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EVENINGS WITH LZ BOOK PUBLISHED IN THE US/ THE CAT CLUB LED ZEPPELIN IV EVENT /LZ NEWS/TBL ARCHIVE – CODA 35 YEARS GONE /1971 RETRO CHART/ THEY COULD NOT CONTINUE AS THEY WERE / DL DIARY BLOG UPDATE

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Evenings With Led Zeppelin book latest:

The Evenings With Led Zeppelin book is officially published on December 6 this week in the US.

The initial reaction to the book has been fantastic – this is a book every Led Zeppelin fan will love and don’t just take our word for it – here are some satisfied readers comments…

‘’The contents, layout and production is stunning. This book will be a “must have’’ for every Led Zeppelin fan.’’

Cliff Hilliard

‘’I have over 100 Led Zep books, this is the best Zep book I have, ever seen – simple as that.’’

Scott Martin –Australia

‘’A seminal book that is the foundation for any Zeppelin fan to study the group and its legacy. Fantastic!’’

Ken Winovitch -USA

‘’What an absolutely amazing book. I’ve been reading it for hours, congratulations to Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio, for a superb piece of writing!’’

Brian Andrews

‘’An utterly brilliant work of art, packed with tons of information from every angle. Well done to Dave, Mike and everyone else involved.’’

Gary Davies

‘’Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio have produced this absolutely stunning book. The work that has gone into putting this together is quite phenomenal and between them, they have left no stone unturned in creating an essential read’’

Steve Livesley

‘’I have only read 29 pages so far and I’ve learnt more about Led Zeppelin in those pages than I have learnt in the last ten years. Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio have created something that will last the test of time and will be the template, the bar to aim for in the future.’’

Gary Foy

Just got mine today, blown away with it I can’t praise it enough. It’s just oozes quality from the moment you unbox it, and the care and attention that has gone into it leaps off of every page.

Steve Wild

‘’An absolute gem of a book. More than any Led Zeppelin fan could ever want between two covers. Labour of Love is an over-used term these days. Press cuttings, pics of the venues, press reviews of the concerts etc fill this book to overflowing., Anything you can think of, to do with Zep live! This book is just busting with Led Zeppelin!’’

RM Jones via Amazon customer review

We think we have created something special with this book and having worked on it for many years, we want it to be read and enjoyed by every Led Zep fan – as can be seen by the comments above, you will not be disappointed.

Dave Lewis & Mike Tremaglio

Here are the ordering links for the US and Canada –

https://www.amazon.com/Evenings-Led-Zeppelin-Complete-Chronicle/dp/1783057017/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543278667&sr=1-1&keywords=%22evenings+with+led+zeppelin%22

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/evenings-with-led-zeppelin-dave-lewis/1128973527?ean=9781783057016

You can also order via TBL website to receive a copy personally signed by co – author Dave Lewis

A signed book is a great Christmas gift… ordering link below:

http://www.tightbutloose.co.uk/evenings-with-led-zeppelin-the-complete-concert-chronicle-book/

On Saturday, it was great to see Ross Halfin at the Victoria Record Fair and hand over a copy of the Evenings With Led Zeppelin book – Ross has been very supportive of many a TBL project and my Zep books and mags over many years…

The CAT Club Presents a Classic Album event at the Tap and Barrel pub Pontefract –  November 28, 2018:

Last Wednesday I travelled up to Pontefract to present a playback  of Led Zeppelin IV – for the CAT Club Presents a Classic Album event at the Tap and Barrel pub –  and what a night it was.

The man behind all this Kevin Reynolds known to all as Rev, initially asked me to get involved in this last Summer.  With a packed agenda and the Evenings With book to promote it took a while to sort out a date but we  finally decided I would make it up there in late November.

