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Book News 1:

Here’s a round up of the latest Led Zep books news:

Firstly here’s an update on the book projects I’m currently involved in…

I’ve been working with the publisher Iconic Images for the past few months on a Led Zeppelin photo book they are producing – here’s the info:

Led Zeppelin Live – (Iconic Images)

Between 1975 and 1977, there is little doubt that Led Zeppelin ruled supreme as the biggest band in the world. Bigger audiences, bigger stage settings, bigger venues lights, lasers and dragon suits. All this combined to produce some of the most iconic images of the 1970s rock era. That era comes firmly under the spotlight in Led Zeppelin Live.

The book profiles the work of three highly respected photographers. Terry O’ Neill made his name documenting the fashions, styles and celebrities of the1960s. He was also on hand to capture Led Zeppelin at Earls Court in London on May 23, 1975; at Tampa Stadium, Florida on June 3,1977; and at New York s Madison Square Garden on June 7 of the same year. Also in the right place at the right time was Michael Brennan. Michael had built a reputation working for various daily newspapers in the UK. He moved to America in 1973 and began working on entertainment and sporting assignments. In early 1975, Michael travelled with the band on their rented luxury jet, a Boeing 720B known as The Starship. He was then in close proximity for their show on January 31,1975 at Detroit s Olympia Stadium.

The former chief photographer of Rolling Stone magazine, San Francisco-based Baron Wolman, was in attendance to capture what would turn out to be Led Zeppelin s final performances in America. In front of 50,000 fans each day, they played in the open air at the Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland California, on the afternoons of July 23 and 24,1977. Baron s chronicling of the band in stark daylight offers a unique portrayal of their final appearances in a large stadium setting.

Fifty years on from their formation in 1968, Led Zeppelin s legacy continues to inspire admiration and awe. The timeless photos presented in this book accurately capture Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham in all their on-stage glory during their latter era. Compiled and edited by world-renowned Led Zeppelin authority Dave Lewis, Led Zeppelin Live chronicles the period when Led Zeppelin could rightly claim to be the greatest live rock attraction on the planet. Here s the lasting photographic proof…

The book is due out late June – you can pre-order the book from this link on Amazon:

As mentioned above – the book chronicles the work of Terry O’Neill, Michael Brennen and Baron Wolman. They have some amazing images and I’ve been advising on and editing the selection and design -it’s still very much work in progress but it’s all looking very good. This is an opportunity to capture Led Zeppelin in all their onstage glory during their latter era. I’ve also spent a lot of time wading through the photos to bring a semblance of order and sequence to the overall presentation. With a price tag under £30 this is also going to be a very affordable and item and a great addition to the Zep bookshelf. More on Led Zeppelin Live as it unfolds.

Book News 2:

Evenings With Led Zeppelin by Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio (Omnibus Press)

The above mentioned Led Zeppelin Live book is an additional project I’ve been working on – alongside the often mentioned Evenings With Led Zeppelin.

Evenings With Led Zeppelin is the major project co author Mike Tremaglio and myself have been collating and formulating for the past five years. It’s being designed by TBL designer Mick Lowe at StudioMix in Bedford.

Here’s the info:

Evenings With Led Zeppelin chronicles in consummate detail the 500-plus concerts that Led Zeppelin performed throughout their career.

From their earliest gig in a Denmark school gymnasium on September 7, 1968, through to the last gig that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones ever performed with John Bonham, in Berlin on July 7, 1980, this is the Led Zeppelin story told from where their legend was forged – live on stage.

Deploying impeccable research spread over many years, Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio bring clarity, authority and perspective to their unique story.

Evenings With Led Zeppelin is a show-by-show narrative of every known Led Zeppelin performance that portrays with pinpoint accuracy the group’s rapid ascent from playing to a few hundred at London’s Marquee Club to selling out the 20,000 capacity Madison Square Garden in New York – all in a mere 16 months.

Supplemented by historical reviews, facts and figures and expert commentary that capture the spirit of the times, Evenings With Led Zeppelin is illustrated throughout with rarely seen concert adverts, posters, venue images, ticket stubs and photos, all of which offer matchless insight into each and every concert. This is the on-stage heritage of Led Zeppelin as never before chronicled in one volume.

