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TBL 41 Latest:

TBL 41 is very nearly a design wrap and will be ready for printing very soon.

The last part of the TBL 41 jig-saw has been the interview with BP Fallon..

BP Fallon holds a unique status in the world of rock’n’roll. The affectionately know Beep initially made his mark on Irish TV. He moved to London in the late 60s and over the next few years he worked with a host of artists in a PR capacity –notably King Crimson, T Rex and Led Zeppelin. He would later link up with U2 on their Zoo TV tour and more recently has established himself as musician in his own right – working with amongst others Jack White, Blondie’s Clem Burke and late Faces keyboardist Ian McLagen. BP Fallon is to rock’n’roll what a stamp is to an envelope. He has been submerged in music all his life.
In this exclusive interview for TBL Beep recounts tales of appearing with John Lennon in The Plastic Ono Band, coining T. Rextasy,  jamming with Zep his own musical project and more.

What comes through is his deep affinity for Jimmy, Robert, JPJ and John in a colourful, compelling and poignant interview.

…and to see this group night after night – your friends, people that you love – taking themselves and their audience to places unknown… well, that’s pretty good, isn’t it?

He flew their flag, he spread the word and he was the original vibemaster –  and you can read the world according to Beep in the new TBL magazine issue 41.

It’s yet another highlight of a packed magazine.

Pic above – Robert Plant with BP Fallon – Austin Texas 2016 – photo by Vanessa Smith.



Here’s what’s in store in TBL 41:
TBL World Exclusive -new interview with John Paul Jones – JPJ talks opera, Led Zep reissues, 60s sessions, plans ahead and more in this exclusive new interview with Dave Lewis/ John Paul Jones at 70: An Appreciation by Richard Grubb Part 2 & 70 at 70 – the JPJ TBL Playlist/Jimmy Page – She Just Satisfies on 45 – Record Store Day Delight/Robert Plant: Celtic Connections & Blues, Roots & Hollers latest news & views/BP Fallon: The TBL Interview with the legendary former Led Zeppelin publicist/TBL Collector Focus: The vinyl, the albums, the singles, the memorabilia – the stuff we love/ Nick Anderson Collectors Column presents Presence at 40 – The Rare Pressings – a vinyl visual feast/Led Zeppelin: The Tarantura Bootleg CD Label – Part 1 by Paul Sheppard/ One Fan’s Coda: Larry Bergmann Jr compiles the best of the material from Led Zep reissue Companion Discs and more/ From the Underground: Scott Heck focuses on the previously uncirculated Fort Worth March 3 1975 soundboard release/ Please Read The Letter That I Wrote – TBL Feedback by letter, Email, Facebook and blogs.

Don’t miss out

If you have yet to re subscribe – don’t miss out – there are still a fair few regular subscribers who have yet  to come on board. it will be a disappointment after weeks of slaving away putting this all together, that it does not reach the target audience it deserves – ie – you people reading this now!

The link to subscribe for the next three issues – TBL 41, 42 and 43 is below:

Many thanks in advance for all your support.



BP Fallon new album:


BP Fallon has a new album just out details as follows:

BP Fallon – Hot Tongue album (Vibrosonic VBR 004 limited edition LP/download)
BP Fallon vocals, Carley Wolf vocals/guitar, Annie Marie Lewis vocals, Danny B Harvey guitar, Joe King Carrasco guitar, Jonas Wilson Hammond organ, Hector Munoz percussion, Jonny Wolf drums, John Sheahan fiddle, Aaron Lee Tasjan guitar/backing vocals, Ian McLagan Hammond organ, Tanya Melotte & Siobhan Fahey backing vocals, Nigel Harrison bass guitar/Wurlitzer, Clem Burke drums/percussion.

Photo by Theresa Dimenno

Further info 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.

Jimmy Page

  • New merchandise has been made available to buy in Jimmy Page’s online store. The new items include a “Zoso” tote bag, a “Zoso” beanie hat, and a “Zoso” mug.See the new items here.
  • Paul Rodgers gave a new interview in which he briefly mentions recording with Jimmy Page when they were in The Firm together. Check out the interview here.

