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On 9 January 1970, the young Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, from now venerated rock band Led Zeppelin, took to the world-famous Royal Albert Hall stage to deliver one of the most celebrated gigs of their career.

Although the legendary foursome had made their debut here only the year before, alongside Liverpool Scene and Blodwyn Pig at the First London Gala Pop Festival 1969, they were nervous. In six months Led Zeppelin’s fame had sky-rocketed – this show was the hottest ticket in town and attracted fans including John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.

The band played a for nearly two hours without a break – a set dominated by material from the band’s first two albums, and including a performance of Since I’ve Been Loving You their unreleased third LP, as well as an bunch of ’50 rock ‘n’ roll and blues covers.

Even after two 15-minute long encores, the audience were still on its feet dancing, clapping and calling for more long after the band had left the stage.


Been dazed and confused for so long it's not true

Wanted a woman, never bargained for you

Lots of people talk and few of them know

Soul of a woman was created below, yeah

You hurt and abused tellin' all of your lies

Run around sweet baby, Lord how they hypnotize

Sweet little baby I don't know where you've been

Gonna love you baby, here I come again

Every day I work so hard

Bringin' home my hard earned pay

Try to love you baby, but you push me away

Don't know where you're goin'

Only know just where you've been

Sweet little baby, I want you again

Been dazed and confused for so long, it's not true

Wanted a woman, never bargained for you

Take it easy baby, let them say what they will

Will your tongue wag so much when I send you the bill

Songwriters: Jake Holmes

Dazed and Confused (2014 Remaster) lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


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