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TBL issue 39 Latest:

The forthcoming issue of the TBL magazine -issue 39 is now well under production – text and lay out design is full on at StudioMix in Bedford via designer Mick Lowe. I am aiming at a late June publication.

If you are a current TBL 2015 subscriber (for which you will have previously received issue 38 which commenced the current three issue subscription), you will automatically receive this new issue TBL 39 as soon as it’s published. TBL issue 40 due later in the year then concludes the subscription.

2015 Subscriptions are on going, so if you want to sign up for the three issues you can do so at the link below:


If you are new to TBL or just want to order the single issue 39 – you can do so at this link:

There’s some great content lined up for this issue as follows:

 Earls Court ’75:

Rikky Rooksby remembers the opening night

Andy Crofts’ tape analysis of all five nights

Five Glorious Nights:

The making of the new Earls Court photo book

Unstoppable Ascendancy:

Richard Grubb on the Led Zep IV, Houses Of The Holy and Physical Graffiti reissues.

Physical Graffiti – 40 Years On:

Dave Lewis on the epic 2015 reissue


Bucks Burnett on the ultimate memorabilia item

Neil Jeffries takes tea for one at St. Marks Place

Jimmy Page Sound Tracks:

Larry Bergmann Jr on a very significant release

Robert Plant Lead Belly Tribute:

On the spot report as Robert reunites with Alison Krauss.

Chris Charlesworth My First Interview:

1969 advanced pop exponents talk up debut album to fledgling Bradford reporter.

Nick Anderson Collectors Column:

A visual round up of the recent reissue promo items.

Plus Robert Plant and SSS latest tour news, latest John Paul Jones news, Joe Jammer the lost album found, history of JB’s book,latest CD and book round up and more.. 

Preview TBL 39

Remember – websites are for browsing – the TBL magazine is for reading – time and time again…

Don’t miss out!

TBL 39 is the essential summer of Led Zep reading…



Also available – TBL T -shirts and Polo shirts:

Be seen in the coolest TBL/Led Zep garments this summer!

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With the summer upon us, now is the time to invest in the coolest TBL/Led Zep garments around…

The TBL ‘Not Just a Band ‘ T – shirt only £11 plus p and p

The TBL ‘No Just a Band’ polo shirt only £16.50 plus p and p

The TBL ‘Five Glorious Nights Earls Court’ T – shirt only £11 plus p and p

All TBL books and merchandise can be ordered via the TBL web site at


Dennis Sheehan 1947 -2015: RIP  

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I was very sad to hear the news of the sudden passing of Dennis Sheehan on Tuesday aged 68. The long time tour manager of U2, Dennis also worked with Led Zeppelin during the 1975 to 1977 period. I last saw Dennis at the Barney Hoskyns Trampled Underfoot book launch at the Rough Trade East record shop in London on September 13th 2012. I was on a Q and A panel that night that included Barney, former Zep roadie Joe Jammer and Dennis. The photo here shows Joe Jammer myself and Dennis on the night. Dennis was fantastic company relaying many a humorous tale. RIP a great character and rock industry legend.


Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters US Tour:

Robert and the SSS are currently back out on tour in the US with the following dates lined up for June:

2 Greek Theatre Los Angeles, USA

5 Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain, USA

7 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, Canada

9 Meadowbrook Music Festival Rochester Hills, USA

10 FirstMerit Bank Pavilion Chicago, USA

12 Mud Island Amphitheatre Memphis, USA

14 Bonnaroo Manchester, USA

15 Koka Booth Amphitheater Raleigh, USA

17 Mann Center Philadelphia, USA

July sees them undertaking the previously mentioned UK dates as follows:

10 Forest Live Gloucestershire, UK

11 Forest Live Staffordshire, UK


Recent US performances have included The Wanton Song in the set list – and Robert paid tribute to the late BB King with a performance of The Thrill Is Gone at the Sasquatch Festival 2015 on May 24th in Quincy, Washington. The photo above is from the gig by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images.


Robert Plant Bob Harris Interview via Audio Boom:

Bob Harris the former Old Grey Whistle Test presenter releases never-before-heard interviews with music legends, exclusive to audioBoom.

AudioBoom’s partnership with Bob Harris continues to grow – with the radio legend set to release previously unheard interviews with some of the biggest names in music. ‘Whispering Bob’s Legends Vault’ will be available exclusively on audioBoom’s online platform, iOS and Android apps.Whispering Bob is renowned for interviewing legendary musicians before they hit the big time. Now, for the first time ever, these previously unreleased ‘legends interviews’ will be made public. ‘Whispering Bob’s Legends Vault’ will consist of six unheard interviews to be released biweekly across a period of 12 weeks. Beginning on Friday 29th May, a long-listen will be released every other Friday, with the first an interview with Led Zeppelin frontman, Robert Plant.

