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Jez Firth RIP:
Janet and I are deeply saddened to hear the passing of Jez Firth last Thursday – a wonderfully enthusiastic Led Zeppelin fan and much more.
Jez was such a loyal supporter of all my Zep work and over the years we enjoyed his company on many a TBL event and Zep tribute band gig.
Our hearts go out to all family and friends.
He will be so sorely missed by all who knew him.
RIP Jez…
Dave and Janet xx
LZ News

Led Zeppelin News Update:

Here’s the latest round up from LZ News:

Robert Plant accepted an award at the UK Americana Awards – Led Zeppelin News (

 Upcoming events:

2023 – The second Band Of Joy album titled “Band Of Joy Volume 2” will be released, an expanded edition of the Honeydrippers album “The Honeydrippers: Volume One” will be released and the remastered and expanded thirtieth anniversary edition of “Coverdale–Page” may be released.
January – An updated and expanded edition of Luis Rey’s “Led Zeppelin Tape Documentary” book will be published.
February 5 – The 2023 Grammy Awards ceremony will be held. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are nominated for three awards.
Spring/Summer – Robert Plant will tour the US with Alison Krauss.
April 28 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Many thanks to James Cook

For all the latest Zep and related news check out the Led Zeppelin news website at:


Robert Plant and Alison Krauss 2023 Tour Dates:

Robert and Alison have announced a series of US tour dates as follows:

04/25 — Shreveport, LA @ Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

04/26 — The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

04/29 — Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

04/30 — Huntsville, AL @ The Orion Amphitheater

05/02 — Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace Theatre

05/03 — Huber Heights @ OH, Rose Music Center @ The Heights

05/05 — Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre

05/09 — Asheville, NC @ Arena

05/10 — Wilmington, NC @ Live Oak Bank Pavilion

05/13 — Chattanooga, TN @ Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium

05/15 — Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

05/17 — Portsmouth, VA @ Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion

05/18 — Charlottesville, VA @ Ting Pavilion

06/14 — Las Vegas, NV, @ Pearl Concert Theater

06/15 –Tucson, AZ @ Centennial Hall at University of Arizona

06/17 — Taos, NM @ Kit Carson Park

06/18 — Telluride, CO @ Telluride Bluegrass Festival

06/20 — Bonner, MT @ Kettlehouse Amphitheater

06/28 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center

06/29 — Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap

07/01 — Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

07/02 — Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood Music Center

07/03 — Portland, ME @ Thompon’s Point

07/05 — Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage


VIP Victoria Record Fair Saturday January 28 2023 – Five Glorious Nights Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 book launch…
We had a fantastic day at the launching of the Five Glorious Nights Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 book at the VIP Record Fair in London yesterday.
Mark from Rufus ran the stall with me and we sold a few and talked it up to many people -hey talking about Led Zeppelin all day what’s not to like!
It was the first time I had seen the deluxe version which is just magnificent.
Of course it was truly wonderful to see so many friends – it was a real TBL crew reunion with Eddie Edwards , Gary Foy, Keith Creek, Ian Avey and his brother Neil, Cliff the ticket man Hilliard, Mick Bulow, Andreas Stocker Mike Warry (TBL designer in the 1990s), Mark Palmer, John Gunne, Hugh Gilmour, Mr Motorhead Mick and Steve Hammonds all stopping by at the TBL/Rufus store.
Oh and I found time to nip around the fair and invest in a few goodies myself.
Many thanks to Mark Smith at Rufus Publishing for all his support and making it happen, Nick Carruthers and to Rob and John at VIP Fairs. All in all a fabulous day…
The book can be ordered direct from Rufus publishing at this link:

It was 52 years ago – Evenings With extract…

Coming across this Melody Maker front page story from January 31,1970 prompted me to recall the events of 52 years ago when Led Zeppelin were undertaking a long awaited UK tour…

Here’s an extract from the Evenings With Led Zeppelin book based on the usual impeccable research from Mike Tremaglio:

Fifth UK Tour (Winter 1970)

January 7, 1970 – February 17, 1970

 A timely UK outing which coincided with Led Zeppelin II toppling The Beatles’ Abbey Road as the number one chart album. There were eight theatre dates and, not surprisingly, it was their London appearance that drew most of the attention.

