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Evenings With Led Zeppelin – The Complete Concert Chronicle Revised & Expanded Edition by Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio:

Latest Update:

Here’s some very nice recent feedback via the Collectors Music Reviews website which preceded a review of the recent Earls Court bootleg release on the Graf Zeppelin label.

The Awesome Foursome (Graf Zeppelin LZSC-523A/B/C/D/E/F)

Earls Court Arena, London, U.K. – May 23, 1975

This review has been in the works for a few weeks now, there is a book that I used in reference for this show and will continue to use for the foreseeable future, the book is Evenings With Led Zeppelin by Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio, the new revised edition.

I have been readings Dave’s books since I first got The Final Acclaim back in the late 80’s and have enjoyed many, The Concert File, Then As It Was, and A Feather In The Wind to name a few. Not only are these books filled with a wealth of information on the band and their music, but there is a passion within the words that comes through.

Perhaps his greatest achievement (to date) is the Evenings With Led Zeppelin book, 624 pages of their entire touring history complete with reviews, venue information, and a bootleg reference. A stunning tome and one that people who read this site will certainly enjoy. The information in this book is equaled to the inspiration it gives me, in this season of giving, I want to give my thanks and praise to this book, Dave and Mark…Eye Thank Yew!

The Evenings With Led Zeppelin book is now readily available in both the US and UK. Relayer 67

See full review here:

Thanks to Ian Saikia for pointing that one out.

Here’s some more positive reaction from some satisfied readers…

The book arrived today. It is a thing of beauty!  I’ve just had a glance through – and it looks wonderful.  I can’t wait to immerse myself in this incredible piece of work, with all my unofficial Zep recordings, and just chill out to the live history of the greatest rock band ever. Dave and Mike should be very proud indeed of this incredible tome.  

John McBride

Congratulations on making the best book on Led Zeppelin even better.

Tom Cory

 Another great work.

Gary Holroyd

This revised edition has landed and it’s an amazing read . Well worth the cost considering the amount of detail , knowledge and many hours that must have been dedicated towards its publication. It’s by far the best ever Zeppelin book on the market.

Chris Richardson

I am absolutely floored by the amount of research you must have done. It exceeds my (already high) expectations in every way.

Craig Noble

Anything and everything about the history of this band and all of the key people, are in this well-researched, brilliant book. Richard Cole has a wonderful foreword in this edition as well. This is so very, very fine. A reasonable price for all of the tremendous hard work that was put into this work of art!

David Freshman

This is the ultimate reference book, of Led  Zeppelin’s  live activities. I don’t believe there can be a publication which is more reliable and compelling than this.

Koki Mizutani

Just got the book today. WOW! Fantastic in every way. Love the attention to detail and especially the memorabilia. Highly recommended! 

Tony Leon

Here’s a summary of what this new revised and expanded version offers…

This new expanded edition is extended by 48 pages bringing the total to 624 – including a brand new 10-page concert bootleg CD discography appendix

Dozens of additional concert ads, handbills, ticket stubs, press reviews, venue photos have been added – many images updated and improved.

More on stage photos have been added, including many never published before.

If you bought the first edition you already know that it is a thorough and complete chronicle of Led Zeppelin’s concert history – it achieved a 95% five star rating on Amazon reviews.

This new updated edition is a major upgrade over that highly acclaimed first edition – and even if you have the first book – this new edition adds so much more -and will be a very worthwhile re investment…

Evenings With Led Zeppelin – Revised & Expanded Edition – Signed by Dave Lewis Limited Edition – for UK buyers – a few copies remaining…

Evenings With Led Zeppelin Revised & Expanded Edition – personally signed copy by Dave Lewis plus four page insert with an interview conducted by the late Andy Adams with Mike Tremaglio and Dave about how this revised edition came to fruition

This is a limited edition of 100 books  – Hurry I have  a handful of  these copies remaining  – when they are gone they are gone…

Note this offer is only open to UK buyers.

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TBL Archive Special: A look back to the second date of the Led Zeppelin 1975 touring campaign:





Setlist: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/When The Levee Breaks/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/The Wanton Song/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/In My Time Of Dying/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Communication Breakdown.

