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Photo image via Speedy’s cine flim…

My thoughts on the Led Zeppelin Montreal Forum February 6 1975 newly discovered 8mm cine film…

I’ve had the double album bootleg Led Zeppelin World Tour 1975 which covers this show for decades and it’s always been a favourite.
Now we have moving pictures from that esteemed night back in February 1975.
This is another incredible cine film find – 51 minutes of footage. It is dark in places but when it closes up on to the stage, it’s just fantastic.
Over The Hills and Far Away is right on it, No Quarter with Jonesy and Jimmy merging out of the dry ice , Kashmir and Trampled Underfoot are just glorious– as is the Dazed and Confused clips – Jimmy firing out the violin bow – iconic images!
Stairway To Heaven with the Gibson double neck held aloft as they go into the solo. So many brilliant visual images.
The far off shots of the stage set up brings back vivid memories for me of the position I was in on the first night of the Earls Court run on May 17 1975.
Massive thanks to all that made this happen, of course to the late Speedy for filming it, and to the great LZ Film guys for syncing it so brilliantly.
The big stage, missed cues, genius improvisation, Robert Plant totally animated in all his rock god preening best, John Bonham in the Clockwork Orange garb, John Paul Jones steadfast and locked in, Jimmy Page conjuring his guitar magic…
This is prime tight but loose Led Zeppelin on top of their game, live on our screens and phones nearly 50 years on from this amazing night…
What a band – what a find…
Dave Lewis – April 8 2024
Stop Press – and there’s more to come
Two more amazing finds via the Speedy archive and synced by LZ Films due this Saturday and Sunday…
Led Zeppelin Live in Chicago April 9 1977:
Step back in time and witness rock history with Led Zeppelin’s unforgettable performance in Chicago on April 9th, 1977. This rare footage captures the band at the height of their prowess during their legendary North American tour. Led Zeppelin’s electrifying set in Chicago showcased their musical virtuosity and stage presence, featuring iconic renditions of classics like “Stairway to Heaven,” “Kashmir,” and “Whole Lotta Love.”
Experience Jimmy Page’s mesmerizing guitar solos, Robert Plant’s powerful vocals, John Paul Jones’s masterful bass lines, and John Bonham’s thunderous drumming in this historic concert. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a legendary rock band as Led Zeppelin delivers an unforgettable performance to a passionate Chicago audience. Relive the magic of Led Zeppelin’s music and witness their enduring influence in this rare archival footage. Subscribe to our channel to join the musical time-travel, and stay tuned for more releases that capture the essence of rock ‘n’ roll history. Whether you’re a seasoned Led Zeppelin fan or a newcomer to their sound, this release promises a journey back to an era when music was loud, wild, and unforgettable.
As a tribute to Speedy’s passion for preserving musical memories, we invite you to join us on this sonic journey. Your support makes it possible, and for that, we’re grateful. If you’d like to contribute to the continuation of this musical adventure. Feel free to donate at
Premieres on April 13 at 5.30 pm
Led Zeppelin Live at Knebworth August 4 1979:

Relive a legendary moment in rock history with Led Zeppelin’s iconic performance at Knebworth on August 4th, 1979. This rare 8mm footage, meticulously transferred to stunning 4K resolution, captures the band at the peak of their prowess during their final tour.


Led Zeppelin’s electrifying set at Knebworth showcased their musical virtuosity and stage presence, featuring unforgettable renditions of classics like “Stairway to Heaven,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and “Rock and Roll.” Witness Jimmy Page’s blistering guitar solos, Robert Plant’s mesmerizing vocals, John Paul Jones’s masterful bass lines, and John Bonham’s thunderous drumming in this historic performance. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of rock ‘n’ roll history as Led Zeppelin delivers an unforgettable show to a sea of fans at Knebworth. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the magic of Led Zeppelin in stunning 4K clarity!

Premieres April 14 at  5.30pm
Take a bow…
8mm film transfer by: The Genesis Museum @GenesisMuseum Production by: Ikhnaton @ikhnaton Audio Sync by: LedZepFilm @ledzepfilm

Led Zep IV Cover Image Wiltshire Thatcher Exhibition:

A Wiltshire Thatcher – a Photographic Journey through Victorian Wessex

The exhibition runs from April 6 to August 31 2024

Here’s the info:

Through the exhibition, we will show how Farmer captured the spirit of people, villages and landscapes of Wiltshire and Dorset that were so much of a contrast to his life in London. It is fascinating to see how this theme of rural and urban contrasts was developed by Led Zeppelin and became the focus for this iconic album cover 70 years later.

A framed colour version of this image of an elderly man carrying a large bundle of sticks on his back will be recognised worldwide. It is the centrepiece of the iconic front cover of Led Zeppelin IV which famously features no words.

The origin of the central figure has remained a mystery for over half a century. It can now be revealed as a late Victorian coloured photograph of a Wiltshire thatcher. A grey beard underlining his weathered face, the figure stoops whilst apparently pausing for the photographer, his leathery hands grasp the pole supporting the bundle of hazel on his back.

