Myths and facts about Led Zeppelin


Today I have made up my mind to remember one of my favorite bands – Led Zeppelin. I wish you would enjoy the post. I wrote this text a couple of weeks ago but decided to post it just now.

Trendy British rock band Led Zeppelin was formed in London in 1968. This is one of the most innovative, successful and influential bands in the history of modern music. Having created its own sounding, Led Zeppelin becomes one of the foremost hard rock groups.

The band has played a fundamental role in heavy metal development. According to “Allmusic”, it was Led Zeppelin who first refused releasing singles, laying the foundation to such musical concepts as “album rock”. Led Zeppelin still remains one of the most successful bands in rock music history. Over 360 million albums have already been sold worldwide. 114 million have been purchased in the United States. Led Zeppelin`s seven albums topped the Billboard 200.

It seems that none music group was sprouted with so many myths and fictions, like Led Zeppelin. So, let us switch to myths and facts about Led Zeppelin.

Band members of Led Zeppelin:

  • Jimmy Page, guitar (1968-80, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2007);
  • Robert Plant, vocals (1968-80, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2007);
  • John Paul Jones, bass guitar (1968-80, 1985, 1988, 1995, and 2007);
  • John Bonham was the best led zeppelin drummer ever (1968–80).

Concert musicians:

  • 1985 drummers: Phil Collins, Tony Thompson, Paul Martinez;
  • 1988, 2007 drummer – Jason Bonham;
  • 1995 drummers: Jason Bonham, Michael Lee.

Lead Zeppelin

The band’s name came from the phrase of one of the musicians of “The Who” band. Different sources stipulate that this was either drummer Keith Moon or bassist John Entwistle. Once Jimmy Page worked together with Nicky Hopkins and Jeff Beck on one of their songs. Jimmy Page jokingly suggested making a super group of those musicians presented in the studio at the moment. His colleagues liked the idea, but someone joked that at the very first concert the group would collapse like a lead zeppelin. Page remembered this strange image. In time, when his “Yardbirds” band was forced to change its name, he suggested that very phrase. The band’s manager Peter Grant proposed to remove one letter from the band`s name. Therefore, “Led Zeppelin” name was fixed.

Physical Graffiti

The longest Led Zeppelin`s song is called “In My Time of Dying”. Its duration is 11:04. The shortest track is “Bron-Yr-Aur”. Its time is 2:06. Both songs enter “Physical Graffiti” studio album.

Jimmy Page and microphones

While working on the first album under the name “Led Zeppelin”, Jimmy Page revealed the science of microphone placement. According to the generally accepted norms of that time, microphones were placed in front of the musical group, and sound engineer just pressed “Start” button. Page decided to hang microphones not only in front of the group, but also behind it to catch the echo. Therefore, he hung them in a few feet above the drum kit. That allowed sound to “breathe”.

Dirty hooligans

After the second American tour in 1969, Led Zeppelin`s name was constantly associated with the most hooligan rock band in the world. The musicians trashed hotel rooms, filled them with water, broke the furniture and threw it out of the windows. However, “Los-Angeles Times” wrote an article citing one anonymous hotel manager. The journalists claimed that the band’s manager Peter Grant paid all probable damage which musicians could cause in advance. Moreover, by prior arrangement, musicians were settled in the rooms, where repair works were planned to start soon.

Stairway to Heaven

“Stairway to Heaven” is one of the most legendary rock songs of all times. The song has never been represented in charts, because it was never released as a single. Only radio stations received single-recording of this song. Those copies quickly became collectors` rarity. Led Zeppelin took this step deliberately. All members of the band realized that “Stairway to Heaven” was a milestone in their work. That is why they just did not want it to become excessively worn out. The song sounds 8 minutes and 3 seconds. Please note that Page prohibits sing this song to anyone except Plant.

Scandal with Eva von Zeppelin

In English “zeppelin” means “airship”. This word comes from the name of the inventor of this type of airships – Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Although the word “zeppelin” became a household name long ago, it brought some problems to the group when they arrived to concerts in Denmark in 1970. A relative of the inventor, Eva von Zeppelin, elderly representative of one of the most influential families in Europe, raised the scandal, trying to forbid the group to give concerts in Denmark. She explained this by saying that the group members were merely the bunch of screaming monkeys that stole Zeppelin`s name and played hideous music. Jimmy Page invited Eva to meet with the group to resolve the conflict. The heiress accepted the invitation. The manager persuaded the musicians to behave as correctly as possible. The meeting itself was friendly, although Led Zeppelin`s members did not succeed in anything to convince the old woman, who just wanted to defend the honor of her family.

Led Zeppelin filmography

  • 1976: “The Song Remains The Same”. This is a video from the concert in Madison Square Garden.
  • 2003: “Led Zeppelin”. This is a collection of previously unreleased concert videos.
  • 2012: “Celebration Day”. This is a video recording from the concert at O2 Arena in 2007.

John Bonham death

On September 24, 1980 Rex King took John Bonham to “Bray Studios” to prepare for the upcoming US tour. Along the way, the drummer drank 750 ml of vodka. Then members of the group continued to drink in the studio. In the evening they all went to drink up to Page’s Old Mill House. After midnight, Bonham had lost consciousness and was carried to bed. In the morning, Page, Plant and Jones gathered for breakfast. However their beloved drummer did not come down. Soon they found John Bonham dead, since he drank over two liters of vodka the previous day.

Led Zeppelin Breakup

On October 7, 1980 the investigation issued a decision that Jon Henry Bonham death was the result of an accident. The funeral took place on October 10, 1980 in the parish church. The bass drum from Bonham`s favorite drum set was installed at the headstone. Jeff Lynne and Paul McCartney were also present at the farewell ceremony. Two days after it, all Led Zeppelin band members gathered on Jersey Island, from which they flew to London hotel “Savoy” to Peter Grant. Their decision to breakup was unanimous. “Having lost a mutual friend, we, being in complete agreement and understanding, have come to the conclusion that we cannot continue to exist as a group any longer,” as an official statement stated.

After Led Zeppelin Breakup, all members started solo performances. John Paul Jones returned to the producers’ activities. His solo album under the name “Zooma” was released in 1999. Jimmy Page recorded a soundtrack for “Death Wish II” movie. Later, he gathered a collection of previously rejected studio tracks. In 1982, he released them all under the name “Coda.”

Led Zeppelin discography:

  • Led Zeppelin, 1969;
  • Led Zeppelin II, 1969;
  • Led Zeppelin III, 1970;
  • Led Zeppelin IV, 1971;
  • Houses of the Holy, 1973;
  • Physical Graffiti, 1975;
  • Presence, 1976;
  • In Through the Out Door, 1979;
  • Coda, 1989.

Led Zeppelin` top-10 best songs:

  • Stairway to Heaven
  • Moby Dick
  • Heartbreaker
  • When the Levee Breaks
  • Kashmir
  • Bring It on Home
  • Thank you
  • Rock And Roll
  • Whole lotta love
  • Immigrant Song

Friends, I hope you`ve enjoy the reading! Have a great day and stay tuned!

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