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To mark his 70th birthday on May 31, 2018 …

JOHN BONHAM: AN APPRECIATION – 70 AT 70 THE TBL BIRTHDAY PLAYLIST:

Greatest Beats – Percussive Perfection – 70 Examples of the John Bonham Drum Craft

Thursday May 31, 2018 is John Bonham’s 70th birthday. The intervening years since his untimely death at the age of 32 in 1980, have only enhanced his reputation as the outstanding rock drummer of all time.

To quantify that statement and in celebration of his life and legacy, what follows is a listing of 70 of his most notable performances.

It’s continually evident how integral the percussive element was to the overall impact of Led Zeppelin’s unique sound.

This was well apparent at the 02 reunion -clearly Jason Bonham’s understanding and contribution to that ethic was a key factor in the overwhelming success of that night.

It was his father of course who first laid down the template – the following listing highlights the varied aspects of his playing – from snare drum stampedes, though hi hat syncopation, jazzy interludes and sheer brutal power – it was this percussive talent that was at the heart of the group from the very start.

As with any celebration of their music, it’s designed to point readers in the direction of the 70 selections that span the man’s entire career. So be ready to be overawed once again by the sheer inventiveness of this very special musician.

For John Bonham at 70, this is his greatest beats…and percussive perfection…

Notes about this listing: The 70 selections are presented in chronological order of their year of recording – for the studio inclusions that means not necessarily the year they were released (ie in the case of Physical Graffiti recorded 1974 released 1975). The list covers John Bonham’s entire recorded career from the first Band Of Joy demos in 1967 through to the final performance on stage with Led Zeppelin on July 7, 1980 – it also hones in on performances  on the Companion Audio Discs of the Jimmy Page produced reissues released during 2014/5/6.The commentary tracks his ongoing prowess and periodically clocks the appropriate points of percussive perfection to be heard amongst the various examples of his vast percussive skills.

So air drumming at the ready….

For What it’s Worth Band Of Joy (1967)

Hear It: Robert Plant – Sixty Six To Timbuktu (Atlantic)

Hey Joe – Band Of Joy (1967)

* The earliest recorded remnants of the teenage Bonham with the Band Of Joy and fellow Midlander one Robert Plant.

Robert Plant said: ‘’You can hear Zeppelin in there. Bonzo’s doing a lot of those drum figures and fills which were quite popular with drummers like Carmine Appice all that virtuoso drumming. It was like ‘’Here I am everybody: somebody get me in a really big band quick -I want to get away from Plant!‘’

Hear it: Robert Plant – Sixty Six To Timbuktu (Atlantic)

Jim’s Blues/George Wallace Is Rollin’ In This Mornin’ – PJ Proby (1968)

* Enter The New Yardbird and his speed king foot pedal is heard for the first time with his new band mates on this PJ Proby session just prior to the recording of  the first Zep album.

Hear It: Your Time Is Gonna Come /The Roots of Led Zeppelin (Castle)

Good Times Bad Times (1968)

*From the dramatic two beat opening, John Bonham puts the whole kit through it’s paces. That pioneering use of bass drum triplets heralded the arrival of a very special drummer.

Jimmy Page said: ‘’In terms of John’s playing, a big point of reference is Good Time Bad Times. He’s playing brilliantly on everything else but this is right out of the norm – playing a bass drum pattern that no one else has ever heard.’’

Hear It: Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (1968)

* The noble art of percussive dynamics as Bonzo alternates from cymbal crashing crescendo to hi hat swing.

Hear It: Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)

Sugar Mama (Mix) (1968)

*To quote from my review of Sugar Mama when it first appeared on the Coda reissue, in 2015 – ”Then there’s drummer John Bonham – long time friend of the aforementioned Plant and drafted into this new line up at the recommendation of the singer who had performed in the Band Of Joy with him. John had more recently forged a reputation touring with Tim Rose – Jimmy Page duly checked him out at a Tim Rose gig in Hampstead the previous July and saw the immense percussive potential. That potential is all over this track, most notably from 1 minute 23 to I minute28 -in that space of time, Bonzo as he will become known, delivers one of those seemingly impossible bass drum shuffles that will became a unique part of the Led Zep sound.”

Hear it: Coda Reissue –  Companion Audio Disc (Atlantic/Swan Song)

Pat’s Delight (Live Fillmore West 1969)

* Before Moby Dick, Bonzo’s live solo outing was known as Pat’s Delight affectionately named after his wife. On this early live rendition from the April 27 Fillmore West show in San Francisco ,you can clearly trace elements of the soon to be recorded Led Zeppelin 11 solo.

Hear It: Kozmic Blues (Beelzebub bootleg)

Communication Breakdown ( BBC Session 1969 )

* This take from their first John Peel session cut on March 3 1969 sizzles along -and Bonzo’s right at the heart of it.

Clock the percussive perfection: From 2 minutes 22 seconds the point were it veers off and the drummer free falls across tom tom and snare of the much employed maple Ludwig kit.

Hear It: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions (Empress Valley bootleg)

How Many More Times (Live BBC Playhouse Theatre 1969)

* An early live fave of course with that stimulating Gene Krupa inspired jazzy opening.

John Bonham said :‘’Gene Krupa was the first big band drummer to be really noticed. He came out and played the drums much louder than they ever had before. People didn’t take notice of drums until Krupa came along’’

Hear It: The Complete BBC Sessions (Atlantic)

Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix with vocal)  (1969)

Nearly four decades on this track has lost none of it’s originality or power. One of one of their most potent studio moments and perhaps Bonzo’s best studio performance.

On this welcome alternate take from the 2014 reissues there’s no cough at the intro and straight to the riff. Where the chorus should come is a wonderfully disorientating moment because there is no chorus! Equally startling is the middle section which is devoid of the later overdubbed backwards echo effects. Instead, there’s sparse use of tympani and some neat rim shots from Bonzo. The whole mix has Bonzo right upfront enabling to him shine on this track like never before.

Clock the percussive perfection: Where else but that battering ram snare roll at 2.24 that leads into where Jimmy’s solo normally kicks in – but not on this occasion…

Hear It: Led Zeppelin II reissue Companion Audio Disc (Atlantic)

Ramble On (1969)

* The pitter patter of bare hands against drum dominates throughout.

