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A music fan has remembered the gig 43 years ago this week where he saw rock superstars Led Zeppelin take to the stage in a "grotty" Tolworth pub.

The legendary rockers would go on to have one of the biggest selling albums in history, playing to millions of fans across the globe on the back of classics such as Stairway to Heaven and Whole Lotta Love.

But rock fan Steve Duffy remembers seeing them while 'out on the tiles' in the less-than-glamorous surroundings of the Toby Jug, in Hook Rise South, on April 16, 1969.

The band - made up of frontman Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham - had already hit the big time with their self-titled debut album, a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and were poised to embark on a huge American tour.

Yet despite their imminent domination of the rock world, Mr Duffy didn't remember having any trouble getting into the venue, having been driven there, with friend Peter Graham, by his dad.

Posting on fan page ledzeppelin.com, he wrote: "To think they played 152 gigs that year, would be in San Francisco just two or three weeks after playing the grotty Toby Jug.

"They must have been paid less than £10 each to perform there.

"Great memories. Those were the days."

However, the music fan was a little 'dazed and confused' about the song list the band played that night.

He said: "The band was already so well known, but I don't remember any problems with crowds being kept out. It was a tiny room, about 100 to 120 people.

"The stage was about six inches high at most.

"I'm sure they did Dazed And Confused, Communication Breakdown and Babe I'm Gonna Leave You.

"But I can't remember as much as I'd like."

The Toby Jug had a reputation for breaking new bands, having played host to the likes of Traffic, David Bowie and Jethro Tull.

It was torn down in 2000 over fears it might become a home for squatters and now makes up part of the site for a proposed new Tesco superstore.

Rock and roll.

From: Your Local Guardian
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