Snapshot Notes: The second warm up date for their forthcoming US tour – the previous night they had played Rotterdam. Before the show Robert conducted an interview backstage with Bob Harris for broadcast the following Friday (January 17th) on BBC2’s Old Grey Whistle Test.

There were five previews aired from the forthcoming Physical Graffiti set – Sick Again, Kashmir, The Wanton Song (which would only be performed on a few of the opening US dates), Trampled Underfoot and In My Time Of Dying. They also included an arrangement of the never before played live When The Levee Breaks – this again did not last for too many performances on the US tour. With Page possibly dealing with a recently damaged finger (see more on this below), the set was less than two hours in length with little improvisation – Dazed And Confused and Moby Dick were both absent – rare omissions for the time. Robert Plant was also beginning to struggle with an oncoming cold. Presentation wise these two warm up warm-up dates were performed with a relatively simple stage set up for the final time.– the US tour will see John Bonham’s drums mounted on a rostrum and a major new light and laser show.

These dates were announced in the UK press at the end of 1974, but I somehow missed this info – – in fact I did not know the gigs  had taken place until a week later such was the low key nature of the gigs – oh for the internet back then! If I had known, I would have made an effort to go for sure!

Snapshot Listen – how it sounded today:

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It’s Time To Travel Again (Diagrams of Led Zeppelin)

The January 12th Brussels show exists on a fair to good audience recording that I have on the Diagrams of Led Zeppelin CD It’s Time To Travel Again.

Here’s my overview of how it sounded today:

Given the physical frailties of Robert’s voice and (possibly!) Jimmy’s injured finger, once they get in their stride there are some fine performances. The set is a quant one with the notable omission of Dazed And Confused – along with the Rotterdam gig the night before, it was the first time this Zep I standard had not been played live in a Zep performance since their inception. There’s no Moby Dick either making for a much shorter performance than was the standard.

Sick Again kicks in after Rock And Roll and Robert plays it safe on the vocal histrionics. Jimmy is equally tentative on Over The Hills And Far Away with none of the expansive solo improvisation that will be a highlight on the US tour and Earls Court shows.

Their onstage rustiness is evident early on – amply demonstrated by Bonzo going into the intro of When The Levee Breaks when he should have been readying for Over The Hills – where’s that confounded written set list!

When The Levee is duly performed (‘’here’s one we always enjoyed and we’ve finally got around to playing’’). Bonzo is spot on but it’s a rather ponderous plodding arrangement – it will not last too many outings on the US tour. ‘’Jimmy Page steel guitar’’ proclaims Robert at the close.

The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song are fairly perfunctory performances while the new Kashmir is initially a little hap-hazard. Robert loses the lyrics early on but they recover well for the final ‘’Let me take you there’’ sequence which prompts both Page and Plant to up their game.

‘’Another song of lust, a little habit I picked up after meeting Phil Carson (NB: Atlantic Records exec)– one of my idols’’ is Plant’s tongue in cheek intro into The Wanton Song – this works really well with Page now suitably animated in his playing – it’s a shame it was to fall off the setlist after a few performances in the US.

No Quarter is very much a 1973 arrangement with no extended grand piano section – which might be just as well as the crowd seem impatient and slow hand clap as the chorus comes back in. Before that, Jimmy gets into some very delicate and pleasing wah wah effects.

Two back to back Physical Graffiti previews follow: Trampled Underfoot is fast and furious and In My Time Of Dying is a valiant performance given the physical restraints. Both of these of course will come good with a few more performances

Finally…’’A song from not too long ago …what you might call a permanent favourite ‘ as Plant explains.

So come in Stairway To Heaven – now elevated to the main setlist closer. From the slightly extended strummed intro though to the crescendo ending, this performance strongly hints at the majesty this piece will attain ahead. It’s a great performance and worth the price of admission alone with Plant adlibbing away (note he still sings ‘’Dear lady’’ and ‘’Your Stairway’’ tonight – this will change to ‘’Dear people’ and ‘’Our Stairway’’ during the US tour). As for Jimmy, he delivers that long and winding jittering solo with sheer intent – a solo that will further develop and extend in the coming months and reach something of a zenith in Earls Court come May. It’s already very evident how much they have moved this piece on from the 1973 tour.

Encores: A brief Whole Lotta Love that segues into Black Dog and a strident Communication Breakdown with a chugging mid-section (‘’I don’t need…I don’t want’’) and gig number two of 1975 is over.

