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  1. John Bonham's gong from 1970 is coming up for auction:

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26708/lot/172/

    John Bonham / Led Zeppelin: a 36 inch Paiste symphonic gong used on stage at the Royal Albert Hall 9th January 1970,
    a hammered metal gong with original Paiste Chinese logo to the front top and bottom, with large white stencil Zeppelin on the back and various airway stickers including Pan America and Northwest Orient Airlines, the top rim with two suspension holes and attached rope, accompanied by original auction receipt, diameter 36in (91.4cm)

    Footnotes

    • Provenance:
      This gong was purchased from a Chelsea auction house in 1982. At that time Led Zeppelin had an office nearby and it was following the untimely death of John Bonham. It has been identified as the one John Bonham used on stage at The Royal Albert Hall in 1970, illustrated in the image taken by a fan as shown in the catalogue. This early concert is one of the first that was professionally filmed and is available to view on the YouTube link below.


      Legendary drummer Bonham is seen by many as the greatest rock drummer. His style and stage presence are as synonymous as Keith Moon's were for The Who. According to Carmine Appice, drummer with American rock band Vanilla Fudge, it was he who inspired Bonham to incorporate a gong into his drum kit. Led Zeppelin had supported Vanilla Fudge during their first tour of North America in 1968. Appice says, I brought the gong into rock and then Bonzo brought it in with Led Zeppelin, Carl Palmer had gongs, everybody had gongs, it became like a staple. The two China cymbals on a boom stand, I brought that in and even in Spinal Tap, you had a gong and two Chinese cymbals. Only six months later Led Zeppelin were equal billing with Vanilla Fudge showing the speed at how their popularity grew.

      This gong is an earlier Paiste model as it has the original Chinese symbols for the brands logo. There are also signs of use as it is blackened. John Paul Jones, referring to the practice of setting fire to the gong at a dramatic point in the band's set said, He did that more or less every night. His roadie Mick Hinton had to set it alight. I think he used lighter fuel, and it was quite dangerous... Additionally due to the scale of the percussion piece, it appears that it did not have a dedicated flight case or bag when taken on tour. It was simply labelled with a stencil Zeppelin had airway tickets stuck to it (which are still attached), and put into the plane's hold.

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26708/lot/172/

     

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    6 hours ago, Strider said:

    Upon further research, SHARPIES were invented in 1964. Black was the only colour until more colours were introduced in 1979. 

    I held the album in my hand today and got a good look at the autographs. It looks like Jimmy and Bonham were the first to sign the album, as their signatures appear older and slightly faded. Robert's came next, and John Paul's looks like the most recent signature.

    Amoeba bought it from a young guy in his 30s last March...they paid him $500. The guy had bought it from some other place years ago and the certificate of authenticity came with the album when he bought it but no knowledge of how and when each signature was acquired.

    Thanks for checking into this. Just a reminder, a COA is meaningless if it's not from a reputable appraiser and this would be worth a lot more than $2400 if legit.

  3. YARDBIRDS - Super Deluxe Edition Of  "Roger The Engineer", To Arrive In May;
    Includes Remastered Version Of "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" Feat. JIMMY PAGE, JOHN PAUL JONES

    Demon Records presents the ultimate reissue of the Yardbirds’ 1966 album Yardbirds, (often known as ‘Roger The Engineer’.) Recorded by the classic lineup of Jeff Beck, Keith Relf, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja and Paul Samwell-Smith, the band began exploring new sonic territories, pushing their blues-rock sound into the realms of the avant-garde, psychedelia and Indian music. Using original tapes, this super deluxe edition features new and definitive remastering by Phil Kinrade at Alchemy Mastering at AIR, overseen by original album producer Paul Samwell-Smith.

    "Remastering this album has been a joy. To hear the tracks sounding just as we heard them all those years ago while we were recording them - energetic, edgy, and in your face - is an unexpected treat. In 1966, it was a rare and exciting opportunity to be given a recording studio for 5 days and allowed to experiment. That excitement still shows." - Paul Samwell-Smith.

    Includes:

    - Yardbirds in mono – Remastered from the original British 1⁄4” mono master tapes, newly transferred for this release at Abbey Road Studios. Pressed on 180g blue vinyl, housed in a replica of the original British album sleeve.

    - Yardbirds in stereo – Considered by producer Paul Samwell-Smith to be the definitive version of the album, the stereo mix has been remastered from the 1⁄4” master tapes which were newly transferred for this release at Alchemy Mastering at AIR. Pressed on 180g red vinyl, housed in a replica of the ultra-rare German sleeve.

    - "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" 7” – The classic psychedelic single (featuring future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones) has been newly remastered for this release. Pressed on white vinyl.

