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Led Zeppelin (formed 1968) Led Zeppelin is an English rock band that rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with their heavy blues rock sound. They are considered by many to be one of the first ever heavy metal bands.

Formation: Led Zeppelin's genesis goes back The Yardbirds. Jimmy Page joined The Yardbirds on bass guitar in 1966 but soon switched to play lead guitar alongside Jeff Beck.

As the dregs of a largely disbanded Yardbirds fulfilled gig obligations in Scandinavia, singer Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham were drafted in to fill the gaps. John Paul Jones enquired about the vacant bass player role and completed the picture. They toured Scandinavia as The New Yardbirds, eventually changing it to Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin's debut gig was at the University of Surrey, in Guilford, in October 1968. Their debut album, Led Zeppelin was released in January 1969, whilst the band was touring the States.

Key Albums & Notable Moments: Led Zeppelin, the band's debut album, was released in 1969. It is reported that the album cost £1,750 to make and by 1975, had grossed $7,000,000.

The album's follow-up, Led Zeppelin II (1969) was recorded largely on the road, whilst the band toured the first album. The album reached number one in both the US and the UK.

Led Zeppelin III (1970) was recorded in Wales, in a cottage named Bron-Yr-Aur. A misspelled version of the name gave title to one of the tracks on the album, 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp'. The band resisted the release of singles from the album. However, many tracks, such as 'Immigrant Song', were released against the band's wishes.

Throughout the 1970s, Led Zeppelin's offstage antics became as legendary as their music. In one incident, drummer John Bonham rode a motorcycle through the Continental Hyatt House hotel in Los Angeles.

Led Zeppelin's fourth album was not attributed with any obvious title, nor did it show the band's name on the cover. Instead, the cover depicted four symbols, representing each member of the band. It is most commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV.

In 1973, the band released Houses of the Holy. The song of the same name did not appear on the album but turned up on 1975's Physical Graffiti. The record was banned in some religious areas of the USA and in Spain, for the cover's depiction of naked children running up the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Led Zeppelin took a break from touring in 1974 and launched their own record label, Swan Song. Through the label, they released music by the likes of Bad Company, Sad Café and Pretty Things.

Physical Graffiti (1975) was the band's first double album and was released on the Swan Song label. The success of the album was so great, that after its release, all of the band's previous albums re-entered the Top 200 album chart simultaneously.

In August 1975, Robert Plant and his wife Maureen were involved in a car crash whilst holidaying in Rhodes. Maureen was badly injured and the band was forced to take a hiatus from touring. They spent their time in California, writing material for the next album, Presence (1976). Presence became a platinum-selling album, though its critical response was lukewarm.

The Song Remains the Same became the band's first official live recording and was released both as a film and accompanying soundtrack.

In Through the Out Door was recorded in the final months of 1978 and released the next year and reached number one in the UK and the US.

On 25th September 1980, John Bonham was found dead by John Paul Jones and the band's tour manager, Benji LeFevre. 'Asphyxiation from vomit' was given as the cause of his death. No drug other than alcohol was found in his body. In December 1980, the band announced that they would not be continuing without Bonham. Until then, various replacements had been rumoured, including Cozy Powell and Bev Bevan of ELO.

In 1982, the three surviving members of the band released Coda, a collection of outtakes from a number of different recording sessions

Reunions: Page, Plant and Jones were reunited in July 1985, for the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia. They were joined by Phil Collins and Tony Thompson on drums, and Paul Martinez on bass.

The three Led Zeppelin members were again reunited, with John Bonham's son, Jason Bonham, on drums, for the Atlantic Records 40th Birthday party.

In 1995, Led Zeppelin was inducted into the rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by Aerosmith's Steve Tyler and Joe Perry. Bonham was represented by his son Jason and daughter Zoe.

Led Zeppelin was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, presented to the band by the King of Sweden.