In the coming weeks in America , Plant’s voice will initially become weaker and Page’s finger injury will deem that How Many More Times temporarily replaces Dazed as the violin bow showcase. The stage setting will become more extravagant and the light and laser show ever striking. The audiences will become increasingly crazy, and a double album called Physical Graffiti will create a fervent rush at record stores across the land.

This night in Brussels is a quint and fascinating transitory performance – the health problems may be evident but inspired by their new material, this slightly tentative Led Zeppelin are very keen to make their mark in 1975.

And make their mark they will do as you will read in the next TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot…

To be continued…

Dave Lewis – January 13,2022. 

Jimmy s Injured Finger:

It was well documented that Jimmy injured his finger – shutting it in a train door in early 1975 – it’s difficult to pin point the actual date it happened – I was under the impression it was just before the Rotterdam and Brussels dates but I could well be wrong. here are some thoughts on the topic from TBL contributor Andy Crofts

The 1975 finger thing, I couldn’t resist a quick word about that. It is frustrating, because it’s very hard to square all the reported facts.

You are right that it is simplest to assume that it happened pre-Brussels, but the Rolling Stone interview from March 75 is equally clear that it happened ‘just a week’ before the US tour started, and JP had only one rehearsal to work out how to play everything. Both Keith Shadwick and Mick Wall back this up in their books, although neither gives a proper reference, maddeningly.

The Brussels gig is weird, because they don’t play Dazed And Confused  and How Many More Times -or Moby Dick for that matter, which I’d have thought ideal if the guitarist is unwell! But… JP plays very well in Brussels (this initially surprised me when I started listening), RP doesn’t make any mention of fingers onstage (which he does do on later US gigs), and the Bob Harris interview with him the same day doesn’t touch on it either. I also can’t help shake the feeling that they would just have cancelled those warm-ups had JP done his finger in immediately prior.

My take is that initially they never intended to play Dazed And Confused in 1975. They had other stuff in the set, like Levee and Wanton, and potentially others too; the setlist from the disputed Minneapolis rehearsal tape is an indicator here (I don’t believe this can be from 1973, but that’s a whole other argument!). So that’s why it’s not played in Brussels. They get to the US and realise they don’t like Levee, and need more material to fill the gap. This needs to be familiar to the audience, which won’t have heard the new stuff yet. The unrehearsed Dazed And Confused is considered a stretch too far, given the by-now broken finger, so they have a go at How many More Times for a few nights… equally unrehearsed, but it worked quite well when they did it impromptu in Southampton in 1973. Putting my guitarist’s hat on, I don’t see how a shortish Dazed And Confused is necessarily harder on the fingers than How Many More Times (something else that’s always bothered me about that part of the story), but the latter is certainly easier to pick up if you haven’t played it for a while.

All this squares the known and reported facts, and also makes sense of Jimmy’s other comment in Rolling Stone, that he wants Dazed And Confused back in the set ASAP… he preferred playing that to How Many More Times , which was probably a bit old-fashioned for him by 1975.

There’s another possibility of course, which is that the Brussels tape is incomplete, and other songs were played… it does seem very short. But I don’t think so. It’s maddening not to have anything from Rotterdam or indeed Minneapolis to compare it with.

Oops, I’ve written an essay. These nitpicking things are interesting in an ubergeek kind of way, and I think it’s fascinating how things which may not be quite right become accepted fact, just through repetition. I think Led Zeppelin simply started with one set list in 1975 and abandoned it in the face of their US audience. A shame. I’ve recently been reading about Cream’s experiences in the US, and they were the same; lots of parallels actually. Jimmy’s finger is ultimately a red herring, because – painful or otherwise – he plays very well throughout Jan 75.

Many Thanks Andy for those comments.

Remembering  the late great Mick Bonham – RIP…

Remembering the late great Mick Bonham – 22 years gone …

January 14 marks the passing of Mick Bonham in 2000.

Back in early 1980, I first contacted Mick to request some of his amazing photos he had taken of Led Zeppelin at Knebworth to use in the then forthcoming TBL issue 4. He was more than generous in supplying a whole batch of previously unpublished shots. From then on he was always very supportive of my work and we often met at Zep related events.

