With a relatively unknown at the time Led Zepplin as the open act, what began with broken fences, rowdy crowds and overwhelmed secuity ended with memories of one hell of a show. Although Zeppelin had only released their first album months earlier, they did impress some but not all. Many recount that when The Who finally came on, they blew the opener away. Their "Tommy" themed concert the following June drastically changed the venues booking of rock concerts for several years and became early 70's folklore.
Several recount how the Who's crew had to literally pull the plug on Zeppelin's set as they were over their time allotment for their set and the venue had a sound curfew. Many would be able to sit miles away from the Pavilion and hear the shows - a benefit that would be short lived in the following years when engineers would comb the wooded area with sound meters evaluating the noise levels. This resulted later in the exterior speakers mounted on the top rear of the covered Pavilion facing the lawn to be shut-off. Many also mention how loud the group was that night and that fans were sitting on speakers with some hanging from the rafters. Fences were breached, but this was nothing compared to the subsequent June 1970 show.
This audio is a track recorded at that memorable show - wish I had been there:
Get the original recording at iTunes - The Who - I'm Free
|DJ Barry Richards Backstage at Merriweather with the Who |