The original of the photograph made famous by the band was recently discovered in a late Victorian photograph album. The discovery was made by Brian Edwards, a Visiting Research Fellow with the Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England, and is in the Museum collections.

Released on November 8, 1971, Led Zeppelin IV has sold more than 37 million copies worldwide. The album’s cover artwork was radically absent of any indication of the musicians or a title. The framed image, often been referred to as a painting, is understood to have been discovered by the band’s lead singer Robert Plant in an antique shop near guitarist Jimmy Page’s house in Pangbourne, Berkshire. Closer inspection reveals this framed image was a coloured photograph, the whereabouts of which is now unknown.

The black and white original Victorian photograph was discovered during ongoing research extending from the Ways of Seeing Wiltshire exhibition (20 May 2021 to 30 August 2021), which was curated by Brian Edwards in partnership with Wiltshire Museum. From paintings to photographs and artefacts to memories, Edwards’ research involved monitoring everyday sources that stimulates public engagement with Wiltshire’s past. While following up on some early photographs of Stonehenge, Edwards came across the Victorian photograph Led Zeppelin made familiar over half a century ago.

Featuring exceptional photographs from Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset, the Victorian photograph album contained over 100 architectural views and street scenes together with a few portraits of rural workers. Most of the photographs are titled and beneath the photograph made famous by Led Zeppelin the photographer has written ‘A Wiltshire Thatcher’. The Victorian photograph album is titled ‘Reminiscences of a visit to Shaftesbury. Whitsuntide 1892. A present to Auntie from Ernest.’

Brian Edwards said: “Led Zeppelin created the soundtrack that has accompanied me since my teenage years, so I really hope the discovery of this Victorian photograph pleases and entertains Robert, Jimmy, and John Paul.”

A part signature matching the writing in the album suggests the photographer is Ernest Howard Farmer (1856-1944), the first head of the School of Photography at the then newly renamed Polytechnic Regent Street. Now part of the University of Westminster, Farmer had worked in the same building as the instructor of photography since 1882, when it was then known as the Polytechnic Young Men’s Christian Institute.

More details at:

Mr Jimmy film – UK screenings:
The Mr Jimmy film is showing in selected Light cinemas on April 25 including Cambridge, Banbury, Redhill, Sittingbourne and Stockport…
Click through the link below to find all Light cinema locations

LZ News:

Led Zeppelin News Update:

Here’s the latest round up from LZ News:

Led Zeppelin

51 minutes of Montreal 1975 footage was released online

A 51-minute, previously unseen video of Led Zeppelin performing Montreal, Canada on February 6, 1975 was posted to YouTube earlier today.

The video is the latest release of footage shot by Jim Kelly, known as Speedy, a photographer who filmed many bands.


Robert Plant has a month off the road before he resumes touring with Saving Grace on April 30.

On April 5, Plant attended a comedy and music performance in Sutton Coldfield and recorded a video with Jonny Cole.

On April 6, Plant was filmed attending the Wolverhampton Wanderers vs West Ham United football match in Wolverhampton.

It appears that Plant also recorded a promotional video shown on NBC Sports yesterday. Here’s the only photo we have of it, which appears to show Plant standing next to a Led Zeppelin pinball table with the logo for his Yam Yam 345 record label on the wall behind him above a presentation disc for his first album with Alison Krauss.

Upcoming events:
  • April 20 – Jimmy Page is featured on the Yardbirds album Psycho Daisies that will be released on Record Store Day.
  • April 30 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Harrogate, UK.
  • May 1 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Stockton, UK.
  • May 3 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Coventry, UK.
  • May 4 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at Cheltenham Jazz Festival in Cheltenham, UK.
  • June – Genesis Publications will release its deluxe poster set that includes a poster advertising Jimmy Page’s photographic autobiography.
  • June 2 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • June 4 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Camdenton, Missouri.
  • June 5 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • June 7 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Prior Lake, Minnesota.
  • June 8 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Madison, Wisconsin.
  • June 11 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • June 12 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Highland Park, Illinois.
  • June 14 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Toledo, Ohio.
  • June 15 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.
  • June 18 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Vienna, Virginia.
  • June 19 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Vienna, Virginia.
  • June 21 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss at the Outlaw Music Festival in Alpharetta, Georgia.
  • June 22 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss at the Outlaw Music Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • June 23 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss at the Outlaw Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • June 26 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss at the Outlaw Music Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • June 28 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss at the Outlaw Music Festival in Syracuse, New York.
  • June 29 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss at the Outlaw Music Festival in Wantagh, New York.
  • June 30 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss at the Outlaw Music Festival in Holmdel, New Jersey.
  • July 2 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss at the Outlaw Music Festival in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
  • July 4 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Camden, New Jersey.
  • July 6 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss at the Outlaw Music Festival in Bethel, New York.
  • July 7 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss at the Outlaw Music Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
  • July 23 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Southend, UK.
  • July 24 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Woking, UK.
  • July 25-28 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the Cambridge Folk Festival in Cambridge, UK.
  • August 8 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Missoula, Montana.
  • August 9 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Missoula, Montana.
  • August 11 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • August 13 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • August 14 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • August 16 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Seattle, Washington State.
  • August 17 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Seattle, Washington State.
  • August 19 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Eugene, Oregon.
  • August 21 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Murphy’s, California.
  • August 22 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Stanford, California.
  • August 24 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Paso Robles, California.
  • August 25 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Highland, California.
  • August 26 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Flagstaff, Arizona.
  • August 28 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • August 29 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • August 31 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • September 1 – Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Vail, Colorado.
  • September 15 – The exhibition “The Wiltshire Thatcher – a Photographic Journey through Victorian Wessex” featuring the original photograph from the cover of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album will close at Wiltshire Museum.
  • October 8 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Bari, Italy.
  • October 9 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Naples, Italy.
  • October 11 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Rome, Italy.
  • October 12 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Florence, Italy.
  • October 14 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Bologna, Italy.
  • October 15 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Turin, Italy.
  • October 17 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Como, Italy.
  • October 18 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Bolzano, Italy.
  • October 20 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Padua, Italy.
  • October 21 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Trieste, Italy.
  • October 23 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Brescia, Italy.
  • 2025 – An expanded version of Live at the Greek, the live album featuring Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes, is due to be released.That was our 335th email. Have any questions or feedback? Reply to this email and we’ll get back to you.Follow Led Zeppelin News on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on news as it happens, and check for the latest news.

