Luftschiff Posted April 27, 2011 Share Posted April 27, 2011 I have been captured by this unique event as it happened at my old university just before I started my studies there. Hence I started researching this on a private basis (no commercial interests whatsoever!!) and found many incorrect and confusing data linked with this historic concert. There is a lot of only circumstantial evidence pointing at this evening but very few hard facts. The date, venue and even the very existance of this very first ever gig as the newly formed Led Zeppelin has been disputed in many books on the history of this extra ordinary band. There are some experts who interpret the first ever gig as LZ was already in Denmark once the band formation was set. With this posting I am hoping that someone will be able to add hard facts, copies of documents, a newspaper cutting, even a photo or perhaps a film clip proving exactly when and where this did actually take place. The bare facts so far: 1. The band members were already performing together as The "new" Yardbirds before this unique performance 2. Sometime during the middle of October 1968 (possibly on the 19th - announced in a musical magazine) the band was renamed Led Zeppelin 3. The very first perfomance as Led Zeppelin was on the 25th October 1968 at Surrey University (a poster shows this - although still announced at The new Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Plant) 4. The concert took place at the old main building of Surrey University that was still in Battersea in London (various eyewitness reports). Although the university was, at that time, in the throngs of moving to a new site in Guildford, there were no buildings/rooms available at the new site where such entertainment was possible. Who can confirm any one of these facts? Who can add more facts? Who has a photo of the event? Who can provide some film footage of that evening's event? I am looking forward to your input. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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