New Led Zeppelin Documentary Explores Legend of January 1969 Maryland Gig
-- It was a memorable moment in American history: On January 20, 1969, in Washington, D.C., Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as president of the United States. That same day, about 12 miles north, a memorable moment in music history reportedly took place -- and a new documentary delves into an intriguing legend of a mysterious concert that Led Zeppelin supposedly played in front of about 50 teenagers at a youth center in Wheaton, Maryland.
It's a fact that Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut album had been released in the United States shortly before the concert in question. However, whether the show actually happened is up for debate: The band's official site says no evidence exists, and former road manager Richard Cole has no memory of the gig, either.
Believers and naysayers are featured in the 90-minute documentary Led Zeppelin Played Here, directed by Jeff Krulik, whose credits include the cult flick Heavy Metal Parking Lot. The next couple of scheduled screenings of Krulik's Zeppelin film will take place tonight at the Florida Film Festival in Winter Park, Florida, and on April 20 at the Cindelphia Film Festival in Philadelphia. To check out a complete list of upcoming screenings, visit LedZeppelinPlayedHere.com.
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