Back at the famous Royal Albert Hall on Jimmy’s 26th birthday (January 9, 1970), they did much to enhance their reputation with an excellent show. This concert was filmed by the band under the direction of Stanley Dorfman and Peter Whitehead. Originally intended for a semi-documentary project, it never saw the light of day, allegedly because some of the film was shot at the wrong speed. A 40-minute cut was prepared and turned up as a much coveted yet atrocious quality bootleg years later.

All but one of these dates saw them perform with no support act – a trend that would continue on subsequent tours. The setlist for these shows included a new set opener, a cover of Ben E. King’s ‘Groovin’’ (aptly renamed ‘We’re Gonna Groove’). The version performed at the Royal Albert Hall show remained unreleased until it turned up (along with guitar overdubs) on the posthumous Coda set in 1982.

On January 31, 1970, Plant suffered facial injuries when his Jaguar spun off the road after returning from a Spirit concert. This caused the cancellation of the proposed February 7 date at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, which was later rescheduled for February 17. A rare concert programme was distributed for this show and the accompanying blurb reveals that, “Although Led Zeppelin was created at the close of 1968, they are undoubtedly a group of the Seventies. THE group of the Seventies according to an opinion which is held worldwide.”

During the early months of the new decade it was an opinion shared by all who were lucky enough to attend what would prove to be their only indoor UK shows of the year.

January 7, 1970 – Town Hall – Birmingham, England

Partial Setlist (from press review):

We’re Gonna Groove, Dazed And Confused, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Organ Solo/ Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times Medley (inc. Rip It Up, ‘Bye Bye Johnny’, Come on Everybody, Something Else), Bring It on Home

Background Info:

The first show of the British Tour was performed in Plant and Bonham’s local stomping ground. Birmingham. The concert featured the debut performance of ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ which had been written by the band a few days before the concert and wouldn’t be released for another nine months. ‘Thank You’, another song featuring John Paul Jones on organ, was also debuted. 

Press Reaction:

Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England, January 8, 1970) – “Led Zeppelin and the lovely strangled cat sound” by Tony Raba: “Fans cheered wildly, danced in the aisles and even on their seats last night to give Led Zeppelin one of the most fantastic receptions ever witnessed at Birmingham Town Hall. The two-and-a-half hour show featured solely Zeppelin… and some of the best rock music I have ever heard.

            The group opened its act with ‘Groove’, before going into one of their early numbers, ‘Dazed and Confused’, featuring brilliant guitar work from Jimmy Page who, with the aid of cello bow, made his guitar sound like a cat being strangled.

            Two encores, and eventually the group came on to close with a really wild version of ‘Bring It On Home’, leaving the audience ecstatic and the Town Hall shaking to its very foundations after one of the wildest, raviest shows ever seen there.”

January 8, 1970 – Colston Hall – Bristol, England


We’re Gonna Groove, I Can’t Quit You Baby (inc. It Hurts Me So, I Need Somebody To Lean On), Dazed And Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Organ Solo/ Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times Medley (inc. Smokestack Lightning, Beck’s Bolero, Boogie Chillun’, Move On Down The Line, Hideaway, Truckin’ Little Mama/ Bottle It Up And Go, The Lemon Song), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown (inc. It’s Your Thing, Good Times Bad Times)

Bootleg Recording (89 minute source):

Robert apologizes for the band being an hour late, and mentions that ‘Thank You’ was being played for just the second time. Plant introduces Jimmy as “Jimmy Hoochie Koochie Page” during the intro to ‘How Many More Times’.

