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Michael Putland 1947 – 2019:

I was very sad to hear the passing of another iconic rock photographer Michael Putland aged 72. During the 1970s, his work was a staple feature in the UK music press. When I was editing the Five Glorious Nights Led Zeppelin at Earls Court 1975 book for Rufus Stone I had access to his amazing Led Zep Earls Court photos many of which were featured in the book – including the cover shot .

I was lucky enough to meet him at the Led Zeppelin From The Beginning 1963 – 1975 – Photo Exhibition at Proud Chelsea Gallery in August 20, 2015: The group image that appears on the cover of the book was one of the framed prints on show –as can be seen in the pic of myself with Michael. His work will live on in countless iconic images of a golden age…RIP


This one just in via Planet Rock website:

Planet Rock to celebrate Led Zeppelin’s music with symphonic rock concert:

We’ve delighted to announce that on Saturday 18th April 2020, Planet Rock will be celebrating one of the greatest bands of all time, Led Zeppelin, with a very special concert at the London Palladium.

Zeppelin Symphonic, The Music of Led Zeppelin – a Rock Celebration is an epic rock and orchestral concert experience and will feature over 50 performers on stage playing some of Led Zeppelin’s greatest songs over a two-hour set.

Alongside the rock band and symphony orchestra, there will special guest performers on the night including Inglorious frontman Nathan James and blues rock powerhouse Kris Barras.

Tickets to the Zeppelin Symphonic show at the London Palladium are priced from £34.50 including fees. They go on sale from Planet Rock Tickets at 9am on Friday 29th November.

More details at:


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

  • A new short film discusses concert taper Mike Millard who was known for taping live shows by Led Zeppelin and other artists. Watch it here.

Jimmy Page

Robert Plant

Upcoming events:

December 9 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Devon, UK and Genesis Publications will send out greeting cards to customers who ordered “Jimmy Page: The Anthology.”
December 10 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Salisbury, UK.
December 11 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Bristol, UK and a guitar signed by Plant and Jimmy Page will be auctioned.
December 16 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Lancashire, UK.
December 17 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Blackpool, UK.
December 19 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Powys, Wales.
December 20 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Stourbridge, UK.
December 22 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Birmingham, UK.
February-March 2020 – Jimmy Page’s new book, “Jimmy Page: The Anthology,” will be released.
February 28, 2020 – Robert Plant’s vinyl singles box set “Digging Deep” will be released.
March 26-29, 2020 – John Paul Jones will perform as Sons Of Chipotle at the Big Ears music festival in Knoxville, Tennessee.
September 25-26, 2020 – The next John Bonham celebration event will be held in Redditch, UK.

Many thanks to James Cook.

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



In the light of Black Friday – here is a round up of TBL Product on offer this Christmas –all orders will be processed and dispatched as received. Note overseas buyers – order as soon as possible to ensure pre Christmas delivery.

Fed up with receiving the same old tired gifts for Christmas each year? Why not give your loved ones a nudge in the direction of the TBL ordering page and get them to invest on your behalf –let them really know what you want for Christmas or you may well end up with novelty socks and boxers yet again. Alternatively just treat yourself!

Remember –  a signed book is a great gift…



I have a handful of the Evenings With Led Zeppelin book on offer…don’t miss out order now…

Evenings With Led Zeppelin – The Complete Concert Chronicle by Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio

Each book is personally signed by Dave Lewis 

Here are some facts and figures about the book:

576 pages, 260,000 word text, 2,500+ images, 170 rarely seen colour and black and white photos, large hardback size 267 x 204mm

Written by Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio

Edited by Chris Charlesworth

Designed by Mick Lowe at StudioMix Bedford

Foreword by former Led Zeppelin Tour Manager Richard Cole

Here’s the basic overview of the book:

“When Led Zeppelin played a concert, it wasn’t just a concert – it was an event.” – Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin’s manager, 1993

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 eighteen 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 an utter triumph, a vast pool of knowledge and amongst the finest publications on ANY band, let alone those myriad of tomes about Led Zeppelin. Very few books are completely essential. This is…”

Andy Adams – Celebration Days Facebook group/To Be A Rock blog

You can order the book at this link – all copies personally signed and dedicated by me.




