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Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in 1968 by Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica), John Paul Jones (bass guitar, keyboards, mandolin) and John Bonham (drums). With their heavy, guitar-driven blues-rock sound, Led Zeppelin are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock music. However, the band's individualistic style drew from many sources and transcends any one genre. Their rock-infused interpretation of the blues and folk genres also incorporated rockabilly, reggae, soul, funk, classical, Celtic, Indian, Arabic, pop, Latin and country. Close to 30 years after disbanding following Bonham's death in 1980, the band continues to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success, and broad influence. The band has sold an estimated including 111.5 million certified units in the United States and they have had all of their original studio albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard album chart in the U.S., with six reaching the number one spot. Led Zeppelin are ranked #1 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as "the heaviest band of all time", "the biggest band of the '70s" and "unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history." Similarly, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes Led Zeppelin being "as influential in that decade (70s) as the Beatles were in the prior one."
John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham was an English drummer and songwriter, best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast right foot, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock music by other musicians and commentators in the industry. Bonham was born on 31 May 1948, in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, to Joan and Jack Bonham. He first learned how to play drums at the age of five, making a drum kit out of containers and coffee tins, imitating his idols Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. John Bonham died at the age of 32 on September 25, 1980, resulting in the end of Led Zeppelin for nearly two decades. John's sister Deborah Bonham (rock and blues vocalist) and John's son Jason Bonham (drummer) have found success unassociated with their famous relative in the music industry as well. Jason Bonham has also performed in his father's role as Led Zeppelin's drummer, most notably on December 10, 2007 during the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert. The "tribute concert" was Zeppelin's first full-length concert since the death of John Bonham.
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Folk singer Jake Holmes wrote and recorded Dazed and Confused for his debut solo album "The Above Ground Sound" of Jake Holmes, released in June 1967. Performed by the The Yardbirds as a cover it features a long instrumental passages of bowed guitar courtesy of Jimmy Page, and dynamic instrumental flourishes. Page has stated that he obtained the idea of using a violin bow on his guitar from a violinist named David McCallum, Sr., during his session days before joining the Yardbirds in 1966. The song was never formally recorded by The Yardbirds, however a live version was included on the album Live Yardbirds: Featuring Jimmy Page under the alternate title "I'm Confused". A live video from the French TV series "Bouton Rouge" recorded on 9 March 1968 was released to the public in 2000. When the Yardbirds disbanded in 1968, the song was re-worked by Page again, this time while as a member of Led Zeppelin. According to Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, the first time he heard the song was at the band's very first rehearsal session at Gerrard Street in London in 1968.
- 2 April 2013, New digital ebook written by photographer Neal Preston features dozens of newly released photos of Led Zeppelin. Read more...
- 13 September 2012 ,Led Zeppelin not reuniting – but they are releasing a film of their one-off reunion show in 2007 called Celebration Day. Read more...
- 24 July 2011 , Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick has told Forbes magazine he tried to persuade the rockers to sign over their rights for a Guitar Hero - but they declined. Read more...
- 2 January 2011, Led Zeppelin Reunion DVD? - was a top story in December 2010. Read more...
- 30 December 2010, Why Robert Plant Rejected Led Zeppelin Reunion - Led Zeppelin's John, not Jason. (Robert Plant). Read more...
- 12 August 2010, 'I'd Love' a Led Zeppelin Reunion - "Jason Bonham" - Plant has, in fact, already given his public blessing to Bonham's multimedia show, which hit the road in October of 2010 in North America. Read more...
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