Yardbirds Scandinavian Tour
September 7, 1968 - September 21, 1968
SEPTEMBER 7 - TEEN CLUBS BOX
45, GLADSAXE, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (SATURDAY, EARLY SHOW, 5:30pm)
Billed as Yardbirds. Support from Fourways and Bodies. It is rumored
that all Scandinavian dates were supposedly recorded by Page for playing
for record label.
SEPTEMBER 7 - BRONDY POP CLUB, NORREGARDHALLEN, BRONDBY, DENMARK (SATURDAY,
LATE SHOW, 7:30pm)
Billed as The Yardbirds. Support from Day Of The Phoenix, The Eyes
and Ham. It's strange how both September 7, 1968 shows were advertised
as starting at 19:30pm.
SEPTEMBER 8 - FJORDVILLA CLUB PARAMOUNT, ROSKILDE, DENMARK (SUNDAY,
Billed as Yard Birds. Support from The Ladybirds, an all girl
topless go-go dancing team, and Beauty Fools.
SEPTEMBER 8 - REVENTLOW PARKEN, NYKOBING LOLLAND, DENMARK (SUNDAY, 7pm)
Support from The Beatniks and The Ladybirds.
SEPTEMBER 12 - TIVOLI GRONA LUND, STORA SCENEN, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (THURSDAY,
Billed as Yardbirds.
SEPTEMBER 13 - INSIDE CLUB, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (FRIDAY)
Billed as Yardbirds. Support from Atlantic Ocean. (Other resources
claimed that the band was supported by Hep Stars.)
SEPTEMBER 14 - ANGBY PARK, KNIVSTA, SWEDEN (SATURDAY, 8:30pm)
Billed as The Yardbirds with Kenneth Staggs and Hayati Kafe.
SEPTEMBER 15 - LISEBURG AMUSEMENT PARK, STRJARNSCENEN , GOTEBORG, SWEDEN
Billed as Yardbirds pop band.
SEPTEMBER 17 - KLUB BONGO, MALMO, SWEDEN (TUESDAY) (unconfirmed)
SEPTEMBER 18 - GOTEBORG, SWEDEN (WEDNESDAY) (unconfirmed)
SEPTEMBER 20 - KONSERTHUSET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (FRIDAY) (disputed)
SEPTEMBER 21 - KONSERTHUSET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (SATURDAY) (disputed)
SEPTEMBER 22 - BERGEN, NORWAY (SUNDAY) (discredited)
SEPTEMBER 23 - OSLO, NORWAY (MONDAY) (discredited)
SEPTEMBER 24 - OSLO, NORWAY (TUESDAY) (discredited)
Zeppelin First U.K. Clubs Tour
October 4, 1968 - December 20, 1968
OCTOBER 4 - MAYFAIR BALLROOM,
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND (FRIDAY, 8pm)
Billed as The Yardbirds (featuring Jimmy Paige). Support from New
York Public Library, Junco Partners, and Downtown Fraction.
OCTOBER 15 - UNIVERSITY OF SURREY, GUILDFORD SURREY, ENGLAND (TUESDAY)
Billed as The Yardbirds.
OCTOBER 17 - LAFAYETTE CLUB, WOLVERHAMPTON, WEST MIDLANDS, ENGLAND (THURSDAY)
OCTOBER 18 - MARQUEE CLUB, LONDON, ENGLAND (FRIDAY, 11:30pm)
Billed as The British Debut Of The Yardbirds. Support from Sleepy.
OCTOBER 19 - MOUNTFORD HALL, UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND
Billed as The Yardbirds and reported in the press as their last appearance.
mentioned that this will be the last appearance of the band as "The
Yardbirds" and that they will be known as "Led Zeppelin"
from Sunday, October 20, 1968 on.
OCTOBER 25 - UNIVERSITY OF SURREY, GUILDFORD, SURREY, ENGLAND (FRIDAY,
Billed as Led Zeppelin for the first time! Band's official debut.
Despite the "New Yardbirds" poster, all media references to
this gig list the band as "Led Zeppelin".
OCTOBER 26 - EWELL TECH COLLEGE, EPSOM, ENGLAND (SATURDAY)
Billed as The New Yardbirds. Some rumours of this appearance attribute
this date occurring on November 2, 1968..
NOVEMBER 9 - THE ROUNDHOUSE, CAMDEN, LONDON, ENGLAND (SATURDAY, 10:30pm)
Billed as Yardbirds now known as Led Zeppelin. Support from John
Lee Hooker, The Deviants, John James, Tyres and DJ Jeff Dexter. The
11/9/68 Roundhouse gig questions whether the gig was actually played
on that date, and has 11/11/68 as a possible date. However, it has been
noted that the band did in fact play the Roundhouse the day Robert Plant
married Maureen - on 11/9/68. An advertisement also exists with 11/9/68
as the date of the Roundhouse gig.
