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Evenings With Led Zeppelin by Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio
Here’s an update of the current major project.
The pic below was taken at StudioMix last week as I was working with TBL designer Mick Lowe on the Evenings With Led Zeppelin book project. This is the major book I am co-writing and collating together with long time TBL contributor Mike Tremaglio – with Mick handling the design and Omnibus Press the publishing.
Mike needs no introduction to readers of the TBL magazine. His diligence in researching the concert history of Led Zeppelin is second to none.
Our objective is to formulate a book that chronicles the in- concert performance history of Led Zeppelin in greater detail and accuracy than ever before.
Based on the extensive touring logs that Mike has compiled for the TBL magazine, this book will log every known Led Zeppelin performance, illuminated by historical reviews and commentary that captures the spirit of the times – all illustrated with many rarely seen concert adverts/posters/venue images.
The design is at an early stage – we are currently up to and working through the first US tour in January 1969, so there’s a long, long way to go.
We will be chipping away at this intensely in the coming months. It’s a massive task ahead, as we are aiming to present the on stage heritage of Led Zeppelin as never before chronicled in one volume.
This is the Led Zeppelin story from the place they functioned best – live on stage..
More on this as it unfolds…DL
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.
The poster for the Royal Albert Hall’s “Summer of Love: Revisited” season (Royal Albert Hall)
- On May 27, the Royal Albert Hall will show sections of the original, unrestored film of Led Zeppelin performing there on January 9, 1970. The web page for the event says that some of the footage that will be shown “has never before been screened publicly.” What’s not clear right now is whether that could include previously unseen Led Zeppelin footage (the event is also about Peter Whitehead’s films on The Rolling Stones and Julie Felix). We’ve heard from the Royal Albert Hall, and they said that Whitehead’s archivist is still sorting through his footage, so it’s up in the air exactly what footage will be unearthed. It’s well known that material was cut from the film’s release in 2003 on “DVD,” so maybe it could surface soon. The event will also include a performance by Julie Felix (Jimmy Page performed on her television show on April 23, 1970).
- Author and journalist Ritchie Yorke, who wrote the first biography of Led Zeppelin, died in Brisbane, Australia on February 6. He was 73. The Courier-Mail reported that Yorke died at The Prince Charles Hospital from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Yorke published “The Led Zeppelin Biography” in 1976, as well as updated versions with “Led Zeppelin: The Definitive Biography” in 1991 and “Led Zeppelin: Led to Gold” in 2015.
- More photographs of Empress Valley’s newest bootleg release, Sonic Boom, have been posted online. The release is a partial soundboard recording of Led Zeppelin’s September 9, 1971 Hampton Roads Coliseum show. See the photographs here.
February 19 – The 2016 Classic Rock Awards, which featured Jimmy Page, will premiere on AXS TV.
March 10 – “Song To Song,” the Terrence Malik film featuring Robert Plant, will have its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Also, the new Fairport Convention album 50:50@50, which features a 2014 performance by Robert Plant, is released.
March 17 – “Song To Song,” the Terrence Malik film featuring Robert Plant, is scheduled to be released in the US.
April 5 – John Paul Jones’ band Tres Coyotes will have their debut performance in Helsinki, Finland.
April 16 – John Paul Jones will perform at the PRÉSENCES électronique music festival in Paris as one half of the band Minibus Pimps.
May 27 – Unrestored footage of Led Zeppelin performing at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970 will be screened there as part of an event about the director Peter Whitehead.
June 23 – John Paul Jones will perform at the Sun Station Vadsø festival in Norway.
June 24 – John Paul Jones will perform at the Sun Station Vadsø festival in Norway.
Many thanks to James Cook.
The complete Led Zeppelin News email goes out every weekend. To receive it each week sign up here: http://tinyletter.com/LedZepNews
TBL Archive Special:
TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot:
This is where things really get going…
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12th, 1975
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Set: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused (inc. San Francisco)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Heartbreaker (inc. That’s Alright Mama).
Whilst in New York, for recreation, Jimmy went to see Linda Ronstadt in New Jersey with ex-James Gang member Joe Walsh.
Writer and future film director Cameron Crowe is travelling with the band with a view to arranging a cover story for Rolling Stone magazine. Crowe builds up a good rapport with the group (he later contributes the sleeve notes to The Song Remains The Same soundtrack album) and interviews all four members, finally capturing Page at the Plaza Hotel during their Madison Square stint. Page, though none too happy with the paper’s previous coverage of the group, reluctantly agrees to a group photo session after much persuasion.
