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14 July 2022 1,250 views 2 Comments
Peter Mulder 1953 – 2022…
I am so very sad to hear the passing of Peter Mulder aged 68
Living in Holland, Peter and his wife Jan have been ardent Led Zeppelin fans for many years.
They were a huge support to me personally with all my Tight But Loose projects and were very kind to Janet and I.
I have great memories of them attending the 1992 Celebration Days Convention in London that Andy Adams and I co- organised – the photos here are from the 1992 Convention.
Jan and Peter were also in touch with our very good friend Steve Livesley attending the 1995 Page & Plant Wembley show with him and Steve also shared Peter’s love of photography with him sharing photos on the flicker site.
In her letter to me Jan said ‘’My wonderful loving husband Peter passed away on June 24 after a long illness. His suffering is now over. Peter passed away peacefully at home in my arms. I will miss him so very much’’
As will all the Zep community and all who knew him
Our sincere condolences go to Jan, his family and friends
RIP Peter…
Dave Lewis July 14 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBL 1977 Retro Archive: A week for Badgeholders – 40 years gone – June 1977: Part 2

To commemorate those epic six Los Angeles Forum shows of June 1977 of 45 years ago last month, here is the second part of a lengthy overview of the 1977 tour that first appeared in TBL issue 9. The pre-amble sets the scene on the state of play inside Led Zeppelin at the time and leads on to a summary of three of those June performances as heard via the legendary Listen To This Eddie bootleg plus the two Last LA Forum sets issued back in the mid 90s.

Thanks to the late Mike Millard’s superb audience tapes, we can hear lasting evidence of the sheer excitement of the 1977 Led Zeppelin, capturing a week where the sense of on the road fun was never more evident. Read this…and get those 1977 CD remnants on your player…..

TBL 1977 Retro Archive:

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….But the LA story doesn’t end there. By the wonder of more silver rarities, this time via two double packages on the Badge holder/Great Dane Italian label, we can continue the progress of the tour and enjoy two more nights at the Inglewood California venue. Allegedly taped by the same guys that did the opening night, ‘The Last LA Forum 2 Days’ contains similar quality audience tapes of the complete performance on June 25 and 74 minutes of the last ever LA Forum show on June 27 – spread over a pair of double disc sets with similar grey graphics, reproducing the No Split In Zepp’ November ’77 NME Jimmy Page interview headline.

So once again we can imagine we’re front row centre as Page stalks the stage in white dragon suit, firing out the chords that will become ‘The Song Remains The Same’. Fresh from a day off and having survived a Keith Moon encore three days previously, the whole band sound on a crest of a touring wave. In general, this fourth night at the Forum is every bit as exciting as the ‘Eddie’ set and the fact that this particular gig contains three additional songs not performed on the opening night is the veritable icing on the cake. So by the time they have romped through the urgent ‘Song Remains’ and a muscular ‘Sick Again’ and Plant has observed that “It’s Saturday night” . . and driven the band through a tough and cooking ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ (and, yes, Bonzo is still all there . . .) we can enjoy the first of the set alternatives. In place of ‘Over The Hills’ the boys opt for ‘In My Time Of Dying’. Not that this is any old version of ‘In My Time Of Dying’. It opens perfunctorily enough but it’s soon clear that, as Luis Rey observed in his log, Page is definitely on! So much so that when Plant reaches the “Oh My Jesus” refrain and begins a completely spontaneous version of ‘Rip It Up’ (“Well it’s Saturday night and I just got paid” . . .) Page is immediately with him backed by Bonzo and Jonesy as they skit around this 50s fun for a few seconds before returning to the original theme. Then Robert throws in lines from both ‘You Shook Me’ and Let That Boy Boogie’ (“So many roads”) at the finale. Yes, it’s one of those nights.