His generosity and great spirit was certainly well in evidence when along with other members of the wonderful Bonham family, Mick attended the 1992 Led Zeppelin Celebration Days Convention the late much missed Andy Adams and I staged in London…here’s a great pic taken by Jan Mulder from that weekend of Mick on stage with Deb and the band. RIP Mick…

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It was 41 years ago: DL Life with the stars…. 

It was 41 years ago this month that the local Bedford paper The Bedford Record published a centre page feature piece on the Tight But Loose magazine and my affinity for Led Zeppelin (the first of a number of such stories that would appear over the next three decades – I discovered that local newspaper editors love this stuff).

This all grew out of some quotes I gave to then local journalist Andy Bull at the time about the sales hike experienced after John Lennon’s death. When I mentioned I published a magazine on Led Zeppelin he was very keen to interview me for the paper. A photographer was dispatched to the Dents Road shrine (my bedroom) and next thing I knew my name was in lights (sort of).

Coming home on my bike from working at WH Smiths (where the talk of the day had been my inclusion in the paper) that evening of January 6th 1981, I noticed the billboard outside the local newsagents shop previewing the papers content. It read (I kid you not!)  ‘’ Bedford Record : Bedford man’s life with the stars’’. I got off my bike, calmly walked in showed the shopkeeper the paper and my picture in it and asked  for said billboard. He kindly offered it to me and I still have it  – here’s a pic of me with it from about eight years back –  I really should get it framed.


Bedford mans life with the stars then: The young DL in the Dents Road shrine with TBL 5 – as seen in the Bedford Record January 6th, 1981.







It was 50 years ago today – a triple album changed my life:
This one from my Facebook page on Saturday and extracted from my work in progress memoirs…
It was 50 Years Ago Today…a triple album record changed my life…
On this day in 1972 I went into town and made what was my first really significant album purchase.
Prior to this moment, I had indulged in some budget sampler albums such as Island’s You Can All Join In, and I had the then recently released Led Zeppelin IV for Christmas – now I was ready to make a substantial fresh purchase…
The album I desperately wanted was The Concert For Bangla Desh by George Harrison & Friends. This was the live album of the two benefit concerts George had staged the previous August at Madison Square Garden to aid relief in Bangla Desh. The first big charity event of its kind.
I had followed all this diligently in the music press –and excitedly so. Led Zeppelin were my number one musical passion but close behind were The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The Beatles of course had imploded the year before but anything Beatle related interested me greatly. Now came the opportunity to by a Beatle related release as it was shipped.
At the time this was big news indeed. Two ex- Beatles on stage George and Ringo, guests including Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and a performance by Bob Dylan – his first major live appearance in two years.
All this was to be released as a triple album and the asking price was a bank busting £5.50 (£58 in today’s money) – not that I had a bank account back then being just age 15 and still at school.
I did however, have a job at the local newsagents delivering newspapers. For this I earnt 75p a week and I had been saving for weeks knowing the Concert For Bangla Desh was being released early in the year.
So it was on Saturday January 8 1972 ( the details of which are all recorded in the diary I kept that year and continued to thereafter) I went into the WH Smith record department – the only local Bedford record shopl that had it in stock –it had been released the previous day and was well in demand. Thankfully they had it out in the racks and there it was in the distinct orange box set and I excitedly handed over my £5.50.
Quick aside – in a strange quirk of fate little did I know that within three years I would actually be working in this record department myself – the start of a 35 year career in music retail.
Back on January 8 1972, I hurried home and set up my record player – a fairly standard portable one but at the time it did me proud.
I now had living breathing aural evidence of this landmark show. George performing tracks from the massive selling All Things Must Pass such as My Sweet Lord, Awaiting On Your All and Beware Of Darkness, Beatle classics While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes The Sun and Something, Billy Preston wailing out That’s The Way God Planned It, the big roar for Ringo as he performed his big solo hit It Don’t Come Easy, Leon Russell ripping through a medley of Youngblood and Jumpin’ Jack Flash and a whole side of Bob Dylan.
I had read and kept in a scrapbook all the reviews of the show in the music press ( which I still have as can be seen in this pic) and also cut all the reviews of the accompanying triple album. ‘’If you only buy one album in 1972 make it this one’’ was one memorable headline.
Well I heeded that advice but it was certainly not the only album I purchased that year.
From June 1972, I had a regular income from my first job at British Home Stores .This allowed me to indulge in a long and winding path of musical exploration and my collection began to build with albums from the likes of Led Zeppelin (I had been a fan since late 1969 but with money in my pocket I backtracked and got my own copies of the first three albums), Hendrix, Dylan, Zappa, Alice Cooper, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, the Glastonbury and Woodstock Festival triple sets and more – all records that opened up a whole new musical spectrum for this particular youngster finding new delights with every purchase.
It was The Concert For Bangla Desh though that really set me on the way and developed a musical passion for buying records that of course is as fervent today as it was 50 years ago.
Playing that triple album for the first time I knew I had truly discovered the sheer wonder to be had in appreciating these things of beauty. I wanted that feeling and thrill of investing in a new record again as soon as possible and it would be repeated countless times in the ensuing years.
I do of course still have this copy of The Concert For Bangla Desh – the box is a little worn but the records play great and yes it will be on today in celebration.
Very quaintly back then I customised the inner sleeves by hand writing out all the track listing of who played what and when. Even back then my quest for the finer details of the recording process was developing. Putting pen to paper to chronicle such detail was something I loved doing.
Such passion would lead me on a path of much fulfilment as I began writing about music and principally Led Zeppelin. This would subsequently flower into the publication of my books and TBL magazine.
Back at school in early 1972 where the pop trends amongst my friends was led by Marc Bolan & T. Rex and Slade (both of whom I also loved) my enthusiasm for what might be termed more grown up music was eyed with some fascination.
Soon though I was being asked what this Banlga Desh lark was all about and for that matter the appeal of Led Zeppelin – and I was more than happy to elaborate and educate on these subjects.
So thank your dear George for staging this monumental event of 50 years back – and Happy 50th anniversary to a record release that I can honestly say changed my life
Finally to bring the story full circle..
Just before Christmas I came across the 2005 Concert For Bangla Desh 2 CD reissue in the local Oxfam charity shop and was more than happy to hand over the £12.99 asking price -the set being in mint condition. It felt like history was repeating itself and the rush I got from investing again in this pivotal set was exactly the same as I had experienced when I made that original triple album purchase back in 1972.
In an ever changing world (and not for the better currently) – that is a constant worth hanging on to…
Dave Lewis – January 8, 2022.

