[27 Apr 2016 | 6 Comments | 1,284 views]
PRINCE 1958 -2016 / LZ NEWS/WALKING INTO CLARKSDALE 18 YEARS GONE /DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

 
Prince 1958 – 2016:

Just as last week’s TBL website update was being posted, the shocking and sad news that Prince had passed away aged 57 came through.
Another musical legend’s light has gone out…
The music of Prince defined the 1980s -brash, uncompromising, flashy, full of colour and excess.
His music first came to my notice in 1983. This was when I was ensconced in music retail. The Warner Brothers rep who called on the record store I managed, was doing much to break this upcoming singer songwriter from Minnesota. In amongst the gimmicks …

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[27 Apr 2016 | 6 Comments | 1,284 views]
PRINCE 1958 -2016 / LZ NEWS/WALKING INTO CLARKSDALE 18 YEARS GONE /DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

 
Prince 1958 – 2016:

Just as last week’s TBL website update was being posted, the shocking and sad news that Prince had passed away aged 57 came through.
Another musical legend’s light has gone out…
The music of Prince defined the 1980s -brash, uncompromising, flashy, full of colour and excess.
His music first came to my notice in 1983. This was when I was ensconced in music retail. The Warner Brothers rep who called on the record store I managed, was doing much to break this upcoming singer songwriter from Minnesota. In amongst the gimmicks …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, Headline »

[21 Apr 2016 | 4 Comments | 1,547 views]
BUXTON ’94/LZ NEWS/DEBORAH BONHAM TOUR DATES/FLASHBACK MAGAZINE/ RSD/ PRINCE RIP/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant at the Alexis Korner benefit show at Buxton Opera House April 17 1994 – 22 years gone:
22 years ago this week, I was lucky enough to be at the Brixton Opera House. The occasion was a tribute show to Alexis Korner – it heralded the beginning of the Page & Plant re- alliance – they would go on to produce the Unledded project in the summer. Watching these old devils run though I Can’t Quite You Baby with Charlie Jones on bass and the late great …

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[13 Apr 2016 | 11 Comments | 2,317 views]
JPJ PAINTED SAINT AUCTION/JIMMY PAGE RSD RELEASE/LZ NEWS/STAIRWAY COURT CASE/ ROBERT AND BOB H/BOWIE REPORT/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

This via John Paul Jones’ official website:
Auction To Benefit The “Beca Angel” Program Of The Palapa Society Of Todos Santos, A.C.

During the Todos Santos Music Festival of 2016 in January, many of the musicians that played in the festival participated in the “Paint a Saint” project to raise funds for the Palapa Society “Beca” scholarship program. Each musician was given a carved wooden saint statue to paint/decorate. This special auction of the painted saint by John Paul Jones will be available through an online auction. All proceeds to benefit the …

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[7 Apr 2016 | 6 Comments | 2,029 views]
PRESENCE AT 40/LZ NEWS/DAILY MIRROR FRONT PAGE/ VANCOUVER CLIP/STONES EXHIB/BEATLES SESSIONS/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Presence at 40:
40 years ago this week, Presence, the seventh Led Zeppelin album was released worldwide. To mark the occasion, here is a Then and Now perspective I collated for last year’s reissue – 40 years on it’s still the true heart and soul of the Led Zep catalogue…
Presence…Then:
For me personally, the Presence album is and always be tangibly associated with my own circumstances of the time. Playing out my own soap opera, as an impressionable 19 year old caught up in my first love affair played out to the soundtrack of the new Led …

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[30 Mar 2016 | 2 Comments | 2,397 views]
CLASSIC ROCK 100 GREATEST ALBUMS OF THE 70S/ JIMMY PAGE & THE YARDBIRDS RECORD COLLECTOR/LZ NEWS/LED ZEP I 47 YEARS GONE/BBC IN CONCERT 45 YEARS GONE/ DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Classic Rock – 100 Greatest Albums Of The 70s:
A few weeks ago, I was asked to select and write about a Led Zeppelin album to sit amongst the  100 greatest Albums Of The 70s listing Classic Rock magazine were compiling. The guidelines were as follows -don’t choose the most famous record, look for an unsung classic or hidden gem -and then justify it – in effect they were aiming for an alternative listing and not the usual choices – ie Led Zep IV, Dark Side Of The Moon etc.
I gave …

