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”Ahmet We Did it”:

Led Zeppelin 02 Reunion Ten Years Gone TBL Anniversary Celebration Day Event Update:

This is all shaping up to be a great day out

Tickets to the event are now on sale – please note you can also pay for entry on the day if that is more convenient. 

We are now running the event one hour earlier so we kick off at 1pm and run though to 9.30pm 

Guest speakers lined up are Legendary Led Zep author Luis Rey will be in attendance talking about his Led Zeppelin Tape Documentary book

Plus  Former Melody Maker editor and author Chris Charlesworth is coming along to talk about his time on the road with Zep – he will also talk about and have copies available of his new Elvis Presley book Caught In A Trap: The Kidnapping of Elvis.

Simon Cadman who covered the 02 Reunion concert for IRN News will also relay his memories.

In amongst all that, there will be plenty of Zep related and 02 Reunion Concert footage

There’s also a TBL Survey to complete on the day to determine the favourite Led Zeppelin 02 performance, all time favourite best track and all time favourite album – the results of which will be announced during the day.

The Quiz will involve questions surrounding the o2 Reunion Concert plus a Guess The Song lyric round – there’s prizes for the winners!

Here’s the planned line up:

1pm to 2.15 pm : Introduction and footage playback

2.15 to 2.45:  Guest Speaker Luis Rey

2.45 to 3.15: Footage playback

3.15 -3.45:  Guest Speaker – Chris Charlesworth

3.45 to 4.15:  Footage playback

4.15 to 5.00: The Quiz

5.00 to 5.30: Footage playback

5.30 to 7.00: Guest Speaker Simon Cadman plus ‘I Was There’ fan forum – personal memories of the 02 Reunion

7.00 to 9.30: Footage playback

The line up is fairly flexible and subject to change but that’s the overall scope of the day. The footage will be a variety of Led Zeppelin film through the years with emphasis on the 02 Reunion.


A couple of other points – if you are attending on the day and have any photos you took at the 02 Reunion concert we would love to see them -so bring them along.


The Atlas pub will be serving meals including a Sunday lunch – if you require lunch we would ask you to ring the pub to confirm this so they know how many lunches to prepare. You can ring them on 0207 385 9129

To re- iterate all the details:

Dave Lewis and Julian Walker Present:

‘’Ahmet We Did it’’: Led Zeppelin 02 Reunion Ten Years Gone TBL Anniversary Celebration Day Event

Sunday December 10, 2017

Venue: The Atlas Pub

Upstairs Function Rooms

16 Seagrave Road,




0207 385 9129

From 1pm to 9.30pm

Nearest tube: West Brompton (District Line, London Overground, and Southern train services)

A unique TBL Led Zeppelin fan gathering staged exactly ten years gone from that night of nights.

‘’Ahmet we did it’’

Ten years on let’s celebrate that fact all over again….


To confirm your attendance:

Please send £7.50 via PayPal at the link below:

Please note if you require more than one ticket – just make an additional order for each ticket -there is not a facility for multiple orders.

 I will send you a PDF ticket to confirm your attendance. This will need to be presented on the day at the pub. Also please print out the confirmation E-mail I will send with the PDF attachment and bring that along too. You will require both the ticket and a copy of the E-mail confirmation to gain entry.

Further details ongoing via


Dave Lewis

Julian walker


First Hand Report:

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

Gannochy Auditorium  – Concert Hall – Perth – November 28, 2017:

Hiroshi in Perth


New World…

Turn It Up

May Queen


That’s The Way

All The King’s Horses

Season’s Song

House Of Cards

Gallows Pole

Carry Fire

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

Little Maggie

Funny In My Mind (I Believe I’m Fixin’ To Die)

Misty Mountain Hop


What is And What Should Never Be

Bluebirds Over The Mountain

Whole Lotta Love

Has Robert ever played in Perth? Probably not. He mentioned Dundee and the Caird Hall, though — “We were banned from there in 1969.” Well, a certain group he mumbled the name of did play at the venue in 1971 and 1973…

Historical accuracy and significance aside, Robert and the Sensational Space Shifters put on a great show in this Scottish town, the most northern location on the tour. At age 69, he needs to prove nothing, he just plays the music of his own with joy.With Seth Lakeman replacing Juldeh Camara, the current model of the Sensational Space Shifters lean towards country and bluegrass, which can be described as Robert’s “Back To Americana” phase.

Closer to Appalachian mountains than West Africa, an attempt to reconnect Strange Sensation/Space Shifters to Band Of Joy, so to speak. And it works. I am not a fan of country music in particular, but I thoroughly enjoyed the music performed from beginning to end, even the reworking of Gallows Pole that is shunned by some sympathizers of Robert. Before you get a wrong idea from the term, “country”, let me assure you the music on stage is powerful. Trust me, they carry fire! felt the song selection this time was quite balanced —  6 Zep songs out of the 17 song setlist’. It was a delight to hear That’s The Way, one of my favourite tunes from the old days. On the other hand, What Is And What Should Never Be could have been ditched along with some other titles that are fortunately retired this time, Black Dog, Rock And Roll etc. They were played for ages, far too many times.We may live in the times heroes live in old books. And old records. However, as long as Robert creates and plays the music he finds genuinely happy to dedicate himself to, he is still a hero for me.

