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First reports and photos of  Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones a the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Honours Gala.

Some great photos here…this makes me very proud to be a Led Zeppelin fan and it will you too…

Jimmy, Robert and John with Buddy Guy – photos via AP

How proud do I feel to be a Led Zeppelin fan today as they receive the Kennedy Honours award  -have to say I’ve been welling up looking at those photos…….as Mark Harrison commented – how proud must they and their familes feel too….

One of the greatest moments in their history….

They really are not just a band -they are an absolute inspiration to millions…. Dave Lewis December 2nd 2012.


Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters – More Australian dates:


It’s that time of year again and if you are fed up with receiving the same old tired gifts for Christmas each year, why not give your loved ones a nudge in the direction of the TBL ordering page and get them to invest on your behalf –let them really know what you want for Christmas or you may well end up with novelty socks and boxers yet again. Alternatively of course you can just treat yourself!

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In the summer of 1980, Led Zeppelin undertook what would be their final tour –a low key 14 date trek taking in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Austria and Switzerland. With a radically streamlined stage presentation and set list, the aim was to get back to being a working band after all the lay offs of recent years and grand scale of their 1979 Knebworth appearances.

This air of rejuvenation would inspire plans for a full scale tour of America in the autumn that would be sadly curtailed with the untimely death of John Bonham. Vastly under reported at the time, the Led Zeppelin Over Europe 1980 tour has taken on something of mythical status over the years. It found the band anxious to stamp their authority on a changing musical landscape as their reputation tethered like a feather in the wind.

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Jason Bonham talking about Robert’s comments at the New York Press Conference:

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Until next time…. keep reading – keep listening…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy

December 2nd 2012.

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  • Steve Livesley said:

    Dave you are an absolute legend doing all this stuff. Yet more AMAZING news about LZ. What a band !! Thanks mate.

  • Jeremy Cagle said:

    What an honor for an amazing band. Led Zeppelin’s influence on my life has been so immense since I first heard them on a borrowed cassette tape back in 1990. I have live a tough life with Cerebral Palsy and many hardships both physical and emotional. Through it all Led Zeppelin’s music was there and at times my best friend. The music remains as vital in 2012 as it was in 1970 when they became the biggest band in the world. We may never see them on stage again but we don’t really have to. We have that amazing Celebration Day set that shows they truly still have the power to excite heart and astonish the mind. My only wish is that Bonzo could have been there but I know he is looking down and has a big smile on his face…

  • mick said:

    as a huge zep fan i think robert plant is right. i think o2 2007 was a fitting finale for the band. i would hate to see zeppelin doing the rounds and slowly fading as people get bored of them. finish on a high and let everyone share that memory

  • Joan said:

    What a Big Day for our Zepp-family! Whole lotta joy – and we are very,
    very proud!

  • Ed- Washington DC said:

    Love the honor and the honorees but loathe the politicians.

    But I am very proud of my country for honoring Led Zeppelin.

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Chris once again your words are spot on….

  • Tim C said:

    It’s hard not to think of Bonzo at times like these. His contribution to Zeppelin was invaluable.

  • Chris Wright said:

    I find this whole ceremony to be overwhelming. For all of us, this has been an incredible journey. From the elation of the years the four of them were together, to the tragedy of 1980, to the wilderness years of the 80’s, to the Remasters rebirth, to the Page Plant era, then the incredible DVD release and the events of late 2007 right up to the miracle year 2012 has proved to be. Finally their extraordinary achievements are being recognized in the grandest manner. One only hopes their home country will also rise to the occasion with long overdue knighthoods for the three of them.

  • Mark Williams said:

    Robert will look back in 5 years time and finally realise what a missed opportunity this was…’s all down to relationships,not money nor fame.

    Still,at least it looks promising that Jimmy’s material will ‘manifest’ itself in some sort of ‘vehicle’ in 2013.Bring on the samba for Rio Jimmy !

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