Tickets appear to have been £0.37½
|Having arrived back
in the UK
from Scandinavia (last gig 24 Sep) in time to lay down some tracks for
radio broadcast on 11th Oct, the band went on to play the Marquee on
the 18th Oct
and Liverpool University on 19th Oct, all as The New Yardbirds, the band played
their first gig as Led Zeppelin
in the Great Hall* at the University of Surrey on 25th Oct 1968.
later date is sometimes quoted as the first Led Zep gig, 9 Nov 1968 at
the London Roundhouse in Chalk Farm.
The Who played University Hall at the University of Surrey on 9 October 1971.
Typically it holds fewer than 300 people. Sounds like a good gig.
You could ask either Jeff Tostevin or Dave Munro - both of them were at the show!
DEBUT - Led Zeppelin, the group formed by Jimmy Page after the
The Yardbirds, make their debut at
Surrey University tomorrow (Friday)."
(i.e.Friday October 25th, 1968).
(This clipping can be found on page 13 of the book The Concert File by Dave Lewis and Simon Pallett.)
*Note that this first Led Zeppelin gig was in Battersea. Although the University had substantially moved out to Guildford from Battersea by this time, this gig was at the ORIGINAL university site, in Battersea Park Road.
This Marquee gig was the band's second last as the New Yardbirds. After one more at Liverpool University, they came to Surrey as Led Zeppelin, although the tickets had been printed with the old name.
Two weekends after Surrey, the band headlined at the Roundhouse, using the new name in the billing, as shown below.
Prior to Christmas 2003, a plaque to commemorate Led Zeppelin's first gig was unveiled, outside of the present University Hall.(Surrey Matters newsletter, University of Surrey, Feb 2004)
Led Zeppelin reformed after 17 years for a one-off final gig at O2 London on 10 Dec 2007
JIMMY, TO YOU !!!
On 20 June 2008, Dr Jimmy Page was awarded the honorary degree of Doctorate of the University of Surrey, in recognition of his services to the music industry.
The ceremony was held in the Guildford Cathedral. (Jimmy Page, Prof. Michael Kearney)
University of Surrey Press Release: as link as image
News report on musicradar.com: as link as image
In conjunction with the ceremony, Jimmy signed a guitar to be given away in a competition.
Link to Led Zep Too website
|The tribute band Led Zep Too played a gig at the
University of Surrey in Guildford to celebrate the fortieth anniversary
of the first Led Zep gig at the University.
The anniversary gig was forty years to the day: on 25 October 2008.
It was in the Student Union and I was there, but the photos from my phone are a bit lame. Here's one of them, though... I think this was during Since I've Been Loving You...