Led Zeppelin Scandinavian Tour 1968
|Concert by Led Zeppelin|
Poster for Led Zeppelin's concert at Gladsaxe (billed as "The Yardbirds"), used to help promote its 1968 Scandinavian tour
|Start date||7 September 1968|
|End date||24 September 1968|
|No. of shows||15|
|Led Zeppelin concert chronology|
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 24 September 1968. It was Led Zeppelin's first concert tour. However, the band was billed under the name "The Yardbirds" at the time.
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. 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."
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.
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.
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.
|7 September 1968||Gladsaxe||Denmark||Gladsaxe Teen Club, Egegård Skole
first evening show
|Brøndby||Brøndby Pop Club, Nørregårdsskolen
second evening show
|8 September 1968||Lolland||Reventlowparken
|12 September 1968||Stockholm||Sweden||Stora Scenen, Gröna Lund Amusement Park|
|13 September 1968||Inside Club|
|14 September 1968||Knivsta||Ängby Park|
|15 September 1968||Gothenburg||Liseberg|
|17 September 1968||Malmö||Klubb Bongo|
|18 September 1968||Gothenburg||Unknown|
|20 September 1968||Stockholm||Stockholm Concert Hall|
|21 September 1968|
|22 September 1968||Bergen||Norway||Gimle School|
|23 September 1968||Oslo||Manglerud Club|
|24 September 1968|
The setlists of the earliest shows are sketchy, as no recordings of these shows exist.
The likely setlist for this tour consisted of:
- "Train Kept A-Rollin'"
- "I Can't Quit You Baby"
- "Dazed and Confused"
- "White Summer"
- "Communication Breakdown"
- "For Your Love"
- "You Shook Me"
- "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"
- "As Long As I Have You"
- "How Many More Times"
- Mick Wall (2008), When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography Of Led Zeppelin, London: Orion, p. 47.
- Ian Fortnam, "Dazed & confused", Classic Rock Magazine: Classic Rock Presents Led Zeppelin, 2008, p. 41.
- Dave Schulps, Interview with Jimmy Page, Trouser Press, October 1977.
- Interview with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, January 1975
- Mat Snow, “Apocalypse Then”, Q magazine, December 1990, p. 77.
- Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 12.
- Gladsaxe Teen Clubs website: Led Zeppelin's first gig
- Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4.