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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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June 29, 1969 - Led Zeppelin play the prestigious Royal Albert Hall
June 28, 1970 - Zeppelin reach mass acceptance in Britain by playing Bath
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June xx, 1972 - More recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy
June 21, 1972 - Eighth American tour begins in Denver, CO, almost four years since Zeppelin’s American debut
June 03, 1973 - Zeppelin play the Fabulous Forum in LA, a favorite venue to the band
June xx, 1973 - The band takes a mid-tour holiday in Hawaii
June xx, 1974 - Promoter Fred Bannister announces that Led Zeppelin will play Knebworth, the band declines
June xx, 1975 - John Bonham loses his license for six months over a drunk driving charge
June xx, 1976 - Filmmaker Kenneth Anger tells media that Jimmy Page is partly responsible for the failure of his film over the delayed soundtrack he provided
June 07, 1977 - The first of six nights at Madison Square Gardens
June xx, 1978 - Robert feels new life within Led Zeppelin again
June 26, 1979 - The entire Led Zeppelin line up appear at a Dave Edmunds show and party afterwards
June 17, 1980 - Led Zeppelin open their European (and last) tour at Westfallenhalle in Dortmund
June 27, 1980 - Zeppelin abandon their Nuremburg show after three numbers when Bonham collapses from exhaustion
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