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The Led Zeppelin/Tournament of Roses Parade connection

Rose Parade

While millions of viewers from over 100 countries view the 126th annual Tournament of Roses Parade this morning, it is interesting to know that there is a connection to Led Zeppelin that few people know about.

On May 2-3, 1969, Led Zeppelin headlined a pair of concerts at the Rose Palace, in Pasadena, California. This venue was located at 835 South Raymond Avenue, a few miles from the parade route, in a warehouse that was built for parade construction.

Parade float construction primarily takes place from October through the end of December of each year. The venue is currently occupied by The Phoenix Decorating Company, one of the main float construction companies for the parade.

The outside of the Rose Palace wasnt much to look at--just a large, long building with a sign over the double doors saying this was the place. But the inside was a different story, mainly because of the people. The interior had a high ceiling. Astroturf on the floor, and a stage that was small in comparison to the ones Zeppelin used later. (from Whole Lotta Led: Our Flight with Led Zeppelin by Ralph Hulett, Jerry Prochnicky)




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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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