    - 3 CDs - Featuring the mono and stereo mixes of the album on CDs 1 and 2 and bonus tracks on CD 3. Highlights on CD 3 include newly remastered non-album singles, rare alternate versions, and a previously unreleased early mix of "Turn Into Earth" which reveals a searing guitar solo by Jeff Beck.

    - 24-page 12” x 12” booklet – Includes rare memorabilia and photographs, an exclusive introduction by Jeff Beck, testimonials by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and MC5’s Wayne Kramer, plus an extensive essay and track-by-track liner notes by David French based on new interviews with Jimmy Page, Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty and Simon Napier- Bell.

    - A2 fold-out poster inspired by the original "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" single release advertisement.

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    CD 1- Yardbirds [Mono Version]
    1. Lost Women
    2. Over, Under, Sideways, Down
    3. The Nazz Are Blue
    4. I Can’t Make Your Way
    5. Rack My Mind
    6. Farewell
    7. Hot House Of Omagararshid
    8. Jeff’s Boogie
    9. He’s Always There
    10. Turn Into Earth
    11. What Do You Want
    12. Ever Since The World Began

    CD 2 – Yardbirds [Stereo Version]
    1. Lost Women
    2. Over, Under, Sideways, Down
    3. The Nazz Are Blue
    4. I Can’t Make Your Way
    5. Rack My Mind
    6. Farewell
    7. Hot House Of Omagararshid
    8. Jeff’s Boogie
    9. He’s Always There
    10. Turn Into Earth
    11. What Do You Want
    12. Ever Since The World Began

    CD 3 – 1966 Studio Recordings
    1. Mr. Zero – Keith Relf
    2. Knowing – Keith Relf
    3. Hot House Of Omagararshid (Alternate Mono Mix)
    4. He’s Always There (Alternate Stereo Mix)
    5. Turn Into Earth (Early Mix)
    6. Turn Into Earth (Vocal Track)
    7. Turn Into Earth (Alternate Stereo Mix)
    8. Ever Since The World Began (Vocal Track)
    9. I Can’t Make Your Way (Alternate Stereo Mix)
    10. Great Shakes Commercial (Version 1)
    11. Great Shakes Commercial (Version 2)
    12. Shapes In My Mind (Version 1) – Keith Relf
    13. Shapes In My Mind (Version 2) – Keith Relf
    14. Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
    15. Psycho Daisies
    16. Stroll On

    LP 1 – Yardbirds [Mono Version]
    Side One
    1. Lost Women
    2. Over, Under, Sideways, Down
    3. The Nazz Are Blue
    4. I Can’t Make Your Way
    5. Rack My Mind
    6. Farewell
    Side Two
    1. Hot House Of Omagararshid
    2. Jeff’s Boogie
    3. He’s Always There
    4. Turn Into Earth
    5. What Do You Want
    6. Ever Since The World Began

    LP 2 – Yardbirds [Stereo Version]
    Side One
    1. Lost Women
    2. Over, Under, Sideways, Down
    3. The Nazz Are Blue
    4. I Can’t Make Your Way
    5. Rack My Mind
    6. Farewell
    Side Two
    1. Hot House Of Omagararshid
    2. Jeff’s Boogie
    3. He’s Always There
    4. Turn Into Earth
    5. What Do You Want
    6. Ever Since The World Began

    7” Single – Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
    Side A
    Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
    Side B
    Psycho Daisies

  4. 17 hours ago, ledzepfilm said:

    I'm inclined to believe that this new set is the December 10 date. Here's why...

    The Marquee shots included in the 2014 Super Deluxe book have all four members in different outfits than the two circulating color shots of the band at the Marquee. Additionally, Bonham's hair is very close to what it looked like in September 1968 compared to his hair in January 1969.

    Excerpt from the strip of negatives from the (presumed) October Marquee show:

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    Better look at Page's outfit at the (now presumed) October Marquee show (not the green psychedelic shirt in the new shot):

    Photos from Jimmy Page's autobiography | NME

    The other known December 10, 1968 shot (note the matching outfits with the new color shot, but not the black and white pics)

    Led Zeppelin Held Its First Rehearsal 50 Years Ago This Week - Variety

     

     

    I thought that was correct (JP with the light shirt was Oct. and pics with the jacket was Dec.) but not 100% sure. We've gone back and forth on the dates when we did the super-deluxe box set, official books etc.

    There's a few live pics of JP with that lighter shirt but RP is still wearing that dark sweater on stage, not the white sweater he has on backstage. A few pics actually show JP changing into his white shirt. Also, there's live pics from the b&w set that exactly match the new color pics I have and the color one above. There are other reasons I believe the new color pics are from Dec. that I'll get into another time.

    Bonham is shown backstage with a fresh scar on his face after being cut by a cymbal during the show. I thought I recall hearing it was the December show when this occurred. I'll have to find that reference again but if it was December, the pics of JP with the white shirt aren't October.