“Tonight is the annual general meeting of the LA Badge holders”, Plant tells the audience, sustaining the in-joke theme of the famous ‘For Badge holders Only’ June 23 LA concert. This was a sketch whereby Robert referred to the tour entourage as being privileged badge holders – no doubt equipped with Led Zeppelin United States of America 1977′ tour laminates and passes. Following a no-nonsense delivery of ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’, Robert introduces John Paul Jones. “This features a man who has a badge holder in the wings who we haven’t quite got the spotlight trained on yet . . . for John Paul Jones’ badge holder – ‘No Quarter’.” Following that particular opus, Jimmy can be heard tuning the Telecaster in preparation for Ten Years Gone’ which is duly delivered tight but loose with the man pulling out some undeniably beautiful lyrical guitar phrases. This performance of the song reinforces my opinion that the decision to play this most difficult of on-stage arrangements made for one of the most ambitious and ultimately moving parts of their post ’75 concerts.

The acoustic set unfolds and tonight Plant enigmatically follows the “They say she plays guitar and cries and sings” line in ‘Going To California1 with the comment “And I saw her last night”. Another LA set bonus occurs with the inclusion of Trampled Underfoot’ (previously employed as an encore number on the first leg of the ’77 tour), which is slotted in after ‘Kashmir, a space reserved for ‘Heartbreaker’ on the opening LA night. Robert precedes it by enlightening the audience on the song’s source of reference – namely Robert Johnson’s ‘Terraplane Blues’. “Anybody heard of Robert Johnson? Does anybody remember laughter? Well, Robert Johnson was one of the first guys to liken the automobile to the actual physical side of love making and he recorded a track called Terraplane Blues’. This is a sort of 1975 version equivalent . . . it’s called ‘Trampled Underfoot’.”

Moby Dick/Over The Top’ is graced with the usual cryptic intro though not as extensive as the epic opening night’s lengthy sketch. “As the atmosphere builds in this building I think it’s only right that we should introduce the main stay ot the whole driving force behind sleeping with Led Zeppelin . . . John Bonham Over The Toppppppp!”

And finally to a very reverent Stairway’, complete with typically reverent Plant speech. “So amidst the confusion that surrounds all of us in our lives … as life takes its course (people adjust snare drums and bass drums), yes, it’s all the same . . . having a nervous breakdown . . . who knows? Here’s a song that has the opposite effect of ‘Communication Breakdown’.” Enter Page s opening chords accompanied by an exploding firecracker. The reference to ‘Communication Breakdown’ is not without substance, as, come the encore, instead of the ‘Whole Lotta Love/Rock And Roll’ customary medley, they instead come out of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and blitz into a short punchy rare ’77 version of ‘Communication Breakdown’ with Robert putting all that Manticore rehearsing with the harmoniser to good effect. “Thank you very much LA. Good Night!”

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Just another night on the road? Hardly.

But then it never was just another anything when Led Zeppelin hit Los Angeles. As can be seen by their insistence to throw in the odd set variation, the four experienced a spontaneous rapport with their Califoiamian audience that ensured a high energy performance every time.

From there we move to the final night of the LA stint with disc 2 of the second The Last LA Forum 2 Days’ containing 74 minutes of highlights from another high energy performance.

The action commences with yet another quite awesome Over The Hills And Far Away’. It’s preceded by a tantalising warm up from Jimmy before he embarks on the revolving intro (guaranteed to send shivers down my spine every time). The solo is just out of this world. A series of staggered ripples from the Gibson that swoop and dive across the speakers. It brings to mind that story from the beginning of the ’75 tour when Jimmy informed Robert he was tired at one of the shows and to expect short solos – only to extend Over The Hill to eight minutes – a direct response to the surge of energy created between the band and its audience. In fact ‘Over The Hills’ is nigh on nine minutes on this final LA night. A fitting Swan song.

‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ is next up (dedicated to JJ Jackson, the US DJ), with Bonzo providing another colossal climax. Then it’s to the acoustic set. And not just any old acoustic set. A skit through ‘I Just Can’t Be Satisfied’ sets the scene for the unorthodox nature of the proceedings. “Here’s a song that’s very reminiscent of somewhere we’re going to be in about 24 hours time, it’s a place called England” Plant tells the audience before “The Battle Of Evermore”. Following a delicate ‘Going To California’ (complete with supporting bird whistle from the crowd – “Who’s got that fucking whistle – I think we’ve had enough of that now thanks”, says Plant), we hear one of the most remarkable moments of the tour. The medley of ‘Black Country Woman’/’Bron Y Aur Stomp’ is extended to some 14 minutes to take in a lengthy acoustic solo that develops into ‘Dancing Days’. Yep ‘Dancing Days’ a long deleted live chestnut from the 72/73 era. This version has Bonzo beefing up Jimmy’s acoustic lead and Plant merging the lines of the opening verses to create a spontaneous delivery unique to but a handful of dates on this tour. “How about that. We ain’t done ‘Dancing Days’ for five years. I don’t think we will again” he jokes.

An edited Achilles’ (inspiring visions of that great ’77 cine film excerpt of the track), and a tremendous ‘Stairway To Heaven’ closes the main proceedings. Before that Plant offers up a closing speech. “It’s most peculiar to walk away from the microphone one minute and come back and find it covered in honey. Obviously it’s the last night of the tour! It’s been great. 6 days, 6 nights in LA. It’s been a mindbender”. This particular version of ‘Stairway’ reminds me of the majesty the piece carried back then. The whole Rolf Harris syndrome has rendered the song into laughable parody these days … In 1977 it really did still mean something with Robert’s impassioned delivery (“Bonzo’s got some good news”), and Jimmy performing a meandering solo to match.

We then experience all the craziness of the LA wind up as the band return amidst firecrackers and chaos for one final surge – and Robert gets in another speech. “Before we continue we’d like to thank you for being a great audience. Sincerely, no bullshit. Bunch of geriatrics like us. It’s really hard work, yer know. We’d like to thank all the members of the full supporting cast … the sound and light crew, Showco, a very good sound system as you know. Every night the acoustic set’s no good but the rest has been great. Benji Lefevre, the man from England, for all the funny noises, Ray Thomas from Scotland who can’t tune guitars, Mick Hinton who was a bus conductor in Cambridge and can’t tune the drums, Brian, who’s covered in 7-Up and all the people in the wings who’ve been making rude gestures for 6 days. And most of all the badge holders of California!” Cue ‘Whole Lotta Love’ in to ‘Rock And Roll1 and it’s all over.

And just as they usher themselves offstage and into the limos, there’s one final telling and now poignant comment from Robert to the LA faithful. “Thank you very very much. Never thought we’d come back but we did. And we shall come back again … I think . . . we should all know you all by first names by now but we don’t. . . maybe next time.” Then it was off into the limos into the night and a return to the English sanity. Nobody knew it at the time, of course, but Led Zeppelin’s 8 year old love affair with Los Angeles was at an end.

Reliving the 1977 live experience courtesy of these very enjoyable CD sets, demonstrates how inventive and exciting the band could still be, despite the madness of the touring charade that surrounded their status as the biggest draw in the world.

The plan of course was to hit the major US stadiums in the late summer, culminating in an appearance in front of 95,000 at the JKF Stadium in Philadelphia (ironically the scene of the first public Plant/Page/Jones reunion some 8 years later at Live Aid). Unfortunately they never got that far. In late July at the Oakland Stadium, violent off-stage Incidents would vastly overshadow the on-stage action and those events in turn were rendered almost inconsequential when the tour was promptly halted with the news ot Robert’s family tragedy.

Musically, there can be little doubt that had the tour continued on the wave of optimism that surrounded the June dates, new peaks of creativity would have been scaled that would have led to an equally creative bout of recording for the next studio album (tentatively titled Tight But Loose’), which was scheduled for the end of the year. There was every indication following the cancellation of the tour that the final chapter in the Led Zeppelin story had been written. Despite Page’s autumn round of interviews to dispel the split stories, for a long period Robert had confided to close friends that he would not perform with the group again. Slowly a period of rehabilitation did take place. Initially, they got together at Clearwell in May 1978 and from there it was to Sweden’s Polar Studios, and on into the grand comeback at Knebworth and the rejuvenation attempt in Europe in 1980 before the ultimate tragedy would dictate the final end.

