This week in 1972, Led Zeppelin’s untitled 4th album was in the Top 20 on both the UK and US album charts. It was spending its last week of 63 weeks on the UK chart, but it would go on to spend 259 weeks on the US chart.
Today (this year, 2018) three different prints of British artist Zacron’s cover for Led Zeppelin’s third album were sold at auction at Cheffins auction house in Cambridge, UK. Zacron’s widow said that Cheffins is hosting “a small exhibition about how the work came to be commissioned, how Zacron conceived the idea for the album cover, and how he worked with the band.” I don’t have the final sale figures, but each print was estimated to sell for £400 – £500.
Today in 1970 Led Zeppelin appeared at Leeds University, Leeds, England. The set list included: I Can’t Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love, C’mon Everybody and Communication Breakdown.
It was at this show that the band had a meeting with fine arts lecturer Zacron (who Jimmy Page knew from the early 60’s), to discuss their ideas for the album sleeve for Led Zeppelin III. Zacron had studied at Kingston College of Art with members of the Yardbirds. By 1970 he was a lecturer at Leeds Polytechnic, and he involved fellow Poly lecturer Martin Salisbury in the creation of the sleeve for Led Zeppelin III, with Salisbury actually taking the photographs.
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…