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Pacific Coliseum - December 28, 1968

  • These early North American dates include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, As Long As I Have You, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, How Many More Times.
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on September 20, 2007 - 1:57pm
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December 28, 1968
Vancouver
BC
Canada
ca
Setlist: 

These early North American dates include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, As Long As I Have You, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, How Many More Times.

Note: 

Led Zeppelin (unbilled) open for Vanilla Fudge. Early tour itinerary listed Vancouver as their North American debut date, instead of Denver.

Vancouver Sun Looks Back (12-28-12)

Jim Allan has impeccable '60s cred. He was one of the founders of The Retinal Circus, Vancouver's premier psychedelic nightclub, which brought in acts like The Doors and The Grateful Dead at the dawn of their careers. He later managed Spring (who had a local hit with Country Boy Named Willie), did a stint as business manager for Terry Jacks and the Poppy Family, and co-owned the Granville Book Company.

But everyone has skeletons in the closet. And Allan's can be found on a Led Zeppelin website, where he trashes the quartet in a review of their first Vancouver appearance on Dec. 28, 1968.

The newly formed Zeppelin were opening for Vanilla Fudge at the Pacific Coliseum. The 22-yearold Allan was a stringer for the Columbian in New Westminster, where his submissions appeared under a column called Teen Talk.

"Later I had my own column, Pop-pourri," Allan recalls. "Oh God. This was 1968."

Allan was not impressed with Led Zeppelin's singer Robert Plant, who he dubbed "a farce."

"His Mick Jagger singing style, tossing his head from side to side and strutting about the stage, left me quite cold, " he wrote. He had mixed feelings about guitarist Jimmy Page ("he had flashes of brilliance but they were too few and too far between"). And while Allan dug John Bonham's drum solo ("extremely good in spots"), overall he found the drum legend "wasn't consistent in his efforts."

He ended the Zep part of the review with "Led Zeppelin went over like a Led balloon." Then he went on to praise the Vanilla Fudge, who he found "sensuous."

"I remember being a Vanilla Fudge fan, and liking them a lot," he recalls. "But Led Zeppelin ... they weren't the ones filled with hot air, it was me."
Led Zeppelin would survive his negative review, coming back to play to ecstatic Vancouver crowds in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1973.

The Vancouver Sun (12-28-12)
 

Notes: 

Support act: The Trials of Jason Hoover (unbilled), Led Zeppelin (unbilled), for Vanilla Fudge (headliner). Early tour itinerary listed Vancouver as their North American debut date, instead of Denver.

Vancouver Sun Looks Back (12-28-12)

Jim Allan has impeccable '60s cred. He was one of the founders of The Retinal Circus, Vancouver's premier psychedelic nightclub, which brought in acts like The Doors and The Grateful Dead at the dawn of their careers. He later managed Spring (who had a local hit with Country Boy Named Willie), did a stint as business manager for Terry Jacks and the Poppy Family, and co-owned the Granville Book Company.

But everyone has skeletons in the closet. And Allan's can be found on a Led Zeppelin website, where he trashes the quartet in a review of their first Vancouver appearance on Dec. 28, 1968.

The newly formed Zeppelin were opening for Vanilla Fudge at the Pacific Coliseum. The 22-yearold Allan was a stringer for the Columbian in New Westminster, where his submissions appeared under a column called Teen Talk.

"Later I had my own column, Pop-pourri," Allan recalls. "Oh God. This was 1968."

Allan was not impressed with Led Zeppelin's singer Robert Plant, who he dubbed "a farce."

"His Mick Jagger singing style, tossing his head from side to side and strutting about the stage, left me quite cold, " he wrote. He had mixed feelings about guitarist Jimmy Page ("he had flashes of brilliance but they were too few and too far between"). And while Allan dug John Bonham's drum solo ("extremely good in spots"), overall he found the drum legend "wasn't consistent in his efforts."

He ended the Zep part of the review with "Led Zeppelin went over like a Led balloon." Then he went on to praise the Vanilla Fudge, who he found "sensuous."

"I remember being a Vanilla Fudge fan, and liking them a lot," he recalls. "But Led Zeppelin ... they weren't the ones filled with hot air, it was me."
Led Zeppelin would survive his negative review, coming back to play to ecstatic Vancouver crowds in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1973.

