Jump to content


Geddy pawned his typewriter to see Led Zeppelin in 1969


  • Please log in to reply
31 replies to this topic

#1 blueschica

blueschica

    What the Puck?

  • Members
  • 8422 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Central Pa
  • Interests:Camping, gardening, muscle cars, NASCAR, Rush!

Posted 14 May 2019 - 04:20 PM

I had never heard this story before and thought it was worth posting. It's from an Instagram site,  theflyervault, that tracks the history of Toronto concerts and concert venues- telling the story of Led Zeppelin's second appearance in Toronto, August 1969.

"We conclude with the one and only Geddy Lee. The show almost didn't happen when Zeppelin's hard-nosed manager Peter Grant demanded more money before the band went on stage. But they eventually did, and tore the place up - leaving a lasting impression on the crowd, and inspiring 3 kids from Toronto to form one of the greatest bands of our time #Rush "
_
"I know it sounds somewhat trite to say that an album changed your life but the first Led Zeppelin album had that kind of impact on me. The record was released early in 1969, and word of it’s greatness was spreading with such intensity that by the time they were enroute to Toronto for a gig at the The Rock Pile, getting tickets had become nothing short of frenzied...I had zero money at the time and my mom was not very accommodating in such matters...my bandmates Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey had managed to scrape together enough coin but I couldn’t…this required drastic measures and so I took the typewriter that my grandmother had bought me for my birthday and ventured down to Church St and pawned it in one of the shops that dotted that street. Success. I guiltily accepted the money and went straight out to buy my ticket for the show that was now being referred to as “Mighty Monday”! We lined up extra early for the 8 p.m. general admission show and we ended up in the 2nd row right in front of Jimmy Page…effin amazing! The band floated onto the stage and started rippin’ into a killer version of the old Yardbirds classic, “Train Kept a Rollin"- they were super loud, and the summer heat kept rising in that old Masonic Temple and the crowd was so seriously jacked and stomping that I remember little bits of plaster falling from the ceiling of the place. They literally brought down the house!  The unforgettable birth of heavy rock as far as my bandmates and I were concerned.  I left the show breathless and ecstatic and it wasn’t until the next day that I started trying to figure out how the hell I was going to get my typewriter out of hock before my mom found out!" ⚡ #zeppelin#summerof69. Geddy Lee, author, songwriter, bassist/vocalist, Rush

Photos below.  What young faces, especially on Jimmy Page, who was all of 25 yrs old. :)

Posted Image Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

Edited by blueschica, 14 May 2019 - 04:50 PM.


Sponsored Post

#2 Lorraine

Lorraine

    Dial-Up Diva

  • Members *
  • 45344 posts
  • Gender:Female

Posted 14 May 2019 - 04:25 PM

Whoa Jimmy - those are some pants.   I remember that crushed velvet stuff.  Had a dress like that.

Geddy was recompensed for his sacrifice a hundred fold.  :)

#3 custom55

custom55

    The Sphere

  • Members
  • 7517 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Nutley, NJ
  • Interests:Snowboarding & Retirement.

    On deck shows:

    The Rolling Stones BOSTON 7/7, NJ 8/1 and NJ 8/5

Posted 14 May 2019 - 04:30 PM

great story !

#4 Entre_Perpetuo

Entre_Perpetuo

    Queenmaster

  • Members
  • 6253 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Solar Federation
  • Interests:Music, architecture, and childhood hobbies.

Posted 14 May 2019 - 05:06 PM

So did he get the type-writer back???

That's hilarious and awesome!

#5 blueschica

blueschica

    What the Puck?

  • Members
  • 8422 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Central Pa
  • Interests:Camping, gardening, muscle cars, NASCAR, Rush!

Posted 14 May 2019 - 05:25 PM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 14 May 2019 - 05:06 PM, said:

So did he get the type-writer back???

That's hilarious and awesome!
Yeah, I was wondering that too!  "Umm, I lent it to Alex. . ." :lol:

#6 The Cat 3

The Cat 3

    Modern Day Alice Cooper

  • Members *
  • 21003 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Out in the alley

Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:51 PM

View Postblueschica, on 14 May 2019 - 05:25 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 14 May 2019 - 05:06 PM, said:

So did he get the type-writer back???

That's hilarious and awesome!
Yeah, I was wondering that too!  "Umm, I lent it to Alex. . ." :lol:
Good thing too, or we could be reading exciting travelogues from two members of Rush. :)

#7 The Cat 3

The Cat 3

    Modern Day Alice Cooper

  • Members *
  • 21003 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Out in the alley

Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:52 PM

In all seriousness, that is a great story...thanks for posting it here.

#8 blueschica

blueschica

    What the Puck?

  • Members
  • 8422 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Central Pa
  • Interests:Camping, gardening, muscle cars, NASCAR, Rush!

Posted 14 May 2019 - 07:02 PM

View PostThe Cat 3, on 14 May 2019 - 06:51 PM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 14 May 2019 - 05:25 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 14 May 2019 - 05:06 PM, said:

So did he get the type-writer back???

That's hilarious and awesome!
Yeah, I was wondering that too!  "Umm, I lent it to Alex. . ." :lol:
Good thing too, or we could be reading exciting travelogues from two members of Rush. :)
:goodone: :lol: :lol:

#9 chemistry1973

chemistry1973

    The Seeker

  • Members
  • 286 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 14 May 2019 - 08:00 PM

What a great post!

