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John Paul Jones and Anssi Karttunen are delighted to be bringing Sons Of Chipotle to Big Ears Festival in March 2024 in Knoxville, TN.
Sons of Chipotle cover an uncommonly vast area of the musical map and both John Paul Jones and Anssi Karttunen are thrilled to be making their US debut performance at Big Ears Festival in March 2024.
It is incredibly rare to find two of the finest musicians in the world improvising together, but following 6 sold out concerts in South Korea and Japan, the next stop for Sons of Chipotle is Knoxville, Tennessee. Both musicians are known to be curious minds, always ready to learn and to discover.
When they improvise, borders disappear, they are free to migrate beyond prejudices, across continents. In a world full of conflicts and displaced people, Sons of Chipotle want music to be a place of openness.
Sons of Chipotle features John Paul Jones on piano and electronics, with Anssi Karttunen on cello and electronics.
Both John and Anssi will also be performing solo concerts during Big Ears 2024. Big Ears 2024 will offer the rare opportunity to experience John’s fertile, musical imagination as it unfolds.
For his solo concert, John will present a set of grand piano, mandolin, bass and electronics, with improvised solo performances and occasional forays into the past.

Led Zeppelin IV for crystal clear vinyl release as part of the celebration of 75 years of Atlantic Records: 

As part of the celebration of 75 years of Atlantic Records, Led Zeppelin IV will be released on 180g crystal clear vinyl, available worldwide October 27. Pre-order now:

Count me in!


LedZep News

Here’s the latest Led ZepNews Update:

Led Zeppelin

Helen Grant reached a deal to sell her 10% stake in Led Zeppelin’s catalogue

We broke the news this morning that a deal has been reached to sell Helen Grant’s 10% stake in Led Zeppelin’s music. Premium subscribers can read the full story and learn the deal price here. Multiple sources close to Led Zeppelin told us that a deal has been agreed, but it seems that the transaction hasn’t yet been finalised.

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Grant inherited her 10% stake from her father, Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant, who split his 20% stake in Led Zeppelin’s music between his two children. The deal involves the sale of stakes in four companies, giving the buyer regular royalties from sales and streams of Led Zeppelin’s music. Crucially, the deal doesn’t include publishing rights and doesn’t hand the buyer any control over Led Zeppelin’s music and any future releases.

It was announced on July 10 that Grant was publicly seeking a buyer for her stake in Led Zeppelin’s catalogue, an unusual tactic in an industry where catalogue sales are frequently carried out privately.

Peter Grant house’s is up for sale

Speaking of Peter Grant, his former home Horselunges Manor is currently listed for sale for the first time in decades. The property in East Sussex, England is being advertised with an asking price of £4.5 million, The Daily Mail reports. You can spot the house in the film “The Song Remains The Same”. In fact, the film’s very first scene was shot there.

Peter Grant and Richard Cole in the grounds of Horselunges Manor in the first scene of ‘The Song Remains The Same’

You can see the online advert for the property here and view the sales brochure here.

The sales brochure for Horselunges Manor published by estate agents Batcheller Monkhouse

Quidd adds a legal disclaimer to its Led Zeppelin collectables

Back in July we reported that digital collectables app Quidd launched a new line of virtual Led Zeppelin items. The collection, titled “The Led Zeppelin Exhibition” wasn’t affiliated with Led Zeppelin. Instead, it was based on photographs of the band which were owned by a photo agency and have since changed hands.

It appears that Led Zeppelin’s lawyers have been in touch with Quidd as most of the pages for the collection on the app and on Quidd’s website now have a legal disclaimer added explaining that the items aren’t endorsed by Led Zeppelin.

“This product … is not affiliated with, authorized, maintained, sponsored, or endorsed by Led Zeppelin,” the disclaimer reads in part. You can see it in the current version of this Medium post. The original version of the post, archived here, did not include the disclaimer.