January 9, 1970 – Royal Albert Hall – London, England


We’re Gonna Groove, I Can’t Quit You Baby (inc. It Hurts Me So, Don’t Know Which Way To Go), Dazed And Confused (inc. Cocaine Blues), Heartbreaker, White Summer/ Black Mountain Side, Since I’ve Been Loving You (unreleased), Organ Solo/ Thank You (unreleased), What Is And What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times Medley (inc. On The Way Home, Down By The River, Boogie Chillun’, Move On Down the Line, Truckin’ Little Mama/Bottle It Up And Go, Cocaine Blues, Leave My Woman Alone, It’s Your Thing, The Lemon Song, That’s All Right), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown, C’Mon Everybody, Something Else, Bring It On Home, Long Tall Sally Medley (inc. Move On Down The Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On)

Background Info:

This legendary gig on Jimmy Page’s 26th birthday was captured on film for posterity. Originally intended for a TV documentary on the band, the footage remained officially unreleased until the 2003 Led Zeppelin DVD release (just 40 minutes of the show had previously been available on a low-quality bootleg). Jimmy Page: “It was just like it was at the Albert Hall in the summer (June 29, 1969), with everyone dancing ‘round the stage. It is a great feeling. What could be better than having everyone clapping and shouting along? It’s indescribable, but it just makes you feel that everything is worthwhile.”

Press Reaction:

Nick Logan, music critic for the New Musical Express (January 17, 1970), was wildly enthusiastic about the show in his review “Zeppelin Put The Excitement Back Into Pop”. He remarked that the band had been “exercising control over the sell-out crowd from 8:15 when they took the stage until 10:30 when they left it.”

            His other observations included the following: “It isn’t hard to understand the substantial appeal of Led Zeppelin. Their current two-hour plus act is a blitzkrieg of musically-perfected hard rock that combines heavy dramatics with lashings of sex into a formula that can’t fail to move the senses and limbs. At the pace they’ve been setting on their current seven-town British tour there are few groups who could live with them on stage.

           Strutting about the stage with arrogance, Plant is a most accomplished performer, drawing from the finest blues/soul-shouter traditions with a confidence out of line with his inexperience previous to Led Zeppelin.

At the end of two 15-minute long encores, when the audience had been on its feet dancing, clapping and shouting for 35 minutes, they were still calling them back for more. I spoke to ‘Sir’ Jimmy Page after the show and he confessed that the whole band had suffered extreme nerves beforehand, mainly because people like John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck had requested tickets.”

Record Mirror (January 17, 1970) also gave the band high marks, noting that, “Jimmy Page proved he is one of the best musically-equipped guitarist(s) on the pop scene” and “Robert Plant puts his lines across with a roar and sometimes insinuating sexiness in his movements.”

            Top Pops And Music Now (January 17, 1970) chimed in with another positive review of the show, saying the “group contains four of the finest musicians around, (though) they are not musicianly. Nor are they particularly progressive. But they are extremely good. Very exciting. The Greatest Bopper Group in the World… they built an atmosphere and backed it with good solid rock.”

Given the lack of audio or video evidence, there had been some question whether or not ‘Since I’ve Been Loving Lou’ was played. The answer came in the form of Raymond Telford’s Melody Maker (January 17, 1970) review, as he called that song one of the best numbers played that evening.

Official Release:

Led Zeppelin DVD (Atlantic 2003)

Bootleg Recordings (113 minute multiple soundboard & video sources):

‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’, ‘Organ Solo/Thank You’ and the ‘Long Tall Sally’ medley were all excluded from the DVD release (though the ‘Long Tall Sally’ medley video is available on bootleg). he band introductions at the beginning of ‘How Many More Times’ as well as ‘That’s All Right’ from the medley were edited out of the DVD. The guitar solo in ‘Communication Breakdown’ was also edited down by almost half a minute.

‘We’re Gonna Groove’ (with overdubs) and ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ from the posthumous 1982 Coda LP were both taken from this show.

‘Heartbreaker’ (cut after 4 minutes, just as the guitar lead gets off the ground) and ‘Long Tall Sally’ both exist on audio, despite being excluded from the official DVD. ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ and ‘Organ Solo/Thank You’ have never surfaced in audio or video form (other than the short audio snippets on the DVD menu).

January 13, 1970 – Guildhall – Portsmouth, England

Background Info:

The second and last time Led Zeppelin performed at the Guildhall in Portsmouth (they had last played there on June 26, 1969).

January 15, 1970 – City Hall – Newcastle, England

Background Info:

The second of five times the band played the Newcastle City Hall.

