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18-october-1968 The New Yardbirds

DATE: Friday, 18th, October, 1968
LOCATION: 90 Wardour Street
MAIN ACT: The New Yardbirds
BAND MEMBERS: Robert Plant (vocals), Jimmy Page (guitar), John Paul Jones (bass), John bonham (drums)
SUPPORTING ACT: Sleepy


On the 18th of October, 1968 Led Zeppelin performed their first gig at the Marquee club, under the name of the New Yardbirds. The fourth members had played before at the Marquee club; Robert Plant and John Bonham in their former band, Robert Plant Band of Joy; Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in numerous occasions as members of the legendary Yardbirds. Led Zeppelin started their first American tour 16 after this show.

It's been said that the Marquee club's manager, John Gee, said later that he wasn't very impressed with Led Zeppelin's performance and either the audience. Years later he recalled: "The group was very loud, I thought they were overpoweringly loud for the size of the Marquee. Anyway, the lads received an enthusiastic but not overwhelming reaction from the audience." A review in the Melody Maker published on December the 21st mentioned also that the band was too loud.

Memorabilia on this night
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Memories on this night

"As I remember we went to see the New Yardbirds, Jimmy Page in particular. The Marquee was really hot and packed that night. I thought Robert Plant was too much like a soul singer compared to Keith Relf, and the whole thing was very noisy! However 'Dazed and Confused' was brilliant, their best number then - and forevermore! How awful that Conran's pretentious restaurant has replaced such a marvellous venue."

Submitted by: Bob Brooks, Deal, Kent, UK.


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