In December 2007, Led Zeppelin was once again reunited for a huge one-off concert in London in memory of Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records. Jason Bonham filled in on drums. The promoter Harvey Goldsmith arranged the concert to raise money for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

'Lost' BBC Session By Led Zeppelin Recovered And Restored


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A 1969 session recorded by Led Zeppelin, thought to have been lost when BBC archives were cleared, is to be included on an expanded re-issue of the band’s 1997 compilation The Complete BBC Sessions later this year.

A set from the then-fledgling rock giants was broadcast on the BBC’s World Service as part of Alexis Korner’s Rhythm and Blues programme. Featuring the only known recording of Zep’s version of ‘Sunshine Woman’, it was never heard again and was presumed to have been lost.

However, a home recording was made by a fan from an AM radio, and has been restored to reasonable quality by professionals overseen by the group’s guitarist Jimmy Page.

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Album Of The Day: 'Led Zeppelin IV' By Led Zeppelin


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Led Zeppelin are currently facing a complicated court case as a trustee of Spirit frontman Randy California sues them for copyright infringment on their song 'Stairway To Heaven'. But that's just got us thinking about that classic album it was taken from.

Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV is our Album Of The Day

The artist... Led Zeppelin formed in London in 1968 with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. They are generally thought of as one of the very first heavy metal outfits, but they took much influence from blues, folk and psychedelia. They've sold between 200 and 300 million records around the world and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Jimmy Page Testifies In Led Zeppelin Copyright Case


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Things are hotting up now that the Led Zeppelin copyright case has gone to trial, with guitarist Jimmy Page being called to testify in it's second day (June 15th 2016) in defense of his band that they did not copy the riff of 'Stairway To Heaven' from 'Taurus' by Spirit. 

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Jimmy Page claimed that he had never heard 'Taurus' before he wrote 'Stairway to Heaven' in 1971, after his band was taken to court by the late Spirit frontman Randy California's trustee Michael Skidmore for the alleged similarities between the two tracks. It's taken two years for the case to come to trial, and it gets more and more complicated by the minute.

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Led Zeppelin Copyright Case Goes To Court: Bring In The Experts


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It's been a long delay but a lawsuit against Led Zeppelin claiming the band plagiarized their hit 'Stairway To Heaven' from Spirit has finally gone to trial today (June 14th 2016). The jury will be left to decide whether or not they agree with evidence presented by a qualified musicologist.

Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin face trial over 'Stairway To Heaven' copyright infringement claims

The judge presiding over the trial, Gary Klausner, has ruled that evidence from said musicologist Lawrence Ferrara will be presented in court, despite an attempted block against him from Francis Malofiy, the attorney of Michael Skidmore who filed the suit in 2014, for what you might call a conflict of interest.

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Led Zeppelin Told They Can Settle 'Stairway To Heaven' Plagiarism Case For $1 Plus Writing Credit


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As the jury trial concerning plagiarism over Led Zeppelin’s totemic rock song ‘Stairway To Heaven’ approaches, the lawyers suing the legendary rock group have apparently told them they can settle the case for $1 plus a writing credit for their client.

The trial is set for May 10th, and will examine the similarities between Zep’s eight-minute monster ‘Stairway To Heaven’ from 1971, perhaps the most famous rock song of all time, and Spirit’s 1968 song ‘Taurus’, and a judge has this week given rulings about what evidence can and cannot be heard by the jury.

Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin - (l-r) Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones

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Led Zeppelin To Face Jury Trial Over 'Stairway To Heaven' Copyright Claim


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Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page will face trial over whether they stole the opening chords for ‘Stairway To Heaven’ from Spirit’s 1967 instrumental, ‘Taurus’. On Friday (April 8th) US district judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles said there were enough similarities between the two tracks to let a jury decide.

Jimmy pageRobert Plant and Jimmy Page will face a jury trial over their 1971 hit ‘Stairway To Heaven’.

In his ruling Judge Klausner said: "While it is true that a descending chromatic four-chord progression is a common convention that abounds in the music industry, the similarities here transcend this core structure." 