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And that’s exactly the reason the music preserved on these LA CD’s is so vital. Along with soon to be issued June 23 ‘Badge holders Only’ set, ‘Listen To This Eddie’ and ‘LA Forum The Last 2 Days’ offer an invaluable record of a series of concerts that alongside the early Fillmore stands and the Earls Court season, rank as some of the most outstanding of the band’s entire career. They really do document, to paraphrase an old Yardbirds’ bootleg, the last hurrah. An era when Led Zeppelin, like the gods of antiquity, still seemed so utterly immortal.

1977 and all that. . . and evenings with Led Zeppelin. Relive them at your earliest convenience.

Dave Lewis 1993. First published in TBL issue 9

Dedicated to all who used to frequent the Saturday Camden and Victoria Record Fairs in London during the early 1990s (Hi Julian, Eddie, Gary, Dave Linwood , Nigel, Andy ,Simon, Tony, Keith, Mark Phil T, etc) where we used to eagerly snap up the latest Zep CD’s in abundance and then swap stories, compare recordings, read Phil T’s excellent Led Boots guide and drink a beer or two in the nearby pub. Great days…

Dave Lewis


LZ News

Here’s the latest Led Zeppelin News Update:

August 17 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Santa Barbara, California.
August 18 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Los Angeles, California.
August 20 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Stateline, Nevada.
August 21 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Berkeley, California.
August 23 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Napa, California.
August 25 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Bend, Oregon.
August 27 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Troutdale, Oregon.
August 28 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Redmond, Washington.
August 30 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Salt Lake City, Utah.
September 1 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Denver, Colorado.
September 3 – John Paul Jones will perform at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in London and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Grand Prairie, Texas.
September 4 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Austin, Texas and the Black Country Beats exhibition at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, which is set to include Robert Plant’s career, will close.
September 6 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Atlanta, Georgia.
September 7 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Franklin, Tennessee.
September 9 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Boston, Massachusetts.
September 10 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
September 12 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform in New York, New York.
September 14 – The winners of the 2022 Americana Honors & Awards will be announced. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are nominated in two categories.
September 27 – John Paul Jones will perform at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in Los Angeles.
October – The expanded edition of “Led Zeppelin – Five Glorious Nights” by Dave Lewis will be published.
October 19 – The French translation of “Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin” will be published.
December 22 – The paperback edition of “Beast: John Bonham and the Rise of Led Zeppelin” by C.M Kushins 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 – The remastered and expanded 30th anniversary edition of “Coverdale–Page” will be released.

Many thanks to James Cook 

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It was 37 years ago …

Led Zeppelin at Live Aid – July 13, 1985:

Live Aid  – 37 Years Gone:

For all its ragged missed cues, hoarse vocals and cod drumming, I have great affinity for the ramshackle Zep Live Aid appearance. There’s little doubt that those 15 minutes on stage had a massive impact. Suddenly Led Zeppelin’s name was back in the frame and it was safe to own up to being a fan again.

Before all that, incredible as it sounds now, that early 80’s period had rendered them somewhat forgotten.

Not so after July 13th 1985. After that, all manner of bands were sighting them as an influence , the three of them even tried a reunion the following January and within two years both Plant and Page were recreating Zep songs on stage…and you know the rest.

We watched it here all unfold in some wonderment with our very good friends Alan, Steve and Coral – Coral sadly passed away in 2020.

I vividly finally recall going to bed in the early hours of July 14th with renewed faith – Zep still meant so much to so many people and the very next day I began collating material for a reference work to their music that would eventual form the A Celebration book published in 1991. The whole Live Aid extravaganza did feel like we were watching something special and memorable unfold back then and I’m glad it’s recognised that way all these years later. I wrote a quite prophetic piece for the local paper The Bedfordshire Times on Live Aid at the time which said it would be a day to tell your children about. I wasn’t far wrong. here’s the review as published on July 18 ,1985.