The CAT Club (Classic Album Tuesday as it was then) started with eight people gathering in Rev’s garage in 2001. From small acorns – it now runs at the excellent Tap & Barrel venue in Pontefract. It’s such a simple idea – a celebrated album is played in full in silence and a guest presenter talks about it – but what a brilliant one and Rev and co put a lot of work and thought into it. There a similar events such as the Classic Album Sundays. It got me thinking that it would be great to do something like that here locally – food for thought for sure.

Rev picked me up at Wakefield station and after a few minutes chat, it was evident this was a man who had witnessed so much great music and had such an appreciation of it all. Rev’s stories lit up my entire stay with his tales of seeing  Blind Faith and The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, Dylan at Earls Court and Blackbushe, Bo Didley at a club in Leeds, Buddy Rich in Wakefield and so many more ….as he put it we were brothers in arms…

My interviewer on the night Chris Madden was another like minded enthusiast – he worked as a sales rep for Virgin Records back in the 1980s in the halcyon retail days that I was a part of.

The venue the Tap & Barrel pub was absolutely superb – an intimate side room with low lighting, it made for the perfect atmosphere. Main man at the pub Dean was very welcoming and did a great job operating the PA sound system – and what a sound system it was.

By show time the room was packed – it was a compete sell out. I kicked it off with an introduction and then it was straight into the playback of the Led Zeppelin IV album. Everybody listened to those familiar eight tracks in complete silence from start to finish. Even when Rev paused to turn the record over to side two all that could be heard was the delightful sound of the needle on the groove. What can I tell you? Hearing this esteemed fourth Led Zep album in this way was absolutely captivating – by the end all of us in the room were musically and emotionally drained from the experience. It was truly life affirming.

After a break it was time for part two a hugely enjoyable question and answer session conducted by Chris with me. I was also able to relay many a Zep DL story  – how the first TBL mag appeared, meeting them backstage at Earls Court, seeing them off at Heathrow in 1977, side of the stage in Europe in 1980 etc. etc. I could not resist of course relaying the tale of leaping on stage with The Who at Shepperton in 1978!

Asked to name my favourite Zep track I went for Achilles last Stand and Dean duly cued that one up for a grand finale. Boy did it sound good…

The audience were also fantastic – it was great to chat to plenty of younger fans in attendance and it was not all blokey either. I handed out a survey sheet to determine the attendees fave Zep album and track and it appropriately enough resulted in a win for Led Zeppelin IV and Stairway To Heaven.

Everybody there made me so welcome – and there was even a Tottenham fan in the audience! A big thanks to Dean at the Tap & Barrel – to Chris and the great Kevin ‘Rev’ Reynolds for making it all happen.If you are around that area be sure to check it out – see website details here.

https://www.tappontefract.uk/the-cat-club/

Here’s a pic with CAT Club main man Rev and interviewer Chris Madden after a fantastic night at the CAT Club Presents a Classic Album event at the Tap and Barrel and my presentation of Led Zeppelin IV

A truly heart warming evening when you realise the power and passion of music…

As Ahmet Ertegun so rightly put it ‘’It’s a great life – this life of music’’.

For all of us at the CAT Club in Pontefract last Wednesday night, that statement was more than appropriate…

Dave Lewis, November 30,2018.

Black and white pics by Tony Walsh

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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

Upcoming events:

December 11 – The console used to record parts of “Stairway To Heaven” and “Four Sticks” and a guitar signed by Jimmy Page will be sold at auction.

January – The four new models of Jimmy Page’s recreated Fender Dragon Telecaster will be revealed.

January 31 – The UK Americana Awards will be held in London. Robert Plant has been nominated for artist of the year.

February 24 – The Tate Britain’s Edward Burne-Jones exhibition, which features two tapestries owned by Jimmy Page, closes.

April 8 – The “Play It Loud: Instruments Of Rock And Roll” exhibition, featuring Led Zeppelin items, will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

September 20-21 – The 2019 John Bonham memorial concert is scheduled to be held in Redditch.