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[23 Mar 2016 | 3 Comments | 2,271 views]
JIMMY PAGE & THE YARDBIRDS RECORD COLLECTOR FEATURE/ROBERT SSS ACL/LZ NEWS/ZEP MARCH ’75 & PAGE & PLANT MARCH ’98/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Jimmy Page & The Yardbirds 1966 – 1968 feature in new issue of Record Collector:
This from the new issue of Record Collector out March 24:
50 years ago this summer, Jimmy Page joined The Yardbirds for what would be a turbulent final two year spell. During that period the seeds of Led Zeppelin’s future success was already being sown as Dave Lewis reveals…
On the evening of Saturday, 30 July 30, 1966, all over the country celebrations were underway to mark England’s famous World Cup victory – that afternoon Bobby Moore and co …

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[17 Mar 2016 | 7 Comments | 2,436 views]
ROBERT PLANT AND SSS US TOUR LATEST/LZ NEWS/KEITH EMERSON RIP/BAD COMPANY COMPETITION /DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters – Blues…Roots And Hollers US Tour Latest:
Robert Plant and the SSS in Shreveport LA – photos and report by Suzanne McElyea.
I know many of you say Shreveport?  Why did he stop there on his Southern Journey tour?  The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium gave birth to Elvis (and the wonderful sounds from his ace guitarist James Burton).  Both of them have life size statues outside the venue and Elvis’ dressing room inside still remains the same.  This was the launching spot for Hank Williams, Johnny …

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[9 Mar 2016 | 3 Comments | 2,858 views]
ROBERT PLANT FOR MELTDOWN FESTIVAL /LZ NEWS/STAIRWAY LIVE AT 45 /JIMMY PAGE RSD RELEASE/SIR GEORGE MARTIN RIP/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

 

Robert Plant to perform at Meltown Festival:  
This one via Robert’s official website…
On  June 17th, Robert will join other musicians in an all-day event addressing the refugee crisis as part of Meltdown festival.
He’ll perform during The Boat We’re In, a concert to launch Refugee Week at Southbank Centre in London. Mercury Award-nominated Nick Mulvey and singer-songwriter Nadine Shah will also take part, along with 2016 Meltdown director Guy Garvey. The concert, will also include Southbank Sinfonia and choirs.
Tickets will be on sale to Southbank Centre members on March 16 at 10am, …

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[3 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 3,162 views]
BLACK BEAUTY GUITAR FOUND?/ROBERT & SSS US TOUR/ LZ NEWS/PAGE & PLANT ISTANBUL 98 /DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE/

Jimmy Page reunited with the Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty Guitar?
Plenty of coverage for this story in the past few days:
This one via the Achilles Last Stand website:
According to a statement made by former Led Zeppelin roadie Henry “The Horse” Smith on a Facebook Q & A, Jimmy Page has been reunited with his 1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty”in the past few months.
The 1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom ‘Black Beauty’ was purchased new in 1962 for £185. It was used for most of Jimmy’s sessionwork (1963-1966), and was …

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[24 Feb 2016 | One Comment | 3,152 views]
ROBERT PLANT & SSS UK CORNBURY WILDERNESS DATE/STELLA CAMEO/PHYSICAL GRAFFITI 41 YEARS GONE/LZ NEWS/ BOOT LED ZEP/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

 
 
Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters ,
The Flaming Lips
and more announced for Wilderness’ 2016 line-up

The effervescent and ethereal Wilderness Festival returns to Cornbury Park this summer for a sixth season.
Bringing with it an inimitable cocktail of eclectic musical talent, sumptuous communal dining,
theatrical performances, thought-provoking debate, the tranquility of the Lakeside Spa and so much more,
Wilderness Festival 2016 boasts a programme that continues in their tradition of pushing the boundaries
of what you imagined possible at festivals, cementing their reputation as pioneers.
Wilderness Festival’s diverse and eclectic music line-up continues to impress, …