ON THIS DAY… 09 APR 1969
LED ZEPPELIN PLAYED THE TOBY JUG IN TOLWORTH
This venue was a Charrington’s pub, with a small events room at the back - the sort of thing that would have serviced wedding receptions for small families. It had become a recognised rock gig venue and Led Zeppelin played it.
The Toby Jug was just outside central London on the A3 road, by the Tolworth Bypass. In fact, the roundabout was known as the ‘Toby Jug roundabout’. I went back to visit this musical cauldron in the 90s, and wondered how we got an audience in this small space at all, even with the limited equipment at the time.
David Bowie’s first night of the Ziggy Stardust tour was here: he must have been brave.
The Toby Jug was demolished in 2008, taking with it the musical imprint of Led Zeppelin and the Spiders from mars.
From our notes, the dates was performed of the 9th, some people say it was the 16th - it was a long time ago and I don’t remember!