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Surprise appearance by Robert Plant on Friday February 2  at the UK Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival at the Winter Gardens Blackpool…

Robert Plant  joined the Deborah Bonham Band with Pete Bullick on the Blues Matters stage last Friday February 2 to perform The Lemon Song, Money and Ramble On – Suzi Dian from Saving Grace also on stage – many thanks to Paul Hazza Harrison for info and pics…


LZ News

Led Zeppelin News Update:

Here’s the latest round up from LZ News:
Led Zeppelin

We revealed Led Zeppelin’s full original recording contract from 1968

Earlier this week, we published the entirety of Led Zeppelin’s original recording contract with Atlantic Records that Jimmy Page signed in New York on November 11, 1968. Somehow, the document has never been made public before except for the final page showing the signatures of Page and Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun.

The 14-page contract reveals a handful of interesting things:

  • This was a three-year contract, not a five-year one as has been regularly reported. However, the contract was extended by two years at the end of 1969.
  • The contract allowed Jimmy Page to fire any other members of the band and continue performing as Led Zeppelin, as long as Page remained a “member of and the leader of ‘Led Zeppelin’”. So Page could have fired Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones and continued performing as Led Zeppelin with replacement musicians. If he had done that, those former band members were blocked from performing as Led Zeppelin themselves.
  • Led Zeppelin received $104,100 from Atlantic Records, followed by $51,300 in 1969 and then another $51,300 in 1970.

How did we get hold of the contract? Don’t worry, LedZepNews hasn’t been rummaging around in the attic of Page’s tower. We’ve been researching Led Zeppelin lawyer Steve Weiss, a key figure behind the band’s success who negotiated this initial contract and continued to work with the band until the 1980s.

As part of that research, we learned that Weiss took Atlantic Records to court in 2004, unhappy that he wasn’t being given a cut of the royalties from the live album How The West Was Won or the Led Zeppelin DVD, both of which were released in 2003.

We contacted the Florida lawyer who represented Weiss. He kindly directed LedZepNews to the public court filings in the case. While reviewing hundreds of pages of documents from the legal battle, we stumbled upon the full 1968 contract which had been entered into evidence in the case. The case was eventually settled out of court in 2005 before Weiss’ death in 2008.

Previously unseen July 24, 1977 Oakland footage was published

A brief, 16-second video of Led Zeppelin performing at the Day on the Green music festival in Oakland, California on July 24, 1977 was published online this week by LedZepFilm. It was filmed by Dan Young and scanned by Nicki Coyle.

Funnily enough, LedZepNews has spent a lot of time recently researching the 1977 Day on the Green festival for an upcoming article. We’ll hopefully have more to share on that in the coming weeks.

John Bonham’s bathrobe sold at auction

A bathrobe previously owned by John Bonham sold at auction for $23,780 Canadian dollars on January 30. The Vancouver Sun published an article explaining the sale here and then followed it up with another article on the robe’s sale.

The bathrobe’s online auction listing with photographs remains viewable online here. And if you fancy reading pages of debate about the authenticity of the bathrobe, Royal Orleans has got you covered.

Robert Plant

Robert Plant made a surprise appearance with Deborah Bonham’s band

Robert Plant (left) performing with Deborah Bonham’s band on February 2 at the UK Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival in Blackpool in the UK (Facebook/Blues in Britain)

Robert Plant made a surprise appearance with Deborah Bonham’s band on February 2, joining them on stage at the UK Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival in Blackpool in the UK to perform “The Lemon Song”, “Money (That’s What I Want)” and “Ramble On”.

Robert Plant announced an October tour of Italy with Saving Grace

Robert Plant will tour Italy in October with Saving Grace, it was announced this week. The band will perform 11 dates in the tour. Tickets for the tour go on sale at 11am Italian time tomorrow. We’ve added all of the tour dates to our list of upcoming events that appears at the bottom of all of our weekly emails.

Plant’s 2024 schedule is now looking particularly packed. He’ll tour the UK with Saving Grace in March, before returning to performing with the band in the UK at the end of April and throughout May. Then he’s going to head over to the US to perform with Alison Krauss throughout June, before returning to the UK to continue touring with Saving Grace in July. August and September are clear currently before Plant hits the road again with Saving Grace for the Italian tour mentioned above.

Robert Plant will perform at the Cambridge Folk Festival with Saving Grace

Robert Plant also announced another UK show for Saving Grace this week: The band will perform at the Cambridge Folk Festival this year. The exact date of their performance hasn’t been announced, but the festival will take place between July 25 and July 28.

A spotlight on two interesting Robert Plant posts

Robert Plant made two notable social media posts this week that are worth highlighting here. The first was a birthday message to Phil Collins that he posted on January 30. It included a photo of Plant and Collins with the caption: “To my dear friend who gave me so much help at the beginning of life after John Bonham. I send love and birthday wishes.”

Robert Plant on Instagram: “To my dear friend who gave me so much help at the beginning of life after John Bonham. I send love and birthday wishes..”

FEBRUARY 4, 2024

It looks like the photo Plant posted was taken at the Ivor Novello awards in London on May 22, 2008 where Plant presented Collins with the international achievement award.

The second post we wanted to flag was one Plant made on February 2. It shows his first ever, handmade concert poster for the band The Black Snake Moan which he briefly fronted in the 1960s. “With new shows around the corner, I found my first, self made poster !!!! 60 years old !!!!! Oh my,” Plant wrote.

Robert Plant on Instagram: ”…. With new shows around the corner … I found my first , self made poster !!!! 60 years old !!!!! Oh my ! -RP”

FEBRUARY 4, 2024

Plant discussed that band in a 2013 interview with The Telegraph, sharing that at the time he had recently been given an old wallet from 1967 by his ex wife Maureen Wilson.

One of the things inside that wallet, Plant said, “was a set list from my first band, the Black Snake Moan, written on a little card – Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy, Chuck Berry.”