Fifty years on from their formation, Led Zeppelin’s potency as a live band remains unsurpassed – Evenings With Led Zeppelin vividly explains why…

This book is still very much work in progress and we are not at the stage of announcing pre-orders as yet. The aim is to publish in the Autumn. The price will again be under £30 -this is not a high value book though it is high value on content! 

Without doubt, Evenings With Led Zeppelin is the most intensive book project I have ever been involved in – running to over 500 pages. Suffice to say, we are hoping all the effort we have put in will be all worth it. We think we have something very special and unique with the book – again I will keep you up to date on the progress of it all ongoing.

Books 3: And there’s more…

Alongside the above, the Zep bookshelf will be under further strain with more Zep titles planned.

The official 50th Anniversary book – Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin is due in early October. There’s now a pre-order facility at this link.

The previously mentioned Robert Ellis photo book Led Zeppelin live Times is out now – also due are updated reissues for  Stephen Davis’ Hammer Of The Gods and Mick Wall’s When Giants Walked The Earth. Finally Mark Blake has what looks to be a defenitive biography of Peter Grant – Bring it On Home also due in October.


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

Robert Plant

Robert Plant performing with Mumford & Sons at the UK Americana Awards on February 1.

February 1: London, UK
Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
Gallows Pole (with Mumford & Sons)
Wildflowers (ensemble performance with other performs, Tom Petty cover)

Upcoming events:

February 9 – Robert Plant will perform in Raleigh, North Carolina and the DVD of Plant’s 2016 Festival of Disruption show will be released in the US and Europe.
February 11 – Robert Plant will perform in Charlotte, North Carolina.
February 12 – Robert Plant will perform in Norfolk, Virginia.
February 14 – Robert Plant will perform in New York.
February 16 – Robert Plant will perform in Boston, Massachusetts.
February 17 – Robert Plant will perform in Toronto, Ontario.
Late February/early March – New Led Zeppelin photo book “Led Zeppelin Live Times” will be released.
February 20 – Robert Plant will perform in Chicago, Illinois.
February 22 – Robert Plant will perform in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
February 24 – Robert Plant will perform in Denver, Colorado.
February 26 – Robert Plant will perform in Phoenix, Arizona.
February 28 – Robert Plant will perform in Oakland, California.
March 2 – Robert Plant will perform in Los Angeles, California.
March 13 – Robert Plant will be interviewed on “The Big Interview with Dan Rather” on AXS TV at 9pm ET.
March 23 – The remaster of How The West Was Won will be released and Robert Plant will perform in Sydney, Australia.
March 26 – Robert Plant will perform in Sydney, Australia.
March 27 – Robert Plant will perform in Sydney, Australia.
March 30 – Robert Plant will perform at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia.
April 1 – Robert Plant will perform in Melbourne, Australia.
April 2 – Robert Plant will perform in Melbourne, Australia.
April 5 – Robert Plant will perform in Adelaide, Australia.
April 8 – Robert Plant will perform in Perth, Australia.
May 17 – An updated version of Stephen Davis’ Led Zeppelin biography “Hammer of the Gods” will be released.
May 26 – Robert Plant will perform at the Bearded Theory Spring Gathering Festival in the UK.
May 27 – Robert Plant will perform at the Bath Festivals in Bath, UK.
May 31 – The statue of John Bonham in Redditch is planned to be unveiled.
June 27 – “Led Zeppelin Live,” a photo book edited by Dave Lewis, will be released.
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 – Robert Plant will perform at the Festival de Carcassonne in France.
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.
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.

Many thanks to James Cook

The complete Led Zeppelin News email goes out every weekend. To receive it each week sign up here:

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


TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot:

More snapshots from one of my favourite Zep touring periods…

TBL Led Zep 1975 Snapshot:




Set: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused (inc. San Francisco)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog/Heartbreaker

Snapshot Listen:- How it sounds now… 


I have this on the 1975 World Tour vinyl double album and the When The Levee Breaks /World Tour ’75 CD set. I’ve always had a bit of affection for the World Tour bootleg – it was one of the first I got from the 1975 US tour – I purchased it on mail order in the autumn of 1975 and played it repeatedly!  It’s a fair to good audience recording but very lively.