January 16, 1970 – City (Oval) Hall – Sheffield, England

Background Info:

The first of two times the group played Sheffield City Hall (the other being the January 2, 1973 show).

January 24, 1970 – University of Leeds, Refectory – Leeds, England

Background Info:

The venue for this concert was listed in the UK music papers as either the Leeds Town Hall or Leeds University. Extensive coverage of the concert in the University’s Union News removes all doubt as to where the show was performed.

The Who’s legendary Live At Leeds LP was recorded just three weeks later at the same venue on February 14, 1970. Spring 1970 term was a banner time for Leeds University students as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, Ten Years After, Yes, Joe Cocker, The Small Faces and Mott the Hoople were among the renowned artists who performed at the Refectory during that spring term.

Press Reaction:

”Chris and Vic” of the University News (January 30, 1970): “Their ‘two hour’ hop at the Union took nearly three hours. The fact that there were six encores only emphasizes their terrific performance. The refectory was a mass of people captivated by the sounds put out by the incredible Led Zeppelin.”

February 17, 1970 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, Scotland

Support Act: Barclay James Harvest

Background Info:

(Rescheduled from February 7, 1970)

This one-off gig in Scotland was originally scheduled for February 7, but had to be postponed due to Robert Plant being injured in a car crash on January 31. Plant was returning from attending a gig by Spirit at the Mother’s Club in Birmingham that night and was involved in a car accident. He sustained facial lacerations and damaged teeth when his Jaguar had a collision with a minivan. As a result, the gig was postponed 10 days, giving Plant the time necessary to recuperate.

The band was supported by Barclay James Harvest, the only time they were supported by another band in 1970 (besides the two festival dates – the June 28, 1970 at the Bath Festival and August 29, 1970 at the Man-Pop Festival).

Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh promoted the concert, and a programme was produced to commemorate the event.

Extract from the book Evenings With Led Zeppelin by Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio

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

Latest Update:


Here’s some very nice 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. 

See full review here:

Thanks to Ian Saikia for pointing that one out.

The book is available in the US via Amazon – ordering link below:

UK Amazon  – here’s the ordering link for Amazon in the UK:


TBL Archive – it was 48 years ago…

TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot: Number Five:




Set: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused (inc. San Francisco)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Heartbreaker

Snapshot Listen:- How it sounds now:

I have this on the 1975 World Tour vinyl double album and the When The Levee breaks /World Tour ’75 CD set. I’ve always had a bit of affection for the World Tour bootleg – it was one of the first I got of the 1975 US tour. It’s a fair to good audience recording but very lively.

This is an enjoyable performance though Robert’s voice is still struggling. Sick Again really rocks while Over The Hills appears in a unique arrangement as Page’s guitar lead cuts out and Plant fills in as JPJ carries the rhythm. After ”The Rain Song, Robert lectures the crowd on the Mellotron: “It’s a very peculiar instrument because every time we take it somewhere, it goes out of tune. It’s built and comprises of tapes inside the box, and to simulate violins is not an easy job when you’re travelling to North America. In fact, we’re gonna try to simulate some Eastern violins now.” Kashmir is growing more powerful with each performance and is rapidly turning into one of the highlights of the show. No Quarter clocks in at 19 minutes and pleasingly so.

Moby Dick is now stretching to 25 minutes and Plant refers to  Bonzo as “Karen Carpenter”, a reference to a recent poll in Playboy magazine which placed Karen Carpenter as ‘Best Drummer’, above Bonzo. At the time Bonzo’s first hand response was captured in an interview with Lisa Robinson: “Karen Carpenter couldn’t last ten fucking minutes with a Zeppelin number!”

Dazed And Confused (only it’s third outing on the tour) includes a very delicate version of San Francisco and is now recapturing some of its former glories. Page’s solo on Stairway To Heaven is also developing a previously unknown intricacy. Instead of Communication Breakdown they throw in a ragged but welcomed version of Heartbreaker as a second encore.

“Montreal – you are the best! Maybe the snow has melted all around the hall.” is Plant’s parting comment.

