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John Paul Jones at Peter Buck’s Todas Santos Festival:

John Paul Jones was back on stage last weekend  at Peter Buck’s Todos Santos Festival in Mexico.

John performed on keyboards with a reunited Dream Syndicate line up with REM’s Peter Buck also guesting. They performed a lengthy version of John Coltrane Stereo Blues moving into The Doors Break On Through

Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn posed on his Facebook page. “Amazing–I was flashing back to seeing Led Zep at the Forum .” Below is the Dream Syndicate clip  from the  Todos Santos Music festival plus Straight to Hell by Drivin’ and Cryin’ with John Paul Jones on Mandolin, Chuck Prophet on guitar, and Scott McCaughey on accordion.


Bill Ward receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Bonzo Bash:

This one via Classic Rock website:

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was in attendance at the annual Bonzo Bash  staged at the NAMM music show in California to commemorate John Bonham.

Accepting a lifetime achievement award, Bill spoke fondly of Bonzo. ‘’What he did with the bass drum was incredible. He used to test his bass drums and I’d go with him. We’d go up to the club we were meant to play and he’d say: ‘Stand ten feet away from the bass drum.’ I’d stand ten feet away, and when he kicked it I felt a punch in my gut that I’ll never forget. That was what it was like standing in front of John Bonham’s bass drum – and that’s when he was sixteen years old.”


Recalling the 1970s moment when members of Sabbath and Zeppelin jammed together, Ward said: “He started grooving and he was incredible; I thought, ‘My God, I wonder what would happen if they’d let him go and have two bass drums.’

“I wonder what he would have been like playing beside today’s metal and thrash guys. If anyone was going to learn drums I’d recommend: Listen to John Bonham.”

Both bands won Grammys at last night’s 56th annual award ceremony – Black Sabbath for last year’s album 13, and Led Zeppelin for the Celebration Dayalum..


Chad Smith  jokes of  Red Hot Chili Peppers performing Dazed And Confused at Super Bowl:

It was reported earlier in the week that Chad Smith had stated the Red Hot Chili Peppers would cover Led Zeppelin’s Dazed And Confused when they play the Super Bowl half-time show. The band play the prestigious half-time performance at the annual American Football event with Bruno Mars.

Speaking to Artisan News, the band’s drummer Chad Smith said the band were surprised to be asked by Mars to play the event with him, but said that his band were all “great people”. When asked what they would be playing, Smith replied: “We’re going to be playing Led Zeppelin’s live version of ‘Dazed And Confused’.”

This turned out to be something of a tongue in cheek comment.

Talking to Kevin & Bean on KROQ (a station) despite media-generated rumors, Smith assured listeners that the band would not be attempting to cover the 30-minute live version of Led Zeppelin‘s “Dazed and Confused,” after the drummer cracked a joke to reporters “at some Grammy thing” last week.

“People in the media are so gullible sometimes,” Smith joked. “We will, however, be performing side one of Rush‘s 2112.”

Smith continued, “Obviously I can’t tell you what we’re going to do, it would ruin the surprise. Come on, you gotta watch! It’s gonna be great, Bruno Mars, we met them, his band are great people, today I’m going to rehearse with them outside in the beautiful weather here in New Jersey, it’ll be a real spectacle, I’m looking forward to it.”


Danny Baker on BBC4:

My good friend Phil Harris noticed this one:

Danny Baker posted this tweet on Tuesday night:

28/01/2014 22:57

Starting April on BBC 4. Led Zep track-by-track in which I & Jimmy Page & Robert Plant listen then dissect every LZ track in the catalogue.

Now that could be very interesting!


DL Diary Update:

February is nearly upon and with it the usual mantra:

‘’January is a 31 day hangover but February brings lambs, daffodils and the air fills with a magical quickening that tells you spring is on the way. February is short so whatever you’re trying to stretch, whether it’s your salary, your calorie intake or your booze units, February’s unique compactness helps you spread it just that little bit thicker. A good enough reason to raise a glass”.

I’ll drink to that little notion

January has dragged on like it does – and while it’s been good to get various TBL initiatives under way in the past few weeks, generally here it’s often been a case of taking one step forward and then two back with various things to contend with. I have to say I have been feeling well weary recently – perhaps all the pre Christmas stress of the Knebworth book problems caught up with me. Anyway, the aim is to get right back on track and move ever onward into February and on the positive front, there is a lot to look forward to on the Zep front in the coming months.

