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12 Greatest  John Paul Jones Led Zeppelin Performances with Led Zeppelin …

Going on from the piece I wrote for the Classic Rock website – I’ve extended the listing here to a 12 -these are just some of some of John Paul Jones’ greatest Led Zeppelin performances .It’s of course impossible to choose just 12 and I am sure you will have your own faves but these are right up there in showcasing his amazing talent…

John Paul Jones Top 12 Led Zeppelin Performances:

By Dave Lewis

Not quite the quiet one – 12 songs that demonstrate the pivotal role John Paul Jones played in creating the Led Zeppelin legacy…

With a pedigree in studio sessions and arranging – working with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Dusty Springfield plus influences ranging from Miles Davis to Motown, John Paul Jones was always going to bring something special to the role of bassist and keyboards when he teamed up with Messrs Page, Plant and Bonham to form Led Zeppelin. Such was his multi instrumental talent, he was able to bring a unique musicality to the group adding synths, mellotron, mandolin and much more to their sound. He may have been the quiet unassuming one, but his vast contributions echo loudly across their ten album legacy. Here are 12 of John Paul Jones’ greatest Led Zep moments…

Your Time Is Gonna Come –   (Led Zeppelin I – 1969)

Alongside his prowess as a bassist, Jones was more than proficient on keyboards. This opening track on side two of their 1969 debut album was an early showcase of his talent. From its church like Hammond organ intro through to the hypnotic fade he dominates throughout. John also arranged the backing vocal parts on the repeated chorus.

The Lemon Song/ Killing Floor  (Led Zeppelin II – 1969)

As for his bass technique this ramshackle rendering of Chester Burnett’s (aka Howlin’ Wolf) Killing Floor from Led Zeppelin II is held steady by his dextrous Fender Jazz bass playing. Its presence is very evident from around the two minutes 49 mark. Following Plant’s cry of ‘’Take it down a little bit’’ JPJ takes centre stage becoming the lead instrumentalist for much of the rest of the song.

Ramble On (Led Zeppelin II 1969)

From the subtle introduction which has JPJ’s loping bass patterns set against John Bonham’s pitter patter drum rhythm, through to the way he underpins Jimmy’s solo -this is another masterclass of bass playing.

Black Dog  (Led Zeppelin IV 1971)

JPJ’s shared song writing credit with Page and Plant is clear indication of his contribution to this Led Zeppelin IV opener. It’s his complex linear bass riff influenced by John Lee Hooker’s Smokestack Lightening that Page builds his guitar histrionics around. The almost impossible to copy rhythmic swing of the track (4/4 time set against 5/4) owes much to Jonesy’s ability to weave through the time signatures.

 The Rain Song (Houses Of The Holy 1973) 

In his quest to add new colours to the Zep canvas, Jonesy invested in a Mellotron – an early polyphonic sampling keyboard. This enabled him to provide an entire orchestral score for this gentle opus. The sweeping strings drift effortlessly around Jimmy acoustic and electric interludes. As Robert Plant once put it after a live delivery of this piece ”John Paul Jones was a rather cheap orchestra”

No Quarter – Live at Madison Square Garden 1973  (The Soundtrack From the Film  The Song Remains The Same (1976)

This brooding keyboard led extravaganza – a highlight of the 1973 Houses Of The Holy album, became a vehicle for all manner of on stage JPJ improvisation. The live version from their Song Remains The Same movie soundtrack being a vivid example of the sheer invention JPJ brings to proceedings. He takes the basic solo and extends it into a jazzy excursion playing off Page’s intricate solo. Masterful.

 Trampled Underfoot (Physical Graffiti – 1975)

Inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition and Billy Preston’s Outta Space, Jonesy’s incessant Honer clavinet playing adds the necessary funk to Page’s relentless riffing and Plant’s captivating word play lyrics. Kool And The Gang never sounded as cool as this.

In The Light – (Physical Graffiti 1975)

An eight minute Zepic built around a rotating JPJ inspired keyboard drone. A rock equivalent of the bag pipes and as bizarre as that all sounds, in the hands of Mr Jones it works perfectly. The clavinet is back in evidence on the climatic final fade cascading around Page’s multi dubbed guitar solo.

