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  1. I was lucky enough to see them on the 4th August 1979 and every year since I have had a little celebration on that date and I was even luckier to see them on the 10th December 2007 and for 10 years I have had a celebration on that day as well. Great memories both.
  2. Good article in The Guardian newspaper: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/09/led-zeppelin-music-plagiarism-lawsuits-samples-chords-lyrics
  3. Be interesting to know why this project has always been confined to gigs the US and a few in Canada ? It would certainly be popular in the UK and Europe. I wonder if there is some agreement that Jason will only do this venture in N.America?
  4. Cofa

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    BBC news report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-35171061 It is still burning according to latest reports.
  5. Love this story on BBC news today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30275781 Daltrey the wedding singer! That couple are going to have a story to tell their children and grandchildren about their wedding day.
  6. Oh yes got to have baked beans with your full English. And black pudding. (blood sausage)
  7. Blueberries with a full English? Never in a million years in England!
  8. Better is always subjective. If you want to hear one of the most underrated guitar players I know then have a listen to the great Richard Thompson.
  9. This speaks volumes about the people involved in this: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/10851780/Lawyer-suing-Led-Zeppelin-heavily-criticised-by-judge.html I suspect someone will see sense and this will never even get to court.
  10. He did live near Dartmouth back in the 1980s, but back in the London area now I believe.
  11. Correct. My brother was also at this party having been an acquaintance of the late great Cozy.
  12. Pat Bonham has not died. Are you getting mixed up John's Mother Joan who died in 2011?
  13. It pays to read the article before posting. This has nothing to do with Harvey Goldsmith.
  14. I can provide a bit more info on the General Wolfe gig as I was there. I lived just around the corner from the pub in those days in my family home. I don't know the exact date but it was definitely either April or May 81 on the first Honeydrippers tour. There are 2 pictures from this gig in Dave Lewis's Tight But Loose Files book. In fact in one of them you can see the back of my head! He only ever played there this one time. It was a slightly surreal experience for me to be seeing Robert play in my local in front of less than 200 people as the last time I had seen him had been on August 4th 1979 in front of a slightly larger crowd. In those days The Wolfe was Coventry's major live music pub and over the years hosted many big names including U2, The Eurythmics, Bo Diddley and of course The Specials (they used to rehearse there regularly as well) The iconic place finally lost it's battle to be a pub last year and is now Mushtaqs sweet centre and cafe.
  15. Locarno Ballroom Coventry. The Locarno was a legendary venue in my home city. The 1971 gig was famously interupted by a bomb scare and a PA failure. The story goes that Robert refused to leave the stage during the bomb scare. The gig was also attended by members of Fairport Convention. During the 1960s the resident DJ was a certain Pete Waterman who went on to become a third of the Stock, Aitkin & Waterman producing team in the 80s. The Locarno played host to just about everybody in it's day. Another little known fact about this place is that Chuck Berry's live single My Ding-a-Ling was also recorded here in about 1972 I believe. In the mid 70s it changed it's name to Tiffany's and throughout the late 70s and early 80s hosted many well known bands of that era including The Clash, The Stranglers, AC/DC, Blondie, UB40 and our local heros The Specials and The Selector. The Glass entrance Atrium that can be seen in the old photograph is long gone but the main part of the venue still exists and is now home to Coventry's Central Library.
  16. Robert Plant will be the special guest on Brian Johnson’s Rockers and Rollers on BBC Radio 2 at 10PM tonight Thursday 4th October.
  17. I was so shocked when I heard REM were splitting up I fainted in my curry! Yep! 'That's me in the Korma'
  18. A big one today of course! August 4th 1979. 32 years since Knebworth. I was lucky enough to be there and over the years it has become an aniversary that I always remember and celebrate in some small way. As someone else mentions over on the TBL website 'It was our Woodstock 69 our Isle of Wight 70' I would agree and as the years go by I increasingly feel the same way. The importance of that concert does not diminish as time goes on.
  19. Yes it was 31 years ago today that I was fortunate enough (along with a few other people) to witness a bit of history in a field in Hertfordshire. Time passes but the memories are always there!
  20. Thanks Blocoboy. I now remember where I read about this. It was mentioned in Mick Bonhams book. Alas The Navigation is another pub long gone.
  21. I seem to remember reading somewhere that The Senators once had a residency for a short while at a pub in Coventry. Can anyone throw any light on this?
  22. It’s almost certainly a combination of things that are causing so many pub closures these days including the smoking ban, the price of drinks compared to drinking at home and the takeover of many smaller brewery owned pubs by large corporations. Although I can't comment specifically on Cutnall Green as I don't live there I suspect that with it being a fairly affluent sort of place close to Birmingham, it has like a lot of other villages of its type, had a lot of urban incomers move in over the past few years. This usually leads to a lack of community socialising as people don't know each other or choose not to socialise. Because of this the local pub trade suffers. Sad really! Oh well there are still a couple of other pubs in Cutnall Green and no doubt JB used to visit those as well.
  23. I drove through Cutnall Green yesterday and was shocked to see that The New Inn (Bonzo’s local featured in The Song Remains the Same) was half demolished. I did some digging on the internet when I got home and it seems it has been closed for some months. Like so many other small village pubs it seems it has finally succumbed to poor pub trading conditions and called time. A search of the local planning applications shows that the building is being completely redeveloped into an upmarket Indian restaurant. Very Sad! Not just yet another local boozer lost, but this time a piece of Led Zeppelin history as well.
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