Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up
by Greg Russo was released on December 20, 2011 by Crossfire Publications. It's now in it's fifth edition and it's easy to see why it's such a popular publication. It definitely lives up to something that the author, Mr. Russo mentions in the Introduction, which is "My goals is still to present the most informative and accurate account of The Yardbirds' history."
That history doesn't just contain information from the classic years of 1963-1968, it's very well updated through all of the reunions and various member changes & flavors. It chronicles The Yardbirds from a rhythm and blues band, to a blues rock band, through the psychedelic years and beyond. It gives accurate histories on each member's subsequent solo careers, but what is most mind boggling is the various appendices at the end of the book which contain tour dates, discographies, radio transmissions and video releases.
If you've read one of the earlier editions or none at all, pick up a copy of Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up [5th edition]. You'll learn a lot.
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|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.|