Led Zeppelin Scandinavian Tour 1968

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Scandinavia 1968
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Poster for Led Zeppelin's concert at Gladsaxe (billed as "The Yardbirds"), used to help promote its 1968 Scandinavian tour
Concert tour by Led Zeppelin
Start date 7 September 1968
End date 17 September 1968
Legs 1
Shows 9
Led Zeppelin concert chronology
Scandinavia 1968 United Kingdom 1968

Led Zeppelin's 1968 tour of Scandinavia was a concert tour of Denmark and Sweden by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 7 September and concluded on 17 September 1968. It was Led Zeppelin's first concert tour. However, the band was billed under the name "The Yardbirds" at the time.

Overview[edit]

Led Zeppelin's debut tour was an outstanding contractual commitment left over from The Yardbirds. The band's first concert at Teen Club, a school gymnasium in Gladsaxe, Denmark, was performed exactly two months to the day after The Yardbirds' final concert.[1] The band's manager, Peter Grant, later said of this first concert: "Standing by the side of the stage, it was obvious that there was special chemistry."[2]

Guitarist Jimmy Page recalled that "the tour went fantastically for us, we left them stomping the floors after every show."[3] According to singer Robert Plant:

We made no money on the first tour. Nothing at all. Jimmy [Page] put in every penny that he'd gotten from the Yardbirds and that wasn't much. Until Peter Grant took them over, they didn't make the money they should have made. So we made the album and took off on a tour with a road crew of one.[4]

Plant also recalled the following:

In Scandinavia we were pretty green; it was very early days and we were tiptoeing with each other. We didn't have half the recklessness that became for me the whole joy of Led Zeppelin. It was a tentative start.[5]

For these early shows, the band was billed as the "Yardbirds" or "New Yardbirds", despite the fact that Jimmy Page was now the only surviving link with the previous band. Page later said:

We realised we were working under false pretences, the thing had gone quickly beyond where The Yardbirds had left off. We all agreed there was no point in retaining the New Yardbirds tag so when we got back from Scandinavia we decided to change the name [of the band]. It was a fresh beginning for us all.[6]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
7 September 1968 Gladsaxe Denmark Gladsaxe Teen Club, Egegård Skole
first evening show[7]
Brøndby Brøndby Pop Club, Nørregårdsskolen
second evening show
8 September 1968 Lolland Reventlowparken
afternoon show
Roskilde Fjordvilla Club
evening show
12 September 1968 Stockholm Sweden Stora Scenen
13 September 1968 Inside Club
14 September 1968 Knivsta Angby Park
15 September 1968 Gothenburg Liseberg
17 September 1968 Malmö Klub Bongo

Setlist[edit]

  1. "Train Kept A-Rollin'"
  2. "Dazed and Confused"
  3. "White Summer/Black Mountain Side"
  4. "For Your Love"
  5. "Communication Breakdown"
  6. "I Can't Quit You Baby"
  7. "You Shook Me"
  8. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"
  9. "How Many More Times"
  10. "As Long As I Have You"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mick Wall (2008), When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography Of Led Zeppelin, London: Orion, p. 47.
  2. ^ Ian Fortnam, "Dazed & confused", Classic Rock Magazine: Classic Rock Presents Led Zeppelin, 2008, p. 41.
  3. ^ Dave Schulps, Interview with Jimmy Page, Trouser Press, October 1977.
  4. ^ Interview with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, January 1975
  5. ^ Mat Snow, “Apocalypse Then”, Q magazine, December 1990, p. 77.
  6. ^ Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 12.
  7. ^ Gladsaxe Teen Clubs website: Led Zeppelin's first gig

Sources[edit]

  • Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.

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