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Gonzaga '68
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Type Live bootleg
Artist Led Zeppelin
Release Date 1994
Recorded 30 December 1968 at John F. Kennedy Pavilion, Spokane, Washington, USA.
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, folk rock
Language English
Length 58 minutes 5 seconds [mono]
Label Capricorn
Catalogue CR-2031E
Engineer audience recording

Gonzaga '68 is a bootleg recording of the English rock group Led Zeppelin's performance at the Gonzaga University gymnasium, John F. Kennedy Pavilion in Spokane, Washington, on 30 December 1968.

Overview

The recording was first released in the early 1990s and has since been repackaged with other shows and released on various compact discs. Widely considered the first Led Zeppelin concert ever captured on audience tape, Led Zeppelin were performing songs from their eponymous debut album Led Zeppelin, which had not been released yet. The album would not make a mark on the charts until February 1969. The band performed as support to Vanilla Fudge, in front of 1200 college students who received discounted tickets because the student government had a deal with promoter Concerts West. The band was mostly an unknown quantity, with their cause not helped by the concert being erroneously advertised for 'Len Zefflin'.[1]

This bootleg features much between-song banter from lead singer Robert Plant. Spokane was experiencing a severe cold snap that week, with temperatures dropping to -5 °C, when the band arrived. Apparently, the Kennedy Pavilion (Gonzaga's basketball gym) wasn't well-heated either, because Plant quipped to the quiet audience that 'You won't believe this, but I don't think that either ourselves or our equipment is quite used to the temperature. It's taken about three hours of gas stoves under the equipment to get everything going.'[2] Gradually the audience responds to the band, with a warm ovation. Plant indicates how far away their first album is by introducing one of the songs: 'This is off an album that comes out in about three weeks time on the Atlantic label. It's called Led Zeppelin. This is a tune ... called 'Dazed and Confused'. The recording stops during the end of 'Pat's Delight'.

Album information

Track listing:

  • Disc 1:
  1. 'Train Kept A-Rollin'' (Tiny Bradshaw, Howie Kay, Sydney Nathan) – 2:41
  2. 'I Can't Quit You Baby' (Willie Dixon) – 7:09
  3. 'As Long As I Have You' (Bob Elgin, Norman Meade) – 9:22
  4. 'Dazed and Confused' (Jimmy Page) – 10:16
  5. 'White Summer' (Jimmy Page) - 7:11
  6. 'How Many More Times' (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - 16:38
  7. 'Pat's Delight' (John Bonham) - 7:59

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – acoustic, electric, backing vocals
    • Robert Plant – vocals, harmonica
    • John Paul Jones – bass guitar, backing vocals
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion, backing vocals

Notes

  1. Reddon, Frank (2008). Sonic Boom: The Impact of Led Zeppelin, Volume 1: Break & Enter. Fort Erie: Enzepplopedia Publishing, 161. ISBN 0-9784446-0-0. 
  2. Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (2005). Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, Revised Edition. London: Omnibus Press, 32. ISBN 1-84449-659-7.