Again just a handful left…

Led Zeppelin Live – 1975 – 1977  ACC Editions/Iconic Images

Featuring the Led Zeppelin photographs of Terry O Neill, Michael Brennan and Baron Wolman

Text, captions and editing by Dave Lewis

190 pages –140 approx. black and white photos – 32 approx. colour photos

Large format Hardback –Embossed cover

Each book personally signed by the book’s editor Dave Lewis

Led Zeppelin Live – (ACC Editions/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…

You can order the book at this link – all copies personally signed and dedicated by me.



Led Zeppelin Feather In The Wind – Over Europe 1980


’A brilliant dissection of the tour that time forgot. What emerges is an intriguing chronicle of the biggest band in the world contemplating their own vastness and legacy. But this is no obituary; instead Dave Lewis has skilfully woven a passionate celebration of a group who may well have been on the verge of an altogether different kind of greatness.’’ Terry Staunton Record Collector

Order link here – all copies personally signed and dedicated by me.




TBL 45 – Led Zeppelin Knebworth 40th anniversary special issue –

TBL 45 is one of the most ambitious magazines yet produced – almost a double issue.

A 64 page issue it includes a reprint of the complete 40 page Tight But Loose issue 3 – the Knebworth special first published in October 1979.

Limited edition run of 675 – now running low – don’t miss out order now

Special limited Christmas offer: Free copy of TBL issue 44 with every TBL 45 order!

Order TBL 45 from this link:


Peter Grant 24 Years Gone:

Remembering the legendary Peter Grant – the man who Led Zeppelin, 24 years gone on November 21,2019. Here’s what I wrote for the TBL magazine issue 11 at the time





TBL Archive Special 1:

Wembley Goaldiggers Football – November 25, 1979 – 40 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 40 years ago this week.

My old trusty Olympus trip just about captured the moment R. Plant rounded the advancing goalkeeper Mervyn 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.

it was another incredibly exciting afternoon.

Great days from a time when I literally lived and breathed Led Zeppelin –with a bit of W.H.Smith retail frenzy where I worked , a few beers and a Wallbanger FC football match in between.


TBL Archive Special 2:

Melody Maker Poll Awards: November 28, 1979 – 40 years gone…


40 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.

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.




From my Facebook page:

It was 45 years ago today…

45 years ago today, Tuesday November 26 1974, the four members of Led Zeppelin re- convened to begin rehearsals for their forthcoming US tour. The location was Liveware Theatre in Ealing. Journalist Nick Kent met them there to interview Jimmy for a major feature in the NME that ran in the December 7 issue.

Nick reported that the following numbers were rehearsed that afternoon. In My Time Of Dying, Sick Again, Custard Pie (all from their forthcoming double album Physical Graffiti), When The Levee Breaks plus covers of Don’t Be Cruel and Hound Dog. Subsequently Custard Pie was never performed live by the group.

Photographer Pennie Smith was on hand to take this photo of them. I remember reading the NME feature with some awe and gazing at this very atmospheric pic. After a long layoff they were about to be Led Zeppelin again. That prospect all of 45 years ago, was an awesome one for this then 18 year old fan..

Dave Lewis, November 26,2019


My thoughts on…

Gene Clark – No Other (4AD Records):

Great American Music …lost and found…and found again…

I first read about Gene Clark’s 1974 album No Other on a train travelling from Milton Keynes to Watford. It was early February 2002 and I was bound for the Watford Town Hall to see a performance by The Who – a warm up for their Teenage charity show at the Royal Albert Hall. I would be at the esteemed venue for what was rather bizzare night on the evening of February 9. This was the occasion Robert Plant and his band Strange Sensation played a support slot to headliner Paul Weller Weller’s set included a cameo appearance by Jimmy Page who performed an instrumental version of Dazed And Confused. A beguiling evening.