They were on the up, and there were some great performances imminently ahead.

To be continued…

Review by Ken Winovich of the ‘New Collector’s Edition – The Led Zeppelin Tape Documentary 2023’ – Revised & Updated – by Luis Rey
It was back in 1974, while Led Zeppelin were busy forming their Swan Song label, that I got into Zep tape trading. I was spoiled. By 1973, I had the first (5) five Led Zeppelin albums, with the first four albums all purchased within one week back in 1972! Right at the time of my own 45 rpm-to-33 1/3 rpm album transition. Then the release of ‘Houses Of The Holy’ which finally came along in March 1973, all of which had me wanting more to satisfy my Zeppelin appetite. ’72 was the end of 45’s collecting for me.
But I was spoiled with that to. Because all the 45’s I ever bought were smash hits by many artists! This new ‘album’ thing wasn’t so great (save for the fact that they cost more!) and you can find out why when you play the mid 70’s interviews of Jimmy Page where the interviewer mentions how some bands seemed to slap albums together with ‘filler’ material coupled with their latest 45 rpm A/B sides. I noticed this very early on myself when I wasn’t playing any of my albums by other artists because the rest of their albums were ‘fluff’. Page explains in these interviews while he was in The Yardbirds and Zep that the producers were only focused on the hit single A & B side and then they disappeared, leaving the bands to record whatever they wanted to fill an album out, but that the bands were on a tight clock to do so once that A/B ‘single’ was secured! But the ’74 to ’75 wait would be long, as Zeppelin were still working on their first DOUBLE album, ‘Physical Graffiti’.
So to help pass the long wait, I started building that tape collection in ’74. It’s a shame I didn’t have this book back then in 1974, because it would have made things so much easier. The thing with Zep tape trading of live bootleg tapes was that it was the only way to hear complete Zeppelin shows. Bootleg vinyls had only part of the set lists and they were usually limited to a DOUBLE bootleg album. That meant 1972 Zep shows and afterwards would surely have been ‘incomplete’ unless the bootleggers issued a triple album and that usually didn’t happen as sales were sluggish for DOUBLE bootleg albums at first, so they lowered their price on a DOUBLE, to the price that we’d pay for an official album and a half. Bonzo’s ‘Moby Dick’ drum solo usually saw the cutting room floor.
A pity when any Zep fan (and others) would agree he’s the greatest rock and roll drummer ever (when Bonham died, it was easy to see why the band couldn’t continue on and it was all the bootleg vinyls and tapes that clearly showed me why, because I knew instantly the band was over upon his untimely death and that’s because of all the bootleg tapes and albums I had by 1980 the year Bonham died). So the tapes were THE way to ensure you heard everything and Rey’s new Revised & Updated edition ensures you know EVERY TAPE that exists as of today. Assuming the tapers of course were stocked with at least (3) three long-play blank cassettes and plenty of batteries in the taper’s and friend’s pockets. Then, in late March 1976, I got my first Zeppelin bootleg vinyl, a DOUBLE, which was ‘The 1975 World Tour’ as recorded at the Montreal Forum (this show is in Rey’s book). That show came out on a DOUBLE bootleg vinyl and it was with the bootleg CD’s of the 1990’s that fans finally got to hear some of the ‘complete shows’ which they only had parts of on bootleg vinyl.
By Father’s Day in 1976, I had 25 Zeppelin bootleg vinyls and about 25 Zeppelin bootleg tapes. I don’t know why, but 1969 was my favorite bootleg tape year. Probably because the bootleggers wanted more current shows from the mid 70’s rather than release any ’69 Zep shows that barely filled two A & B sides for an album and if they didn’t make it, they always had BBC tracks to fill in the bootleg vinyl gaps as we all know (lol). The ’69 shows seemed to be ignored (and that’s very sad because you get to hear a ‘baby’ Zep, 3-6 months in their infancy) and I found those shows were very exciting.
This new Revised & Updated version of Rey’s book is welcomed in particular because it has all of the latest Zeppelin tape discoveries thanks to the Dogs of Doom efforts! All I need now is a tape of the March 30, 1970 Zep Civic Arena Pittsburgh show and February 1, 1975 Civic Arena Pittsburgh shows, both of which haven’t surfaced yet (“they’re still hidden in the back of somebody’s sock drawer” as my friend always says! lol) and
I’m all set. Because I won’t be holding my breath for a tape of the ‘Hunt Armory’ January ’69 Shadyside/Pittsburgh show as it appears that show probably never happened. But who knows. Maybe it did. I wouldn’t know because I wasn’t there. I tried in vain to track down whether the show took place (for a TBL exclusive) and was even permitted to shoot video of the inside of the Hunt Armory, which is now an ice skating rink. But Dogs of Doom managed to track down some Zeppelin shows we didn’t even know existed! So there’s always hope! Just so they know Zep were supposedly listed on that Hunt Armory flyer as ‘formerly the New Yardbirds’.
My hat goes off to Luis Rey again as this Revised/Updated Edition is 2.5X as thick as my Updated Edition. A must-have for any Zep fan because Rey has continued to update all the listings of tapes, including studio outtakes with updated CD/Video references where applicable. A  * * * * *  five-star book, for sure.
Ken Winovitch

