The Woodstock Festival happened this time of the year, back in 1969. Led Zeppelin had been together only since a year before- having formed in London in 1968. They were asked to perform, but their manager, Peter Grant, said: “We were asked to do Woodstock, and our record company was very keen, and so was our American promoter, Frank Barsalona. I said no, because at Woodstock, we’d have been just another band on the bill.”
The band did play in July of 69, at the first Atlanta International Pop Festival, as one of 22 bands at the two day event. Woodstock weekend, Zeppelin performed at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey. They took time out to attend Elvis’ show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, on August 12. It was a busy time for the new band, but they never played Woodstock.
This Fall, Robert Plant will join an 80th birthday concert celebration for former Rolling Stones co-founder Bill Wyman. Bill Wyman, with his then group, the Rhythm Kings appeared on a bill with Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin at a tribute concert in 2007, at the O2 in London. They’re still a bunch of very active musicians even now.
More Led Zeppelin every Tuesday night at 9pm, as we GET THE LED OUT.
What a Band.