ON THIS DAY… 20 NOVEMBER 1971

I PLAYED WEMBLEY EMPIRE POOL WITH LED ZEPPELIN

Led Zeppelin played the Electric Magic concert at Wembley Empire Pool in London. I went out front to hear Maggie Bells’ Stone the Crows when it became apparent that the pool was frozen for an up and coming event and the seated audience were in danger of contracting frost bite. There followed a contest between Peter Grant and union officials about heating. When we played it was a foot stomping set.

20 November 1971

20 November 1971

ON THIS DAY… 30 SEP 1971
I MADE A STOP IN BANGKOK, THAILAND COMING BACK FROM A JAPANESE TOUR

I made a stop in Bangkok, Thailand coming back from a Japanese tour. I had been in transit in Thailand once before in 1967, en route from Australia to India, but this time I had some camera equipment newly aquired in Japan. I took some photos and footage in Bangkok, and boy has the skyline changed in 40 years but the soul remains the same. Music recorded in a taxi cab.

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ON THIS DAY… 30 SEP 1971

I MADE A STOP IN BANGKOK, THAILAND COMING BACK FROM A JAPANESE TOUR

I made a stop in Bangkok, Thailand coming back from a Japanese tour. I had been in transit in Thailand once before in 1967, en route from Australia to India, but this time I had some camera equipment newly aquired in Japan. I took some photos and footage in Bangkok, and boy has the skyline changed in 40 years but the soul remains the same. Music recorded in a taxi cab.

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ON THIS DAY… 30 SEP 1971

I MADE A STOP IN BANGKOK, THAILAND COMING BACK FROM A JAPANESE TOUR

I made a stop in Bangkok, Thailand coming back from a Japanese tour. I had been in transit in Thailand once before in 1967, en route from Australia to India, but this time I had some camera equipment newly aquired in Japan. I took some photos and footage in Bangkok, and boy has the skyline changed in 40 years but the soul remains the same. Music recorded in a taxi cab.

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30 September 1971

30 September 1971

29 SEP 1971

THE END OF THE LED ZEPPELIN TOUR OF JAPAN

This was another recorded concert in Japan at Osaka and the last of a series of successful concerts in this country. During the acoustic set of ‘That’s the Way’, ‘Going to California’ and ‘Tangerine’, John Bonham nipped off stage and hadn’t returned for the electric ‘What Is and What Should Never Be’. So we continued the acoustic set with a quick re-tune for ‘Friends’ - the first and only time we were to play this song live. We finished the song and he still wasn’t back. Then, as Robert was to give a rendition of ‘When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’, he still wasn’t back. With some encouragement from Robert P, the audience chanted ‘Where’s Mr Bonham!’ - he finally re-appeared and we finished the set.

29 September 1971

29 September 1971

ON THIS DAY… 27 SEPTEMBER 1971

I PLAYED A BENEFIT GIG IN HIROSHIMA WITH LED ZEPPELIN

I played in Hiroshima on the first Led Zeppelin tour of Japan, the concert was to be a benefit for the victims. The mayor presented city medals and a letter of appreciation to the band and manager Peter Grant. It made me think long and hard about the concept of war and its concentrated horror.

The music featured is ‘Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima’ by Krzysztof Penderecki 1960.

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ON THIS DAY… 27 SEPTEMBER 1971

I PLAYED A BENEFIT GIG IN HIROSHIMA WITH LED ZEPPELIN

I played in Hiroshima on the first Led Zeppelin tour of Japan, the concert was to be a benefit for the victims. The mayor presented city medals and a letter of appreciation to the band and manager Peter Grant. It made me think long and hard about the concept of war and its concentrated horror.

The music featured is ‘Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima’ by Krzysztof Penderecki 1960.

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27 September 1971

27 September 1971

ON THIS DAY… 24 SEP 1971

I PLAYED THE SECOND NIGHT AT THE BUDOKAN WITH LED ZEPPELIN

During the first tour of Japan, Led Zeppelin was to play two nights at Budokan. Between visits to club Byblos, Tokyo Hilton and the Budokan Hall, some good music and concerts were performed for the Japanese audience who were so respectful, quiet and attentive during the songs. This was interesting, because we could hear each other perfectly and we could explore the music in greater depth, giving us a chance of a serious musical work out. We played ‘Your Time Is Gonna Come’ in the medley section of ‘Whole Lotta Love’, the only time we ever played it in that context. It is interesting how well we played and were prepared to step up to the precipice under these quite analytical conditions.

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This performance was recorded, as were my early impressions on a newly aquired Super 8 cine-camera (no audio). 

ON THIS DAY… 24 SEP 1971

I PLAYED THE SECOND NIGHT AT THE BUDOKAN WITH LED ZEPPELIN

During the first tour of Japan, Led Zeppelin was to play two nights at Budokan. Between visits to club Byblos, Tokyo Hilton and the Budokan Hall, some good music and concerts were performed for the Japanese audience who were so respectful, quiet and attentive during the songs. This was interesting, because we could hear each other perfectly and we could explore the music in greater depth, giving us a chance of a serious musical work out. We played ‘Your Time Is Gonna Come’ in the medley section of ‘Whole Lotta Love’, the only time we ever played it in that context. It is interesting how well we played and were prepared to step up to the precipice under these quite analytical conditions.

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This performance was recorded, as were my early impressions on a newly aquired Super 8 cine-camera (no audio).

24 September 1971

24 September 1971

13 SEP 1971

I PLAYED BERKELEY COMMUNITY THEATRE WITH LED ZEPPELIN

On this day in 1971, I played with Led Zeppelin at the Berkeley Community Theatre and the seated, uni-like audience seemed pretty non-plussed. It wasn’t a very good communion that night. Maybe that evening they: a) were contaminated by the negative press we had continually received from the locally-based Rolling Stone; b) were sitting in the remnants of the vibrant San Francisco music scene they had witnessed over the last 5 years; c) weren’t receptive to new music we played - material from the unreleased Led Zeppelin IV; d) were heavily stoned, or; e) were all of the above.

13 September 1971

13 September 1971