John Bonham said: ‘’You get a lovely little tone out of the drums that you couldn’t get with the sticks. You get an absolute true drum sound because there’s no wood involved’’

Hear It: Led Zeppelin 2 (Atlantic)

Moby Dick (1969)

* The drum solo to play to those that claim they don’t like drum solos. A veritable Bonham stickfest.

Hear It: Led Zeppelin II (Atlantic)

La La (Intro Outro Rough Mix) (1969)

A newly discovered instrumental for the 2014 reissue, this is  a brilliant piece of Page wizardry with Jones keyboards to the fore initially all supplemented by Bonzo’s speed fast playing. He is in there  tearing along and then on into yet another time signature switch as it slows to a bluesy feel and then a step on the wah wah for a scintillating Hendrix like finale.

Clock the percussive perfection: At 1.05 just prior to Jimmy’s switch to acoustic – Bonzo kicks in at lightening speed across the kit.

Hear it: Led Zeppelin II Reissue Companion Audio Disc)

Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown (Live at The Olympia 1969)

*A short lived set opener that combined the instrumental intro of Good Bad Times with a frantic Communication Breakdown.

Clock the percussive perfection:  At 00.39 when John leads them into the into of Communication Breakdown with a storming barrage of snare and tom tom attacks.

Hear it: Led Zeppelin reissue Companion Audio Disc) 

Wailing Sounds – Lord Such & Heavy Friends (1969)

* A rare session for the outrageous Sutch. Note Bonzo’s two beat snare drive that dominates the track – a tactic that he would later repeat notably on the live Over The Hills And far Away arrangement and Candy Store Rock on Presence

Hear It: Your Time Is Gonna Come -The Roots of Led Zeppelin (Castle)

We’re Gonna Groove (Live at The Royal Albert Hall 1970)

* Simply Devastating. From the moment Bonzo warms up the kit through the frenzied opening and ride cymbal onslaught. Definitive John Bonham.

John Paul Jones said: ‘’I’ve seen all three James brown drummers stand around him at the Newport Festival in disbelief wondering how one guy does what all three of them did’’

Hear It: Led Zeppelin DVD (Warner Music Vision)

I Can’t Quite You Baby (Live Royal Albert Hall 1970)

* A wonderfully atmospheric performance from the glorious Royal night of Albert thankfully all captured on film.

Hear It: Led Zeppelin DVD (Warner Music Vision)

Moby Dick (Live at The Royal Albert Hall 1970)

* Yes seeing is believing – superbly restored for the 2003 DVD this is 15 minutes of sheer percussive brilliance. Bonzo clatters, rattles, shakes and bangs his way into percussive immortality.

John Bonham said: ‘’My son Jason plays. I’ve got a kit made to scale for him. He’s got a great sense of time- even when we go out in the car he takes his sticks to bash on the seats. Before the end of Led Zeppelin I’m going to have him onstage with us at the Albert Hall’’

Hear It: Led Zeppelin DVD (Warner Music Vision)

Immigrant Song (1970)

* Marvel at how he drives this tremendous opening track  with a forceful full on percussive attack. The pace here is just relentless.

Hear It : Led Zeppelin III (Atlantic)

Friends (1970)

* In which Bonzo forfeits the sticks for the bongos, and has no trouble in keeping up with JPJ’s relentless string swirl.

Hear it: Led Zeppelin III (Atlantic)

Since I’ve Been Loving You (1970)

* Proving there’s no sin in omission, Bonzo’s sparse incisive back beat allows the rest of them to build the tension. The opening two minutes are just masterful.

Clock the percussive perfection: 48 seconds in with that positively nuclear cymbal crash over Page’s Gibson squeals and Plant’s instinctive shout of ‘’Oh!’’

Hear It: Led Zeppelin 3 (Atlantic)

Out On The Tiles (1970)

* Not for nothing did he have a joint song writing credit for a performance of sheer explosive power.

Clock the percussive perfection: At 2.35 as the long fade out kicks in with Bonzo flailing around the kit – all deftly panned in stereo splendour.

Hear It: Led Zeppelin 3 (Atlantic)

Gallows Pole (1970)

*Again that sense of  light and shade dynamics is applied to this tradition tune in a manner only they could muster.

* Clock the percussive perfection: The tension builds and then blam! John Henry is in at 2.04 to gallop amongst the gallows.

Hear It: Led Zeppelin 3 (Atlantic)

Poor Tom (1970)

* An invigorating New Orleans jazz straight eighth shuffle opens and carries the track throughout. An absolute masterclass of controlled percussion.

Hear It: Coda (Swan Song)

St Tristans Sword (rough mix) (1970)

This three way instrumental work out from 1970 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 ala Poor Tom. This was one of the finds of the whole reissue series and yet another prime example of Bonzo pushing the percussive boundaries beyond the norm.

Hear it: Coda Reissue –  Companion Audio Disc (Atlantic/Swan Song)

Bring It On Home (Live at LA Forum 1970)

*One of the all time great Zep live performances.

* Clock the percussive perfection: From 6.25 as Page and Bonzo lock horns in a classic guitar and drums battle.

Hear It: Live On Blueberry Hill (Trade Mark Of Quality bootleg)

If It Keeps On Raining (When the Levee Breaks Rough Mix) (1970)

* This is a simply sensational 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 incessant bass line from JPJ, Bonzo’s drumming funky as hell with a distinctive snare drum sound

Hear it: Coda Reissue –  Companion Audio Disc (Atlantic/Swan Song)

Rock And Roll (1971)

* Guaranteed to cause severe outbreaks of air drumming from the moment that cymbal crashing intro commences.

*Clock the percussive perfection: It has to be that final flurry at 3.25. The most concise percussive statement ever committed to tape.

Hear It: Led Zeppelin 4 (Atlantic)

Black Dog (1971)

* To paraphrase a Jason Bonham album title, this is clear case of the disregard of time keeping. Simple in it’s execution -nigh on impossible to copy -John is totally locked in to the rhythm with JPJ.

