16 DEC 1968

I PLAYED BATH WITH LED ZEPPELIN

On the first Led Zeppelin tour of the UK in 1968, we played the Bath Pavilion. Apparently, there is a contract for us receiving £75 / 50% for this date. We opened with Train Kept a Rollin. We were to play the Bath Festival of Blues six months later at The Recreation Ground, when we also opened the set with Train Kept a Rollin. One year later we topped the bill for The Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music, where we opened with Immigrant Song.

16 December 1968, 1969, 1970

ON THIS DAY… 28 JUN 1969

LED ZEPPELIN PLAYED BATH, UK

Led Zeppelin played at the Bath Festival twice - once in 1969 and once in 1970 - and both concerts coincided on the 28th June. In 1969, Led Zeppelin were within the bill, but I remember seeing The Nice play with Keith Emerson for the first time. He was phenomenal to watch at that time, stabbing the keyboard with knives to set up a drone, whilst playing and improvising over it. Rocking the organ backwards and forward, switching it on and off, making it alter in pitch and defying gravity. At this time he was the Hendrix of the Hammond organ. Fantastic.

In 1970, we played and it was really cold. The people at the front of the audience were covered by sleeping bags, coats and blankets to keep them warm. It was because of the cold weather that I wore my overcoat and hat that day. It was an honest statement.

This was around the Bron-y-aur and third album period, so material was played hot off the press. We started with ‘Immigrant Song’ and were relentless in showing why we deserved to be top of the bill. Here’s a setlist.

There was an attempt to film this, but, as we preferred to play at dusk, the filming was unsuccessful as the film crew had brought daylight film - as opposed to the High Speed film needed to capture night filming.

Sir Peter Blake told me that he attended both of these concerts.

28 June 1969

28 June 1969

ON THIS DAY… 11 JUN 2003

THE JAPANESE VERSION OF ‘HOW THE WEST WAS WON’ WAS RELEASED

On this day in 2003, I went to Japan to promote the Led Zeppelin DVD ‘How The West Was Won’. There was a screening of an edited showcase promo of the Led Zeppelin DVD and a Question & Answer session in Tokyo with me.

The video source is ‘Immigrant Song’ from 1972. Led Zeppelin had played in Japan and then went to Australia where the visuals of this come from, the sound source is from California and the mixing was done at Sarm Studios (previously Island Studios - a former playground of Led Zeppelin - in London).

ON THIS DAY… 11 JUN 2003

THE JAPANESE VERSION OF ‘HOW THE WEST WAS WON’ WAS RELEASED

On this day in 2003, I went to Japan to promote the Led Zeppelin DVD ‘How The West Was Won’. There was a screening of an edited showcase promo of the Led Zeppelin DVD and a Question & Answer session in Tokyo with me.

The video source is ‘Immigrant Song' from 1972. Led Zeppelin had played in Japan and then went to Australia where the visuals of this come from, the sound source is from California and the mixing was done at Sarm Studios (previously Island Studios - a former playground of Led Zeppelin - in London).

11 June 2003

11 June 2003

04 APRIL 2009

I INDUCTED JEFF BECK into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

I was asked to participate at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to give an induction speech for Jeff Beck. Jeff deserves all accolades for his musical contribution. There are many guitarists, then there is Jeff Beck. We had some fun that night with ‘Bolero’ and ‘Immigrant Song’, and we soundchecked ‘Bolero’ that afternoon. But the idea of the ‘Immigrant Song’ was discussed and mapped out later at the hotel and in the car on the way to the ceremony. He and his band were exhilarating and a thrill to play with.

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04 APRIL 2009

I INDUCTED JEFF BECK into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

I was asked to participate at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to give an induction speech for Jeff Beck. Jeff deserves all accolades for his musical contribution. There are many guitarists, then there is Jeff Beck. We had some fun that night with ‘Bolero’ and ‘Immigrant Song’, and we soundchecked ‘Bolero’ that afternoon. But the idea of the ‘Immigrant Song’ was discussed and mapped out later at the hotel and in the car on the way to the ceremony. He and his band were exhilarating and a thrill to play with.

4 April 2009

4 April 2009

16 DEC 1968

I PLAYED BATH WITH LED ZEPPELIN

On the first Led Zeppelin tour of the UK in 1968, we played the Bath Pavilion. Apparently, there is a contract for us receiving £75 / 50% for this date. We opened with Train Kept a Rollin. We were to play the Bath Festival of Blues six months later at The Recreation Ground, when we also opened the set with Train Kept a Rollin. One year later we topped the bill for The Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music, where we opened with Immigrant Song.

16 December 1968, 1969, 1970