November – The “Play It Loud: Instruments Of Rock And Roll” exhibition will move to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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

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

http://ledzepnews.com/

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TBL ARCHIVE SPECIAL: CODA 35 YEARS GONE:

November 23 heralded another key Zep anniversary as it was all of 35 years ago that the final Led Zeppelin studio album was released. Here’s a ”Then and now” summary of my thoughts on the release of the original album and last year’s expansive reissue:

My Coda Then:

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Phone calls, a meeting, the mock up sleeve, a retail competition, raffle and romance…

It was a Monday night – February 22, 1982 to be precise – when my phone rang in my bedroom. ”Hi Dave, this is Robert Plant – we’d like you to bring in some photos for a project we are doing… ”

So began the Coda saga.

Since the release of their In Through The Out Door album, for me personally, many things had happened. The TBL magazine had established itself from a crudely written and printed A5 format into an A4 glossy proper typeset magazine. There was the absolute high of having close proximity on the Over Europe tour in 1980 to the absolute low of the devastating news of September 25th and the statement that signalled it was over on December 4. I still regularly went into the Swan Song office but it had a very strange vibe. Nobody quite knew what to do.

In 1981, Robert began picking up the pieces with a return to the stage in the ad hoc band The Honeydrippers. I attended a fair few of those spring ’81 gigs and it was a great thrill to see him enjoying himself again. TBL issue 6 came out in the August but to be honest, by then my heart wasn’t really in it as it once had been. Without the buzz of the band itself and with their reputation at an all time low, it was difficult to maintain the enthusiasm. It may be hard to believe now but admitting to liking Led Zep was very unhip around these times. The musical climate had moved on, the new wave of British Heavy metal was flowering and elsewhere, electronic music from acts such New Order, Human League, OMD, Gary Numan etc was dominating the charts.

After issue 6, there was no big final decision not to do another issue – it just never happened. I was certainly no less a fervent fan – my energies at that time went into producing the best of TBL project, which became my first book, The Final Acclaim, published in late 1983.

I was aware that there was some unreleased material in the Zep archive, notably the tracks they did not use, recorded at Polar Studios for In Through The Out Door. Jimmy had mentioned this to me in Swan Song on September 18, 1980. I had no idea though, that there was a plan to release them.

Back to the phone call. It was with some shock and awe (this was not an everyday occurrence by any means!) that I took that February call from Robert. Basically, he wanted me to collate as many photos as I had of the group offstage for a project they were looking at. He did not mention at that point about an album. He asked if I was available to come into the Swan Song office that week and of course I replied I was. He made some arrangements and then called me back a couple of hours later to confirm that Thursday would be a good time to come in and meet with him and possibly Jimmy.

So it was, armed with a case full of cuttings and photos, I turned up on the afternoon of Thursday, February 24 at the Swan Song office. A buoyant Robert greeted me warmly and we got down to wading through the stuff. Jimmy duly arrived about 4pm. At one point, seeing a shot he liked backstage at Knebworth, Robert asked me who took the shot. When I replied Neal Preston, he was immediately on the phone to the US office of Swan Song to get his number. He then promptly called Neal to ask him to send over a batch of contact sheets. Robert also called John Paul Jones while I was there.

During all this, it was explained exactly what all this was about. They were going to release a final album made up of unreleased tracks. The sleeve design was to include a collage of off stage photos – hence the reason I was asked to bring in the pics. During the meeting – which also included Robert’s soundman, Benji Lefevre – I heard them discuss a track titled Walters Walk. Jimmy also told me they were considering calling the album Early Days and Latter Days. Ultimately, they went for Coda, though that original title would be deployed for the 1999 and 2000 compilation albums.

Robert also informed me he had completed work on his first solo album and in his words it was ‘’A new step forward.’’ Robert and Jimmy waded through my pics and cuttings and pulled a few out (the Bath Festival backstage pic I showed them made the final cut) and then they were off in search of rare rockabilly records in Camden. It was another afternoon for the memoirs…

Things went quiet on the project after that meeting. I did pop in to Swan Song a few times over the next few months but no news of a release for the intended album was forthcoming. The summer was taken up with the release of Robert’s debut Pictures At Eleven, and I also attended the Princes Trust charity gig at London’s Dominion Theatre, where Robert performed Worse Than Detroit. Tom and I attended the aftershow reception at which all the artists were duly acknowledged for their contributions and we were introduced to Prince Charles. Yet another very memorable occasion.

