffalo 1969 (Graf Zeppelin LZSC-1030A/B)

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Soars On Buffalo 1969 (Graf Zeppelin LZSC-1030A/B)

Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA – October 30, 1969

Disc 1 (53:49) Introduction, Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, White Summer incl. Black Mountain Side, What Is And What Should Never Be

Disc 2 (68:56) MC, Moby Dick, How Many More Times. Bonus Trax: Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, USA – November 5, 1969: Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed And Confused, How Many More Times

Led Zeppelin’s fourth American tour began on October 17, 1969 with two concerts at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. The 15 date tour would see Zeppelin returning to the larger markets like New York City, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, and Detroit before ending proper in San Francisco. The tour also featured the band hitting smaller markets, Springfield, MA, Syracuse, NY, Kitchener, Ontario as well as Buffalo, NY and Kansas City. The tour would coincide with the release of the second album, Led Zeppelin II on October 22 and the band would feature two songs from the record in their sets. The tour was also notable for the inclusion of a few bars of Good Times Bad Times as a prelude to Communication Breakdown, an extremely dynamic and heavy way to open the concerts.

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