Average: 2.3 (40 votes)

December 10, 1968

London, UK

Marquee

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.

Material from the yet unfinished debut album was also included, such as: Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, You Shook Me, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, How Many More Times and a Garnett Mimms cover, As Long As I Have You.

Notes:

Review: Led Zeppelin, the re-grouped Yardbirds, made their Marquee debut last week. They are now very much a heavy music group, with singer Robert Plant leading and ably holding his own against a powerful backing trio of John Paul Jones (bass), John Bonham (drums), and Jimmy Page (guitar).

Amp troubles didn’t help them on this particular occasion but there seemed to be a tendency for too much volume which inevitably defeats musical definition.

One of the best numbers of the set was “Days of Confusion” (aka Dazed and Confused), featuring interesting inter-play of Plant’s voice and Page’s guitar on which he used a violin bow creating an unusual effect. Drummer Bonham is forceful, perhaps too much so, and generally there appears to be a need for Led Zeppelin to cut down on volume a bit. (T. Wilson, Oct’ 68)

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Led Zeppelin Marquee Club 10 December 1968

"I was at Led Zeppelin's first gig in London at The Marquee in 1968.

I was a 16 year old major Cream fan, and grieving over their recent demise. I had read an article by music critic Tony Palmer in the Observer newspaper, praising Led Zeppelin, and describing them as "the new Cream". So I just had to go and see them!
No booking of tickets etc., we just turned up and had to wait ages in a long queue which went all the way down Wardour St., and round into St. Annes Court. I recall  joining the queue by a telephone box opposite "The Macabre Club".
I can't remember how long it took to get in but of course it was well worth it.
I couldn't see very much over the heads of he crowd, but do in particular remember seeing the violin bow of Jimmy Page during 'Dazed  and Confused'.... And of course the volume!

We all thought we were witnessing something a bit special, certainly very different. Although not the expected "new Cream" my mates and I came out buzzing with excitement! I seem to recall that it was a bit later that the first album came out, and then we really realised what they could do. The rest as they say "is history".