Facebook Q and A via Sean Atkinson’s Richard Cole Appreciation Society Facebook group…
I am taking part in an online A and A for Sean Atkinson’s Richard Cole Appreciation Society Facebook group. It commences on Thursday January 27.
I will be replying to any Zep related question.
Here’s the info via Sean:
This is the page to post your question/s for Dave Lewis. His Q and A will take place on Thursday January 27th. I’m very grateful to Dave for sharing some of his very busy time by joining us. Please enjoy the event…

DL Diary Blog Update:
Friday January 7:
The first purchase of 2022 has arrived and what a beauty it is…
Led Zeppelin How The West Was Won JRK Remix
3 CD bootleg on the Japanese Empress Valley Supreme Disk label.
The perfect start to the 50th anniversary celebrations of some Led Zep 1972 landmarks – this one sourced from their 1972 US tour.
These are the live recordings from the LA Forum and Long Beach June 1972 shows that made up the 2003 official live album. This version adds audience sourced recordings to make up a complete set list. I am very much looking forward to re-discovering one of my favourite Led Zeppelin live albums…
More on this once I have digested it all in a few days…

Friday January 7:

It was 49 Years Ago Today…

Loading up the double CD Oxford Blues, a soundboard recording of Led Zeppelin’s rather splendid performance at the New Theatre Oxford on this day in 1973. I wish I could have been at this one and many others on that tour (I did attend the Dec 23 Ally Pally show)…I would make up for it in 1975…

This is from the superb bootleg CD box set Ascension In The Wane – The January 1973 Soundboards. This chronicles various performances from their 1972/3 UK tour. I will be revisiting these excellent shows from this box set throughout the month…providing a much needed Led Zep fix…