The next I heard about the Coda album was in October when the Warner Records sales rep came in to WH Smith with the full details of the album, ready to sell it in for a November release. The mock up presenter sleeve the rep carried (and later gave me, see pic above) listed the track details and promotional campaign. It was all beginning to get a little bit exciting.

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I ordered 100 copies for the shop and also booked a full in store display. I was also able to acquire a batch of posters from Swan Song which were part of a raffle prize I concocted for the store in conjunction with the local newspaper. Gary Foy was one of the winners, though I did not know him at the time!

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The in store display looked fantastic and I wish I had taken a photo of that at the time.

Tuesday November 22, 1982. A grey November morning, and the day Coda emerged into our lives. It was also just around the time the good lady Janet and I first got together – oh yes – couple fell in love to the plaintive strains of We’re Gonna Groove. It may not have been quite like that but when I invested in every conceivable format of said album (LP, cassette, US LP, white label promo) I think Janet had an indication of how things might be ahead when it came to such matters!

I also have a copy of the album signed by Hipgnosis designer, Aubrey Powell when he came here to film some of my memorabilia for a Robert Plant video in early 2005. As he put it, ‘The End,’ or at least the end of another beginning.

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In stark contrast to the way it has been with the recent reissues, the Coda album seeped out with little fanfare. As I said earlier, the fact is (mad as it now sounds) at that point Led Zeppelin were hardly held in reverential terms. Their influence would of course become evident in the years to come. It did enjoy some good reviews and entered the chart at number 4 but compared to past glories, it had a definite feeling of unfinished business. That grey melancholy front cover seemed to mirror the whole mood back then. Whilst the release of those eight cuts did spell something of a closure on the story for now, it was all a little low key.

1983 would be dominated by the return to active duty of Robert Plant with the Principal of Moments album and tour, and thus Coda was consigned to the Zep catalogue as the final part of the recorded story for now. Ahead of course, would be the re grouping at Live Aid that put them right back in the spotlight and then the Remasters 1990 releases that would seal their rejuvenation. By then for me, I was right back on it all with the writing and collating of the A Celebration book and the return in 1992 of the TBL magazine. It’s been ever onward since then…

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As for the contents of the original album there is much to enjoy and at the time it seemed like a bona fide collectors item – something rare and unreleased to cherish. The whole of side one is an absolute joy, moving from 1970 to 1972. On side two the Polar material is pure fun and the John Bonham tribute was a testament to what had been lost. If I had a complaint, it was the short running time – we now know Sugar Mama was dropped in the final selection.

 

My Coda Now:

The original album itself sounds as impressive as ever – the vinyl pressing sparkling and full of vitality. It may be short in length but for me it’s long on quality.

The real fun with this reissue is of course the Companion Audio Discs. Jimmy has used this platform to create what he has described as a celebration of the band’s career and music, and as it zips across the years, that is

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exactly how it sounds. In doing so it sparks many a Zep memory. This in effect is a Boxed Set 3, packed full of Zep idiosyncrasies.

Commencing with We’re Gonna Groove (Alternate Mix). This is an utterly awesome mix – the live drums and vocals from the Royal Albert Hall ’70 gig/show? now clearly applied. In between the Sol ’82 overdubs, the original live solo can be heard to greater effect. Additional Plant shout at 1 min 35 and Bonzo’s drums sounding incredible throughout. Alongside the rough mix take of In The Evening I would state that this version is the one they should have gone for on the official 1982 line up. It’s the definitive version – simple as.

