Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 03:38
Tight But Loose issue 36 out now!
The new issue of the long running Led Zeppelin magazine Tight But Loose - edited and published by Dave Lewis, is out now
Here's the line-up for this issue...
Led Zeppelin 1973 - Jubilant in July:
Mike Tremaglio tracks gig by gig, the highly acclaimed second leg of the massively successful US tour of spring 1973. This is the moment Led Zeppelin ceased to be a mere rock band and ascended into a global phenomenon. The set lists, the reviews, the ads, the whole story.
Led Zeppelin early 1975:
In a new TBL series analysis, Andy Crofts listens intensely to the tapes and argues the case that in early 1975, Led Zeppelin were not so sick again...
Robert Plant: Space Shifting in the US and UK:
Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters - round up plus on the spot reports from appearances at Santa Barbara, Bristol and Wolverhampton plus...
Plus exclusive interview with SSS bassist Billy Fuller:
From Sensation to Sensational - Billy Fuller on playing in the band
Charles Shaar Murray: The TBL Interview:
Dave Lewis meets with the legendary rock writer who was twice advised by Robert Plant to keep taking the pills...and listens in to vast outpouring of wit and wisdom on the subject of Led Zep and a whole lot more...
Knebworth book preview: Then as it really was...revised edition preview:
Dave Lewis unfolds the story of the making of the new and revised updated book about the events of and English summer in 1979...
Paul Rees on writing the new Robert Plant biography:
The former Q and Kerrang editor talks about the writing of his new Robert Plant biography A Life
Nick Anderson Collector's Column:
Resident TBL Zep collector expert Nick Anderson looks at the latest rarities and curios plus a round up of the latest eBay in demand auction items.
Jeff Strawman Instrument Watch:
The renowned Zep gear expert provides the low down on the eight string basses used by John Paul Jones.
Plus: Led Zep Re-issue latest/Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones news, The Song Remains The Same US premiere remembered, CD reviews and more.
If you are new to the TBL magazine - this is the perfect issue to find out what it's all about because if you love Led Zep...you will love this magazine...
Here's some TBL magazine recommendations from satisfied readers:
"I'm an avid reader of Mojo, Q, Uncut, Record Collector and Rolling Stone, but my subscription to the Led Zeppelin Tight But Loose is far and away the best value for money." Michael Rae, Victoria Australia.
"TBL is a great balance of serious in depth analysis and handy sized chunks to keep you fully up to date of what's going on in the Zep world. If you are a Zep fan there really is no excuse not to get subscribed!" Richard Grubb, Cardiff, Wales.
"Dave Lewis consistently provides interesting and highly entertaining commentary and photographs in every issue. If you're a Zep fan and haven't subscribed yet, don't wait another day." Bill McCue, USA.
"Without Dave Lewis, so much Zep folklore would be scattered - his infectious enthusiasm makes us all become the young Zeppelin fans we used to be once again!" Kevin Hewick, Leicester, UK.
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Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:57
SusannaSonata is happy to announce that the label will release the debut album of the duo Minibus Pimps in 2014. The duo consisting of John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Helge Sten (Supersilent) has played together since 2011, and the music is highly avant-garde electronic music. Stay tuned for more news about the release.
The Norwegian singer, musician and producer Susanna did a recording of a couple of her own songs together with Helge Sten and John Paul Jones for the Norwegian streaming service WiMP at the Oyafestival in Oslo in August 2013. The two songs will be available exclusively in WiMP for six months, before the release on most services, but Susanna and WiMP share the video from the recording of We Offer, to be found on YouTube.
"The recording session is a great opportunity to get together and play, a place for new collaborations," Susanna says.
Helge Sten is a long time partner in music for Susanna, in recording and producing music- but also live, Helge plays in Susanna's trio.
Susanna played with the legendary multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer John Paul Jones, known from Led Zeppelin, earlier in 2013, at an in-store concert in Bergen, Norway. The WiMP recording session seemed like a good way to get to play together again.
Piano, acoustic guitar and mandolin makes a warm and sparse instrumentation for Susanna's songs and voice.
The songs recorded was originally released on the Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos album in 2007.
