In the days of my youth
I was told what it was to be a man
Now I’ve reached the age
I’ve tried to do all those things the best I can
No matter how I try
I find my way to do the same old jam
The traditional vacation allowance at LICtalk is one fixed week a year. All the employees are cool with that because they understand how important the mission is to keep the residents of Long Island City informed with quality news. It’s also why our small (but hard-punching) website keeps a corporate jet on call – so our writers can pack it all in somewhere exotic over the weekend and be back on Mondays. For you, always for you readers.
This week is that week, and in light of the end-of-summer dearth of local news we have some really big local history to share: 50 years ago today Led Zeppelin performed live in Queens! Actually they played two nights, August 29 & 30 1969, at the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Corona Park. Despite being a newly formed band the group’s reputation was already big enough to play large venues like this one (capacity 10,500) and from all accounts the concerts were amazing and the group’s hype completely deserved. Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell opened the first night and blues guitarist Buddy Guy the second. There are some great reminiscences from people who were at these shows in the comments section of the links below, as well as some semi-professional reviews, photos and memorabilia. They hearken back to an era when live rock music was in its infancy and the business was still being figured out. As well as to a time when things were rawer – don’t even ask about security and crowd control – and the separation between fans and rock stars wasn’t so vast. Ahh those were some good times, and bad times, here’s a taste:
Hot, humid NYC summer nite; crushing standing only venue with mixed aroma of pot & b.o.; was up in the front and consider this one of if not the best live show I ever saw….
The Missing Piece of Amazon’s LIC Debacle – it kept a “burn book”