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TBL Archive : 

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant – Back in the USA – 29 years gone

29 years ago this spring , Jimmy Page & Robert Plant were on the first leg of their Unledded No Quarter tour. The tour opened in Pensacola and ran through until Vancouver on May 26 before moving into Europe, going back to America and eventually ending in Australia and Japan in early 1996

Given all that has happened since, not least the 02 reunion, the Celebration Day film and the Zep reissues, it’s easy to forget the impact this reunion had at the time. 15 years on from their last tour together, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant recaptured the imagination of Zep fans around the world. On stage they extended the creative edge of the MTV Unledded shows and combined it with the dynamic rock foundation that Led Zeppelin built their reputation on. The deployment of the Egyptian ensemble and orchestra added a unique exotic edge. I was lucky enough to see two shows at the Brendan Byrne Arena Meadowlands on April 6th and 7th. Along with thousands of other fans, it was massively exciting to be given the opportunity to see and hear the Zeppelin catalogue re interpreted with such  panache and viguor by the principal songwriters of much of the original material.

To mark the 29th anniversary here’s my on the spot report from Meadowlands Arena that first appeared in a TBL Newsletter in May 1995..and some posts from my Facebook page:

It was 298 years ago today…

28 years ago today on April 6 ,1995, I was lucky enough to be in New York to attend the April 6 and 7 1995 performances by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey. Gary Foy and I travelled on a group trip from a company in Rotherham – it was all very well organised.

We also hooked up with a fair few fans including Dardo Simone and photographer Larry Ratner who published the Led Zeppelin Live Dreams photo book.

This was my only trip to the US and it was absolutely mind blowing. The crowd reaction on both nights was truly remarkable.



Here’s my review that appeared in Mojo…

It was 29  years ago today…

29 years ago today I was lucky enough to be in New York for the second performance by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey.

During the day Gary Foy and I were taken around the Greenwich Village area by our very gracious hosts Larry Ratner and Kim.

We visited Electric Lady Studios and the offices of Atlantic Records. Here’s a pic taken inside Electric Lady Studios in front of the studio console and by the Jimi Hendrix backdrop mural. It was incredible to be inside the very studio Hendrix had created his magic…and where Led Zeppelin visited in June 1972…such great memories from this New York visit all of 26 years ago today..

From my Facebook page …

29 years ago today I was lucky enough to be in New York for the second performance by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey. The very kind folks at Atlantic Records secured us second row centre seats.

In this photo taken I think by Christophe Le Pabic behind the stage – I can be seen in the second row looking up at Jimmy,Robert and the late great Michael Lee just above Jimmy’s guitar neck.

Unsurprisingly, this occasion is right up there in my all-time fave gigs…they were simply astonishing that night all of 29 years ago…what a memory…

And more Page & Plant…

TBL Archive :Jimmy Page & Robert Plant: US Tour 1995.

Here is a piece that originally ran in TBL 11:

With the MTV film in the can, the next logical move was to take the show out on the road.,

The pair decided to extend the formula used for the MTV shows, employing the Egyptian string and percussion ensemble led by Hossam Ramzy and dubbed The Egyptian Pharaohs. Under the direction of Ed Shearmur they enlisted the assistance of local orchestras in each area they performed, thus enabling them to repeat the successful formula used for the Unledded filming which allowed fresh interpretations of the Zeppelin catalogue.

Just prior to the tour opening in February, Page and Plant reunited with John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham for an appearance at New York’s Waldorf hotel to accept Led Zeppelin’s induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame. Jonesy’s comment – “Thanks for my friends for remembering my phone number” – during his speech was a curt acknowledgement of his displeasure at being ignored.