     

  5. Interviews by Michael Segalov
    29 Mar 2021

    It’s hosted opera greats, suffragette rallies, Hitchcock films, sports events, sci-fi conventions – and, of course, the Proms and countless rock gigs. Artists from Led Zeppelin to Abba recall their moments on the hallowed stage

    The Royal Albert Hall is 150 years old today (and the Guardian was there to see it opened by Queen Victoria). With a design based on a Roman amphitheatre, stacked balconies pack the audience close to the action – and at a capacity touching 6,000, the number of visitors entertained at the London venue runs to many millions. But what is it like to play as a performer? We asked artists and sportspeople for their memories of being centre stage at the iconic venue.

    Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin

    Growing up, I only saw the hall in its glory from the outside; it was never a place one imagined would transport the music of untamed youth on to its golden boards. Creeping up on it as a member of Led Zeppelin was nerve-racking: this was the place of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Britten.

    We were only months into our daring and ridiculous journey – barely having released our first record - when we were due to play. What on Earth would we do? I was overwhelmed by the place’s dignified presence and all it represented. It was a ridiculous triumph for a 20-year-old, cocking a snook to time and tradition as the music on both sides of the Atlantic boarded the revolution train, slowly but surely breaking down preconceptions.

    In 1970 we returned, in between the releases of Led Zeppelin II and III. The dressing rooms were directly beneath the stage; sitting there this time, my anticipation was heightened by the horror of losing my voice. I’d barely been able to speak all afternoon, let alone sing. I was a shuddering wreck.

    Something was shot into my arm, and I changed colour. I slipped down the wall in a stream of sweat, stood up, and went straight on to the stage. We opened with We’re Gonna Groove, and thankfully we did – it was incredible. For two hours we took the building to another place, there was an implosion of energy and joy: a full throttle and complete communion.

    Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin

    I first stepped foot inside the hall in May 1965 to see Bob Dylan. It was an acoustic set, and I’d never experienced anything like it. A month or so later I was back to see the International Poetry Incarnation: Adrian Mitchell, Michael Horovitz and Allen Ginsberg performed. Both of those shows made a huge difference to my development.

    And then in January 1970, just years after my first visit, Led Zeppelin were playing our own records. It was beyond my young dreams. Then musicians were asked to get together for the ARMS (Action into Research for Multiple Sclerosis) concerts in 1983. Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and I all said yes: the only time the three of us – who had all been in the Yardbirds – played on stage together. The following night was a charity gig for The Prince’s Trust: we were introduced to Charles and Diana. I just have so many memories.

    It’s an iconic place to perform, Madison Square Garden’s its closest equivalent. But the Albert Hall is in a league of its own, it’s the Holy Grail for musicians.

     

    Full Article:  https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/mar/29/the-royal-albert-hall-at-150-its-the-holy-grail-for-musicians

     

     

  6. 16 hours ago, ABHouston said:

    Here is a YouTube video from a 2020 podcast, in which Deborah Smith Cahan called in and discussed this (her sitting in as replacement bassist for JPJ at the Cleveland 1970 concert, because JPJ's father had died and he had to leave).   She doesn't go into much detail--nothing about what songs she played, or any interactions with the band members--and the podcast hosts unfortunately don't ask her any follow up questions.  She begins talking about this at about 32 and half minutes into this interview.

    -A.B.Houston

     

     

    She posted here on the forum years back, but didn't get any further details either.

    https://forums.ledzeppelin.com/topic/19341-musicarnival-cleveland-7-20-69-photos/?do=findComment&comment=779301

     

     

  7. 14 hours ago, Zepper_Dude said:

    I have a limited edition of "Led Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts" autographed by Jimmy Page. It was a limited edition of 50 books to raise funds for charity.

    I was wondering if anyone else has one and if anyone knows how much it is worth?

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    The signed edition is very rare and sold out immediately back then.  Not sure of value, $500+?

  8. 28 minutes ago, Phil Day said:

    On behalf of Bush's (Ian's) family we would like to thank you for your kind tribute and the acknowledgement of his passing. 

    Kindest regards 

    Phil

     

    Condolences to your family.

  9. 43 minutes ago, SteveAJones said:

    "World's 1st Underwater Listening Party"...Outrider Album Release...June 16, 1988 

    Anyone else have one of these? I've only seen two. Mine (mint, acquired 1992) and one on ebay (slight shoulder stain). What I really want to know is if this event really happened and where. Apparently there was an Inn On the Park in Toronto, and it is "Toronto Maple Leaf" colors but there are other Inn On the Park locations. It does not look like an official promo shirt despite the Geffen logo, and it doesn't have the album's title either.

     

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    I have a press clipping of this event. It was in Houston, held by the Sound Warehouse:

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