University of Surrey - October 25, 1968

Submitted by srapallo on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 13:18
October 25, 1968
Battersea, London
United Kingdom
uk
Setlist

Setlists during these early tours include: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, You Shook Me, Dazed & Confused,  White Summer / Black Mountain Side, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown,

Notes

Support: The Gass. 

The band make their official debut as "Led Zeppelin". The show was hyped as "The First Big Dance of the Term" and some early printed material listed them as "The New Yardbirds". It was commonly (incorrectly) listed as taking place in Guildford, however this show occurred at the University of Surrey, Great Hall, Battersea Park Rd, London. An office memo from Jimmy Page's personal collection also confirmed this information: "Friday 25th October 1968. Surrey University, Battersea Park Road, London, S.W.11. Arrive by 8pm. 1x50 minute spot.  £175 fee cheque on the night of the engagement."

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."

"I drove John and Robert to their first engagement as Led Zeppelin in my Jaguar. There was a huge banner outside that read: 'Tonight! The Ex-Yardbirds'. Underneath in smaller lettering, it said 'Led Zeppelin'. After the gig, I couldn't start the Jaguar and we all came home on the train." - (Reg Jones, Way Of Life)

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.

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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