Today in 2009, U.S. singer Myles Kennedy, who had recently auditioned to be Robert Plant’s potential replacement in a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, said he was “grateful” for the chance to impress – despite not getting the gig in the end. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham had auditioned singers for a potential tour after Plant said he wouldn’t be involved with the permanent reunion. Kennedy, who sings with the band Alter Bridge, said “I did have a great opportunity and it was something that I’m very grateful for. The audition was surreal. It was great. I’ll tell that story some day. But for now, it was a good experience, and I’m still pinching myself, let’s put it that way.”
Today in 1969 Led Zeppelin supposedly played the Wheaton Youth Center, in Wheaton, MD. Some reports suggest that only 55 fans attended this show. If so, this would make it the smallest audience they ever played to. This show would have been on the night of Richard Nixon’s inauguration.
However, there is no evidence of this show ever occurring. It appears on no tour schedule, the surviving members of the band do not recall it, nor does Led Zeppelin’s tour manager, Richard Cole. Zeppelin’s first Baltimore area show was at the Civic Center on Feb. 16, 1969.
Nevertheless, local filmmaker Jeff Krulik has made a documentary about the show, titled Led Zeppelin Played Here (http://www.ledzeppelinplayedhere.com), but so far has not uncovered any physical evidence or met anyone who was there. “There’s people who grew up in Wheaton, across the street, who went to every show, who don’t remember it,” said Krulik. But he is confident it actually took place, having made contact with the man who organized the concert, Barry Richards, who at the time was a local DJ. “I love the fact that it’s a mystery,” Krulik said. “There was no internet; things were analog, and either you were a performer or you went and saw performers. You had to go out and see it.”
On this date in 2010, the album cover for “Led Zeppelin IV” was among 10 covers chosen by the Royal Mail for a set of ‘Classic Album Covers’ postage stamps issued in the UK. The other album covers chosen were: The Rolling Stones’ 1969 album Let It Bleed, Coldplay’s, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, New Order’s Power, Corruption And Lies, Blur’s Parklife, The Clash’s London Calling, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, and Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell.
On this date in 1969, Led Zeppelin is rumored to have played the Baltimore Civic Center in MD, and also an unnamed venue in New Orleans. Both are unconfirmed. However, considering the fact that they were in Iowa City on Jan. 15 and Detroit on Jan. 17, it seems highly unlikely that they played either Baltimore or New Orleans on Jan 16…
Today in 1972, Led Zeppelin’s single “Black Dog” (b/w “Misty Mountain Hop”), from their 1971 untitled fourth album, made its debut on the U.S. singles chart. It peaked at #15 and spent eight weeks on the chart. Released on Dec. 2, 1971, this was their fourth single.
Today in 1970 Led Zeppelin made the decision to begin playing without supporting acts, in order to be able to perform longer sets.
It’s rumored that Zeppelin played the Fox Theater in San Diego on this date in 1969, but this has not been confirmed; the remastered super deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin I (released June 2014) does not mention this date or venue.