LedZepNews editor James Cook spoke to the Heart of Markness podcast

LedZepNews editor James Cook (hello!) was interviewed on the excellent Heart Of Markness podcast, which you can listen to on SoundCloud here or Spotify here.

Bonus – Interview With Led Zep News by The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast

The Heart of Markness Led Zeppelin Podcast


Bonus – Interview With Led Zep News

Mark Donahue


Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page prepares to sell more autographed prints

Jimmy Page will sell a new signed print of an image from his 2020 book “Jimmy Page: The Anthology”, his publisher Genesis Publications announced this week. Anyone interested in purchasing the prints can sign up to register their interest here. Previous prints in the series sold for £1,600 each.

It’s not yet clear which image will be released as the new print, although the publisher did confirm it will be published as an edition of 75.

Robert Plant

Robert Plant’s Saving Grace tour continues into Spain

Robert Plant’s band Saving Grace is still on tour in Europe, finishing its run of shows in Italy this week and beginning the Spanish leg of the tour. The band has a final show left to perform in Barcelona on September 12 before the tour pauses until the UK leg kicks off on November 1 in Brighton.

The band’s four new Led Zeppelin covers (“Friends”, “Gallows Pole”, “Four Sticks” and “The Rain Song”) remain staples of Saving Grace’s revised setlist.

Here’s a great video of “Gallows Pole” from the band’s September 6 show in Vicenza which gives a close-up view of the show:

A full audience recording of Saving Grace’s September 5 show in Milan was published on YouTube here:

Upcoming events:

  • 2023– The second Band Of Joy album titled “Band Of Joy Volume 2” will be released and an expanded edition of the Honeydrippers album “The Honeydrippers: Volume One” will be released.
  • September 12– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Barcelona, Spain.
  • September 17– Robert Plant will speak at Gloucester History Festival.
  • November 1– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Brighton, UK.
  • November 2– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Guildford, UK.
  • November 4– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the Bert Jansch 80th birthday tribute concert in London, UK.
  • November 5– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Birmingham, UK.
  • November 7– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Bournemouth, UK.
  • November 8– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Cardiff, UK.
  • November 11– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Salford, UK.
  • November 13– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Oxford, UK.
  • November 16– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Basingstoke, UK.
  • November 17– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Cambridge, UK.
  • November 19– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Grimsby, UK.
  • November 20– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Gateshead, UK.
  • November 22– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Bradford, UK.
  • November 23– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
  • November 25– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Wolverhampton, UK.
  • 2024– Robert Plant will tour with Alison Krauss.

Summer 2024 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Vienna, Virginia.

Many thanks to James Cook 

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It was 52 years ago…

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52 years ago on September 13 and 14, 1971 Led Zeppelin performed two shows at the Berkeley Theatre in California/ Thankfully both these shows were captured by fans in attendance and have appeared on various bootleg releases.

Here’s something I wrote about the Berkeley Days The Second Night double album when it surfaced by in 2017…


Here’s my thoughts on the recently released on vinyl Berkeley Daze 2nd Night double album… 

Berkeley Daze – 2nd night: Yet Another Very Stoney 1971 evening… 

Dave Lewis welcomes a vinyl reissue of an old bootleg favourite…

I’ve been collecting bootleg recordings of Led Zeppelin since I was 15. It remains a great passion.

In recent years, the market has been somewhat saturated  with upgrades and reissues. I try to keep on top of the CD releases though I have long since dropped out of buying the really high end expensive packages that emerge – however, if it’s something previously unheard, I obviously check that out.

As many of you reading this will be aware, my overall collecting focus has switched to vinyl in recent years, I am therefore very interested in any Zep vinyl bootleg package. However, they have not been too well served in the modern area. Zep Vinyl packages have been fairly random – both in terms of track listing and packaging. It probably does not help that to capture a whole Zep show – the CD format has clear benefits over vinyl.