Follow the Bob Harris channel on audioBoom:
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John Bonham on the occasion of his birthday:

bonzo five glorious

Sunday May 31 marks the 67th birthday of John Bonham.

Over the past year the Led Zeppelin Reissue programme has only gone to heighten John’s s percussive contribution and lasting legacy – as Jimmy remarked ”Listening to John Bonham, well that always makes me simile…”

The listing below was compiled from a TBL online/magazine poll conducted a while back. It remains the definitive fans opinion of the percussive favourites of this much missed special musician. These 20 selections unanimously reflect the remarkable standards he set.  I’m sure I won’t be the only ones searching out these performances to play this weekend in celebration of the greatest drummer of all time.

For John Bonham at 67,  this is his Greatest Beats…remember him (always) this way…


*No real surprises here. Still the most infectious drum pattern ever committed to tape…and boy does it keep getting committed…


* The most intense of percussive performances – and fittingly Jason also did it justice at the 02.


*How he pulled off those apocalyptic drum fills only his fellow musicians and the four walls of Musicland studios would know …


*Doing things with a bass pedal that it took two of James Brown’s drummers to try and emulate…and they knew a bit about rhythm…


(Live LA Forum ’77 Listen to This Eddie version)

*From the ten second torrent of speed at the opening to the breathless finish – this is an absolute Bonham live on stage tour de force.


*The dexterity remains the same…


*A New Orleans shuffle par excellence.


*The pride of Zep and Bonzo too…


*Listen at how cleverly he drives against the riff dropping and stitching amongst the beat at will.

10  ACHILLES LAST STAND  (Knebworth ’79 DVD version)

*One of Bonzo’s finest gigs…he knew they had a reputation to restore and he wasn’t going to let anyone down.


*Once an underrated percussive swing fest from John Henry. Not anymore.

12  MOBY DICK (Royal Albert Hall ’70 DVD version)

*Drumming skills faster than the speed of light on another famous night.


*What air drumming is all about. Thanks John (again).


*A riotous percussive extension of the man’s own exuberance

15  KASHMIR (Knebworth ’79 DVD version)

*The esteem of his performance at this gig amongst fans is more than evident. Here’s another one he led by example.


*The disregard of time keeping as his son once observed.

17  SICK AGAIN (Knebworth ‘79 DVD version)

*And yet more from out on the field…marvel at how he pummelled his fellow band mates into an inspiring romp through the backwaters of side 4 of the Graffiti


*The spirit of Gene Krupa lives on…


*That expansive Ludwig sound drove this one from beginning to end


*Could anyone do The Crunge?

Could anyone replicate John Bonham’s percussive perfection?

It’s a no to both of course – his influence and legacy remains undimmed…

John Bonham photo preview above from the forthcoming Five Glorious Nights Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 photo book. Photo by Dick Barnatt. You can pre-order the book via this link



Details of an excellent Midlands event below:

SATURDAY 30TH MAY 2015    11.00AM – 3.00PM


SATURDAY 30TH MAY        11AM – 3PM


New Audio Visual Presentation “John Bonham Was Here”

Video Footage of Led Zep    –    Led Zep Tracks

On Sale: “John Bonham – The Powerhouse Behind Led Zeppelin”, written by his

late brother, Mick Bonham      –    Led Zep LPs & Merchandise

Exclusive JBMF Button Badges – just £1 each

Light Refreshments    And much more !

Proceeds of sales to the John Bonham Memorial Fund


Bonzo Birthday Bash2015:

bonzo bash 2015

The annual  Bonzo Bash John Bonham Tribute takes over the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey on May 30. A special tribute show that was founded by Whitesnake’s ex-drummer, Brian Thomas Tichy in 2010, is hosting its fourth one this year. The event has been given the name Bonzo’s Birthday Bash this time, as opposed to the name that has been used for the past three years.

See link at


Led Zeppelin Themed Real Ale Festival:

A Led Zeppelin themed real ale festival will take place at Rocklands Social Club in headless Cross on June 12 and 13

There will be more than 25 real ales and ciders including 12 Zeppelin-themed beers, helping to raise funds for Redditch’s John Bonham statue.

Saturday night there will be an open mic night featuring local talent.

For more details, call 01527 544356.


