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Announcing the forthcoming publication Led Zeppelin Live 1975 – 1977:

Aside from the Evenings With Led Zeppelin I’ve also been involved in the above title in an Editor and collator role.

Firstly some facts and figures:

Led Zeppelin Live – 1975 – 1977  ACC Editions/Iconic Images

Featuring the Led Zeppelin photographs of Terry O Neill, Michael Brennan and Baron Wolman

Text, captions and editing by Dave Lewis

190 pages

140 approx. black and white photos – 32 approx. colour photos

Large format Hardback

Embossed cover

Publication late July

Price £20 approx..

Here’s the basic overview:

Led Zeppelin Live – (ACC Editions/Iconic Images)

“They were pure rock – and I never saw a band perform quite like they did. They owned the stage and each member had their own special and specific contribution. And to see them live – to capture those moments onstage – well, it was like watching kings surveying their kingdom. Their kingdom was the stage.” – Terry O Neill

Between 1975 and 1977, there is little doubt that Led Zeppelin ruled supreme as the biggest band in the world. Bigger audiences, bigger stage settings, bigger venues lights, lasers and dragon suits. All this combined to produce some of the most iconic images of the 1970s rock era. That era comes firmly under the spotlight in Led Zeppelin Live.

The book profiles the work of three highly respected photographers. Terry O’ Neill made his name documenting the fashions, styles and celebrities of the1960s. He was also on hand to capture Led Zeppelin at Earls Court in London on May 23, 1975; at Tampa Stadium, Florida on June 3,1977; and at New York s Madison Square Garden on June 7 of the same year. Also in the right place at the right time was Michael Brennan. Michael had built a reputation working for various daily newspapers in the UK. He moved to America in 1973 and began working on entertainment and sporting assignments. In early 1975, Michael travelled with the band on their rented luxury jet, a Boeing 720B known as The Starship. He was then in close proximity for their show on January 31,1975 at Detroit s Olympia Stadium.

The former chief photographer of Rolling Stone magazine, San Francisco-based Baron Wolman, was in attendance to capture what would turn out to be Led Zeppelin s final performances in America. In front of 50,000 fans each day, they played in the open air at the Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland California, on the afternoons of July 23 and 24,1977. Baron s chronicling of the band in stark daylight offers a unique portrayal of their final appearances in a large stadium setting.

Fifty years on from their formation in 1968, Led Zeppelin s legacy continues to inspire admiration and awe. The timeless photos presented in this book accurately capture Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham in all their on-stage glory during their latter era. Compiled and edited by world-renowned Led Zeppelin authority Dave Lewis, Led Zeppelin Live chronicles the period when Led Zeppelin could rightly claim to be the greatest live rock attraction on the planet. Here s the lasting photographic proof…

So that is the basic overview – how did this one come to fruition?

I had been aware of the Terry O’Neill Zep archive for some time -particularly his Earls Court photos and his work with Iconic Images/ACC Editions books. I knew that much of his Zep photos had not been widely seen.

Last year Iconic Images/ACC Editions published a book of Terry O’Neill’s David Bowe photos. When Ziggy Played The Marquee is an excellent photographic record of Bowie’s 1980 Floor Show which was filmed at London’s Marquee Club in late October 1973 for the US Midnight Special TV show. Long time TBL supporter and all round top man Melvyn Billingham attended that filming and his recollections were featured in the book.

At the launch of the Bowie book he was talking to Carrie Kannia editor of Iconic Images and she mentioned they had plans to do a Zep photo book. Melvyn suggested they might get in touch with me and last autumn I had some intial conversations with Carrie about their plans

What they had at their dispersal was Terry O’Neill’s Earls Court black and white photos plus more of his Zep shots from the abandoned Tampa stadium gig on June 3, 1977 and the subsequent June 7 appearance at Madison Square Garden. There were also numerous back stage shots of the group – a couple of which I recall being used in a two part feature that ran in the Daily Mirror in June 1977 under the heading ‘Band Of Brothers.’

