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Led Zeppelin launch second US Tour at the Fillmore West in San Fransisco
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April 24th, 1969: Led Zeppelin launch second US Tour at the Fillmore West in San Fransisco

"Led Zeppelin has become overblown. Amplifiers are too loud especially for stars Page and Plant." Phillip Elwood

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April 24th, 1969: Led Zeppelin commenced their second US Tour at the Fillmore West in San Fransisco last night. They will perform tonight at the Winterland Arena where The Band (formerly The Hawks, Bob Dylan's backing band) played their first ever live show last week.

Journalist Phillip Elwood who attended the opening Led Zeppelin performance said of the show. "Led Zeppelin has become overblown. Amplifiers are too loud especially for stars Page and Plant." "Drummer John Bonham has become much more visually demonstrative and less rhythmically interesting, and vocalist Plant has apparently decided to the grunt-squirm-innuendo route which made The Doors' Jim Morrison an infamous, egocentric, theatrical bore."

Listen below to Led Zeppelin's cover of Anne Bredon's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" from their self titled debut album.

See Led Zeppelin's full US Tour dates below:

24 April 1969 - Fillmore West, San Francisco

25 April 1969 - Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco

26 April 1969 - Fillmore West, San Francisco

27 April 1969 - Fillmore West, San Francisco

29 April 1969 - Whiskey A Go Go, Los Angeles

30 April 1969 - Whiskey A Go Go, Los Angeles

1 May 1969 - Crawford Hall, Irvine

2 May 1969 - Rose Palace, Pasadena

3 May 1969 - Rose Palace, Pasadena

4 May 1969 - Civic Center, Santa Monica

5 May 1969 - Civic Center, Santa Monica

7 May 1969 - Memorial Coliseum, Portland

9 May 1969 - Edmonton Gardens, Edmonton

10 May 1969 - PNE Agrodome, Vancouver

11 May 1969 - Green Lake Aqua Theater, Seattle

13 May 1969 - Civic Auditorium, Honolulu

16 May 1969 - Grande Ballroom, Detroit

17 May 1969 - Convocation Center, Athens, OH

18 May 1969 - Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

21 May 1969 - Onondaga County Auditorium, Syracuse

23 May 1969 - Kinetic Playground, Chicago

24 May 1969 - Kinetic Playground, Chicago

25 May 1969 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

26 May 1969 - Boston Tea Party, Boston

27 May 1969 - Boston Tea Party, Boston

28 May 1969 - Boston Tea Party, Boston

29 May 1969 - Boston Tea Party, Boston

30 May 1969 - Fillmore East, New York City

In case you missed it, watch below Zeppelin performing "Dazed and Confused" from their debut LP back in March.

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