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11 SEP 2010

I TALKED TO SHAUN KEAVENY ABOUT BBC SESSIONS FOR 6 MUSIC

I went to the BBC Centre in Portland Place, London to do a piece on the Led Zeppelin BBC sessions. At that point it appeared as though the 6 Music service was going to shut down but thankfully got a reprieve. They played some of the less attractive performances that I left off the BBC Sessions CD for good reason; we were jamming some rock and roll numbers that didn’t really fit the seated BBC audience that evening! Here is another song that I left off because of CD time restrictions and repetition on title from the 1971 performance, Communication Breakdown.

07 SEP 1968

I PLAYED GLADSAXE TEEN CLUB, DENMARK WITH THE NEW YARDBIRDS

This is the first Led Zeppelin date in 1968. Fulfilling some contractual Yardbird dates, the band was known as ‘The New Yardbirds’. The set for this show was (in no particular order): Train Kept ‘A Rolling, For Your Love, I Can’t Quit You Baby, As Long as I Have You, Dazed and Confused, Communication Breakdown, Flames, You Shook Me, White Summer, Pat’s Delight (John Bonham Drum Solo), Babe I’m Gonna Leave You and How Many More Times.

Images © Jørgen Angel

7 September 1968

7 September 1968

ON THIS DAY… 24 JUN 1969
LED ZEPPELIN RECORDED THE JOHN PEEL SESSIONS AT MAIDA VALE, LONDON

'Whole Lotta Love' / 'What Is and What Should Never Be' / 'Communication Breakdown' / 'Travelling Riverside Blues’
We recorded this show at Maida Vale studio to promote ‘Led Zeppelin II’. In typical Led Zeppelin tradition ‘Travelling Riverside Blues’ was made up on the spot from a riff I had on the electric twelve string. We had reached a point at the BBC where you could overdub a solo over the initial track of the song. This helped a lot to give a more complete rendition of our material and I must say the BBC engineer Tony Wilson did a really good job for us on this day. The BBC producer was John Walters.

ON THIS DAY… 24 JUN 1969

LED ZEPPELIN RECORDED THE JOHN PEEL SESSIONS AT MAIDA VALE, LONDON

'Whole Lotta Love' / 'What Is and What Should Never Be' / 'Communication Breakdown' / 'Travelling Riverside Blues

We recorded this show at Maida Vale studio to promote ‘Led Zeppelin II’. In typical Led Zeppelin tradition ‘Travelling Riverside Blues’ was made up on the spot from a riff I had on the electric twelve string. We had reached a point at the BBC where you could overdub a solo over the initial track of the song. This helped a lot to give a more complete rendition of our material and I must say the BBC engineer Tony Wilson did a really good job for us on this day. The BBC producer was John Walters.

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ON THIS DAY… 24 JUN 1969

LED ZEPPELIN RECORDED THE JOHN PEEL SESSIONS AT MAIDA VALE, LONDON

'Whole Lotta Love' / 'What Is and What Should Never Be' / 'Communication Breakdown' / 'Travelling Riverside Blues'

We recorded this show at Maida Vale studio to promote ‘Led Zeppelin II’. In typical Led Zeppelin tradition ‘Travelling Riverside Blues’ was made up on the spot from a riff I had on the electric twelve string. We had reached a point at the BBC where you could overdub a solo over the initial track of the song. This helped a lot to give a more complete rendition of our material and I must say the BBC engineer Tony Wilson did a really good job for us on this day. The BBC producer was John Walters.

24 June 1969

24 June 1969

19 JUN 1969

I PLAYED ON FRENCH TV IN PARIS WITH LED ZEPPELIN

On this day in 1969, I played the TV programme ‘Tous En Scene - Antenne Culturelle du Kremlin-Bicêtre’ in Paris with Led Zeppelin. The two songs that were featured in various TV shows and TV series to promote the bands work with reference to the first album were ‘Communication Breakdown’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’. With some of these TV shows at the time, it became more obvious that wanting to perform our material live and the quality of the TV recording just wasn’t working - like mixing oil and water.

Also on ths day, in 2009, I met the gorgeous Miss Alison Mosshart from The Kills, and recently with Jack White’s Dead Weather at the LA Film Festival. I’d seen the band premiere at the Roxy two days before.

19 JUN 1969
I PLAYED ON FRENCH TV IN PARIS WITH LED ZEPPELIN

On this day in 1969, I played the TV programme ‘Tous En Scene - Antenne Culturelle du Kremlin-Bicêtre’ in Paris with Led Zeppelin. The two songs that were featured in various TV shows and TV series to promote the bands work with reference to the first album were ‘Communication Breakdown’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’. With some of these TV shows at the time, it became more obvious that wanting to perform our material live and the quality of the TV recording just wasn’t working - like mixing oil and water.
Also on ths day, in 2009, I met the gorgeous Miss Alison Mosshart from The Kills, and recently with Jack White’s Dead Weather at the LA Film Festival. I’d seen the band premiere at the Roxy two days before.

