Led Zeppelin To Be Honored In Denmark
September 7, 2013, marks the 45 year anniversary since Led Zeppelin played their very first concert. Now the British rock stars are getting a special plaque right where it all began; in a primary school in Gladsaxe.
In Denmark, Led Zeppelin made themselves into rock history September 7,1968. There was, as we know, many interesting things around the world that year. That there was an English rockband that played on a Saturday night in Gladsaxe Teen Club in the neighborhood of Copenhagen, was nothing special. After all, youth clubs pulled in, every Saturday night, somewhere between 1,200 and 1,600 young people when there was a ball at Egegaard School. And, many British groups came.
Gladsaxe the rock world map
There were usually three bands in one night. The main name that evening was The Yardbirds. They had been there before and they were good ol, seemed both club's board and many fans. But it did not go quite as expected. The British band that was booked long before the summer, ran afoul with each other over in the home city of London and was dissolved the summer. Group guitarist Jimmy Page, however, had a new plan up his sleeve, namely to find new playmates to play with. He found them, and it was this new group that appeared in Gladsaxe Teen Club Saturday 7th September 1968 under the name "The New Yardbirds."
The three new members of the group were singer Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. They had only practiced a few times together in London, then in the afternoon of September 7th, they knocked on the door at the school in Gladsaxe and asked if they just had to practice a little before the evening's concert. And so, a nice school in Gladsaxe - incidentally, then departed Erhard Jakobsen, who was the mayor of the municipality - both "rehearsing room" and "concert venue" for the world premiere of one of the world's greatest rock bands, Led Zeppelin, will be there.
World premiere plaque
45 years after being given Led Zeppelin a place of honor at the school where it all began, there will be a plaque for the rock historic event . The plaque will be put up at Gladsaxe School, which Egegaard School was called.
It will of course be celebrated, and it happens Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Gladsaxe School, where the plaque will be unveiled.
The project is called "Initiative Group for the selection of Led Zeppelin's world premiere in Gladsaxe" which among others, several of the people who had significant shares of Led Zeppelin's world premiere and documentation of the event, namely Kim Utke, co-founder of Gladsaxe Teen Club and a member of the board, will help to decide which groups play at the club. Jerry Ritz, music and theater producer, was on the road with foreign groups such as The Who, The Animals and Small Faces, was the tour manager for Led Zeppelin in Scandinavia in 1968 and 1969, and Jorgen Angel, rock photographer, who took a series of recent very famous images of Led Zeppelin's first concert which is world renowned for its unique photographs of rock's big names from the 60s and 70s. His pictures can be seen at a major exhibition in The Old Town in Aarhus.