Upcoming events:

  • February– A deluxe, limited edition version of “The Beach Boys” by The Beach Boys, including a contribution by Jimmy Page, will be published.
  • February 5– Tickets will go on sale for Saving Grace’s October tour of Italy at 11am Italian time.
  • February 16– “Pictures At Eleven: Robert Plant Album By Album” by Martin Popoff will be published.
  • March 13– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Bristol, UK.
  • March 14– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Ipswich, UK.
  • March 17– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in London, UK.
  • March 18– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Tunbridge Wells, UK.
  • March 20– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Peterborough, UK.
  • March 21– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Nottingham, UK.
  • March 22– John Paul Jones will perform at the Big Ears music festival in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • March 23– John Paul Jones will perform at the Big Ears music festival in Knoxville, Tennessee as part of Sons Of Chipotle and Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Hastings, UK.
  • March 24– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the Teenage Cancer Trust “Ovation” event in London, UK.
  • March 26– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Liverpool, UK.
  • March 27– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Sheffield, UK.
  • March 29– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Blackburn, UK.
  • April 2– “The Beach Boys” by The Beach Boys, including a contribution by Jimmy Page, will be published.
  • April 5– “Led Zeppelin: A Visual Biography” by Martin Popoff will be published.
  • April 6– The exhibition “The Wiltshire Thatcher – a Photographic Journey through Victorian Wessex” featuring the original photograph from the cover of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album will open at Wiltshire Museum.
  • April 30– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Harrogate, UK.
  • May 1– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Stockton, UK.
  • May 3– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Coventry, UK.
  • May 4– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at Cheltenham Jazz Festival in Cheltenham, UK.
  • June/July– Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will tour the US.
  • June 2– Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • June 18– Robert Plant will perform with Alison Krauss in Vienna, Virginia.
  • July 23– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Southend, UK.
  • July 24– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Woking, UK.
  • July 25-28– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the Cambridge Folk Festival in Cambridge, UK.
  • September 15– The exhibition “The Wiltshire Thatcher – a Photographic Journey through Victorian Wessex” featuring the original photograph from the cover of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album will close at Wiltshire Museum.
  • October 8– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Bari, Italy.
  • October 9– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Naples, Italy.
  • October 11– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Rome, Italy.
  • October 12– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Florence, Italy.
  • October 14– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Bologna, Italy.
  • October 15– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Turin, Italy.
  • October 17– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Como, Italy.
  • October 18– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Bolzano, Italy.
  • October 20– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Padua, Italy.
  • October 21– Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Trieste, Italy.

October 23 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Brescia, Italy.

Many thanks to James Cook

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


TBL Archive – it was 22 years ago this week…

It’s always great to look back on this very memorable event – one of the most intriguing gigs I ever attended – read on to find out why…

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant – Teenage Cancer gig – Royal Albert Hall, February 9, 2002: 22 Years Gone…

It’s amazing to think that it’s all of 22 years (Feb 9th) that Jimmy and Robert appeared separately on the Teenage Cancer gig at the Royal Albert Hall headlined by Paul Weller.

I remember the TBL meet in the pub beforehand as if it was yesterday –in fact I still have the LZ Club Italia membership card that the visiting Italian fans handed me. And of course it all occurred on Gary Foy’s birthday

Before the gig, at short notice I had a call from Bill Curbishley’s office (then managing Jimmy and Robert) with a request to supply a programme note for Jimmy. It was of course a privilege to do so. My words duly appeared in the official programme to the event.

Overall, it was a somewhat beguiling night but very memorable for Jimmy’s one off instrumental version of Dazed And Confused performed with the Paul Weller band – the only time I saw a bassist paly that intro link wearing a fishtail parker coat (I did see one version performed by a bassist with onions on the shoulder of his jacket in 1975 but that’s another story!).

This night was duly acknowledged on Jimmy’s On This Day slot on his web site today. It was good to see Jimmy paying dues to Paul Weller

‘’ I was a guest of Teenage Cancer Trust with Paul Weller’s band. I played Dazed and Confused as an instrumental and had a short rehearsal slot with his band a few days prior. I wanted to do the version from Led Zeppelin I, I took a deep intake of breath when I realized that they had never ever heard it before, let alone played it. I taught them the structure as best I could and we finished the rehearsal with them promising to listen to the album. They did a really good job on the night. I have great admiration for Paul Weller and especially his solo work. He is a powerful performer and one of England’s treasures.’’

The latter statement is one I am in total agreement with –I have long since admired Weller’s songwriting and performing prowess and have a bulk of his work on vinyl and CD going back to The Jam and through The Style Council and his solo work.

One quick aside to this of the things I remember is coming out of the show the good lady Janet had a text from our Sam (then aged 12) informing Janet Will Young had won the Pop Idol TV contest beating Gareth Gates. These things were important back then – sort of! Many years later Sam would meet Gareth Gates and review his pantomime appearance when she was working for the local St Albans newspaper.

Too mark the 19th anniversary of this most memorable of nights, I’ve rounded up a variety of retrospective views. These are taken from the original TBL tour watch reports from the time that appeared on the TBL website – plus the feature that I wrote about the gig that first appeared in TBL 16.

So let’s go back to the early noughties…and a cold early February Saturday…

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant – Royal Albert Hall, February 9, 2002:

This piece first appeared in TBL 16. It’s my account of one of the most beguiling nights spent in the company of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

This was the occasion they chose to appear separately on the same bill at one of the series of Teenage Cancer Fund shows in 2002. Looking back I think there was a sense amongst fans that they could still easily pick up their collaboration of the mid to late 1990’s – but by then things had moved on, particularly for Robert. It’s interesting to read again my analogy concerning The Who. Back then they were celebrating their catalogue with commendable unpretentiousness and eight years on they are still doing just that, witness their wonderfully effective ‘’give the audience what they want’’ medley at last week’s half time performance at the SuperBowl.

Things have never been that simple over in the Zep camp. Back then Robert moved on to the Dreamland album and tour which would cement his relationship with the Strange Sensation line up. Jimmy meanwhile undertook the massive challenge of trawling the achieves to come up with the five hour DVD and How The West Was Won album. This did reunite the three former members as they (and us) saw and heard at first hand just exactly what had made Led Zeppelin so special.

Before all that there was a date down at Albert’s place. A confused and often frustrating night as you will read on. If you were there, let me know your thoughts on it now 21 years on. This is how it was for me on that night back in February 2002…

All Photos: Freda Hyatt



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Right from the start this one was always going to be a bizarre one. The saga commenced on a Friday morning back in early December when a week of shows in aid of the very admirable Teenage Cancer Trust were announced via The Sun.

They were to feature Marti Pellow, Oasis, The Who over two nights and Paul Weller and guests on the final Saturday night. The story broke in The Sun and mentioned that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page would be appearing on the Weller bill.

I was due in London that day on the annual Wallbanger reunion drink so I couldn’t really check the story. Confirmation though arrived once I got to the capital as the early editions of the Evening Standard carried a full page ad for the shows and there emblazoned for Saturday February 9 was The Paul Weller Band with guests Jimmy Page, Gary Moore, plus Robert Plant & Strange Sensation.

Ticket prices were hefty -very hefty ,but it was for an excellent cause and if this was to be the next sighting of the pair then it was a matter of course to get it sorted which I was able to do (at vast expense!) at the near by Stargreen box office.

This Albert Hall benefit would herald the UK debut of Plant’s new line up and a separate appearance by Jimmy. You had to be there…simple as that. Tickets for the date sold out within a day.

Curiously the Weller, Page and Plant night was deemed the most expensive of the week of shows.

