New Yardbirds Scandinavian Tour
September 7, 1968 - September 17, 1968

SEPTEMBER 7 - TEEN CLUBS, BOX 45, EGEGAARD SKOLE, GLADSAXE, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (SATURDAY, EARLY SHOW, advertised at 7:30pm but the band performed at 5:30pm)
Billed as Yardbirds. Support from Fourways and Bodies.
SEPTEMBER 7 - BRONDY POP-CLUB, NORREGARDSSKOLEN, BRONDBY, DENMARK (SATURDAY, LATE SHOW, 7:30pm)
Billed as The Yardbirds. Support from Day Of The Phoenix, The Eyes and Ham.
SEPTEMBER 8 - FJORDVILLA CLUB, ROSKILDE, DENMARK (SUNDAY, 6:30pm)
Billed as Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page. Support from The Ladybirds, an all girl topless go-go dancing team, and Beauty Fools.
SEPTEMBER 8 - REVENTLOWPARKEN, LOLLAND, DENMARK (SUNDAY, 7pm)
Billed as Yard-Birds. Support from The Beatniks.
SEPTEMBER 8 - TEATERBYGNINGEN, KOGE, DENMARK (SUNDAY, late evening show)
SEPTEMBER 12 - TIVOLI GARDEN, GRONA LUND AMUSEMENT PARK, STORA SCENEN, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (THURSDAY, 9:30pm)
Billed as Yardbirds.
SEPTEMBER 13 - INSIDE CLUB, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (FRIDAY)
Billed as Yardbirds. Support from Atlantic Ocean.
SEPTEMBER 14 - ANGBY PARK, KNIVSTA, SWEDEN (SATURDAY, 8:30pm)
Billed as The Yardbirds with Kenneth Staggs and Hayati Kafe.
SEPTEMBER 15 - LISEBERG AMUSEMENT PARK, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN (SATURDAY, 7:30pm)
Billed as Yardbirds pop band.
SEPTEMBER 17 - FOLKETS PARK, MALMO, SWEDEN (TUESDAY)

 

Led Zeppelin First United Kingdom Tour
October 4, 1968 - December 20, 1968

OCTOBER 4 - MAYFAIR BALLROOM, NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM (FRIDAY, 8pm)
Billed as The Yardbirds (featuring Jimmy Paige). Support from New York Public Library, Junco Partners, and Downtown Fraction. Terry Reid's Fantasia was advertised as support act but did not appear.
OCTOBER 18 - MARQUEE, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (FRIDAY, 11:30pm)
Billed as The British Debut Of The Yardbirds. Support from Sleepy.
OCTOBER 19 - LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY, LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM (SATURDAY)
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 - GREAT HALL, SURREY UNIVERSITY, BATTERSEA, UNITED KINGDOM (FRIDAY, 7:30pm)
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, UNITED KINGDOM (SATURDAY)
Billed as The New Yardbirds.
NOVEMBER 9 - ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (SATURDAY, 10:30pm)
Billed as Yardbirds now known as Led Zeppelin. Support from John Lee Hooker, The Deviants, John James, and Tyres.
NOVEMBER 16 - COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM (SATURDAY)
The band provided support for John Fahey.
NOVEMBER 23 - SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY, SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM (SATURDAY)
NOVEMBER 29 - CRAWDADDY CLUB, RICHMOND, UNITED KINGDOM (FRIDAY)
Billed as Led Zeppelin (formerly Yardbirds).
DECEMBER 10 - MARQUEE, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (TUESDAY, 7:30pm)
Billed as Led Zeppelin (nee The Yardbirds). Support from Bakerloo Blues Line.
DECEMBER 13 - BRIDGE PLACE COUNTRY CLUB. CANTERBURY, UNITED KINGDOM (FRIDAY)
Billed as The Yardbirds on handbill, Led Zeppelin on advertisement.
DECEMBER 16 - BATH PAVILION, BATH, UNITED KINGDOM (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 - CIVIC HALL, EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM (THURSDAY)
Support from The Deviants and Empty Vessels (who went on to become Wishbone Ash). This was a Christmas Ball for Exeter Art College.
DECEMBER 20 - FISHMONGERS HALL, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (FRIDAY, 7:30pm)
Billed as Led Zeppelin (formerly Yardbirds). Support from Closed Cell Sponge and Explosive Spectrum.

 

Led Zeppelin First North American Tour
December 26, 1968 - February 16, 1969

DECEMBER 26 - AUDITORIUM ARENA, DENVER (CO), UNITED STATES (THURSDAY)
Opened (and unbilled) for Vanilla Fudge and Spirit. The band's name did not feature on advertisements.
DECEMBER 27 - SEATTLE CENTER ARENA, SEATTLE (WA), UNITED STATES (FRIDAY, 8pm)
Led Zeppelin and Floating Bridge (both unbilled) provided support for for Vanilla Fudge.
DECEMBER 28 - PACIFIC COLISEUM, VANCOUVER (BC), CANADA (SATURDAY, 7pm)
Led Zeppelin and The Trials Of Jason Hoover (both unbilled) provided support for Vanilla Fudge.
DECEMBER 29 - CIVIC AUDITORIUM, PORTLAND (OR), UNITED STATES (SUNDAY, 7:30pm)
Opened (and billed as Special Guest: Led Zeppelin, featuring Jimmy Paige) for Vanilla Fudge.


DECEMBER 30 - KENNEDY PAVILION, GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, SPOKANE (WA), UNITED STATES (MONDAY, 8pm)
Opened for Vanilla Fudge. Billed erroneously as Len Zefflin.

Recording Includes: 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.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Alpha & Omega (Rock Solid Records) & The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records)

Bootleg CD 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)

Bootleg DVD Audio Reference(s): Lifetime Guarantee Revisited (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: 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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