Cameron Crowe remembers: “Time was running out but I got Ben Fong Torres at the magazine’s office to hold the cover. Photographer Neal Preston reserved a room at the Plaza and set up a backdrop. It was the band’s day off (February 11). The members were informed of the afternoon shoot but mysteriously that morning Page disappeared from the hotel. Plant was first to arrive at 4PM, his shirt ‘accidentally’ open, his hair ‘accidentally’ perfect, then Jones and Bonham. Joe Walsh was there with his then manager Irving Azoff to help their friend Jimmy through this most tender ordeal. Page was still nowhere to be seen.
“Finally, Page arrived. In his arms were two bouquets of dead roses – his defiant statement for the cover of Rolling Stone. He explained his delay: ‘I was looking for black roses. They exist you know!’ He looked around the room. ‘Let’s do this quickly!’
“The session began. Three of the four members of Led Zeppelin struck a conciliatory pose, but the fourth Jimmy Page – held roses and stared through the camera. It was his chilling look that made the photo. The film was rushed to the lab and I flew home to San Francisco to write up the story. I had decided it would be a question and answer feature – that’s how good the interviews were.
“The call came early next day. There had been an equipment malfunction. The film was unusable; barely exposed was a dark silhouette of what might have been a Rolling Stone cover to rival the best. The cover was hastily switched to a tinted live Preston shot. That turned out nicely – and the issue with Zeppelin on the cover was a huge seller. It’s just a shame Page’s defiant stance was never seen.”
Snapshot Listen:- How it sounds now:
I’ve had this show for some years on the audience recording Can’t Take Your Evil Ways (Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin). In 2001 it then surfaced on the Empress Valley label as Flying Circus as a very well balanced soundboard recording. This was a revelation at the time and I recall a very excited Mark Harrison ringing me to tell me how good it was. And it is good -very good indeed and playing it today the whole thing sounded great. This is the point where the US tour really began to take off.
Robert is quick to comment on the snow that was surrounding the city at the time: “We came four blocks in the snow to get here… you realise that? People were calling me on the telephone today and saying ‘Is it gonna be on?’ For a minute I was wondering about my anatomy, then I realised there was some discrepancy about the weather. Isn’t it good though that it snows? Doesn’t it change the vibe of the city? I think it’s great!”
No Quarter expands with a lovely electric piano sequence and a wah wah fest from Page that has the feel of the electric fusion Miles Davis pioneered on the likes of Bitches Brew. Trampled Underfoot has a particularly expressive solo from Page. Dazed And Confused continues to extend with the San Francisco sequence sounding very spaced out and brief section from Walter’s Walk which would eventually surface on Coda. The outro features those West Side Story licks.
Thee final encore of Heartbreaker is preceded by some lines from You Shook Me and during the solo they move into an impromptu version of That’s Alright Mama’ A perfect end to a perfect party. Plant: “Ladies and gentlemen of New York… you’re too much… and we ain’t so bad ourselves!”
Indeed they were not….
TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot:
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13th, 1975
UNIONDALE , NEW YORK
NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM
Set: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused (inc. San Francisco)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Roll Over Beethoven/Communication Breakdown.
Snapshot Listen:- How it sounds now:
I have this on the Throwing The Wild Sees box set. Another fine performance. Dazed And Confused contains much improvisation. Page’s injured finger is causing less problems now. Whole Lotta Love tonight includes the theremin for the first time on the tour during a funky interlude prior to leading into ‘Black Dog’.
Ronnie Wood then on tour with The Faces, comes on for the final encore of ‘Communication Breakdown’. Robert sings a few lines of Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven while the guitars are being sorted out. Communication Breakdown itself is greatly extended and clocks in at over nine minutes with both guitarists taking solos. One of the all time great Zep jams.
TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot:
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14 1975
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK
NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM
Set: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/Since I’ve Been Loving You/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused (inc. San Francisco)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Heartbreaker.
Background Info: Mike Tremaglio recalled: One of my friends saw this show from the 14th row.Unfortunately he could not score tickets for my brother and I – not that I held it against him as I got him tickets for the June 7 1977 New York show. We asked him to log down all the details of the Nassau show and we did get a blow by blow account of the new songs from Physical Graffiti a full two weeks before it was released in the U.S. His recall was tremendous and I can remember him describing In My Time of Dying and Kashmir in real detail.
Snapshot Listen:- How it sounds now:
I have this on the Nassau 1975 (TheDiagrams Of Led Zeppelin) audience version. I’ve been listening to this show today via the soundboard recording that surfaced a few years back as released on the Scorpio label and as part of the Godfather Throwing The Wild Seeds box set .
