Led Zeppelin United Kingdom Tour 1968

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United Kingdom 1968
UK68.jpg
Poster for Led Zeppelin's concert at the University of Surrey (billed as "The New Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page"), used to help promote its 1968 U.K. tour
Concert tour by Led Zeppelin
Associated album Led Zeppelin
Start date 4 October 1968
End date 20 December 1968
Legs 1
Shows 13
Led Zeppelin concert chronology
Scandinavia 1968 United Kingdom 1968 North America 1968/1969

Led Zeppelin's 1968 tour of the United Kingdom was the first concert tour of the United Kingdom by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 4 October and concluded on 20 December 1968.

For some of these early shows, the band were billed as the "New Yardbirds". Press releases eventually announced that they would make their debut under the name 'Led Zeppelin' on October 25 at the University of Surrey (although posters advertising this concert erroneously continued to bill them as the 'New Yardbirds').[1]

During this tour the band went to Olympic Studios in London to record their debut album, which took a mere 36 studio hours.

There was very little press reaction to this tour.[2]

The band's debut London concert at the Roundhouse on November 9 doubled as singer Robert Plant's wedding reception.[3]

Tour set list[edit]

Exact set lists during this tour are still sketchy, due partly to the lack of early live Led Zeppelin bootleg recordings. Old Yardbirds' live staples such as "Train Kept A-Rollin'", "Dazed and Confused", "White Summer" and possibly "For Your Love" were performed, in addition to material from the as yet unfinished debut album album, such as: "Communication Breakdown", I Can't Quit You Baby, "You Shook Me", "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", and "How Many More Times". The band also likely performed a Garnet Mimms cover, "As Long As I Have You", played as a medley including "Fresh Garbage" (one of the most well-known tracks by the American group Spirit), and possibly the early John Bonham drum solo piece, "Pat's Delight".[4]

A likely set list for the tour was:

  1. "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Bradshaw, Kay, Mann)
  2. "For Your Love" (Gouldman)
  3. "I Can't Quit You Baby" (Dixon)
  4. "As Long As I Have You" (Mimms)
  5. "Dazed and Confused" (Page)
  6. "Communication Breakdown" (Bonham, John Paul Jones, Page)
  7. "You Shook Me" (Dixon, Lenoir)
  8. "White Summer"/"Black Mountain Side" (Page)
  9. "Pat's Delight" (Bonham)
  10. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (Bredon, Page, Plant)
  11. "How Many More Times" (Bonham, Jones, Page)

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
4 October 1968 Newcastle upon Tyne England Mayfair Ballroom
18 October 1968 London Marquee Club
19 October 1968 Liverpool Liverpool University
25 October 1968 Guildford University of Surrey
9 November 1968 London Roundhouse
16 November 1968 Manchester College of Technology
23 November 1968 Sheffield Sheffield University
29 November 1968 Richmond Crawdaddy Club
10 December 1968 London Marquee Club
13 December 1968 Canterbury Bridge Place Country Club
16 December 1968 Bath Bath Pavilion
19 December 1968 Exeter Civic Hall
20 December 1968 London Wood Green Fishmongers Hall

References[edit]

  1. ^ Led Zeppelin official website: concert summary
  2. ^ Liner notes by Cameron Crowe for The Complete Studio Recordings
  3. ^ Nigel Williamson, "Good Times...Bad Times", Uncut, May 2005, p. 54.
  4. ^ Led Zeppelin official website

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

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