Thursday, September 17, 2020

Led Zeppelin's First Gig

50 years ago today, the band that had been billed as The New Yardbirds in the U.K. played their very first American gig as Led Zeppelin. No recording exists of that performance but fast forward ahead to December and a poor quality reel to reel can be found of the live performance of the band who opened for "The" Vanilla Fudge and who was incorrectly billed as "Len Zeffelin." And you know how it is with opening bands, nobody listening, or planning on it, and then Page, Plant, Bonham, and Jones took the stage. In an instant the crowd was universally mind-blown.
The band's first album wouldn't hit stores for another three weeks, but no one had ever heard anything like this. By the time Zeppelin left the stage, it was like psychedelia was dead and heavy metal was born, all within the span of a few hours. Poor The Vanilla Fudge.
Here is the playlist:
1 - Train Kept A Rollin'
2 - I Can't Quit You
3 - As Long As I Have You (incl Fresh Garbage / Shake / Hush)
4 - Dazed And Confused (at over 17 minutes long)
5 - White Summer (27:43)
6 - How Many More Times (incl. The Hunter) (34:31!)
7 - Pat's Delight (50:07!!)

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