Coda tribute band at Bedford Esquires:

The always excellent Led Zeppelin tribute band Coda return to the Esquires venue in Bedford on Saturday February 11.

Ticket details at this link:


Tom Verlaine RIP:
Tom Verlaine…I was lucky enough to see Television supported by Blondie on May 28 1977 – their first UK tour. Marquee Moon had recently been released and they were just amazing that night.It remains one of my all time fave gigs and the Marquee Moon album is still high on my playlist.
This track from it Guiding Light showcases Tom’s brilliantly innovative guitar style… just wonderful
RIP Tom…


DL Diary Blog Update:

Friday January 27:

On the eve of the Five Glorious Nights Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 book launch at the VIP Record Fair in London Victoria , very pleased to see this spread in the new issue of Record Collector – look forward to seeing all that can make it along tomorrow …

Saturday January 28:

Ready to launch at the Victoria Fair withRufus Publisher Mark Smith …

Sunday January 29:

Great to see Gary Foy for the first time in over four years at the Five Glorious Nights Led Zeppelin at Earls Court book launch at the VIP Record Fair in Victoria London yesterday.
Gary was a massive support to me with the TBL magazine and we shared many a Zep/Page & Plant adventures over many years.
Coincidentally, I had brought along this Led Zeppelin record bag –
Gary got this for me from the Led Zeppelin Collectors shop when he attended the Page & Plant gigs in Tokyo with his wife Carol in early 1996. We had a fantastic time catching up yesterday.
Sunday January 28:
Great to see Mike Warry at the Five Glorious Nights Led Zeppelin at Earls Court book launch at the VIP Record Fair in Victoria London yesterday.
Mike was the designer on the Concert Hill book back in 1997 and my Celebration II The Tight But Loose Files. He also designed several TBL magazines during that era.
Mike’s company were also involved in the backdrop visuals for the Led Zeppelin 02 reunion. I had not seen Mike for over four years and it was so great to catch up with him…
Sunday January 28:
Great to see long time TBL supporter Ian Avey and his brother Neil at the Five Glorious Nights Led Zeppelin at Earls Court book launch at the VIP Record Fair in Victoria London.
Neil has a rock’n’roll fiction novel Highway Star The Charlie Caine Story published shortly – more on that soon…
Sunday January 28:
Always great to see Cliff ‘The ticket man’ Hilliard yesterday – as ever he searched pout some vinyl goodies…

Monday January 30:

Barrett Strong who has sadly passed away aged 81 sang the Tamla Motown label’s first major hit, Money (That’s What I Want), in 1959, and went on to co-write classic songs like I Heard It Through the Grapevine, War and Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.

Here’s a rendering of Money (That’s What I Want) that I was lucky enough to witness at a gig in Oxford in 2017 – performed by Paul Rodgers, Robert Plant and Brian Johnson….I also saw Led Zeppelin perform this song in Frankfurt in June 1980…
RIP Barrett..

