[19 Jun 2024 | No Comment | 686 views]
HOWARD MYLETT REMEMBERED/LZ NEWS/TBL ARCHIVE SPECIAL – LED ZEPPELIN OVER EUROPE 1980 COLOGNE – IT WAS 44 YEARS AGO/JIMMY PAGE 2015 TBL INTERVIEW/SEATTLE 72/THULEMANN BOX SET/BETH GIBBONS/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Howard Mylett Remembered : 13  Years Gone…

June 19th, marks the 13th anniversary of the passing of Howard Mylett, the legendary Led Zeppelin collector and original author.
He wrote the first ever biography of Led Zeppelin published in 1976 and went on to write a series of superbly researched Zep books. .
Howard Mylett had an engaging dry wit, incredible enthusiasm for collecting all things Zep, and above all, was always so generous in sharing his passion. He could be a cantankerous old bugger at times but that was all part of Howard’s make up.
It …

Read the full story »

Dave Lewis Diary, Headline, TBL News »

[19 Jun 2024 | No Comment | 686 views]
HOWARD MYLETT REMEMBERED/LZ NEWS/TBL ARCHIVE SPECIAL – LED ZEPPELIN OVER EUROPE 1980 COLOGNE – IT WAS 44 YEARS AGO/JIMMY PAGE 2015 TBL INTERVIEW/SEATTLE 72/THULEMANN BOX SET/BETH GIBBONS/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Howard Mylett Remembered : 13  Years Gone…

June 19th, marks the 13th anniversary of the passing of Howard Mylett, the legendary Led Zeppelin collector and original author.
He wrote the first ever biography of Led Zeppelin published in 1976 and went on to write a series of superbly researched Zep books. .
Howard Mylett had an engaging dry wit, incredible enthusiasm for collecting all things Zep, and above all, was always so generous in sharing his passion. He could be a cantankerous old bugger at times but that was all part of Howard’s make up.
It …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[12 Jun 2024 | 2 Comments | 794 views]
TBL ARCHIVE SPECIAL – ROBERT PLANT STORYTELLERS IT WAS 22 YEARS AGO/LZ NEWS/ RUFUS COFFEE HOUSE/ ROBERT PLANT PHOTO BOOK LAUNCH PLAN/BBC HOUSES/MORE LED ZEPPELIN 2003 DVD AND HOW THE WEST WAS WON MEM0RIES /DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

TBL ARCHIVE SPECIAL 1: JUNE 2002 – STILL DREAMING OF WORLD CUP SUCCESS… 22 YEARS GONE… 
22 years ago, as the World Cup got underway in Japan, Robert Plant was back in the forefront again promoting the just released Dreamland album. Here in the UK we had a Storytellers TV recording and a one off London date in the space of a few days – all occurring at the time Sven’s England were attempting to triumph in the World Cup in Japan.
That summer of 2002 was something of a summer of …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[6 Jun 2024 | No Comment | 840 views]
THE DAY I WAS THERE REVISED EDITION BOOK CALL OUT/ROBERT & ALISON LEVEE BREAKS/LZ NEWS/ KEZAR 73/DVD AND HOW THE WEST WAS WON 2003/JIMMY AND DONOVAN 2011/ FIRS THREE REISSUES TEN YEARS GONE/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Led Zeppelin – The Day I Was There revised edition call out:

Later this year, Richard Houghton is publishing a revised edition of his book Led Zeppelin – The Day I Was There.

Telling the Zeppelin story through eyewitness accounts from fans, the first edition of the book contained more than 400 Zep memories. Richard is now looking for further memories from Zeppelin fans.

Richard has been in touch and is on the look out for new contributions:

‘I’m interested in hearing how people got into Zeppelin and what they remember of seeing them …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[29 May 2024 | One Comment | 867 views]
ON THE OCCASION OF JOHN BONHAM’S BIRTHDAY/LZ NEWS/ CELEBRATION DAYS CONVENTION 32 YEARS GONE/THE BEATLES SGT PEPPER – IT WAS 57 YEARS AGO/ DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

On the occasion of John Bonham’s 76th Birthday – May 31, 2024…

I love this photo – it may not be the sharpest image but for me, it captures the joyous spirit of John Bonham in full flight during Kashmir. It’s taken at Knebworth of course and frames the screen shot of Bonzo as it was being relayed on the backdrop screen by the video cameras. John Bonham’s total commitment to making it all tick over those two nights was pivotal to the success of that comeback. They all knew they …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[23 May 2024 | No Comment | 750 views]
EARLS COURT MAY 23, 24 & 25 – IT WAS 49 YEARS AGO/LZ NEWS/THE WHO AT SHEPPERTON 1978/OLYMPIA PARIS 2014/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

TBL ARCHIVE SPECIAL:
It’s that time of year again…
TBL Celebrates the 49th anniversary of Led Zeppelin at Earls Court:
Turning the clock back 49 years..