Upcoming events:

June 14 – The delayed “Stairway To Heaven” trial will start in Los Angeles.
June 19 – Robert Plant will perform at the Royal Festival Hall in London with Guy Garvey, Nick Mulvey, Nadine Shah and Josephine Oniyama.
July 1 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform at the Rock Werchter music festival in Belgium.
July 2 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform at the Beauregard Music Festival in France.
July 4 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform at Le festival des Nuits d’Istres in France.
July 7 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform at the NOS Alive Music Festival in Portugal.
July 14 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform at Festival Noches del Botánico in Spain.
July 20 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform at the Street Music Art Festival in Italy.
July 22 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform in Italy.
July 24 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform in Italy.
July 27 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform in the Czech Republic.
July 28 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform in Austria.
July 30 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform in Croatia.
August 2 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform in Germany.
August 4/5/6/7 – Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform at the Wilderness Festival in the UK.

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


may 17

TBL Celebrates the 41st anniversary of Led Zeppelin at Earls Court:

Turning the clock back 41 years:  Saturday May 17th 1975:

Setlist: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That’s The Way/Bron-Y-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused (inc. Woodstock)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – Black Dog.

May 17th a dull rainy Saturday. Left Bedford around 4pm on the train and met then girlfriend Fiona in London for the long awaited return. I’d been counting the days down since March and now here we were hours from seeing and believing. We were inside the arena from around 7pm and the next hour was a slow one – I’d brought a programme and t.shirt.The programme with the illuminating text from Tony Palmer really whetted the appetite and had some amazing photos.

Finally when the stage burst into action following Bob Harris’s intro just after 8pm, well it was the moment my life switched into colour after the previous 18 years had been viewed in grainy black and white.

We had a good view high up to the right looking down towards Jimmy’s side. They were a little nervous and it was evident Jimmy was having lead trouble in Rock And Roll, but once they settled in it was all and more I’d hoped for. The video screen high above the stage was something I’d never seen at a gig before and I found myself gazing in awe at the memorable images flashing on screen- and wishing it was being broadcast on TV.  I’d played Physical Gaffitti non stop since it had come out so seeing In My Time, Kashmir and Trampled played live was just awe inspiring. Tangerine was an unexpected treat as was the whole acoustic interlude. Having no idea what the set list would be  only added to the pure wonderment of seeing Led Zeppelin live before my very eyes.

Initial opening night impressions:

John Bonham’s incredible drum sound, Robert’s warm rapport with the crowd and the way he totally dominated the stage.. After this somewhat shaky start they quickly regained confidence and the new numbers from Physical Graffiti, In My Time Of Dying and Kashmir set the standard. The latter’s Eastern-sounding riff rose into a thick, booming sound that reverberated throughout the entire arena. As the tapes of the shows so vividly reveal, that booming sound was very much an Earls Court characteristic, a sound so solid that when Page laid down a chord you could practically lean on it.

EC jr2

The marathon Dazed and the laser lights shooting through Jimmy’s violin bow. By the evening’s end the early nerves had all but evaporated, to be replaced by a relaxed atmosphere which found JPJ playfully offering a few bars of The Teddy Bear’s Picnic as Robert introduced ‘Stairway To Heaven. Plant was now regularly adding the line “That’s all we got” to the final verse prior to Page’s solo. Whole Lotta Love  featured a few riffs from The Crunge prior to Jimmy’s theremin battle. An unsurprisingly nervous start but with plenty to build on.

We got back to Bedford at 2am and I was already counting down the hours to when we would be back in their company again.  There were just 18 hours to tick off.

The Led Zeppelin Earls Court experience was underway…and boy life was good…

Dave Lewis – May 17,2016

“Apart from The Who and The Stones I can’t think of many bands who could have put on anything like it. During moments like Trampled Underfoot it seemed the whole stage was just going to fall forward and crush everybody in the hall.” Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express.

may 18

TBL Celebrates the 41st anniversary of Led Zeppelin at Earls Court:

Turning the clock back 41 years..

Sunday May 18, 1975

Setlist: Rock And Roll/Sick Again/Over The Hills And Far Away/In My Time Of Dying/The Song Remains The Same/The Rain Song/Kashmir/No Quarter/Tangerine/Going To California/That’s The Way/Bron-Y-Aur Stomp/Trampled Underfoot/Moby Dick/Dazed And Confused (inc. Woodstock)/Stairway To Heaven/Whole Lotta Love – The Crunge – Black Dog.

In the morning I’d got the Sunday Observer with the colour suppelment magazine with that Tony Palmer feature in.

”Led Zeppelin bigger than The Beatles?” proclaimed the front cover. What a compliment…and a rightful accolade.

On the train at 5pm in the afternoon with fellow fan Nic and his girlfriend.