There was some amazing images here – much of it unseen certainly the Earls Court material. I knew by Robert Plant’s attire that these were from the Friday May 23 gig – on this night only, he favoured the red cherry emblazoned wrap around top he had worn on much of the 1975 US tour dates. For the other four Earls Court shows Plant wore a distinctive dark blouse top. Also part of the Terry O Neill Earls Court portfolio was the series of posed group photos taken in the backstage area of Earls Court just prior to them going on stage. One of these was later used as a promotional 10x 8 hand out print distributed from their Swan Song office. Terry also took a backstage group shot at Tampa in 1977.

When I was compiling the Five Glorious Nights book for Rufus Stone, the Terry O Neill photos were not available to us. The prospect of bringing them to a wider audience was therefore one to relish.

There were two other photographers Iconic Images wanted to profile. Michael Brennan had taken a number of black and white on stage and off stage photographers of the Led Zeppelin appearance at the Olympic Stadium on January 30, 1975. He also had some  shots taken on the Starship plane.

Baron Wolman’s work I was well familiar with. the former Rolling Stone photographer had published his own book – I met him at the Fopp store in London when he did a signing session there. Ionic Images had the rights to the series of colour photos he took at the massive Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. Baron covered both the July 23 and 24 shows that would be the final Led Zeppelin appearances with John Bonham in America. the majority of the photos they wanted to use were colour shots from the July 23 concert with Robert wearing the ‘Nurses Do it Better’ t-shirt.

Around October last year editor Carrie Kania showed me the complete series of photos they wanted to profile in book form.  The one thing that stood out for me was that all these images were taken in the latter years of the band – the era of bigger audiences, bigger stage settings, bigger venues lights, lasers and dragon suits.

Their was real potential here to tell the story of the latter era of Led Zeppelin through these iconic photos. So I set about the task of bringing some semblance of order to all this. Taking each photographers work I dissected the photos and  in similar style to the Five Glorious days book put them in set list order where possible and sought to caption them – occasionally deploying Robert Plant’s spoken words from the stage.

I also laid them out in an order that would unfold the story of each of these gigs. Over the Christmas period I devised a sequential layout of the photos on a fairly basic art pad. This was done in a quite literally cut and paste method as I stuck the images I had on to the pad in a scrapbook style format. I had previously employed this idea when I was laying out the Five Glorious Nights book.  Employing this crude but effective method, I was able to give the designer a clear guideline to how I felt the book should look.

In early January I met with Carrie and designer Stephen Reid to relay all this. Over a few hours we quickly came up with a benchmark to work from. Over the next few weeks I oversaw the initial designs and wrote the appropriate captions and introduction. It was evident we were on to something that really mirrored  he latter Zep era. The working title of the book had been Led Zeppelin Live – I suggested they add 1975 -1977  and that is how it all worked out.

Carrie and Stephen were incredibly easy to work with and it was a real joy to put this together. It did come at a very difficult time workload wise as I was deeply immersed in the Evenings With book. It was the usual case of spinning a few plates at the same time. Mike Tremaglio assisted in the proof reading of the book and as usual did an amazingly diligent job. I do recall a few frantic phone calls from Carrie taken at StudioMix as Mick and I worked on the Evenings With book. This was at a time when the Iconic Images book needed signing off – but we got there somehow and managed to get it to the printers on deadline.


I’ve just received an early copy and it looks really fantastic. There are of course a fair few Led Zeppelin photo books out there – I think this one is a worthy addition to ever creaking Zep bookshelf. The focus is clearly on the large scale of their latter touring years. A time when they were at the most photogenic and flamboyant amongst the big stages and the big audiences. Again like the Five Glorious Nights book, I have endeavored to put the images into context and offer some perspective of what was happening with the band at these moments.

The book is very reasonably priced – a real bargain. Looking over it all, it coccus to me that this makes a very worthwhile companion to the Five Glorious Nights book.

Led Zeppelin Live 1975 – 1977 captures the majesty and pomp of the period when Led Zeppelin could rightly claim to be the world’s top live attraction. It’s been a privilege to oversee the process that has allowed this book to offer clear photographic proof of that statement.