John Paul Jones said: ‘’Musically we were very proud of our capabilities. The empathy we had when we played was always incredibly exhilarating, but then I was fortunate. I was playing with the best drummer Id ever known – and I’d know a lot’’

Hear It: Led Zeppelin 4 (Atlantic)

Misty Mountain Hop (1971)

* Clock the percussive perfection: From 3.55 to 4.01 as Bonzo strikes up a magnificent drum roll and the whole affair drifts off into the psychedelic sunshine. ‘’I really don’t know..ohoh ohoh.’’

Hear It: Led Zeppelin 4 (1971)

Four Sticks (1971)

* Yet another remarkable percussive statement. Bonzo tears along with a four stick attack clicking the rims of the drums in the process. Innovative and totally infectious.

Hear It: Led Zeppelin 4 (Atlantic)

When The Levee Breaks (1971)

* The remake – one drum kit, one stairwell, one microphone over the banister…a thousand samples…and the greatest of beats.

Robert Plant said: John always felt his significance was minimal but if you take him off any of our tracks, it loses it’s potency and sex. I don’t think he really knew how important he was‘’

Hear It: Led Zeppelin 4 (Atlantic)

Heartbreaker (Live at Berkeley 1971)

A classic live performance as recorded on September 14 1971 and immortalized on the Going To California bootleg.

Clock the percussive perfection: At 5.04 the moment Bonzo re enters after Jimmy’s virtuoso guitar solo. The power of his pummelling even for him is just immerse…

Hear it – Going To California TMQ Bootleg double album

No Quarter (Rough Mix with JP keyboards -overdubs -no vocals) (1971)

Another standout highlight from the 2014 reissue. A December 1971  instrumental mix with JPJ piano very prominent, theremin effects and the drums crystal clear. This is a clear case of Bonzo allowing the feel of the song to breath – as was so often the case – it’s not what he plays  but what he doesn’t play that provides the air between it all.

Clock the percussive perfection: At 3.58 when he comes in out of JPJ’s solo to add a subtle hi hat shuffle – the right effect at the right time…

Hear It: Houses Of The Holy Reissue Companion Audio Disc (Atlantic)

The Crunge (1972)

* Talking of which – the boys get off on the good foot and Bonzo applies a ridiculous 9/8 time. Could anyone do The Crunge..? John Bonham evidently could…

Walters Walk (Rough Mix) (1972)

This vocal less rough mix only heightens Bonzo’s driving of the rhythm – it’s a relentless groove

Clock the percussive perfection: From 2.28 when the riff kicks back in and Bonzo tears along with it right to the fade…

Hear It: Houses Of The Holy Reissue Companion Audio Disc (Atlantic)

D’yer Ma’ker (1972)

* Less reggae, more 50’s fun time led all the way by Bonzo’s huge upfront wide screen playing -leading to a deserved lead song writing credit.

Hear It: Houses Of The Holy (Atlantic)

The Rover (1972)

* First tried for Houses, it’s eventual release three years later was well worth the wait. Bonzo’s snare drum torrents subside for Page’s melodic embellishments.

Hear It: Physical Graffiti (Swan Song)

Dazed And Confused (Live at LA Forum 1972)

* A 25 minute tour de force with Bonzo in the middle of it all guiding them through early stabs at Walters Walk and The Crunge in the process.

Hear It: How The West Was Won (Atlantic)

 

Happy Birthday Dear Bonzo/Heartbreaker (Live LA Forum 1973)

* A fantastic sequence – ‘’John Bonham! John Bonham! John Bonham!’’ exclaims R. Plant on the night of John’s 25th birthday. Then it’s the obligatory ‘’Happy Birthday To You’’ and a comment of ‘’Far out’’ from Plant. Bonzo’s intro to the old live warhorse Heartbreaker is just that.

Hear It: Bonzo’s Birthday Party (Trademark Of Quality bootleg)

The Rain Song (Live Madison Square Garden 1973)

* More controlled dynamics.

Clock the percussive genius: From 5.59 after Robert’s ‘’But I know that I love you so’’ line. Bonzo is all across the tympani right though to the final flurry on the gong.

Hear It: The Song Remains The Same Soundtrack (Swan Song)

No Quarter (Live Madison Square Garden 1973)

* Clock the percussive perfection: From 9.01 as Bonzo plays behind Jimmy’s wah wah solo displaying a hi hat syncopation favoured by the likes of 70’s funkateers Sly Stone and Tower of Power

Hear It: The Song Remains The Same Soundtrack (Swan Song)

The Ocean (Live Madison Square Garden 1973)

* Totally uplifting. This is mid period Zep in all it’s unchained unabashed carnal glory. Via the DVD we can vividly see Page playing not only to an ocean but right off the drummer’s cues and shouts. Absolutely joyous.

Hear It: The Song Remains The Same Soundtrack  2007 reissue (Swan Song)

Kashmir (Demo 1973)

* Heard in it’s purest form – no overdubs, no vocals – just Page, Jones and Bonham driving the riff on and on.

Hear It: Brutal Artistry (Midas Touch bootleg)

Everybody Makes It Through (In The Light) Early Version/In Transit) (1974) 

A totally different work in progress arrangement with John Paul Jones’ Elizabethan harpsichord keyboard sequence being later replaced by the drone links.  Very much a Headley Grange mix with live drumming. Some elements of this version were retained for the re make  –notably Bonzo’s drum parts and Jimmy’s guitar melody.

Clock the percussive perfection: The closing moments from 5.42 to 6.29  with John Bonham’s relentless drum fills are some of the very best applied to any Led Zeppelin track.

Hear It: Physical Graffiti Reissue Companion Audio Disc (Atlantic)

The Wanton Song (1974)

* Classic machete Zep. Again it’s John Henry steadying the ship as Page’s angular riffs take hold. It’s that rock steady beat that keeps it all in line.

Hear It: Physical Graffiti (Swan Song)

In My Time Of Dying (1974)

* Perhaps their most intense and brutal studio performance – and it’s Bonzo constantly underpinning it all.

Clock the percussive perfection: From 7.12 and those four military barrages of power shared by Bonham and Page before Robert comes in with the line ‘’And I see it in the streets’’

Hear It: Physical Graffiti (Swan Song)

Trampled Underfoot (1974)

* Journalist Lisa Robinson commented at the time ’’It sounds like The Beatles battled the Stones in a parking lot, and Led Zeppelin won.’’ Yet another example of their diversity.