Christmas came and went as it does and Feb 9 soon loomed large. Leading up to the gig it was evident Page and Plant would not be appearing together. Plant was set for a 50 minute support slot for which he warmed for with a low key date the previous Wednesday at Bristol University. Page’s involvement was still uncertain – a few numbers jamming with the Weller band? A solo acoustic spot? Stairway live instrumental? The rumours abounded

So it was with much anticipation I approached the first few days of Feb. The whole event was compounded for me with a call from Bill Curbishley’s office to office to supply the programme notes for Jimmy’s insert in the official programme. This I was more than happy to do, though the turn around to get it polished off in time brought forth the usual early morning and late night schedules in between the usual work/family demands.

There then occurred something of a diversion that indirectly put me at a distinct disadvantage in assessing the February 9 gig. A ticket came my way (thanks Phil T.) for The Who’s warm up date at the Watford Coliseum on January 31.

Now I haven’t seen the Who for 22 years. Back in their peak years as a live band they were second only in my book to Zep. A lasting example of my enthusiasm for The Who at that time can be viewed by checking the closing scenes of their Kids Are Alright movie, that’s me leaping on to the stage at the end of their Shepperton filming gig I was lucky enough to attend in May1978, hugging Pete Townshend and accidentally cuffing Daltrey in the eye. Yes there some great days with The Who during the 1970s. Their appearance at a rain soaked Charlton football ground in 1976 was another memorable encounter.

After Keith Moon died it was never the same and I avoided all The Who and friends arena tour reunions opting to keep my memories of them unscathed. However the opportunity to pay homage to them from the 8th row in a small theatre now stripped to the basic four piece with Rabbit on keyboards was just too mouth watering to pass up. Their appearance on a cold late January night in Watford was a revelation. They looked great, Daltrey defying his 57 years incredibly well and Townshend playing with venom and panache. They played for over two hours and played every song you could possibly want to hear and more. (On a sad note it would be the last time I would witness the startling bass playing of John Entwhistle who died later that year)

Coming away from the gig left me focusing on one underlining thought.

Page’s quote in that Classic Rock interview last year was so spot on ”Led Zeppelin should be out there” he said and looking at how The Who have maintained their credibility you have to agree.

THIS is exactly what Page, Plant and Jones should be doing. With no pretension and no damage to their legacy. Possibly with Michael Lee on drums – no Egyptians, no big light show, just a two hour set focusing on the more potent side of their catalogue Wanton Song/Night Flight/Royal Orleans/Quite You/Immigrant Song/Ramble On/Four Sticks/The Ocean/……need I go on. They could still concentrate on their individual projects – and come together periodically like The Who in a mass celebration and execution of the greatest rock back catalogue of all time.

But that’s all too easy. The stumbling block is that for one particular ex member such notion is not on the agenda.

You know it’s not going to happen.

It certainly wasn’t going to happen in any shape or form on Saturday February 9. But we knew that and grudgingly accepted it. The opportunity to be in the presence of Plant and Page however fragmented, was more than enough to put the old TBL road show back out in force.

So it was a good feeling to be in the company of like minded souls from all over Europe and some from a far afield as the US at the pre gig pub meet in Kensington in the late afternoon.

The usual attendees on such occasions, Billy and Alison from Scotland, Steve and Gary from the west country, Guy St John, Mr Linwood, the TBL crew with the good lady Janet, the Foys, Michael from Sweden, the French and Italian crews, Christophe, Ellio etc etc. It’s been a long time since we have all had reason to convene in this manner and surveying the packed pub it’s a familiar case of TBL comes alive. It’s a warm feeling that we can all still do this.

.In the pub speculation is rife of how proceedings might go. The word is that Page will perform one number probably Dazed And Confused. That might seem like short change for those who have travelled across the Atlantic such as the young lady near me -however she did have the consolation of bumping into Robert in the Helter Skelter bookshop yesterday.

Before show time let’s study the facts:

This is Plant’s first London appearance for three years and three months. Page’s first for two and a half years. It’s Page’s first appearance at the Albert Hall for 17 years (his last being the Arms shows in September 1983.) Incredibly It’s Plant’s first appearance on the Albert Hall stage for some 32 years – you have to go back to the night of Friday January 9 1970 at the famous filmed Zeppelin Albert Hall show for the last time Plant greeted an audience at this historic venue.

Walking into the grand old building it’s hard not to be overawed by the sheer history of the venue. In fact no other venue in the UK holds such esteem. Looking around the seated circular structure it’s easy to think of the ghosts of concerts past that are ingrained on memory and on film. The Rolling Stones in ’66, Cream’s final show in ’68, Zeppelin in ’69 and ’70 and that emotion filled night back in September 1983 when the fragile Page re interpreted his most famous composition. How welcome that would be tonight…

But you know it’s not going to happen.

The audience is a curious mix of old rockers (that’s us) and old mods (that’s them) weighted probably 60 -40 in favour of Paul Weller. Again this makes for an uneven reception to what follows.

After a standard blues wailing set from Gary Moore, Harvey Goldsmith takes the stage and gives the background to the charity intentions before introducing Robert Plant. With the hall still filling up the Strange Sensation line up takes it place. Drummer Clive Deamer to the left…keyboard man John Baggott to the right, Justin Adams and Porl (still with carpet) flanking the singer and the more familiar Charlie Jones stationed at the back. The singer strides on up to the mic for the long drawn out moanings of If I Ever Get Lucky.

Initial impressions. The voice is good – better I’m informed later by those who had witnessed the Bristol warm up when he was recovering from a virus.

Morning Dew is next more free form (as most of the number are) than the Priory version, full of jazzy keyboard runs effective if perfunctory. The introduction of Four Sticks raises the required cheer and it’s this point it should all take off.

Except it doesn’t.

The arrangement is excellent with that slowed down reflective section (A Strange Sensation trait) but Robert seems less than animated opting to hug the mic rather than strut in a manner that this classic piece of Zep 4 history demands. The other minor distraction is the fact that the original composer of this Zep standard is somewhere in the vicinity of the building. At any moment you hope of hopes that he will glide on stage, Gibson at the ready and rock out on one of the most durable riffs from the golden era…

But you know it’s not going to happen.

I knew what to expect with Hey Joe having heard and seen some of the SS tapes and videos from last years US tour- the most left field of arrangements with some atmospheric guitar and keyboard motifs that work well and Plant effectively interpreting the traditional lyric. If you work at it there’s some fine stuff going on here – trouble was on this night, it was all a little too early to concentrate on doing so.

Song To the Siren is next -expertly sung but somehow at odds with the less than intimate surroundings and completely lost of course on the Weller audience. Love’s A House Is Not A Motel follows and this pin points the shortcomings of the SS ethic. With the Priory Plant delivered this with the urgency and flair of the original. Not so tonight. The edgy opening verses kick off in the right direction but it all moves on into a spacey improvisation that quickly strips the song of its impetus -the guitar and organ creating a wash of sound.