Going To California -Live at Earls Court May 1975 – (Led Zeppelin DVD 2003)

Another string to the bow – in this case the mandolin. John first acquired a mandolin in 1970 when Zep inserted an acoustic set into their live act.  Marvel here at Jonesy’s delicate finger picking technique as he perfectly complements Page’s playing on this acoustic beauty – as performed live during Zep’s five night stint at Earls Court in 1975.

YouTube clip here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6wLf0ucCaY

 Achilles Last Stand –  (Presence 1976)

Another bass bonanza – Page’s performance here is one of his finest   but the way JPJ underpins the main structure of the song with a pummelling bass attack (courtesy of an eight string Becvar 1 Triple Omega model) is equally inspiring. Note the way he plays off Bonham’s frenzied fills – interlocking to form a relentless rhythmic groove.

Carouselambra – (In Through The Out Door 1979)

Arriving at the ABBA studios in Stockholm before the other members enabled John to cast a mighty shadow over their final studio album In Through The Out Door. This nigh on eleven minute opus benefits greatly from his then new toy – a Yamaha GX1, at the time one of the biggest analog and polyphonic synths. Jonesy adds all manner of keyboard embellishments – from brass like riffs to funky struts, holding the show together throughout this impressive latter era epic.

All My Love  –  (In Through The Out Door 1979)

A Jones and Plant creation, this gentle ballad, a tribute to Plant’s late son gave Jonesy the scope to showcase his classical leanings. The cluster of notes that make up the string synth solo have a definite Bach baroque influence – another example of Jonesy’s eclectic musical leanings.

Dave Lewis – February 2, 2022

 


Led Zeppelin 1977 Cine Film Finds… via Dogs of Doom…

Two of the best cine film finds from the latter Zep era surfaced this week via the Dogs of Doom YouTube team.

The really capture the sheer enormity of the band on stage in New York on the 1977 US tour..watch and be amazed…

Previously unseen cine film footage of Led Zeppelin’s June 10, 1977 show in Madison Square Garden, New York was published by the Dogs of Doom group

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUKDN_6afac

Previously unseen cine film footage of Led Zeppelin’s June 14, 1977 show in Madison Square Garden, New York was published by the Dogs of Doom group

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsNzmMb2vqA


LZ News:

Here’s the latest round up from LZ News

Led Zeppelin

  • Two members of the aforementioned Dogs of Doom group spoke to the EarMob podcast about their methods for finding and releasing footage and audio.

Robert Plant

Upcoming events:

2022 – “Robert Plant: A Life In Vision,” a photo book edited by Dave Lewis, will be published.
March – Jimmy Page’s two new fine art photo prints will be released.
Spring – Robert Plant’s career is set to be included in the Black Country Beats exhibition at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
June 1 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Canandaigua, New York.
June 3 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Saratoga Springs, New York.
June 4 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Forest Hills, New York.
June 6 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Clarkston, Michigan.
June 7 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Chicago, Illinois.
June 9 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Indianapolis, Indiana.
June 11 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Columbia, Maryland.
June 12 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
June 14 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Cary, North Carolina.
June 16 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Atlanta, Georgia.
June 17 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tennessee.
June 26 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at BST Hyde Park in London, England.
July 1 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Hamar, Norway.
July 2 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Bergen, Norway.
July 5 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Rättvik, Sweden.
July 8 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at Cactusfestival in Bruges, Belgium.
July 10 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the Royal Park Live festival in Baarn, Netherlands.
July 14 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival in Lucca, Italy.
July 16 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform at JazzOpen Stuttgart 2022 in Stuttgart, Germany.
July 18 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Sopot, Poland.
July 20 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Berlin, Germany.
October 5 – The French translation of “Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin” will be published.
Early 2023 – “A Whole Lotta Music: Life To My Ears,” the memoirs of Tight But Loose editor Dave Lewis, will be published.
2023 – A remastered and expanded 30th anniversary edition of “Coverdale–Page” will be released.

Many thanks to James Cook.

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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

Setlist:

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

Setlist:

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 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:

https://www.collectorsmusicreviews.com/led-zeppelin/led-zeppelin-the-awesome-foursome-graf-zeppelin-lzsc-523a-b-c-d-e-f/

Thanks to Ian Saikia for pointing that one out.