If It Keeps On Raining When The Levee Breaks (Rough Mix) is yet another key revelation. I was expecting perhaps one of the other bootleg mixes that have seeped out over the years. How wrong could I be? This is a simply invigorating initial run through from November 1970 with a totally alternate laid back swampy feel, slightly faster in tempo to the original. Robert’s vocals have a sparse, low register, echoed scat singing element to them, adding to the almost soundcheck run through quality of the piece. It certainly has a total groove of its own, with pummelling bass line from JPJ, and Bonzo’s drumming as funky as hell, with a distinctive snare drum sound. It fades slightly and then reappears with Robert moaning a muted ‘’Going home’’ refrain. In fact, this fades far too early. You really want it to go on and on, such is the delightful jam like quality of it all. Phew! One of the key finds of the entire reissue programme.

The mix of Bonzo’s Montreux (Mix Construction In Progress) places the syn drums further upfront in a punchier mix. The hi-hat is very clear towards the finale. Less effects on the treated parts. A shout from Bonzo at the close. This is the art of the drummer as master percussionist… always welcome

Baby Come On Home was first released on Box Set 2 and the subsequent package of Coda in the Complete Studio Sessions box set. A lovely relaxed bluesy strut from the beginning of their time.

Sugar Mama (Mix) is a thrilling slice of embryonic Zep from October 3, 1968. Plant’s excited yelp setting the pace. Plenty of echoes of The Yardirds here, with the 1966 single Happenings Ten Years Time Ago a definite reference point. Slightly different to the version that surfaced in lo-fi quality on bootleg in the early 90s, this has an extra ‘Sugar Mama’ from Robert at 32 seconds. Marvel at the innocence and first time energetic blast of the embryonic early Zep…

Poor Tom (Instrumental Mix) is the previously bootlegged instrumental take that highlights John Bonham’s simply sensational New Orleans shuffle throughout. Bluesy acoustic overtones from Jimmy and the harmonica is in there at 1 min 38. Another opportunity to attend a John Bonham masterclass…

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Travelling Riverside Blues (BBC Session) was first released on the first 1990 Remasters box set and the subsequent package of Coda in the Complete Studio Sessions box set plus the 1997 BBC Sessions set. It’s a welcome bottleneck affected swooping delight…

Hey, Hey, What Can I Do is another underrated beauty. As first, released as the B side to the US Immigrant Song single in late 1970. In the UK it initially appeared on the 1972 New Age Of Atlantic LP plus the first 1990 Remasters box set and the subsequent package of Coda in the Complete Studio Sessions box set. Light and shady, warm and friendly – joyous from beginning to end…

Companion Disc 2 kicks off with the much bootlegged and talked about Bombay sessions tracks.

Four Hands (Four Sticks – Bombay Orchestra) opens with a count in from an orchestra member. The stereo separation and precise quality is another revelation. Tabla drums and flute combine to add a suitably atmospheric quality to this unique instrumental version, cut in early 1972. A vivid example of their pioneering quest to push the musical envelope wherever it might take them.

On Friends (Bombay Orchestra) the stereo separation is again well in evidence. Robert’s vocals are crystal clear. The mystical vocal moanings, mixed with the ethnic rhythms, makes for an eerie and compelling listening experience.

The much rumoured to exist St. Tristan’s Sword (Rough Mix) turns out to be a three way instrumental work out from 1970 and is built around a totally invigorating bass and drum pattern – the bass and drum syncopation between JPJ and Bonzo is just outstanding. Bonzo putting to good use his best New Orleans shuffle, a la Poor Tom. Enter Jimmy for a Hendrix like feast, not unlike his rampant playing on Jennings Farm Blues. At 2 mins 18 it all breezes off in another direction with a clipped guitar effect, as it chugs on with yet more scintillating Page runs in the Jennings Farm Blues tradition. There’s also a bridge part that would later be employed on Over The Hills And Far Away. Like the instrumental La La on the Zep II companion disc, it’s hard to assess where this piece was going. Was it a warming up in the studio flexing of the musical muscle or a backing track being honed for the addition of Plant lyrics and vocals? It strikes me as being something of an initial pool of ideas – a Led Zep studio brain storm to see what they had and could build on. Whatever it was destined for, it’s a splendid example of them having a blow – and what a blow this is.