Friday May 23, 1975
Ticket Price £1.00
Setlist: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That’s The Way/Bron-Y-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused (inc. San Francisco)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – The Crunge – Black Dog.
So imagine waking up on a Friday morning with the prospect of over nine hours of live Led Zeppelin in store …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[15 May 2024 | 4 Comments | 976 views]
EARLS COURT MAY 17 & 18 IT WAS 49 YEARS AGO/BECOMING LED ZEPPELIN FILM UPDATE /ZEPFAN PODCAST/LZ NEWS/HEATHROW 47 YEARS GONE/RECORD COLLECTOR/SCARLET PAGE ON PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN…Note below the NME’s May 17 issue centre spread below compiled by the late Roy Carr and the late legendary Howard Mylett. I thought I knew a bit about Led Zeppelin until I met dear Howard…

TBL Celebrates the 49th anniversary of Led Zeppelin at Earls Court:
Turning the clock back 49 years:  Saturday May 17th 1975:
Setlist: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That’s The Way/Bron-Y-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused (inc. …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[9 May 2024 | No Comment | 974 views]
ROBERT PLANT & SAVING GRACE WARWICK AND CHELTENHAM REVIEWS/ SALT LAKE CITY 1973 PHOTOS/STEVE ALBINI RIP/LZ NEWS/PREULDE TO EARLS COURT/THE HONEYDRIPPERS 1981/LET IT BE AT 54/DAVE LEWIS DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Warwick and Cheltenham reviews of  Saving Grace by Richard Grubb and Jonathan Taylor…
Above pic from the Cheltenham gig by Jules Herrick Cooper

Robert Plant Presents Saving Grace featuring Suzi Dian

Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre

Warwick May 3 2024

On the spot report and pics from last nights gig by Richard Grubb for TBL…many thanks to Richard for sending this one over so quickly…

What superlatives remain to describe this unique band of troubadours as they continue their trek across the country, spreading “songs and smiles” (to quote the singer)?

The illness that resulted in two …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[3 May 2024 | 2 Comments | 859 views]
PORTRAITS OF ROBERT PLANT THROUGH THE EIGHTIES PHOTO BOOK – FULL DETAILS/SAVING GRACE RE- SCHEDULED DATES/LZ NEWS/MORE CINE FILM FOOTAGE/TBL ARCHIVE ATLANTA & TAMPA 73/BEDFORD VIP RECORD FAIR/DAVE LEWIS DIARY BLOG UPDATE

New Robert Plant Photo Book via Rufus Publishing…

Portraits Of Robert Plant – Through The Eighties

Edited by Dave Lewis – Introduction by Mark Blake 
I’m very excited to be overseeing and editing this project with Rufus Publications – there’s some great images lined up.

This is something I am in the process of editing now – a pictorial record of Robert Plant during the 1980s with many previously unpublished photos.
I’ll also be contributing an essay of my experiences of seeing Robert Plant live during this captivating post Zep era.

So here’s what this book …

Dave Lewis Diary, Headline, TBL News »

[25 Apr 2024 | No Comment | 1,118 views]
MARK BOWMAN RIP/ DEBORAH BONHAM LATEST NEWS/ROBERT PLANT PHOTO BOOK/LZ NEWS/TBL ARCHIVE – THE DESTROYER AND PONTIAC 1977/ ROBERT PLANT FATE OF NATIONS/VICTORIA RECORD FAIR/LATEST ZEP BOOTLEGS/YARDBIRDS RSD RELEASE/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Mark Bowman RIP…

I am so very sad and shocked to hear the passing of Mark Bowman.

Mark has been incredibly supportive of all my Led Zeppelin books, projects and TBL magazines over many years.

Based in Austin Texas, Mark was a very talented photographer and chronicled both Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in their various solo guises.

He also captured many other acts including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Bono of U2, The Alice Cooper Group, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Pete Townshend …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[19 Apr 2024 | 3 Comments | 901 views]
KNEBWORTH AND CHICAGO SPEEDY CINE FILMS/ OHIO ’75 FOOTAGE/LZ NEWS/TBL ARCHIVE SPECIAL PAGE & PLANT IN BUXTON 30 YEARS GONE/ WALKING INTO CLARKSDALE/DALLAS AND CODA TAPES BOOTLEG REVIEWS/YARDBIRDS/ RSD 2024/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

My thoughts on the Speedy 8mm cine film of Led Zeppelin at Knebworth August 4 1979 premiered last Sunday on YouTube…

Let’s cut to the chase – this is right up there with the the likes of the Bath Festival and LA Forum 1970 finds as one of the most important pieces of Led Zeppelin footage to emerge in recent years…

It’s important as from the ultimate fan vantage point, it vividly illustrates that for all the layoffs, the tragedies, the negative press, the punk and new wave movement, Led Zeppelin were …