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Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[16 May 2017 | 3 Comments | 1,423 views]
PAUL RODGERS FREE SPIRIT TOUR IN OXFORD WITH DEBORAH BONHAM AND SPECIAL GUESTS/LZ NEWS / TBL ARCHIVE – HEATHROW AIRPORT 40 YEARS GONE – EARLS COURT MAY 17 &18 – 42 YEARS GONE/ EC BOOK OFFER/HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS C/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Paul Rodgers Free Spirit tour with guests Deborah Bonham & Doug Boyle (and two unexpected ones!)
Oxford New Theatre Sunday May 14, 2017
Pic by Krys Jantzen for TBL
‘’What fun we are having’’
To recap: I had been toying with attending one of Paul Rodgers Free Spirit gigs featuring Deborah Bonham and co. I cannot make the Royal Albert Hall date so I was looking at either Oxford or Leicester. As I was able to get the bus from Bedford through to Oxford, that date became the most feasible and at short notice …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[10 May 2017 | 2 Comments | 1,204 views]
EXCLUSIVE TBL DEBORAH BONHAM INTERVIEW /LZ NEWS/ TBL ARCHIVE 1 WALKING INTO CLARKSDALE/TBL ARCHIVE 2 WALKING INTO GLOUCESTER/ RSD BEVERLEY REVIEW/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Exclusive TBL Interview with Deborah Bonham:
Here’s the complete interview I recently conducted with Deborah Bonham. Deb and the band are currently collaborating with Paul Rodgers on his Free Spirit tour – initial reports of the gigs have been very impressive. The 14 date tour ends on May 27 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
DL: So first of all let’s talks about your album catalogue – this is all being re-released and remastered via Cadiz Music. You must be pleased about that?
DB: Yes, very much so. Cadiz are a great old label they have been …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[3 May 2017 | 2 Comments | 1,972 views]
DEBORAH BONHAM ON FREE SPIRIT TOUR/RUMOURS/LZ NEWS/TAMPA MAY 5 1973/THE DESTROYER 40 YEARS GONE/CLIFF’S COLLECTING/HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY TOM/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

Deborah Bonham and band on the Paul Rodgers Free Spirit tour: 
Deborah Bonham and her band kick off their collaboration with Paul Rodgers on his Free Spirit tour on Friday with the opening date at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow. The 14 date tour ends on May 27 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
As Paul explains in the press release for the tour:
“It was so inspirational playing Free material with Deborah Bonham’s band, led by guitarist Pete Bullick, when we played charity gigs to support Willows Animal Sanctuary and Assisted Therapy Unit, which my …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[26 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 1,188 views]
EXCLUSIVE TBL CHRIS FARLOWE INTERVIEW/LZ NEWS/ STAIRWAY ZEP MASTERS REVIEW/THE DESTROYER 40 YEARS GONE/RSD JIMMY & THE BLACK CROWES REVIEW/VIP RECORD FAIRS/RSD REPORT/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

The Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds album The Beginning… is released this week via Jimmy Page’s website. Produced by Jimmy when he was 17 at the RJ Sound Studios in Morden, it’s an important remnant of the London R and B scene. To tie in with this archive release we present…
AN EXCLUSIVE TBL INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS FARLOWE:
‘’We are like brothers really, we totally respect each other. He thinks I’m a great singer and I think he’s a great guitarist.’’
Chris Farlowe talks to Dave Lewis about the release of  The Beginning… and …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[20 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 1,407 views]
CHRIS FARLOWE AND THE THUNDERBIRDS THE BEGINNING – EXCUSIVE TBL PREVIEW/ LZ NEWS/ JPJ MINIBUS PIMPS IN PARIS/STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN LED ZEPPELIN MASTERS AT THE PALLADIUM /BUXTON 23 YEARS GONE/RECORD STORE DAY/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

TBL EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE FORTHCOMING CHRIS FARLOWE AND THE THUNDERBIRDS RELEASE VIA JIMMYPAGE.COM:
Thunder Over Morden in 1961: The beginnings of the London rhythm and blues scene…Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds The Beginning
So here it is, a genuine archive recording that takes us back to the pre Beatles days of 1961 – and it’s the vision of a young Jimmy Page that has made all this possible. His decision to record Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds in RG Jones Sound Studio in Morden near London some 56 years ago …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[12 Apr 2017 | One Comment | 1,795 views]
JPJ TRES COYOTES REVIEW/ ROBERT PLANT – ANY TIME NOW?/LZ NEWS/STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN LED ZEPPELIN MASTERS/ EV SAMPLER REVIEW/BRIAN MATTHEW & J GEILS RIP/BOOTLEG BOSS/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