Overall, this is an enjoyable performance even though Robert’s voice is still struggling. Sick Again really rocks while Over The Hills appears in a unique arrangement as Page’s guitar lead cuts out and Plant fills in as JPJ carries the rhythm. After ”The Rain Song, Robert lectures the crowd on the Mellotron: “It’s a very peculiar instrument because every time we take it somewhere, it goes out of tune. It’s built and comprises of tapes inside the box, and to simulate violins is not an easy job when you’re travelling to North America. In fact, we’re gonna try to simulate some Eastern violins now.” Kashmir is growing more powerful with each performance and is rapidly turning into one of the highlights of the show. No Quarter clocks in at 19 minutes and pleasingly so.

Moby Dick is now stretching to 25 minutes and Plant refers to  Bonzo as “Karen Carpenter”, a reference to a recent poll in Playboy magazine which placed Karen Carpenter as ‘Best Drummer’, above Bonzo. At the time Bonzo’s first hand response was captured in an interview with Lisa Robinson: “Karen Carpenter couldn’t last ten fucking minutes with a Zeppelin number!”

Dazed And Confused (only it’s third outing on the tour) includes a very delicate version of San Francisco and is now recapturing some of its former glories. Page’s solo on Stairway To Heaven is also developing a previously unknown intricacy. Instead of Communication Breakdown they throw in a ragged but welcomed version of Heartbreaker as a second encore.

“Montreal – you are the best! Maybe the snow has melted all around the hall.” is Plant’s parting comment.

They were on the up, and there were some great performances imminently ahead.

To be continued…

DL – February 1, 2018:


Robert Plant at The Marquee – and Gary Foy – 30 Years Gone: 

30 Years ago this week, I was lucky enough to attend the Robert Plant gig at London’s famous Marquee Club. This was a press gig to launch the Now And Zen album.

This was another hugely exciting occasion. This was in the era when I made it my mission to get down the front and mix it in the moshpit.There’s photographic evidence of that fact in this pic as that’s me in the right hand corner looking up in wonder and awe as the singer did his stuff.

On that day all of 30 years ago on February 3rd 1988 at the Marquee Club , Gary Foy uttered the immortal words to me “Are You Dave Lewis?”

Had I lied and said ”No that’s not me mate”‘, well fate would have dictated many things. Not least the fact that our respective bank balances would have been more intact over the years and we might have had a whole lot less hangovers!

As it was, the result of that first meet led on to many things, not least GF’s marriage to Carol (and indeed a son in Jimmy) a relationship borne out of a subsequent TBL meet up before a Robert Plant gig at Brixton in 1993.

The celebrated boy Foy has been a constant companion and inspiration on many a Zep related sketch since that day in 1988. His duties as integral member of the TBL crew have included everything from clearing up the vomit of a renowned Led Zep roadie, buying three fan belts to fix his car on our way back from a Plant gig in Warwick, wearing a silly Turkish hat at a time of particular stress for the TBL editor in Istanbul, giving me a rib crunching bear hug when Jimmy and Robert struck up Wearing And Tearing at Knebworth in 1990 – to name but a few of many hilarious/perilous encounters we have shared all in the name of Led Zep.

In all seriousness, his contribution to all things TBL over the years has been immense.

The fact that I answered ‘’Yes that’s me’’ to his question on that fateful afternoon in the Marquee has led to a friendship graced with immeasurable generosity and loyalty on his part that has considerably enriched my life and enjoyment of this thing that first bound us together.

It’s Gary’s birthday this Friday February 9th…

So happy 30th anniversary and happy birthday Mr Foy – it’s been and continues to be a blast…here’s the set list from that memorable night..and what a night it was…

Little by Little
Other Arms
Billy’s Revenge
In the Evening
Big Log
Messin’ With the Mekon
Heaven Knows
Trampled Under Foot
Tall Cool One
Misty Mountain Hop
Break On Through (to the Other Side)

(The Doors cover)

I have great affection for that Now And Zen period – in fact the Robert Plant Leicester University gig of January 23rd is one of my all time great gigs – it was the first time I witnessed him performing Led Zeppelin material and the effect at the time was simply astonishing.  The Marquee was also a superb night – I particularly recall an inspired romp through The Doors Break On Through. Gary and I went on to see the shows in Warwick and London in the spring which culminated in Jimmy’s appearance on the Hammersmith Odeon –another golden memory.