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

https://www.amazon.com/Evenings-Led-Zeppelin-Complete-Chronicle/dp/1913172392/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

And via Barnes & Noble website at this link:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/evenings-with-led-zeppelin-dave-lewis/1138969330?ean=9781913172398

Walmart link:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Evenings-with-Led-Zeppelin-The-Complete-Concert-Chronicle-Revised-and-Expanded-Edition-Hardcover-9781913172398/352754858

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

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evenings-Led-Zeppelin-Complete-Chronicle/dp/1913172392/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=evenings+with+led+zeppelin&qid=1639658181&sr=8-1

 


TBL Archive – it was 47 years ago…

TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot: Number Five:

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6th,1975

MONTREAL, CANADA

MONTREAL FORUM

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 fist 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…


A couple of upcoming events in Bedford this month…

Firstly the VIP Record Fair at the Harpur Suite:

Here’s all the info via VIP:

BEDFORD RECORD FAIR BACK ON  SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12:

The world famous VIP Record Fair road show returns to Bedford’s Harpur Suite, on Saturday February 12.

This fair is an absolute feast for the serious music fan, as regular traders mix with new participants. On sale will be a major selection of vinyl, CDs and music memorabilia.

Admission £3 – 10am to 3-30 – free admission after 1 pm.

More info at the links below:

http://www.vip-24.com/venues/bedford.htm

 

Coda tribute band at Bedford Esquires:

The always excellent Led Zeppelin tribute band Coda return to the Esquires venue in Bedford on Saturday February 19.

Ticket details at this link:

https://www.codaledzeppelintributeband.co.uk/gigs

 


DL Diary Blog Update:

Thursday January 27:

DL charity shop find…I could not leave that one in the racks…99p I’ll take it…

Friday January 28:

Thinking of Andy Adams …five months gone… always loved and remembered…

Saturday January 29:

Saturday is platterday…some early morning Jethro Tull sounding mighty fine…

 

 

 

Saturday January 29:

Saturday is platterday – ahead of the 53rd anniversary tomorrow of the rooftop concert, on the player The Beatles Let It Be –The Movie.
A single album bootleg on the Phonofon Music label. This has one side of recordings from the Apple basement plus on side two the rooftop concert in hi fi stereo as recorded on January 30 1969.
The rooftop concert is being officially streamed by Apple. Here’s hoping for an official physical release on vinyl and CD ahead…
Meanwhile this version is sounding very good – and yes John, you passed the audition…every time…
Saturday January 29:
Sorting some singles out from the DL collection…you can never have too many 45RPM singles on the Atlantic Records label…
Some particular inspirations this past week…
Always a welcome sound – the new issue of Shindig! dropping through the door and with a Michael Nesmith cover feature plus Gilbert O’ Sullivan and The Incredible String Band in there – it looks a good one…
A catch up on the phone with Ross Halfin…

Update here:

Have to say I am struggling very badly with anxiety and depression again for various reasons – trying to get on track but finding it very difficult.

These are the current musical selections providing much needed inspiration here…

Nick Drake – Pink Moon

Paul and Linda McCartney -Ram

Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years

Crosby Stills Nash and Young – Deja Vu

The Beatles – Let It Be

David Bowie – Hunky Dory

Robert Plant – Fate Of Nations

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III

Miles Davis – In A Silent Way

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

Dave  Lewis – February 3, 2022

Until next time, stay safe and stay well…

Website updates written and compiled by Dave Lewis

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2 Comments »

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Wow Peter what amazing memories…

  • PETER JONES said:

    Hi Dave, Russ has just forward to me the latest TBL. As usual, i’m amazed at the amount of (great) work you put into the mag. What’s prompted me to comment, is the footage of the ’77 U.S. tour that’s recently surfaced. I think i’ve told you that i was lucky enough to be at all 6 nights of the MSG shows, and there it is (on June 10). Robert says, ‘good evening to our friend from Wales’. That’s me ! Aaaah, what memories! It would be great if somebody posted the June 13 concert…..he dedicated Stairway to me. Yet again, he didn’t remember my name, he just says ‘to our friend from Wales’, that’s good enough for me !Cheers Dave, keep up the good work………… Peter in Swansea.

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