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While we are on the Live Aid anniversaries –the tenth one back in 1995 occurred on the night Page & Plant played an exhilarating set at the Sheffield Arena – all of 26 years ago . That was the night they merged Since I’ve Been Loving You into Tea For One in a glorious amalgamation. It was a moment of true magic which I’m proud to have been a few feet from.

Here’s TBL contributor Larry Bergmann Jr on Live Aid:

Live Aid…it’s oft been discussed in derogatory fashion over the years, but in fact it is an unforgettable part of the legacy, and perhaps not quite as bad as its reputation suggests.

It really was a great day and it was wonderful to see those guys together again…although I recall the MTV folks raving about how PHIL COLLINS was on the stage with Zeppelin and when they put the names of the musicians on the screen like they used to do, at one point COLLINS was listed first, and Jimmy became “Jimmy Paige”…without question one of the top handful of legendary musicians to perform on the day and they didn’t even know how to spell his name.  Ridiculous.  Not to mention the superimposed photo of Collins’ latest album of the time plastered all over the screen at one point…how nice of Paige, Jones and Plant to help Collins play a couple of Led Zeppelin songs!
The performance was ragged because they were obviously winging it, Page’s guitars were out of tune (I will never understand how his guitar tech of this era constantly handed Jimmy Page guitars that were not ready to played onstage!), and Plant, who was in the middle of a solo tour and no longer used to singing Zeppelin music, sounded poorly.  The ever solid Mr. Jones didn’t seem to be suffering any maladies.
But it was still undoubtedly THE moment of the day for many viewers, and the excitement of seeing them together and the magnetism of the boys carried the day…and it was definitely what the crowd at JFK Stadium had been waiting for!  It was an absolute THRILL, unforgettable despite the mishaps…I videotaped it on my old Betamax and I watched that tape a million times.  It still holds a spot in my heart to this day, and I seemed to rekindle something within the boys themselves…there would go on to be the infamous aborted sessions with Tony Thompson, and then Plant and Page both began playing Zeppelin music in their subsequent solo tours.  The veil had been lifted.  And in that sense, Live Aid was absolutely vital.
Some years back, an FM broadcast of Live Aid re-surfaced which did not have all of the feedback issues that were coming thru the PA…someone married it to the footage and it puts the performance in a little better light.
Many thanks Larry.

More Robert Plant Pictures at Eleven memories… 

Following on from last week’s Pictures at Eleven 40th anniversary feature here’s a really great overview from Joe Cranford…

