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Bath Pavillion - December 16, 1968

  • Setlists during these early tours include: Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, You Shook Me, Dazed & Confused,  Babe I'm Gonna Leave You and How Many More Times.
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on September 20, 2007 - 1:26pm
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December 16, 1968
Bath
United Kingdom
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Setlist: 

Setlists during these early tours include: Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, You Shook Me, Dazed & Confused,  Babe I'm Gonna Leave You and How Many More Times.

Setlists: 

Setlists during these early tours include: Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, You Shook Me, Dazed & Confused,  Babe I'm Gonna Leave You and How Many More Times.

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Nichola Cradock's picture

The best day of my entire life. Hitched with my friend and spent the night in the marquee, borrowing a sleeping bag from 2 guys. When Led Zeppelin came on, I can remember with clarity a guy sitting on the shoulders of someone in front of me with an umbrella and raising and lowering it to the beat. To this day when I play a Led Zeppelin CD, which I still play so often, I can picture this umbrella and the music seemingly riquocheting off the semi circular building behind us. I believe it was one of the first open air concerts and no charge for being there. I am so proud to have been there and even prouder that my children came home one day and told me they had heard this fantastic band and thought Led Zeppelin were their discovery, only to realise their mother had done something they would never get the opportunity to do. I was the 'cool' mother. In the days of the concert, us as the fans would determine how good an artist was, by the quality of the gig and how close it was to the album. Led Zeppelin were the best. I would love to know who the person was with the umbrella and the two guys who loaned my friend and I the sleeping bag and any one else that was present at that concert and their own memories of the best concert I have ever been to. Nichola

Stewart Guy's picture

Yellow Brick Road had a gig coming up on 16. December as support to Led Zeppelin at the Bath Pavilion. The gig was billed as the Jeff Beck Group. But, they had pulled out, so the gig was given to Led Zeppelin who only received a mere £75 for doing it. I remember the night due to the fact that Nick Howell had put his pedal through his bass drum. Martin ran on and changed the drum around, as the band still played. While this was going on, I noticed Jimmy Page and Robert Plant watching from the wings. Robert looked at me and said. ‘Does your Roadie always come on stage if things go wrong when you are playing?’ ‘All the time.’ I answered. ‘Jimmy, we must remember that.’ He remarked. I noticed that Jimmy was just watching as the band carried on playing. That was such a great night. Led Zeppelin would have played ‘The Train Kept A Rollin‘‘ and ‘Dazed & Confused’, both songs that Page had played when he was in The Yardbirds, while others were based on blues standards.

Stewart Guy.

Stewart Guy's picture

Follow the link below for the Gig Poster for Monday 16. December 1968, at The Pavilion. Bath. Note that The Jeff Beck Group were headliners and Led Zeppelin were to be support. Luckily, Jeff Beck withdrew, Led Zeppelin became the headliners and Yellow Brick Road got the support slot.

http://www.whocollection.com/BathDec91968.JPG

Stewart Guy.

Jamie's picture

That's really interesting about Plant asking about the roadie. It shows how green they really were at that point. Do you remember Nick Mason and Syd Barret also being at this show? I'm doing research for an upcoming Barret bio. Thanks.

Stewart Guy's picture

Hi Nichola.

You refer to the Bath Festival Of Blues which was held at the Recreation Ground, Bath on 28. June 1969. Knew a girl who worked at The Last Homely House in Hotwells, who hoped I was going to the festival. But, as I recall, I was working and could not get the time off.

Seemed you had a great time though.

Stewart Guy.

Stewart Guy's picture

Jamie. Not sure about Syd Barrett & Nick Mason being at the gig. I do recall that Jimmy Page had expressed an interest in working with Syd at some point during the 1970's. - As producer.
Thanks for the comment and good luck with the research.
Stewart Guy.

Stu's picture

I was there at this gig. The poster on the night had Jeff Beck Crossed out and the name New Yardbirds added. We were not too sure who we were seeing but we went every monday anyway.. The concert was explosive and they did play Communiction Breakdown cos I remember seeing several people banging their heads into the stone walls ;).. In later life they may have regretted that .. One of my favorite concerts/gigs of all time

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