Unfortunately there is no time to recover – no final blast of say Misty Mountain or Babe I’m Gonna Leave You which had been performed at Bristol. No encore, no nothing…lights up Plant and co off. All decidedly unfulfilling. Which is a great shame because the Strange Sensation does have new ideas and places to go musically. It just never lent itself to tonight’s occasion. In it’s own right and with far increased set list length this latest Plant venture could prove enlightening. On the other hand it may be his most off centre project since Shaken’ N’ Stirred. Until the album appears the jury is out on this one.

What we can’t hide is a collective thumbs down for what we have experienced so far tonight. Much of that disappointment maybe down to the circumstances of the evening, but it’s still a frustrating state of play.

Still…there is the silver lining of Jimmy to come but quite how and when remains a mystery.

Now I’ve long admired Paul Weller as an artist. I may even be in the minority of people here tonight that can boast alongside the countless Zep CD’s I own, I also have much of Weller’s work crossing The Jam, Style Council and solo. In many ways his career parallels that of Plant. He is another artist who has found it hard living in the shadow of his past work and like Plant he tends to please himself artistically. Like Plant he finds his past catalogue of little attraction.

Tonight there will be no greatest hits set -instead we get an overlong and often overwrought trawl through his solo work. There are recognisable songs, Wildwood, Changing Man and You Do Something To Me amongst them but there are also many indulgences -trips to the piano to perform obscure album tracks and introduction to guests such as Carleen Anderson, Noel Gallagher and The Stereophonic’s Kelly Jones.

The celebrated Gallagher could have course delivered one of the several noteworthy compositions he has conjured up over the past decade. Wonderwall, Live Forever, Don’t Look Back In Anger…instead we get the nonscript B side One Way Road.

Likewise Jones who has written some fine tunes with The Stereophonics, indeed his cover and current hit Handbags And Gladrags (as used on the brilliant The Office TV show ) would have probably gone down very well…instead we get Woodcutters Son. Weller does relent for a version of The Jam classic Town Called Malice but even this is performed as a semi acoustic romp – when surely his ardent supporters were just crying out for the Motown bass line driven pace of the original.

And so it goes on, and all the time we await the appearance of James Patrick Page. ”Got some special guests coming on soon” is Weller’s only hint after the Jam revival of a change in the menu. Then as if someone had picked up the remote and switched the TV over everything changes.

You can see the Gibson…Weller goes off, his band mates mill around, lights flash down…and there on stage is Jimmy Page.

Cherubic smile, well cut shirt, slimmer than in very long time, low slung Gibson Les Paul and sure enough it’s Dazed And Confused the instrumental…… Right at the back of ones mind …there’s a tiny hope that the singer who first lit the fire of this particular Zep gem will walk on and take the mic and…

But you know it’s not going to happen.

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Jimmy though is on form. The place erupts and throughout the eight minute performance there is no doubt that we are in the presence of a living legend -if that sounds corny well….you had to be there, because it was just so evident that Page still carries that indefinable something that makes him what he is. Musically it’s also probably more than we could have expected given the Weller band’s unfamiliarity with the song, and the fact the guitarist behind Page was wearing a fish tail parker that even beats some of Jonesy’s Spanish epics in the bad fashion day stakes.

The violin bow is wielded to huge cheers,the middle solo spun off as if he was back in 1970 and we were all a lot younger…and the crescendo ending signals mass applause, smiles, hand shakes…and then he’s gone.

That’s it and as quickly as we’ve switched to Channel 4 we are back to BBC 2 and yet more later with Paul Weller .

‘Gonna do Walk On Gilded Splinters’’

This was a hit for Marsha Hunt back in the days when Zep played this venue and maybe a possible Priory contender had they still been up and running.

There is no acknowledgement of Jimmy at all which was frankly insulting.

How the whole event would have been lifted had Jimmy stayed on, brought out the double neck, and gone into an instrumental Song Remains The Same supported ala 1995 by Porl Thompson…rounding it off with Stairway.

That really would have made it…

But you knew it’s not going to happen.

Instead we are left for Weller to bring on Roger Daltrey for a spirited finale of the rarely played Who 1960’s hit I Can See For Miles.

Personally I was still getting over the adrenalin rush of seeing Page – and the nervy Mr Foy was still struggling to find his glasses that had sped off his nose in the excitement to greet Page.

So we shuffle out the evening over. Dazed…yes…confused…yes …frustrated yes…but perhaps thankful for small mercies. The train back is long and weary. The next two days are spent coming down after all the build up and no getting away from it, there is a definite feeling of what might have been.. what should have been…..and what never was….


Predictably the TBL web site is alive with tour watch comments – perhaps the most debate of any gig ever covered on the web. The consensus is an absolute thumbs up for Page …but less positive for Plant.

The question of the actual billing, Paul Weller’s domination and Jimmy’s minor role within the night prompts major disappointment.

So where did it all go wrong? Certainly given his billing on the adverts, Page should surely have had a more decisive role. In hindsight was this the right night for them to perform anyway? Weller and co having no association with them previously and as we saw on the night, the line up appealed to distinctly differing musical audiences. Surely it would have been far better for them to be supporting The Who as will be the case for Plant on the summer 2002 tour.

As for the matter of Page and Plant appearing separately- word was that there was no animosity. Plant apparently viewed Page’s stint from the side of the stage and there had been a suggestion to perform Thank you together but the strict schedule of the night thwarted any such plans -in fact Robert was forced to drop one number on the night due to the tight schedule.

Confusion, Frustration.

We’ve endured plenty of it. And that all said it’s still with immense pride that I will boast in years to come that I was there when Jimmy Page stripped the years away and proved once again that he is the quintessential guitar hero and eternal keeper of the Zeppelin flame.

But there again, as I explained, I was at a distinct disadvantage alongside anyone else who saw The Who over the proceeding week. Watching them in action, well they made it all seem so uncomplicated. No obscurities, no elongated 60’s freak outs – just great rock’n’ roll played right from the heart.

The whole month turned out to be a bit of a so near and yet so far in more ways than one, culminating in Spurs dismal defeat in the Worthington Cup Final.

Football….maybe that’s the final analogy. The Who plug on like some sleeping giant ala Newcastle United while P and P while still holding the attention and striving to be attractive and innovative, are shrouded in their glorious past ala Tottenham Hotspur.

So this Albert Hall gig will go down as one of most bizarre nights in the long concert history of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Those of us in attendance to use yet another Who-ism, will probably hope we won’t get fooled again…

But of course it won’t stop us coming back for more.

Dave Lewis Feb 26 2002

Postscript – February  7, 2024:

It didn’t!