Back to the story. So there I was on the train reading a book titled Unknown Pleasures- Great Lost Albums Rediscovered. Albums came under the spotlight by Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, ABC, The Specials and Led Zeppelin (Presence) and a fair few others. One that caught my eye was No Other by Gene Clark. The review by one David Bennun was itself told from the angle of a train ride. David’s experience of discovering this album on a cassette he had playing on his Sony Walkman on a slow early morning train trek to Brighton.

David Bennun’s unabashed enthusiasm for this record made me search it on my return from The Who gig (a splendid night I might add).

You can read that review at this link:

The original album on Asylum was long deleted. I eventually obtained a copy on CD – a remastered version with bonus tracks.

I was aware of Gene Clark’s role in The Byrds but not his solo output. I was more than impressed. His solo credentials included having two compositions on the phenomenally successful Robert Plant & Alison Kraus Raising Sand album. They mined Gene’s Dillard & Clark collaboration Through the Morning, Through the Night to cover the title track and Polly Come Home.

No Other has gone on to become a lost classic. One of those albums that has seeped through on the reputation of reviews such as the above. It’s now about to much deserved wider acclaim.

To celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday and the 45th anniversary of it’s original release, No Other has recently been reissued in a multitude of formats via 4AD the re-mastered album on CD and LP, and also in a lavish box-set containing a myriad of alternate mixes and bonus tracks, a documentary film and extensive liner notes and essays.

My attraction is the LP vinyl album newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios as I have never sourced the original. It’s a brand new 180 gm LP pressing full of warmth and resonance.

Recorded at the Village Recorder in West Hollywood and produced by Thomas Jefferson Kaye, No Other was originally released in 1974 on Asylum Records, just a year after The Byrds short-lived reunion. Given little promotion at the time (Label boss David Geffen hated it as there were no potential hits to be found), No Other was a commercial failure and was subsequently deleted shortly after. Lost classic status ensured…

It opens with the fabulous Life’s Greatest Fool – a searing onslaught of country soul dominated by some uplifting slide guitar. Backing vocalists with the calibre of Clydie King, Ventta Fields and Claudia Lennear provide a glorious gospel like vocal support.

Silver Raven benefits from the contribution of then well in demand session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis. Instrumentally, the title track emerges as a lost Isaac Hayes film soundtrack with it’s upfront percussion, Fender Rhodes keyboards and funk wah wah.  Strength Of Strings with it’s multi voiced harmonies and scat singing recalls the mysterious beauty of David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name album.

Over on Side Two, From A Silver Phial  is a lilting piano led affair with pleasing wah wah and Al Kooper like organ.

Some Misunderstanding carries a similar reflective on the road stance to that of  The Rolling Stones Memory Motel off the Black And Blue album.  Equally epic and eight minutes in length with soaring slide guitar and Hammond organ. The True One is a more simple country lament that reminded me of the Only Sound That Matters from the Band Of Joy album.  Lady Of The North is a plaintive tale with violin accompaniment and is a suitably wistful ending to proceedings.

Listening to No Other afresh on LP record these past few days has perfectly captured the melancholic mood that has hung around these parts these past few weeks. On Life’s Greatest Fool, when Gene Clark sings the  line ”Do you believe deep in your soul that too much loneliness makes you grow old” I completely get that. Let me add that I won’t be the only one aware that a sense of loneliness can creep up on you even when you are in a crowd.

I also completely get exactly what Robert Plant was aiming for on the Raising Sand album with Alison Krauss and The Band Of Joy album with Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin and co. He wanted to make great American music in the grand tradition of No Other.

Making great American music was something that Gene Clark did with utter conviction. I am very glad I re- connected with this lost classic again and it will be a repeated warm pleasure in the winter months ahead.

Dave Lewis, November 26,2019.   