The Vancouver Sun (12-28-12)
 

Setlists: 

These early North American dates include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, As Long As I Have You, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, How Many More Times.

Comments

Kelvin Lloyd's picture

Great show! Ironic that VF headlined the show. Terry David Mulligan (radio dj) handed out the b & w album to those up front.
Everyone knew then and there they were watching/hearing a turning point in rock.
That being the exceptional druming, solid bass playing. Not to mention the amazing blues inspired lead guitar work (violin bow included). Wrap that up with vocals that seemed to stretch forever.
A memory I won't forget.

Kelvin

Mike Kelly's picture

What memories
I went to my first concert at the Pacific coliseum < it was just built shortly before >
on my 12th birthday dec28/68.
LED ZEPPELIN !!!!!
although the sound left something to be desired seeing a YOUNG Jimmy Page just
blew me away.I have been a lifelong fan ever since.As we were going to see Vanilla
Fudge,Zep was a bonus.For the next few weeks i didn' talk about anything else.
And of course we went back a few months later and saw it all again.
Zeppelin were the headliner Vanilla Fudge the backup

Sheldon Pilot's picture

I've always known that Vancouver is a very unique city and considered by many to be one of the top 10 places to live in the world. So there must be a reason why many bands over the years like to start their North American tours in Vancouver...

I could only imagine what it must have been like to attend a concert for a band like VF who was so ahead of the curve for their genre to then be hit by a Thunder Bolt performance by the newly formed Led Zeppelin. It must have been similar to having an orgasm for the very first time...light headed, a wee tingle sensation to the temples and a smile from ear to ear.

Robert Melle's picture

Led Zepelin opened for Vanilla Fudge. They played their set and we all sat in awe. We had never heard of the group and I am not sure we even heard Vanilla Fudge we just wanted more Led Zepelin. WOW!

Name's picture

I was an English teacher (25 years old) in North Surrey at Mary Jane Shannon secondary school. I recall one of my students telling me that a family member (dad I think?) was in rock promotion, and that he thought a visit by Led Zeppelin to the school might be arrangeable. This might have been imagination on his part because school would have been out by at least the 23rd (I don' think they had a full two weeks back then).

I wasn't a Zeppelin fan back then but I knew this was worth bringing up with the principal (Eric Tongue who was a good man but no rock fan). He gave me a strained look and asked who they were. I told him, "A rock band." He looked a little disgusted and said, "Tell them to rent a hall."

The student was not impressed. The visit may have been a teenage fantasy anyways, but the story has stayed in my mind for 40 years now.

Jim Bruce

 Dean's picture

I was 18 at the time of this show & went to see Vanilla Fudge.I had seats 4th row centre as I really liked the Fudge.The announcer came on & intro'd a new up & coming act as backup band.WOW what a show I could not believe what I was seeing & more important hearing.Led Zep did not disappoint 1 person there that night,as a matter of fact the Fudge did I believe 2 songs & were booed of stage as everyone there wanted zeppilin back.One of the most unforgetabe nights in my life.I went on to see the band 4 more times at Seattle,Vancuver x2,& Palm springs ca,at a drive in theatre where the rowdy fans burned the fences& the concession stand to the ground.

Jack Dale's picture

Jimmy Page bowing an electric guitar will always remain one of my great concert memories.

brad's picture

i have been a zeppelin fan all my life,but i never got a chance to see them live,cool story thnx

Hugh Shirreff's picture

Grade11, Kits High, off to the concert. Never mind Vanilla Fudge, we 're going to see Led Zepplin!!!!

JADY's picture

Me and my buddy got a ride from his parents to see Zepplin as we were on 13 years old!  Zepplin best band of all time and I was forunate to see them 3 times (2 in Van and 1 in Seattle). Still have " a  whole lotta love" for Zepplin!  

Bruce's picture

This was my first concert and I was amazed at the flexibility and musicianship of the band! Nobody had heard of them yet here,so,I was completely overwhelmed by what I saw as one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the world! Made want to play bass like John Paul Johns and be in a band as great as Zep.

Doodah's picture

I was there early to see Vanilla Fudge that night....a long haired guy stood beside me in the nearly empty venue and was challenged by a security guard. Shit man, said the guy i'm the Fudge... When Zeppelin opened the concert, people were initially aghast and some were mocking Plant's singing, but by the time they finished their act most were converts....including me.

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