John Bonham said: ‘’When we first ran through it John Paul and Jimmy started off the riff and we thought it was a bit souly for us. Then we changed it about a bit. It’s great for me – a great rhythm for a drummer.It’s just at the right pace and you can do a lot of frills.’’

Hear It: Physical Graffiti (Swan Song)

Kashmir (1974)

* Now in it’s full splendour and yet another masterful Bonham contribution. There’s no doubt that the economy in his playing gave the song it’s vastness.

Robert Plant said: ‘’A lot of Kashmir was done to Bonzo. He was a real thrifty player. It was often what he didn’t do that made it work.’’

Hear It: Physical Graffiti (Swan Song)

Over The Hills And Far Away (Live Earls Court 1975)

* Always a live favourite – the studio version was merely the starting point for this particular tangent within the framework.

Clock the percussive perfection: From Plant’s shout of ‘’Acapulco gold’’ at 2.35 as Bonzo drives the rhythmic experiments of Page’s solo with a two hit snare run not dissimilar to that employed on Candy Store Rock

Hear It: To Be A Rock And Not To Roll (Watch Tower bootleg)

In My Time Of Dying (Live Earls Court 1975)

* The brutality of the studio version carries though to the live performance and as can be seen in close up on the DVD. Bonzo’s bass kick was all important here.

Hear It: Led Zeppelin DVD (Warner Music Video)

Bron Yr Aur Stomp (Live Earls Court 1975)

* The good vibes of the time perfectly encapsulated. Bonzo’s the star as he leads them on a merry dance, contributing backing vocals and even castanets.

John Bonham said: ‘’I enjoyed those concerts. I thought they were the best shows we‘ve ever put on in England. I thought the video screen was really worth doing. You could get close ups you would never be able to see normally at a concert’’

Hear It: Led Zeppelin DVD (Warner Home Vision)

Achilles Last Stand (1975)

* The chemistry of all four perfectly in sync to pull off perhaps their most inventive composition.

Clock the percussive perfection: So many to choose from – how about 1.17 and the first fill ,then again at 2.29 and another burst of power, or there’s the point at 4.08 when the first machine gun rally with Page kicks in.

Hear It: Presence (Swan Song)

Royal Orleans (1975)

* Bonzo cleverly plays against the riff with a funky edge on another of his co compositions.

Clock the percussive perfection: 1.56 and the interjection of bongos with the main drumming. A deft touch.

Hear It: Presence (Swan Song)

Hots On For Nowhere (1975)

* As Charles Shaar Murray noted, what the Glenn Miller orchestra would have sounded like had they been a murderously heavy four piece rock band. This one swings along with some incredible fills.

Clock the percussive perfection. At 4.01 through to the finish as he clatters around the spiralling Page runs.

Hear It: Presence (Swan Song)

10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod” (Reference Mix) (1975)

So Jonesy did take the piano out of the flight case for the Munich recordings – it’s emergence on the 2015 reissue throws a new light on what had previously thought to be an  18 day frenzy of guitar, bass and drums arrangements.

Mournful, forlorn and reflective, it creates a beautiful atmosphere. Jimmy drifts in at 2mins 39 with some minor descending electric strumming, quite possibly courtesy of the Telecaster B bender. Behind all that there’s an acoustic guitar – all very autumnal and Ten Years Gone- ish. Then John Bonham enters at 3 mins 02 and like Jimmy says, it will make you smile – it might even make you cry. It all leads on to something of a crescendo in an All My Love outro tempo.

Clock the percussive perfection: The aforementioned entry at 3.01 -so poignant – the three of them instrumentally coming together in perfect harmony.

Hear It: Presence  Reissue Companion Audio Disc (Atlantic)

Bonzo’s Montreux (1976)

* Enter the John Bonham orchestra. Bonzo had long harboured a plan for a dramatic new solo piece and the period in tax exile gave him the opportunity to experiment in Mountain Studios. The result – another percussive landmark.

Hear It: Coda (Swan Song)

The Song Remains The Same (Live LA Forum 1977)

* Despite all the off stage lunacy surrounding them now, Bonzo came through when it mattered. It certainly mattered any time they played Los Angeles and this opening night in LA was a triumph.

Clock the percussive perfection: From 1.25 to 1.36 a ten second torrent of furious snare attack as the song builds.

Hear It: Listen To This Eddie (Empress Valley bootleg)

Over The Top/Moby Dick (Live LA Forum 1977)

* The last hurrah for the long drum solo. On the ‘77 tour the opening riff preceding the solo was cribbed from Out On The Tiles.

Hear It: Listen To This Eddie (Empress Valley bootleg)

Keep Your Hands On The Wheel – Roy Wood (1978)

* With Zep off the road there was ample time for extra curricular work. Helping out fellow Brummie rocker Roy Wood, he brings that huge Bonham sound to a melodic stomper from the Wizard man

Clock the percussive perfection: From 2.42 to 3.03 with Bonzo reprising the mighty snare roll of Whole Lotta Love as they switch back to the main chorus.

Hear It: Roy Wood On The Road Again (Warners)/The Bonham Sessions (Hammer Jack bootleg)

Rockestra Theme -Paul McCartney & Wings (1978)

* A massive jam sharing the drum chores with Kenny Jones and Wings Steve Holly down at Abbey Road for the fab Macca’s rock orchestra – later to be reproduced on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon for what would be Bonzo’s last live performance in the UK. Footage of this studio session where he plays a black Billy Cobham flared style kit, can be seen on the Paul McCartney Wingspan DVD

Hear It: Wings – Back To The Egg (EMI)/The Bonham Sessions (Hammer Jack bootleg)

Fool In The Rain (1978)

* On this outstanding Bonham showcase we can hear the fusion influence of jazz players such as Benard Purdie and Alphonse Mouzon.

Clock the percussive perfection. Firstly at 2.25 when the whistle blowing ushers in a Latin samba delight, then to the dexterity of his playing from 3.32 to 3.50 and the entry of Jimmy’s solo.

Robert Plant said: ‘’If you listen to Bonzo on that album -things like Fool In The Rain ,well he was weaving with as much dexterity and finesse as on the early days. One or two of us might have been struggling at that point but Bonzo still had it‘.’

