ON THIS DAY… 17 JAN 1967

I PLAYED IN SINGAPORE WITH THE YARDBIRDS

En route to Australia, The Yardbirds played at the National Theatre in Singapore. The National Theatre is in fact an open-air venue and there was a stage fronted by curtains, which we duly set up behind, and eventually it was time to play. The curtains opened to reveal the Yardbirds to the Singapore audience and we were greeted by males and females, all screaming. It was clear that they were still in the Beatles era and the screaming continued for the majority of the set. It was after this show that I met a brother of a friend of mine from Epsom. He was only a couple of years older than me and he was serving in the British army over there. It really brought home to me how close I and my peers had been to conscription, and if that had continued it would have dramatically changed the face of British fashion, rock and pop music, and the ensuing culture. The Yardbirds stayed at the wonderful Raffles Hotel.

17 January 1967

17 January 1967

ON THIS DAY… 25 SEP 1967

‘TEN LITTLE INDIANS’ WAS RECORDED

On this day, The Yardbirds recorded ‘Ten Little Indians’ at the Olympic Number Two Studio in London. It was on this session that I asked the engineer to try something new, by flipping the tape (so it played in reverse), isolating the brass track and applying and recording echo to the reverse signal of the brass. When the tape was flipped back and played, the echo was now in reverse and proceeded the brass. It was a cool effect. It was the first time this technique was employed, I used it again on the first Led Zeppelin album during ‘You Shook Me’ and on a number of Zep tracks to follow.

AUDIO: TEN LITTLE INDIANS (THE YARDBIRDS)

59 plays

ON THIS DAY… 25 SEP 1967

‘TEN LITTLE INDIANS’ WAS RECORDED

On this day, The Yardbirds recorded ‘Ten Little Indians’ at the Olympic Number Two Studio in London. It was on this session that I asked the engineer to try something new, by flipping the tape (so it played in reverse), isolating the brass track and applying and recording echo to the reverse signal of the brass. When the tape was flipped back and played, the echo was now in reverse and proceeded the brass. It was a cool effect. It was the first time this technique was employed, I used it again on the first Led Zeppelin album during ‘You Shook Me’ and on a number of Zep tracks to follow.

AUDIO: TEN LITTLE INDIANS (THE YARDBIRDS)

25 September 1967

25 September 1967

80 plays

jimmypage-onthisday:

31 JUL 1967 

THE YARDBIRDS PLAY THE KERRISDALE ARENA, VANCOUVER

After another strenuous and frustrating episode at the Canadian border, we had come from San Francisco to Vancouver to play a psychedelic bonanza at the Kerrisdale Arena on this day and at the Garden Auditorum on the 1st. At this time, the Yardbirds album ‘Little Games’ had been released for about a week. The music featured here is the home demo on 12-string acoustic guitar and auto-harp of ‘Only The Black Rose’ from the ‘Little Games’ album.

jimmypage-onthisday:

31 JUL 1967 

THE YARDBIRDS PLAY THE KERRISDALE ARENA, VANCOUVER

After another strenuous and frustrating episode at the Canadian border, we had come from San Francisco to Vancouver to play a psychedelic bonanza at the Kerrisdale Arena on this day and at the Garden Auditorum on the 1st. At this time, the Yardbirds album ‘Little Games’ had been released for about a week. The music featured here is the home demo on 12-string acoustic guitar and auto-harp of ‘Only The Black Rose’ from the ‘Little Games’ album.

jimmypage-onthisday:

31 July 1967

jimmypage-onthisday:

31 July 1967

26 JUL 1969 

I PLAYED VANCOUVER PNE AGRODOME, CANADA WITH LED ZEPPELIN

It was always good to play with Vanilla Fudge, we had supported them on our first tour of the States in 1968 and it was good to reciprocate.

The Vanilla Fudge had played one date in London at the Palladium Theatre in 1967. I missed this show, but I remember everyone talking about this amazing group, their drummer Carmine Appice and, especially, their sound system. They were always an exciting band to listen to. Their debut album had made a massive impression on musicians at that time.