Hung outside Earls Court amongst the the programme sellers and poster stalls before the show -bought a bootleg badge which was as big as a dinner plate. Wore it with pride for years!

The second night saw them settled into the run. Over The Hills And Far Away developed into an early set template on each successive night. Loaded with rock steady authority, with Page at his most spontaneous, supplemented by  Bonham and Jones holding down the bottom line, and hinting at the rhythmic tempos they would develop for Candy Store Rock on the Presence album. Page’s double-neck guitar poses during The Song Remains The Same and would give the attendant photographers plenty of famous images while The Rain Song saw the guitarist draped in blue light, casting another memorable portrait, a solitary figure in the spotlight ringing out some sweet familiar notes. Add to that an intensive and incessant In My Time Of Dying (Plant’s ”I must have done somebody good” line resounded in my ears all the way home).

ec no quirter

The outstanding performance of May 18, though, was No Quarter as immortalised on the subsequent Red Devil vinyl bootleg. Never before had JPJ immersed himself in this showpiece with such subtlety and grace, the defining moment being the point where he came out of the classical sequence, at around 3mins 45, to play a cluster of descending notes that rippled from the grand piano and into the Earls Court air.

The acoustic section found Plant at his loquacious best, unfolding tales of the origins of Going To California (“So we went to Wales and when we got there we wrote songs about California”) and That’s The Way (“So we were sitting on a grassy bank looking across the unspoiled countryside”). Dazed And Confused was also developing its own unique Earls Court quality. Page’s delicate, melodic guitar passages leading into Woodstock remain an evocative reminder of the times that still brings on the chill every time I hear the tape 40 years on.

During Whole Lotta Love they kicked into the rhythm of The Crunge as they had done briefly the previous night but now further developed Plant’s echoed “I’m just trying to find the bridge” lines. A crunching Black Dog brought show number two to a close after some 195 minutes on stage.

We just managed to get the last train back and in for 2.30pm. Two down and incredibly…three still to go!

Dave Lewis – May 18, 2016

“In six and a half years Led Zeppelin have grown to be the biggest band in the land and judging by the excellence of their performance at Earls Court, one of, if not THE most exiting live act in the world. I guess I came on the right night. It’s difficult to describe the magic or atmosphere of that Sunday. It was one of those gigs that will remain scarred on my brain forever.” Pete Makowski, Sounds.


Tony Barrow 1936 – 2016

Sad to hear the passing of Beatles PR man Tony Barrow – he was right in the middle of it all – loved his sleeve nots on the early Beatles albums – he really captured the moment..and coined them the fab Four which they will forever be – RIP


Free Appreciation Society magazine:

Just received the latest issue of David Clayton’s long running Free magazine – he is up to issue 136 which makes my nearly 41 a bit puny! This issue has a superb feature marking Paul Kossoff’s passing 40 years ago – David round’s up various press features from 1970 – 1976 for Koss to tell his story in his own words.

More info at

…and keeping within the Free family tree

Bad Company Live 1977 – 1979:

I’ve had this double CD package on this week and it’s a bit of a live corker – it’s a throwback to those great live albums that emerged in the mid to late 70s  ie Frampton Comes Alive, Robin Trower Live, EC Was Here, Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous etc

The 1977 set is from the Summit Houston May 23 1977. The 1979 set is drawn mainly from their Empire Pool Wembley show on March 9, 1979. I and the TBL crew of Dec,Phil and Tom attended the next night’s show – and I have to say at the time we all thought it was a lacklustre affair. Paul Rodgers looked a little like Neil Diamond in a sparkle waistcoat and the set took ages to get out of first gear. It did not help matters that I was eagerly hoping for a cameo performance by one of the Zep crew – and it didn’t happen. However, later during this tour Robert would appear for an encore performance at the March 27 Birmingham Odeon show and Jimmy, Robert and Bonzo all came on to perform I’m Going Down as an encore at the April 3 Birmingham Odeon performance.

Listening to this newly released  March 9 recording, well it would appear we chose the wrong night. Authentically presented with no overdubs, it rocks and grooves with much conviction. Rock Steady and Rock’n’Roll Fantasy being amongst the highlights -plus a version of Hey Joe flown in from a Washington performance on June 26 of that year.

