Average: 4.6 (8 votes)

December 20, 1968

London, UK

Fishmongers Arms

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 thought to be included, such as: Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, You Shook Me, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You and How Many More Times. Bonham and Plant are also said to have contributed As Long As I Have You, a Garnett Mimms cover they played during their stint together in the Band of Joy.

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The Fishmongers arms

Yes, as a young schoolboy I stuck a pin in the melody maker and wen t to my first gi g with this then unknown band. There was nothing like them anywhere and their stuff had had no airplay to date. I had a Classical music background and cared little for Cliff Roichard and his 'Summer Holiday' which is what Joe user was accustomed to hearing. I wsa a reluctant listener.
Keith and I did not know what to expect, we were barely out of short trousers. It was round the back of the pub in a small woooden hall. The stage was a foot high and barely enough for four people and a kit. When the gig started there were about a dozen people in the room - even at the end there wre only thirty or so.
ANYONE that was there had their ears blown off and I am not talking of volume - but of the assailing of the ears by the ailing of Robert Plant and Jimmy Pages guitar. NOTHING like this had ever happened to my ears or mind before - this was different, UTTERLY different in every way.
I remmeber the tales to my friends - 'Yeh is music, but its not like normal music, its like nothing you have herard before' some believed some didn't, you could not convince them until you got your hands on that first album. NOW you could- they sat back and listened. Then the REALLY listened, then the albujm was here, and here too abnd here and here and here and KERBLAM! LIke a starting pistol this album began the revolution for me. The Summer of Love the Stonesa in the Park, COuntry club, the Marquee, the concerts.
The next time I saw them was at the Albert Hall - these guys in the wooden hut were now international stars.

And you know what, even listening now, after all these years (and as a insturmentalist myself) no one has topped Plant Page and the lads, their stuff oozes quality that few in the genre can imitate.

Yes the bio above is right as far as I recall, all the numbers mentioned were palyed (I dont rembmer the blues one but it could have been played) Essentaially the whole album was already ripe for picking and we heard it all or at least as much as we needed to to know that this was a life and world changing moment - a new genre had been born, The Cream had given birth to a wild Child full of the Howling North Wind wind and the angst of were wolves . Their was no turning back.
This concert in the Fishmonger arms