It’s one of my favourite performances of the 1975 US tour.
Plant is just about regaining his vocals strength after the problems of the past weeks. He is also on his spieling best form developing one of those band to audience rapports he was so good at.
Witness his opening statements:
“Today is one of the last of the pagan traditions that is carried on into the 20th Century. It’s the day for throwing the wild seeds. In fact, now they call it St. Valentine’s Day… so, happy St. Valentine’s Day! I think we should dedicate this whole show to St. Valentine.”
“Tonight, we intend to take a knife and cut right through the glorious ice cream of Led Zeppelin. You get a little bit of vanilla, a little bit of chocolate, a little bit of colour and a little bit of everything”
“We came here in a state of ah, Jimmy managed to get to sleep at three o’clock this afternoon, and he was up again at four thirty. So we didn’t really know whether we had the strength to walk on the stage, but we have, and it’s feeling good. We were, we spent a few hours with St. Valentine last night, you see?”
The playing throughout is wonderfully loose and informal and there’s another great moment as Plant is introducing No Quarter” Page plays the opening notes to Train Kept A-Rollin. “We’re going through our whole live history here, just flashing on different numbers” Plant adds.
The set list is notable for the inclusion of Since I’ve Been Loving played live for the first time since the 1973 US tour. Plant: “Who knows what it’s gonna sound like, but it’s something we really used to dig playing”. There’s a masterful ad-lib during the song where he sings the ‘I’m about to lose my worried mind” refrian and adds ”I seem to remember I used to say for five minutes”
”This is one that regulars that come here know quite well…but you’ve still yet to hear the recorded version…this is a track about another of life’s journeys that never end..this time in Kashmir”
Kashmir was a number that they were obviously itching to play live and with Plant’s voice suitably recovered they turned in a majestic Valentines’ Day performance in Nassau. Page strumming down relentlessly on the Gibson behind Bonham’s castinet like drumming.
Plant showing renewed confidence to throw in the echoed vocal nuances that became such an Earls Court trademark. Listening to this delivery re emphasis my opinion that the best live versions of Kashmir were all played in the year it was released on record.
No Quarter features John Paul Jones at his best tonight and his improvisation takes the number to 20 minutes in duration.
Dazed And Confused is a marathon 30 minute plus excursion and the encore delivery of Heartbreaker leads into an impromptu version of Elvis’Mess Of Blues
Tangerine was of course a surprise inclusion at the Earls Court shows performed as a four part harmony. However perhaps they were already toying with the idea of bringing it back during the American tour. For on this night prior to Stairway To Heaven Plant let out a few lines from the long deleted Zep 3 stage fave. ”Measuring a summers day”…adding ”I’ve forgotten the words”. It was a brief teaser for a song that would again light up those memorable May days to come.
The prelude to Earls Court was on – and the course was a very favourable one …
DL – February 12th, 2015
To be continued…
February 14th has been the date of a fair few Zep related happenings over the years, not least for it being the second night of the aforementioned and rightly acclaimed Nassau Coliseum gigs in 1975. This show has been released as a soundboard recording, notably on Godfatherecords recent box set Throwing The Wild Seeds. The 6 CD box set also has the previous night’s recording when they were joined on stage by Ronnie Wood for an encore performance of Communication Breakdown
Exactly a year previously in 1974 Jimmy took to the stage to join Roy Harper. I did consider going to this but was slow on the tickets and had to make do with the consolation of Roy’s very fine album Valentine which I purchased the day it came out ( I need to sort that one out and play it today) – Here’s the gen from this one:
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14 1974 -LONDON RAINBOW THEATRE
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham are all in attendance for Roy Harper’s St. Valentine’s Day concert. Jimmy, resplendent in a Chinese jacket decorated with hummingbirds, joins Roy’s all star band comprising Keith Moon (drums), Ronnie Lane (bass) and Max Middleton (keyboards) for numbers including ‘Same Old Rock’ (playing a Martin acoustic), ‘Male Chauvinist Pig Blues’ and ‘Home’ (playing the Gibson Les Paul) and ‘Too Many Movies’. ‘Home’ includes a cameo appearance from John Bonham who comes on strumming an acoustic guitar, dressed in a red jacket and black tights and sporting a pork pie hat. Finally, Robert Plant strolls on at the end to act as MC to declare to the crowd: “Ladies and Gentlemen – Roy Harper!!”
Some of this set was later issued on Roy’s ‘Flashes From The Archives Of Oblivion’ double album. Harper dubbed this one-off line-up as The Intergalactic Elephant Band.
Jimmy Page: “We maybe played a few wrong notes here and there, but what the hell -the spirit of the thing was great.”