Hear It: In Through The Out Door (Swan Song)

Wearing And Tearing (1978)

* He’d mixed it with the punks down at the Roxy club in ‘77 so attacking this track with Rat Scabies like vigour was chicken feed. Fast and loose and then some…Punk rock? Never ‘eard of it…

Hear It: Coda (1978)

Sick Again (Live Knebworth 1979)

* Knebworth was an absolute triumph for Bonzo -his playing throughout was exemplary. One of the surprise highlights of the set was this  stand alone version of Sick Again – and he is just phenomenal all the way.

Clock the percussive perfection: From 3.44 and onwards as he puts the metallic kit through it’s paces and whips up a storm right through to the stop gap ending at 5.07

Hear It: Led Zeppelin DVD (Warner Home Vision)

In The Evening (Live Knebworth 1979)

*More magnificence as Bonzo builds the drama with that phased tympani intro.

Clock the percussive perfection: From 7.10 onwards as he compliments Plant’s pleading and Page’s Stratocaster strut with a tribal tom tom assault.

Hear It: Led Zeppelin DVD (Warner Home Vision)

Whole Lotta Love (Live Knebworth 1979)

* The finale – a stripped down remodel with added spice and a new middle section that gave the song a new lease of life.

Clock the percussive perfection: From 2.16 where Page kicks in the new riff and Bonzo supplements it with a solid beat.

Hear it: Led Zeppelin DVD (Warner Home Vision)

Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Live Cologne 1980)

* The 1980 Over Europe tour brought with it a clear sense of  rejuvenation. John attacked this latter day favourite with all the verve and bluster of their first Europe trek nearly eleven years earlier.

Hear It: A Close Shave bootleg (Condor)

Whole Lotta Love (Live Munich 1980)

* With Simon Kirke guesting, Munich witnessed the rare sight of two drummers jamming it out for what would be the penultimate delivery of the classic anthem

Simon Kirke said: ”I remember we were in his hotel room literally with our hands on our knees just getting the rhythm. It was a wonderful experience to be on stage with Zeppelin.’’

Hear It: Munich 1980 (Tarantura bootleg)

Kashmir (Live Berlin 1980)

* Perhaps the best received number on the tour – rightfully taking it’s place at the latter end of the set.

Clock the percussive perfection: At around 7.12 as Bonzo paves the way home with a serious of phased drum fills each one a little more frenzied as they reach the climax.

‘’John Bonham on drums….’’

They did not know it but Robert Plant had just made the last introduction to his life long friend and integral band mate.

Hear It: Last Stand (Toasted Condor bootleg)

Stairway To Heaven (Live in Berlin 1980)

* And finally…

An extraordinary performance. Page’s solo on this last ever Led Zeppelin delivery meandered to take the track to nearly fifteen minutes in duration. Bonzo’s task was to intrusively follow the guitarist lead which he does with deft skill.

The camaraderie of recent weeks seemed to will them on to keep the flame burning for as long as they could on this final night.

A little over 80 days later Led Zeppelin were no more

Robert Plant said: ‘’The band didn’t exist the moment Bonzo had gone to me. Sometimes I still shout up there at that mass of blue and go ’’That was not a very good trick’’

Hear It : Last Stand (Toasted Condor bootleg)

So there you’ve it – 70 vivid examples of the John Bonham drum craft – play them today and remember him this way…

Happy 70th Birthday John Bonham…

John Bonham 70 at 70 listing compiled by Dave Lewis – May 2018

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Stop Press: John Bonham Statue in Redditch…  

Just back from the most incredibly emotional day in Redditch – at very short noticed I travelled on three trains to get to Redditch to meet Debbie Bonham and Pete .The John Bonham statue was erected overnight -Deb chose not to have a big launch ‘’I wanted this to about John and nobody else’’. I did an interview with Deb ‘’This statue is for the people of Redditch and Led Zeppelin fans throughout the world’’ she told me ‘’ and we are also raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust vital services across the West Midlands…’’

Much more on all this to follow – suffice to say it was a profoundly moving day…I feel so privileged to have shared it with Deb and Clem and Sam Dallaway Ros and David Sidway – the latter pair were the key drivers to the memorial fund from the off.

As for the statue ‘’We wanted to capture the pure energy of John’s on stage performances with Led Zeppelin’’Deb told me. Mark Richards remarkable sculpture has certainly succeeded in that.

Being in the vicinity of the John Bonham stature on his 70-th birthday was a humbling emotional experience… hearing the reaction to it from as local residents got their first view was life affirming..

One that hit home was a lady who proclaimed ‘’my he was on 32 when he died’’

This John Bonham statue will be a lasting focal point for everyone to celebrate his lasting legacy.. a legacy that will go on and on…

Dave Lewis May 31 ,2018

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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.

Many thanks to James Cook.

Jimmy Page

Robert Plant

Robert Plant’s “Nurses Do It Better!” T-shirt that’s now being sold on his website.

  • Photographer Frank Melfi said that Robert Plant has agreed to write the foreword for his new book. “I’ve been at it for over 15 years,” Melfi told jambands.com. “It hasn’t come to fruition yet because every time I think it’s time to wrap it up he decides to do another tour.”

Upcoming events:

May 27 – Robert Plant will perform at the Bath Festivals in Bath, UK.
May 29 – Jimmy Page plans to speak before the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Planning Applications Committee which will decide whether to approve Robbie Williams’ basement extension.
June – The gold edition of “Five Glorious Nights” will be released.
June 8 – Robert Plant will perform in Atlanta, Georgia.
June 9 – John Paul Jones will be interviewed at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas in Ireland about his upcoming opera.
June 10 – Robert Plant will perform in Richmond, Virginia.
June 12 – Robert Plant will perform in Columbia, Maryland.
June 13 – Robert Plant will perform in Forest Hills, New York.
June 15 – Robert Plant will perform in Toronto, Ontario.
June 17 – Robert Plant will perform in Chicago, Illinois.
June 18 – Robert Plant will release “Nurses Do It Better!” and “Heaven Knows” T-shirts through his website.
June 19 – Robert Plant will perform in Vail, Colorado.
June 21 – Robert Plant will perform in Berkeley, California.
June 23 – Robert Plant will perform in Stateline, Nevada.
June 24 – Robert Plant will perform in Pasadena, California.
June 26 – Robert Plant will perform in Troutdale, Oregon.
June 27 – Robert Plant will perform in Redmond, Washington.
June 29 – Robert Plant will perform at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Canada.
July 17 – Robert Plant will perform at the Istanbul Jazz Festival in Turkey.
July 19 – Robert Plant will perform at the Black Sea Jazz Festival in Georgia.
July 22 – Robert Plant will perform at the Vielles Charrues Festival in Carhaix, France.
July 23 – Robert Plant will perform in Paris, France.
July 25 – “Led Zeppelin Live,” a photo book edited by Dave Lewis, will be released and Robert Plant will perform at the Festival de Carcassonne in France.
July 27 – Robert Plant will perform at the Milano Summer Festival 2018 in Milan, Italy.
July 29 – Robert Plant will perform at the Stimmen Festival in Lörrach, Germany.
July 31 – Robert Plant will perform in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
August 1 – Robert Plant will perform in Dresden, Germany.
August 11 – John Paul Jones will perform as part of Snoweye at the Varangerfestivalen in Norway.
September – Official celebrations of Led Zeppelin’s fiftieth anniversary are expected to start this month.
September 14 or 16 – Robert Plant will perform at the KAABOO festival in California.
September 15 – Robert Plant will perform at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Colorado
September 23 – Robert Plant will perform at the Bourbon & Beyond festival in Louisville, Kentucky.
October – The official Led Zeppelin photo book will be released.
October 16 – “Bring it on Home,” a new biography of Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant, will be released.
October 26 – Robert Plant will perform in London, UK.
October 28 – Robert Plant will perform in Dublin, Ireland.

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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Latest here on the Jimmy Page – Robbie Williams Tower House dispute via LZ News::

Jimmy Page said he doesn’t play electric guitars at home because he’s worried about vibrations damaging his house

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Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters Bath Festival – May 27,2018:
On The Spot Report and photos by Richard Grubb for TBL…

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters – Bath Festival – May 27, 2018

Setlist:

Killing Floor / Lemon Song

Turn It Up

The May Queen

Rainbow

Going To California

Please Read The Letter

Gallows Pole

Carry Fire

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

Little Maggie

Fixin’ To Die

Encore: Bring It On Home/Whole Lotta Love

Under a glorious early summer’s evening sky and after the promise of heavy thunderstorms, the ever-reliable Sensation Space Shifters and their competent vocalist hit the ground running with a storming Killing Floor / Lemon Song hybrid, launching out of the blocks at about a hundred miles an hour.

With the genteel Bath congregation momentarily reeling from such an unexpected early assault, the relatively sedate Turn It Up settles things down to a more familiar groove before Seth Lakeman joins the troupe for a very enjoyable May Queen. There’s a relaxed mood in evidence, maybe caused by the weather, which threatened, but never delivered, the downpours that were predicted. The arrival of Rainbow captures the mellow vibe for this most perfectly refined festival (the food stalls were definitely in the “world-fusion” category…) and the hand drums are in full effect.

We next get a variety of locally relevant Plantations, and some tongue-in-cheek advice for Imelda May whose set preceded: “Imelda, you’re drinking too much, Honey. We never did that,” is delivered with a roguish side-glance and just the hint of a wink. This relaxed bonhomie matches the evening perfectly and it’s at about this point I realise what an utter pleasure it is to be in this man’s company once again.

Skin gets the chance to show yet again what a superb acoustic player he is, with Justin on mandolin for a note-perfect Going To California. Billy Fuller’s upright bass deserves a special mention, which adds a lovely natural bottom end that underpins the whole thing. Please Read The Letter is bizarrely introduced as an Alison Krauss song, “written by a couple of geniuses,” that starts off very slowly, almost too slow – soporific even – but it builds and builds to something very powerful indeed. Unexpectedly, it’s one of the evening’s highlights.

Leadbelly’s Gallows Pole (according to the singer) is a riot, less hoedown than last year’s outings, with Seth’s fiddle now channelling the sinister tone of the song, rather than the square dance flavour we witnessed last time.

Now we come to something special. Really special. The extended Carry Fire has very quickly established itself as the very definition of sensational and space shifting – giving each player a chance to shine individually but in the context of (a) a great song and (b) a great band. It had it all: light, shade, tightness, looseness, mystery, majesty and all-round epic awesomeness. If it was the only thing played and it lasted 90 minutes it would still be worth the price of the ticket. Just superb!

Some Spanish style flourishes from Skin for another favourite – the extended Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You, which goes down well with the crowd (once they realise what it is). Great dynamics and great sound too…

We’re hitting the home straight now with band introductions following Little Maggie. The merest hint of Stairway raises a few laughs – introducing Billy Fuller as being from Bristol, looking nine miles west (“it’s a feeling I get…”), and new boy paternity cover drummer John Blease who did an incredible job on only his second gig (allegedly) with the band. You’d never know it.

To close the main set, it’s a welcome return to the set for Fixin’ To Die with Justin’s rockabilly/psychobilly interlude that never gets old – he looks positively possessed at some point. As an added bonus we even get what might qualify as a drum solo, even it’s just for a few bars. Only the kitchen sink missing then…

There’s an 11pm curfew so there’s only time for one more song, but it’s a good one: the inevitable Whole Lotta Love. Refreshed with a short Bring It On Home intro, its gargantuan riff benefits from two Gibson guitars in full flight and for the next eight minutes everything is right in the world. House lights and bows see the band bid goodnight to an appreciative (if slightly sedate) crowd and we wander off into the balmy night with a warm glow.

Earlier in the day I spotted a Now and Zen tour t-shirt from way back in 1988, which reminded me that my first Robert Plant live experience was 30 years and 2 months ago. Over 40 RP gigs, several stylistic detours and dozens of supporting musicians later, I can honestly say that tonight’s performance was right up there with any that I’ve seen, and things show no sign of slowing down. Long may it continue!