There have been some worthwhile releases – such as the admirable box sets from Virgin Vinyl stable presenting the Royal Albert Hall 1970 show and the Seattle March 17 1975 show. Also of note is the Fab Four Liverpool January 14 1973 box set, the Southampton ‘73 soundboard across a double set and the ‘Bob Presents’ white vinyl pressing of the Fillmore West January 9 1069 recording. Too often though, the song choices are randomly presented on a single disc such as Touch And Go which mixes performances from Toronto September 4 1971 BBC ’69 and Brussels ’75 and Teddy Bears Picnic, which has highlights of the Newcastle November 11, 1971 show.

When I heard that Led Zeppelin – Berkeley Daze 2nd Night – a new double vinyl presentation of the famous, nay brilliant, September 14 1971 Berkeley Community Theatre show was on the way, my hopes were definitely raised.

This is of course the recording immortalised way back as the seminal legendary Going To California TMQ bootleg. That particular double album on coloured vinyl first came into my life on Friday January 19, 1973 – these dates were important ones and all logged in the dairy so I know these things!

Following on from Live On Blueberry Hill which I had got in late ‘72, it was another revelation and upped my own enthusiasm for Zep bootlegs manifold.

Fast forward 43 years, on a similar cold Friday (February 10) and I took receipt of a new pressing of this fabled September 14 1971 show on the Casino Records Entertainment label in a limited edition of 400.

Boy, was I keen to get intimate again with a live recording that has been part of my Zep DNA for four decades.

So what we have here is a vinyl edition repackage onto vinyl of the CD set that came out via Godfather Records.

The first indication that this label means business is the packaging. An impressive heavyweight cardboard double fold out sleeve with full colour inners.

There’s accompanying explanatory sleeve notes about the recording of the show by one Paul De Luxe. The photos deployed on the inner sleeves are mostly 1971 period shots from the US tour and Empire Pool Wembley gig. There are two pleasing group shots from the autumn 1971 photo session that has them holding drinks and smoking – Page in the Zoso jumper.

Unfortunately, the 1971 mood is spoiled slightly by the dropping in of a colour shot of John Bonham from the 1977 US tour.

Overall though, a sturdy well thought out sleeve package and the records themselves are on 180 gram coloured yellow vinyl – individually numbered in a run of just 400. All very pleasing to look at.

In the very informative sleeve notes Paul reveals the story that the original tapes of this show were disposed of  – as he explains ”Having been lost in a fire, or even thown in the pacific ocean out of paranoia by the person who ran a bootleg label and was scared of an FBI raid’’. The bootleg release was overseen by the famous Dub of TMOQ. It’s likely he got the tapes from the original taper and then released them in early 1973. The fact they came out some two years after the show took place, hints that Dub did not tape them himself – his policy was to release any show he had taped as soon after the gig as he could manage.

It’s well worth noting that TMOQ also presented another bootleg from the same time and venue era – and very likely taped by the same guy that did the Zep show. This was a performance by David Crosby and Graham Nash at the Berkeley Community Theatre a month after the Zep visit on October 15 1971. It’s reported to have the same sound resonance and similar slight cuts as the Zep recording.

The Crosby & Nash bootleg album came out on the Trade Mark of Quality label under the title A Very Stoney Evening. It was issued in February 1973 – with a catalogue number of TMQ 72005 – the next inline after Going To California which is TMQ 72004.


I recently searched out the original mail order listing I received in late 1972 – the very listing I used to order Going To California – and sure enough under ‘New Discs’, it lists both the Zep and Crosby & Nash titles. Looking back I dearly wish I had ordered both as the Crosby & Nash album has gone on to be a celebrated notable bootleg release.

In fact due recognition was paid to it when in 1997 the Grateful Dead label officially issued an excellent multi track soundboard Crosby & Nash concert recorded at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, on October 10 ,1971, a mere five days before the bootlegged Berkeley show.

This official release (which I purchased when it came out on CD in 1997 – and I’ve recently acquired the superb double vinyl pressing)) went out under the title Another Stoney Evening – and as the sleeve notes explained ‘’The title of this release is producer Stephen Barncard tip of the hat to A Very Stoney Evening the celebrated bootleg of another inspired date on the tour released on the legendary Trade Mark Of Quality label.’’