Dave Lewis – July 2018  

How to order – you can order the book from this link:

I am also assessing a TBL limited edition of the book – more details to follow on this soon.


Led Zeppelin News Update:

In conjunction with the Led Zep news site, each week I will be re- producing highlights from their weekly email update news summary. This goes out every Sunday. Sign up details are below. Many thanks to James Cook.

Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page

Robert Plant

Upcoming events:

July 17 – Robert Plant will perform at the Istanbul Jazz Festival in Turkey.
July 19 – Robert Plant will perform at the Black Sea Jazz Festival in Georgia.
July 22 – Robert Plant will perform at the  Vielles Charrues Festival in Carhaix, France.
July 23 – Robert Plant will perform in Paris, France.
July 25 –  “Led Zeppelin Live,” a photo book edited by Dave Lewis, will be released and  Robert Plant will perform at the  Festival de Carcassonne in France.
July 27 – Robert Plant will perform at the  Milano Summer Festival 2018 in Milan, Italy.
July 29 – Robert Plant will perform at the Stimmen Festival in Lörrach, Germany.
July 31  – Robert Plant will perform in  Pardubice , Czech Republic.
August 1  – Robert Plant will perform in Dresden, Germany.
August 11 – John Paul Jones will perform as part of Snoweye at the  Varangerfestivalen in Norway.
September 7 – Led Zeppelin will released the remastered edition of “The Song Remains The Same” and new merchandise.
September 15  – Robert Plant will perform at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Colorado.
September 16 –  Robert Plant will perform at the KAABOO festival in California.
September 18 – “Scream For Help,” which features a soundtrack by John Paul Jones, will be released on Blu-ray.
September 20 – Dave Lewis’ new book, “Evenings With Led Zeppelin,” will be published.
September 23 – Robert Plant will perform at the Bourbon & Beyond festival in Louisville, Kentucky.
October – The official Led Zeppelin photo book will be released.
October 16 – “Bring it on Home,” a new biography of Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant, will be released.
October 26  – Robert Plant will perform in London, UK.
October 28  – Robert Plant will perform in Dublin, Ireland.

Many thanks to James Cook.

The complete Led Zeppelin News email goes out every weekend. To receive it each week sign up here:

Led Zeppelin News Website: Check out the Led Zeppelin news website at


TBL Celebrates Led Zeppelin at 50:

Just to re iterate on some TBL Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary activity ahead: Two dates for the diary:




Saturday, September 8, 2018

VIP Victoria Record Fair -London:

That is the date of the VIP Victoria Record Fair in London – I intend to make this something of a gathering – as it will be a day on from the 50th anniversary of the first gig in Denmark of the line up that would become Led Zeppelin. This may, publishing schedules permitting act as a launch for the Evenings With book. More details on this as it unfolds.

And then…

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Atlas Pub Fulham, London: 

TBL Celebrates Led Zeppelin at 50 – It’s Been A Long Time 1968 -2018

Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary TBL Celebration Day Event

 Julian Walker and myself have booked this date to stage a similar fan gathering to the one we staged at this pub last December to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the 02 Reunion.

The full story of how that event shaped up is here:

That occasion worked very well indeed – despite the adverse weather conditions. Soo we are looking to run a similar event. It will run from 12 to 8.30pm and we plan to screened rare video, run a quiz, present some guest speaker forums etc and more.  Again publishing schedules permitting, it will also act as a launch for the Evenings With book.

All in all, this return to the Atlas pub will be a great opportunity for like minded fans to gather and celebrate this landmark Led Zeppelin 50th anniversary. Full ticket entry details will follow soon.

We do have limited numbers on this as the venue is not huge.

Advance tickets will be on sale soon.

So if you can, be sure to make a date for this second gathering at The Atlas pub

More details to follow…

Dave Lewis & Julian Walker


CODA 50th Led Zeppelin Anniversary Tribute Plans: 

Simon Wicker has been in touch to reveal his tribute band CODA’S ambitious Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary plans – here is all the info:

Celebrating Led Zeppelin’s 50th Anniversary!


