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

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.

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.

9 January 1970

ON THIS DAY… 07 JAN 1970

I played Birmingham Town Hall with Led Zeppelin

On this day in 1970, we played in Birmingham, UK, and it was reviewed in the Express and Star.

7 January 1970

ON THIS DAY… 06 JAN 1975
I planned to play Boston Garden with Led Zeppelin

On researching for this website, I discovered that on January 6th 1975 there had been an incident at the Box Office at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts that had involved a sale / non-sale of tickets to thousands of fans. Police were called and it all ended with the scheduled Led Zeppelin show being cancelled by Mayor Kevin H White (who saw red) and, even more, there was apparently a five-year ban put on the band playing the venue. I was blissfully unaware of any of these shenanigans, but the Mayor was, by all accounts, a Rolling Stones fan! I played in Boston again in 1995 at The Fleet Center with Page & Plant.

ON THIS DAY… 06 JAN 1975

I planned to play Boston Garden with Led Zeppelin

On researching for this website, I discovered that on January 6th 1975 there had been an incident at the Box Office at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts that had involved a sale / non-sale of tickets to thousands of fans. Police were called and it all ended with the scheduled Led Zeppelin show being cancelled by Mayor Kevin H White (who saw red) and, even more, there was apparently a five-year ban put on the band playing the venue. I was blissfully unaware of any of these shenanigans, but the Mayor was, by all accounts, a Rolling Stones fan! I played in Boston again in 1995 at The Fleet Center with Page & Plant.

6 January 1975

6 January 1975

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04 JAN 1981

I PLAYED THE XYZ SESSIONS AT THE SOL

The first playing I did after Led Zeppelin split up was with Chris Squire and Alan White - the rhythm section of Yes. They got in contact and said they had some material and I said I had a studio. This was the best medicine I could have had at this time and I knew that playing with them might be quite challenging, knowing the quality and precision of the music they had established with Yes. In fact, the combination of the three of us proved to be substantial. Chris had supplied bass, piano and vocals, with Alan on backing vocals and drums. Chris even had a name for the outfit - XYZ - and I believe they hoped Robert Plant would have a listen but I think he was occupied. And the party was over. However, the music that was done at this point was really good. Here is a sample of Rock & Ruin - a rough mix of something I presented to them, but their songs were more impressive.

04 JAN 1981
I PLAYED THE XYZ SESSIONS AT THE SOL

The first playing I did after Led Zeppelin split up was with Chris Squire and Alan White - the rhythm section of Yes. They got in contact and said they had some material and I said I had a studio. This was the best medicine I could have had at this time and I knew that playing with them might be quite challenging, knowing the quality and precision of the music they had established with Yes. In fact, the combination of the three of us proved to be substantial. Chris had supplied bass, piano and vocals, with Alan on backing vocals and drums. Chris even had a name for the outfit - XYZ - and I believe they hoped Robert Plant would have a listen but I think he was occupied. And the party was over. However, the music that was done at this point was really good. Here is a sample of Rock & Ruin - a rough mix of something I presented to them, but their songs were more impressive.

04 JAN 1981

I PLAYED THE XYZ SESSIONS AT THE SOL

The first playing I did after Led Zeppelin split up was with Chris Squire and Alan White - the rhythm section of Yes. They got in contact and said they had some material and I said I had a studio. This was the best medicine I could have had at this time and I knew that playing with them might be quite challenging, knowing the quality and precision of the music they had established with Yes. In fact, the combination of the three of us proved to be substantial. Chris had supplied bass, piano and vocals, with Alan on backing vocals and drums. Chris even had a name for the outfit - XYZ - and I believe they hoped Robert Plant would have a listen but I think he was occupied. And the party was over. However, the music that was done at this point was really good. Here is a sample of Rock & Ruin - a rough mix of something I presented to them, but their songs were more impressive.

4 January 1981

4 January 1981

ON THIS DAY… 30 DEC 1968

I played Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA with Led Zeppelin

Reputed to be the first primitive Led Zeppelin bootleg, it seems unusual that a support band with limited billing might be recorded before the main attraction, but I think it may well have been a guitar fan in the wake of The Yardbirds who might have recorded this. The Americans were quite muso and would follow the onwards incarnations of musicians on their journey.

Dazed and Confused from Gonzago (9 minutes and 42 seconds long) getting in training for a number that will get to around 13 minutes in a couple of years, with all the movements of a classical symphony.