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Foo Fighters Joined By Queen And Led Zeppelin Members During Rearranged British Dates


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They were forced to cancel their two Wembley enormo-gigs as well as their headline Glastonbury performance after Dave Grohl broke his leg earlier this summer, but Foo Fighters made their triumphant return to the UK with the first of three shows at the Milton Keynes Bowl – and they brought along some pretty big names to help them celebrate.

Performing the entire two-and-a-half-hour gig from a huge motorised throne, embossed with the Foo Fighters logo, Grohl announced to the crowd on Saturday night (September 5th): “We came back for you! We waited a long time to be here.”

Dave GrohlDave Grohl performing at Milton Keynes Bowl on Saturday (September 5th)

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Jimmy Page Admits He Can't Foresee Another Led Zeppelin Reunion Happening


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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has admitted he can’t see the band holding any future reunion shows. The last time the legendary band took to the stage together was in 2007 for a one-off gig at London’s O2 Arena, where Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were joined by Jason Bonham, who filled in for his late father John Bonham on drums.

Jimmy PageJimmy Page doesn't think Led Zeppelin will reunite again.

“Led Zeppelin was a creative force that you can’t just snap your fingers and create,” Jimmy Page told The Daily Beast when asked about why they didn't continue following the death of John Bonham in 1980. “It was a blend of these four master musicians, and each of us were important to the sum total of what the band was. I like to think that if it had been me that wasn't there, the others would have made the same decision not to carry on.”

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Led Zeppelin Sort Of Lose First Round In 'Stairway To Heaven' Lawsuit


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Maybe this lawsuit won't be as easy to win as Led Zeppelin probably assumed. Back in May, we reported how relations of the Spirit frontman Randy Craig Wolfe filed a suit against Zeppelin seeking monetary damages and a writing credit for the band's monster hit 'Stairway to Heaven'.

Jimmy PageJimmy Page is accused of stealing his famous chords for 'Stairway to Heaven' from the U.S rock band 'Spirit'

Wolfe's family claimed Zep guitarist Jimmy Page ripped his famous chords for the song from Sprit's 1968 tune 'Taurus'. Interestingly, the two bands once toured together and became familiar with each other's tunes.

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Is Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' Really The Best Guitar Riff Ever?


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Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' has been named the Greatest Guitar Riff of all time in a BBC Radio 2 poll. The blues riff played by Jimmy Page beat the likes of The White Stripes, Nirvana and Metallica. The riff is also recognised by many as the soundtrack of Top of the Pops throughout the 1970s.

Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin in 1973 [Getty/Hulton Archive]

Page said of the honor: "I'm knocked out by this, because I didn't expect that to happen. I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces. But when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive. There was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing."

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Michael Devin - Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience Held at The Greek Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 24th August 2013

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Devin, Bonham and Led Zeppelin

UK Film Premiere Of Led Zeppelin's 'Celebration Day' Held At The Hammersmith Apollo - Arrivals

Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Led Zeppelin - Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin Friday 12th October 2012 UK film premiere of Led Zeppelin's 'Celebration Day' held at the Hammersmith Apollo - Arrivals

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Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Led Zeppelin
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Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Led Zeppelin

Press Conference, New York City, USA

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day, Press Conference and New York City Tuesday 9th October 2012 Press Conference, New York City, USA

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John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Jason Bonham
John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Jason Bonham
John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Jason Bonham
John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Jason Bonham

John Paul Jones From Led Zeppelin Joins Seasick Steve At The Roundhouse In London For The ITunes Festival

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin and Seasick Steve - Saturday 2nd July 2011 at The Roundhouse London, England

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin and Seasick Steve

R Tony Cantania,Jason Bonham,Michael Devin And James Dylan Of The Jason Bonhams' Led Zeppelin Experience Appear Prior To The Miami Dolphins Vs Buffalo Bills At Sun Life Stadium. Miami, Florida

Jason Bonham and Led Zeppelin Sunday 19th December 2010 R Tony Cantania,Jason Bonham,Michael Devin and James Dylan of the Jason Bonhams' Led Zeppelin Experience appear prior to the Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium. Miami, Florida

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Jason Bonham and Led Zeppelin
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