CODA are Europe’s most authentic-sounding, authentic-looking and exciting tribute to the mighty Led Zeppelin and they are celebrating 50 years of Led Zeppelin in style with three unique concerts.

 Featuring four musicians who faithfully recreate the excitement, energy, passion and magic of the world’s most famous rock band, this is a show not to be missed! The attention to detail is unrivalled, they’ve got the sound, the look, the hair, the instruments and the on-stage mannerisms, you could almost believe you were watching the real thing! Expect all the classics in this superb show such as Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love and a whole lot more! Dust off your flares and travel back in time with us!

 The band are hoping that as many fans as possible who were at those exciting, debut shows for Led Zeppelin will be able to come to these special gigs. The CODA show is truly a labour of love, created by four musicians who are all huge Led Zeppelin fans, with hand-made guitars and incredible replica costumes that go to make up a truly authentic Led Zeppelin live experience.

 The 50th Anniversary Concerts:

 On 7th September 1968, the band that was later to be known as Led Zeppelin exploded onto the music scene, playing their debut show at Egegard Skole (now Gladsaxe Skole) for the Gladsaxe Teen Club.
The band were billed as the Yardbirds having picked up the Scandinavian tour left over due to the split of the Yardbirds.
On September 7th 2018, CODA will be privileged and honoured to be playing the very same venue, exactly 50 years to the day.

Tickets are available here:


On October 4th 1968, Led Zeppelin made their UK debut at the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle. Sadly the venue is no longer there, having been closed and then demolished in 1999 to make way for a ‘leisure complex’. The closing night was attend by 5000 people and the venue is sadly missed by many.

CODA are very pleased to announce that they shall be playing a special show commemorating Led Zeppelin’s UK debut on Thursday 4th October, exactly 50 years to the day, at Trillians Rock Bar, just round the corner from the site of the Mayfair Ballroom.

This is a rare FREE entry show so make sure you get there early!

 Soon after Led Zeppelin’s debut UK show, they played their second UK gig, and their London debut, at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street on 18th October 1968.

We are very excited to announce that we shall be playing in the Flamingo Room at O’Neill’s, Wardour Street, to celebrate this event on Thursday 18th October 2018, exactly 50 years to the day when Led Zeppelin hit the big city!

Early bird tickets are available for only £15 plus fees, but hurry, when they are gone, they are gone and prices will revert to the full price of £20 plus fees.

Get your early bird tickets now from here:

 All three 50th anniversary shows will feature songs from those formative years, an acoustic set and much, much more.

 More details about CODA can be found on their website at

or on Facebook at You can also get in touch with the band’s manager, Simon Wicker, via email at or telephone on 07837 564743.


Robert Plant  Big Log – 35 years gone:

The recent hot weather here has been reminiscent of another hot summer of some thirty five years ago…

35 years ago this month Robert Plant released  Big Log as the first single from his album The Principle of Moments. It went on the reach number 11 in the UK charts –to mark the 30th anniversary of his biggest UK hit, here’s a then and now focus on the song…

The original Top of The Pops appearance was aired on July 28th1983…I remember that day well as the good lady Janet and I had been in London  (we were just about to get engaged – ah the summer of love!) – specifically to attend  The Beatles At Abbey Road Presentation that was running at the time at the fabled Abbey Road Studios. We then rushed back to Bedford to get in front of the TV for what was Robert’s first ever solo TV performance – a big deal back then believe me! Mime or no mime, on that Thursday night 30 years back I watched the song unfold in some awe… it all looks very 1980s and very nostalgic…1983 – you gotta love it! All this has spurred a return to The Principle of Moments album – and there’s some great stuff on there. A very 1980s production of course but the likes of Other Arms, Messin’ With the Mekon and Wreckless Love capture his vocals very impressively -as does Thru With The Two Step -the side two opener. 35 years ago…it seems like only yesterday…


DL Diary Blog Update:

The World Cup…phew…

Saturday was another day of momentous expectation as England took on Sweden in the Quarter Final – and what a result. A fairly emphatic 2-0 victory which put England into the World Cup Semi Final for the first time in 28 years. On Tuesday night, France booked their place in the final with a 1-0 win over Belgium

So to Wednesday and the World Cup Semi Final between Croatia and England…

Here’s a wonderful piece by Tom Fordyce of BBC Sport that was on the BBC Sport website the morning of the match – the right words at the right moment. Thanks to Max Harris for flagging this brilliant piece of writing…it brought a lump to my throat…

Croatia v England: Maybe, just maybe  this time it will be different

Football is sold to the world as fun. As colour, as sunshine, as joy. Football is sold as winning.

Football is experienced as doubt. Football is watched feeling sick. It is wishing matches finished, wanting to walk out of a stadium even as you’ve been desperate to be there, being convinced that the most heartbreaking possible scenario is the most likely thing to pass.

And usually it does. Football is about losing. Only one team can win a league. Thirty-two teams went to the World Cup; 31 will go home wondering what if.

The idea England might be the exception both to that rule and to a torturous history of defeat, pain and regrets still feels extraordinary. It also feels dangerous, because while football is also about being powerless to prevent something awful happening to something that matters to you so much, it is equally about being convinced that even a thought or stray sentence could instantly summon disaster.

Any neutral watching England 2-0 up against Sweden could tell they were not going to lose. Many England fans were convinced that remarking “we’re the better team here” to the person next to them would be to guarantee an immediate Swedish goal.

It is why being 1-0 down can often be more relaxing than being 1-0 up. What’s the worst that can happen now the worst thing is already happening?

And so you lie to yourself. We’re just going to enjoy the occasion. It’s only sport. I didn’t expect us to win anyway.

You tuck yourself behind established beliefs. England are an embarrassment at big tournaments. England don’t win penalty shootouts. English footballers are spoiled, selfish and out of touch with those who help fund their crazy wages.

Hope is a delusion. Dreaming is for night-time. Football is disappointment.

You know all this is true. You also know what football can do for you. It makes you leap around and grab your friends around the neck and roar at each other’s faces from inches away. It makes you jump on the back of strangers. It makes you feel the same way at exactly the same time as millions of people you will never meet.

You stay with football because of the possibility of all this. You keep daydreaming because of the little part of you that doesn’t consider this a dream at all. You tell other people not to look beyond the next game and then do exactly that.

Because football can change. You miss a penalty and then the other team miss two. You go further into a tournament than you have in more than a quarter of a century and look up to see the big boys all gone. You listen to the players and read their social media and you find yourself seeing shared characteristics and people you like.

And when football changes, we change with it. From shouting at defenders to get rid of it, to lump it long when the press comes on, to contentedly watching them keep hold and play it out. From worrying which unheralded opposition player will be the bogeyman this time to relishing the world waking up to Kieran Trippier and Harry Maguire. From avoiding deathless England friendlies and their endless substitutions and meaningless results to wishing the next game was here now and being able to name Gareth Southgate’s first-choice team in a single breath.

One of the few lasting bequests of London 2012, a sporting carnival where too many big races now have asterisks next to them, was that sense – for a nation that spends so much time reflexively looking backwards – of a vision of modern Britain that felt simultaneously new and familiar to every one of us.

It was there in the stories of the three stars of Super Saturday: Jessica Ennis-Hill, a mixed-race girl from Sheffield; Greg Rutherford, a lad whose great-grandfather played football for England over a century ago; Mo Farah, a boy who arrived in west London aged eight from east Africa to make the capital his home.

This is an England team that represents the England of 2018. The pale kid from Sunderland in goal, a midfielder from Milton Keynes with a Nigerian dad and English mum. Three big lads from south Yorkshire in defence, a striker born in Jamaica and raised in the scruffy part of west London. Another midfielder schooled in Lisbon, a superstar captain who learned on loan at Orient and Millwall.

