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So this is Christmas…

Christmas Eve is upon us and once again it’s been the usual rush to get everything sorted for the big day tomorrow.

The TBL distribution centre (our dining room actually!) has been pretty much flat out fulfilling orders right up to today. Many of you will be opening TBL products -notably the Knebworth book, on Christmas day that have been purchased as presents .

I hope the waiting will be worth it….here’s a recent accolade from another satisfied reader:

   ‘’What can I say about the book to do it justice. The colour images are just overwhelming. It is indeed like being back there. Loved the first book, but this is just taking things to 11.  A unique event in rock history and, I think as time has gone on, maybe one of the top five dates anywhere ever, including Woodstock and Isle of Wight and Bath. As Bonzo has shown us so often, timing is everything. Thanks for the time machine.’’ Chris Wright

Response to the Knebworth book such as the above has made it all the effort that went into making it what is all worth it – even the difficulties with the printers which have now thankfully been resolved.

TBL issue 36 is also out there and again the response has been highly positive. This summary from Simon Cadman was a particularly pleasing:

‘’Tight But Loose is the pre-eminent source for revelation and nuanced insight into Led Zeppelin – then as it was and up to the minute. Issue after issue delivers original content and unsurpassed detail, enriching understanding and appreciation amongst even the band’s most demanding of followers. You think you’ve read it all when it comes to Zep? Not until you’ve devoured TBL.’’

Of course none of those comments would be possible without the invaluable help and input of a number of key contributors and supporters. Designer Mick Lowe, the relentless TBL researcher Mike Tremaglio and Gary Foy who despite his health issues, has continued to be an absolute rock – to name but three of so many who make it possible for the Tight But Loose publishing operation to do what it does.

Below – with TBL designer Mick Lowe at Studio Mix Bedford Dec 23 2013. he is the man who brings it all to fruition -thank you Mick!

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TBL Celebrates Jimmy Page at 70: The TBL Poll:

As part of the TBL celebrations of Jimmy Page’s impending 70th birthday in January, we are conducting a TBL poll to attain your favourite Jimmy Page guitar performances across his 50 year career. This will take the form of a series of reader polls for which we want you to list your ten favorite Jimmy Page guitar performances in a series of categories.

Many thanks to the response to last week’s Jimmy Page studio performances .

This week the focus is on…

Your All Time Top Ten Jimmy Page LIVE performances with Led Zeppelin:

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What we would like is for you to list in order of preference, your all time top ten favourite Jimmy Page LIVE performances with Led Zeppelin. This can be drawn from the official live releases such The Song Remains The Same, How The West Was Won, BBC Sessions or via the countless bootlegs that capture the band’s live performances from every era.

We are specifically asking you to vote in order of preference, your all time top ten Jimmy Page LIVE performances with Zep.

On a scoring basis of ten points for a number one choice, nine for a number two etc – we will collate the results from your All Time Top ten listings to determine the most popular choices. The results will be announced on January 9th – Jimmy’s 70th birthday.

To kick things off – here are my all time top ten Jimmy Page Live performances with Led Zeppelin.

1: Stairway To Heaven (Earls Court May 1975 from the official DVD )

2: Over The Hills And Far Away (LA Forum June 27 1977)

3: Heartbreaker (Berkeley September 14 1971 Going To California)

4: Dazed And Confused incl Woodstrock (Earls Court May 24 1975)

5: Achilles Last Stand (Richfield Coliseum April 28 1977 The Destroyer)

6: Whole Lotta Love (Knebworth August 4 1979)

7: Bring It On Home  (LA Forum September 4 1970 Live on Blueberry Hill)

8: The Ocean (Madison Square Garden July 1973 from the DVD)

9: Thank You (LA Forum June 3 1973  Three Days After)

10: As Long As I Have You (Fillmore West April 27 1969)


We look forward to receiving your list – to contribute just send your All time top ten Jimmy Page studio performances with Led Zeppelin list either via the comments section below, the TBL Facebook page or email to  .

If you want to add some comments re your choices, that would be very welcomed.

The next poll in the TBL Celebrates Jimmy at 70 will be announced in due course


Celebrity Mastermind

Last night on the popular BBC 1 Mastermind programme, the BBC 6 Music DJ Shaun Keveney answered questions on Led Zeppelin -he did very well with 11 out of 11 questions answered correctly.

DL Diary Update:

As can be seen from the pic above, I once again took on my Santa role handing out the presents at the local pre school Janet is deputy leader at – just another part of the TBL service! I also recently caught up with fellow Bedford based author/publisher Jerry Bloom late last week who filled me in on his latest projects which has included the recent publishing of Mott The Hoople’s Overand Watts book The Mman Who Hated Walking which is a fave of Ross Halfin.

Jerry’s book titles can be purchased at

It was sad to hear the news of the passing of legendary sports broadcaster David Coleman  age 87. For my generation he was THE voice of sport describing brilliantly iconic sporting moments like this one. RIP a broadcasting legend….

Proud parents 2: After Sam’s news last week there was more very good news here as our Adam successfully applied for the full time job of sports tec as part of the PE team at Biddenham School during his gap year. He starts in January.

After all the slog of the distribution of recent weeks, it will be great to unwind today in the company of visiting friends and along the way  a beer or two may be drunk in one or two local pubs. As is traditional on Christmas Eve here – I’ll be wearing my Led Zeppelin Winterland tie brought for me by Larry Ratner in 1992

Christmas Eve always has that air of expectancy around it as we all get ready to bring the draw bridge up and retreat for Christmas Day. We will all be all here on Christmas Day with Janet’s Mum Betty with nary a thought for this thing called Led – well at least until I open the Godfather Throwing The Wild Seeds box set I squirreled away a few weeks banck to save for Christmas Day!

