View Full Version : Led Zeppelin at Gonzaga

05-22-2013, 06:20 AM
my bro sent this to me the other day. I had no idea the first recorded concert of one of the most influential rock bands in history took place at Gonzaga.



05-22-2013, 07:41 AM
There was a pretty good thread about this a # of years ago on this board (or one of the ones that preceded it). Several of our posters were at the concert (a couple of years too early for me) & I believe one was involved on stage, IIRC.

05-23-2013, 04:36 PM
Used to be (bootleg) copies of the concert audio a few years back on a certain internet auction site

06-11-2013, 11:55 AM
Bumping this thread to get the kiddie porn thread off front page

06-13-2013, 02:49 PM
If I remember correctly they misspelled their name on the concert posters. I do believe it was their very first performance in the US.

Go!! Zags!!!

06-14-2013, 09:34 AM
Back in the 60's/early 70's my late mother referred to Led Zeppelin as "music to murder by". She wasn't a fan of "Whole lotta love".

She's been gone nearly 27 years now. I wonder what she'd think of this performance (which in my opinion is one for the annals). I don't think my mom could have predicted that Led Leppelin would be honored by the President of the United States ... or that the gentlemen watching Ann and Nancy Wilson's rendition are those same guys.

It's been 6 months or so since this performance and I still get chills.


06-26-2013, 03:59 AM
If I remember correctly they misspelled their name on the concert posters. I do believe it was their very first performance in the US.

Go!! Zags!!!

The mistake originated with a concert booker in Seattle ... not everything can be blamed on the Spokesman-Review or the former afternoon daily, the Spokane Chronicle.


06-26-2013, 04:13 AM
From the book SONIC BOOM: The Impact of Led Zeppelin (http://books.google.com/books?id=77qyToYbGCcC&pg=PT107&lpg=PT107&dq=%22Don+Fitzpatrick%22+%2B+Led+Zeppelin&source=bl&ots=xo9KGLDbtY&sig=qMMX5DJonVJtCOQxCqGREA_hQkw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ytfKUa2vD_So4APsnID4Bw&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAQ)

a linked excerpt to an interview with GU's Don Fitzpatrick.

06-26-2013, 10:04 AM
Great article!! Thanks NJ!

01-01-2014, 07:01 PM
I posted this story a few semesters ago on this same site . . . 2008


01-01-2014, 11:53 PM

Gonzaga University Gymnasium, Spokane, Washington, U.S.A. 30th december 1968
AUD recording

01 - Train Kept A Rollin' [0:00]
02 - I Can't Quit You [2:32]
03 - As Long As I Have You (incl Fresh Garbage / Shake / Hush) [9:15]
04 - Dazed And Confused [17:52]
05 - White Summer [27:43]
06 - How Many More Times (incl The Hunter) [34:31]
07 - Pat's Delight [50:07]

"The only known recording of Led Zeppelin live available from 1968. The recording itself is quite good for the era and gives a glimpse of the raw power of the group only three days into their first ever US tour. Robert comments on how cold it is in Spokane and how the equipment had to be heated up with portable heaters and his voice is absolutely amazing ... he hits the highest notes imagined with no effort! Jonesy and Bonham are incredible and Jimmy's playing is wonderful too. The songs are played shortly and compactly, meaning more energy. The Train Kept A Rollin' sounds like the Yardbird's version before it evolved into the blistering Zeppelin version. We can only imagine the audience seeing this then-unknown group for the first time."

I was barely born when this concert occurred, but the first 8-track tape I ever owned (and played it until there was no tape left to play):

01-06-2014, 02:20 PM
How Many More Times gives me chills.

That song floated across Mulligan Field many late nights from my open windows on the corner of third flood DeSmet.

01-09-2014, 08:30 AM
I may have been there (end of my first semester at GU), but, uhm, for some reason I don't remember.