Rehearsals for the Page Plant tour took place in London, and a preview of what was in store occurred when the pair did a live link up for the American TV Awards, performing ‘Black Dog’.

In early April I was lucky enough to catch their two day stint at the Meadowlands Arena in America (see my review for Mojo below). The second night where they strolled on to the stage and moved into ‘Thank You’ remains a defining memory. Further shows in Paris, Glasgow, Sheffield, St Austell, Poole, Birmingham and London proved conclusively that despite their advancing years the duo’s ability to recreate the power and grace of Zeppelin was without question.

It was a glorious period as long time fans and those too young to have seen Zep in their prime revelled in what was all in name the Zeppelin reunion we had all hoped for. By the tour’s end it was evident that Jimmy Page was playing better than at any time during the previous fifteen years. Indeed for a project that began as a request to strum a few Zep tunes unledded style for MTV’s acoustic showcase, when played live night after night this reappraisal of the Zeppelin catalogue developed into a fully ledded experience. A trend that would continue when they returned to the live action in 1998.

With so many tapes at our disposal, there is ample scope to take a retrospective view of the tour. Having listened to hours of material drawn from the many tapes of the tour, I have compiled an imaginary four-CD compilation that takes in all the major developments along the way. It includes the one-off gems slotted in, the stand-out performances, the offbeat sequences and all the historic moments building into a true overview of the entire tour. It features 53 extracts drawn from 26 different locations spread over 28 shows; nearly five hours of musical Page and Plant highlights that capture the often barely believable events that thousands of fans were privileged to enjoy during those 370 days.

So this is Page and Plant on tour together at last in 1995 and 1996. Proving conclusively that the evolution of Led Zeppelin continues…

Part One

CD1: US Tour First Leg:

Intro: Tales of Bron – Robin Williamson poem

‘Immigrant Song’ intro/’The Wanton Song’

(Thompson Bowling Arena, Knoxville, Tenessee, March 3 1995)

The previous date in Atlanta had seen the amalgamation of ‘Immigrant Song’into ‘Wanton Song’ as the set opener. On that occasion they had some trouble sorting out the ending (it was after all the first live airing of ‘Wanton Song’ in 20 years!). In Knoxville it all came together with Page leading the way with some dexterous runs. The atmospheric opening introduction poem that proceeded became a familiar opening ritual to a majority of the US first leg and some European dates. The choice of the little known Incredible String Band album extract recalled Plant’s fondness for this Sixties outfit, and by the time Robin Williamson had got to the line “There is the flavoured haunt of pleasure, no haunt or threat or malediction, but sweet of music strikes the air” the fans knew what was coming next as the silhouettes on stage burst into life.

‘Wanton Song’ went on to become the favoured set opener, clocking over 80 performances during the tour.

Achilles Last Stand’

(The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, February 28 1995)

‘Achilles’ was always a prime contender for reworking on this tour so it was no real surprise when it turned up in the set lists of the two opening dates in Pensacola and Atlanta. More baffling was the fact it was never played again. On the evidence of the passion they brought to this performance there appears no logical reason why. It was a more than competent display that kicked along with all the verve of the best Zep deliveries circa 1977.  Robert introduced it as “One of the first songs Jimmy and I wrote relating to travel” – a similar spiel would be given over to introducing The Song Remains The Same which effectively took over the Achilles slot the next night.

Watching the video shot from the show, it’s clear they were enjoying reliving this crucial Zep track – the pair could be seen clustered together in a classic pose during the “Aha… Aha” refrain.

At times the February 28 delivery of ‘Achilles Last Stand’ recreated the spirit of Led  Zeppelin better than any other single performance on the tour. Maybe that’s why they decided to drop it. Perhaps they both felt it was just a little too close to what went before…

‘House Of The Rising Son’/‘Good times Bad Times’

( UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisanna, March 11 1995)

From the moment Plant casually walked up to the mic and oozed into the traditional local blues standard ‘House Of The Rising Sun’, this second night in New Orleans was destined to be special.

They then switched straight into ‘Good Times Bad Times’, the only performance of the rarely played Led Zep I opener. And it was a joy to hear them rumble through the familiar stops and starts of the track with Michael Lee on drums proving his worth.


(UNO Lakefront Arena New Orleans Louisanna March 11 1995)

When the first set lists were posted on the Internet many presumed this was a new song and listed it as ‘Spiderman’. In actual fact  it was a revivial from Porl Thompson’s Cure days. It worked as an offbeat interlude amongst the Zep numbers with Plant immersed in the lyric and Page cutting fine precise lines against Porl’s rhythm work. ‘Lullaby’ survived in the set until the early part of the Europran dates before being deleted.

‘The Song Remains The Same’

(UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Lousinna, March 11 1995)

“There’s a ….”

