Today in 1968 a virtually unknown rock band opened for Vanilla Fudge at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. How unknown was the opening band? So unknown that the concert ads in the local papers read, “The Vanilla Fudge, with Len Zefflin”; the ad copywriter thought it was some guy named Len Zefflin. Here’s how singer Robert Plant introduced one of the songs: “This is off an album that comes out in about three weeks’ time on the Atlantic label. It’s called Led Zeppelin. This is a tune called Dazed and Confused”. So their first album hadn’t even been released yet; it wouldn’t make a mark on the charts until February 1969. This concert was only Zeppelin’s fifth in the US; the band had done tours of the UK and Scandinavia a few months before, many of them billed as The New Yardbirds.
So why is today’s date significant? Because a student at that show had a tape recorder and captured what is now widely believed to be the earliest known bootleg recording of Led Zeppelin. Today, this tape – known as “Led Zeppelin Gonzaga ‘68” and bootlegged and distributed all over the world – has assumed an historic status in Zeppelin lore.
1. The Train Kept-A-Rollin’
2. I Can’t Quit You
3. As Long As I Have You
4. Dazed And Confused
5. White Summer
6. How Many More Times (includes The Hunter)
7. Pat’s Delight (this would later become Moby Dick)