More on the spot views – firstly then TBL webman Dave Linwood:


Great to see so many faces in the pub. Lots of old and new friends, places such as Toronto, LA, Italy and Scotland were represented. Gossip centered on the possible appearance of Jimmy Page; Dazed & Confused with Paul Weller’s band?? “You sure?” said the doubters..”Trust Me” said the smug TBL Webman..!!

The Royal Albert Hall
Needs a lick of paint – and is in fact getting one at last! It’s a great venue – if you are in the boxes, or the stalls. The stage is quite low so you need to be tall to enjoy sitting/standing on the arena area. Up in the Gods you are, err up in the Gods, a long way away. The sound is not the best either. However, there is definitely something about the place that always makes events there special. I tried to estimate how many people it holds, around the 4000-5000 mark.
There is a funny ticket numbering system so I was gobsmacked to find that our seats were dead centre of the 8th row. As we waited for the show to start I was amazed at the amount of American voices we heard, striking up conversation with some of them, it was obvious it was not Weller that they had come to see…

This was always going to be a weird billing. Word on the streets is that Weller hates Zeppelin and that rehearsals with Jimmy Page have been tense. The audience is spit between aging rockers and aging mods. During the show, allegiances became apparent as some rise to acclaim some numbers – and the remaining seated sections of the audience rise to acclaim numbers elsewhere. This did deaden the atmosphere somewhat. I was at the previous night’s gig for the Who and the audience reaction had been great. Despite that fact that the tickets said the event would be filmed I saw no cameras anywhere..

7.30 lights down, on strolls Harvey Goldsmith (he’s lost a few pounds and looks better for it). He explains the purpose of the Teenage Cancer Trust and mentions that the proceeds from the five shows at the Albert Hall will pay for a complete hospital ward. He also explains that this makes nine dedicated wards in the country – and that we need 20. Still work to be done then. Finally, onto the music:

Gary Moore
The venue was pretty full as Gary played a compact and I have to say excellent “stratocaster-blues” 25 minute set. Moore seems to have his detractors and I agree that the faces he pulls whilst he plays can be off-putting, but despite this he is a fine guitarist. He managed to pass my brother’s “my hair’s-standing-on-end-test” after nailing yet another particularly fine guitar solo. I’ll be keeping a lookout for moore (cough) appearances in the future.

Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation
The hall empties out after Gary Moore’s set and people are caught in the bar as at 8.12pm, with the smell of Josh sticks comes wafting out across the first dozen or so rows, Mr Plant resplendent in a golden coat drifts onto stage. The audience is still seated much to some of the Americans disgust. The stage has a lob-sided look, the drums of off centre-left. Porl now has hair! and is wearing jeans! (Carpet spotters upstairs – was he still playing on his magic carpet?), Charlie Jones grasping his double bass occupies a stage-centre position. The sound is slightly odd; sound from the instruments radiates from the stage, Plant’s voice comes from the PA hung high above, slightly disconcerting.
I can’t remember the name of the first song, (I’ve heard it on the CD-Rs) but it includes a “That’s Alright Mama” vocal reference.
Morning Dew follows, this is the first time I’ve seen the Sensations do it live. It’s a driving, powerful version, very different from the introspective PoB version. It’s well received by the audience (which is now filling out).
Plant explains to the audience that it is a priviledge to play together with so many artists and thanks us for our support.
Next up is Four Sticks – and this is one of the best arrangements I’ve ever heard. I loved the contrast between the full-on, blistering chaos of the verse compared to the peaceful pause of the chorus with Jones playing well on the double bass. Looking at my notes from the show I wrote down “bloody marvellous” and “AAAHHHH”! It was that good. Sections of the crowd rise to their feet to acclaim the band.
Hey Joe recieved its “usual” treatment (Usual? You Sure!!). Unlike the CD-Rs the soundstage is totally widescreen – a really rich sonic pallette which delights Plant fans in the audience. Contrast the acid, jarring guitar on stage-left to the sinister plucking from the Gimre (spelling?) on stage-right. As Porl sets his guitar upon the torture table, I am drawn to the word “Quiet” stencilled on his fender cab… Plant’s voice is now warmed up – and the wails that graced this venue over 30 years ago return. More people on their feet at the end of this song.
Most of you are aware that I consider Song To The Siren to be over-long, but there are some magic moments – such as the beginning of the song. There was no noise from the audience – no whistles, no whoops, nothing. From where I was you could hear the PA hum. Plant’s gentle vocals caught the famous Albert Hall echo – and just seem to hang there for a split second. The song then proceeds its course but only receives polite applause – it was long for an audience which is unfamiliar (or unreceptive) to the arrangement.
The final song was described by Plant as “being in my back pocket since ’67” and was “A House Is Not A Motel”. I groaned inwardly when I realised this was their last song. Yet, it built well with thrashing guitars at the end. I would have preferred another Zeppelin number – and I suspect the audience would have done too. It would have been nice to have ended with the audience on their feet and I think the opportunity to win more people over was lost. BIGLY would have been nice – and people would have responded to a familiar song.
And that’s it. The intelligence proved correct. A short 50 minute set and they’re off. Personally, the best songs came first in my opinion. Plant looked well and sung well. I look forward to giving the Sensation experience more scrutiny in the future..

Paul Weller
I loved the Jam, never got on with The Style Council – and don’t mind his solo stuff. Alas for me, Weller seems to be going through a Plant-1980s like denial of his older material – so we only got an excellent version of “Town Called Malice” from the vaults. Again, the fragmented audience meant that the atmosphere never really got going until the encores. This seem to affect Weller. Guests rolled out included Noel Gallagher and Kelly Jones, Stereophonics (avec silly hat). At one point he scowled “this is for the Zeppelin fans” in the audience. We rose and scowled back..! Gossip in the pub had included the amusing story that Weller had refused to be on the same stage as Jimmy Page. Remember folks, its all for char-idee!! Weller finished his main set and left the stage mentioning “more special guests”…OK…Let’s Go!