At the beginning of this mid-period Zep classic, Plant twice taunted the crowd with the opening line from the well known Rolf Harris cover. Instead Page led them into a powerful rendition of the Houses Of The Holy opener. This was a definite highlight of the US leg with Page and Porl Thompson trading licks most effectively, with the latter’s speed on the Gibson jumbo guitar really pushing the song along. Plant reached the high notes with ease as it led it into a glorious finale. “Can you feel it?” asked the singer afterwards. Absolutely.

Tangerine’/’Hey Hey What Can I Do’

(US Air Arena, Landover, Washington, March 23 1995)

Two superb performances lined up back to back during this show. ‘Tangerine’ made its only appearance on this leg performed in a full band arrangement. The crowd reaction as Page hit the familiar notes was nothing less than euphoric. Porl played some suitably laid back electric parts against Page’s Ovation acoustic strumming. A nostalgic first outing for the Zep III standard that was last performed live twenty years back at Earls Court.

The underrated Zep III leftover (and subsequent US B side to ‘Immigrant Song’) ‘Hey Hey What Can I Do’ was another revelation with the crowd egarly joining in the chorus. Videos from the tour of this track show Page beaming with pride and duck walking along the stage.

Boogie Chillun’ sequence

(Skydome Arena, Toronto, March 27 1995)

“One night I was laying down”… The John Lee Hooker standard was an integral part of the ‘Whole Lotta Love’ medley in the Zeppelin era. This was its only appearance on the tour, emerging during the ‘Calling To You’ medley. The way it developed out of a lengthy Page solo was invigorating and for those in attendance a rare revival for another part of the Zep live canon.


‘Calling To You’ including ‘Break On Through’/’As Long As I Have You’/

Dazed And Confused’ inserts

(Brendan Byrne Arena, Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 6 1995)

‘Calling To You’ had previously been a highlight of Plant’s Fate Of Nations tour. With Jimmy on board it quickly developed into an extended piece that included a compelling guitar battle with Porl, a seminal riff exercise and then into an anything-could-happen medley sequence in the grand Zep tradition. This night in Meadowlands was exceptional for the inclusion of Garnett Mimms ‘As Long As I Have You’, a staple of the first two Zeppelin American tours but not performed by Page or Plant since. It followed the now customary delivery of The Doors’ ‘Break On Through’ and then merged with a few lines from ‘Dazed And Confused’. Another  memorable sequence.

‘Shake My Tree’

(Great Western Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, May 17 1995)

On the face of it this was a rather bizarre choice for inclusion on the tour. A highlight of the 1993 Coverdale Page album, it says much of Plant’s compatibility with Page at the time that he agreed to sing the Coverdale lyrics, albeit in a slightly amended form. ‘Shake’ was actually a great riff exercise which allegedly was first conceived during the Zep In Through The Out Door sessions. On stage it gave Plant the chance to pull out the old “Suck it!” refrain at appropriate moments and for Page to weave those weird sounds from the theremin.


(Great Western Forum, Inglewood Los Angeles, California, May 17 1995)

When Page and Plant breezed back into the Forum some 17 years after the night of Listen To This Eddie, a tradition of spontaneity was upheld. During ‘Kashmir’ they were joined by guest violinist Lili Hayden who brought a impulsive virtuoso feel to the end section as she pitted her talents against the Egyptian Pharaohs. “Ladies and gentlemen Lili Hayden appears at the Viper Room in Holly wood every Sunday night,” Plant informed the audience at the close.

Dave Lewis – April 9 2014

Part 2 to follow

It was 55 years ago….55 years of DL musical passion:

It was 55 years ago around the April Easter period, The Beatles released their first single of 1969. Get Back coupled with Don’t Let Me Down – these tracks had been recorded in January during the infamous Get Back sessions.

This is a significant release for me as this is the record that attracted me back to music – an attraction that has grown manifold over the past 55 years.

I say ‘back to’ as aged 7 I did have a brief flirtation with music mainly focused on The Dave Clark Five. I was pretty obsessed with Dave Clark’s drumming skills and replicated his drum kit in our garden using old paint tin cans. Glad All Over remains one of my all time fave singles. The first live concert I ever saw was a package night at the Granada Cinema featuring The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Hollies and more on April 10,1964.

However this passion was eroded somewhat by other distractions such as Thunderbirds, The Man From Uncle, James Bond and from 1966 Tottenham Hotspur and football in general. My love of music took a back seat and remained somewhat dormant until that Easter of 1969.

Back then in the local café there was a juke box – sixpence for two goes. My gang were often in there and one of the records that was played constantly from the moment it was released was Get Back. Now this I liked – really liked. I liked its driving rhythm, bustling drumming ,cool vocal with talk of ‘’Sweet Loretta martin thought she was a woman’’ and Billy Preston’s rolling keyboards.

I also loved the B side Don’t Let Me Down which was also often played on the juke box. The pleading vocal of John Lennon hit the mark every time.

I was well aware who The Beatles were of course. I had been to see both the Hard Days Night and Help films at the cinema. Anyone growing up in the 60s could not really avoid them – they were everywhere. My interest in them though had been from afar.

That all changed when I heard Get Back. A little over a month after this release The Beatles had another single in the charts titled The Ballad of John And Yoko. I loved this one too.