What a night in June 1982… 

WRIF in Detroit was going to premier the first solo record of Robert Plant since the end of Led Zeppelin. I was ready, fresh Maxell cassette duly loaded in the tape deck of my (ahem) SoundDesign all-in-one audio fortress of a stereo system. (Bonus: It could record 8-track tapes, too).
The program began. The record lever was pressed. And the strains of Robert and his new cadre played into my suburban bedroom that summertime evening in 1982. No computers or devices in those days to distract. Instead, I likely sat on my bed perusing comic books or simply staring out my upstairs window to the west. I do recall it was dark, but in that latitude, twilights linger well past 9PM that time of year.
I don’t recall much of the evening, but I knew I liked what I heard… and what I felt, too. Especially the unexpected tracks like Fat Lip, Moonlight in Samosa, and Like I’ve Never Been Gone. And, as something of a sax player myself, Pledge Pin was quite a snazzy curve ball to revel in. (Especially humorous was learning that one track’s title was “Worse Than Detroit” and realizing Plant was also a fan of the movie, “Airplane!”) Mystery Title’s vibrance and reckless abandon, culminating in that full-on stop, seemed to perfect the entire experience; it’s attitude and gumption arousing the same spirits of WKRP in Cincinnati’s silly but fitting end-credits song.
Granted, in those years I had but a nodding acquaintance with Led Zeppelin, having peers more attuned to Rush, Yes, Van Halen, and others. Journey’s Escape album (and title track) was the first to grace the SoundDesign’s turntable the prior autumn to christen this 16th birthday gift (with the ambiance of that particular song proving quite immersive).
To record Plant, then – this singer of great renown’s new work – was intended to impress my two older brothers. The soundtrack of their teens radiated Bowie, Edgar Winter, Trower, Nugent, Alice Cooper, The Who and – of course – Led Zep. Apart from Bowie, I wasn’t as aligned with them, deferring a bit more to my sister’s tastes, ranging from The Carpenters to The Babys and – of course – Journey.
Suddenly, though, there was this: Pictures at Eleven. I felt like I’d found something for me, a sound that I related to and one I didn’t quite inherit. Sure, it emerged from the 70s bombast of my brother’s vinyls but unapologetically danced with some of the sonic sentiment from my sister’s (much more elegant) Phillips turntable. It didn’t matter that my brothers were unimpressed or that my sister gave little more than a nodding smile upon hearing it. I liked what I heard and felt. And it was mine.
It served as a soundtrack to the summer and fall, meeting up with Rush’s Signals in September on mix tapes. Like Plant, Rush were moving past their past and embracing what comes next. Unlike the legacy bands and artists my older siblings followed, Plant and Rush frequently accompanied me as I began to drive and explore the roads that lie ahead through the 80s.
As the soundtracks of the past year faded from newness as the summer of 1983 settled in, I found myself sitting in our church’s parking lot one Saturday afternoon. I was a bit early for a youth activity. The other Detroit rock station, WLLZ, kept me company in the hot July sun. To my delight, the DJ announced three tracks from the forthcoming album by Robert Plant. As only the first single had been released I was suddenly glued to my seat…
When Open Arms began to fade from the speakers of my dad’s 1976 Oldsmobile 98, a gentle crescendo of strings and bass drifted along as In The Mood began. The song simply made me happy. As Woodroofe’s personal symphony reprised to fade the song away, the open tones of a pensive Strat sauntered into the passenger seats as Robbie’s signature work, Big Log, set the compass for Robert’s voice to drive onward.
I liked what I heard… and what I felt, too. All over again.
It was mine.
And a generation later, it’s all still very true.
Thank you, Dave for keeping it all aloft and alive with such keen insights and stories from the other side of our own experiences!

Thanks to Joe Cranford for that superb piece


The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park – it was 53 years ago: 

The Rolling Stones and me and a week in July 52 years ago…

I can remember quite a lot about the days that led up to The Rolling Stones performing that famous free concert in Hyde Park all of 53 years ago on Saturday July 5 1969.

On Tuesday, July 1 all our school converged on the main hall to watch the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in Caernarfon Castle in Wales. Later in the week on Friday July 4 I awoke to see the headlines in the newspapers that Brian Jones, the recently departed Rolling Stones founder member, had been found dead in somewhat mysterious circumstances in the swimming pool of Cotchford Farm home.

The Stones were due to play that massive concert just two days later. On that Friday afternoon of July 4, I walked from school into town – my destination was the WH Smith book shop in the High Street, then known as FR Hockliffe.

A quick aside – little did I know that afternoon in 1969 that in a mere five years, I would be working at this shop behind the record department counter commencing a 35 year career in music retail.

The reason for the visit was for me to select a book of my own choice as a school prize. I had done pretty well that first year in the Silver Jubilee secondary modern school and had been awarded the merit prize. I spent some time wading through the books settling on a Billy Bunter book by Frank Richards. I loved the Bunter books – whilst there I also bought a copy of Tom Brown’s Schooldays. Reading was already a big passion – my regular other choice reading was the New Musical Express – aka NME – the huge selling weekly music paper.

As mentioned in a previous post, back in the spring of 1969 aged 12, I had got right back into music after hearing The Beatles’ Get Back single.

I was now immersed in the world of pop and rock and I knew from reading the NME that The Rolling Stones Hyde Park free concert was going to be a very big deal.

