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The only poster ever to feature just these two great bands, this rare piece was used to advertise two shows at Kezar Stadium just off Haight Ashbury on the edge of Golden Gate Park. The two shows were a week apart and cost just $5 for the Dead and $6 for Led Zeppelin. Wish you had a time machine?!
The May 26th show at Kezar (“KEY-zar”) – harkened back to the days of flatbed trucks in the nearby Panhandle or on Haight Street and it was an old-time party with the Dead and friends that lasted 8 hours. In an article subtitled, “A Joyous Day – Return of the Grateful Dead,” the SF Examiner referred to, “the nucleus of what has become the largest and most loyal of rock-band followings – the ‘Dead freaks’.” Concertgoers were treated to 31 songs, and the rarefied air of a third set. The Examiner estimated about 20,000 attended the show and noted that young teenagers were mixing in with the older hippies
A week later Led Zeppelin played to 50,000, some of whom had arrived two days early to camp out and get a good seat at the general admission event. According to the Examiner, “the shouting voice of Robert Plant and the screaming guitar of Jimmy Page were easily audible at the eastern end of the panhandle a half mile away and crowds of listeners were piled on rooftops five or six blocks up the hill from the stadium.”