In my collection, I have over 50 bootlegged concerts from Led Zeppelin. I know that's a lot, but hearing Zeppelin live is always a treat. I don't think there are too many bands out their that can perform better than the mighty Zep.
This show is no exception. Performing live at the Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington on 12/30/1968, Zeppelin left everybody including the headlining act, Vanilla Fudge, speechless. The heavy blues that they played was no match for the psychedelia that the Fudge played. The audience was stunned by Jimmy Page's crushing guitar riffs and the violin bow theatrics. Robert Plant's wailing voice was like no has heard of before. Not to mention the thunder of John Bonham's drums and the rhythm of bassist John Paul Jones. I just could imagine the look on the faces in the audience-all dazed and confused!
Led Zeppelin had arrived from England only five days before this show, embarking their first American tour. Backing up bands like Vanilla Fudge and Iron Butterfly, these guys were virtually unknown at this point. Their debut album would not released until January 12, 1969. It wasn't long before Zeppelin made a name for themselves.
This the earliest known bootleg from the band. The sound quality is rather muddied and hard to hear at spots. Overall it is not too bad (I've heard worse), considering how assessable bootlegging was in those days. It's always a treat to get ANY boots from that time period.
Here is a video clip from that show.
Train Kept a Rollin'
I Can't Quit You Babe
As Long as I Have You
Dazed and Confused
How Many More Times
Pat's Delight (drum solo)