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Countdown to the Celebration Day…19 days to go.

To mark the impending momentous worldwide screening of the Led Zeppelin Ahmet Ertegun 02 reunion concert on October 17th, we are counting down to the day with a daily Celebration Day Newsletter post. This will feature relevant news and updates plus the TBL Countdown Collection – a daily celebration of Zep moments, memories and artefacts.


On this day in 1971 Led Zeppelin performed the first of two renowned shows in Osaka. Here’s Mike Tremaglio’s tour log of this show as featured in TBL issue 30:

September 28, 1971, Koseinenkin Kaikan (Festival Hall), Osaka, Japan

Setlist (from 146 & 15 minute audience recordings):

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Out on the Tiles (Intro)/ Black Dog, Dazed and Confused (incl. Third Stone from the Sun), Stairway to Heaven, Please Please Me, From Me to You, Celebration Day, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, That’s the Way, Going to California, We Shall Overcome, Tangerine, Down by the Riverside, What is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love Medley (incl. Boogie Chillun’, D in Love, Bachelor Boy, Down the Road a Piece, Maybellene, Hello Mary Lou), C’mon Everybody, Hi-Heel Sneakers, Communication Breakdown (incl. Cat’s Squirrel, ?, Watch Your Step)

The next stop on the Japan tour was in Osaka where the band played two of the most historic concerts of their entire career.  They continued to pull out all stops, performing many rarities and expanding their rock medleys into new directions.

The Osaka audience didn’t have to wait until the Whole Lotta Love medley to hear the band perform a variety of rock rarities.  During Dazed and Confused, Jimmy played some licks from Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Third Stone from the Sun’.  Prior to Celebration Day, they performed a 45 second run-through of The Beatles Please Please Me and From Me to You.  During the acoustic set they played the traditional songs We Shall Overcome and Down by the Riverside (the only time they had ever performed either of these tracks in concert).

For the fourth concert in Japan, Zeppelin would once again unveil a variety of rock classics in their Whole Lotta Love medley.  As they had done the night before, they reached into the Cliff Richard and The Shadows catalogue and pulled out two songs they would play for the first and last time in concert:  D in Love and Bachelor Boy.  Next, they would channel their inner Chuck Berry and perform Down the Road a Piece and Maybellene (once again, the one and only time these songs were ever played in concert).

The band returned for encores and jammed to complete versions of C’Mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran and Hi-Heel Sneakers by Tommy Tucker (the only other time the later had been performed was at the Yale Bowl on August 15, 1970 as a 30 second snippet during the Whole Lotta Love medley).  For the encores, Plant introduced Atlantic record executive Phil Carson on bass and roadie Clive Coulson on vocals.

Communication Breakdown was the finally encore and it included Cream’s ‘Cat’s Squirrel’, as well as a two minute version of Bobby Parker’s ‘Watch Your Step’ (the only other time the song had ever been played was a short snippet during the Whole Lotta Love medley at the Inglewood Forum on August 22, 1971).  It was Parker’s ‘Watch Your Step’ that had allegedly influenced Jimmy Page’s guitar riff in Moby Dick.

There are two separate audience recordings of this concert:

Source 1 (146 min. – through Whole Lotta Love)

Source 2 (15  min. – encore after Whole Lotta Love)

Most of the bootlegs are a combination of these two sources to complete the show (except Live in Japan 1971 – Last Stand Disc, which is entirely from source 1, thus excluding the encores).

Here are some of the other bootleg titles featuring this concert:

The Bachelor Boys’ First Stand in Osaka (Empress Valley),

Please Please Me (Tarantura & Wendy), Osaka Woman (Cobla CDR), and

Come On Everbody (Mud Dogs)


Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience has announced the addition of new dates to the band’s fall North American tour.

The band will play a series of US shows starting October 5 in Napa Valley, CA; concerts are currently scheduled to November 20 in Milwaukee.

“The Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience,” says Jason, “was something that came about through my passion and love of the music. To cut a long story short, after I stopped working with Jimmy [Page] and John Paul Jones in late ’08, I was so ‘Zeppelined-up,’ if you know what I mean, everything was Zep for me at that time. I had just done the reunion so, after about twelve months of persuasion, I put together a show – cause I didn’t want to just go out there and play Led Zeppelin music…I didn’t want to tarnish the fact that I had just played with them.” Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

2012 North American Tour

Oct 05 – Napa Valley, CA – The Uptown Theatre

Oct 06 – Reno, NV – Silver Legacy Casino

Oct 11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre

Oct 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Aliante Casino

Oct 13 – Indio, CA – Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Oct 14 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield

Oct 16 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre

Nov 09 – Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury

Nov 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

Nov 11 – York, PA – Capitol Theatre

Nov 12 – Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre

Nov 14 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre

Nov 15 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theatre

Nov 16 – Wilmington, DE – Grand Opera House

Nov 17 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead

Nov 19 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre

Nov 20 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater

Thanks to

YOU TUBE VIDEO CLIP OF THE DAY: Here’s the brilliant performance of Celebration Day from Madison Square Garden 1973 – as featured in the revamped Song Remains The Same DVD.

Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day

Congratulations are due from all here to long time TBL contributor (and Shaken N Stirred cover artist) Tim Davies and his lady Sandy on the birth of their daughter Sophie.


Number 10 in the countdown to Celebration Day:

Today’s choice is Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti on the magnificent Swan Song label – this is the Spanish pressing acquired from a holiday visit to Lloret De Mar in June 1975 from the DL collection. When I interviewed John Paul Jones earlier in the year I reminded him it was 37 years ago this month that Physical Graffiti was topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. ”It’s definitely one of

Until tomorrow…keep on celebrating…and have a great weekend…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy

September 28, 2012

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my favourites” he commented. ”It was an amazing time for us”.


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  • Augusto said:

    Brazilian Badgeholders have many Physical Grafitti brazillian rare editions and led zeppelin III too! Waiting for Robert Plant in Porto Alegre in october 2012! Cheers Dave i love tight but loose site amazing work
    ! 🙂

  • Gerd Zaunig said:

    Again no European tour dates for JBLZE. Why? Mr. Bonham jr. I hope this will changing next year.

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