Led Zeppelin History – Sept 7

Today in 1968 the Zeppelin boys made their live debut (as The New Yardbirds) at the Gladsaxe Teen Club in Copenhagen, Denmark. This was the first date of a 9-date Scandinavian tour to fulfill the now-defunct Yardbirds’ remaining tour obligations.

Exact setlists during these first tours are still sketchy. Old Yardbirds’ live staples such as Train Kept a Rollin’, Dazed and Confused, White Summer and likely For Your Love were performed. Material from the yet unfinished debut album was also probably included, such as: Communication Breakdown, I Can’t Quit You Baby, You Shook Me, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, How Many More Times and a Garnett Mimms cover titled As Long As I Have You.

A local review stated: Their performance and their music were absolutely flawless, and the music continued to ring nicely in the ears for some time after the curtains were drawn after their show. We can therefore conclude that the New Yardbirds are at least as good as the old ones were.

Another review: Jimmy Page has put a new band together. The music is the same, only better than ever… Robert Plant should face some small criticism and a lot of praise for an excellent performance. There is no doubt that he is a good singer, but he doesn’t have to twist his body like he’s having a ruptured appendix, does he? Musically, the band is super-great. Their hard disciplined beat is amazing. Of course, it was foremost Jimmy Page that was responsible for this but the drummer should also be mentioned; a drum solo so wild and good is hard to find. It was so good that one almost wished that John Bonham wouldn’t stop. – Glostrup Handelsblat

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