Christmas is always a time for reflection and I am sure like me, you’ll be remembering loved ones not around to share the Christmas season. That’s the real message of Christmas. As I always observe at this time of year, amongst all the commercial hype this is the seasons true meaning. Reflecting on those no longer around for whatever reason and seeing and thinking of family, friends and people who make our respective lives revolve in the way they do.

Below with the good lady Janet – final shopping and sending out of TBL product nearing completion and ready for Christmas…

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For me that includes many of the friends often mentioned here and a whole host of people from far and wide, who once again over this past year have given time and support to make TBL workable –and of course the subscribers and purchasers of the TBL magazines and books these past twelve months.

And another eventful twelve months it’s been with Robert’s Sensational Space Shifters live gigs, Robert & Patty live in a record shop, Deborah Bonham also providing some great nights out, the delights aforementioned Godfather box sets, and for me the completion of the Knebworth book and TBL magazines that included memorable interview encounters with Aubrey Powell and Charles Shaar Murray and more – all  taking me ever closer to the world of Led Zeppelin.

I’ll be raising a glass or two in the coming days in acknowledgment of the amazing and inspiring community that surrounds the Tight But Loose magazine, books and web site.

On behalf of Gary and all here, I wish you all a hopeful, peaceful and Merry Christmas.

Dave Lewis – December 24th, 2012

And finally… a little bit of seasonal fare from 1985… 


Until next time…Keep listening, keep reading…


Dave Lewis/Gary Foy – December 24th, 2013.

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  • vic morgan said:

    Dave without your work those of us who have a passion for this thing called Led Zeppelin would be more than frustrated. Seasons greetings and thank you for your extraordinary drive to keep the spirit of Zep alive.

  • Kevin F. said:

    Here is my list of Jimmy’s best live act. I had a hard time picking them since I lack Zeppelin’s live CD catalog.

    1. Bron-yr-aur (Live on Blueberry Hill, 1970) …Wish I had this one!
    2. Since I’ve been loving You (TSRTS, 1973)
    3. Kashmir (Knebworth 1979, Official DVD)
    4. In my Time of Dying (Earls Court, 1975, Official DVD)
    5. Stairway to Heaven (Earls Court 1975, Official DVD)
    6. TSRTS (TSRTS Original Album, 1976)
    7. The Rain Song (TSRTS Orignal Album, 1976)
    8. Dazed and Confused (BBC Sessions,Paris 1971)
    9. Ten Years Gone, Cleveland 1977
    10. Achilles Last Stand, Cleveland 1977

    Happy Birthday Jimmy!

  • Guy VG said:

    Indeed not easy but i’ve made my try.

    1) No quarter (the song remains the same NY July 1973)
    2) Dazed and confused (Same as No quarter)
    3) Bring it on home (How the wast was won LA 1972)
    4) Whole lotta love Incl Medley ( The song remains the same)
    5) Achilles last stand (bootleg destroyer 1977)
    6) No quarter (Bootleg for badgeholders only LA 1977)
    7) Trampled under foot (Earls court 1975)
    8) We gonna groove (official DVD London 1970)
    9) Since i’ve been loving you (the song remains the same)
    10)I can’t quit you babe ( BBC sessions 1970)

    I would like to use this opportunity to mention that there are two marvellous solos of zep classics done by Jimmy during the Page&Plant era:

    Thank you (Irvine meadows 1995)
    Babe i’m gonna leave (Paris Bercy 1998)

    thanks and Happy new year to the tight but loose team

  • Wools said:

    Greetings and Christmas wishes to you and yours from over the pond! I picked up Robert Plant “A Life” by Paul Rees and found it to quite interesting because your thoughts found in this bio, made my appreciation of your Led Zep experiences much more enjoyable. Nice work and your creditability of all things Zep remains stellar and creditable!
    As my Ann and myself relocate to Las Vegas over the holidays, I can only thank you for another outstanding year of TBL and keeping our community engaged.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Tim C. said:

    Wow…this isn’t easy. At this moment in time…

    1) Stairway to Heaven (from The Song Remains the Same (1973))

    2) Over the Hills and Far Away (June 23, 1977)

    3) Black Dog (from How the West Was Won (1972))

    4) Communication Breakdown (June 2, 1973)

    5) Ten Years Gone (May 30, 1977)

    6) Kashmir (December 10, 2007)

    7) In My Time of Dying (May 24, 1975)

    8) Achilles Last Stand (August 4, 1979)

    9) How Many More Times (from BBC Sessions (1969))

    10) No Quarter (from The Song Remains the Same (1973))

  • Rob Whitmarsh said:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. And a massive thank you for flying the flag for us all.
    All the best,

  • Tom Cory said:

    Merry Christmas me ol’ mate. Hope you have a great one!

  • Tam Nellis said:

    Hi Dave,

    Many thanks for the brilliant site and your commendable efforts in keeping us all updated with all things Zeppelin related. As Jimmy’s birthday approaches I popped into the site to see how this momentous occasion would be recognised and I congratulate you on your efforts and appreciate the necessity in having to break down his legacy into the various categories to fully encompass his outstanding contribution to music. I keep trying to compile lists but every time I listen to a piece of his playing I find myself thinking of another tune from his amazing canon of work and end up completely rewriting my lists!! I am sure I am not the only fan who thinks this way and finds it near impossible to segregate and separate the playing of the maestro who has composed the soundtrack of my life. Any way I wish you well and look forward to viewing the poll results on TBL and again thank you for your efforts on behalf of all fans of Led Zeppelin everywhere. Happy birthday Jimmy Page!!


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