Friday, April 24, 2015

On This Day 24 April

Today was the first day of a four day run of Led Zeppelin concerts in San Francisco in 1969: this day and the last at Fillmore West, and the two middle days at Winterland.

1969 24 April Led Zeppelin at Fillmore West
By April of 1969 Led Zeppelin had come a long way since half a year before at their first ever concert in Denmark (as the Yardbirds). They were already the Real Deal, and San Francisco knew it.

This particular show had equipment problems that Robert Plant refers to in his chats between songs.  
Ah, we seem to always have this cock up every time we come here. This is the second time we've been here. Good evening from Led Zeppelin. Let's see if we can get it ... all. No cock ups now.
~ Robert Plant lead-in to The Killing Floor

♪  The Killing Floor YouTube

Artist Randy Tuten, who did the avocado poster, was one of the original San Francisco psychedelic rock poster artists.  He began producing posters for Bill Graham's organization in 1969.


Randy Tuten

The first Led Zeppelin concert poster he did featured a car on it. The next was an update of an avocado art piece he created in college.  After then Tuten began to use the blimp in his Led Zeppelin posters.



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