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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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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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