Concert poster collector Scott Mussell is seeking this and other posters from the Salt Lake City area. On July 30, 1969 Zeppelin was on their first American tour serving as the opening act for Vanilla Fudge when the groups stopped for a pair of shows at the Terrace Ballroom in . “They didn’t stay the opening act for much of the tour only in the early stages but the promoter of the Salt Lake show had the good sense to put them on the poster” Mussell says. The proximity to San Fransisco made Salt Lake City a natural next stop for many touring bands allowing the city’s music fans the opportunity to see such luminaries as The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Nirvana and more in the early stages of their career. “The Stones and Hendrix both played at Lagoon Amusement Park— the Stones hit the stage in 1966!” Mussell exclaims adding “I’ve never seen or heard of posters from any Lagoon Amusement Park gigs but there’s a chance something was made to promote these shows.”
The Zeppelin gig in 1969 featured drummer John Bonham using a double bass drum and the band in a particularly heavy groove. As Vanilla Fudge took the stage bassist Tim Bogert promptly stated “There’s no way we can follow that” according to a Summer Chronicle review of the show. “The poster from this show is a spectacular graphic of the sun/moon with bursting color” Mussell says adding “The little dirigible air ship labelled ‘Led Zeppelin’ really stands out and the entire poster is just fantastic.” If you have an example of this poster contact Mussell at 515-707-7250 anytime or by email at email@example.com.
In additional to the 1969 Zepp poster Mussell is seeking other material highlighting the shivery of concert in the Salt Lake area from the 50s to the 90s and beyond. “I’m most serious about collecting Nirvana material but I’m a sucker for any poster with a combination of history and art” Mussell says. If you have concert posters, flyers, handbills or other historic material contact Mussell anytime at 515.707.7250 or firstname.lastname@example.org