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Deborah Bonham Band at Milton Keynes Stables:

Following their hugely successful charity show with Paul Rodgers in Chichester, The Deborah Bonham band tour reaches The Stables in Milton Keynes on Thursday night. Support comes from the excellent Steve Rodgers. See

Deb’s new album Spirit is available on the tour as a pre release digi-pack  CD limited edition. The album features Band of Joy drummer Marco Giovano and Robert Plant makes a guest contribution on the track What it Feels.

In an interview featured in the last TBL issue Deborah told me how pleased she was for Robert to appear on the album:

‘’He plays harmonica on the track What It Feels. He did it in Austin. It’s a total thrill that Robert did that. Marco initially asked him and then I spoke to Robert and he said he’d love to do it. I was just knocked out when I heard. It’s got that Nobody’s Fault But Mine feel – you can notice it as soon as it comes in, and you know it’s Robert. It’s so cool the way he played it right off the wall. When it came back I was jumping around the studio screaming – we were so excited. To have that is fantastic, that’s just made it for me that he’s playing on the album.’’

Here’s a message from  Deb via her Facebook page:

Hi everyone. We’re at The Stables Milton Keynes this Thursday 11th – it is one of the best venue’s ever set up by the wonderful Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth “Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd (WAP) is a registered charity, founded in 1969 by the world-renowned jazz musicians Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth. It has a vision to:”engage the widest range of people with music in all its diversity” Sir John and Dame Cleo began the realisation of that vision with the development of The Stables Theatre, in some outbuildings at their home, as a venue for concerts and education activities. In October 2000, the new Stables Theatre opened its doors, with a second phase of development opening in 2007. It is now home to The Jim Marshall Auditorium with 448 capacity and presents around 350 concerts and 250 education sessions each year. Can’t wait! Hope to see some of you there…” DB

I’m planning to get over for this one with the TBL crew of Tom, Phil and Michaela and look forward very much to catching up with Deb and the band. Look for a report on TBL web.


Deborah Bonham Interview:

Here’s the link to an excellent interview with Deborah Bonham on Folk Notes Blast

For further tour date info visit:


Andy Johns 1952 -2013

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Sad to hear the news of the passing of producer/engineer Andy Johns age 61. Andy was the engineer on the Led Zeppelin third and fourth albums. He also received the engineer credit for No Quarter on Houses of The Holy, Bron Yr Ayr, Down By the Seaside, Night Flight on Physical Graffiti and Poor Tom on Coda. Andy’s older brother Glyn engineered the first Zep album.


Record Store Day Countdown:


April 6 –Day 6 in the countdown to World Record Store Day with 14 day to go. Today’s choice just has to be Presence by Led Zeppelin – as purchased the day it reached the Bedford shops 37 years ago today. I bought 2 copies that day. One still retains the shrink wrap, the other copy has an inscription written for me by Aubrey Powell the co-designer of the sleeve –this says ‘’What’s that obilisk exactly?’’ –a reference to the mysterious sleeve. This was signed for me when Po came here to film some stuff here for a Robert Plant video in 2005. As for the album – no boogies with Stu, no hat’s off to Harper’s. No funk or reggae parodies –no mellotrons or synths. Just full on full power Led Zeppelin. The basic bass/drums/guitar/vocal approach gives the record a very live feel – leading to my conclusion that Presence is the nearest they got to capturing over a complete studio album, the unpredictable edge and power of their on-stage performances. It’s also stock full of Jimmy Page’s genius guitar rages. Achilles Last Stand, For Your Life and Nobody’s Fault But Mine are all as good as anything he has ever applied himself to. For Your Life might be his very best solo ever– and as for that track, there was a time this was the most underrated in their catalogue. Not anymore. Since they demolished it at the 02 reunion we all know how crucial it is. In summary: Presence portrays the real heart and soul of Led Zeppelin more vividly than anything else they released. I played it all the way through nonstop earlier and on this April morning 37 years on….it sounded utterly fantastic. Try it yourself and feel it bite…(DL)


April 7 – Day 7 in the countdown to Record Store Day with 14 days to go. Today’s choice is Pictures At Eleven by Robert Plant. On February 25th 1982, I had a memorable meeting in Swan Song with Robert and Jimmy following a phone call from Robert in which he requested I brought in a batch of photos and memorabilia they were considering for what would emerge as the Coda sleeve. During that meeting, Robert told me he had completed the recording of his first solo album – and how nervous he was of about it all. A few months later on the afternoon of Friday June 18th, the Warner/Atlantic rep who called on the WH Smith record department I managed, gave me a white label test pressing with the album unstitched sleeve slick. It remains one of my most treasured vinyl LP’s. Hearing it for the first time was an utterly thrilling experience as it ushered in the new era of Robert Plant solo artist. Along with Fate of Nations it’s my favourite album of his –superb playing from Robbie Blunt, passionate vocals and great songs.