There is an unreality to it all. A frozen, sodden winter when the rain never stopped, a summer that started early and lit up everything for weeks. Sunlit mornings, evenings watching football with the windows and doors open and daylight in the sky until all the celebrating is done. A team beaten by a nation of 330,000 at their last big tournament, gone after the group stages at the previous World Cup, careering into the semi-finals and enjoying every moment of it.

There are limitless reasons to fall out of love with football. The idiots you know even in the home end at your own club, the jingoism that snarls in the slipstream of national success. The price of shirts, the price of tickets, the booking fee for something bought in a microsecond from an automated page. The multiple satellite packages, the kick-offs before lunch and after Sunday tea-time, the money going to middlemen in a deal that didn’t need them.

Then you think of the adrenalised peaks and emotional releases of the past three weeks, the scenes in front of big screens around the country, the pleasure of seeing your happiness reflected in the faces and moods of people you have almost nothing else in common with.

Only football can do this. England winning the rugby union World Cup brought enormous pleasure to vast numbers, the home Ashes triumph of 2005 giddy disbelief to those who had long grown used to Australian domination.

Yet neither touched as many distant corners as this World Cup. The peak television audience for the deeds of Michael Vaughan’s team was 8.4 million; 15 million saw Jonny Wilkinson drop his goal. Andy Murray’s first Wimbledon victory brought in 17.3m, and that was a win for Great Britain.

England’s last-16 win over Colombia peaked at 23.6 million. Wednesday night’s semi-final is likely to draw in yet more.

And you don’t want any of it to end. Football is going to revert to type for two of the teams still left in this World Cup. It will go back to being about regret and dejection and what might have been.

For one team it will be something else. Colour, sunshine, joy.

Maybe it will all end here. Maybe, this once, it will not.

As we all know it did end there last night…

Tom Fordyce wrote more words of wisdom this morning concluding his piece as follows..

And so it is over. Another generation is introduced to the distinctive pleasure and pain of supporting England. Those who remember a World Cup final win grow older still.

My ageing father is one of them. I had been looking forward to sharing his memories of 1966, when as a young man living in London he had bought a block of tickets for all the games at Wembley at a quite reasonable cost and without any great rush or competition.

So long has the wait now been that the July afternoon when England really did go all the way has taken on an almost mythical status. His own memories of being there when history was made are more amusingly prosaic: the squash getting into Wembley for the final, the traffic trying to get back to Whetstone afterwards.

Like a lot of dads around the country, he tried to cheer up his kids late on Wednesday. All five of us received the same text.

“You youngsters will have lots of chances to watch England in future World Cups. May you have the joy that I felt in 1966, sometime in the near future.”

Something to make you smile and melancholic at exactly the same time. Just like England’s World Cup adventure, just like another floodlit night of promise and pain.

So it is over – and like millions of others, we watched it all unfold last night – the euphoria of that early goal giving way in the second half to heartbreak as Croatia pulled it back and went on to win 2-1 in extra time.

In the end they were just not quite good enough…

It’s been some journey – a wonderful month of sunshine and football and Gareth’s boys doing themselves – us and the country proud….we won’t forget this summer of World Cup joy…even if it did not end the way we all wanted…

Take a bow Gareth Southgate and the magnificence England squad – you made us feel united again and it felt so good…


On the player here and sound tracking July:

Led Zeppelin – Three Days After – 2CD set

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds LP

Elton John -Tumbleweed Connection LP

Robert Plant – The Principle of Moments LP

Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water – reissued CD

Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram -reissued CD

Busy here on a variety of projects – including more prep on TBL use 44, a major feature ongoing and promotion of the Evenings With and Led Zeppelin Live 1975 – 1977 book. Here’s a pic with the advance copy I have – I put a lot of thought and effort into the whole concept of this book and I am really pleased with the end result.

Dave Lewis – July 12, 2018

Until next time, have a great weekend

Website updates written and compiled by Dave Lewis

with thanks to Gary Foy, Mike Tremaglio and James Cook

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One Comment »

  • Tony Leon said:

    Hi Dave – really looking forward to the Led Zeppelin Live book!! my favorite years to boot! Cheers

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