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Dagenham Roundhouse relaunch prompts Led Zeppelin memories

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 February 2016

Stuart McCreddie and Jimmy Page

Stuart McCreddie and Jimmy Page

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Led Zeppelin, Taste, Free, Jethro Tull, Queen, Thin Lizzy - we all know the list of era-defining bands to have played the Roundhouse.

But to mark its rebirth as a major music venue after a recent change of management, one music-lover who saw the pub in its ‘70s prime has spoken of his memories.

Stuart McCreddie, 61, said he recalls his first visit in 1970 to see a then-obscure band.

“It was a Saturday night, the night after the unknown Led Zeppelin had been on a TV show called How Late It Is.

“They said this band would be the new Rolling Stones – so me and my friend decided to go and see them.

“It was just a spectacular performance – one I will never forget. The Roundhouse is the equivalent of the Cavern in Liverpool.”

Many years later, Stuart met the band’s guitarist, Jimmy Page, and mentioned 1970.

“He of course remembered the gig as it was one of their early appearances,” he said.

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