MUSIC FEATURED: YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON (CIRCA 1967)

129 plays

26 JUL 1969 

I PLAYED VANCOUVER PNE AGRODOME, CANADA WITH LED ZEPPELIN

It was always good to play with Vanilla Fudge, we had supported them on our first tour of the States in 1968 and it was good to reciprocate.

The Vanilla Fudge had played one date in London at the Palladium Theatre in 1967. I missed this show, but I remember everyone talking about this amazing group, their drummer Carmine Appice and, especially, their sound system. They were always an exciting band to listen to. Their debut album had made a massive impression on musicians at that time.

MUSIC FEATURED: YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON (CIRCA 1967)

26 July 1969

26 July 1969

ON THIS DAY… 24 JUL 1967
'Little Games' by The Yardbirds was released

'Little Games' by the Yardbirds was also released on this day in 1967. The music featured is the Screen Gem's demo of 'No Excess Baggage' recorded by the band on this album.
In December 2003, the first Riffathon took place in Guildford and was won by Tommy Hubbard. It was a charity event for the ABC Trust.
In 2005, the second Riffathon was to take place at Hammersmith Palais. Brian May of Queen, the guitarist of The Darkness, Dan Hawkins and I had been asked to judge a number of guitarists as they played their riffs. I thought they might play original material, but the contestants performed versions of songs by Led Zeppelin and Queen. Martin Tomkins was the eventual winner that night.

AUDIO: NO EXCESS BAGGAGE (THE YARDBIRDS)

ON THIS DAY… 24 JUL 1967

'Little Games' by The Yardbirds was released

'Little Games' by the Yardbirds was also released on this day in 1967. The music featured is the Screen Gem's demo of 'No Excess Baggage' recorded by the band on this album.

In December 2003, the first Riffathon took place in Guildford and was won by Tommy Hubbard. It was a charity event for the ABC Trust.

In 2005, the second Riffathon was to take place at Hammersmith Palais. Brian May of Queen, the guitarist of The Darkness, Dan Hawkins and I had been asked to judge a number of guitarists as they played their riffs. I thought they might play original material, but the contestants performed versions of songs by Led Zeppelin and Queen. Martin Tomkins was the eventual winner that night.

AUDIO: NO EXCESS BAGGAGE (THE YARDBIRDS)

[view on blog]

ON THIS DAY… 24 JUL 1967

'Little Games' by The Yardbirds was released

'Little Games' by the Yardbirds was also released on this day in 1967. The music featured is the Screen Gem's demo of 'No Excess Baggage' recorded by the band on this album.

In December 2003, the first Riffathon took place in Guildford and was won by Tommy Hubbard. It was a charity event for the ABC Trust.

In 2005, the second Riffathon was to take place at Hammersmith Palais. Brian May of Queen, the guitarist of The Darkness, Dan Hawkins and I had been asked to judge a number of guitarists as they played their riffs. I thought they might play original material, but the contestants performed versions of songs by Led Zeppelin and Queen. Martin Tomkins was the eventual winner that night.

AUDIO: NO EXCESS BAGGAGE (THE YARDBIRDS)

24 July 1967

24 July 1967

ON THIS DAY… 22 JUL 1967

I PLAYED THE SANTA MONICA CIVIC WITH THE YARDBIRDS

On this day in 1967, the four live Yardbirds played the Santa Monica Civic, having played Santa Rosa the day beforehand, so these were our LA shows before going to perform three nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Also on the line up were West Coast heavyweights Moby Grape and Captain Beefheart.

SETLIST

01. Train Kept a-Rollin’ 
02. Mr. You’re a Better Man Than I
03. Heart Full of Soul
04. I Wish You Would/Hey Gyp
05. My Baby
06. Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way
07. Smile on Me
08. I’m a Man
09. Over Under Sideways Down