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Jimmy Page was in attendance at last night’s Classic Rock awards at London’s Roundhouse. Photo via Classic Rock

He was there to accept the award of Best Film for Celebration Day and present the Innovator Award to Wilko Johnson.  Beforehand amongst others, Saxon, The Darkness, Rick Wakeman, Mott The Hoople, Zakk Wylde and Black Sabbath strode  the red carpet  (Jimmy mainly bypassed that). During the evening sitting on a table next to Mott’s Ian Hunter, he clapped along enthusiastically as the award winners were announced and accepted, notably for Black Sabbath and Rory Gallagher -Jimmy also joined for a standing ovation for 1950s jazz and blues pioneer Chris Barber who  got up during John Mayall’s acceptance of the Classic Album award for the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton album.  One of the best received awards of the night was the Outstanding Contribution Award for Mott The Hoople – this was handed over by Classic Rock’s Editor in chief Scott Rowley who astutely commented ‘’No longer young but still the dudes’’…oh yes….actually looking at these pics I took, Ian Hunter still does look amazingly young….

Celebration Day Best Film Award: Jimmy Page Acceptance Speech:

Master of ceremonies  Fish in announcing the Led Zeppelin award commented that he had been at Knebworth in 1979 (he needs that book!) and went on to say ‘’This movie captures the incredible musicianship, the power and the majesty and captures the essence of the phenomenon known as Led Zeppelin.

As the clip of Black Dog from the 02 was screened, Jimmy came up to accept the award and said ‘’Well hi there, I know this has come from the readers – this award and to us – and I extend my great thanks to the readers and to Classic Rock here .Yes it was a great concert at 02 and it looks like the energy of it really…sort of got  into the video, the DVD and  Blu-ray(laughs). Not many people have got Blu -ray players  but anyway –on behalf of the band- I’m here to collect it on behalf of the band, a big thank you to Warners who put it out and also Dick Carruthers who did little bit of snipping and editing along the way. Thanks a lot. Bye bye…

Wilko Johnson Innovator Award:

Jimmy handed out the Innovator award to the sadly terminally ill but incredible Wilko Johnson to mass applause.

Here’s some comments via the Independent from Wilko ….

Jimmy Page, the Led Zeppelin guitarist, presented Johnson with the Innovator award at the Classic Rock magazine Roll of Honour held at the London Roundhouse, in front of an audience including Black Sabbath, Ray Davies and Manic Street Preachers.

Since being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist, 66, says he has never felt more “vividly alive”. Johnson refused chemotherapy treatment so that he would have the strength to complete a “farewell tour” in Spring.

Johnson told The Independent: “It’s very gratifying to be given an award by Jimmy Page because I’ve always admired him as one of Britain’s great guitarists. I’ve received one or two marks of recognition recently. I suppose people want to get them in while I can.”


Here’s an Interview with Jimmy at the Classic Rock awards last night with Nicky Horne – (thanks James Cook for this spot))…

Jimmy spoke about the 02 concert and also revealed details of the forthcoming series of Led Zeppelin catalogue re issues with extra material. These will take the form of individual box sets with a companion disc of rare unreleased material within each set 

Some of his comments below indicate what a mouth-watering prospect in store in 2014…oh yes!:

“Each of the albums has been remastered, but it also has a companion disc with it,”

“Each disc will give a really intimate picture of the group.”

“Since I’ve Been Loving You.”  “There’s an incredible version of that,”

“It’s very raw in its approach. It’s quite dramatic.”

“I’d rather hoped it would come out this side of the new year, but it will come out
in the new year.”

Here’s the full interview:


Classic Rock Awards – The Winners:

The Living Legend Award – Black Sabbath

Event Of The Year – Black Sabbath go to number one

Breakthrough Award – Virginmarys

The Musicians’ Union Maestro – James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers)

Tommy Vance Inspiration Award – Rory Gallagher

Outstanding Contribution – Mott the Hoople

Classic Album – Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton – John Mayall

VIP Award – Shep Gordon

Metal Guru – Zakk Wylde

Best New Band – The Temperance Movement

Album Of The Year – 13 – Black Sabbath

Reissue Of The Year – Rumours: 35th Anniversary Edition – Fleetwood Mac

Film Of The Year – Celebration Day – Led Zeppelin

Band Of The Year – The Rolling Stones

Spirit Of Prog – Alex Lifeson

The Showmen – The Darkness


Classic Rock Awards 2013 pics:

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The Sabs….


John Mayall

Classic Rock Awards pic by DL for TBL


DL Diary Update/Kenbworth book update:

I had been feeling edgy about the Knebworth book…and unfortunately my fears were not unfounded…there were major problems this week as the distribution of books to here commenced. There have been issues in the fulfilment of stock due to production issues with some of the books – and a resolve is ongoing. This caused considerable stress to the author and proved very frustrating after all the work Mick and I and others had put into the book over many months. However…on the upside we are back on track  – the weekend launch is looking good and pre orders are set to commence distribution next week.

