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Tight But Loose: The Led Zeppelin Magazine

Led Zep didn't do fan clubs...

... and outside of the music weeklies there was little way of obtaining information. As a fan craving to know more, Dave Lewis undertook the task of creating a platform of communication between Zeppelin fans across the world. Initially inspired (with some irony) by the do-it yourself principles of the punk magazine Sniffin' Glue, Dave put pen to paper (literally) and rattled out the first issue, placed an advert in Sounds and the magazine was up and running.

Over the past 30 odd years TBL has been an incredible roller coaster ride. While the early issues benefited greatly from direct input from Swan Song, the demise of the band made it difficult to carry on and there was a ten year hiatus. As the solo albums unfolded, Dave's enthusiasm for their work remained intact, leading to the books The Final Acclaim, A Celebration and Celebration II : The Tight But Loose Files, and it was the favourable reaction to A Celebration that inspired Dave to revive the magazine again in 1992.

Since then TBL has gone from strength to strength with each issue evolving as a mini book scrutinising a variety of Zep topics. For more instant news there is this website TBLweb.com which has extended the original premise of sharing information beyond all expectations.

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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."
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