Richard Grubb for TBL

Great review there by Richard – I really wish I could have been there.
As spotted in Bath by Krys Jantsen  – now that is what I call a lift…going down anyone?!
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Record Store Day Reviews:

Here’s another of my Record Store Day reviews of the items I purchased last month:

DL Record Store Day Acquisitions:

Lulu – Heaven And Earth And The Stars

Demon Records – Translucent Blue vinyl LP plus The Man Who Sold The Earth/Watch That man 7 inch black vinyl single

Lulu is without doubt one of my favorite female vocalists – To Sir With Love is one of all time favourite singles and the albums she made on the Atco label with Jerry Wexler producing are both superb. She has also had strong links with the Zep camp – Lulu and then husband Maurice Gibb were friends of John Bonham and his wife Pat, John Bonham played on her 1971 single Everybody Clap issued on Atlantic – and Lulu sat a few rows down from me at the 02 Reunion show.

This limited to 2,000 copies only Record Store Day release was therefore high on my wants list. It features another of Lulu’s credible collaborations -her link up with David Bowie and Mick Ronson for the Man Who Sold The World/Watch That Man single released early 1974 and a UK hit.

Both recordings are present and correct on this album – and also extracted as a limited edition numbered single packaged in an attractive sleeve.

They are without doubt the centerpiece of this set and sound fabulous – Lulu bringing distinctive bent to the arrangement of Man Who Sold The World with Bowie on sax and backing vocals. The raucous Watch That Man has an echoing Shout like vocal intensity.

Both songs were recorded during Bowie’s Pin Ups albums sessions which means Ronno is all over it as is the great Aynsley Dunbar on drums.

At those sessions Lulu also recorded a version of Bowie’s Can You Hear Me (David’s version is on the Young Americans album) which remains unreleased. Hopefully that will one day see the light of day.

There’s nothing else on the album quite in the Bowie tracks league but there’s plenty to enjoy.

Many of the tracks are from here period in the mid 70s on the Chelsea label with producer Wes Farrell and songwriter Kenny Nolan reproducing the Philly sound with plenty of wah wah guitar, synth keyboards and Barry Whitish string arrangement’s.

Mama’s Little Corner Of The World, Boy Meets Girl and Honey Take It Back are prime examples while the title track and Baby Don’t Care hark back the Atco years. The 1975 disco styled hit Take Your Mama For A Ride plus the dramatic Bond theme The Man With The Golden Gun complete this unique collection of Lulu tracks. Some of these Chelsea recordings previously turned up on the 1989 Lulu album The Man Who Sold The World on the State Of The Art label.

It strikes me this album would have been a good platform to make available the Everybody Clap single though contractual issues possibly thwart that notion.

All in all though this Lulu album is a very fine RSD release.

Here’s the YouTube clip to listen to the Everybody Clap single with John on drums:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJIuGBMUjug

There’s also a great Top of The Pops clip of the song (without John) at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v210z68EStc

Dave Lewis, May 20, 2018

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Led Zeppelin Live On Blueberry on offer for charity:

Recently donated to a North London charity shop by a very kind Led Zeppelin fan is a Mushroom label copy of “Live On Blueberry Hill” in Green & Red Splatter Vinyl. The media is considered to be in a VERY GOOD condition; with the sleeve being VERY GOOD+. The shop volunteers wish to raise the fair value for this item, the proceeds for which will be used to support older families with adult sons or daughters who have profound learning difficulties, autism, and/or physical disabilities.

If this item interests you, then please contact Steve Inwood on 020 8366 7068 (Monday-Friday 09:30-17:00) with offers in the region of £130. The charity is KLASP (Kith & Kids Lifetime Advocacy Support Project); and it’s charity number is 1080972.

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Next Monday it’s our Sam’s birthday  – 28 years old…

Thus it was 28 years ago when I saw Robert Plant upstaged for the only time – the evening gig at Hammersmith Odeon I attended was very good – but it was not in the same league as the afternoon events with the birth of my daughter Sam at 2.30 pm.

I should never have really been at the gig but somehow I managed to fit it all in. I’ve told the tale many a time and forgive me for relying it all again but it was a mad day for sure!

These are the circumstances Samantha Elizabeth Lewis entered the world 28 years ago in 1990.

25 years ago on Monday June 4th 1990 I awoke with the prospect of a couple of Robert Plant gigs ahead over the next two nights. These were the London dates Robert was playing in support of the Manic Nirvana album. Tickets were sorted, arrangements made – I was planning to hook up with the TBL crew in Hammersmith.

It’s actually worth mentioning at the time I was ensconced in writing the A Celebration book as well as managing the local Our Price record shop. It was as full on then..as it is now…

The good lady Janet was pregnant and our first born was due in July. Well it didn’t quite work out like that. On that morning of June 4th twenty four years ago, Janet informed there were stirrings… and sure enough there were. So of we went to Bedford North Wing hospital where we were informed that our forthcoming bundle of joy was ready to enter the world. With all notions of the gig ahead banished (honest!) I steeled myself for a lengthy labour (well not me as it were!)

sam pic 2

Things moved quickly and at 2.30 pm with impeccable timing, our daughter Samantha Elizabeth was born.

A lot of you out there know the rest… Sam is tiny and beautiful….mother and baby are doing well…anxious new father will only be in the way and heads on the train for …yes you guessed it Hammersmith Odeon – arriving to the shock of the TBL crew…just in time for the gig.

As I mentioned this was the only time I’ve ever seen R. Plant upstaged – as good as he was he didn’t match the afternoon proceedings!

Pushing it a bit more – I was back the next night for gig number two celebrating Sam’s birth with a large intake of Directors ale. Later in the month I was at Knebworth with Mr Foy for the Robert & Jimmy’s reunion. What with the World Cup Italia 90, World in Motion at number one (Cue the John Barnes rap : ‘’You’ve got to hold and give – but do it at the right time – You can be slow or fast but you must get to the line’’) – that June of 28 years ago was some month….

28 years on, nothing much has changed around these parts!

It wasn’t too long before Sam realised this Led Zep caper was a little bit important to her Dad! Here we are together in 1991 on the publication of the A Celebration book –which was being written as she entered the world. Sam would also go on to have an affinity for the written word (a bit like her Dad) and would carve a career in journalism. I have to say that her new additional skill of being able to teach Yoga did not come from me – my aching limbs are not supple enough for all those movements!

Happy Birthday Sam!