One of the distinctive aspects of these Beatles records was that the label depicted a green apple, while the B side was the core of an Apple. I quickly learned that the Beatles now released records on their own Apple label. I thought this design was a deft touch – it ignited something in me that would lead to a deep fasciation for actual record labels, designs and sleeves. It all went hand in hand with the affinity I developed for the long playing record and 45 RPM single.

I could not get enough of all this. As the song goes music was now my first love – big time. I wanted to hear it, read about it, and talk about it. Remarkably, in a matter of five years I would be selling it.

From that moment of hearing and admiring Get Back grew an intense passion. I avidly read the NME and other music papers, I listened to Alan Freeman’s Pick of the Pops chart show every weekon Radio One. I kept right up to date with all the weekly chart happenings and my appreciation of so much music grew and grew – The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Who, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Free, Family, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, Jethro Tull to name but a few, all appeared on my musical radar during the next few months – and stayed there.

Of course there was one other act  of much importance as all this would lead me to the biggest passion of all – Led Zeppelin. And anyone reading this will realise the immense consequence of all that. For me, this was not just a band…it was a way of life.

When I could afford it I began buying singles and albums – The Who’s Pinball Wizard and the Island Records sampler LP You Can All Join In being amongst my first purchases in this new era. Many more would follow.

The Beatles Get Back single was announced via a very clever press advert. It described this new record with a series of incisive phrases.

It carried the headline The Beatles as nature intended. It read as follows:

‘’Get Back’’ is The Beatles new single. It’s the first Beatles record which is as live as can be in this electronic age.

There’s no electric watchamaclit.

‘’Get Back’’ is a pure springtime number.

On the other side there’s an equally live number ‘’Don’t let me down.’’

Paul’s got this to say about Get Back…

‘’we were sitting in the studio and we made it up out of thin air. We started to write words there and then …when we finished it we recorded it at Apple Studios and made it into a song to rollercoast by’’.

P.S. John adds its john playing the fab live guitar solo.

An now John on Don’t Let Me Down.

John says don’t let me down about ‘’Don’t let me down’’

In ‘’Get Back’’ and’’ Don’t let me down’’ you’ll find The Beatles as nature intended.

I could easily apply my then new found enthusiasm with the same statement because it rely did feel like I had found redemption in music – as nature intended.

55 years on nothing has changed – music is the DNA that defines who I am and what I do. In sharing it over the years, it has built friendships and created much camaraderie. As of now I am officially celebrating 54 years of music passion.

So thank you dear Beatles for opening the music floodgates for me that Easter all of 55 years ago.

Oh and John…I did not let you down about Don’t let me down – and you never let me down either….

Dave Lewis – April  9 2024


My thoughts on the Paul Young No Parlez 2 CD 40th anniversary edition…
There’s a bit of standing joke amongst my record collecting comrades on which albums can be relied upon to turn up most frequently in the charity shop racks.

One of the leading contenders is Paul Young’s 1983 album No Parlez.

Hardly a week goes by when one of us will not spot a copy in one of the many charity shops we visit regularly and usually for a mere £1 to £2 a copy.

It was certainly a massive seller back in 1983 and 1984 and was the album that sent Paul’s career into the stratosphere.  Quite why it’s been so discarded is difficult to tell but that is the way it is.

So, you may call me a fool but I’ve just paid about 10 times more than the going charity shop rate for a brand new copy of No Parlez.

However this is no mere copy – it’s the recently released 2 CD set marking the album’s 40th anniversary.

It’s a rather splendid package too. It’s presented in a 7 inch single style gatefold sleeve that opens up to house the two CD’s.

CD One is the No Parlez album as it appeared in 1983.

So here’s the thing…

Firstly, It’s a nostalgic listen as this was the soundtrack to the good lady Janet and I’s courting days and subsequent wedding. In fact the No Parlez album was in the top 20 album chart all of 40 years ago when we tied the knot.

Secondly, it’s a great album and has held up very well.

Paul was and is a great singer and a very good interpreter of other artist’s songs. This was evident with his the number one single – Wherever I Lay MyHat (That’s My Home) – a cover of the Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong &,Norman Whitfield composition.

His versions of the Nicky Thomas reggae hit Love Of The Common People and Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart are equally effective.

CD Two comprises of various 7 and 12 inch mixes, extended club mixes and remix versions. There’s a lot to enjoy here and I was well pleased to see the superb B side Yours included.

No Parlez may well still be a regular in the bargain bins but this superb new 2 CD version restores it to a more credible position and is a fitting 40th anniversary reissue of an album that defines the more fruitful end of an 80s musical era that Paul Young was a leading part of…

Dave Lewis – April 4 2024

Bob Harris & Colin Hall – The Songs The Beatles Gave away…

To the excellent Quarry Theatre in Bedford last night with my good lady janet friend Lee for the presentation of The Songs The Beatles Gave Away hosted by the legendary broadcaster ‘whispering’ Bob Harris and the renowned Beatles archivist and author Colin Hall – also the author of the book of the same name.