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April 8 –Day 8 in the countdown to Record Store Day with 12 days to go. Today’s choice is Sticky Fingers by the Rolling Stones – not least because the recently departed Andy Johns is credited as one of the engineers. I bought this in about …1973 –it’s the original iconic zipper sleeve with the original insert on the Rolling Stones Records.  This is an album of absolute quality and economy – not one overdub, guitar riff or vocal performance out of place. Brown Sugar remains one of the greatest rock’n’roll dance tracks of all time –Bitch rocks like one and Can’t You Hear Me Rocking shows how important Mick Taylor was to the band during that era. The closing track Moonlight Mile is lit up with a brilliant Paul Buckmaster string arrangement and also has one of the most affecting vocal performances by any singer anytime. As can be detected – boy do I love this album. In fact The Rolling Stones run of studio albums from 1968 with Beggar’s Banquet running though Let It Bleed, this gem and through Exile, Black And Blues and up to Some Girl is, outside of the Led Zep catalogue, perhaps the greatest series of albums ever made in my view…(DL).
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April 9th and Day 9 in the DL/TBL countdown to Record Store Day with 11 days to go. Today’s choice is Led Zeppelin Knebworth Fair Volume Two – a bootleg double album on K and S Records. This has a fair bit of the August 4th 1979 show in good audience quality. I brought this on April 14th 1980 in a collectors record store behind Oxford Street called Luigi and the Boys. In fact I purchased two copies as I had word from the Swan Song office to get one for the guitarist (I also got Volume One which had more Knebworth stuff plus some BBC session tracks and odd bits). This was the first available material from the Knebworth shows on record –I’d had a few cassette versions up to then and it was incredibly exciting to have something on vinyl. 33 years on, I’ve been living and breathing the Knebworth shows these past few weeks working on the revised Knebworth book. It really was a monumental occasion not least for the thousands of fans who came to pay homage for what would be their final UK shows with John Bonham. I will be doing my best to present the whole Knebworth/1979 Zep saga in more detail and pictorial splendour than ever before in the forthcoming Led Zeppelin Then As It Was book, which I’m hoping to have out in the early Autumn. (DL)


Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters Down under – you tube round up: More clips from the tour…



And finally a little bit of Robert Plant nostalgia prompted by the inclusion of Pictures At Eleven in the Record Store Day countdown and the death of Margaret Thatcher who presided over this era……here’s the way we were in 1983…

Until next time…

Keep listening, keep reading…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy

April 9th, 2013.

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  • BillyR said:

    Agree with Mark – where’s all the stuff from Pictures at Eleven or Manic Nirvana to name a few. It seems that Mr.Plant is happy to play Zep tunes as long as it doesn’t involve the other members. In all his recent interviews he mentions moving on but what’s moved on ? Twenty million people applied for tickets for the O2 gig so that’s twenty million of us that haven’t moved on – or don’t want to. Playing 60% of the Zep catalogue at his gigs – moved on ? Mmm….
    Rant over…..


    Thanks for the review James.

    So set-list (Zep content) in line with Robert’s age – 64 %.

    C’mon Robert – 31 years as a brilliant solo artist deserves more representation.Too much reliance on ‘the old band’ stuff considering it’s supposed to be all about ‘moving on’.

    Why not surprise us all and rehearse / play great tunes like ‘ Pink & Black’, Watching You, Greatest Gift,Like I’ve never been gone,Ship of Fools,Wreckess love’ etc. etc.

    Too much great solo output being passed over….

  • James from New Zealand said:

    RP & SSS Wellington, New Zealand April 9 2013
    Tin Pan Valley (Justin Adams all over the place! Running around like crazy)
    Another Tribe
    Someone yells out “WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS” Robert says “gotta do something about that voice sounds like someone’s got you by the throat mate”
    Spoonful (Juldeh comes in 1/2 way)
    Black Dog (with big African rhythm ending!)
    Going to California
    Born Yr Aur Stomp
    The Enchanter
    Four Sticks Juldeh solo them rest of tune African rhythm.
    Ramble On
    Fixin To Die
    WLL inc Who Do You Love

    What Is And What Should Never Be
    Rock & Roll

    All in all a great gig. Blind Boys Of Alabama received well by the crowd but the sound was so so?

    Auckland tommorrow night … talk soon.

    New Zealand

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