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Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters US tour kicked off in Dallas last night with dates to follow over the next week in Houston, Austin,  Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. If you are going to the shows, we welcome any set list info, photos  etc for TBL web/Facebook.

Here’s the first set list from the Dallas show:

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

In the Mood

Tin Pan Alley


Black Dog

Going to California

Please Read the Letter

The Enchanter


Angel Dance

Four Sticks

Bron–Aur Stomp

Rock and Roll


Satan Your Kingdom Will Come Down

Whole Lotta Love


Here’s a you tube clip of In The Mood live from Dallas


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All above photos of the Dallas show by Suzanne McElyea for TBL – with many thanks.

More photos can be found on the TBL Facebook – More US tour reports/clips to follow. 

Here’s the full line up of dates:–

June 20: Dallas, TX – Palladium June 21: Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center June 23: Austin, TX – Moody Theater June 26: Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium June 28: Santa Barbara, CA – County Bowl June 29: Berkeley, CA – Berkeley Greek July 2: Jacksonville, OR – Britt Festival July 4: Quincy, CA – High Sierra Festival July 6: George, WA – Jambase Festival July 7: Portland, OR – Portland Blues Festival July 10: Morrison, CO – Red Rocks July 12: Chicago, IL – Grant Park July 13: Memphis, TN – Live In The Garden July 14: Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival July 17: New Orleans, LA – Mahalia Jackson Theater July 19: Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre July 20: Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre July 22: Vienna, VA – Wolftrap July 24: Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun July 25: Boston, MA – B of A Pavilion July 27: Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park .


Patty Griffin BBC Radio Scotland Session: 

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Gill Davies at BBC Radio Scotland has been in touch to inform us that that their recent session with Patty Griffin including Robert on Highway Song can be seen at this link – looks excellent too…


Jimmy Page at Lez Zeppelin gig:

Jimmy Page was in attendance at the Lez Zeppelin gig at London’s Garage venue last Friday June 14th – here’s a great pic with the band… 

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Photo via Achilles Last Stand web site


Heart/Jason Bonham JBLZE Heartbreaker tour:

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Here’s the first report of the Heart/Jason Bonham JBLZE heartbreaker tour:

When it comes to affairs of the Heart, Ann and Nancy Wilson make no bones about their affection for Led Zeppelin. It’s rock admiration, dating back to Heart’s early days as a cover band, at its purest—and not to be confused with the kind of affair proposed by Eddie and Alex Van Halen, who once invited Ann and Nancy to participate in a twisted brothers-on-sisters ménage à quatre (the Wilson women declined, as chronicled in their 2012 book Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll.)

Back in the mid-1970s, when the sisters were making a name for themselves on the Vancouver club circuit, Heart would perform entire sets of Zeppelin songs. As the band’s own career hit various peaks and valleys, Heart continued to pay homage to Plant, Page, et al with concert staples like “Battle of Evermore.” And last year, during a tribute to Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center Honors, Ann and Nancy brought the house down—and moved Robert Plant to tears—with a soaring, full-orchestra rendition of “Stairway to Heaven” that, to date, has drawn nearly 6 million YouTube views.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Heart would spend the summer getting the Led out with Jason Bonham—son of late Zep drummer John Bonham—on its “Heartbreaker Tour.” What may have surprised some Monday night at a jam-packed Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm, where Heart and Bonham kicked off the tour, is just how torrid this affair can be.

The show opened with Bonham’s four-piece band doing serious justice to eight songs from the catalog on which his father earned the reputation as one of rock’s greatest (and loudest) drummers. As dynamic of a percussionist as the son has become, it can’t be easy standing in the shadow of a man who lived, played and died (at age 32) hard. But Jason—who shared the stage with Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones during Zeppelin’s acclaimed 2007 one-off reunion show at London’s O2 Arena—seems more at ease than ever with his place in the family tree.

“This is my way of telling my father, every night, just how great he was,” Bonham said. “And it’s my therapy.”