 

More on the Tres Coyotes debut gig last week – Here is an on the spot report from Ilkka Pesu: 
TRES COYOTES, SAVOY THEATRE APRIL 5TH 2017, HELSINKI, FINLAND
After arriving at the venue with my 16-year old daughter Ilona we had some time to look around as people were gathering inside the hall. On the stage there were a grand piano on stage right and a cello in the centre. My attention was aroused by the gorgeous looking Manson 5-string bass standing proudly on stage left with TC Electronic amp and cabinet beside it. There were three stools …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[6 Apr 2017 | 6 Comments | 1,898 views]
JOHN PAUL JONES BACK ON STAGE/STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN LED ZEPPELIN MASTERS UK TOUR/LZ NEWS/BBC IN CONCERT 46 YEARS GONE/PRESENCE AT 41/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

John Paul Jones back on stage:
Tres Coyotes the new band formed by John Paul Jones with Anssi Karttunen and Magnus Lindberg made their live debut in Helsinki, Finland on Wednesday April 5.
Long time TBL contributors Tiina Puska and Minna Luostarinen were in attendance – here’s their first impressions:
”What can we say about the Tres Coyotes; challenging, powerful, enjoyable. JPJ was relaxed and clearly enjoying himself. He played five string bass and mandolin and grand piano. Modern contemporary classical improvisation. It was fantastic”
Photo by Juha Palotie – many thanks to them for that on …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[28 Mar 2017 | 5 Comments | 1,468 views]
HOUSES OF THE HOLY 44 YEARS GONE/ 1975 SNAPSHOT/LZ NEWS/DANNY BAKER/HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY DEC!/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

 
TBL Archive Special 1:
Led Zeppelin Houses Of The Holy  TBL – 44th Anniverary Special:
44 years ago this week Led Zeppelin released their long awaited fifth album, Houses Of The Holy. Coming off the back of the hugely successful fourth album, there was much anticipation for this new record – their first in nearly 18 months. The eclectic feel good content meandered from familiar hard rock through acoustic and orchestral arrangements, to brooding synth affairs and ’50s doo-wop/mock reggae and funk pastiches. It was all performed with a joyous abundance that …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[23 Mar 2017 | One Comment | 1,452 views]
WESTMINSTER TERROR ATTACK/CHUCK BERRY 1926 -2017/DEBORAH BONHAM LATEST/ LZ NEWS/MARCH 1975 SNAPSHOT/GOLDRUSH, MUDSLIDE & FOOTBALL 47 YEARS GONE/ DIARY BLOG UPDATE

 
LONDON WESTMINSTER TERROR ATTACK:

I was in London yesterday for a meet with Billy and Alison Fletcher and Dave Linwood. I made my way back across London to St Pancras get the train home around 2.45 pm – this was the time the shocking terror attack in Westminster was taking place. By the time I was back in Bedford in StudioMix working on the Evenings With book, the terrible news of the attack was unfolding.

I am sure I speak for all reading this in offering condolences to all those affected by these senseless …

Dave Lewis Diary, Featured, TBL News »

[15 Mar 2017 | 15 Comments | 2,234 views]
ROBERT PLANT ON STAGE WITH NIGEL KENNEDY – STUNNING CLIP OF KASHMIR ADDED!/LZ NEWS/ JASON PETERSON RIP/ BILLY KULKE AUTOBIOGRAPHY/ RSD/U2/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

 
Robert Plant – guest appearance with Nigel Kennedy Gala Celebration concert at the Royal Albert Hall:
Review by Dave Lewis.
I’ve always had a strong liking for the violin being used in a rock setting.
Daryl Way in Curved Air, Rick Gretch in Family and Blind Faith (check out Blind Faith’s Sea Of Joy)  David LaFlamme in Its A Beautiful Day, Flock’s Jerry Goodman and Jim Lea in Slade (check out Coz I Love You)  are all musicians who all bought something special by adding a violin arrangement within a rock framework. The violin bow …