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Treasures of Led Zeppelin

Treasures Of Led Zeppelin
Chris Welch is a British rock journalist that has interviewed everyone from Tina Turner, Roger Waters (from Pink Floyd), Van Morrison, Mick Jagger and Phil Collins, just to name a few. He joined the staff of Melody Maker in October 1964 and the first band that he interviewed was The Yardbirds with Eric Clapton.

On October 18, 1968, Chris Welch attended a concert at London's Marquee Club on Wardour Street. Support band was a local band named Sleepy and the night was headlined by The Yardbirds, whom only a week later changed their name to Led Zeppelin. He claimed that there was only 150 people there that night at the Marquee and wrote in an interview of the night that "this band will go far". Too right.

Welch had seen Led Zeppelin in concert on many more occasions while reporting for Melody Maker, including at the Carnegie Hall in 1969, the entire German Tour in Spring 1970, Earls Court in 1975 and the occasional solo Plant or Page gig.

In addition to interviews, Welch is quite the author of rock noteables, including Jimi Hendrix, Cream, David Bowie, John Bonham and Peter Grant, as well as writing liner notes for many albums.

Treasures of Led Zeppelin is set to hit U.S. book stores on October 5, 2010, although it has already been released in the United Kingdom on May 13. It is Welch's 6th book with the subject related to Led Zeppelin and the first book in 12 years directly about Zeppelin. Treasures of Led Zeppelin focuses on the memorabilia related to Led Zeppelin, including replications of ticket stubs, posters, flyers and other items. Rounding out this 64-page behemouth, is a chronologized biography, including years before and after Led Zeppelin up until July 2009. A gathering of the usual photos helps visually guide the reader along the way in the history of Led Zeppelin.

To the reader who is just an occasional fan of Led Zeppelin, this book is perfect. It contains a little bit of everything visually to stimulate your senses and educate you on Led Zeppelin. To the more avid fanatic, however, it is evident that there is a bit some of the dates and facts are incorrect. Some of the pieces of memorabilia are affixed to the pages in the box with something that resembles scotch tape and some of the guides to identify what pieces of memorabilia are have been placed a bit illogically. With that said, I was a little disappointed at the end of reading this book. For someone with the credentials and experience that Chris Welch has, I wish that this book could have been a little bit better.

In any event, Treasures of Led Zeppelin absolutely does not fail to gain the attention with it's colorful use of the memorabilia and photographs. It does present some facts that are only known to the well seasoned Led Zeppelin and it can definitely be used as a resource point.

Jeff Strawman, August 2010

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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