Fast forward to Valentine’s Day 2007. On that day Robert Plant regrouped The Honeydrippers for a special charity and birthday performance for long time soundman Roy Williams. Staged at the JB’s club in Dudley, it was a memorable night which I was lucky enough to attend.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14TH 2007. RETURN OF THE HONEYDRIPPERS –JB’S DUDLEY
Mess Of Blues, Little Sister, She Little Sheila, Gonna Work Out Fine, Black Magic Woman, I’ve Been Loving You, Put A Spell On You, Big Log, Down In The Bottom,Can’t Be Satisfied, Rattlesnake Shake, Crossroads, Big Hunk Of Love, Daddy Rolling Stone, Encores: Stormy Monday/ I Can’t Quit You Babe, I’m Comin’ Home, What I’d Say.
Here’s the DL diary entry from the day after:
Honeydrippers Rockola and surprise Beckola in the Midlands:
Just back from a whirlwind stop over in Dudley to catch The Return Of The Honeydrippers charity show at JB’s Club. And quite a night it was. Mike Sanchez and The Big Town Playboys got the evening off to a suitably rocking start with an hour long set of pure roughshod rock’n’roll aided by Ricky Cool and Andy Silvester. Before the main event there was a real surprise. Jeff Beck strolled on the stage, white Statocaster in hand to perform three instrumental jams supported by a two man rhythm section with the Playboys Ian Jennings on bass. Looking for all the world like he’d stepped off the set of that famous Yardbirds club appearance in the Blow Up film, he proceeded to deliver those familiar guitar histrionics that has carved his legend. The total surprise element in viewing one of the pioneering guitarists of all time, right there just a few feet away was absolutely startling. Scrubbing the axe for all it’s worth, finger picking up the fret – this was a masterclass of electric guitar playing. This man still has it … In droves.
Then followed the return of The Honeydrippers. Witnessing the singer back among friends, effortlessly guiding the enthusiastic audience through the backwaters of his record collection was a total joy. Highlights: The back to back Elvis Mess of Blues/Little Sister opening, Robert taking a backing vocal role to Mo Birch’s lead on Gonna Work Out Fine, a beautifully laid back Black Magic Woman, a nostalgic Big Log with Robbie Blunt recreating the spirit of ’83, Muddy’s Just Can’t Be Satisfied with Robert on harp and a vibrant Daddy Rolling Stone with great back up vocals from Mo and Nadia Pearson. In the encores they even did a version of Delaney And Bonnie’s Comin’ Home, one of my all time faves and a single I brought when it first came out back in 1970.
Forget The Police and anyone else rumoured to be reforming … 26 years to the day of their first gig, The Honeydrippers made this the only reunion worth talking about around these parts … and provided a memorable 60th birthday for sound engineer Roy Williams.
DL – Feb 15th 2007.
The latter statement was a bit of a long shot because at the time there were no rumours of what was to follow come December. Little did I realise the extraordinary events that would unfold in the coming months – with all roads eventually leading to the 02 Arena and that night of nights..…and before we leave this story…..Happy Birthday Mr Roy Williams for last Tuesday!
More feedback of the gig via these original TBL website tour watch posts:
This review by Colin Martin Rumors were flying all day as who would be performing alongside Robert on the 26th anniversary of the first Honeydrippers concert. Jimmy Page? Jeff Beck? Inside JB’s watching people mingling around. I soon spotted Bernie Mardsen and then Bev Bevan. After asking Bev was he performing he said no and Bernie said maybe. Soon The Big Town Playboys and MIke Sanchez (featuring Clive Deamer on drums) were blazing away through their own brand of rock and roll songs when Jeff Beck was spotted walking up the stairs alongside the stage. After agreat set by the Playboys the MC announces a special guest slot. On walks Jeff Beck along with bassist and drummer and precedes to play some storming guitar work. Its amazing to see the speed of his fingers over the strings.
In no time at all his short set was over and finished. And then the headliner strolls on to stage. Looking relaxed and slimmer that at Kidderminster. Soon talking to the crowd about the various songs and the association Robert has to them. Same musicians as at Kidderminster, however, it was featuring more front line vocals from Mo Birch. Robert and Mo had to switch microphones at one stage as she still had Robert’s mic after her lead. Again highlight of the evening was the interaction between Robert and Robbie Blunt on Big Log. Before the band kicked off again with the encores Robert wished soundman Roy Williams a happy birthday. The only question left was who would play on the encores and the answer was only a guest drummer, an unannounced youngster. And then it was all over until next time. See expressandstar.com for photos and film of the show. In the report it states Clive Deamer played with Jeff Beck. This is incorrect. Drummer was unannounced.