19 JUN 1969

I PLAYED ON FRENCH TV IN PARIS WITH LED ZEPPELIN

On this day in 1969, I played the TV programme ‘Tous En Scene - Antenne Culturelle du Kremlin-Bicêtre’ in Paris with Led Zeppelin. The two songs that were featured in various TV shows and TV series to promote the bands work with reference to the first album were ‘Communication Breakdown’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’. With some of these TV shows at the time, it became more obvious that wanting to perform our material live and the quality of the TV recording just wasn’t working - like mixing oil and water.

Also on ths day, in 2009, I met the gorgeous Miss Alison Mosshart from The Kills, and recently with Jack White’s Dead Weather at the LA Film Festival. I’d seen the band premiere at the Roxy two days before.

19 June 1969

14 APR 1969

LED ZEPPELIN APPEARED ON BBC RADIO’S TOP GEAR

This was probably the first Led Zeppelin version of Dazed & Confused recorded for BBC radio, and certainly the first audition panel for Led Zeppelin. The setlist is:

I Can’t Quit You Baby
Communication Breakdown
Dazed & Confused

The trial broadcast was sent to the production panel, here it is.

14 April 1969

14 April 1969

ON THIS DAY… 21 MAR 1969
LED ZEPPELIN APPEARED ON THE BBC’S ‘HOW LATE IT IS’ PROGRAMME

On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin appeared on ‘How Late It Is’ - a BBC programme recorded at Lime Grove Studios. This was a pilot for an arts discussion programme directed by Tony Palmer. We supplied the musical slot and played ‘Communication Breakdown’ live. There were no interviews with us. The programme established itself and developed with more emphasis on music of the day. During the course of its run it had interviews with the likes of Eric Burdon, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Nice, amongst others. Unfortunately the BBC tape of Led Zeppelin no longer exists. This was a pilot programme.

ON THIS DAY… 21 MAR 1969

LED ZEPPELIN APPEARED ON THE BBC’S ‘HOW LATE IT IS’ PROGRAMME

On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin appeared on ‘How Late It Is’ - a BBC programme recorded at Lime Grove Studios. This was a pilot for an arts discussion programme directed by Tony Palmer. We supplied the musical slot and played ‘Communication Breakdown’ live. There were no interviews with us. The programme established itself and developed with more emphasis on music of the day. During the course of its run it had interviews with the likes of Eric Burdon, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Nice, amongst others. Unfortunately the BBC tape of Led Zeppelin no longer exists. This was a pilot programme.

21 March 1969

21 March 1969

18 MAR 1969
LED ZEPPELIN RECORDED ‘SUPERSHOW’

On this day in 1969, we performed ‘Dazed and Confused' with what seemed to be a pretty experienced production team, as the camera angles appeared interesting at the time. They also used some dry ice, which was quite vibey, and we were just part of a number of artists that were to appear on this show - some of whom had not yet recorded and were due to arrive at the building.
There was definitely a timeslot for us to do another number, especially as the other artists hadn’t arrived, and I suggested to the director that maybe it would be a good opportunity to do ‘Communication Breakdown' as a second number, but they declined the offer and said it wasn’t necessary!

18 MAR 1969

LED ZEPPELIN RECORDED ‘SUPERSHOW’

On this day in 1969, we performed ‘Dazed and Confused' with what seemed to be a pretty experienced production team, as the camera angles appeared interesting at the time. They also used some dry ice, which was quite vibey, and we were just part of a number of artists that were to appear on this show - some of whom had not yet recorded and were due to arrive at the building.

There was definitely a timeslot for us to do another number, especially as the other artists hadn’t arrived, and I suggested to the director that maybe it would be a good opportunity to do ‘Communication Breakdown' as a second number, but they declined the offer and said it wasn’t necessary!

18 MAR 1969

LED ZEPPELIN RECORDED ‘SUPERSHOW’

On this day in 1969, we performed ‘Dazed and Confused' with what seemed to be a pretty experienced production team, as the camera angles appeared interesting at the time. They also used some dry ice, which was quite vibey, and we were just part of a number of artists that were to appear on this show - some of whom had not yet recorded and were due to arrive at the building.

There was definitely a timeslot for us to do another number, especially as the other artists hadn’t arrived, and I suggested to the director that maybe it would be a good opportunity to do ‘Communication Breakdown' as a second number, but they declined the offer and said it wasn’t necessary!