Saturday January 8:
Saturday is platterday – on the player – marking his Birthday today the brilliant Elvis Presley Sun Collection album
A quick Led Zep story:
This album was compiled by NME writer Roy Carr in the late 1970s. There were a couple of versions of this and one of them features sleeve notes by Roy plus a back cover credit that reads ‘’Dedicated to Percy,Pagey, Jonesy, Bonzo and Big G” – a reference to the members of Led Zeppelin and manager Peter Grant. Roy had a good relationship with them all and knew they were big Elvis fans so it was an affectionate acknowledgement.
When I was in their record company Swan Song office in April 1980 I mentioned this album and their credit on it to office supremo and press officer Unity Mclean. It was evident Unity had passed this info on to Peter as the next time I visited, I was called upon by Unity to run an errand. My task was to get a taxi into central London and buy a copy of the Elvis Sun Collection album for Peter Grant.
So I ventured into town and purchased the said record at the Virgin Megastore in Oxford Street and returned with it to their Kings Road office.
For this errand I was rewarded with a set of the new 10x 8 Led Zep promo photos and posters they had just had delivered. Whenever I look at the sleeve of my copy of this Elvis album which I purchased for myself at WH Smith soon after I am reminded of that memorable day in the Swan Song office back in 1980…
Saturday January 8:
Saturday treats on David Bowie’s 75th Birthday – just arrived…I could not resist investing in the special anniversary picture disc edition of Hunky Dory – complete with a rather splendid poster and original lyric sheet …
Sunday January 9: 
Sunday is Jimmy Page Birthday platterday – on the player the 3 LP bootleg box set package Led Zeppelin London Royal Albert Hall January 9 1970 –one of the all time great Led Zep gigs on the night of Jimmy Page’s 26th Birthday…Happy Birthday Jimmy…
Sunday January 9:
On the occasion of Jimmy Page’s Birthday…
As Julie Felix introduced him ‘A very talented and special musician’’ the quality of this clip from her BBC 2 show in 1970 is not pristine but his acoustic guitar playing certainly is – just awesome…
The much missed late Andy Adams and I showed this clip for the first time at the 1992 Led Zeppelin UK Convention we staged thanks to Tim Davies…it was an incredible moment when we first watched it and Andy and I often reminisced about it… great memories.
See YouTube clip here:

Sunday January 9:


In the light of Jimmy’s Birthday – here’s a piece of TBL history:

This is a limited edition cassette in a run of about 40 I compiled and handed out at a special TBL gathering at the Camden Record Fair staged at the Electric Ballroom venue on Saturday January 8 1994 to celebrate Jimmy Page’s 50th Birthday …all of 28 years ago … it’s been a lifetime but a second…


