The First Led Zeppelin “The Yardbirds” Concert

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It was September 7, 1968.  The location for this momentous concert was  the  Gladsaxe Teen Clubs, Egegård Skole in Denmark. Led Zeppelin’s first concert tour, but they were billed as The Yardbirds.  Even though Jimmy Page was the only “Yardbird” in the band. 

Why was this? According to Page, “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.” 

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page Photo Jørgen Angel - http://www.angel.dk from http://www.teenclubs.dk


Who knows for sure what the exact set list was, at this point, we can only make an educated guess. Here’s the “likely” set list: 

  • Train Kept A-Rollin’” (Bradshaw, Kay, Mann)
  • For Your Love” (Gouldman)
  • I Can’t Quit You Baby” (Dixon)
  • As Long As I Have You” (Mimms)
  • Dazed and Confused” (Page)
  • Communication Breakdown” (Bonham, John Paul Jones, Page)
  • You Shook Me” (Dixon, Lenoir)
  • White Summer“/”Black Mountain Side” (Page)
  • “Pat’s Delight” (Bonham)
  • Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (Bredon, Page, Plant)
  • How Many More Times” (Bonham, Jones, Page)
  • In that first year Led Zeppelin performed 27 concerts.  If you want to check out more pictures from their first concert go to  Teen Clubs Gladsaxe. For a complete list of all Led Zeppelin’s Concerts go to Led Zeppelin.com.


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