1. We Offer
2. For You
From: Susanna Sonata
Created on Sunday, 12 January 2014 20:38
Led Zeppelin will begin releasing its long-promised catalog reissues this year. Jimmy Page reported the news via his website last week, but the post was removed shortly after. Rolling Stone confirmed the news today with a rep for the band. He added that the reissues "would be released on the Swan Song/Atlantic label, as they were originally."
The first to come out will be the group's initial three releases, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III. The post also announced the release of "some of my own material from the archives" that will arrive this year, but he made no reference as to whether this is Jimmy Page solo material or collaborations with other artists from over the decades.
Page first announced the reissues in November 2012. Each album will come out as a deluxe edition that he told Rolling Stone would include "added sonic and visual thrills." Page explained that he intended the reissues to include alternate mixes of the band's songs, as well as concert recordings that were never officially released. He also said that the albums will sound much better than the versions now available. "The catalog was last remastered 20 years ago," he said. "That's a long time. Everything is being transferred from analog to a higher-resolution digital format. That's one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff. It sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can't hear what's there properly."
Robert Plant hinted at some of the outtakes that could be included in an interview with BBC Radio 6 in October. Some, he said, featured bassist John Paul Jones on lead vocals. "So far, he's going to give me two cars and a greenhouse not to get 'em on the album," Plant said with a laugh. "Oh, John . . . you can't wait to hear yourself singing all over the world."
From: Rolling Stone
Created on Sunday, 12 January 2014 19:59
Watch Robert, Justin Adams, Skin Tyson and more in the final episode of Zirka, the 8-part Malian documentary.
An incredible journey captured.
Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 22:30
Pulling off a great double album was much easier in the vinyl age. Back then, most records over 45 minutes long were forced onto two separate discs. (When they crammed much more than that onto a record, the sound quality began to suffer.) Until 1966, few artists even thought about releasing a double album, but the huge success of Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde kicked open the door. Suddenly, everyone from the Beatles to Frank Zappa were releasing double albums. Visionaries like Pete Townshend and Roger Waters were no longer forced to tell a story in 45 minutes or less – but by the CD age, the length of an album suddenly doubled.
That probably explains why most of the winning albums on this poll were released before CDs. Two hours of music is a lot and you need a pretty great album to justify all that time. Click through to see your selections for the greatest double albums of all time.
By ANDY GREENE
5. Led Zeppelin - 'Physical Graffiti'
Led Zeppelin found themselves with a little problem near the end of the Physical Graffiti sessions in 1974. They had eight songs they absolutely loved, but they couldn't all fit onto a single album. They didn't want to record more songs just to pull off a double album, so they combed through their vault and dug out enough songs to fill out the second record. The outtakes fit in seamlessly with the new material and few fans even knew the true story behind the album. They just knew the new Zeppelin album was the longest one yet.
See the entire list at: Rolling Stone.
Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 21:29
Core fan Frank Smith came up with twenty reasons why John Bonham is the world's most interesting drummer, so without adieu...
1) It is said that the atomic clock in Colorado gets its timing from John Bonham.
2) His synchopated sonic symphony is credited with inspiring the exhaust notes of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and Citroen GT.
3) Moby Dick was used to dig the Chunnel.
4) His subtle timing and delicate wrists made three legendary Jazz drummers envious.
5) His right foot was used as a pile driver to drill for oil in the North Atlantic.
6) His 30 minute drum solo once registered a 4.5 on the Richter scale during a concert in Germany in March 1973.
7) He once outplayed the entire percussion section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra while simultaneously eating a sandwich in his right hand.
8) Mathematicians have studied his timing to better understand pure math.
9) All rock drummers threw away their sticks in 1969 after hearing the first Led Zeppelin album.
10) His double bass attack was outlawed on six continents.
11) God has Achilles Last Stand set as the ringtone on his mobile phone.
12) He coined the term "thrutch".
13) His Hertfordshire steers had better rhythm than any other animals in the UK.
14) When the Levee Breaks is the national anthem in the South Sudan.
15) Recordings of his footsteps are sampled even to this day.
16) Certain rare South American birds changed their mating calls to emulate his ching ring.
