Led Zeppelin Play One of Their First Concerts in March 1969 | Video

August 12th, 2015

By Damian Fanelli

Ever want to know what an early Led Zeppelin concert experience was like? We’ve got you covered.

Below, you can check out some vintage, high-quality video from a March 17, 1969, Led Zeppelin TV appearance. In the US, their self-titled debut album was only three months old—and it wouldn’t be released in the UK for another two weeks.

The band—Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham—was on a tour of the UK and Scandinavia when they visited TV-Byen studios in Gladsaxe, Denmark, to play four tracks from their new album, all of which you can hear below: “Communication Breakdown,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and “How Many More Times.”

Page is playing his 1959 Fender Telecaster, a gift from Jeff Beck and a holdover from his Yardbirds days. And Page fans are in luck, because there’s lots of close-up camera work during his solos, including his “Communication Breakdown” Tele-shred workout.


  • what a treat.some of the best vintage video i have ever seen of zep or any band for that matter.

  • rick wessel

    so young so talented!!!! love jimmys tele!!

  • Brilliant. Legends

  • edbe

    Who knew, hey? Just fantastic…saw the band twice in Vancouver. Once in 1970(I think)& again just before Led Zeppelin III
    was released. THE Best!!!

  • Hue Nery

    Watching and listening to this makes me think about the ideal behind the recordings at the time. It was all about the live performance and though I love the album versions, their live performance was something else. And although it seems like a lot of ad lib going on, it’s clear that they practiced the improve ideas otherwise, they could’ve never kept it so tight. My all time favorite rock band.

  • DrP

    At least one guy in the audience seemed to have some appreciation of what he was witnessing.

  • Craig Melin

    Great memories! Saw them play 10 times & it reminds me of the concerts at Chicago’s old “Kinetic Playground / Electric Theater”i.e. OLD Aragon Ballroom, Zep, Jethro Tull, Savoy Brown all for a whopping $5.00! And they played till early morning. Those really were the days!

  • Dave

    Saw the same concert as Ed in fact I was with him lol. Jimmy was playing his double guitar and I swear to god he had four arms.

  • In what looks to be their sock feet no less!

  • Michael

    Takes me back. This footage has been around for some time, but, this posting is particularly clear, audio & visual wise. Legendary band, and justifiably so. Saw them open for The Who at Merri-Weather-Post Pavilion May 25, 1969. What a concert. Wow, beyond description.