ON THIS DAY… 30 DEC 1968

I played Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA with Led Zeppelin

Reputed to be the first primitive Led Zeppelin bootleg, it seems unusual that a support band with limited billing might be recorded before the main attraction, but I think it may well have been a guitar fan in the wake of The Yardbirds who might have recorded this. The Americans were quite muso and would follow the onwards incarnations of musicians on their journey.

Dazed and Confused from Gonzago (9 minutes and 42 seconds long) getting in training for a number that will get to around 13 minutes in a couple of years, with all the movements of a classical symphony.

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ON THIS DAY… 30 DEC 1968

I played Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA with Led Zeppelin

Reputed to be the first primitive Led Zeppelin bootleg, it seems unusual that a support band with limited billing might be recorded before the main attraction, but I think it may well have been a guitar fan in the wake of The Yardbirds who might have recorded this. The Americans were quite muso and would follow the onwards incarnations of musicians on their journey.

Dazed and Confused from Gonzago (9 minutes and 42 seconds long) getting in training for a number that will get to around 13 minutes in a couple of years, with all the movements of a classical symphony.

30 December 1968

30 December 1968

ON THIS DAY… 26 DEC 1968

I played the first date of the first tour of America with Led Zeppelin

From the 7th September 1968 to today in 1968, the members of Led Zeppelin had toured in Scandinavia, recorded our first album in October (soon to be released in the January of 1969), toured the UK and were now ready to embark on our first American Tour; the Denver Auditorium Arena was the home of the first gig in the US. We were to support the Vanilla Fudge for five dates before going to California.

26 December 1968

26 December 1968

ON THIS DAY… 23 DEC 1968

IT WAS LED ZEPPELIN’S FIRST JOURNEY TO THE UNITED STATES

The members of Led Zeppelin enter the United States for their first American Tour, and we stayed at one of my old Yardbird haunts – The Chateau Marmont. I had been used to touring the States with The Yardbirds over the previous two years, but for first timers Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones, it was not going to take long for them to be initiated in to the ways of the US. 

23 December 1968

23 December 1968

16 DEC 1968

I PLAYED BATH WITH LED ZEPPELIN

On the first Led Zeppelin tour of the UK in 1968, we played the Bath Pavilion. Apparently, there is a contract for us receiving £75 / 50% for this date. We opened with Train Kept a Rollin. We were to play the Bath Festival of Blues six months later at The Recreation Ground, when we also opened the set with Train Kept a Rollin. One year later we topped the bill for The Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music, where we opened with Immigrant Song.

16 December 1968, 1969, 1970

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ON THIS DAY… 02 NOV 1985

I played the Blues ‘N’ Booze benefit show

On this day in 1985, I jammed in a band with Elmer Gantry at a charity event called the ‘Blues ‘n’ Booze’ benefit, at Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire. Curiously enough, in the first Led Zeppelin set in 1968 we covered ‘Flames’ by Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera. It was really great to play with him. More recently Elmer’s been in the bands Stretch and Rocky Recovery.

Watch video of Flames by Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera

ON THIS DAY… 02 NOV 1985
I played the Blues ‘N’ Booze benefit show

On this day in 1985, I jammed in a band with Elmer Gantry at a charity event called the ‘Blues ‘n’ Booze’ benefit, at Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire. Curiously enough, in the first Led Zeppelin set in 1968 we covered ‘Flames’ by Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera. It was really great to play with him. More recently Elmer’s been in the bands Stretch and Rocky Recovery.

Watch video of Flames by Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera

ON THIS DAY… 02 NOV 1985

I played the Blues ‘N’ Booze benefit show

On this day in 1985, I jammed in a band with Elmer Gantry at a charity event called the ‘Blues ‘n’ Booze’ benefit, at Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire. Curiously enough, in the first Led Zeppelin set in 1968 we covered ‘Flames’ by Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera. It was really great to play with him. More recently Elmer’s been in the bands Stretch and Rocky Recovery.

Watch video of Flames by Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera

ON THIS DAY… 02 NOV 1985

I played the Blues ‘N’ Booze benefit show

On this day in 1985, I jammed in a band with Elmer Gantry at a charity event called the ‘Blues ‘n’ Booze’ benefit, at Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire. Curiously enough, in the first Led Zeppelin set in 1968 we covered ‘Flames’ by Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera. It was really great to play with him. More recently Elmer’s been in the bands Stretch and Rocky Recovery.

Watch video of Flames by Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera

2 November 1985

2 November 1985

ON THIS DAY… 29 OCT 1988

OUTRIDER PLAYED THE CENTRUM, WORCESTER, MA

We play at The Centrum Worcester, which was one of the best shows we played on the ‘88 tour. Robert Plant with his solo tour, had re-routed to start following up our dates and in fact, at Worcester, he played the following day on the 30th. He disguised himself and slipped in to see the show. It’s a shame he didn’t say hello. Read local newspaper review

Also on this day Chris Dreja photographed the members of Led Zeppelin for the back cover of Led Zeppelin I in 1968.

AUDIO: In My Time of Dying

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ON THIS DAY… 29 OCT 1988

OUTRIDER PLAYED THE CENTRUM, WORCESTER, MA

We play at The Centrum Worcester, which was one of the best shows we played on the ‘88 tour. Robert Plant with his solo tour, had re-routed to start following up our dates and in fact, at Worcester, he played the following day on the 30th. He disguised himself and slipped in to see the show. It’s a shame he didn’t say hello. Read local newspaper review

Also on this day Chris Dreja photographed the members of Led Zeppelin for the back cover of Led Zeppelin I in 1968.

AUDIO: In My Time Of Dying