Back to Led Zeppelin Berkeley Daze the 2nd Night and the music contained therein:

Well, put simply, what’s not to like?

For a start, this is one of those audience recordings that simply crackles with excitement. Slightly toppy but completely authentic – if a soundboard was to emerge of this night though much welcomed, it would be hard pushed to capture the sheer electricity of what was picked up by the enterprising fan who recorded this amazing show.

And amazing it is, right from the moment they kick in with Immigrant Song. One thing is for sure – Robert Plant’s vocal are at something of a career high – so flexible so confident so utterly self assured – he is literally inventing the rock god model with every song. The echo on his voice is also a sheer delight – none more so effective than on Heartbreaker.

On this track there’s that sudden shift of the sound to stereo just as they hit the line ‘’Annie’s back in town’’ and then Thwack!

Now we really are on a winner. Jimmy is captured right up front just ahead of JPJ’s bass – as for John Bonham, rarely has that Ludwig kit been so well captured from the audience. His snare drum resonates so decisively –it drives the whole thing on at a frantic pace. The entire set showcases the often wild but perfectly honed interplay between Bonzo, JPJ and Jimmy. The solo on Heartbreaker has that delightful run through 59th Street Bridge Song and Bouree – an amazingly fluid piece of guitar mastery.

‘’You should have come last night – last night there were several bowler hatted beatniks’’ . I’m not the only one I’m sure who can recite Plant’s inter song patter on this double set at will…

Since I’ve Been Loving You does have a cut at the intro but no matter as it soon flows with an assured authority and when Jimmy hits the strings for the solo..phew …we are talking Electric Magic here big time.

Black Dog has that Out On The Tiles intro, back in January 1973 that was still fresh in my memory having seen it played live just four weeks previous on stage at Ally Pally. John Bonham is a powerhouse of immense percussive skill throughout this fantastic delivery.

‘’There was a pollution alert today and I lost my voice. Here’s one from millions of years ago.’’

Incredibly it was only two years ago that they were romping through a mere seven minutes of the early anthem that is Dazed And Confused. By 1971 it had extended manifold and this twenty minute onslaught is a perfect example of how well crafted this number had become. There’s a great moment when Plant comes in with those ‘’I’m so glad I’m living in the USA’’ lines.

Side three presents the more acoustic side of Led Zep commencing with a slightly tentative rendering of Stairway To Heaven – tentative but sensitive and warmly received by the audience. There’s also another evocative Plant ad lib witness – ‘’You are the home of the children of the sun.’’

That’s The Way follows, the clarity of the audience tape captures JPJ’s mandolin sound perfectly and it supplements Jimmy’s acoustic picking. Robert is again totally immersed in the song living the lines ‘’why doesn’t everybody cry?’’

The tuning up prior to them easing into Going To California (”a sitting down song”) is another off the cuff highlight

Over on side four, the amps are back up to ten for a bruising compelling Whole Lotta Love. Jimmy teases the riff and you can clearly hear him on backing vocals on the chorus. Then it’s all manner of delightful medley fun: Let That Boy Boogie, the double early 60s throwback wammy of Rick Nelson’s Hello Mary Lou and Elvis’ Mess of Blues and on into a complete rendition of You Shook Me and back to the finale.

‘’Goodnight – thank you!’’

Goodnight – thank them…

Now it’s no secret that I am something of a 1975 man when it comes to loving Zep live, however my second favourite era is 1971. This double album is a prime example of the sheer exuberance of the band at that time.  Jimmy remarked that the audiences on these Berkeley nights were quiet sedate – though you would never really know it.

