Friday, April 15, 2011

Myth or Reality - 1969 Zeppelin show in Wheaton

Some of you may have heard of a supposed Led Zeppelin show in Wheaton back in 1969 at the Rec Center on Georgia Ave.  There is much debate about whether or not this show actually happened (of course, I'd like to believe that it did).  WTOP has an article bringing up this debate again now that a documentary by Jeff Krulick is in the works about this mythical show.  The Post had an article about this show back in 2009, which is the first I remember hearing about it, and there is a mention of it on Led Zeppelin's website.  A little while after this initial Post article, there was a reunion of people who claim to have attended the concert, which the Post and the Gazette covered.

Based on a Wikipedia entry about the Rec Center, I found out that the center also hosted concerts by some pretty kick ass bands (Alice Cooper, Iggy and the Stooges) as well as some not-so-kick ass  bands (Bob Seger, Rod Stewart).  I would have loved to see the Stooges back in the day, and I had to smile at the mention in the Post article about Sharon Ellis, the former director of the center, recalling how she had to ask Iggy Pop to stop smearing peanut butter on his chest during their show.  They don't make bands like that anymore.


  1. Hey, Rod Stewart was very kick ass in the early 70s when he had Ron Wood and the Faces backing him up.

  2. Fair enough. I just see the name 'Rod Stewart' and immediately think of him belting out 'If you think I'm sexy'...and cringe.