After buying my books at FW Hockliffe I returned home to watch the TV coverage of the Wimbledon Ladies singles final. Our own Anne Jones making it are British triumph by beating Billie Jean King 3-6,6-3 6-2. This piece of sporting history was also enjoyed by The Beatles. The July 4 entry in Mark Lewisohn’s remarkable book The Beatles At Abbey Road reveals that on that same afternoon, The Beatles were at work in Abbey Road Studios recording Golden Slumbers/ Carry That Weight. The studio engineers has been listening to the live BBC Radio 2  coverage of the Anne Jones -Billie Jean King final and had relayed it to the three Beatles, Paul, George and Ringo through the mixing console.

Whilst in town earlier that afternoon had I ventured to the popular local record shop Carousel ( which I often did), I may well have seen copies of the new Rolling Stones single Honky Tonk Women on sale as it was released that same day. I may also have seen the new John Lennon/ Plastic Ono Band single Give Peace A Chance which also came out that day. At the time the eight shillings and sixpence asking price for a single was way out of my league. However in the coming weeks I would subsequently hear them both many times on the radio and on the local juke box at our local café.

On Saturday July 5, Radio One broadcast regular updates of the gathering crowds in Hyde Park to which I avidly listened to. Oh to be there but I was far too young. Seven years later I did make it to the free concert Queen gave in Hyde Park.

I read all about the Hyde Prk concert in the following weeks issue of  NME and gazed in wonder at all those amazing photos – Jagger looked incredible. In September, I watched the Granada TV documentary Stones In The Park when it was screened on ITV.

By then, I had deemed The Rolling Stones as my favourite group – just edging it over The Beatles. That would all change of course in a few months when I heard Whole Lotta Love by a group called Led Zeppelin.

I loved the Honky Tonk Women single – with its dramatic intro and bluesy chorus. I also loved the B side You Can’t Always Get What You Want. This was often played on the local café juke box. The B sides of popular singles would often get an airing on that juke box. Actually there was an exception to that. There wasn’t much call for the B side of Give Peace A Chance – Remember Love sung rather softly but not that sweetly by Yoko Ono.

Around 1973, I acquired an audience recording of the Stones Hyde Park show on a bootleg LP. Years later, when it received an official release on DVD I eagerly snapped it up. It’s a superb documentary and very much of its time and takes me right back all of 53 years to that memorable week in July when in much schoolboy wonderment, I soaked up all the remarkable events that were unfolding on the music scene.

Later in the month there would be more awe inspiring events to take in when Neil Armstrong made that first step on the Moon.

Ahead lay Woodstock and the Isle of Wight festival’s, the release of Abbey Road and an album titled Led Zeppelin II

It was 53 years ago and my musical landscape was being broadened by the week…oh for a time machine to relive it all again…

The above thoughts are based on text for the work in progress DL Memoirs

Dave Lewis, July  14 20212


DL Diary Blog Update:

Thursday July 7:

Earlier in the week it was great to meet up with my oldest dear friend Dave Corp. This is the first time we have seen each other for a year – it was a timely meet too as I am in the midst of the early years of my DL memoirs so there was much talk of our formative years together back in the 1960s.
As usua,l we went back to our former manor Dents Road in Bedford where Dave lived at number 44 and me at 52.
In one of the pics of me here I am holding a photo of the very young DL aged 7 on my tricycle in 1964 taken in exactly the same spot where I am standing some 58 years later…
It was life affirming to be back with Dave in the vicinity where my relentless passion for music and football was first formulated – it will all be in the memoirs…
Friday July 8:
Recent DL vinyl record acquisition:
At the always excellent Slide Record Shop yesterday I was well pleased to find a copy of the superb US only Yardbirds compilation The Yardbirds Featuring Performances by Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page.
This was issued on the Epic label in the 70s – I have a cassette version of this set I purchased from Carlows In Bedford in 1974. Back then It was the first time I got to hear the studio version of Page’s White Summer.
It was therefore a joy to find this double album for a bargain £15 – fantastic gatefold sleeve design as well – thanks Nerys and Warren!
Friday July 8:
New DL acquisition – Rolling Stones 50th anniversary tote bag and it’s a bit special to me…
At the new excellent Sound Garage shop in Bedford yesterday I came across this rather splendid official Rolling Stones tote bag produced to mark their 50th anniversary with an official tag attached.
Upon closer inspection of the tag I saw it replicated a vintage Rolling Stones ticket – it turned out to be for their appearance at the Empire Pool Wembley show on Saturday September 8 1973 – the 3pm afternoon show.
That is something of an amazing coincidence because I was at that very show.
I of course could not leave that in the racks as that carries much history for me as it was the first time I saw them when I was 17 years old – a blistering show with Mick Taylor outstanding.
Many thanks to Ben at the Sound Garage – if you are in the area be sure to check it out at St Cuthbert’s Arcade…
Saturday July 9:

