Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound has led them to be cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal. Their style drew from a wide variety of influences, including blues, psychedelia, and folk music.
After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that afforded them considerable artistic freedom. Although the group were initially unpopular with critics, they achieved significant commercial success with albums such as 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) and In Through the Out Door (1979). Their fourth album, which features the song "Stairway to Heaven", is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and it helped to secure the group's popularity.
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.
- 1 October 2014, "Jimmy Page, ruled out any chance of the band playing together ever again". Read more...
- 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...
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