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’.

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17 FEB 2004

I visited Kathmandu, Nepal

During a vacation in the Far East, I made a stop in Nepal. I hope my photos of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur can translate the sheer magnificence of that spiritual location.

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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.

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.

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.

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)

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)

ON THIS DAY… 13 JAN 2010

A Peace Concert in Beijing was announced

There had been a move to do a Peace Concert, hosted by the Chinese Government, at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing and I had been invited to appear. There had been a full-size classical orchestra offered and I saw a possibility of doing an instrumental set including Chengdu percussion and the orchestra. It could have been an interesting blend.

There had been a meeting with some officials where it was said that they would need to see the artists’ lyrics up front and I thought that was fair enough, but a Peace Concert in Beijing could have had its moments of mischief. It was fascinating to see how it might proceed; in fact, after a postponement from 17/04/10 to 11/11/11, it ran out of steam. At the press conference at the Beijing Ritz I was given an award called ‘Pathways To Peace’ - it was the first time the award was given from the United Nations.

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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.

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.

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.

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.