30 years gone… paraphrase Robert’s words at Earls Court “It’s been a lifetime and yet a second”



Dennis Edwards RIP:

It was very sad to hear the passing of Dennis Edwards aged 74. Dennis joined The Temptations in 1968 and sang on such hits as Papa Was A Rolling Stone and Cloud Nine. He pursued a solo career in the 1980s, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. I always loved this brilliant single of his featuring Siedah Garrett – a UK hit in 1984 –Don’t Look Any Further…RIP Dennis…


DL Diary Blog Update:

Friday treats at the Vinyl Barn – at the very packed with new interesting stock Vinyl Barn last week, keeping in with the Americana theme, I was pleased to find the Linda Ronstadt Retrospective double album compilation and the splendid 1974 Bonnie Raitt Streetlights album – quality Amercian singers indeed …thanks Darren!

Another busy week here with further work on not one but two books (as revealed above). I also made a visit to the Reading Record Fair courtesy Nick C and it was great to catch up with Simon Pallett at the fair. Nick and I enjoyed a pint of real ale on the way back at the excellent Albion pub in nearby Ampthill. I was following the Liverpool v Spurs match and was relieved to learn it had turned out a 2-2 draw -despite a missed Kane penalty.

Elsewhere there’s been a whistle-stop visit from Flintshire based Zep fan Will Walker and a lovely phone call from Russ Rees the Welsh based legendary Zep collector who I have not been in touch with for far too long. It was great to re- connect.

On the playlist, a couple of very fine Led Zeppelin Tarantura releases (thanks PB)  namely Time I Met The Blues  (Stockholm March 14 1969) and A Bunch of Skinny Brits (Fillmore West April 24 1969) and I’m eager to take receipt of Definitive Beach Party ( Long Beach 1972) on the Graf Zeppelin label (thanks P.S).

Away from Zep, it’s been a return to the Nick Drake catalogue inspired by the current issue of Mojo’s excellent front cover feature to mark Nick Drake 70th birthday – and the rather splendid free cover mounted CD Green Leaves Nick Drake Covered which has a variety of artists covering Nick’s songs – best of which is Vashti Bunyan and Gareth Dickson’s take on The Thoughts Of Mary Jane.

His music remains forever autumnal and wintery and has been a warm pleasure during these cold days and nights….

Dave Lewis – February 8 , 2018

Until next time, have a great weekend

Website updates compiled by Dave Lewis

with thanks to Gary Foy and James Cook

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  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Many thanks Graeme!

  • Graeme said:

    Great round up Dave and thanks and congrats on the various book projects you are involved with.

    You keep us, entralled, informed and entertained as always. Keep up the great work but don’t wear yourself out.

    Take care mate and belated birthday wishes to the Foy boy 🙂

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Thanks Ray!

  • Ray said:

    Hi Dave,

    Hope your well, It looks like there are some good Books coming out this year. I have already placed my order for the Robert Ellis book and i will be placing my orders for your books and the official Book too. On the live recordings front, i would say it looks like Empress Valley are getting ready to unleash some of the Japan 1971 shows on Soundboards. With Black Dog from a Soundboard recording of the Osaka 28th September show and now The Immigrant Song from Osaka 29th September. Will it be only a matter of time before these shows appear complete, I wonder if EV have soundboards of the complete Japan 71 tour, or just the Osaka shows. And if and when they do start to come out will they be released separately or has so kind of Box set presentation. Probably the latter to squeeze the cash out of us fans, anyway if it is on the horizon i for one wouldn’t be able to resist. For me the Japan 71 tour gave us some phenomenal live recordings and to have them on soundboards, well i can dream. So all in all 2018 looks like it’s going to be rather full of surprises with the 50th Anniversary of the Band all sorts of thing look like they will be occurring.


  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Wise words Ian!

  • Ian D said:

    Nick Drake will be on my weekend playlist, such a deep brew of mystic and pure Englishness. A small cannon of songs but not a poor one among them. Forever loved, never forgotten.

  • David Carter said:

    Always great material at Tight But Loose. Thanks for regularly contributing to my enjoyment of all things related to Zeppelin. I found this interesting interview over at Guitar World, maybe you will also enjoy:

  • Byron Lewis said:

    Was lucky enough to be at that Marquee gig – couldn’t believe it when Robert strolled into the bar, managed to bag his autograph on a cigerette packet and had a brief chat about his Honeydripper gigs in South Wales. Then he unleashed the Zep – a magic night that remains etched in me memory.

  • Albert Borg said:

    Eagerly awaiting the release of Evenings With Led Zeppelin here…

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