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11 March 2010 2,794 views No Comment


It’s one of those periods where the best strategy of attack is, as my old boss used to say to J.F.D.I (that stands for Just F***ing Do It!), with much to get sorted in the next few weeks.

The Who Live At Leeds feature has been dominating a fair few waking hours here and it’s been enlightening to investigate in the nooks and crannies of The Who’s career circa ‘69/’70. It’s led me to search out some great Who live stuff which aside from the obvious Leeds recordings, has included a rockin’ Fillmore ‘69 show and I’ve also been hammering out the bonus live disc that comes with the new official Greatest Hits & More compilation. It includes some choice cuts from Charlton ‘74 and Swansea ’76 and even has a couple of live numbers from the long lost Hull 1970 gig – the one they discarded in favour of the Leeds recording.

The axis inevitably is about to spin firmly back to Zep. The 35th anniversary celebrations of the Earls Court shows kicks off with the Shepherds Bush Boot Led Zeppelin tribute gig in a couple of weeks. Ticket details are on the site and it will be good to hook up with those that can make it along.

The TBL 26 writing and collation is now also full on – the work in progress TBL 26 cover is in place as can be seen on the site (yes we will sort the apostrophes!) –added a great  interview with Nigel Eaton regarding the Abbey Road show to the text this week and Stephen Humphries interviews with three Plant guitar sidemen for the new issue, offers some illuminating thoughts from Mr Boyle, Dunnery & Adams on working with Robert.  Mike Tremaglio’s tracking of Led Zeppelin in early 1970 is as ever an incredibly detailed piece of research. I played some Royal Albert Hall ’70 tracks today and they sounded amazing – boy were they flying high at that stage. Mike’s text will take you back to a time of a new decade and new directions when Led Zeppelin were evolving with every gig.    

This won’t be the only time I say this – but if you haven’t yet subscribed to the 2010 TBL magazines – now is the time. There are still plenty of lapsed subscribers who have had last year’s magazines and have yet to indulge. There’s some great stuff lined up in this issue as can be seen on the cover and many other exciting plans ahead. Subscriptions are the lifeblood of the magazine and this site and I need your support in investing in the magazine for things to move on. So do it as soon as possible. Many thanks in advance of.   

Should have some news too about the exclusive new TBL T shirts that will be available soon. I’m off to look at some printing options a bit later today on that. Graeme H. and I have also been discussing the previously mentioned Led Zeppelin TBL Fan gathering event to be staged on Saturday September 25th and again we hope to be able to reveal more on this before the Easter hols.

I’m planning on getting out to see the Them Crooked Vultures gig at the Royal Albert Hall and should will have details of a pre gig TBL pub meet next week

Had a start on the Nick Kent book this week and noticed when I was in the post office the new Uncut issue has plenty on The Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street. This is due in an expanded edition with extra tracks in May -a mouthwatering prospect and a definite for my spring playlist.  

The current mixed and blustery weather has had me thinking back to the mad month of March of 1998. That was the time we braved similar conditions to get out to see Jimmy and Robert in a variety of TV appearances and the Shepherds Bush Empire gig. This included an early Saturday morning queue outside the long gone Oxford Street  Virgin Megastore, described by Phil Tattershall memorably at the time as queuing by the sick (or sick of queuing) to get tickets for the aforementioned show. This mad month of March a dozen years ago will be the subject of the next TBL Archive Extract which I hope to get up in the next week or so.

 Oh yes we were most high back then… and it seems like a lifetime but a second ago. As the man once said from that Earls Court stage.

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