NOVEMBER 16 - INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF MACHESTER,
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (THURSDAY)
The band provided support for John Fahey.
NOVEMBER 23 - STUDENTS UNION, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, SHEFFIELD, SOUTH
YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND (SATURDAY)
NOVEMBER 29 - THE CRAWDADDY CLUB, RICHMOND, ENGLAND (FRIDAY)
Billed as Led Zeppelin (formerly Yardbirds).
DECEMBER 10 - MARQUEE CLUB, LONDON, ENGLAND (TUESDAY, 7:30pm)
Billed as Led Zeppelin (nee The Yardbirds). Support from Bakerloo
DECEMBER 13 - BRIDGE PLACE COUNTRY CLUB. CANTERBURY, KENT, ENGLAND (FRIDAY)
Billed as The Yardbirds on handbill, Led Zeppelin on advertisement.
DECEMBER 16 - BATH PAVILION, BATH, ENGLAND (MONDAY, 7:30pm)
Support from Yellow Brick Road. Led Zeppelin performed as a raplecemnt
for Jeff Beck Blues Group (which was a headliner) after they cancelled.
DECEMBER 19 - EXETER CIVIC HALL, EXETER, DEVON, ENGLAND (THURSDAY)
Support from The Deviants and Empty Vessels (who went on to become
Wishbone Ash). This was a Christmas Ball for Exeter Art College. Remastered
super deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin I (released June 2014) gives venue
as City Hall.
DECEMBER 20 - FISHMONGERS HALL, WOOD GREEN, LONDON, ENGLAND (FRIDAY,
Billed as Led Zeppelin (formerly Yardbirds). Support from Closed
Zeppelin First U.S. Tour
December 26, 1968 - February 16, 1969
DECEMBER 26 - DENVER AUDITORIUM
ARENA, DENVER, COLORADO (THURSDAY)
Opened (and unbilled) for Vanilla Fudge and Spirit. The band's name
did not feature on advertisements.
WARNING! Some sources reported
that tape of this show exist and may currently be in the hands of a
tape hoarder. Possibly whole show was recorded but a very big care must
be taken with these reports. Also, there is black & white video
footage rumoured to exist that might be hoarded or not existing at all.
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DECEMBER 27 - SEATTLE CENTER
ARENA, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, 8pm)
Led Zeppelin and Floating Bridge (both unbilled) provided support
for for Vanilla Fudge.
DECEMBER 28 - PACIFIC COLISEUM, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Led Zeppelin and The Trials Of Jason Hoover (both unbilled) provided
support for Vanilla Fudge.
DECEMBER 29 - PORTLAND CIVIC AUDITORIUM, PORTLAND, OREGON (SUNDAY, 7:30pm)
Opened (and billed as Special Guest: Led Zeppelin, featuring Jimmy
Paige) for Vanilla Fudge.
DECEMBER 30 - JOHN F. KENNEDY
MEMORIAL PAVILION, GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON (MONDAY,
Opened for Vanilla Fudge. Billed erroneously as Len Zefflin.
The Train Kept A Rollin' [ cut ] >> I Can't Quit You Baby,
As Long As I Have You (<< Fresh Garbage, Bag's Groove, Mockingbird..),
Dazed And Confused, [ cut ], White Summer [ cut ],
How Many More Times (<< The Hunter..), Pat's Delight [ cut
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience
recording. 56 minutes.
Details: The show starts off with some
distortion but clears nicely. Guitar and bass slightly upfront with
the vocals and drums pushed back slightly but not to the detriment of
enjoying the show. Clearly the recording equipment was unable to cope
fully with the loudness of the performance. Reported to be taped next
to the mixing desk in the front row.
Reference(s): Alpha &
Omega (Rock Solid Records) & The Final Option (Rock Solid Records
& The Swingin' Pig Records)
Reference(s): Alpha &
Omega: Sounds Of The Underground (Magic Bus), Gonzaga University 1968
(Lighthouse), Lifetime Guarantee (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Lifetime
Guarantee Revisited (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Live At Gonzaga University
1968 (Wendy Records), Things Began To Happen (Beelzebub Records), &
Yardbirds Fame (Tarantura2000)
Audio Reference(s): Lifetime
Guarantee Revisited (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)
The only known recording of Led Zeppelin live available from 1968. The
recording itself is quite good for the era and gives a glimpse of the
raw power of the group only three days into their first ever US tour.
Robert comments on how cold it is in Spokane and how the equipment had
to be heated up with portable heaters and his voice is absolutely amazing
... he hits the highest notes imagined with no effort! Jonesy and Bonham
are incredible and Jimmy's playing is wonderful too. The songs are played
shortly and compactly, meaning more energy. The Train Kept A Rollin'
sounds like the Yardbird's version before it evolved into the blistering
Zeppelin version. We can only imagine the audience seeing this then-unknown
group for the first time.
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