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October 25, 1968

Battersea, UK

Surrey University - Great Hall

Setlist:

Exact setlists during the 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.

Jimmy Page: "At this point in 1968, I was living in my house in Pangbourne, West Berkshire. For some time prior to that, I had lived in Epsom in Surrey (when this location was called Ewell Technical College) and I had attended a handful of chemistry lessons at night school back in the day. This show was a good chance to catch up with some of my old pals from Epsom."

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LZ first ever gig at Surrey University

As it states on the poster, it was in Battersea in the old Victorian main building on Battersea Park Road in London. The university was in the throngs of moving to the new Guildford site during this time after receiving its university charter in 1966. This was the very first gig of the newly named formation that was still (unofficially) playing as The Yardbirds only one week before in London and Liverpool after completing their obligatory Scandinavian tour still officially as The Yardbirds with the new band members (Bonham, Plant, Jones and of course Jimmy Page).

The Great Hall was the large assembly hall with an impressive organ behind the stage. The whole complex has now been re-developed into a large number of very expensive city flats. Fortunately the exterior has kept much of its old Victorian charm and is well worth a visit.

Only a few days after this gig the band signed their first record contract with Atlantic Records and the rest we all know. Later, in 2008, Jimmy Page was awarded an honorary degree at the be-said University of Surrey in Guildford. So now we can call him Dr. Jim!