[21 Feb 2018 | 12 Comments | 1,353 views]
PHYSICAL GRAFFITI TBL ARCHIVE SPECIAL – 43 YEARS GONE/1975 US TOUR SNAPSHOT/LZ NEWS/ ROBERT PLANT REVIEW/WHISTLE TEST/ MOJO & PLANET ROCK MAG/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Physical Graffiti Covers City! New Led Zeppelin album released…
Physical Graffiti 43 Years Gone:
To mark the 43rd anniversary of the release of Physical Graffiti, here’s a round up of thoughts and views from the TBL archives – commencing with a look back to the 40th anniversary re issue of three years ago:
The Reissued Graffiti: Physical Sequencing with no cherry picking required……
To backtrack 40 years: In the scheme of things the timing on the recording of this album was just so right.
There was nothing like the pressure they had in following Zep …

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[21 Feb 2018 | 12 Comments | 1,353 views]
PHYSICAL GRAFFITI TBL ARCHIVE SPECIAL – 43 YEARS GONE/1975 US TOUR SNAPSHOT/LZ NEWS/ ROBERT PLANT REVIEW/WHISTLE TEST/ MOJO & PLANET ROCK MAG/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Physical Graffiti Covers City! New Led Zeppelin album released…
Physical Graffiti 43 Years Gone:
To mark the 43rd anniversary of the release of Physical Graffiti, here’s a round up of thoughts and views from the TBL archives – commencing with a look back to the 40th anniversary re issue of three years ago:
The Reissued Graffiti: Physical Sequencing with no cherry picking required……
To backtrack 40 years: In the scheme of things the timing on the recording of this album was just so right.
There was nothing like the pressure they had in following Zep …

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[14 Feb 2018 | 9 Comments | 2,253 views]
JOHN BONHAM YOUTUBE CHANNELS/LZ NEWS/NEW JIMMY PAGE INTERVIEW IN PLANET ROCK MAG /1975 US TOUR SNAPSHOT/LED ZEP McLAREN RACECAR/ VALENTINES DAY/ DL DAIRY BLOG UPDATE

John Bonham – YouTube Channels:
George Fludas has been in touch to inform me about his John Bonham YouTube Channel – here’s the info:
This from George…
I am a drummer based in Chicago. I’m a jazz musician by profession but I am a lifelong Zeppelin fanatic and John Bonham maniac. I was recently in correspondence with Andy Crofts when he was writing his piece on the ’77 tour for the TBL magazine. I thought he did a great job on the piece and he was the one who recommended I get in touch …

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[8 Feb 2018 | 9 Comments | 1,885 views]
LED ZEPPELIN LIVE PHOTO BOOK AND MORE BOOKS /LZ NEWS/TBL ARCHIVE 1975 SNAPSHOT/DENNIS EDWARDS RIP/ROBERT PLANT MARQUEE CLUB 1988 -HAPPY BIRTHDAY GARY FOY/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Book News 1:
Here’s a round up of the latest Led Zep books news:
Firstly here’s an update on the book projects I’m currently involved in…
I’ve been working with the publisher Iconic Images for the past few months on a Led Zeppelin photo book they are producing – here’s the info:
Led Zeppelin Live – (Iconic Images)
Between 1975 and 1977, there is little doubt that Led Zeppelin ruled supreme as the biggest band in the world. Bigger audiences, bigger stage settings, bigger venues lights, lasers and dragon suits. All this combined to produce some of …

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[2 Feb 2018 | 8 Comments | 1,679 views]
ROBERT PLANT UK AMERICANA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD/ HOW THE WEST WAS WON REMASTERED – DL THOUGHTS/LZ NEWS/ LED ZEPPELIN 1975 SNAPSHOT/BOB LANGLEY RIP/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Robert Plant receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the UK Americana Awards Show: On the spot TBL report:
Pics by Krys Jantzen for TBL.
To Hackney on a rainy Thursday evening in East London to attend the UK Americana Awards show at the Hackney Empire.
The venue is a rather stately looking building with clear sight lines all around. The atmosphere was not surprisingly one of great celebration
The awards celebrate the achievements of British and International members of the Americana music community.
The host was the legendary DJ and broadcaster Bob Harris – a long time friend of …

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[24 Jan 2018 | 10 Comments | 2,392 views]
HOW THE WEST WAS WON REMASTERED RELEASE – OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT /LZ NEWS/ LED ZEPPELIN JANUARY 1975 SNAPSHOT/JIM RODFORD RIP/DAVID ‘KID’ JENSEN-NEIL DIAMOND /DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

 

