Jimmy page looks back on his thoughts after Led Zeppelin’s first rehearsal way back on 12th August 1968.
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones were set to perform their first gig billed as ‘The New Yardbirds’ on 7th September 1968, Jimmy Page had contracts to fulfil after the original Yardbirds split. Not long after their first gig they started recording the first album that would make their mark in Rock’n’Roll history. Page said on Ultimate Classic Rock Night radio show:
“What I knew was I’d never felt something like that before; and what I also knew was everybody else was in the same boat,” he said. “No matter what they’d done in the past, they’d never been in a situation where everything was so sort of intense and so heavily connected – profoundly connected, musically – on just our first meeting and getting together to play.”
“I’d worked with Robert at my house, going through the various things I wanted to do like ‘Dazed and Confused,’ ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’… but that initial rehearsal was enough for everybody to say, ‘Yeah.’” Looking back at the timeline of events, he noted: “We were recording in October of ’68; the Yardbirds were still going in July of ’68. You can imagine how quickly this whole thing came together.”
On his memory of his first gig with Led Zeppelin Page said “The first gig was in Scandinavia [at the Gladsaxe Teen Club in Denmark on September 7, 1968] because I was very keen to be able to have the group playing in front of an audience before we went in the studio.”
On his early vision of Led Zeppelin Page recalls “I knew that the way to do it was to have four musicians that were just really locked in tight and everyone could be heard on the records, and it wasn’t just about one person but the overall.”