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Tight But Loose: The Led Zeppelin Magazine

Led Zep didn't do fan clubs...

... and outside of the music weeklies there was little way of obtaining information. As a fan craving to know more, Dave Lewis undertook the task of creating a platform of communication between Zeppelin fans across the world. Initially inspired (with some irony) by the do-it yourself principles of the punk magazine Sniffin' Glue, Dave put pen to paper (literally) and rattled out the first issue, placed an advert in Sounds and the magazine was up and running.

Over the past 30 odd years TBL has been an incredible roller coaster ride. While the early issues benefited greatly from direct input from Swan Song, the demise of the band made it difficult to carry on and there was a ten year hiatus. As the solo albums unfolded, Dave's enthusiasm for their work remained intact, leading to the books The Final Acclaim, A Celebration and Celebration II : The Tight But Loose Files, and it was the favourable reaction to A Celebration that inspired Dave to revive the magazine again in 1992.

Since then TBL has gone from strength to strength with each issue evolving as a mini book scrutinising a variety of Zep topics. For more instant news there is this website TBLweb.com which has extended the original premise of sharing information beyond all expectations.

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.
April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month
April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios
April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour
April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts
April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack
April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold
April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters
April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance
April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future
April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham
April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.
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