Jimmy Page
No annoucement over the PA at all. At 10.58 the familiar site of a sunburst Les Paul being handed to a gentleman who strolls onto the stage. The mods sit down. Up get the rockers….JIMMY!
As expected, the familiar bass intro of Dazed & Confused wafts from the stage. What we get is an 8 minute abridged instrumental version complete with violin bow solo!
It will be interesting to see what others make of it. I have to say I wasn’t that impressed. Weller’s backing band obviously weren’t interested. They had bored expressions on their faces and their playing and body movements were very mechanical – the sort of body lanuage you see on kids as they are being lead into the dentist! At one point whilst Page was scraping away with the violin bow, the bassist and the guitarist were standing stock still next to each other having a conversation!
The problem with this song is that it worked in the 70’s with the framework of 4 talented and dedicated musicians. To attempt to “cut and paste” “best bit” segments into Albert Hall was brave, very brave . But for me, it was a hollow experience. I look forward to more courageous displays from Page this year – perhaps in less of a ambushed do-it-for-charity-or-else environment

And finally the last song of the night, Roger Daltrey strides on and delivers probably the best song of the night – a stunning rendition of the Who’s “I can see for miles”. Having witnessed the previous night’s Who show I can only say that the Who are on fire at the moment – and yet we dwell on the fragmented pieces of the Zeppelin legacy…

This From Aidan Naughton
A friend bought me a box seat on the strength of the advertised bill. I didn’t expect Robert and Jimmy to play together given the speculation over the preceeding weeks. Following Tuesday’s poor showing, I’d come to the conclusion that the evening’s entertainment would come from Paul Weller. I wasn’t wrong.
I’m not a Gary Moore fan and arrived just in time to watch the last 2 minutes of his closing number, a rendition of “Fire” which confirmed that I was better placed in the bar. Robert’s set was less of the same from Tuesday although his voice was in much better form. I think I enjoyed it marginally more, perhaps because my expectations were lower. “Hey Joe” was just as bad though (this was the consensus over both night from 11 different people).
I can only agreed with Dave Linwood on his appraisal of Paul Weller’s set and Jimmy’s appearance. I’ve seen Weller a few times before and always enjoyed him. What he shares with Zep live outings is feel and passion and we got that in abundance. Come the encores and the roadies start setting up a hefty fx board. My friends are unconvinced that Jimmy is going to make an appearance and frankly I’m not sure that he should. But he’s on the advertising and in the concert programmes.
When he strolls on, the some shudder of excitment appears as I get every time he and Robert hit the stage. It’s all a bit incongrous, though, when Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Craddock strolls on in a fishtail parka to join him on guitar. Other than the opening notes of Dazed and Confused when you think maybe, maybe…, I wished he’d just get it over with. It was apparent that this was to be the only appearance of Jimmy Page and No Friends. Paul Weller sensibly chose to sit this number out. I also felt for the crowd somewhat. The first 10 rows seemed to be largely made up of Zep fans waiting for something to happen, standing for portions of Robert’s slot but sitting impassively for most of Weller’s set and the same seemed true in reverse for other portions of the Albert Hall who’d come to see Weller. Weller’s closing number of “I can see for miles” was definitely the set’s highlight (I was also pleased, because the Who excluded it from their set in Portsmouth a couple of weeks earlier). I end up, like Dave, comparing the power of the recent Who shows to the seeming state of disarray that Jimmy and Robert find themselves in.
Would I have gone, if it had been billed as just Paul Weller? Almost certainly not. Was I glad I went ? Definitely. I just wish Robert and Jimmy hadn’t appeared in their respective forms.

This from Tom Cory
Wow! What a night! I great night of quality of entertainment & although I was a little reluctant at paying £65 for a ticket, I now think it was money well spent! I tried to find the meet up pub but my mum, dad & I found ourselves looking at houses once owned by Winston Churchill etc. & so decided to go straight to the Royal Albert Hall. Sorry chaps!
Anyway, to Led Zep matter….. Robert’s Strange Sensation set was very interesting & I’m most certainly looking forward to hearing the album when it is released in April. I think Robert presented a pretty strong set & I very much welcome back the ever growing influences of Eastern influences which continues to push its way into Percy’s vocabulary. For me, the highlight was the Tim Buckley number, Song To The Sireni, I think it highlighted the reason why I for one am such a huge fan of the man. Every single word was drawn from his heart instead of it being blurted out like so many other vocalists which are now ten a penny. I could have cried a couple of tears I know that for a fact!
I think Robert has a great band, but in all due respect I feel everyone is just waiting for the interplay between guitar & voice or a seering solo, when more times than not we were left with thinking just what might have been…..
Jimmy’s set – Well, mixed feelings on this one really! With him being billed so heavily as one of the ‘headliners’ & the huge prints on sale at the merchandise stall (mine’s number 1556, btw! Oh, & are they actually signed?), I though we might have a bit more action to assess, rather than just a revamp of ‘Dazed & Confused’. However, what we did see was also a bit mixed. The band wasn’t brilliantly tight & were pretty lathargic during something which could have been spectacular. (I think that comment is also true to Jimmy’s performance, with the half hearted bow solo etc.). After the show I heard so many people playing up Jimmy’s slightly less than ripened performance, I think Pagey is one of those artists who can go and p**s in the wind and people will praise him for it at times! I mentioned to my dad when Jimmy came on ‘wouldn’t it be funny if someone came on now’, unfortunately it wasn’t to be. But all in all, that same ol’ sound that we’ve come to love & adore so much over the years rang all around the Royal Albert Hall, and thats was what we came for. I personally believe that playing here for your main return to the live circuit isn’t really a great place for doing it, but Jimmy’s never been a person to do things in halves & if we can take any message from Jimmy’s performance its ‘I’m back’. A message that ssooo many of us would welcome with open arms. Tom Cory, aged 17 – Carrying the Zeppelin vibe forward into the future!

This From Paul
Robert started off with If I ever get lucky, it seemed that his voice was in good nick from the off. He sounded really good from up in the area of the Gods. I feel that he should have added another rockier number to leave us with seeing that many people there would have been unfamiliar with what he is playing at present. I am looking forward to a tour soon ( I hope)All the same he was in good form, he looked fit and well from even up in the roof. Porl did have his carpet to stand on.
As for Jimmy he looked lean and fit too, he has lost some weight by the look of him. To come on and just do a short spot like that was something and to go straight into D&C was for me very special, he played so well. I agree that the bass and guitarist looked like they were doing someone a favour, the drummer played well though. A great reaction from the majority of the crowd though to Jimmy, even the Weller fans around me seemed to react positively. Some not even born when Zep ended..
It was all just too short however. For me a 350 mile round trip needed a little more. I’m sure some of the others who came from even further afield would agree.I’m not a big Weller fan as such but I did enjoy his set. Interesting crowd reaction to a drum solo. A few years back weren’t they one of the reasons bands like the Jam came along and sought to nail the so called ‘rock dinosaurs’ ,drum solos were scorned upon were they not? The feel of his set reminded me of a 70’s type, with some extended guitar work too. Whatever happened to the 3 minute pop or protest songs? Perhaps one day Changesman will stretch out to 20 minutes?
An enjoyable evening however.

