Led Zeppelin United Kingdom and Scandinavian Tour 1969

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Promotional poster for Led Zeppelin's concert in Sweden, 14 March 1969.

The 1969 tour of the United Kingdom and Scandinavian was a concert tour of England, Wales, Denmark and Sweden by the English rock band, Led Zeppelin. The tour commenced on 1 March 1969 and completed on 17 April 1969, although there exists unconfirmed reports the band appeared in additional shows during this time.

Overview

In the course of this tour, Led Zeppelin elicited an allotment of live television performances, comprising one recording in Denmark on 17 March,[1] a session at BBC TV studios on 21 March [2] and a session at Staines on 25 March,[3] the culminating for the filming of the Supershow. These anteceding filmed sessions were constituent of manager Peter Grant's strategy to create public cognizance of the band. However, his despondence with the medium (specifically its inadequate audio dynamics), would in due time influence him to make the group unavailable for television again, including offers from The Tom Jones Show and Top of the Pops.[4]

TV just doesn't do justice to our sound[5]

Led Zeppelin's debut album was tardily released in the United Kingdom part-way through this tour, in late March 1969.

Tour set list

The fairly typical set list for the tour was:

  1. 'Train Kept A-Rollin'' (Tiny Bradshaw, Howie Kay, Lois Mann)
  2. 'I Can't Quit You Baby' (Willie Dixon)
  3. 'As Long As I Have You' (Garnet Mimms)
  4. 'Dazed and Confused' (Jimmy Page)
  5. "You Shook Me' (Willie Dixon, J. B. Lenoir)
  6. 'White Summer'/'Black Mountain Side' (Jimmy Page)
  7. 'Pat's Delight' (John Bonham)
  8. 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Anne Bredon)
  9. 'How Many More Times' (John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page)

There were some set list variations, substitutions, and running order changes during the tour.

Notes

  1. Led Zeppelin official website: Danemark TV
  2. Led Zeppelin official website: BBC TV session
  3. Led Zeppelin official website: Staines concert
  4. Shadwick, Keith (2005). Led Zeppelin: The Story of a Band and Their Music 1968-1980, 1st. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 93. ISBN 0-87930-871-0. 
  5. Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (2005). Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, Revised. London: Omnibus Press, 20. ISBN 1-84449-659-7.