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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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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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