69 BOSTON TEA PARTY
On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin played at the Boston Tea Party. The venue host was Don Law, who had established what was to be known as a bastion of underground music. It was during this run of concerts that we were to play a three and a half hour set – this became quite legendary on the musical grapevine – but the audience just wouldn’t let us go and Don Law was quite clearly a cool promoter.
96 SANTIAGO, CHILE
Also today, in 1996, Page and Plant played in Santiago, Chile. My memories of this are of a testy moment when a power cut interfered with the starting time of the show, but it was a passionate audience that night. Two members of the production crew - Rex King and Rex King - who were serial sun-worshippers by day, were caught out by the sun on that occasion and were burnt by the pool. A message went round to all of us not to underestimate the sun’s intensity in Santiago and, fortunately, the show was in the evening.