This From Craig Borda
Althogh I am an admitted Zep/Plant/Page fan from the earliest days of ’68, I still feel justified in giving my biased, if not accurate, view of what is going on with the Boys. After reading last years reviews of Plants shows, Jonses shows and most recently this “thing” at Royal Albert………..
I am left feeling somewhat drained of all my interest in any one of these fine performers. I do realize that with the kind of money they have , none of them have to do anything that the general public would want. But I would probably feel better (can’t explain it) if none of them would even bother to produce their little mini ego projects (dumb cd’s & lackluster tours) !
I personally wouldn’t walk down two blocks from my house to see The Who , but I will give them credit for the fact that they are willing to (and realize who they are) tour and even take a crack at a new cd. I’m sure Townshend and Daltrey and whoever aren’t soulmates or buddies or whatever anymore, but the demand and respect from their audience begs for it. So does Zeps audience. Yes, we want to see their best songs played live again with all three members present. We could care less about what inspires any one of them. Somehow Page seems the most normal minded of the three of them, in terms of his reverence for what was done as Zep in terms of getting excited about playing it live (why else would he have bothered with the Crowes thingy?) Sometimes it all sounds so crazy (the unwillingness particularly of Plant to reunite) that one has to wonder how much they ever enjoyed touring together in the first place. The Houses of the Holy were a seperate entity from the recordings and from any other band in modern history.
Perhaps Plant thought (and continues to think) it was a joke then and now as well. Doing old stuff is living in the past Plant says. Guess what? Timeless stuff has no past………. It was….. It is…….. and It will be…… Wonderfull…….

This From Mark Williams
On Saturday night, my brother & I as dedicated Jimmy & Robert fans took our seats at the Albert Hall with the usual hightened level of expectation whenever those guys are playing under the same roof. Post-Zep, having seen them on stage together at the Hammy Odeon on Plant’s ‘Now & Zen’ Tour, numerous times on their ’95 & ’98 outings together (best was ‘Clarksdale’ premiere show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire), it seemed incongruous that the two greats would not ‘lay down their arms’ (!) and run with the spirit of the evening by at least recognising each other’s presence at this Charity event.
However,we knew that nothing was likely to happen and that basically we’d have to make do with Plant’s current musical vehicle of choice (not the new Cadillac Sports utility vehicle advertisement that the boys have been recently handsomely rewarded for by Cadillac for the rights to use ‘Rock and Roll’ !).
Anyway, Robert & the boys take to the stage after what I thought was an excellent crowd warming- up mini-session from Gary Moore . Great to see that ‘ The Mane remains the Same’ with Robert, not bad for a 53 year old ! Stand out tracks for me were : Song to the Siren,Morning Dew & Hey Joe…..Porl Thompson really acting as good foil for Robert,some great guitar work and worthy of inclusion in Plant’s future band line-up should he ever ditch his Stange Sensations ! HOWEVER, WHY DOES ROBERT PERSIST IN IGNORING HIS OWN SOLO BACK CATALOGUE, WHEN HE HAS SOOOO MUCH TO DRAW ON…. ‘Little by Little, Six’s and Seven’s,The Greatest Gift etc’ would not go down badly with real fans I’m sure. Priory of Brion were interesting to see, a little ‘throw-back’ to an earlier rock n’ roll time but I think the Strange Sensations hold promise for taking things forward, something Robert strived to do in the earlier part of his Post-Zep solo days.
10.55 p.m and still no Jimmy ? We were beginning to think maybe he & Paul Weller hadn’t seen eye-to-eye during rehersals. Jimmy strolls on stage to tumultuous applause, and looks great – slimmer, more upright,less hunched (compared the the Crowes shows)….however, in my view seeing Jimmy out there on his own,(albeit kicking up a great rendition of ‘Dazed & Confused’),is rather sad. It reminded me of when he played ‘Stairway’ solo on the ‘Arms’ benefit concerts, also at this same venue. The weird thing is that there are millions of vocalists & musicians the world over who’d give their right arm to be on that stage supporting their idol, but poor old Jimmy ends up with a bunch of ageing mods,( fishtail parka!) whilst Planty is somewhere back stage or elsewhere maintaining his distance from the guy who discovered him in the first place ! Shame on you Robert……Anyway, mustn’t be too negative, it was a good night but of course could have been better…..

This from the late Andy Adams
Been reading the various comments, thoughts & words of wisdom on the Tour Watch bit, & my own impression of it all is this:-

1. It was great to see the Ol’ Dark One treading the boards with such aplomb and venom. Maybe all the trauma & arguements leading up to the event left him with a sense of sticking up his middle finger (musically speaking) and just going for it. Certainly he pulled out some vintage moves and for the first time in a while the guitar became just an extension of him.

2. What does anyone expect from a backing band that doesn’t know/like Zep very much and has only had a couple of brief rehearsals of the song? Far from being safe, it was a pretty bold move, especially coming after a Weller set that had a large number of the audience on their feet (until the slower and badly jammed numbers). Jimmy’s sound, attitude and performance was fantastic to us, ‘cos he went for it and really came over – above Robert & Daisy Daltrey – as a LEGEND, not just a star. That’s not my opinion, but that of many younger people around us – many of whom had come to enjoy all the music on the bill and not just sit in the Weller or Zep camps.

3. I know I’m a bit long in the tooth, but why does there have to be this ‘he did the best bits from that arrangement’ and ‘he left out that section’ kind of attitude. After all, it’s supposed to be Rock ‘n’ Roll which should be enjoyed and not analysed too much. Save that for the reviews of the Bootlegs! Maybe sitting with someone who’d never seen Jimmy onstage before was a big help – a fresh pair of eyes & ears not dragged down by the ‘seen/heard it all before’ syndrome but actually looking forward to it with an open mind. Whatever anyone says, the hairs on the back of my neck (what few are left….) certainly stood up!!

4. Yes, it’s a damn shame him & Bob couldn’t have done something together, but the thing that struck us the most was the end of the evening should have been an all-star jam of ALL the participants on the night to round it off.

5. Yes, Bob was his usual self to me. Vocally as good as he has been for many a year, but with a frustrating selection of numbers. Were we alone in thinking ‘Hey Joe’ woz awful?(especially coming after a monumental ‘Four Sticks’!). Maybe a bit of ‘Heaven Knows’, ‘Slow Dancer’ or ‘Easily Led’ would have been an idea, eh?

This from Freda Hyatt
I have had my ticket for the gig at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust for less than a week, hoping for the best. Then, on Saturday morning I pick up the paper and read my stars: ‘Don’t expect tonight’s events to go as planned…’ and groan. Then I read the rest: ‘but you will be pleased and not disappointed with the alternative’ and decide all is not lost.

When I arrive at the RAH I appear to be the only person on my own. My ticket appears to be for the 7th row off to one side, but that’s not where it is. Actually, I am in the second row. Dead centre. Is this the event not going as planned?!

