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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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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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