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Countdown to the Celebration Day…28 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.

TBL 33

The forthcoming TBL magazine is well underway now with some great stuff lined up (as can be seen on the front cover above) –including 02 Reunion announcement news, Mike Tremaglio’s USA 1972 tour log, Nick Anderson’s guide to UK singles pressings, exclusive new interview with Glenn Hughes, an excellent overview of Robert Plant’s recent activity by Stephen Humphries and much more.

Suffice to say, if you are reading this, you really would find much to enjoy. I am aiming for an early October publication. If you have already subscribed for the 2012 magazines, issue 33 will be automatically despatched as published.

If you are new to TBL, you can subscribe here is the link and receive TBL 32 immediately with TBL 33 and 34 to follow.

You can pre order the new issue 33 at this link:

Here’s a pic of some preview pages which despite being constructed under a few health strains is looking very good.

The TBL magazine is the perfect companion to aid all your enjoyment of the exciting coming weeks and months of Celebration Day mania.


Glenn Hughes appeared on BBC’s Breakfast show this morning to talk about the forthcoming Marshall tribute show and more…and he had to answer the immortal question ”What about Deep Purple…?

Watch it and smile as Sir Glenn of BCC adds a bit of rockstar cool to the early morning sofa…


I had started to feel slightly unwell before the Barney Hoskyns book launch last week and the day after developed a head cold. My voice was and still is, reduced to a bit of a croak. As it’s hung around nigh on a week, a visit to the Docs was duly required this morning. The Doc has officially confirmed the TBL editor has a voice box and throat infection –so I won’t be available for any Zep karaoke nights for a while… this of course is no time to be ill with TBL 33 to wrap and Celebration Day mania upon us, so I need to get taking the pills and hoping I can get back to form.

The Barney book launch was a great night. It was a joy to be in the company of former Zep roadie Joe Jammer and the much respected ex Zep tour personal assistant and long-time U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan. Barney gave an excellent reading from the book quoting from the book’s lengthy introduction.

Afterward we chewed the Zep cud in a nearby Brick Lane pub and it was great to see John Lodge who I worked with at Virgin/Zavvi and his lady Alice alongside Simon Cadman, Simon Partington who took the superb pics of Robert at Womad plus the usual TBL crew of Gary F,Michaela, Cliff, Dec and Tom.

Joe, DL and Dennis

Press watch: Had a quick look at the NME this morning while in the post office/newsagent. The have had vote for the number one Icon of the paper’s 60 years. John Lennon was the winner, Liam Gallagher second and David Bowe third. Jimmy Page came in at number 34. In Kerrang’s Heroes issue this week, Dave Grohl nominated John Bonham as his all time hero. The new issue of Classic Rock has a piece on the first UK gig of the Page, Plant,. Jones, Bonham line up when they were still billed as The Yardbirds in October 1968 – I had some input on this.

As you can imagine it’s completely full on here right now in the light of the Celebration Day announcement. Work continues on wrapping TBL 33 and various other projects including the planning of the 02 book. May thanks to all those who have sent over their memories and pics etc. Keep them coming – just email your 02 thoughts and memories over to my email.


As a prelude to the Collector Countdown choice below, here’s a stunning composite clip of various 1977 footage  – at this point they really were beyond huge…it was just a phenomenon. Watch and marvel at their power…


Number 4 in the countdown to Celebration Day:

Today’s choice is Destroyer by Led Zeppelin – this is the 4 LP bootleg soundboard source of the April 27 1977 Cleveland show on DRGM Records. I brought this on mail order in 1981. There are various versions of this fabled bootleg including a carry case edition. There are some amazing recordings from their 1977 tour (Listen To This Eddie/Badgeholders etc) but this one is right up there for me – the soundboard quality is crystal clear and back when I first heard it, well it was an absolute revelation. The 1977 Zep set list was an expansive journey through their catalogue and there’s so much to marvel at here –Nobody’ Fault But Mine is a killer version, No Quarter rambles meanderingly on and on, Ten Years Gone is an emotional peak, the stereo effects on Jimmy’s guitar solo are awesome (shades of Lucifer Rising can be found here), Achilles is a Zep speedfest and Stairway is suitably regal. It’s Led Zeppelin live in 1977 captured across 4 LP records –and it’s brilliant. Simple as that.…

Until tomorrow…keep on celebrating…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy

September 19, 2012

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  • Michaela said:

    Always know that Dave Grohl had taste! He’s my second favourite Dave 😉

  • Kristine said:

    The swagger and the glory of 1977..wonderful clip with Bonzo pushing them on..fantastic.
    From ’77 to ’07..bought my tickets last night for Celebration Day at Byron Bay.Can’t wait.

  • Scotto said:

    The Trampled underfoot, in my humble opinion, from this show is the tops. Liking the Day 4 selection – and looking forward to listening to No Quarter this evening.

  • André Cruz said:

    Wish you a fast and complete health recovery Dave.
    Fantastic 1977 clip with Bonham showing why he is the best drummer of the world up till now – would like to know from wich show is this audio… For me as a kid in the early 80`s the finding of “Destroyer”, a full 1977 concert, was a unforgattable moment, as to my friends that love Zep. Regards !

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