As for the book itself – well it’s for others to judge but I think it is something special and one of the best things I’ve ever produced…it’s certainly been one of the most fulfilling in seeing it all come to frition….so don’t miss out – the ordering link is here….

As for TBL 36, well that is all looking very good indeed and the plan is to begin distribution week commencing November 25th . Many thanks for all your patience.

In a difficult week may I offer huge thanks to Mike Tremaglio who has been a tower of strength with his continued input. Given the frustration of the week, it was to good to get away from cardboard city here and zip into London last night to attend the Classic Rock Awards. As can be seen above, it was a great occasion with Jimmy on peak form, enthusiastically greeting the winners etc.

With excited speculation as to the content of the reissue project ahead and on the book front, memories of that memorable English summer of 1979 being rekindled, it’s a great time to be a Led Zep fan (once again!).

All in all perfect timing and a very positive platform for your TBL editor and author to wax lyrical during the next two days at the VIP Musicmania Fair.

Which is exactly what I’ll be doing on the TBL stall on Saturday and Sunday…talking of which…

Knebworth Book launch:

Just to re -iterate the details:

Led Zeppelin Then As it Was – At Knebworth 1979 Book Launch at London Olympia November 16th and 17th –

As previously mention, this weekend sees the launch of the Led Zeppelin at Knebworth book at the VIP Musicmania Fair at London’s Olympia.

VIP’s LONDON MUSICMANIA – The biggest show in the world for the serious music fan – LONDON MUSICMANIA, arrives in just 4 days – 16 & 17 November. With all tables sold out, you will find the biggest selection of specialist music sellers from around the UK. In addition you will meet traders from USA, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Italy, Germany, France, Holland and more. On sale will be the rarest vinyl to the most collectable CD – from Elvis to Erasure and The Kinks to Kasabian! Also on sale – books, magazines, posters and everything music related. Dealers Southland, Rock Away,Cliff Yamasaki and Mike Vegh, all from the West Coast, present some of the rarest and choicest items from the US. From rare seven inch soul to the topBeatles collectables – these guys will have it!

London Musicmania@Olympia – now THE major event! – THE place for the serious music buyer in 2013! Details – Venue – Olympia 2, Hammersmith Road, London. Underground – London Olympia., on site, train every 15 mins from Earl’s Court.

FOLLOW THE VIP MUSIC FAIR SIGNS FROM THE TUBE Admission – £5 10am to 5pm Sat 16th. 10am to 3.30pm Sunday 17th

Special Early Admission Sat 16th £15 – 8.30am to 10am. Organiser – VIP Events – Telephone 0116 275 2815 / 07802 258080 Web site –

As usual with the  VIP Fairs, there’s an abundance of  Led Zep stuff on offer and it’s always a great day out.

I will be in attendance over the two days signing copies of the book from the TBL stall. A variety of Tight But Loose products, and the new issue of the Tight But Loose Led Zeppelin magazine will also be available. I look forward to seeing all who can make it along. I’ll also be having a beer or two afterwards and  again look forward to welcoming all who can join me.

Pub venue is:

The Cumberland Arms

 29 North End Road, Hammersmith, London W14 8SZ


Note: If you have already pre ordered a book and plan attending either of the Olympia Fair launch days – I can reserve your book for you to collect. Just send an email to me so I can arrange collection.  

The TBL stall will be situated to the left of the hall as you walk in. My good friend Jerry Bloom will be next to me with his Wymer Publishing titles that include Frank Zappa/Steve Hackett/Deep Purple related books etc.

So all roads lead to London’s Olympia… the Led Zeppelin Knebworth book launch/VIP Musicmania Fair looks to be a hugely enjoyable event. I look forward to saying hi to all that can make it along and many thanks for all your support.



And finally – YouTube clip of  Jimmy Page being interviewed at last night’s Classic Rock Awards:

Until next time…Keep listening, keep reading…

Have a great weekend

Dave Lewis/Gary FoyNovember 15th, 2013.

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  • John said:

    Good to see you at the record fair. Book looks great as well as new TBL. Enjoyed the fair and picked up some interesting vinyl, Death Wish/Scream for Help & Zep boot Just a Walk in the Park + Neal Preston photograph bookn so a cracking day.

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Thanks Graeme!

  • Graeme said:

    Great stuff Dave. You are on the spot as usual, taking the pulse and temperature of all things currently happening in Zepland. See you tomorrow buddy. Can’t wait to read the new improved Knebworth book. Rock on!

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