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[25 Jan 2017 | 10 Comments | 1,657 views]
SEVEN NIGHTS WITH ZEP 40 YEARS GONE/ LZ NEWS/JPJ FINLAND DATE/ 1969 DEBUT ALBUM REVIEW/ 1975 US TOUR SNAPSHOTS/ PETE OVEREND WATTS RIP/RICK’S STAIRWAY/ABOUT TBL-DL UPDATED/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

TBL Archive Special:
Seven nights with Led Zeppelin 40 years ago this week in 1977:

Led Zeppelin (on film) at the Granada Bedford January 1977.
The young DL gazes adoringly at the poster outside the Granada Cinema Bedford January 1977 – no prizes for guessing where this poster ended up – you got it – on my bedroom wall!
40 years ago this week  I was enjoying a seven night stint in the company of Led Zeppelin….or to be more specific their film The Song Remains The Same.
The newly released celluloid masterpiece was on general release and …

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[18 Jan 2017 | One Comment | 1,397 views]
TBL 42 FEEDBACK/ LAS VEGAS 1969 GIG CONFIRMED/JPJ WITH MINIBUS PIMPS/ROBERT PLANT ON NEW FAIRPORT ALBUM/LZ NEWS/1977 – IT WAS 40 YEARS AGO/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

TBL issue 42 Distribution Update and Feedback:
TBL issue 42 is out on the streets now – all subscriptions and pre orders are in transit and should be arriving in over 30 countries across the globe. Most UK copies have already been delivered.
Here’s some initial feedback, commencing with a piece on Chris Charlesworth’s Just Backdated blog:
TIGHT BUT LOOSE – Portrait of the Singer as a Young Man
The evolution of Robert Plant from prancing stallion to grizzled old rock warrior is something to behold. The photograph of Led Zeppelin’s front man on the latest issue …

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[11 Jan 2017 | 8 Comments | 1,376 views]
TBL ISSUE 42 OUT ON THE STREETS/LZ NEWS/CLASSIC ROCK SAVED/ PETER SARSTEDT 1941-2017/DAVID BOWIE ONE YEAR GONE/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

TBL Issue 42 – Out On The Streets…
TBL 42 mail out update: I counted them all in and I counted them all out…TBL 42 is out on the streets –  as of Wednesday , every subscriber copy and pre order was in transit. The pic  shows the scene at the main Bedford Royal Mail sorting office as the good lady Janet and I dropped the bulk of them off on Saturday afternoon.
TBL 42 is on the way to over 30 counties including England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland , Ireland, Germany, Italy, …

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[9 Jan 2017 | 5 Comments | 2,331 views]
JIMMY PAGE ON THE OCCASION OF HIS BIRTHDAY/ EXCLUSIVE TBL 38 INTERVIEW EXTRACTS/ 25 COMPANION DISC MOMENTS PLAYLIST

On the occasion of his birthday….
Jimmy Page is 73 today (January 9th).
In a career that has spanned over six decades – he has simply written the rule book on the art of rock guitar.
From monolithic riffing to bombastic solos. From simple acoustic beauty to vast guitar instrumental orchestration. Jazz, classical and Eastern influences, blues, 50s rock’n’roll and psychedelic – he has turned his hand to all these varying styles over the years. At times his playing may seem sloppy and seemingly undisciplined but that is all part of the attraction. Always …

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[6 Jan 2017 | 7 Comments | 1,147 views]
TBL 42 IN THE HOUSE/ROBERT PLANT ON STAGE IN STOURPORT/TBL RETRO 1969 & 1970 IMAGES/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

TBL issue 42 is the house…
I took receipt of the standard issue and the 300 limited collectors Jimmy Page cover edition yesterday.
I am now in the process of fulfilling all the standard issue subscription orders and pre orders for the limited cover. I had forgotten quite what a task this is and I’ve spent the past few days preparing envelopes, sticking on labels and stamps and now matching the magazines into envelopes for the grand mail out to over 30 counties across the globe – some 800 copies will be leaving …

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[3 Jan 2017 | No Comment | 1,375 views]
JOHN PAUL JONES ON THE OCCASION OF HIS BIRTHDAY/EXCLUSIVE TBL 41 INTERVIEW EXTRACTS/71 AT 71 PLAYLIST

John Paul Jones on the occasion of his 71st Birthday:
John Paul Jones is 71 today (January 3)…
Throughout the past 12 months, John has again moved effortlessly between differing projects and collaborations –  and along the way, there was continued work on his opera project – of which more news will unfold this year.
Here are some extracts from the only interview John conducted with me last year, for publication in TBL issue 41:
DL: So let’s start with the present and your opera project – which I think I am right in saying is partly based on …

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[28 Dec 2016 | 10 Comments | 1,475 views]
GEORGE MICHAEL 1963 – 2016/ RICK PARFITT 1948 – 2016/ HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ME TO YOU /LEMMY ONE YEAR GONE/END OF YEAR ROUND UP/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

The year ends with yet more sad passings:
George Michael 1963 – 2016: 
George Michael…such a massive talent – he dominated the 1980s, first with the pure pop delight of Wham! and then onto worldwide solo success with total class and credibility …so many memorable songs – Freedom, Faith, Careless Whisper, Everything She Wants, I’m Your Man, I Knew You Were Waiting, Fastlove, Amazing, etc.and Last Christmas…one of the all-time seasonal greats – we all must have heard it countless times in recent days. In my record retail years, George Michael album …

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[23 Dec 2016 | 9 Comments | 1,407 views]
SEASONS GREETINGS FROM ME TO YOU/TBL 42/TEAM ROCK/ LZ NEWS/ZEP AT ALLY PALLY CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS/1971 CHARTS/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

So this is Christmas…
Christmas Eve is nigh on upon us – and it’s that final rush to get everything sorted for the next couple of  days.
As is customary on Christmas Eve here – I’ll be wearing my Led Zeppelin Winterland 1969 tie bought for me by Larry Ratner in 1993 (hi Larry!).
After all the intense work on the forthcoming TBL issue 42 of recent weeks, it will be great to unwind  inthe company of visiting friends and along the way a beer or two may be drunk in one or …

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[14 Dec 2016 | 3 Comments | 1,223 views]
TBL 42 WITH LIMITED EDITION JIMMY PAGE COVER/TBL 42 RICHARD GRUBB COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS PREVIEW/ GOLDEN LION REUNION 1981/FACES/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

TBL 42 Announcement:
TBL issue 42 due early 2017 – including a Limited Edition Jimmy Page Collectors Cover Edition!
The new issue of the long running Led Zeppelin magazine is due out early in 2017. It’s another packed edition with some 40,000 words of news, views and features. All subscribers will receive the standard edition with a great Robert Plant photo by Robert Ellis from the Led Zeppelin Royal Albert Hall performance on June 29, 1969.
I am also making available a special collectors limited edition featuring a superb photo of …

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[8 Dec 2016 | 9 Comments | 1,688 views]
02 REUNION NINE YEARS GONE/LZ NEWS/GREG LAKE 1947 – 2016/KASHMIR LYRICS/ VINYL SALES/ROLLING STONES BLUE & LONESOME/DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

The 02 Reunion – Nine Years Gone: Photo by Dave Linwood

Nine years ago on December 10, 2007 , I awoke with the prospect of Led Zeppelin retuning to the stage just a matter of hours away. The previous night I’d spent the evening in the Pilot Inn toasting that fact with fans from all corners of the world. It would be a similar scene a few hours later.
The day itself went by in something of a blur – walking on that cold concourse leading to the O2 complex, conducting various interviews, …