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Rock Concert Is Real Groovy, Dec. 29, 1968

Denver Post
by Thomas MacCluskey
Rocky Mountain News Music Critic

Barry Fey did it again - a GREAT rock concert at the Auditorium Arena Thursday night, with the Vanilla Fudge, Spirit and Led Zeppelin in colourful living sound!

And Feyline has nearly solved the sound fidelity problem - even on the main floor - with stationary speakers systems on the floor augmenting the group's systems on the rotating circular stage.

One hitch occurred - tangled cables underneath the bandstand pulled the plug on the Fudge and almost melted their entire performance. When repairs were completed, the clock had punched my deadline. Thus - catch the Fudge review in Saturday's Rocky Mountain News.

Spirit - quintessima strong - MUSICAL!

Everything especially interesting because of a non-ending, high varied rhythmic continuum structured by Ed Cassidy, pile-driven by bassist Mark Andes, girded by conga drummer-vocalist Jay Ferguson and filgreed by pianist John Locke and guitarist Randy California.

A further dimension especially welcome was the group's friendliness to the audience and humour.

The concert was cranked off by another heavy, Led Zeppelin, a British group making its first U.S. tour.

Blues-oriented (although not a blues band) hyped-electric, the full routine in mainstream rock - done powerfully, gutsily, unifiedly, inventively and swingingly (by the end of their set.)

Singer Robert Plant - a cut about the average in style, but no special appeal in sound. Guitarist Jimmy Page, of Yardbirds fame - exceptionally fine. Used a violin bow on the guitar strings in a couple of tunes with resultant interesting, well integrated effects.

Bassist John Paul Jones - solid, involved, contributing. John Bonham - a very, effective group drummer, but uninventive, unsubtle and unclimactic in an uneventful solo.

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.
April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month
April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios
April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour
April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts
April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack
April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold
April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters
April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance
April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future
April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham
April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.
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