Robert Plant  & Saving Grace Bristol St. Georges, December 11:

TBL contributor Richard Grubb has 2 tickets 8th row centre on offer for the above gig as he is unable to go. Cost is £62 for the pair. If you are in need of tickets email me at or ring Richard on 0784 362 3530


VIP RECORD FAIR – Victoria, London  – November 30,2019:

The final London VIP Record Fair of the year and decade is staged at the Horticultural Halls, 80 Vincent Square, Victoria, London this Saturday, November 30.

Always an excellent Fair, I am aiming to be in attendance with fellow TBL crew members. We will duly adjourn to the nearby excellent pub The Royal Oak  I look forward to seeing all that can make it along.

Here’s all the info:


Saturday 30th November sees the return of the BIGGEST UK RECORD FAIR to
Victoria’s Horticultural Halls – our last event, in the UK’s capital, of
the teenies!.

We’ve put together another vast selection of genres from Prog rock, Punk
Rock and Hip Hop to Soul, Reggae and Doo Wop. New sellers will be side by
side with all of our famous regulars. Rub shoulders with buyers and sellers
from all over the world!

SATURDAY 30th November
Horticultural Halls, 80 Vincent Square, Victoria, SW1P 2PB

Admission 12 noon £5. Doors close 5pm. Early entry £10 10am.

Please share our facebook event –

More info

All put together by the leading Record Fair organiser – VIP RECORD FAIRS,
so it will be worth a visit.
VIP Events – 0116 275 2815


DL Diary Blog Update:

Friday treats at the Vinyl Barn – at the always excellent Vinyl Barn last Friday morning , after a difficult week for the club , I was well pleased to find copies of two of the greatest singles ever made – namely the Tottenham Hotspur F A Cup Final Squad records for season 1980/1981and 1981/1982 – when of course they triumphed in the final both times.

Lyrically, the 1980/81 single Ossie’s Dream (Spurs are on their way to Wembley) is surely right up there with the likes of Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone, The Beatles Yesterday and Elton’s Your Song.

I will be reveling in these former glories  and of course, I look forward to further Tottenham Hotspur Squad singles celebrating future success under the astute and special management of one Jose Mourinho. Come on you Spurs!

Recent DL vinyl record acquisition:

Last weeky at the always excellent Slide Record shop in Bedford, I was well pleased to find the recently re issued remastered 180g LP pressing of ex Byrds singer songwriter the late Gene Clark’s lost 1974 classic No Other.

As mentioned above, I’ve long been an admirer of this album. Gene’s solo credentials included having two compositions on the phenomenally successful Robert Plant & Alison Kraus Raising Sand album. They mined Gene’s Dillard & Clark collaboration Through the Morning, Through the Night to cover the title track and Polly Come Home.

Now released on various formats, Gene Clark’s No Other will no doubt enjoy deserved wider acclaim. It’s great to have it on this newly remastered edition with the original sleeve artwork. As can be seen above, it has been a very rewarding experience re-connecting with this gem.



Football Update: A fine start to the new era – a 3-2 Sours win at West Ham was just the tonic – though it all looked a bit shaky towards the end. it’s all leading to the mid week encounter on December 4 at Man Utd. That will be some game given Jose’s past experience at Old Trafford. Come on you Spurs!

The pic here – at the local the Fox and Hounds last Sunday with the good lady Janet and our very good friends Steve and Anne Marie after the Sunday Music Quiz which we did pretty well at…for us!

In between all that, there has been prep for TBL 46 ahead and further discussions and planning for the current on going project – full details of which will follow early in the new year. As ever, it’s going to be a very busy next few months ahead.

Dave Lewis  –  November  26 ,2019

Until next time –  have a great  weekend…

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  • Edward said:

    Hi Dave,
    Very interesting documentary about Mike “the mike”; thank you !

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Alessandro oops I meant 2002!

  • Alessandro Borri said:

    Thanks Dave…but you says February 1992 about WHO gig, I suppose was February 2002. Also nice your vintage shopping about Tottenham Hotspur F A Cup Final Squad records for season 1980/1981 and 1981/1982 – when of course they triumphed in the final both times. 1981 defeat Manchester City and 1982 defeat of QPR after a replay (QPR my team) !

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