Desire (The Wanton Song Rough Mix) has some hoarse alternate vocals from Robert – overall a different texture to the original, with less Leslie effects on guitar break. Playful and less rigid in structure – mainly guitar driven, though the clavinet can be heard rumbling in there. Robert’s last vocal cry is slightly extended. Different take to the bootlegged alternate take aired on the WPLJ radio station in 1975 with far superior vocal.

Bring It On Home (Rough Mix) 2.32. It’s back to one of those on the run sessions that made Led Zep II such a lively concoction. It’s straight into the riff part with Robert’s wailing harmonica – and then very much a live vocal with the singer freely expressing himself with complete abandonment – as he was doing nightly on stage in the US at the time. An excited ‘’Alright!’’ at 1 min 14. Bonzo tearing along with it all as the harmonica comes back in. Totally wild and chaotic, with an electric ending. Superb snapshot of their on the road, ad hoc studio recording, this is Led Zep unleashed in the studio with all the intensity of their mid 1969 barnstorming live performances. Simply blistering…

Walter’s Walk (Rough Mix) is a brash instrumental take – the jittery riffing exercise that would later be applied to Hots On For Nowhere is very apparent. It’s a great moment when the riff bursts in at 2 mins 20 – in fact, with Walter’s Walk it’s all about the riff, as you know.

Finally, Everybody Makes It Through (In The Light Rough Mix) Opens with the familiar drone of the original. What we have here is a mix that features the early ‘’Sunshine brings laughter’’ lyrics of the version on the Physical Graffiti companion disc, matched to Jonesy’s drone links – the Elizabethan intro keyboard part having been replaced. At 1 min 42 Jonesy applies an additional keyboard motif going into the chorus parts. No overdubs on the close. Another work in progress snapshot of one of their finest creations…

Summary: So, there it all is – a unique presentation collection that mirrors every facet of the Led Zep cannon, and a fitting end to this reissue programme.

Conclusion:

I’ll paraphrase what I said at the beginning of the reissue programme. We all recall where we first heard these releases – and where we first purchased them. We have loved and cherished these albums for years and years. They really are like old very reliable friends. Rediscovering them again, in this new context, has inspired us all to fall in love with them all over again. It really has been like a renewal of our Zeppelin vows.

This music developed and presented by Led Zeppelin – be it the original albums or the companion discs – sounds as fresh and vital today as it did when it was recorded some four decades ago. There’s something uniquely eternal about these recordings that, in our minds at least, keeps us forever young.

DL

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TBL Archive : Retro album charts – November 1971: 

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The album charts November 1971 : NME chart – Led Zep IV in at number 14…..Melody Maker chart  -Led Zep IV In at number 16 … beaten by Your 100 Best Tunes an easy listening series that allegedly outsold the rock masters…I demand a recount! Looking over those chart, there is an abundance of absolute quality – Rod, Lennon, Cat Stevens, T. Rex, Joni, Jimi Hendrix etc – and yes, I have a fair few of those albums in my collection! I read this chart out at the CAT Club event last Wednesday and many in attendance also had a lot of them in their own collections.

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It adds credence to David Hepworth’s claim that 1971 was the best year in rock as discussed in his book 1971 – Never A Dull Moment. I’ve been playing a selection of albums from that esteemed year and along with 1969,1970, 1971 ,1973 and 1975 that year ranks amongst my favourites for sure.

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Incidentally, David Hepworth is presenting a series of excellent programmes on BBC Radio 3 this week titled The Lost World Of The LP -details below

Author and former magazine editor David Hepworth discusses our enduring relationship with vinyl. Part one of a five-part series.