#10 chemistry1973

chemistry1973

    The Seeker

  • Members
  • 286 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 14 May 2019 - 08:00 PM

Can you imagine seeing Led Zeppelin perform with no light rig or production whatsoever?

#11 RushFanForever

RushFanForever

    Superconductor

  • Members
  • 1383 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Canada

Posted 14 May 2019 - 10:39 PM

I had posted about this related thing here. However I noticed that the Led Zeppelin poster on the original link has now been removed.

#12 grasbo

grasbo

    Superconductor

  • Members
  • 1004 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:australia
  • Interests:Music,playing guitar,collecting models,recording,football,cricket,op shopping,chilli,garlic,anchovies,wasabi,mustard,oysters,mussells,beer,war gaming,model railroading,positive people,goldfish

Posted 15 May 2019 - 01:59 PM

My father had a pair of those crushed velvet trousers but I think more red than pink.He was jazz pianist doing clubs and cabarets.Great story.I used to hock things and then figure out the next day how the hell was I going to get it back so I can relate.

#13 Lorraine

Lorraine

    Dial-Up Diva

  • Members *
  • 45344 posts
  • Gender:Female

Posted 15 May 2019 - 03:04 PM

View Postblueschica, on 14 May 2019 - 07:02 PM, said:

View PostThe Cat 3, on 14 May 2019 - 06:51 PM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 14 May 2019 - 05:25 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 14 May 2019 - 05:06 PM, said:

So did he get the type-writer back???

That's hilarious and awesome!
Yeah, I was wondering that too!  "Umm, I lent it to Alex. . ." :lol:
Good thing too, or we could be reading exciting travelogues from two members of Rush. :)
:goodone: :lol: :lol:

Good one Stephen.

:lol: :lol:

#14 The Cat 3

The Cat 3

    Modern Day Alice Cooper

  • Members *
  • 21003 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Out in the alley

Posted 15 May 2019 - 03:46 PM

View PostLorraine, on 15 May 2019 - 03:04 PM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 14 May 2019 - 07:02 PM, said:

View PostThe Cat 3, on 14 May 2019 - 06:51 PM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 14 May 2019 - 05:25 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 14 May 2019 - 05:06 PM, said:

So did he get the type-writer back???

That's hilarious and awesome!
Yeah, I was wondering that too!  "Umm, I lent it to Alex. . ." :lol:
Good thing too, or we could be reading exciting travelogues from two members of Rush. :)
:goodone: :lol: :lol:

Good one Stephen.

:lol: :lol:
Posted Image

#15 Syrinx

Syrinx

    Solar Federalist

  • Members
  • 2171 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Toronto
  • Interests:Dallas Cowboys!

Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:21 PM

Great story!!  I saw the Foo Fighters on their first tour at that venue.

#16 Lorraine

Lorraine

    Dial-Up Diva

  • Members *
  • 45344 posts
  • Gender:Female

Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:32 PM

View Postgrasbo, on 15 May 2019 - 01:59 PM, said:

My father had a pair of those crushed velvet trousers but I think more red than pink.He was jazz pianist doing clubs and cabarets.Great story.I used to hock things and then figure out the next day how the hell was I going to get it back so I can relate.
Does he still fit into them?

#17 Babycat

Babycat

    Party Animal

  • Members *
  • 84082 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Wherever the catnip is...

Posted 16 May 2019 - 01:26 AM

I wasn't aware of that, but what an amazing story!

#18 taurus

taurus

    The Seeker

  • Members *
  • 437 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Toronto

Posted 16 May 2019 - 03:35 AM

I have a book about rock and roll history in Toronto and there's a a bit more detail to that Zeppelin show. As mentioned it was the second time Zeppelin played the Rockpile. Their first show was a huge success so much so that they immediately booked the band for a return date. Apparently as the tour went on word of Zeppelin's awesomeness was making the band more in demand so Peter Grant insisted on renegotiating the terms. Held the promoters hostage by refusing the band to take the stage unless they come up with the extra dough. The promoters whipped out the papers saying "we have a contract". Peter Grant said "Oh let me see that" and proceeds to rip it to shreds. With a full house of screaming kids and the intimidating Peter Grant ready to pull the plug - they acquiesced and the extra money needed to pay Zeppelin, bankrupted their little operation. I think Zeppelin only played Toronto one more time after that

#19 RushFanForever

RushFanForever

    Superconductor

  • Members
  • 1383 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Canada

Posted 16 May 2019 - 06:02 AM

The late John Rutsey attended the first Led Zeppelin concert in February 1969 (see here) at The Rock Pile according to this 2009 Mojo article with Geddy here.

Geddy got the month wrong for the second Led Zeppelin concert, which was actually in August 1969 here.

Ben Mink was a member of the house band Mary-Lou Horner, who opened for Led Zeppelin at the first Rock Pile concert according to here.

The late Nash The Slash (co-founder of the Canadian progressive-rock band FM) was at both Led Zeppelin concerts at The Rock Pile. He posted photos of the second concert and a 'write up' on both here and an 'introductory write up' about the venue itself.

Ben Mink would replace Nash The Slash in FM later on. Small world huh?

Edited by RushFanForever, 16 May 2019 - 06:19 AM.


#20 Mr Freeze

Mr Freeze

    Restless Young Rushmantic

  • Members
  • 51 posts

Posted 16 May 2019 - 09:48 AM

Checking the photos of the Zep show.....that one audience shot of the 18th,how great it would've been to have Alex and Geddy
caught in that shot acting like a crazed future Rush fan

Edited by Mr Freeze, 16 May 2019 - 09:49 AM.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users