In the hands of a lesser band, this could have come off as karaoke gone horribly wrong. But Bonham’s “Led Zeppelin Experience,” fronted by James Dylan (who earns a solid 7.5 out of 10 on the Plant “wail” meter), had the crowd roaring from the opening power chords of “Immigrant Song” to the final cymbal crash on “Whole Lotta Love.”

From there, Heart took the stage, delivering 12 songs from a rock résumé that now spans five decades—and throwing in an Elton John deep track (“I Need You To Turn To”) for good measure. If anyone needs reminding why the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring, watch Nancy work her acoustic magic on “Crazy on You.” Or listen to Ann Wilson’s soul-stirring version of “Alone,” and tell me if that isn’t one of the four or five greatest voices—man or woman—in rock history. “American Idol” wannabes so smitten by the power of persona could learn a thing or two about simple song interpretation from a woman who, believe it or not, had a stutter as a young girl.

After a short break, the sisters returned to the stage with their band and Bonham for an all-Led encore that pushed the final stats to 14 of 27 songs from the Zeppelin archives. For Zep enthusiasts—and for those, like me, a little miffed at Plant for not turning the one-off into a full-blown reunion—it was a slice of Zoso heaven to hear Heart and Bonham bring “The Rain Song,” “The Ocean” and “Kashmir” to life.

The evening concluded with the crowd in full throat for the version of “Stairway”—including a 10-person chorus—that had Plant misty eyed. Good luck to any band this summer hoping to end on a better note.

You have to hand it to the sisters. At a point in their career when some of their rock brethren from the ’70s and ’80s would be happy playing county fairs, Ann and Nancy Wilson are headlining major venues—and showing us just how enduring rock music can be, especially when you pour your heart into it.
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

Immigrant Song
Ramble On
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
I Can’t Quit You Baby
Houses of the Holy
Nobody’s Fault But Mine
When the Levee Breaks
Whole Lotta Love


What About Love
Little Queen
Mistral Wind
Magic Man
Even It Up
Dreamboat Annie
I Need You to Turn To (Elton John song)
These Dreams
Dear Old America
Crazy on You

Heart with Jason Bonham

Battle of Evermore
The Song Remains the Same
The Rain Song
The Ocean
Stairway to Heaven

JBLZE – Immigrant Song

JBLZE – When The Levee Breaks

Heart with Jason Bonham – Stairway To Heaven


TBL 35 Feedback: Back to Kezar…

Here’s an interesting piece of feedback from long time Kerrang/Classic Rock journalist Neil Jeffries:

Just got the new TBL. Particularly like your interview with Aubrey Powell, the stuff  about the “Jaguar shoot” and  Alec Plowman on the movies are great reads, too. (I completely agree with him about the Led Zeppelin DVD – give all of it to us, warts and all, Jimmy!). The Kezar photos 1973 gig reminded me of my pilgrimage there in June 2007. It’s since been substantially rebuilt after an earthquake, but the gate, and the two views  are from behind the end where the stage was built as you’ll doubtless work out by comparing the skyline…

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Rikky Rooksby CD:

Long time TBL contributor Rikky Rooksby has been in touch to inform us of his latest musical project:

This is to let you know that my album of original guitar instrumentals Atlantic Canticles is now available for purchase online as a download or CD-R. It has 18 tracks and lasts 53 minutes. The music is finger-style acoustic guitar, in a variety of altered tunings, supplemented by strings, woodwind, bass and light percussion. Some of the music is inspired by memories and characters connected with the town of St Ives in Cornwall, whose harbour is pictured on the cover. It includes tracks in memory of singer-songwriters Nick Drake (‘At the Chime of a Harbour Clock’) and Roger Brooks (‘Sloop Roger B’).