Some afterthoughts:

Being at the helm of all things TBL, the world of Led Zeppelin revolves for pretty much most of my waking hours. Keeping on top of all the social media demands, answering emails, regularly updating the TBL website, receiving packing and distributing orders (on my bike!) Writing TBL content, working on book projects, etc. – it really is never a dull moment…

Within all that, it would be easy to lose sight of what attracted me to this thing in the first place – which is of course the music. I always make a dedicated effort to not let that happen by frequently spinning fave LP’s and CDs. When something new comes around – particular on vinyl, I still have the hunger and passion to get immersed in it all again.

The arrival of this new double album has more than justified that belief. It’s been a wonderful reminder of the initial ingredients that sparked my insatiable appetite for this remarkable music.

The studio albums, brilliant as they are, were just the starting point.

Unconstrained by the limitations of a mere two sides of vinyl playing time, on stage night after night is where they really came into their own. Their creative juices were ever overflowing. Those evenings with Led Zeppelin were special…and no more so than this September night back in 1971.

It’s been the perfect inspiration as I get down to some intensive work with designer Mick Lowe on the book I am co- authoring with Mike Tremaglio which will chronicle the heritage of those 500+ evenings with Led Zeppelin

On Berkeley Daze and many other nights, Led Zeppelin really were something special.

This double album is more conclusive proof.

I love both the Soundtrack to The Song Remains The Same and How The West Was Won, but in my opinion ( and many others), some of their best live albums remain unofficial – and Berkeley Daze 2nd Night is truly one of the best….

400 lucky recipients of this double album are in for yet another very stoney 1971 evening…

Dave Lewis, February 2017.

Postscript September 14 2023 :

I’ve just played the album and it sounded every bit as impressive as it did six years back -it really is one of the all time great Led Zeppelin performances.


Jimi Hendrix Remembered – 53 years gone… 

I can remember exactly where I was when the news of Jimi Hendrix death came through on September 18, 197 70– 53 years ago this week.  I was listening to the Tommy Vance Friday What’s New programme as I did most Fridays back then eager to hear the latest single releases. Around 5pm the announcement was made on the BBC Radio One news and Tommy went on to provide a fitting tribute to the guitar legend noting the inconsistencies of his performances over the past year.

Across the water the next day Led Zeppelin were performing two shows at Madison Square Garden and Robert Plant paid his respects in the evening show.

”Before we go any further …yesterday a rather uncomfortable thing happened for everybody and a great loss for the music world…and we’d like to think that you as well as us are very sorry that Jimi Hendrix went. I spoke to a close friend of his about half an hour ago and he said probably he would have preferred everybody to get on and have a good time rather than talk about it. So we’d like to get on and try and make everybody happy”.

I’m just listening to that extract of that speech on the bootleg of the evening show I have titled Shout That Loud. They go on to do an absolute steller version of That’s The Way with Plant’s vocals sounding absolutely incredible.  ‘’I wonder how we’re gonna tell you’’ he sings slightly changing the lyrics. Behind him Jimmy strums away sweetly and JPJ adds mandolin totally complimenting the mood. That’s The Way performed by  Led Zeppelin one day after the death of Jimi Hendrix is an awesome performance. They were on fire during that sixth US tour – you can read Mike Tremaglio’s tour log of that exciting summer of ‘70 period in the forthcoming TBL.

I also know exactly where I was on the sixth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix  death in 1976. That was the day we were pitched up in Hyde Park ready to watch the free concert featuring Queen. One of the flags in the crowd that day proclaimed ‘’Jimi Hendrix Died 18 Sept 1970”. The pic here of the flag was taken by my very good friend Dec.

I had a real Hendrix fascination around 1972-3 and brought a fair few of his albums. I went to see the Joe Boyd documentary film in London and loved the soundtrack. Have to say haven’t really played much Hendrix for a good while but Ill be picking out a few choice Jimi faves,  including the excellent Hendrix In The West live album in tribute to this 53rd anniversary of his passing

Marc Bolan remembered – 46 years gone…

Bolan 2

Saturday September 16 marks the 46h anniversary of the passing of Marc Bolan. Another of my all time heroes and one of the naturally great looking rock stars. Every Marc/T.Rex  single of the early 70s was an event and they still sound so fresh. Here’s a pic of Marc with Robert Plant circa 1976. I think this was taken backstage at the Cardiff Rock Festival.