TBL Celebrates Led Zeppelin at 50…
LED ZEPPELIN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 3pm – WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 24, 2018: 
LED ZEPPELIN
Live Album How The West Was Won 
To Be Reissued With New Remastering Supervised By Jimmy Page 
Including The Album’s Debut Release On Vinyl And Blu-ray Audio, 
Along With Super Deluxe Boxed Set, CD, And Digital Versions
 On September 7, 1968, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant first took the stage together in Gladsaxe, Denmark. Then billed as “The New Yardbirds,” the band would assemble in the studio for the first time later that month …

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[17 Jan 2018 | 12 Comments | 2,025 views]
LED ZEPPELIN JANUARY 1975 SNAPSHOT/LZ NEWS/ROBERT AND SSS FOR BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL/ON THIS DAY IN LZ HISTORY/MORE SAD PASSINGS/ERIC CLAPTON A LIFE IN 12 BARS/ DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

 TBL Archive Special: A look back to the second date of their 1975 touring campaign:

TBL LED ZEPPELIN JANUARY 1975 SNAPSHOT…

DATE: SUNDAY JANUARY 12 1975
VENUE: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
VORST NATIONAAL
Setlist: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/When The Levee Breaks/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/The Wanton Song/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/In My Time Of Dying/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Communication Breakdown.
Snapshot Notes: The second warm up date for their forthcoming US tour – the previous night they had played Rotterdam. Before the show Robert conducted an interview backstage with …

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[9 Jan 2018 | 32 Comments | 2,174 views]
JIMMY PAGE ON THE OCCASION OF HIS BIRTHDAY/DAVID BOWIE TWO YEARS GONE/RAY THOMAS RIP/RUSSELL RITCHIN RIP/ DL DAIRY BLOG UPDATE

Jimmy Page on the occasion of his birthday….
Jimmy Page is 74 today (January 9th)
In a career that has spanned over six decades – he has simply written the rule book on the art of rock guitar playing.
From monolithic riffing to bombastic solos. From simple acoustic beauty to vast guitar instrumental orchestration. Jazz, classical and Eastern influences, blues, 50s rock’n’roll and psychedelic – he has turned his hand to all these varying styles over the years.  Always inventive and with a brilliant ear for production values, Jimmy Page is the epitome of …

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[3 Jan 2018 | 2 Comments | 1,605 views]
JOHN PAUL JONES ON THE OCCASION OF HIS BIRTHDAY/HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICHARD COLE/LZ NEWS/ROBERT ELLIS PHOTO BOOK/ THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME UK SCREENING/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

John Paul Jones on the occasion of his 72nd Birthday:
John Paul Jones is 72 today (January 3)…
Throughout the past 12 months, John has again moved effortlessly between differing projects and collaborations. He made several cameo appearances – notably with Donovan at the Adoration Trilogy launch, with the Amores Pasados Band at the Swalesdale Festival, Minibus Pimps in Paris and Tres Coyotes in Helsinki.
To mark his birthday, firstly here are some extracts from the interview John conducted with me in 2016, for publication in TBL issue 41:
DL: So let’s start with the present and your opera …

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[28 Dec 2017 | 10 Comments | 1,703 views]
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ME TO YOU  /LZ NEWS / FLASHBACK MAGAZINE-BOWIE- SEATTLE ’75- YARDBIRDS ’68 REVIEWS / LEMMY TWO YEARS GONE/ DL BEST OF THE YEAR ROUND UP/ DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

So that was the year that was….2017…
Another busy one in the world of Led Zeppelin – with Robert Plant returning with a highly acclaimed new album Carry Fire with the Sensational Space Shifters – and then delighting audiences on a UK tour. Jimmy Page released two albums via his website the vintage Chris Farlowe In The Beginning set plus the revamped Yardbirds ’68 recordings. John Paul Jones was out and about making several cameo appearances -notably with Donovan at the Adoration Trilogy launch, with the Amores Pasados Band at …

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[21 Dec 2017 | 2 Comments | 1,642 views]
SEASONS GREETINGS FROM ME TO YOU/ ZEP AT ALLY PALLY CHRISTMAS 1972/LZ NEWS/ MARTIN POPOFF ZEP BOOK REVIEW/A TBL CHRISTMAS CAROL FROM 1979/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

So this is Christmas…
TBL Retro Christmas Reflection 1:
 Christmas always bringing with it that air of nostalgia, so here’s a seasonal TBL retro reflection from 1972:
ALLY PALLY 45 YEARS GONE:
45 years ago on Saturday December 23rd  1972, I was lucky enough to be in attendance at the closest gig Led Zeppelin ever played to Christmas in the UK. It was a cold  dank day and the walk up Muswell Hill to the Alexandra Palace was a bit of a trek. All worth it of course, as this very impressionable 16 year old was …