Led Zeppelin History – July 7

Today in 1968 Jimmy Page and the Yardbirds played their last gig ever, at Luton Technical College in Bedfordshire, England. The band dissolved after this.

Also today, in 1980, Led Zeppelin performed their last gig ever, at the Eissporthalle in Berlin. John Bonham would die two months later, effectively ending the band’s career. They finished this show with a 17-minute version of Whole Lotta Love.

Zeppelin show setlist: Train Kept a Rollin’, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Out On the Tiles (intro), Black Dog, In The Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I’ve Been Loving You, White Summer / Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love.

Led Zeppelin History – July 6

Today in 1969 Zeppelin played the last day of the four-day Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI, despite being “banned”.

Setlist: Train Kept a Rollin’, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Lemon Song, Communication Breakdown, Long Tall Sally.

Review: Zeppelin Close Newport, Despite Ban!
The three day event attracted a record crowd of some 80,000, the heaviest attendance figures of 25,000 coming on Friday night, which was devoted entirely to heavy rock. It also attracted the attention of the local authorities who, because of the tension and near riotous situation which prevailed, demanded that Led Zeppelin be cancelled from the final bill on Sunday, and subsequently revoked the permission given them for the opening concert on the Blind Faith tour.

Other British acts there were Jeff Beck, Ten Years After, Jethro Tull, and John Mayall. Beck, Ten Years and Jethro all appeared Friday, along with Roland Kirk and Blood Sweat and Tears. Beck had the responsibility of closing an incredible show which was literally a six-hour swing through the best in rock. All the excitement caused tension, the tension provoked trouble with the local authorities, and the city of Newport, hardly used to rock, told promoter George Wein to cancel Led Zeppelin’s appearance on Sunday “in the interest of public safety”.

So Wein announced that Zeppelin would not appear, owing to the illness of one of the group. They showed up on Sunday anyway, and at 1am proceeded to go on stage and completely destroy the audience.

It was a strange situation for Zeppelin to be in. Jimmy Page said: “You don’t blow a date like this one. Not after all that. The Newport Jazz Festival was far too important to us to just cancel out and I’m very upset at the whole thing. Wein should never have announced once of us was ill.” (J. Harris, July 1969)

Led Zeppelin History – July 5

Today in 1971, Zeppelin’s last show of this European tour (at the Vigorelli Velodrome football stadium in Milan) ended prematurely when a riot between fans and police broke out about 40 minutes into the show. The band fled the stage and their road crew was seriously injured while trying to save the equipment amidst clouds of teargas. John Paul Jones has described the scene as “a war zone”.

After an hour of waiting in their barricaded backstage room, armed officers escorted Zeppelin back to their hotel. Fans were still fleeing the area, hanging onto passing trucks and running in the streets. Only a small group of youths were responsible for sparking the entire incident, but police overreactions fueled the incident to a war-like fiasco. By the end of the evening, 40 people had been injured, 16 arrested, 4 cars were vandalized and the Velodrome sustained an enormous amount of damage.

Setlist: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Whole Lotta Love.

Also today, in 1980: At a show in Munich, Germany, Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke joined Zeppelin onstage for their “Whole Lotta Love” encore. I believe the footage can be found on YouTube.

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(NOTE: This is the first chronological “Zeppelin History” posting on this blog. For the July 1 inaugural post, please click on the Mario Medious Interview link to the left.  -GotLed)

July 4 –
Today in 1979: Already scheduled for August 4, Zeppelin confirmed a second Knebworth Park appearance for August 11, due to exceptional demand (after touring much of the rest of the world, these would be Zeppelin’s first British shows in four years).Knebworth-Unused1

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