This tour they are undertaking grew out of a radio special Bob compiled and presented for Radio Two on the fascinating subject of the songs Lennon & McCartney and George Harrison wrote and gave to other artists.

The format in presenting this show was a simple one. Just Bob and Colin seated onstage – there were no backdrop visuals. I’d already seen the show back in January at the Stables venue in Milton Keynes. There was a fair few differences to that show – it’s more than evident that Bob and Colin can ad-lib at will around the main subjects.

The main source in bringing the saga to life was via the playing of interview clips of some of the main players in the story – McCartney, George Harrison, Cilla Black, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax and George Martin among them. Clips from the Radio Two broadcast and of course, the songs themselves added to the overall effect.

Bob’s familiar warm tones and his passion for the subject perfectly complimented the affable input of the Liverpool born Colin Hall. Colin’s credentials include being the custodian of John Lennon’s childhood home Mendips for 20 years, guiding visitors and tourists around the National Trust building.

Colin has an extensive and impressive knowledge of the subjects discussed. He relayed them in an enlightening and often dry witted scouse manner that drew the audience in from the start. Colin and Bob both set the scene with thoughts on the dynamics of the Lennon and McCartney songwriting partnership.

By 1963 the pair had written so many songs they simply couldn’t all be accommodated on just their own Beatles releases, so it made artistic and economic good sense to be offered to other artists for recording and the Merseybeat boom of 1963 & 1964 gave them a tailor-made outlet in artists such as Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer and Tommy Quickly. This is the story behind those songs, the hits, the misses and the demos that the group never released: ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’.

The format in presenting this show was a simple one. Just Bob and Colin seated onstage – there were no backdrop visuals.

Now I consider myself well versed in the Beatles story and I am an avid collector of Beatles cover versions and giveaways but there is always so much more to learn and that was certainly the case here.

The middle eight that John wrote for a song that ended up on an Adam Faith album? How John provided the initial J for Billy J Kramer’s stage name? All was revealed here and so much more.

Cilla told of her surprise (surprise!) at finding herself in the studio to record a brass embellished Love Of The Loved as her debut single. There was mention too of the obscure One & One is Two a rare Beatle related chart miss for The Strangers with Mike Shannon (not the famous footballer as Bob mischievously commented.)

Towards the end of the first half, Colin stood up on stage to lead the audience through a singalong of Billy J Kramer’s Bad To Me (”The birds in the sky would be sad and lonely If they knew that I’d lost my one and only” ) and Peter & Gordan’s World Without Love (‘’Please lock me away and don’t allow the day’’)

The second half delved into the latter years with subjects ranging from Paul’s work on The Family Way soundtrack in 1966 with George Martin, the instrumental Catcall he gave to jazzman Chris Barber, the recording of the TV theme Thingamabob with the Black Dyke Mills Band and George Harrison’s offering of Sour Milk Sea to Jackie Lomax and Badge for Cream.

Bob Harris offered a personal  anecdote of having holidays in South Wales and meeting a young Mary Hopkin. There was a lovely clip of Mary revealing her wonder at working with Paul on the 1969 hit Goodbye. Badfinger’s Come and Get It from the same year was also aired.

The absolute highlight of the evening was a clip of Cilla Black explaining how Paul wrote the theme tune for her first BBC TV series. This was followed by an airing of a rare demo recording of Paul and Cilla with George Martin in attendance running through the wonderful Step Inside Love.

Mary Hopkin’s first hand experience of working with Paul on her 1969 McCartney penned Goodbye was also enlightening as was the story of how Carlos Mendes came to record the obscure Penina which Paul had written on holiday in Portugal.

The evening ended with a sing along to the version of Stand By Me Bob organiseds during lockdown which featured an  array of artists have come together under the banner ‘Whispering Bob’s Allstars’, including Paul Rogers, Mark Knopfler, PP Arnold Peter Frampton, Rick Wakeman, Richard Thompson all proceeds going to the Help Musicians charity.

The song is Bob’s all time favourite and he recounted the story of when he travelled to New York to interview John for the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975. John had just released the Rock’N ‘Roll album and recorded a brilliant version for airing on the show – (check it out on YouTube)

We left the Quarry Theatre to the always uplifting sounds of All You Need Is Love.

Afterwards, it was an absolute pleasure to meet Bob and Colin and they signed various books and merchandise.

All in all, a very enjoyable evening and another delightful re-telling of the joyous continuing soundtrack of our years – the story that keeps on giving.

Last night at in presenting The Songs The Beatles Gave Away Bob Harris and Colin Hall talked us through another aspect of the act we’ve known for all these years – and it was truly fab…and being close to home Janet and I were even able to walk home on a not so long and winding road…

Dave Lewis – April 7 2024

Details of the Stand By Me charity single can be found at:

DL Diary Blog Update:
Friday April 5:
It was 55 years ago today…
An interesting few days at the Dagenham Roundhouse and Kings Hall Romford Market venues…
Performing this day in 1969 Led Zeppelin followed two days later by Terry Reid, the singer who turned down Jimmy Page’s initial request to join a New Yardbirds line up that would become Led Zeppelin – wish I’d been at both these gigs…

Friday April 5:

Friday April 5:

At the Spitalfields record fair for the first time in over a year – this will be a severe test for my Buy less Play More strategy!