On their day, Bad Company were masters of the unpretentious rock performance -as this pleasing set demonstrates most effectively. Great sleeve notes by the aforementioned David Clayton and all expertly presented by Hugh Gilmour. Following on from last year’s Bad Co and Straight Shooter reissues, further expanded Bad Company studio albums would be most welcome. Meanwhile this new live set is highly recommended. DL



Sadly, Janet’s Mum Betty passed away around 6pm on Thursday May 19.

Betty Squire (1926 – 2016), was the kindest, loveliest lady who along with her husband Ken ( who passed away in 2010), has done so much for Janet, myself, Sam and Adam.

Betty has been in poor health recently and was in hospital with pneumonia and is now at peace….

We will miss her dearly, and remember her so clearly as such a kind, caring loving wife, mother, mother in law and grandmother – Nan as she was to Sam and Adam.

I will personally miss my daily visits to her house – if I had been to the Vinyl Barn or Record Fair, Betty would always enquire ‘’did you get any bargains?

Such a sweet beautiful lady – a shining light in our lives has gently faded away…

Dave Lewis, May 20, 2016

bet pic 2


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  • del said:


    Sad times Dave for you and your family. After being as fit as a fiddle up until January this year I lost my dad to lung cancer 6 weeks ago so I know what your all going through, dreadful disease. All the best mate!!


  • Chris said:

    best wishes Dave and family
    keep on keepin’ on

  • VHP said:

    Dave & Family,

    Really sorry for your loss. Times like these are never easy.

    Best wishes to you all at this sad time.

  • Federico Leccardi said:

    Dave and Family,
    So sorry about your family loss.

    Less than a month ago my grandmother passed away, so painful the grief I still bring inside my heart..

    I wish to express all my fondness especially to your sons, whose hurt I deeply feel as mine.

    all my love to your family.


  • Gary Davies said:


    So sorry for your loss mate, it’s never an easy thing to deal with. Thank you for introducing Betty to us through Tight But Loose – she was a lovely lady.

    Love and best wishes to you and the family.

  • Mark Grayson said:

    God’s Peace to you and your wonderful family.
    You are in my prayers.

    Mark Grayson
    Maryland, USA

  • Wools said:

    So sorry to hear the family news. I hope you and your family are only filled with cherished memories of Ms. Betty!


  • Simon said:

    Sorry for your sad family news, Dave. Condolences…

  • Mark Williams said:

    Dear Dave,

    Very sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Our best wishes to you all at this difficult time.

    The Williams Family.

  • Ed-Washington DC said:

    Dave: sincere condolences to your family for the passing of your mother-in-law. I lost mine this past November, and despite the notorious reputation of how classic mothers-in-law are often portrayed, I can say mine was a dear friend and confidante whose humor and wisdom I exceedingly miss. I was the better for having had her in my life. All the best.

  • Chris Maley said:

    Deepest sympathies on the passing of a loved one to yourself,Janet and all your family

    Hope your all ok


  • MATT WALSH said:

    Hi Dave,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family!
    I am praying for you.
    God bless!
    Matt Walsh

  • Steve Benso said:

    So Sorry for your loss Dave and Janet.

  • Larry said:

    Dave all my best to Janet, yourself, Sam and Adam on the passing of your beloved Bet. No getting around the sadness of losing a loved one but as you said she’s at peace now and that’s a blessing.

    It can be a difficult thing to see a parent age, my father’s health has been slipping a bit for a couple of years, and we had a major scare with him in February that he has mostly recovered from. But the worry is never far from the mind.

    Peace and love to you and your family.


  • Hunt Sidway said:

    Dave, Deepest sympathies on Betty’a passing to you and Janet and family. Eternal peace… — Hunt

  • Jeff Drumheller said:

    Sincere condolences for you and your family’s loss.
    You were most thoughtful to me at this time last year when my father was diagnosed with cancer. He passed in January.
    My deepest sympathy is with your family at this time.

  • Matt O'Kane said:

    Sorry to hear about Bet.
    I think we all feel as if we knew her personally c/o your weekly Friday summary – references to her often a beacon of normalcy and the important things of life, amidst the otherworldliness of documenting almost 50 years of exploits of globetrotting superstars…
    All the best

  • Richard Grubb said:

    Dave, Janet, Sam and Adam,

    So sorry to hear about Bet, very sad news indeed. Condolences and sympathies to you all. The only saving grace is that, as you say, she is now at peace and at rest.

    You talked of her often and fondly so it’s clear she occupied a very special place in your world. She was surrounded by people who loved her which would have given her much comfort, I’m sure.

    Hope you’re doing OK.


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