17) His great-grandchildren will be born with perfect rhythm and perfect pitch.
18) His shadow is in color and larger than Ginger Baker's.
19) The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland will be adding two more rings to emulate John's symbol.
20) All traffic lights would turn green whenever John was driving.
From: For Badgeholders Only
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 17:48
Led Zeppelin Then As it Was – At Knebworth 1979
Written and compiled by Dave Lewis
The long awaited new book Led Zeppelin Then As It Was –At Knebworth 1979 is now available via Tight But Loose Publishing (www.tightbutloose.co.uk)
This fully revised and updated edition, chronicles the final triumphant Led Zeppelin UK gigs staged at Knebworth in August 1979 – the build-up to the event, the concerts themselves, the aftermath and the accompanying impact of their final studio album, In Through The Out Door. The book also incorporates extensive first-hand accounts from fans who attended the gigs, interviews from the time, retrospective views plus bootleg and statistic appendix. All fully illustrated in full colour with many rarely seen photos and memorabilia images.
Led Zeppelin Then As It Was – At Knebworth 1979 is the book that will take you back to that field just outside Stevenage during an English summer of 1979…
The concerts…the crowds…the music…the memories…the legacy… And this time there are no sleeping bags required…
Don’t miss out…the book is exclusively available to order now at: www.tightbutloose.co.uk
An outstanding achievement. TheZeppelin Knebworth saga is finally immortalized in the form of this beautiful book, a craft of knowledge, passion and dedication. This is how the legend lives on…Hiroshi.
I can’t put this book down. The muse, the photos, the fan’s stories and the layout exceeded my every expectation. Every page is optimized. My advise to any Zep fan who has not purchased this breakthrough piece of work is to “Bring It On Home”! Wools.
Then As It Was undoubtedly contains a comprehensive perspective unavailable anywhere else of Led Zeppelin’s final concerts on British soil and their last ever large scale concerts. The book is an absolute triumph. Michael Rae.
Wow. First glance it's amazing...one for the ages. Another perfect portrait of England and Led Zeppelin, the culture, the back stories as Dave’s personal intimacy, passion and love drips from every page and pixel. Paul Macfarlane.
Another masterful book. It provides a wonderful insight from the fans who attended these last magical UK shows. The book is truly a thrilling read with so many interesting photos and stories.. May I please pass on my thanks and congratulations to all who took time and contributed. The Bootleg / Memorabilia and In Through singles and albums add a wonderful finishing touch. All in all another triumph! Cliff Hilliard
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
Or visit the TBL website at www.tightbutloose.co.uk
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About the author:
Dave Lewis first heard the music of Led Zeppelin in 1969 at the age of 13. The effect has been a lasting one.
He is acknowledged and respected throughout the world as a leading chronicler of the group and its individual members.
Dave is the editor and founder of the acclaimed Led Zeppelin magazine. Established in 1978 - it reaches out to Led Zeppelin fans in over 20 countries across the world. Each issue is a 32 page full colour presentation of features and interviews chronicling the world of Led Zeppelin and related artists past and present, and is designed to take every reader back to the music with fresh perspective.
Dave is also the author of a number of books on Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin The Final Acclaim, Led Zeppelin A Celebration, Led Zeppelin Celebration 2: The Tight But Loose Files, Led Zepplin Talking (with Paul Kendall), Led Zeppelin The Concert File (with Simon Pallett), Led Zeppelin Then As It Was - At Knebworth 1979 (first edition), Led Zeppelin Feather In The Wind – Over Europe 1980 and Led Zeppelin From A Whisper to a Scream.
His work has also appeared in Record Collector, Q, Mojo and Classic Rock. He has also been featured on various TV and radio stations including Planet Rock, Get The Led Out and BBC Radio Two. He has been featured on MTV, VH1 and the series of Classic Album DVDs featuring Led Zeppelin. He was also a consultant on Channel 4's Peter Grant documentary in 1999 and the BBC 2 Robert Plant By Myself documentary. He was also interviewed by a variety of radio stations for the release of the Celebration Day film.