Report and pics by Hiroshi


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.

Robert Plant

Robert Plant performing in Wolverhampton on November 20 (Instagram/trevorbailey61) Robert Plant performed four shows this week: November 20 in Wolverhampton, November 22 in Llandudno, Wales, November 24 in Newcastle, and November 25 in Liverpool. We’ve included the setlists below – click through the links to see videos of each song.

November 20 — Wolverhampton
New World…
Turn It Up
The May Queen
That’s the Way
All the King’s Horses
Gallows Pole
Please Read the Letter
Carry Fire
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
Little Maggie
Funny in My Mind (I Believe I’m Fixin’ to Die)
Misty Mountain Hop
What Is and What Should Never Be
Bones of Saints
Whole Lotta Love

November 22 — Llandudno
New World…
Turn It Up
The May Queen
That’s the Way
All the King’s Horses
House of Cards
Gallows Pole
Carry Fire
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
Little Maggie
Funny in My Mind (I Believe I’m Fixin’ to Die)
Misty Mountain Hop
Poor Howard
Whole Lotta Love

November 24 — Newcastle
New World…
Turn It Up
The May Queen
That’s the Way
All the King’s Horses
House of Cards
Gallows Pole
Carry Fire
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
Little Maggie
Funny in My Mind (I Believe I’m Fixin’ to Die)
Misty Mountain Hop
The Lemon Song
Poor Howard
Whole Lotta Love

November 25 — Liverpool
New World…
Turn It Up
The May Queen
That’s the Way
All the King’s Horses
House of Cards
Gallows Pole
Carry Fire
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
Little Maggie
Funny in My Mind (I Believe I’m Fixin’ to Die)
Misty Mountain Hop
In the Light
Poor Howard
Whole Lotta Love

Upcoming events:

November 27 – Robert Plant will perform in Glasgow.
November 28 – Robert Plant will perform in Perth.
November 30 – Robert Plant will perform in Manchester.
December 2 – Robert Plant will perform in Belfast.
December 3 – Robert Plant will perform in Dublin.
December 6 – Robert Plant will perform in Sheffield.
December 8 – Robert Plant will perform in London.
December 10 – Tight But Loose will host a fan meet-up in London to mark 10 years since the O2 reunion.
December 11 – Robert Plant will perform in Portsmouth.
December 12  Robert Plant will perform in Birmingham.
February 1 – Robert Plant will perform at the UK Americana Awards in London.
February 9 – Robert Plant will perform in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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.
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 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 8 – Robert Plant will perform in Perth, Australia.

Many thanks to James Cook

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


TBL Archive Special 1:

Wembley Goaldiggers Football – November 25, 1979 – 38 years gone…


This may not be in with a shout of greatest sports pic in the world ever, but it’s a genuine all action reminder of a memorable afternoon of 38 years ago this week.

My old trusty Olympus trip just about captured the moment R. Plant rounded the advancing goalkeeper Martin Day (sorry West Ham fans!) to net a rather fine goal in his teams 3-1 win over LBC Radio. The occasion was the Annual Sun/Goaldiggers five a side football tournament at Wembley Arena. The date was Sunday November 25th 1979.

Robert was on great post Knebworth form that day. My good friend Tom Locke and I arrived in the early afternoon. The backstage gate was surrounded by fans eager to get a look at the celebrities of the day. The soccer superstars George Best, Bobby Moore, Stan Bowles etc mixing with the likes of actor Patrick Mower, Jasper Carrott and various members of ELO, Darts and Uriah Heep etc who were making up the teams. In the drizzling rain we eyed Robert’s Cherokee jeep as it drove around the car park and we enthusiastically greeted him. ‘’Jump in the back ‘’ said the singer in the greatest band in the world. Well it’s not an offer we could refuse and it was raining! So we clambered aboard, anxious not to put muddy footprints all over the seats.

Off we swept through the gates, passed the awaiting throng into the backstage area. The rest of the afternoon was a delight. We watched Robert do his stuff on the pitch -his team Power Plant with Ron Atkinson, singer Jess Conrad, the late Dave Dee and Jasper Carrott reached the semi finals.

He chatted with Britt Ekland, and was cheered on by various Swan Song personal who revealed to me Zep had scooped seven awards in the Melody Maker Poll due to be revealed the next Wednesday. Robert wore a tasty Knebworth yellow and black T shirt as worn by the video crew. He also wrote out a very nice insert message to go in the next TBL and took receipt of a fetching pair of blue and yellow Nike trainers (which spurred a mental note to self: get down to the local sports shop and invest in Nike trainers soon as!). Some off the cuff chat revealed his pride for the success of Knebworth and In Through The Out Door (‘’It’s all there in the end’’) and plans ahead (‘’We need to keep working now’’).