Friday April 5:

Spitalfields record fair update- I’ve cracked big time!

Friday April 5:

A truly excellent Spitalfields market record fair in London today with my record collecting comrade Steve Livesley– some top finds including the newly released Led Zeppelin Coda Tapes 4 LP bootleg box set – I’m very much looking forward to wading through this one over the weekend…

Saturday April 6:

Saturday is platterday –

on the player the excellent compilation The Songs Lennon & McCartney Gave Away – an appropriate choice as tonight we are attending the evening with Bob Harris and author Colin Hall event talking about The Songs The Beatles Gave Away at the Quarry Theatre in Bedford…

Saturday April 6:

Some very fine cassettes as acquired at the excellent Spitalfields market record fair yesterday – you gotta love em!

Saturday April 6:

More beauties purchased from yesterday’s Spitalfields market record fair…
Led Zeppelin Coda Tapes 4 LP box set, Led Zeppelin Dallas March 4 1975 (reviews to follow next week), another in the 2 Originals Of series featuring two Bread albums (I now have 19 of these releases) – plus the triple gatefold fold out sleeve 2014 Jimmy Page remaster of Led Zeppelin II with companion disc – I have the box set but somehow didn’t get around to getting the stand alone album – matters now restored!

Sunday April 7:

More beauties acquired from Friday’s Spitalfields market record fair…

All my collecting bases covered among these 7 inch singles:
The Dave Clark Five on Columbia, Badfinger on Apple, Tremeloes and Anita Harris on the Columbia Special products label (I have a fair few of these releases), a rare Beatles cover version – Marianne Faithful’s rendition of Yesterday on a Greek Decca pressing plus a couple of 1972 A label demo’s –the singles sent out in advance of release to radio DJ’s and the press – top stuff…

Monday April 8:

Remembering Chris Robinson – Three Years Gone…

I’ll be pausing for thought today to remember the much missed local musician Chris Robinson who passed away three years ago today aged 58.
Chris was a regular at Pete Burridge’s Record Club at the Castle in Bedford. He was always great to chat to and conversations about Pink Floyd albums were often on the agenda – he was a big Floyd fan.
I cherish this pic of taken at the Record Club in early 2020 – Chris is second on the right with myself and Pete Burridge and Mat Roberts
Chris is sorely missed by the whole Bedford musical fraternity –and will always be much loved and remembered…
Monday April 8:
Frustrations of a record collector…in Cambridge with the good lady Janet and just time to visit the Lost In Vinyl shop ( Relevent Records was a bit far) and despite saying it was open – curses it was closed!!
Tantalisingly inside the window were sealed Record Store Day boxes!Lost in Vinyl lost out as I could have considerably aided the Monday for me it’s back to an enforced Buy Less Play More policy – at least for today!
Tuesday April 9:
More beauties acquired from last Friday’s Spitalfields market record fair…
A couple of great 7 inch vinyl finds:
Paul McCartney & Wings, Mrs Vandebilt/Bluebird – Belgium issue Apple single
T.Rex, Get It On/Raw Ramp – French issue on the CBS label
Top Stuff…
Wednesday April 10:
It was nine years ago…April 10 2015…
Compiling the original Five Glorious Nights Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 book at Mick Lowe’s Studio Mix back in 2015 – what fun we had putting that one together.
The revised and expanded edition is readily available…
More details at:
Update here…
With the good lady Janet on the Easter break from pre-school, it’s been good to catch up with various things.
Writing wise, I’ve been having a bit of an overview of where the DL memoirs are at. I have accumulated some 40,000 words and now need to edit what I’ve done so far and get a clearer path ahead.
Here’s the sounds that have been and will be inspiring…
DL Playlist:
Led Zeppelin – The Coda Tapes – 4LP bootleg

Led Zeppelin – Live at the Forum Inglewood June 27 1977 – 4LP bootleg

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant – The Second Coming Live at Glastonbury 2LP bootleg
Paul McCartney – Pure McCartney -2CD compilation
Graham Nash – Over The Years – 2CD compilation
Roxy Music – Siren CD
Mott The Hoople – Greatest Hits LP
The Dave Clark Five – Catch Us If You Can LP
(Marking my first ever gig 60 years ago this week)
Family –  Anyway LP
Miles Davis – Bitches Brew 2CD
Linda Hoyle – Pieces of Me CD
Thanks for listening

Until next time…

Dave  Lewis –  April 10 2024

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  • Graham said:

    Do we know if it is possible to order quality prints of the Wiltshire Thatcher photograph from the gallery? I always thought it would be amazing to have that framed image on my wall.

    Also, I think your expertise is required here Dave, as there seems to be some questions over whether this is genuinely Jimmy and Ronnie in Plumpton:

  • Knegarn said:

    Good evening!

    April 9 1977 was the night Jimmy collapsed, right?

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