Sunday January 9:
On the occasion of Jimmy Page’s Birthday…
In a career that has spanned seven decades, Jimmy Page has written the rule book on the art of rock guitar. From monolithic riffing to blistering solos, through acoustic beauty to vast instrumental guitar orchestration.
Here are ten examples of some of his best solos from the Led Zeppelin catalogue…
An early Zep anthem and a prime example of the economy Page can bring to the table. The song itself has the sort of frantic quality that the likes of Johnny Rotten and the punk rock movement would attempt to replicate a decade later. As for the solo – short, sharp and incisive. A mimed performance for Swedish TV in March 1969 was a rare small screen appearance.
9: RAMBLE ON (1969)
Page brings grace, finesse and style to the proceedings with a smooth tonal run at one minute 47 that perfectly complements the upbeat chorus. The ripple of notes he churns out for the second solo around two minutes 25 is also mighty fine.
8: FOR YOUR LIFE (1976) ..
This Presence track found a physically impaired Plant (he was recovering from a car smash) questioning their dubious on the road life style. Page’s solo is as vicious as some of the lyrical observations. A venomous affair that spirals out of the speakers. Never performed live in the Zep era, they bravely attempted it at the 2007 reunion show – and absolutely nailed it.
7: THE ROVER (1975)
He can do bombastic, he can do blues, he can do 50’s rock’n’roll – he can damn near doing anything, and he can definitely do guitar melody as well as anyone. The solo on this under-rated gem is ample proof.
6: IN THE EVENING (1979)
Jimmy may have been taken something of a back seat to Plant and John Paul Jones in the recording of their final studio album In Through the Out Door – however on this strutting opening track, he impressively stamps his authority on proceedings. The slamming door effect of the solo is yet another innovation. Washed up in 1979? Not on this evidence.
5: BLACK DOG (1971)
Page cleverly interweaves the riff across a series of accapella vocal lines and what a riff it is – a monster affair played in a manner that would baffle copyists for years to come. The solo he saves for the close – a beautifully constructed cascade of rippling notes.
Time has done nothing to diminish the pure adrenalin rush of the riff that ate the world. It leads on into a simply scintillating solo played out against Bonzo’s hammerings . For their 1979 Kenbworth appearances it was given a new lease of life – recharged, revamped and re-modeled for the post punk era. How joyous they all look on the clip from the official 2003 DVD release. Crunching through it all again and again
Drama, dynamics and dexterity are the ingredients for this flawless performance. An excited cry of ”Watch out!” from Plant is the signal for Page to let loose with a solo of awesome
artistry. Always a live stage favourite, this was one of the undoubted highlights of their Song Remains The Same movie.
It was Page’s determination to turn adversity into triumph that ignited the entire Presence album. At the helm of it all, is this extraordinary opening ten minute lament. The guitar orchestration is pure a genius and the final outpouring of overdubbed majesty quite breathtaking. The defining studio statement of a defining guitar hero.
Much maligned, in truth rarely bettered. As impressive as the studio version is, the live rendering from their Earls Court performance in 1975 is even better. Marvel at the entry of that solo as Page goes from madrigal to maelstrom with the switch of a guitar neck. Masterful.
Happy Birthday to the Lord Of The Strings..
Sunday January 9:
Some thoughts on Jimmy Page – on the occasion of his Birthday…
In a career that has spanned seven decades Jimmy Page has constantly taken the art of guitar playing to new levels – from his session days through The Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin and beyond. From monolithic riffing to blistering solos, through acoustic beauty to vast instrumental guitar orchestration. His ability to channel his undoubted genius in a studio setting has also made him a ground breaking producer.
Other aspects of his work include the deft remastering of the Zep catalogue and the visual flair he has brought to the large format books he has overseen.
I have been very fortunate to be in his presence on a fair few occasions. This has included interviewing him twice for the TBL magazine and liaising with him when I wrote the sleeve notes to the updated official Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions set in 2016.
I have always found him to be a man of exceptional integrity and wisdom – and he has been very supportive of my work over many years…
I have a lot to thank him for…
Happy Birthday Jimmy …
Dave Lewis, January 9, 2022
Monday January 10:
I read the news six years ago today oh boy……
Monday January 10:
Remembering David Bowie six years gone…I love this tribute to David Bowie by Ian Hunter…
Dandy – you’re the prettiest star
There ain’t no life on Mars
But we always thought there might be
Dandy – you opened up the door
You left us wanting more
And then we took the last bus home
Dandy – the world was black ‘n’ white
You showed us what it’s like
To live inside a rainbow
Dandy – you thrilled us to the core
You left us wanting more
And then we took the last bus home

DL Diary Blog Update:

David Bowie – six years gone today but of course never forgotten –
Certainly not around this house as can be seen via a few of my favourite Bowie things from the DL collection…


Wednesday January 12:

It’s a Happy 61st birthday today to our very good friend of 40 plus years Mr Alan Stutz, one of the first to buy TBL issue number one in 1979, gig going companion of many a memorable concert – Robert Plant, David Bowie, Status Quo, Queen Prince and New Order among them, author of one of the funniest books I’ve ever read namely his memoirs Diary of A Nearly Man (Wymer Publishing), life and soul of any public house gathering, great support to Janet and I over many years (he took fab pics at our wedding) and all round top man – Happy Birthday Alan from Janet and I  – have a great day mate…

Wednesday January 12:

It was 53 years ago today…

The release of the debut Led Zeppelin album in the US…you can never have too many copies of Led Zeppelin I….

Update here:

Some more playlist record and CD selections providing comfort for the cold dark days and long nights here – and providing some much needed inspiration as I’ve been really struggling mentally in the past few days.

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin I LP (choose any copy from that pic!)

Led Zeppelin – How the West Was Won JRK remix – 3CD

Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks LP

Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman re issue CD

Frank Sinatra – A Man Alone LP

When The Day Is Done – The Orchestrations of Robert Kirby CD

David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name… LP

Thanks for listening – stay safe and well you very lovely people…

Dave  Lewis – January  13,2022

Until next time, stay safe and stay well…

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