Marc Bolan was the epitome of the word STAR – when I was a great coat wearing Zep head age 15, amongst all the teenyboppers Marc Bolan and T. Rex were still cool. His album Electric Warrior is amongst my all time favourites and his singles such as Telegram Sam, Metal Guru,Children Of The Revolution, 20th Century Boy etc always inspire great 1970s  memories. He was a wizard and a true star and his light shines ever brightly…









DL Diary Blog Update:

Thursday September 7:

I simply love the new Rolling Stones single Angry…

I was in the Slide Record shop today and Warren had it blasting out and it sounded fantastic…and just when you might think all the greatest rock riffs have been played – along comes our Keef with another gem…
Will Hodgkinson had it absolutely spot on in his feature on the Stones in The Times today and I quote:
‘’Angry is classic Stones – simple, exciting, a little ridiculous and imbued with that magical almost innocent quality that makes the world a better place’’
Spot on indeed Will..
In an ever changing world one thing remains constant…The Rolling Stones ability to inspire and bring such joy…
Thank you Mick, Keith and Ronnie (and of course Charlie)…
Friday September 8:

It’s a Happy Birthday to our very good friend Mr Steve Way – long time TBL contributor and supporter – massive Zep fan, a seasoned gig attender who I’ve shared many great moments with and all round top man – welcome to the OAP club mate – Happy Birthday Steve from Janet and I – have a great day!

Friday September 8:

It was 50 years ago today…
50 years ago today on Saturday September 8 1973 I was lucky enough to witness The Rolling Stones at The Empire Pool Wembley.
Such was the demand to see them, they played both an afternoon and evening performance on this day. I attended the afternoon show which prompted Mick’s opening greeting ‘’How are you this afternoon, just give me a minute to wake up’’
Support acts were Kracker newly signed to the Rolling Stones label and the excellent Billy Preston who also appeared with the Stones.
For me, just turned 17 and three days old it was an incredible thrill. Mick and co were amazing with Mick Taylor on peak form – amongst many highlights Dancing With Mr D and Star Star from the just released Goats Head Soup and and Rip This Joint and All Down The Line from Exile On Main Street.
I was already a massive Stones fan but this incredible afternoon cemented my passion for all time – a passion that continues to shine (a light) ever brightly – and though it’s sometimes a battle with The Beatles, they are my number two all- time fave band…and in the light of their just released brilliant single Angry – that status is assured…
Note my arena ticket back in 1973 was all of £2.20 – when I saw them at Twickenham Stadium some 30 years later in 2003 my front block gold ticket was £150…but of course worth every penny…
DL – September 8 2023..
Friday September 8:
Every record has a story…
A few weeks ago my good friend and long time TBL supporter Patrick Crower got it touch – he told me he was in a record shop in and had seen an unusual pressing of Physical Graffiti and wondered if I knew much about it. It was not something I had seen before. Pat kindly offered to buy it for me and when he was back in the UK for a while he posted it.
A couple of weeks back, Patrick met me at the Bedford VIP Record Fair -it’s the first time I’d seen him in a good while and we had a great day buying records and chatting in the pub where he met the TBL Bedford record comrades.
I brought along the Physical Graffiti pressing pat had acquired to show all and sundry because this really is some find.
This is a Yugoslavian official release produced via Suzy Records in association with Atlantic Record. The back sleeve has the Swan Song logo and US address
So here’s the thing – rather than being released on the familiar Swan Song Records label – Zep’s own of which Physical Graffiti was their first release –this pressing is on the Atlantic green and orange label, a rarity in itself. The numbering is ATL 89400 differing slightly from the UK number which is is SSK 89400.
Then there’s the cover rather than the familiar interchanging window single sleeve this version is packaged as a double album gatefold sleeve with solid window illustrations – the inner spread reproducing the single inner bags with all the track details. Artistic license has been taken with the front cover which adds script Physical Graffiti lettering.
All in all it’s a gem – when the Physical Graffiti double album originally came out in February 1975 I expected it to be in a traditional gatefold sleeve and was surprised and delighted with the elaborate inter changing windows sleeve. With this Yugoslavian pressing I can now see how it would have looked.
It’s another quirky alternate Zep pressing –the sort of thing I love searching out and with Pat’s help I have finally acquired this rare gatefold sleeve package.
Every record purchase tells a story so thanks Pat for adding yet another one to my record collecting experiences…
Saturday September 9:

Saturday is platterday and plenty here at the VIP record fair in London Victoria…

Saturday September 9:

Such a great day at the VIP Record Fair yesterday at London Victoria and so great to catch up with many TBL record collecting comrades who made it despite the heat.
Here with Krys Jantzen, Paul Sheppard, Gary and Jimmy Foy

Such a great day at the excellent VIP Record Fair yesterday at London Victoria and so great to catch up with many a TBL record collecting comrade who made it despite the heat. Here with Eddie Edwards, Keith Creek and Paul Sheppard…

Here’s the TBL crew In the pub lunchtime between visits to the Record Fair with Chris Wells, Paul Sheppard, Mick Bulow, Eddie Edwards, Richard Grubb, Krys Jantzen and Phil Harris.
Ian Avey was with us though he had just gone back to the Fair for a bit and Keith Creek had just left…and always great to see resident record stall holder Nick Carruthers.
We of course toasted the late and much missed Tom Locke, Alistair Chorlton and Andy Adams…
Such a great turn out of fellow fans who I’ve known for nigh on 40 years and more. It felt like a mini Zep TBL convention as we chatted about favourite bootlegs, albums, tracks etc. Of course records and CDs were purchased…
All in all a life affirming day – thanks to all who made it such a joy to there…
Sunday September 10:
Some acquisitions from yesterday at the VIP London Victoria Record Fair:
The Rolling Stones was a bargain £10 – The Jimmy’s Birthday Bash £15 each – the Fillmore West double £40 -top scores!

Sunday September 8:

Always great to see Mr Alan Stutz – long time great friend – a man who purchased TBL issue number one and all round top man…here in the Ship having a pint or two…

Monday  September 9:

Loading up the excellent Graham Nash 2 CD Over The Years and getting in the mood for an evening with Graham Nash tonight at the Dury Lane Theatre.
It’s going to be a day of mixed emotions as before that later this morning I’ll be attending the funeral of my childhood friend from Dents Road Stuart Ayres who has sadly passed away age 69.
Crosby, Stills & Nash’s 1968 hit single Marrakesh Express would have been one of the records Stuart and I raved over as pop mad youngsters back then – it will be poignant hearing that song tonight…

Monday September 11:

Remembering 9/11…22 years gone…
The TBL website page on Tuesday September 11 2001…
As the terrible tragedy of 9/11 unfolded, TBL website founder and then admin man Dave Linwood poignantly changed the TBL website colour from green to black and posted this message …
22 years on we are still thinking of you….

Monday September 11:

Outside the TBL office also known as The Spice Of Life with Lee Abrahams – ahead of an evening with the legendary Graham Nash at the Drury Lane Theatre…

Sunday September 10:

Checking out the Stones shop in Carnaby Street with Lee Abrahams…it’s only rock’n’roll but we like it….

Monday September 11:

A pre Graham Nash gig purchase – lovely Zep Japanese package – gotta have it – thank you Reckless Records!

