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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.
Led Zeppelin Have Hit A Snag In Their Stairway To Heaven Plagiarism Lawsuit, After Losing A Bid To Obtain Information Which They Hoped Could Defend Their Case Against The Plaintiff.
The British rockers were hit with documents in 2014 from U.S. attorney Francis Malofiy, who represents late Spirit guitarist Randy California, real name Randy Craig Wolfe. He accused the band of copying elements of a 1968 Spirit song called Taurus for Zeppelin's 1971 classic hit, after they served as Spirit's opening act in the late 1960s.
Surviving Led Zeppelin stars Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones filed a response to the lawsuit, dismissing the allegations. In the paperwork, they acknowledge playing a concert with Spirit, "but otherwise deny each and every allegation" in the lawsuit.
Led Zeppelin were denied their request to have the suit dismissed on jurisdiction grounds shortly after the lawsuit was filed, and last year (15), the band's legal team requested Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documentation proving the Randy Craig Wolfe trust's validity - a motion which attorneys for the Spirit star's estate called a "pure fishing expedition" and "irrelevant and unduly burdensome."
Continue reading: Led Zeppelin Hit A Snag With Stairway To Heaven Lawsuit
An Historic Scottish Estate Once Owned By Rocker Jimmy Page Has Been Wrecked By A Devastating Fire.
The Led Zeppelin star bought Boleskine House near Loch Ness in 1970 and even shot scenes for the band's 1976 concert film, The Song Remains the Same, at the property, but he reportedly only spent a total of six weeks there himself before offloading it in 1992.
The building went up in flames on Wednesday (23Dec15) and the cause has yet to be determined.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "A large part of the property has... been destroyed by fire... We understand the building was empty at the time of the call and nobody had to be evacuated."
Continue reading: Jimmy Page's Former Scottish Manor Destroyed By Fire
John Bonham's Son Jason Has Given Hope To Led Zeppelin Fans By Declaring His Father's Band Will Perform Together Again One Day.
The legendary rockers parted ways in 1980 following the death of percussionist John, who passed away aged 32 after a drinking binge, but they returned for a performance in London in 2007 with John's son Jason on drums.
Fans' hopes of another reunion have repeatedly been dashed by bandmembers Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, but Jason remains convinced the band will return.
"In my heart of hearts... I do believe we will play together again," he tells Vanyaland.com. "It remains to be seen if it will be in public or privately, but I do think we will play again."
Continue reading: Jason Bonham: 'Led Zeppelin Will Perform Again'
Veteran Rocker Robert Plant Has Recorded A Cover Of Elbow Song The Blanket Of Night To Highlight The Refugee Crisis In Europe.
The Led Zeppelin icon is among the artists who have contributed tracks to charity album The Long Road, created with officials at the British Red Cross, to support asylum seekers in the U.K. and refugees throughout the International Red Cross network at a time when hundreds of thousands continue to flee to Europe and the U.S. to escape war in the Middle East.
His take on The Blanket of the Night details the struggles refugees face as they tackle a treacherous journey to seek asylum in the U.K. and the singer was more than happy to get involved to help raise awareness and funds for the cause.
"We have a worldwide international catastrophe. Talking about it is one thing, doing something about it is another," says Plant. "The position we are in, it's paramount we all do our best one way or another to help."
Continue reading: Robert Plant Covers Elbow's Refugee Song For Charity Album
Guitar Great Jimmy Page Has Given Up All Hope Of Regrouping Led Zeppelin And Is Now Working On His First Solo Album Since 1988'S Outrider.
The rocker recently finished curating and revamping the band's catalogue for release after years of dreaming of a Led Zep reunion tour and now he wants to turn his focus to his own talents and record some instrumental songs for the record.
"Next year I'm just going to be working on the guitar," he tells Bang Showbiz. "It's time for me to go out there and do a solo album. My last solo album was 1988. I haven't really milked the situation. It's time to do another one. I'm known for playing many styles of guitar, and I need to revisit all the different styles I can play."
Page has yet to draw up a wish list of singers for the record, because he wants to perfect his part of the recording puzzle before inviting anyone to join him in the studio.
Continue reading: Jimmy Page Planning To Record Solo Album Next Year
Led Zeppelin Singer Robert Plant Is To Perform At A Tribute Concert For Late Folk Star Bert Jansch.
The rock legend will join former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler for the gig at the Old Fruitmarket venue in Jansch's native Glasgow, Scotland on 31 January (16).
One of the most influential folk guitarists of all time, Jansch, who died in 2011, found commercial success with his band Pentangle in the late 1960s. The group's singer Jacqui MCShee will be joining Plant and Butler on stage for the gig.
The tribute concert is part of the Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival, which will run throughout January in the Scottish city and will also feature a night in honour of Joni Mitchell, a tribute to the life of Edith Piaf, and a celebration of Paul Simon's album Graceland.
Keith Richards has branded Led Zeppelin ''hollow'' and dismissed The Who as ''crazy''.
When an interviewer said he wasn't keen on Led Zeppelin, Jimmy agreed: ''Me neither. I love Jimmy Page, but as a band, no, with John Bonham thundering down the highway in an uncontrolled 18-wheeler. He had cornered the market there. Jimmy is a brilliant player. But I always felt there was something a little hollow about it, you know?''
Continue reading: Keith Richards: Led Zeppelin Are 'hollow'
Roger Taylor and John Paul Jones played along on a cover of Queen's hit 'Under Pressure'.
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 Grohl performing at Milton Keynes Bowl on Saturday (September 5th)
Foo Fighters Made A Triumphant Return To The U.k. On Saturday Night (05sep15) Nearly Three Months After Cancelling Their Headline Set At Glastonbury, By Performing With Queen's Roger Taylor And Led Zeppelin Legend John Paul Jones.
The rockers made their first appearance in Britain since pulling out of their highly-anticipated festival slot and gigs at Wembley Stadium in June (15) after Grohl broke his leg onstage in Sweden.
After support acts Iggy Pop and Royal Blood, the band opened their set at Milton Keynes Bowl with Everlong, as Grohl yelled, "We came back for you! We waited a long f**king time to be here, it's gonna be a long f**king night".
During Monkey Wrench, the frontman told the crowd that he was getting better, and stood up in his throne for the first time, saying, "We've got so many songs. We're gonna keep it going."
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Make Triumphant Return To U.k.
The legendary band have just released a reissue of their 1982 album ‘Coda’.
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 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.”
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
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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