This review by Trevor Wilkinson Good to see you at JB’s and what a great show! Mike Sanchez at his usual greatness rocking the house and then a fantastic surprise as Jeff Beck appeared and blew the audience away. RP was very relaxed and obviously enjoying himself performing music from his roots, he also looked fitter and somewhat leaner than he’s been for a while so maybe he’s been taking advantage of the mild spells over the last couple of months and playing a bit of tennis in Stourbridge. Big Log and a few musical Zep references were well received by the capacity audience. After show party was nice and laid back with some tasty crisps and munchies as well as plenty of Midlands musos and the Strange Sensation lads in attendance. Hope there’s gonna be some more real soon.
Berkeley Daze 2nd Night:
Last Friday, I took receipt of an important addition to the DL vinyl collection – Led Zeppelin Berkeley Daze 2nd Night – a new double vinyl presentation of the famous, nay brilliant September 14 1971 Berkeley Community Theatre show, immortalised way back on the seminal legendary Going To California TMQ bootleg…a new pressing on the Casino Records Entertainment label in a limited edition of 400 – the packaging is most impressive – full review to follow…
DL Diary Blog Update:
A busy week which combined some full on work on the aforementioned Evenings With Book with a few nights out.
Last Thursday,it was great to see Phil Harris, Tom Locke, Steve Livesley and Anne Marie, at the Vinyl Barn/RYOR event staged at Herd restaurant in Bedford. In stark contrast to being out on the market on cold Friday mornings, it was nice to leisurely wade through Darren’s racks with a beverage or two in hand – and predictably one or two purchasers were made including an original copy of the Edgar Broughton band’s Wasa Wasa album, the brilliant 1963 Billy Fury album Billy and the lovely 1970 Dusty Springfield album From Dusty With Love.
On Sunday, I ventured to the Reading Record Fair with my good friend Nick C. This is always a very interesting fair with provincial based dealers who are not always at the big London VIP fairs. I searched out a very nice Canadian pressing of Coda in a thick cover. I also waded through many a rack of singles and there were some gems to be found including:
Peter Sarstedt – Frozen Orange Juice -original UK single
Jethro Tull – Witches Promise/Teacher US Reprise promo
Graham Nash – Military Madness on UK Atlantic
Judy Collins – I’ll keep it With Mine US Elektra promo
Leonard Cohen – Suzanne original CBS UK pressing
The Allman Brothers – Jessica UK Capricorn Records
Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years CBS UK promo
Day And Night – Man featuring Deke Leonard UK United Artist UK promo
I’ve got right back into to buying singles especially UK/US promo and demo singles – the good news is they take up less room than albums – unless you buy a fair few of them!
With it being half term, on Monday evening, the good lady Janet and I went over to the local White Horse pub to watch Mat Robert’s open mic night and meet with fellow musicologist and vinyl collector Pete Burridge and his wife Bev. I could not resist a little jam on the drums adding a bit of percussion to a version of Dylan’s Knocking On Heaven’s Door.
There was also a reprise performance of Peter Sarstedt’s Where Do You Go To My Lovely? – a vivid recent memory for me as at my 60th birthday celebration gathering at the White Horse on September 5 last year, local musician Paul Carriontion picked up an acoustic guitar for a spontaneous rendition of the song. Paul performed it again on this night and it sounded just as lovely as the tune states…
Pete B showed me his vinyl purchasers from Cambridge earlier in the day and it included the new vinyl reissue of David Live – David Bowie’s 1974 live album – defiantly one for my wish list ahead…
Talking of which…
On Friday, Janet and I are heading over to the Corn Exchange in Bedford for the Absolute Bowie tribute band – they are said to be very good indeed and we are looking forward to soaking up a night of live Bowie music.
In between all that, there will be more focus on the Evenings With book which will remain at the forefront of the TBL workload.
There is a long way to go but it’s shaping up very well so it’s ever onward as we are now into March 1969 design wise…time to pull out some suitable recordings from that era. This is the first of the Evenings With playlists so with the focus on March ’69, I’ll be playing the How Many More Early Times CD on Insect Records, Denmark ’69 on Deep Records, Stockholm on Kaleidoscopic and CD 1 of the official Complete BBC Sessions. All vintage stuff from an inspirational period I am currently immersed in…my they were good back then…to say the least…
Dave Lewis – February 15 ,2017
Until next time – have a great weekend…
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The Return of The Honeydrippers – February 14 2007:
Thanks to Gavin Weaver for the above clip.