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ON THIS DAY… 26/01/2009

I WAS IN MYANMAR

Today I travelled from Bagan, Mandalay back to Rangoon and then on an evening flight back to Bangkok, Thailand. Here is a small selection of photos from my day in Myanmar.

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26 January 2009

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24 JAN 2009

I was in Myanmar

It had always been an ambition of mine to visit Burma, now Myanmar, and on this day in 2009, aided by a visa processed by the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok, I was in Rangoon, soon to travel to Bagan.

When I applied for my visa in Bangkok, I was asked if I was going to perform a concert in Myanmar and I assured the gentleman I was not. In fact, I was to leave my guitar there in Bangkok. The official said he hoped I was telling the truth because if not he might get into trouble.

I hope my photographs (of Rangoon, Bagan and Mandalay) convey just some of the visual splendour and mystery of this country.

24 January 2009

24 January 2009

18 JAN 1969

I PLAYED AT THE GRANDE BALLROOM, DETROIT WITH LED ZEPPELIN

I returned with Led Zeppelin to play three nights at the underground venue, The Grande Ballroom in Detroit, and this was the second of three nights. These were spirited shows to a spirited audience and on each night we extended our set with encore after encore. I played the Grande with The Yardbirds eight months earlier.

18 January 1969

18 January 1969

ON THIS DAY… 17 JAN 1967

I PLAYED IN SINGAPORE WITH THE YARDBIRDS

En route to Australia, The Yardbirds played at the National Theatre in Singapore. The National Theatre is in fact an open-air venue and there was a stage fronted by curtains, which we duly set up behind, and eventually it was time to play. The curtains opened to reveal the Yardbirds to the Singapore audience and we were greeted by males and females, all screaming. It was clear that they were still in the Beatles era and the screaming continued for the majority of the set. It was after this show that I met a brother of a friend of mine from Epsom. He was only a couple of years older than me and he was serving in the British army over there. It really brought home to me how close I and my peers had been to conscription, and if that had continued it would have dramatically changed the face of British fashion, rock and pop music, and the ensuing culture. The Yardbirds stayed at the wonderful Raffles Hotel.

17 January 1967

17 January 1967

16 JAN 1973

I PLAYED KINGS HALL IN ABERYSTWYTH WITH LED ZEPPELIN

The audience were seated at Aberystwyth Kings Hall, I almost had the feeling that they couldn’t believe that we were there and it was as though the first number shocked them to the point of apoplexy and they didn’t seem to recover until well into the last numbers.

16 January 1973

16 January 1973

ON THIS DAY… 15 JAN 1965
‘I Can’t Explain’ by The Who was released in the UK

Today saw the UK release of the iconic ‘I Can’t Explain’ - the first single by The Who, produced by Shel Talmy and engineered by the great Glyn Johns at Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London. Although I had been contracted in to play on this session I wasn’t really needed but I played on it somewhere in the background. What a privilege it was to be part of that pure adrenaline rush.
Pete played a blinder, you can hear a few of my phrases on the B-side ‘Bald Headed Woman’ on the fuzzbox.

AUDIO: I Can’t Explain (The Who)

ON THIS DAY… 15 JAN 1965

‘I Can’t Explain’ by The Who was released in the UK

Today saw the UK release of the iconic ‘I Can’t Explain’ - the first single by The Who, produced by Shel Talmy and engineered by the great Glyn Johns at Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London. Although I had been contracted in to play on this session I wasn’t really needed but I played on it somewhere in the background. What a privilege it was to be part of that pure adrenaline rush.

Pete played a blinder, you can hear a few of my phrases on the B-side ‘Bald Headed Woman’ on the fuzzbox.

AUDIO: I Can’t Explain (The Who)

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ON THIS DAY… 15 JAN 1965

‘I Can’t Explain’ by The Who was released in the UK

Today saw the UK release of the iconic ‘I Can’t Explain’ - the first single by The Who, produced by Shel Talmy and engineered by the great Glyn Johns at Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London. Although I had been contracted in to play on this session I wasn’t really needed but I played on it somewhere in the background. What a privilege it was to be part of that pure adrenaline rush.

Pete played a blinder, you can hear a few of my phrases on the B-side ‘Bald Headed Woman’ on the fuzzbox.

AUDIO: I Can’t Explain (The Who)

15 January 1965

15 January 1965

ON THIS DAY… 14 JAN 1966
‘WILL YOU FOLLOW ME’ / ‘HEAD DEATH’ WAS RELEASED BY PAUL

Today saw the 1966 release of the Dylan-esque ‘Will You Follow Me’, written and sung by Paul Bedford; a guitar-playing troubadour and street musician who was playing in London’s Soho.
It was produced in a vein of all that was apparently current at that time on the tightest of budgets, but he had a talent for writing narratives like ‘Head Death’. I lost touch with him when I joined The Yardbirds. His uncle, Brian Bedford, was in the Oscar-winning film Grand Prix.

AUDIO: Head Death (Paul)

ON THIS DAY… 14 JAN 1966

‘WILL YOU FOLLOW ME’ / ‘HEAD DEATH’ WAS RELEASED BY PAUL

Today saw the 1966 release of the Dylan-esque ‘Will You Follow Me’, written and sung by Paul Bedford; a guitar-playing troubadour and street musician who was playing in London’s Soho.

It was produced in a vein of all that was apparently current at that time on the tightest of budgets, but he had a talent for writing narratives like ‘Head Death’. I lost touch with him when I joined The Yardbirds. His uncle, Brian Bedford, was in the Oscar-winning film Grand Prix.

AUDIO: Head Death (Paul)

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ON THIS DAY… 14 JAN 1966

‘WILL YOU FOLLOW ME’ / ‘HEAD DEATH’ WAS RELEASED BY PAUL

Today saw the 1966 release of the Dylan-esque ‘Will You Follow Me’, written and sung by Paul Bedford; a guitar-playing troubadour and street musician who was playing in London’s Soho.

It was produced in a vein of all that was apparently current at that time on the tightest of budgets, but he had a talent for writing narratives like ‘Head Death’. I lost touch with him when I joined The Yardbirds. His uncle, Brian Bedford, was in the Oscar-winning film Grand Prix.

AUDIO: Head Death (Paul)