You can find the album on a number of websites, including iTunes, Deezer, Spotify



DL Diary Update:

It’s been full on here the last few days with resumed work on the Knebworth book project – looking again at the material lined up for the book, there’s massive scope to make this something really special and I’m back on it all big time. I’ve also been sorting out the new TBL T shirt which is in production now and should be ready to go in a couple of weeks. More on that one soon. TBL 35 is now all out there – if you have subscribed , your copy should already be with you or on the way. If anyone out there has yet to receive it after ordering and thinks it may be a problem let me know.

Had to have a wry smile earlier this week when I saw the UK album chart – Black Sabbath at number one, Rod Stewart at 3, Agnetha from Abba at 6, Eagles at 9 Status Quo at 10…it’s like the last three decades never happened! The 1970’s oh yes, they are still talkin’ bout my generation…and talking of which…I really should have got out to see one of The Who Quadrophenia shows but with all going on here recently I did not sort it -those that have been, including John P and Michaela have reported it being a stormer, and Michaela, Phil and Tom also had a great night at the Bruce Springsteen Wembley show

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We enjoyed a lovely Father’s Day last Sunday and as can be seen appropriate cards were purchased by Sam and Adam for the old rocker.

On the same day we attended the Exposure Photographic Exhibition Foster Hill Road in Bedford which featured some amazing photo images taken by our good friends Terry and Marian’s son Robert -a talented young photographer for sure. See pic with the good lady Janet below.

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This weekend it’s Marian’s birthday and we are looking forward to hooking up with Terry, Marian and crew.

Thoroughly enjoyed the Steve Winwood BBC 4 documentary English Soul – which had me reaching for the Winwood double album collection. I now need to get some time to watch the recently aired David Bowie Five Years doc which I missed at the time and has come my way via John P.  Latest vinyl acquisitions here include Bad Company’s Burnin’ Sky album on orginal US Swan Song and The Faces Long Player in the original cardboard 78rpm style sleeve.

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Also on the player recently Steely Dan – The Royal Scam,  Steve Miller Band -Best Of ,  Paul McCartney – Wingspan, Stephen Stills Manassas -Down The Road  and as it’s that time of year it has to be Led Zeppelin Listen To This Eddie and Led Zeppelin For Badgeholders Only….and continuing with that theme…

And finally…

A week for Badgeholders….36 years ago this week Led Zeppelin performed that remarkable six night run at the Los Angeles Forum…enjoy this simply amazing cine film montage of the June 23rd show with Keith Moon guesting….what a night that was…


 Until next time… Keep listening, keep reading…Dave Lewis/Gary Foy June 13th, 2013.if you are reading this and have yet to link with the Tight But Loose Facebook page be sure to request/add us. The TBL Facebook is another key part of the TBL set up with updated stories/additional pics etc to keep you on top of the world of TBL.To view additional photos and TBL info be sure to hook up with the Tight But Loose Facebook page (add us as a friend) at!/profile.php?id=1611296783Also follow Dave Lewis/TBL on Twitter – LedzeppelinTBL    

Until next time… have a great weekend

Keep listening, keep reading…

Dave Lewis/Gary FoyJune 21st, 2013.

if you are reading this and have yet to link with the Tight But Loose Facebook page be sure to request/add us.

The TBL Facebook is another key part of the TBL set up with updated stories/additional pics etc to keep you on top of the world of TBL.

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    Dear Dave,

    Great, early reporting as ever – superb !

    Well, our ‘ Mane’ man has improved the Zep content of the set-list – down from over 75 % to ca. 53 % (excluding ‘ Please read the Letter’ of course). Good progress from someone not wanting to revisit his famous band’s past…..

    Song Remains the Same…

  • Steven said:

    Question about the SSS clips – where’s Juldeh?

  • Graham Rodger said:

    I always remember Rikky Rooksby describing Jimmy’s riff from Dancing Days as being a pagan riff, which he wrote in a profile on Jimmy for Making Music magazine back in the late ’80s. That word pagan seemed to describe it perfectly.

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