Dave was lucky enough to attend 15 Led Zeppelin concerts – at Wembley Empire Pool in 1971, Alexandra Palace 1972, five shows at Earls Court 1975, the two Knebworth dates in 1979, five times on their final Over Europe tour in 1980 and the O2 reunion in 2007. He has attended various Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones gigs and has witnessed Robert Plant perform live on over 100 occasions.
In his role as editor, publisher and freelance journalist, Dave continues to chronicle the work of Led Zeppelin and the solo projects of the ex-members, via the Tight But Loose website (www.tightbutloose.co.uk), magazine and books. He has also written features on Nick Drake, The Who, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney. Dave sites seeking out 60s and 70s vinyl LPs, reading music magazines, socializing with friends in the pub, cycling, and following the fortunes of Tottenham Hotspur FC as his other passions. He lives in Bedford with his wife Janet, and has a daughter, Samantha and son, Adam.
Created on Monday, 23 December 2013 14:01
The jamming continues...
Created on Monday, 23 December 2013 13:53
Zirka Part 6 is filled with heavy jams and Malian dance. Watch now.
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 03:54
Robert Plant posted the following to his official Facebook page yesterday (December 16) that a new album by the Sensational Space Shifters is coming soon.
Sensational Space Shifters album..lost for words.
Created on Sunday, 15 December 2013 17:27
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Led Zeppelin's catalog is coming to online streaming service Spotify
The band has signed an exclusive deal with Spotify that will see their full album catalog available to stream on-demand for the first time.
Zeppelin albums are being rolled out in order of release, starting December 11.
Fans can stream songs from the band's first two records ("Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II") now, with additional albums being released at midnight local time each day for the next four days, making the full catalog of studio and live albums available on Spotify by Sunday, December 15.
Led Zeppelin / Spotify release schedule:
• Wed Dec 11 – Led Zeppelin (1969) and Led Zeppelin II (1969)
• Thu Dec 12 – Led Zeppelin III (1970) and Untitled fourth album (1971)
• Fri Dec 13 – Houses Of The Holy (1973) and Physical Graffiti (1975)
• Sat Dec 14 – Presence (1976) and In Through The Out Door (1979)
• Sun Dec 15 – The Song Remains The Same (1976), Coda (1982), BBC Sessions (1997), How The West Was Won (2003), Mothership (2007), and Celebration Day (2012)
Led Zeppelin were one of the last major artist hold-outs to Spotify, and to streaming services in general. Pink Floyd made their catalog available via Spotify in July after "Wish You Were Here" generated 1 million plays, while Metallica made headlines this time last year when the released their catalog via Spotify.
Created on Saturday, 07 December 2013 14:39
Led Zeppelin received two Grammy nominations, Best Rock Performance for their song Kashmir from Celebration Day and Best Rock Album for Celebration Day.
Best Rock Performance is defined by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Science as "new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings" and Best Rock Album is "for albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental rock, hard rock or metal recordings".
Led Zeppelin had previously won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be televised live in the US on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8/7c on CBS.
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 23:32
Led Zeppelin frontman and solo star Robert Plant led a tribute concert in memory of legendary folk singer songwriter Bert Jansch earlier this week.
On Tuesday night (3 December, 2013) the iconic rocker was joined by members of the guitarist's band Pentangle, alongside Donovan, Ralph McTell and others at the Royal Festival Hall in London, at a gig to mark Jansch's 70th birthday.
Jancsch lost his battle with lung cancer in 2011, and will be remembered as a towering figure in folk music, who influenced the likes of Paul Simon, Johnny Marr, Elton John, Bernard Butler, Jimmy Page, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, Devendra Banhart and countless others.
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 22:42
Quite coincidentally, no less than three of Robert Plant's solo albums are marking significant anniversaries, so no better time than now to examine all three as North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands invites Plant to look at his extensive post-Zeppelin solo career.
Robert's second solo album, 1983's The Principle of Moments, provided proof of a viable and sustainable solo career with angular extended songs In the Mood and the cryptic Big Log, both of which became rock radio staples in the States, followed by Little by Little from Shaken and Stirred in 1985.
