The Rolling Stones
Trials of Jayson Hoover
The Young Rascals
Jimi played the Pacific Coliseum, a hockey rink with no acoustics to speak of. The opening band for Jimmy was The "Vanilla Fudge". They deafened us for about 45 minutes before Jimmy came on stage. He played 2 songs and said "F**k it, I've got a cold" and left. My hearing has never been the same since.
Judith Cole, May 2006
"The Trials of Jayson Hoover were contracted by promoters as the opening act at the Pacific Coliseum for a concert on December 28, 1968 with Vanilla Fudge headlining. We had a single on the local chart at the time and were well known on the local scene.
So The Trials of Jayson Hoover opened, Led Zeppelin played next & Vanilla Fudge played last. AM radio widely advertised the concert mentioning Vanilla Fudge with heavy airplay. As strange as it may seem today, no one at the time knew who Led Zeppelin was. The problem was that at the time they had been in N. America for less than a week and the FM stations didn't receive the advance promotional copies of their debut album until 20 days later on January 17, 1969. It was interesting then that only Vanilla Fudge were billed and heavily promoted,The Trials had airplay on AM of their single "Kingsize" and that Led Zeppelin received only limited mention on air with no airplay by the local DJs in the week just before the concert. "
Steve Cartmell, February 2015 - Source Reference
Image courtesy of Jamie Anstey