Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: Rock History Revisited with an Exclusive; Music Historian Chris Phipps Has Followed the Led Zeppelin Phenomenon from the Start and Thursday Sees Him Present a Special Show Celebrating 40 Years of the Band. Simon Rushworth Caught Up with a Fellow Rock Fan

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: Rock History Revisited with an Exclusive; Music Historian Chris Phipps Has Followed the Led Zeppelin Phenomenon from the Start and Thursday Sees Him Present a Special Show Celebrating 40 Years of the Band. Simon Rushworth Caught Up with a Fellow Rock Fan

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WHEN Chris Phipps caught a now legendary gig by the Jeff Beck Group at Birmingham's Metro Club he felt sure he had clapped eyes on the band which would become the biggest name in heavy rock.

But the classic line-up of Beck, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Aynsley Dunbar didn't stay the course and the door was left ajar for the group which would eventually go on to claim that distinction.

"Some people say there might never have been a Led Zeppelin if the Jeff Beck Group had remained together," said former DJ turned music historian Chris Phipps. "But Led Zeppelin were perfect for the US market the Jeff Beck Group had opened up and the rest, as they say, is history."

And what a history. Zeppelin celebrated their upcoming 40th anniversary with a sell-out reunion show at London's O2 Arena last year and even without frontman Robert Plant there are plans afoot to reform the band full time.

Phipps once saw Plant perform in front of 18 people and he was at the O2 to witness an incredible rebirth. …

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