I have heard on the grapevine that Robert will be on second and play for about 45 minutes. Jimmy is due to do one number – an accoustic one – during the finale. On the dot at 7.30 the show begins with a tight little set from Gary Moore. Not my style in guitar players but enjoyable none the less. Then, after a short break to shift off some equipment – and to tape some joss sticks to the monitor! – on comes Robert. He’s dressed the same as at Bristol in midweek: dark red shirt, brocade waistcoat, tapered black pants and what appear to be black canvas boots with zips on the side .I have my camera with me, but since the use of
them is stated on the ticket to be prohibited – and I don’t want to get thrown out before Jimmy comes on – I don’t take any photos. I can’t remember the name of the first track, but then its ‘Morning Dew’, ‘Four Sticks’, ‘Hey Joe’, a beautiful version of ‘Song to the Siren’ and ends with ‘A House is not a Motel’. It doesn’t seem to get the audience on hits collective feet, and we don’t get an encore. There is now a longer break before The Paul Weller band take the stage. I am not impressed. I liked him when he was with The Jam, but this new stuff does nothing for me. He invites on several guests, including Noel Gallagher of Oasis, and Kelly Jones of The Stereophonics. At least we are spared Emma Bunton (ex-Baby Spice) who it was rumoured would be there. Then there is another couple of minutes break before a Les Paul and – gulp – THE BOW are brought out onto the stage. And then there he is.

Jimmy looks good. He’s in an open-necked, long-sleeved dark lilac shirt and black pants, and looks lean and healthy, grinning at the reaction he is getting. And here comes the second ‘evenings plans not going as expected…’ as we get an 8 minute version of ‘Dazed and Confused’ and not an acoustic number. Its all over far too quickly, but I am determined to capture something of it so risk being thrown out by taking a few photos. Dunno if they will come out! Then he’s gone with a mumbled thanks, a grin and a wave.

The last special guest is Roger Daltrey who gives us a version of ‘I Can See For Miles’, then after a word from the charity organisers, we file out into the night. Okay, it was just one number from Jimmy – but at least he was back on stage and he saw – FELT – how much he was missed, so hopefully he will be back doing something with someone before long. And I intend to be there too……

Postscript 2024

A beguiling night as can be detected from these on the spot reports but what a memorable night it was – and now it’s all of twenty two years ago…who knows where the time goes?…but it does and all too soon…

Dave Lewis – February  7 2024


DL Diary Blog Update:

Thursday February 1:

DL/TBL Throwback Thursday – Retro charts and adverts this week in 1972…

Friday February 2:

Recent DL acquisitions:

Recently I heard a captivating song on the recent TV drama series True Love.

On further investigation it turned out to be Wathc Me  a 1972 single by the great singer songwriter Labi Siffre. Not sure how I missed that first time round as I was an admirer of his early 70s output notably It Must Be Love later a hit for Madness.

Matters have been put right with the recent acquisition of the original 1972 single on Pye International label.

I also invested in an excellent 36 track 3 disc compilation Labi Siffre Gold which includes Watch Me, Crying, It Must Be Love Laughing, Loving l, Make My Day (Something Inside) So String and more

A great artist rediscovered and all down to that airing of Watch Me on the True Love drama series…

Friday February 2:

Recent DL acquisitions:

I got the great Keith Relf single Shapes In My Mind via my good friend Andrew Ricci before Christmas.

This led me to catching up on hise equallly excellent debut solo single   Mr Zero/Knowing recently reissued by Demon Records.

I first heard these tracks on the superb Yardbirds Golden Eggs  and More Golden Eggs bootlegs back in 1974.

This also inspired me to invest in the All The Fallen Angels Solo Recordis & Collaborations 1965 – 1970. A brilliant 24 overview of Keith’s career  across The Yardbirds, Together and Rennacance.  Extensive sleeve notes to by Chris Welch and Mike Stax. All in all a fabulous compilation on the Repertoire label.

Saturday February 3:

Saturday is platterday – after watching the excellent BBC 4 Carole King programmes last night – on the player the timelessly brilliant Tapestry album…

Sunday February 4:

It’s a Happy Birthday to the great Alice Cooper –After hearing the single I brought the Schools Out album the week it came out in June 1972 and I was totally captivated from then on…

I’ve been lucky enough to meet him on a couple of occasions – backstage at the Reading Festival when I interviewed him in 1988 and at the Classic Rock Awards in 2011 when this pic was taken – on both occasions he was fantastic company…
Sunday February 4:
It’s a Happy Birthday to the great Spike – managed in the early days of The Quireboys by the late great Richard Cole, formerly Led Zeppelin’s tour manager… this was a topic of conversation when I met up with him at the time of the publication of the last TBL issue…
Sunday February 4:
Bit of head cold coming on so a chill out this morning to a very appropriate musical inspiration…
Bobby Gillespie Presents Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down….
This is a great CD compilation on the Ace Records label originally released in 2015.
The Primal Scream front man demonstrating impeccable taste (and explaining his choices in the superb sleeve notes) with selections from The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Dion, Gene Clark, John Barry, Kris Kristofferson, Link Wray, The Monkees, Gram Parsons, Skip Spence, Tim Buckley, Evie Sands, Little Feat, Ronnie Wood, Primal Scream, Willie Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis…
As soothing as any Lemsip and highly recommended…
Monday February 5:
It’s a Happy Birthday to our very good friend Mr John Parkin…
Long time TBL supporter, fountain of rock and pop music knowledge (he appeared on Pop Master and won!) a highly valued record collecting comrade and all round top man…
Happy Birthday from Janet and I – have a great day John!
Wednesday February 7:

It’s a Happy Birthday to Deborah Bonham – I have many a treasured memory of being in this lovely lady’s company…Happy Birthday Deb!

Friday February 9:
It’s a Happy Birthday to Mr Gary Foy – long time Led Zeppelin fan, massive support to me and all things TBL over many years and all round top man. I have shared many a memorable moment with Gary in following the fortunes of the musicians that have shaped our lives.
Happy Birthday from Janet and I -have a great day mate…
Update here:
Bit of a tough few days here with both Janet and I struggling with head colds and aches and pains. Hoping things improve in the coming days as we’ve both been well below par.
Current playlist through sniffles and sneezes as follows:
Paul McCartney & Wings – Band On The Run 5oth Anniversary edition – 2 CD
Roxy Music – Siren LP
Led Zeppelin – World Tour 1975 – 2 LP bootleg
Alice Cooper – Schools Out  – LP
Buddy Holly – The Very Best Of Buddy Holly & The Crickets – 2 CD
Carole King – Tapestry  LP
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme – CD
Bob Dylan – Very Best Of – CD
Thanks for listening

Until next time…

Dave  Lewis –  February 9 2024 

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  • Rich Farquhar said:

    Dave, your mention of the vinyl bootleg World Tour 1975 brought back great memories. I bought that very recording around the age of 16 or 17 and it was a revelation, to hear songs from Physical Graffiti live for the very first time. The sound was not great; that did not take away from the listening experience. And I love the section where Page’s guitar goes out and Jones and Bonham are left providing the rhythm. Thanks for everything you do, you bring joy to we Zep fans through your website, blog and books. Also, love to see what you are listening to! All the best, Rich from Atlanta US

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