Waterbury native expert at Led Zeppelin, his book proves it
Mike Tremaglio is from my hometown of Waterbury, Connecticut. He has lived in Southington for 34 years and recently retired from the corporate insurance world in Hartford. Mike is also one of the world’s leading authorities on all of Led Zeppelin’s 500+ live performances, and as you can see in the photos above and below he wrote the book – Evenings with Led Zeppelin – The Complete Concert Chronicle – to prove it. How the hell did he get involved with the best rock band ever? I just spoke to Mike, and this is what he told me.
I met Mike when I was a baby, can’t remember, haha, but it happened. You see, our fathers coached the Waterbury South End Bears football team together, and Mike and my older brother Mark were the team managers / water boys. Mike sent me this team photo, which blew me away.
Growing up in Waterbury, Mike’s older brother Vance helped forge his love of music, just like my older brother Mark did for me. Mike has attended many classic rock shows at Waterbury’s Palace Theater, such as the legendary Aerosmith concert, and he was also there to see the Ramones’ first appearance outside of New York City as they opened for Johnny Winter at the Palace on July 11, 1975.
1973 was the year Led Zeppelin held on deeply after Vance shot him on Led Zeppelin’s incredible 5th studio album – Houses of the Holy. Mike tried to get tickets for the 1975 tour, but failed. Then came 1977, and while in gym class, a buddy showed him a full-page ad in the New York Times announcing Led Zeppelin’s upcoming concert on June 7, 1977 at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden in New York. York. Well Mike and his brother landed 6 tickets to this legendary performance, and the rest, they say, is history. Here is a video of the concert:
Mike has worked in the book and publishing world over the years as vice president of marketing for Grolier / Scholastic in Danbury. He has devoted countless hours to developing works by iconic children’s authors, like the one and only Dr. Seuss and Disney. He also worked for many years at the Weekly Reader Corporation in Middletown. Music has always been his passion, especially for rock, and especially for the Kings of Rock – Led Zeppelin. So he started contributing to Led Zeppelin fan sites and with his hard work and attention to detail he caught the attention of his co-author – author, Tight But Loose fanzine editor and columnist. leading Led Zeppelin, Dave Lewis.
Mike and Dave worked together to release Evenings With Led Zeppelin: The Complete Concert Chronicle in 2018. Due to the two authors’ 100% commitment to proven, no-speculation content, after a few years of relentless research they have just released an extended and revised version. second edition tomorrow (September 23, 2021).
Mike was kind enough to send me an advanced copy of his life’s work, to put it mildly, unbelievable. That’s 624 pages on EVERY gig the Mighty Zep has ever performed, including photos, ticket stubs, posters, playlists, and all the other relevant information you might want to know about each of the 500+ times. that Page, Plant, Jones, and Bonham have already taken the stage together.
It amazes me when you see a work of art that you can say years love and work has gone into it. This is what you get with Evenings with Led Zeppelin: The Complete Concert Chronicle. It’s incredibly detailed, you really see all the details of the journey that made these four men icons.
I asked Mike how long it had taken to find all this material, and his answer was years. In fact, he told me he had spent 30 days searches and searches ONE page of his book.
Mike said “I didn’t want to do ‘A’ Led Zeppelin, there are plenty of them already, I want to do ‘THE’ Led Zeppelin book”. Respect sir, you have.
Evenings with Led Zeppelin: The Complete Concert Chronicle – Revised and Expanded Edition is available for pre-order now and will officially go on sale tomorrow (September 22, 2021). Click on HERE to order it from Barnes & Noble, or HERE from Amazon.
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