When signing autographs one wag shouted out ‘’When yer gonna play Manchester!?’’ Robert replied ‘’I want to play Manchester but it ain’t up to me mate!’’

And then he was off back to the Midlands, box of trainers in hand ready to try them out at the next Wednesday’s Melody Maker Poll Awards.

I’ve have had worse afternoons! I found that pic and a few others from the occasion in the loft recently. Great days from a time when I literally lived and breathed Led Zeppelin –with a bit of W.H.Smith retail frenzy, a few beers and a Wallbanger football match in between.


TBL Archive Special 2:

Melody Maker Poll Awards: November 28, 1979 – 38 years gone…


38 years ago on a late cold November afternoon in 1979, I walked into the plush surroundings of the Waldorf Hotel in London and ordered a vodka and lime at the bar just behind Richard Cole who was organising drinks for three quarters of Led Zeppelin.

The occasion was the annual Melody Maker Poll Awards for which Peter Grant had rounded up Robert, Bonzo and Jonesy to accept a remarkable seven awards. Richard Cole and assorted roadies and tech guys and Swan Song personel were in attendance.

I was there reporting it all for what would become Tight But Loose issue number 4. Some of the text of that report (unbeknown to me) would years later be suitably exaggerated in The Hammer Of The Gods book.

I remember spotting Robert wearing the pair of bright yellow and blue Nike trainers he’d acquired at the Wembley Goal Diggers soccer tournament the previous Sunday which I’d been along to watch. I made a mental note to seek out a similar pair on my return to Bedford – they were my style gurus as well back then and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one though I drew the line at investing in a dragon suit!


There was an air of supreme confidence amongst the Zep camp that afternoon – their delight in scooping so many awards in those post punk days could be clearly seen. It really did feel like ‘The 1980’s Part One’ was ready to usher in a new exciting era for us all. The photo here with John Paul Jones inspires a host of memories from that early era of the TBL magazine. The story of those early TBL years is one of the centrepiece features of  TBL 40

It was a fantastic thrill to be in their company that November afternoon way back – the full story can be found in the Zep On the Town chapter in the Knebworth book.




Peter Grant 22 Years Gone:

peter obit

Peter Grant 22 years gone  – the man who Led Zeppelin -passed away 21 years ago on November 21, 1995.

In an obituary piece for TBL 8 I stated ‘’Whenever and wherever the story of the group is told –his legacy will be remembered.’’ 20 years on that fact remains

This is a piece that went out in TBL issue 8 and was written  the day after his passing.

RIP Peter Grant 1935 – 1995. A visionary…and great man..



DL Diary Blog Update:

Friday treats at the Vinyl Barn – at the always excellent Vinyl Barn last Friday  morning, a couple of very nice singer songwriter albums in Kiki Dee and Lesley Duncan plus an Argentinian pressing of Family’s Old Songs New Songs -oh and I could not resist a copy of the island Story compilation on cassette – the cassette revival starts here! Thanks Darren Harte

The pic here was taken at StudioMix  last week looking over some of the 1973 designed pages of the Evenings With LZ book. We are at a stage of reviewing everything we have done so far before we move forward again – great work as ever by designer Mick Lowe and co-author Mike Tremaglio.

It’s been full on here with the book and preparing the December 10 Ahmet We Did it 02 Reunion event. In amongst all that, I’ve been enjoying tracking the Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters UK tour dates – the feedback has been unanimously favourable – many fans reporting this is the best performances they have witnessed in years.

Graeme Hutchinson was in touch yesterday to tell me about a nice little plug Tight But Loose had on Planet Rock. They were talking about fan clubs and a listener relayed how he had purchased the early TBL issues and one of my Knebworth  T.shirts back in the day.

My very good friend Dec is due over from Ireland this evening to stay here for a few days. Friday is our annual Wallbanger reunion out – this is when ex players of the esteemed Wallbangers FC -, that’s myself, Dec, Tom, Phil and Max venture into London to relay tales of former glories in the confines of one or two London pubs. We have been doing this annually this since 1993.

December is nigh on here and there is a lot to do as I lead into a very big weekend in a weeks time – with Robert Plant’s Royal Albert Hall appearance on the Friday and the TBL event on Sunday. The playlist is reflecting this upcoming activity with Robert Plant’s Carry Fire and lullaby and the the Ceaseless Roar albums both sounding better than ever – plus the audience tapes and official Celebration Day soundtrack of the 02 Reunion putting right back in that very memorable zone of nearly ten years back …

Flippin’ heck they were good that night…more on all that in the coming week on my Facebook page and here – look out for the first of a series of 02 Reunion Ten Years Gone posts on Monday…

Until next time, have a great weekend

Dave Lewis  – November 29 ,2017  

TBL Website updates compiled by Dave Lewis

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