Saturday is platterday – on the player here the 1972 America album Homecoming sounding mighty fine on a warm Saturday morning….

Saturday July 9:

Saturday is platterday – on the player here marking their final live appearance with John Bonham 42 years ago this week – the 3 LP bootleg set on Casino Records Led Zeppelin A Memory Frozen Forever.
This captures their July 7 1980 performance at the Berlin Eissporthalle – the truly inspired performances of Stairway To Heaven and Whole Lotta Love are ample proof that right up to the end they still had it…
Saturday July 9:

Recent DL 7 inch 45 RPM vinyl record acquisition…

Back in September 1972 just after my 16th Birthday, I treated myself to the elaborate  Glastonbury Fayre 3 LP set – purchased  for £3.99 at the local harlequin Records .

This was made up of various artists who donated tracks to help the finances incurred by the staging of the 1971 festival.  Amongst the excellent contributors were David Bowie, Pete Townshend, The Grateful Dead, Mighty Baby, The Pink Fairies and Marc Bolan. It’s a fabulous set that I still play regularly.

Marc’s track was a home demo of Sunken Rags –I loved this performance and it was one of the stand out tracks. I am therefore delighted hear that the Demon label were releasing a new single with that home demo version of Sunken Rags –it’s first release since 1972. It’s backed by Jitterbug Love and the electric full band version of Sunken rags – both tracks featured on the B side of the T. Rex single Children of The Revolution

It arrived this week – two sides of seven inch 45RPM delight on orange vinyl with a sleeve that pleasingly  depicts Marc’s handwritten instructions for the track to be part of the Glastonbury set  ..It’s always good to have a little Marc in your heart…

Sunday July 10:

Sunday sounds on CD…after watching last night’s excellent BBC2 documentary Ronnie Wood My Life as a Rolling Stone loading up the superb 2006 2 CD Ronnie Wood Anthology The Essential Crossexion… take it Woody…

Update here:

A full on week with some mixed emotions – I was very sad to hear from Jan Mulder about the passing of her husband Peter.

On a brighter note there have been catch ups on the phone with Steve Jones Mark Harrison and Anita Marvin, Janet had a fairly intensive physiotherapy session which went well, I popped out to attend Pete Burridge’s Record Club at The Castle and there’s been more text going down on the DL Memoirs. I am now 12,000 words up and I am currently in early 1970 in awe of John Lennon performing Instant Karma on Top of The Pops, attending the Chelsea v Man Utd match at Stamford Bridge along with 61,000 others, reading everything I can about Led Zeppelin and awaiting England’s defense of the World Cup in Mexico and much more -and while we are on the subject well done to the England Lioness’s with their record breaking 8-0 victory over Norway in the Euros – here’s hoping they can progress further…

Here’s a pic of some of the artifacts that inspired and are featured in the 1960s DL Memoirs text…

 

 

 

Dave  Lewis – July 14  2022

Until next time…

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2 Comments »

  • Bob Flux said:

    Do you have any more info about the legendary ‘Jersey Jam’ featuring the equally legendary Normal Hale?

  • Graham Rodger said:

    Your musical memoirs would make a fabulous weekly BBC radio show, like Alister Cooke’s Letter From America, or John Peel’s Sunday Afternoon show from Peel Acres. It could include little musical snippets and bits of old news reports. I would definitely listen to that.

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