Not until 1988's Now and Zen, however, did Plant shed the self-conscious shadow of Led Zeppelin by exorcising his ghosts with the song Tall Cool One, brilliantly sampling the "thunder of the god" iconic licks and employing Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page on guitar. Robert shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the mindset behind Tall Cool One.
"Necessity really is the mother of invention. I really wanted to do something real bright, breezy and cheerful, and Tall Cool One was really Real Wild Child by Iggy Pop mixed with a bit of Billy Idol mixed with 'Rock And Roll' by Led Zeppelin... with a sense of humor."
Robert Plant Nine Lives InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/robert-plant-nine-lives/
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 22:12
This Sunday, Robert's hour-long episode of Live from the Artists Den, filmed at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, will premiere in the United Kingdom for the first time ever! This is the first time ever that fans in the UK will be able to watch this incredible performance.
The episode airs at 9:00pm this Sunday, December 8, 2013, on Sky Arts.
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 21:55
Artist Karolina Gnatowski
has created a series of Jimmy Page-sculptures that is currently on display at the Lloyd Dobler Gallery
in Chicago, Illinois through December 14, 2013.
Made from a variety of fibrous materials such as steel tubing, wool, found sticks, brass hoops, beads, latch-hook yarn, and plaster, the sculptures portray Page in his various phases, from healthful right up to completely drugged-out.
Read the full story here
Created on Saturday, 23 November 2013 22:47
Joe Jammer may not be a household name, but after spending nearly 50 years playing with legends of rock and roll, he is happy with his relative anonymity.
Widely regarded as the world's first ever guitar technician after roadying for Led Zeppelin, The Who and Jimi Hendrix, Joe Wright, dubbed 'the Jammer' by Led Zepp guitarist Jimmy Page, wants to show youngsters how to play "real guitar".
Now 62, but a bright eyed 16-year-old when he first met Jimi Hendrix, Mr Wright plans to pass on the invaluable music knowledge he has acquired in nearly 50 years of rock and roll.
The American turned Mordenite is starting up his own guitar school, called Music Marines, where youngsters can learn how the real axemen of the 60s and 70s played.
Read the full story at: Your Local Guardian
Created on Saturday, 23 November 2013 15:57
Last week, the Led Zeppelin community did a collective head skritch after seeing that a video was posted to Youtube that was a mashup combining the music of Led Zeppelin's Ramble On
with the lyrics of Hypnotize
, a rap-based track by the late Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. The Notorius B.I.G.
Writer David Deal
has penned a blog post researching and analyzing this song that tries to make sense of it all.
You can read the entire piece at Superhypeblog.com
Some of you might recall Mr. Deal had written an equally engaging blog post last year, entitled Creating Art from Failure: The Design of the "Houses of the Holy" Album Cover
In The Evening
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 22:55
was recorded at ABBA's Polar Studios, in Stockholm, Sweden, in November 1978.
The intro to the song was a mixture of tympani, synthesized strings and Gizmotron, a a string-bowing apparatus that attached to a guitar. Here is a video posted by The Gizmotron Guitar Effects Device Restoration Project, showing a very accurate interpretation of the intro to ITE
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 22:41
Jimmy has given an interview to Team Rock Radio backstage at the Classic Rock Awards in London tonight (Nov. 14) and has shared a lot of information about the remaster box sets. Here's a quick summary:
They're coming next year, hopefully early next year.
All of the audio is finished.
Every album will be packaged with a companion disc featuring different mixes, possibly of every song.
There will be unreleased studio material.
There's a version of Since I've Been Loving You which is "totally different" "incredible" and "raw"
"Each disc will give a really intimate picture of the group"
Here's the source: https://soundcloud.com/teamrockradio/jimmy-page-at-the-classic-rock-awards-2013
Novel gifts for the consummate Led Zeppelin fan, as well as the best selection of quality gifts and accessories for musicians.
|December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.|
|December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO|
|December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US|
|December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums|
|December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album|
|December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England|
|December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig|
|December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell|
|December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness|
|December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater|
|December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey|
|December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour|
|December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year|
|December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans|
|December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio|
|December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings|
|December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show|
|December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."|