See link at:https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001d34

 

 

It was 38 years ago today…they could not continue as they were…

38 years ago this week I vividly remember taking a call from the Musician’s Only paper and being asked for a quote – these were sad times indeed – and it was about to get worse. The whole ‘Zep to split’ story would get buried somewhat when just four days later John Lennon was shot dead in New York…

Looking back at my diary entry for 28 years ago this very day it started off as a fairly ordinary Thursday.

The night before I’d been to see Rod Stewart at Wembley Arena with good my friends Max, Phil and James .

It was a pretty riotous night – the diary notes that I consumed 6 vodka and limes and a Harvey Wallbanger in the pub before the gig though we didn’t call it binge drinking back then, we just enjoyed having a good time.

Next morning December 4 1980, The postman woke me up as I shrugged off the inevitable hangover bringing an LP size package containing the latest Zep bootleg Flying High requirement – an excellent recording of the Fillmore West April 27 ’69 date.

Later I phoned Swan Song and spoke to Sian for a while though there was seemingly no major news. I then took some of the some of the freshly printed TBL 5’s round to the post office to send off.

Around 4.30 a story on Radio One’s Newsbeat stopped in my tracks. It announced Led Zeppelin had released made a statement to the effect that they could not continue as they were.

After Bonzo’s death It was pretty evident that they would be splitting – I’d been in Swan Song a few weeks back and the atmosphere was one of complete loss, but hearing they had officially announced something was still a major shock.

I immediately phoned Sian at Swan Song but she was making no comment.

The diary says ‘’Fuck sake it’s over…’’

The last thing I wrote in my diary that night was equally dramatic.

‘’Part of me died tonight’’

Like I said the next week the ‘Zep to split’ news story was buried somewhat under the barrage of press for John Lennon’s tragic murder which occurred on December 8.

These were strange days indeed.

The indeed could not continue as they were…but the legacy could and still does…

Dave Lewis – December 4, 2o18 

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DL Diary Blog Update:

That was some week with the CAT Club Led Zep IV event in Pontefract and the VIP Record Fair on Saturday. At the Fair was great to see Cliff ‘the ticket man’ Hilliard and in typical Cliff style he waded through the racks and found some Zep related gems – including a Mexican pressing of the Blow Up soundtrack featuring The Yardbirds and a French Atlantic copy of the Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends album.

My pickings included the new Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet remastered package, an original pressing of Let It Bleed on the US London label, The Beatles Get Back To Toronto bootleg LP and the new Mott The Hoople Mental Train The Island Years 1969 -1971 CD box set.

Here’s a pic of the TBL crew in the excellent Royal Oak after the VIP Record Fair in Victoria and always good to see resident local man Graham and his lady in there….

Busy here on prep for various TBL projects ahead and with Christmas not too far off now, there’s cards to be written.

This Friday is the annual Wallbangers FC day out in London with my very good friends Dec, Phil, Tom and Max. This is the 25th year we have been – it all started in 1993 initially to keep in touch with Dec who had then moved to London.

I’ve known these guys since 1974 – nigh on 45 years and have shared many experiences together over the years and of course we all played for the Wallbangers team circa 1976 -1981. As for gigs we ‘ve seen together and amongst us  well we’ve packed a few in over the decades, it ranges from The Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rod Stewart, Teardrop Explodes, Japan, Queen, New Order, Television, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross and many more…

Dec now resides in Ireland but he will be back this week for the big day. Beers will be drunk in the confines of more than one pub in central London and we will relay tales of former glories on the green and not so pleasant (football) fields of Bedfordshire. In an ever changing world, this long standing bond between us is a reassuring constant. Track two, side one of Led Zeppelin III had it right…Friends…I am blessed with many and being with four of my lifelong ones on Friday is a very heart warming prospect…

Dave Lewis – December 4 ,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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  • Roger Berlin said:

    Cliff Hilliard

    “I have over 100 Led Zep books, this is the best Zep book I have, ever seen – simple as that.”

    Yes Cliff…Roger Berlin, this is the best book for ever.

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