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DL Diary Blog Update:

Friday treats at the Vinyl Barn – at a rather wet and rainy Vinyl Barn last Friday I was pleased to find a copy of the 1990 Crosby, Stills & Nash album Live It Up plus a great 1970 sampler album Supergroups Vol 2, a German Polydor compilation featuring tracks from Joe Cocker ,Taste, The Who, The Move, Tyrannosaurus Rex etc – one of the best samplers I’ve come across in a good while…thanks Darren Harte!

I would have loved to have go to one of the two weekend Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters appearances -Richard Grubb’s superb overview of the Bath Festival date had me wishing I could have made that one in particular

However, a combination of the book workload and various things going on here made that a bridge too far. Was the day when any Robert Plant UK happening would see me moving heaven and earth to be right there in front of the action.

Those days seem long away because as the years roll on, priorities change, energy levels are not quite what they once were and you just can’t do everything. I’m no lesser a fan but I have to reside to looking in from the outside on some occasions – however I am aiming to be at the Blues Fest double bill with Van Morrison in October.

Great to see so many positive reviews for The Rolling Stones London Stadium shows last week. The good lady Janet and I will be catching up with the No Filter tour when it arrives at Twickenham Stadium on June 19 for the last night of the tour.

Going on from my Who at Shepperton story, the world renounced Who fan Irish jack has been in touch to inform me his recollections of that afternoon all of 40 years ago is up on the official Pete Townshend website – it’s a great story – check it out at this link below:

http://www.petetownshend.net/news/the-40th-anniversary-of-the-who-at-shepperton-studios

On Saturday night I ventured down to the local Fox And Hounds to see the European Champions League Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid – the pub was the most a packed it’s been for a very long while such was the interest of this compelling final. And what an event packed match it was – what with Mo Salah injury, the terrible Loris Karius goalkeeping errors and the out of this world Gareth Bale overhead kick goal. He can come back to Spurs anyday…

It was 50 years ago…

On May 30 1968, The Beatles began recording their double album, simply titled The Beatles but more commonly known as the White Album, on this day. The session lasted a little over 12 hours, beginning at 2.30pm and ending at 2.40am the following morning, and saw the group work on Revolution 1.

At this point it wasn’t known as Revolution 1, however. The title was Revolution until it was vetoed for single release, after which a new, faster version was taped under that name. So began the story of one of the iconic albums of all time and one of my favourites.

I’ll be counting down the lead up to the 50th anniversary of the album simply titled ‘The Beatles’ in the coming months – and hopefully there will be news soon of the reported EMI/Apple official box set reissue, which if last year’s deluxe Sgt Pepper release is to go by -is a mouth watering prospect.   

The Evenings With book saga goes on – another challenging week of obstacles to clear, text to check and generally reach the point where we are all satisfied that we can do no more to make this book something special. Co – author Mike Tremaglio has again done an amazing job – his diligence and attention to detail has been pretty awe inspiring as has TBL designer Mick Lowe’s application in getting every page as we all want it to be seen.

The pic here at StudioMix in front of a Boxing poster is an appropriate one as working on the book recently has felt like I’ve been fifteen rounds in a boxing bout. As mentioned before, it’s impossible not to be right on the case of all this and that is the way it will be until we can sign it off – the finishing line is getting closer and the quest goes on to reach it…

Along with all that, there’s a very busy summer ahead with the previously mentioned TBL fan gathering at the Atlas Pub in Fulham to organise, promotion for the Icon Images Led Zeppelin Live 1975 – 1977 book, various 50th anniversary initiatives to kick start and TBL issue 44 to collate along the way. More on all this activity as it unfolds…

On the player and providing much inspiration to the workload lots of great stuff including:

Led Zeppelin – Companion Audio Discs from the reissues as I compiled the John Bonham 70 at 70 listing

John Bonham – The Bonham Session CD

Led Zeppelin – Going To California TMQ LP

The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band deluxe box set

Carly Simon – Carly Simon first LP

Stephen Stills -Stephen Stills 2 LP

Bryter Later – Nick Drake LP

Those gems amongst others will be soundtracking the weeks ahead here.

Dave Lewis – May 31, 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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  • Kevin Curry said:

    Hi Dave

    Great article on Bonzo,can you please answer one query i have, the Knebworth show which videos are from what saturday. as i have bootlegs from the both and i am complying a cd of bonzos best moments which you have put together.

    Many thanks

    Kev

  • Wools said:

    Congratulations to the Bonham family, friends and fans for the statue placement in Redditch! I would imagine that a great sense of accomplishment must be felt with all that were involved with this fabulous project! Happy belated Birthday John Bonham! Dave, wonderful touch dropping everything to make the trip!

  • Ed-Washington DC said:

    The Redditch Memorial to John Bonham has now been added to the list of essential sights to see for any future visit I might take to the UK. The artist chose one of the more iconic attack poses of John Bonham to feature, hard at work as he was in the Engine Room of Led Zeppelin.

  • Rob said:

    Hi Dave

    I was at the Bath festival on Sunday and it was a great afternoon all round with great weather (thankfully, as the rain had been torrential in the morning). I can’t add much to the review above but would say that Robert and the SSS were excellent. It was my kids’ first live experience of RP – they are 10 and 12 but have heard an awful lot of Zep and its members over the years. From earwigging, I heard that people who were just there for the occasion were very impressed too, although the person who asked “when’s he going to play Addicted to Love” should have been frogmarched off the site…

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers
    Rob

  • Andrew Marcus said:

    Happy B Day John All these years later your playing is still the benchmark for drummers. Thanks for setting the bar so high! Thanks for the playlist Dave!

  • Larry said:

    Robert was right…that wasn’t a very good trick…

    Happy Birthday Bonzo and thanks for all the great music…and all the best to his family and friends

  • andrew R said:

    Completely agree about the Lulu rsd release the 2 bowie songs have long been favourites Dave.
    What a purple patch this period was for Bowie , Iggy lou Reed the rescue of Mott the hoople’s career. Plus he produces Aladdin Sane and pin ups. Just staggering talent we c-will not see again (and Lulu knocks it out of the park vocally)

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Oops noted and thanks!

  • David S. said:

    On the Happy Birthday Dear Bonzo/Heartbreaker (Live LA Forum 1973, it states that it’s his 26th birthday, yet he was born in ’48, and so it would of been his 25th.

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