There was some welcomed respite last Saturday when Tom and I spent the day at the excellent Olympia Record Fair. It was great to hook up with a variety of like minded enthusiasts and TBL friends -notably long time TBL contributor Phil Tattershall – his passion for Zep is nigh on matched with his passion for the classical composer Mahler as could be detected in the 180 gram vinyl pressing he purchased of one of the Mahler symphonies. Tom was also on the 180 gram vinyl look out, snapping up King Crimson’s classic In the Court of the Crimson King and Deep Purple’s Book of Taliesyn. Steve Hammond who oversees Universal’s re issue programme told me of plans ahead for a mega Free box set, I handed over to Ross Halfin the rare Man Christmas at the Patti double ten inch I’d picked up earlier in the week for a bargain price. Ross showed me his purchases which included a couple of absolute vintage Elvis Presley EPs.  I’ve similarly got the EP collecting bug and added a nice original of The Beatles Long Tall Sally and Frank Sinatra’s Moonlight Sinatra (complete with Juke Box title strips) to my growing extended play collection

I also caught up with Tim Jones from Record Collector on their stall – and while at the stall I purchased the lost classic early 70s Aubrey Small  LP the RC team have re issued – the accompanying notes reveal John Bonham once jammed with them at an early 70s gig in Birmingham. A variety of TBL subscribes also said hi including John Gunne and Richard Franklin. John snapped up a nice Page & Plant solo performances DVD and Richard showed me great condition Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers he got complete with zip.

Other gems I picked up at the Olympia Fair included the following:

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Joe Cocker’s With a Little Help from my Friends album on original US A & M with Jimmy Page pic on the back cover (he plays on several tracks)  –a bargain £3 oh yes!

US pressings on Mercury of the Rod Stewart Album (released here as An Old Raincoat won’t ever let you down) and Every Picture Tells a Story with fold out sleeve –superb!

An original copy of Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait album which I initially originally purchased in 1972 but foolishly sold. Nice to have it back and love the CBS inner sleeve ‘’here’s how records give you more of what you want” guide – all true of course!

The 1973 solo album by session pianist Nicky Hopkins The Tin Man was a Dreamer recorded at Apple Studios with the likes of Mick Taylor and George Harrison which I’ve been looking for for some time.. Top stuff …

Much of the above has formed the playlist here this week –I’ve also been playing the various incarnations of The Beatles Let It Be /Get Back album that I have as it was 45 years ago today that they performed in public for the last time together on the roof of the Apple building. I am currently reading Mark Lewishon’s simply epic Beatles biography Tune In – part one of what will be a trilogy of books. This one deals with the story up to 1962 and the level of detail is just staggering –and much more than presenting reams of what happened and when info, Mark cleverly weaves it into a captivating narrative. Now that’s what I call a definitive biography…

There’s also been a healthy dose of Led Zeppelin from February 1975 on the player, inspired by Andy Crofts excellent tape analysis of the early ’75 period that is lined up for the forthcoming TBL 37.

Work on that issue is well under way now and there’s a lot to get moving on with Mike Tremaglio’s early 1969 tour log, Nick Anderson’s collectors column due in and various other features beginning to take shape. It’s going to be a busy February for sure here with a lot to get done.

The Object restored sensation!

Here’s one that right cheered me up. I bought one of the Presence promo Objects from memorabilia dealer Rick Barrett at the 1992 UK Zep Convention.

Over the years it’s taken a bit of a battering with plenty of chips out of it – then a few years ago it fell off a shelf and broke in two – not good! A few weeks back when I was searching for stuff in the loft, I came across it in a corner discarded and destined never to see the light of day again.  I decided it was high time to do something to get it restored. Our good friend Pete who lives nearby and has done a lot of house repair jobs for us over the years seemed a good bet, as he is good at turning his hand to all manner of repairs. Well, he did me proud. Pete stuck the two adjoining ends together, filled in all the chips of which there were a fair few, re- painted it and smoothed all the surfaces. The result is a total restoration for one of the key Zep promo items – as can be seen it looks superb again. The Object lives and breathes again at the TBL HQ!

Here’s a pic of my wonderfully newly restored Object (thank you Pete!) in the presence of the rather splendid cardboard stand up promo item I got from the Atlantic Records rep who called in at the WH Smith record department I worked in when the album came out in April 1976…


Before we welcome in the new month , there is one more sojourn to London as tomorrow (Friday) the Wallbanger 5 – that’s me, Dec, Phil, Max and Tom will be seeking out the welcoming pubs of darkest Islington (and a record shop or two)on our annual London day out –this was delayed before Christmas so we are fitting it in now.

This is the 20th consecutive year of this reunion of proud ex players of Wallbangers FC  – the team we formed in the mid 70s to take on the might of Bedford’s footballing best….

To mark the occasion the task has been set for each of us to list our all time personal favourite top 20 albums and all time top 20 tracks – with the proviso of only artist per entry.  A fair amount of ‘old bollocks’ as Tom puts it, will no doubt be talked as we relay and justify our selections over the usual beverages. I’ll publish my listing on the TBL Facebook page and on here in due course.


Here’s the John Paul Jones clip from the  Todos Santos Music festival – Straight to Hell by Drivin’ and Cryin’, along with John Paul Jones on Mandolin, Chuck Prophet on guitar, and Scott McCaughey on accordion:

Here’s the Dream syndicate clip….John Paul Jones on organ – oh yes…marvel at his solo at around 6 mins 38 in… 

And finally…here’s the YouTube clip of that Zep  May 4 1973 Atlanta footage…

Until next time…Keep listening, keep reading…

Have a great weekend…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy – January 30th, 2014.

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