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Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[3 Jul 2024 | 2 Comments | 859 views]
TBL ARCHIVE SPECIAL – OVER EUROPE 1980 – IT WAS 44 YEARS AGO/LZ NEWS/A WEEK FOR BADGEHOLDERS/PICTURES AT ELEVEN 42 YEARS GONE /BEDFORD VIP RECORD FAIR/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

TBL Archive Special :
It was 44 years ago – Led Zeppelin Over Europe 1980: 
This month marks the 44th anniversary of the final Led Zeppelin tour – a low key 14 date trek taking in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Austria and Switzerland. I was lucky enough to attend five of those gigs. This is all chronicled in my Led Zeppelin Feather In The Wind Over Europe 1980 book
Here’s is a further extract – my on the road account written at the time and first featured in TBL issue 5…

TBL Retro Archive: Led …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[27 Jun 2024 | One Comment | 903 views]
CHRIS CHARLESWORTH JUST BACKDATED MEMOIR/LZ NEWS/TBL ARCHIVE SPECIAL 70 – BATH FESTIVAL IT WAS 44 YEARS AGO/FRANKFURT OVER EUROPE 1980/KNEBWORTH 90/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

During the 1970s, I was well aware of Chris Charlesworth’s reporting in the Melody Maker. He wrote several illuminating pieces on Led Zeppelin, notably a review of their shows in Montreux in October 1972.

Chris had an excellent relationship with Zep as he did with many an artist. When he became the Melody Maker’s US correspondent I followed his weekly column avidly. He always seemed to be right in the mix of what was going on around the New York area.

Chris went on to become the commissioning editor of Omnibus Books. …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[19 Jun 2024 | One Comment | 818 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 | 833 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 | 861 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 | 899 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 | 769 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 | 995 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 | 990 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 | 883 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 …