Monday January 30:

It was 54 Years Ago Today…January 30,1969..
On the player The Beatles Get Back The Rooftop Performance – 2022 remastered version bootleg LP on white vinyl…
Some thought’s today as it played:
Get Back take one
Get Back take two
A couple of warm ups with Billy Preston making his presence felt.
There a sense of real relief in these early work outs – the fact that they are one again together united as a fab four free of all the studio constraints.
Don’t Let Me Down take 1
Initially slightly tentative, John forgets the lyrics then they are all in at the chorus..
I’ve Got a Feeling take one
Paul in his best I’m Down/ Helter Skelter/Oh Darling screaming vocal mode and then John entering with his contributions – ‘’Everybody had a hard year’’- harmony between them restored, not that it ever really went away…
One After 909
The vintage one from 1963 – getting back to the Cavern, the spirit of pre fab four days prevailing…
Dig a Pony
Latter era Lennon gem –a warm up, a false start and then straight in…”’All I want is you’’
God Save The Queen
A short instrumental skit then it’s in to…
I’ve Got a Feeling take 2
Tighter – harmonies pitch perfect and the descending guitar part spot on …
Don’t Let Me Down take 2
More assured and superb Lennon vocal
Get Back take 3
The chaotic finale as the police arrive after complaints and Paul ad-libbing the lyrics as it happens …’’You’ve been singing on the roof again and that’s not good you’ll get arrested’’
I’ve been fascinated with this performance for nigh on 53 years – ever since I watched the Let It Be film at the Granada Cinema Bedford in some awe aged 13 back in 1970.
Playing it today all of 54 years on from when it all took place on that roof in Saville Row, reminded me of how glorious this performance was and still is.
It’s the act we’ve known for all these years at their joyous best and yes John, you and Paul, George and Ringo more than passed the audition…
Dave Lewis – January 30, 2023.
Update here:

Very pleased the Five Glorious Nights book launch went well and so great to see some TBL crew I have not seen for far to long. I was a bit apprehensive leading in to it for various reasons but it was a real joy to be amongst like minded souls who have supported the TBL cause for many a year. Thanks to all that made it along.

Plenty going on this month with the Coda tribute gig in a couple of weeks and as February is here and it’s time for this mantra:

’’January is a 31 day hangover but February brings lambs, daffodils and the air fills with a magical quickening that tells you spring is on the way. February is short so whatever you’re trying to stretch, whether it’s your salary, your calorie intake or your booze units, February’s unique compactness helps you spread it just that little bit thicker. A good enough reason to raise a glass”

Wise words indeed…

As ever there’s been musical inspiration and here’s what is going down currently on the player…

Television – Marquee Moon LP

David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name LP

David Crosby and The Lighthouse Band – Live at the Capital Theatre

The Yardbirds – Roger The Engineer LP

Jeff Beck Group – Truth LP

Bryan Ferry -Taxi – CD

The Beatles – Get Back Complete Rooftop Performance LP

Led Zeppelin – The Sigils 4 CD Slip Case edition of Odense 1971 via Tarantura

Rory Gallagher – Rory Gallagher 50th Anniversary 2CD

Thanks for listening 

Until next time…

Dave  Lewis –  February 1  2023 

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  • Andrew Kyriacou said:

    Loved the review of the Luis Rey book,only flicked through it but a welcome addition to the two I already gave.

    Dave thanks for all your efforts over the years, I only have a few copies if TBL, but have most if the other things you have published.

    When I read the archives it becomes apparent that during the 70s we attended a lot of the same gigs (we are pretty much the same age), your comment about Television reminded me that I was also at that gig. Unfortunately I only saw Zep a couple of times both Earls Court, 17th and 24th, but a privilege to have seen them at all.

  • Alessandro Borri said:

    Dave but according to last Expanded Edition of Evenings With Led Zeppelin book seems LED ZEPPELIN cancelled a gig planned in Portsmouth 13 January 1970 !
    All The Best,

  • Michaela Tait said:

    Thank you Dave for a fitting mention for Jez. Led Zeppelin was his world. He passed that love of music to his son
    Thank you

    Ramble on x

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