Monday September 11:

Graham Nash at the Drury Lane Theatre – simply magnificent – his voice simply awesome…full review to follow…

Tuesday September 12:

We said goodbye to a childhood friend Stuart Ayres yesterday who has sadly passed away aged 68.
Stuart and I along with others in our Dents Road gang shared many an early childhood and teenage memory and experience.
Here’s an excerpt from my ongoing memoirs concerning one such memory with Stuart.
I relayed this to his family yesterday at the wake in The Bull and there were smiles all round…
During the autumn of 1969 when we were 13 and 14 years old, my friends Stuart Ayres and Tony Darcy and I (back then I was known by my nickname Dobber) had ideas to be pop stars.
The simple route in we decided would be to appear on the new talent show aired by Yorkshire TV called Junior Showtime, The X Factor of the day. This was a talent show open to youngsters and presented in a music hall style.
That half term holiday from school we spent all week at Tony’s house diligently rehearsing the song we would perform – a version of Jimmy Cliff’s Wonderful World, Beautiful People – a then big hit for reggae artist Jimmy Cliff. We selected this song after scanning the magazine Record Song Book. I occasionally purchased this one as it had various pop features plus the full lyrics to the hits of that month.
We really liked the Jimmy Cliff song and Tony and Stuart both had good voices and adapted a harmony vocal. I of course suppled the drumming – in this case a fire guard – the mesh lining providing a suitable snare drum effect.
Many an hour was spent perfecting our arrangement. I duly sent off a letter requesting we audition for the TV show. As we awaited a reply we excitedly sought a name – and as Tony was about to invest in some clothing from the Freemans club book we hit on the idea of being The Bottle Green Flares ala The Swinging Blue Jeans. If successful we would all invest in a pair each of these flamboyant flared trousers.
The fact that only I vaguely played an instrument (in this case a fire guard!) worried us not as we hoped the Junior Showtime players would get to grips with the rather elaborate reggae rhythms of the Jimmy Cliff number and The Bottle Green Flares as we would be known would do the rest…
You can imagine the excitement when I received a letter marked Yorkshire TV. Anticipation was high as I tore open the envelope – surely our path to TV stardom was about to be confirmed.
Alas, it was not to be an easy route – this was a merely a letter to acknowledge my request. It advised us if we were chosen to audition we would need to inform what key the song was to be sung in. Of course we had no earthly idea about keys of songs. It also stated we should bring a backing band – again not something in our plan and when I showed this letter to Tony and Stuart they were as crest fallen as I was.
We were also disappointed that the letter featured the Junior Showtime Mother Riley character which rendered it all rather naff.
Maybe we all had a lucky escape as getting the fire guard that doubled as my snare drum on the train up to the Yorkshire TV studios would not have been easy…
A few months ago I saw Stuart in the Bull pub with another Dents Road friend Matteo De Martino.
It was the first time I’d seen Stuart in some years and we had a great catch up remembering those Dents Road days of our youth.
I reminded Stuart about our quest all of 54 years ago to become pop stars on Junior Showtime. When I asked him what song we rehearsed his memory was pin sharp…
‘’Wonderful World Beautiful People’’ by Jimmy Cliff he instantly replied…
Proof that childhood memories run deep…
RIP Stuart…

Tuesday September 12:

I bought my first Rolling Stones single Tumbling Dice in 1972 aged 15…
52 years later the new Rolling Stones single has arrived… the latest in a long line of 7 inch gems…

Wednesday September 13:

Latest DL charity shop finds…
Well pleased to find these two gems today
Tomorrow Featuring Keith West:
The 1968 album from the acclaimed UK psychedelic rock band – also features Steve Howe who later joined Yes. This is the 1999 CD reissue with extra tracks.
The Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Lost Trident Sessions
1973 sessions for a planned album following The Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire albums. Finally released in 1999 on this CD.
50p each – I’ll take ‘em!
Many thanks to my collecting comrade Pete Burridge for alerting me to these – cheers mate!

Update here:

As can be seen above a very busy week – it was very heartening to meet up with the TBL crew at the Victoria Record Fair – such a tonic to be out and about with like minded people I’ve been lucky enough to know for years.

Thanks for listening 

Until next time…

Dave  Lewis – September 14  2023

TBL website updates written and compiled by Dave Lewis

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