Joe Jammer Gigs:

Joe Jammer has been in touch with details of his latest gigs as follows:

Fri 12th June 2015

The Poyntz Arms

85, Walton Rd,

East Molesy, Kt8 0DP

TEL: 0208 9412323


Sunday 21st June 2015

Summer Solstice

The Half Moon

93 Lower Richmond Rd,

Putney SW15 1EU

TEL: 0208 7809383


Sat June 27th 2015

The Broadway Club

Albert Street


GU51 3XZ

TEL: 01252613512


Dave Lewis Diary Update:

Last Sunday night at fairly short notice, we decided to have a bit of an Earls Court 40th anniversary gathering. It was an opportunity to mark the completion of the book – beers were drunk, we had a fun guess the lyric pop quiz (Tom and Jackie won) and of course my fellow Bedford May 24 Earls Court attendees Tom and Phil shared our memories of that amazing May 24 show and we skyped Dec in Ireland. After watching the Earls Court DVD clips, we also turned it into had a bit of vinyl playlist party with my good friend Dave Collins bringing over a stack of his seven inch singles and album collection. Amongst the delights we grooved to on the old record player, were Episode Six’s version of Morning Dew, Canned Heat Lets Stick Together, Credence Clearwater Revival’s Up Around The Bend plus plenty of vintage soul and reggae including Chairman of The Board’s Give Me Just A Little More Time and Harry J All Stars Liquidator. Proceedings predictably went on into the early hours where David Bowie’s Hunky Dory album was one of the wind down playlist choices.

totnes party may 24

With the Five Glorious Nights proof copy unveiled on the night, I reflected on how all those years back I had handwritten the first TBL issue with it’s extensive Earls Court feature. Back then, I could never have envisaged that many years later, I’d have the privilege of compiling a high quality photo book on the subject. The pic shows the good lady Janet with the aforementioned fabled TBL issue 1 and me with the Five Glorious Nights proof copy. Then and now, the passion for this period in the Led Zeppelin saga remains very much the same…

All in all, it’s been hugely enjoyable to look back on this week of weeks all of 40 years ago and as the singer put it, it really does feel like a second but a lifetime ago.

After all the euphoria of the Earls Court 40th anniversary celebrations , I have to say I’ve been feeling somewhat exhausted this week. The focus has now switched firmly to producing TBL 39 as seen above – and that trend will continue into what is shaping up to be a very busy June. More on all that into next month.

Dave Lewis – May 28, 2015.

You tube clips:

Robert Plant and U2 paying tribute to Dennis Sheehan in 2008 when he won a Parnelli Lifetime Achievement award  in 2008. RIP a rock industry legend who has sadly passed away…

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters: Rock And Roll- May 2015:

Until next time…

Have a great weekend,

Keep listening, keep reading…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy –  May 28, 2015 

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  • del said:

    Aint gotta problem with RP playing Zepp tunes but when he says he cant be stuck in the past with Zepp I see it as a bit of a contradiction, Have to agree with Mark & Andrew and with regard to Stephens comments “Plant might argue that he is reinterpreting the Zep tracks – with different instruments, personnel and arrangements” yea that may be so but it still aint new material and every Plant interview I hear he says he has to be playing new stuff, moving forward and not stuck in the past. What ever way you dress it up and change the arrangment of the songs it is still in my opinion not new stuff and will always be a weak diluted version, you cant improve on perfection so why fuck with it. He plays the Zepp stuff to garantee ticket sales and for no other reason. Talking of contradictions and having said all that I still went to see him in Bournemouth last year just because it was him and I couldnt pass up the chance of seeing a Zepp member in my home town playing Zepp songs!!!!

  • Stephen said:

    Plant might argue that he is reinterpreting the Zep tracks – with different instruments, personnel and arrangements – while in a reformed Zep he would be playing them more or less as they were in the 70s. I personally think Zep went out on a high at the O2 gig. Page is now 70 and they are all getting on a bit. A tour just wouldn’t be the same. What would have been interesting would have been a new studio record after the O2, when they were all back in the groove and playing together. But after Walking into Clarksdale, Plant probably thought the songwriting patnership had failed to rekindle. So many ifs and buts! I just wish Page would record something – anything – instead of promoting the remasters.

  • andrew r said:

    ref Ed’s comment. Did they ever produce a duff track?
    One of the glories of that 10 lp run is even the lesser stuff
    is better than most other bands best

  • andrew r said:

    ref Mark, absolutely in agreement. Ihave no problem with Zeppelin
    not reforming because Robert has a solo “career” but to then play 90%
    Zeppelin tunes in favour of solo back catalogue is a little curious to say the least

  • Mark Williams said:

    How boring , depressing & predictable it is that Robert & SSS current North American dates consists of over 80 per cent LZ numbers night after night.

    With such a great solo back catalogue why must this be ? C’mon Robert , this is the real ‘ juke box’ and we all know it.

    (Dave – please post this as it is what almost certainly is the view of most aficionados).

  • Ed-Washington DC said:


    *Once an underrated percussive swing fest from John Henry. Not anymore.

    Nice to see this recognized. I would also include “Royal Orleans”. True Engine Room material.

    “Darlene” and “Wearing and Tearing” are worthy mentions of the later sessions. And the early “Baby Come On Home” for its bombast and delicacy.

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