On August 2nd, 1969 the band Led Zeppelin performed at the Albuquerque Civic Auditorium. That same year, they also played at a small venue in a D.C. suburb the night of Nixon's inauguration. Or did they?
At 7 PM on August 2nd, 2019 we're opening up the Hiland Theater for a movie screening: Led Zeppelin Played Here. We'll also remember the demolished Civic Auditorium itself, the site of many Albuquerque memories, with a tribute and commemorative program.
The Hiland movie theater opened in 1950. It closed in 1995 and has been redeveloped for use by the National Dance Institute.
Led Zeppelin Played Here explores the start of the modern rock concert industry, focusing on Led Zeppelin's first month in the US, and a concert mystery: Did they play on January 20, 1969 in a suburban Maryland gymnasium, in front of 50 confused teenagers, while President Richard Nixon was celebrating his first inauguration nearby. Many swear the concert took place, but just as many cast doubt. Did it really happen? Or over forty years later, is it some sort of a ‘Rock-and-Roll Rashomon’ re-imagining of history? Featuring interviews with rock writers, musicians, and fans, and several who claim they were there witnessing history that night.
This is a one-night-only event; don't miss it! Tickets will also be available at the door while they last. Doors open and sales begin at 6:30.
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