Support Act: James Gang
Press Review: Zeppelin Lands To Big Cheers At Musicarnival
CLEVELAND – The Led Zeppelin made a four-point landing at Musicarnival here during the Eagle movement on the moon. The British quartet had a sold-out audience of 2,574 stomping, clapping and dancing in the aisles during their five song stint.
Jimmy Page, former anchor man for the Yardbirds, received a standing ovation for his bluesy solo «White Summer.» But the group hit their highest stride in the last part of their 10-minute «Dazed and Confused» when Page, singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bass guitarist John Paul Jones sailed in a tight, together jam.
Plant shakes and bumps like a burlesque headliner, swings the mike like a lariat, comes across with the funky finesse of a male Janis Joplin.
The Atlantic group scored with encore «Communication Breakdown.» A local group, the James Gang, also received a standing ovation. (JANE SCOTT / Billboard)
Press Review: Young Folks Take Trip at Musicarnival
While millions watched for the Eagle on the moon, 2,500 young people went on a 9-minute trip of their own.
They stomped, clapped, danced in the aisles as four British bombshells, the Led Zeppelin made a three-point landing at Musicarnival last night.
Lead singer Robert Plant, 21, comes on strong like a male Janis Joplin. His collarbone length blonde hair looks like a cheap permanent caught in the rain.
Plant shakes his shoulders, jumps high in the air, stomps his $60 python boots, twirls the mike like a lariat, does the bumps and grinds like a flat-chested sexy headliner. And the standing-room-only audience was with him all the way.
“Have you ever been shaken”? he rasped out to the audiences during his “You Shook Me” song and the group screamed back “Yes.” Plants murmurs words and syllables like Cab Calloway.
Feature for many was a fine solo, “White Summer” by Jimmy Page, one of the world’s best guitarists. He was the backbone of the old Yardbirds three years ago and he’s still a steel smash.
The Led Zeppelin did five songs. Their “Dazed and Confused a 10-minute ride, brought them sailing in a tight jam session that was the highlight of the night.
Drummer John Bonham, 21, in a black T-shirt that looked like the upper part of a 1920 swimsuit, hit a heavy beat that brought fee stomping and stepping.
“You make me feel so young!” Plant would up with their last song.
With screams of “more” the Led Zeppelin came back to do an encore, “Communication Breakdown.”
Nothing could be further from the experience last night.
The finale gave bass player John Paul Jones, 22, a chance to shine.
(-The Plain Dealer, July 21, 1969)