Fifty Years Ago Today: Led Zeppelin Play Their First Ever Live Show

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Fifty years ago today Led Zeppelin—or, as they were known at the time, The New Yardbirds—made their live debut at Teen Club, a school gymnasium in Gladsaxe, just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jimmy Page had put the new band together in the wake of the implosion of his old one, the Yardbirds, which had fractured after singer Keith Relf and drummer Jim McCarty announced they were leaving the band in mid-1968. Rather than call it a day, Page rebuilt the group with two unknown locals from England’s Black Country—20-year-old Robert Plant, and his onetime band mate in the Band of Joy, drummer John Bonham.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.