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ON THIS DAY… 28 MAR 1973

‘HOUSES OF THE HOLY’ BY LED ZEPPELIN WAS RELEASED

My original idea for the opening tracks of ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (originally called ‘The Overture’) would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would then segue into the next one, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’.

Again there would be a contrasting acoustic instrumental movement that led to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song. During the routining of ‘The Song Remains the Same’, (then titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’), the half time vocal section was born and ‘The Overture’ shaped into a song. These rehearsals were done in Puddletown, on the River Piddle in Dorset.

When we came to record this on 18th May 1972 on The Rolling Stones’ mobile truck at Stargroves, the backing track of ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was played on a Fender electric 12-string, with Les Paul overdubs and standard tuning. ‘The Rain Song’ was in an unorthodox tuning on the six-string. On live shows it became a workout feature for the double neck.

ON THIS DAY… 28 MAR 1973
‘HOUSES OF THE HOLY’ BY LED ZEPPELIN WAS RELEASED

My original idea for the opening tracks of ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (originally called ‘The Overture’) would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would then segue into the next one, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’.
Again there would be a contrasting acoustic instrumental movement that led to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song. During the routining of ‘The Song Remains the Same’, (then titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’), the half time vocal section was born and ‘The Overture’ shaped into a song. These rehearsals were done in Puddletown, on the River Piddle in Dorset.
When we came to record this on 18th May 1972 on The Rolling Stones’ mobile truck at Stargroves, the backing track of ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was played on a Fender electric 12-string, with Les Paul overdubs and standard tuning. ‘The Rain Song’ was in an unorthodox tuning on the six-string. On live shows it became a workout feature for the double neck.

ON THIS DAY… 28 MAR 1973

‘HOUSES OF THE HOLY’ BY LED ZEPPELIN WAS RELEASED

My original idea for the opening tracks of ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (originally called ‘The Overture’) would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would then segue into the next one, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’.

Again there would be a contrasting acoustic instrumental movement that led to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song. During the routining of ‘The Song Remains the Same’, (then titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’), the half time vocal section was born and ‘The Overture’ shaped into a song. These rehearsals were done in Puddletown, on the River Piddle in Dorset.

When we came to record this on 18th May 1972 on The Rolling Stones’ mobile truck at Stargroves, the backing track of ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was played on a Fender electric 12-string, with Les Paul overdubs and standard tuning. ‘The Rain Song’ was in an unorthodox tuning on the six-string. On live shows it became a workout feature for the double neck.

28 March 1973

28 March 1973

18 FEB 1975
I was in Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours

I went to Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours to meet up with beat poet Royston Ellis who was residing and writing in a building catering as a cricket pavilion, rum bar and living quarters in Mero outside the capital Roseau.
Dominica’s rum could be had straight up, with juices or with herb infusions. One of these brews was called Nani, another was called l’absinthe, with wormwood. I guess this was a follow through from the old French colonial rule and the penchant for absinthe. I have fond memories of the local ‘joy juice’.

18 FEB 1975

I was in Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours

I went to Dominica between Led Zeppelin tours to meet up with beat poet Royston Ellis who was residing and writing in a building catering as a cricket pavilion, rum bar and living quarters in Mero outside the capital Roseau.

Dominica’s rum could be had straight up, with juices or with herb infusions. One of these brews was called Nani, another was called l’absinthe, with wormwood. I guess this was a follow through from the old French colonial rule and the penchant for absinthe. I have fond memories of the local ‘joy juice’.

18 February 1975

18 February 1975

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

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… 11 Jan 1975

I PLAYED AHOY, ROTTERDAM WITH LED ZEPPELIN

This was the first of two warm-up shows in Europe, with a soon-to-follow US tour. Ian ‘Stu’ Stewart of The Rolling Stones and ‘Boogie with Stu’ fame, came to this show. I know he loved hearing the band.

11 January 1975

11 January 1975

10 JANUARY 1969

I PLAYED THE FILLMORE WEST IN SAN FRANCISCO WITH LED ZEPPELIN

With the final annihilation: out with the old, in with the new. It was now to be a blitzkrieg of America, provided by powerful shows and the underground FM radio plus an army of whispers that would see us jam-packing venues from West Coast to East Coast.

10 January 1969

10 January 1969

09 JAN 1970

I PLAYED THE ALBERT HALL WITH LED ZEPPELIN

Every member of the band was nervous and for good reason. We had played the Albert Hall previously on the Pop Proms, but today in 1970 we were to headline our own show at the most prestigious venue at that time. During the previous year we had been putting in a lot of time in America and recorded the second album, released on 22nd October 1969. It was going to be a critical test of our ability; not only to our fans, but to the press and our families and all in attendance that evening. That evening I met Charlotte, my daughter Scarlet’s mother.

Also on this day in 1969 was the first night at The Fillmore in San Fransisco; my birthday and an historic night for Led Zeppelin.