Alice In Chains Drummer: "The Next Led Zeppelin Is Playing Somewhere And They'll Likely Never Make It"
... only way you can get those fans together is to have a festival, have the Costco rock, and that's sad. The days of a band you really like and they have a couple of cool bands they're going to turn you onto, those shaped our lives and it's going away. I remember waiting at shows and you hope to catch a glimpse of the band as they're going into a show and it seems like those days are going away and it kind of sucks." Alice In Chains will release their fifth studio album "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" on May 28th. Alice In Chains Drummer: "The Next Led Zeppelin
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Led Zeppelin (1968-1980)
Robert Plant (vocals) 1968-1980
Jimmy Page (lead guitar) 1968-1980
John Paul Jones (bass) 1968-1980
John Bonham (drums) 1968-1980
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The band broke up when John Bonham died after a drinking binge at Jimmy Page's house on September 25, 1980.
Page was a session musician from 1963-1966. He worked with Cliff Richard, Burt Bacharach, The Kinks, The Who, and Donovan, among others.
Page formed The New Yardbirds in 1968, which would then become Led Zeppelin.
They got the idea for the name from Keith Moon. Before Page joined the Yardbirds, he got together with Moon (who was upset with his role in The Who at the time), John Paul Jones, Nicky Hopkins and Jeff Beck, and they discussed forming a band. Moon stated that this band would go down like a "Lead Balloon," and soon thereafter he worked out his problems with The Who and the project fell apart. One song is known to exist from these sessions, and that is the Page written song "Beck's Bolero
" which appeared on Jeff Beck's first solo album, Truth
. (thanks, Jeremy Mixer - Bangor, ME)
Jimmy Page said, "Those damn Americans will think it's Lead (Leed) Zeppelin." So they changed the name to Led Zeppelin to clear up any mispronunciation. (thanks, Nathan - Memphis, TN)
Plant's 5 year-old son Karac died of a stomach infection in 1977 while Zeppelin was on what would be their last US tour. After his death, Plant almost left the band to become a kindergarten teacher.
Plant helped write many of the songs on their first album, but was left off the credits because he was still under contract with his old record company.
No singles were released in England, and very few in the US. Manager Peter Grant tried to keep the record companies from releasing singles, fearing that it would hurt album sales. Very few Led Zeppelin singles were released in the US, and in the UK, none were released until "Whole Lotta Love" in 1997, some 18 years after it was written. There were several pressings made of "Trampled Underfoot," but they were all shelved before being released, and are, today, viewed as highly collectable. (thanks, Jon - Wayne, PA)
Their 4th, untitled album (which we refer to as Led Zeppelin 4) contained symbols representing each band member. Plant was a feather, Page his "Zoso" symbol, Jones a circle with trisecting ovals, and Bonham 3 intersecting circles, which resembles the Ballantine Beer logo.
When Physical Graffiti was released, all 5 of their previous albums reentered the charts. They were the first band to have 6 albums chart at once.
While on a family vacation in Rhodes, Plant fractured his ankle and elbow in 1975 when his hired car hit a tree. Zeppelin's world tour had to be canceled.
They toured and recorded away from England to avoid the excessive taxes their home country charged high-income performers.
Their last studio album, In Through the Out Door, was recorded in 1978 and 1979 at a studio in Sweden owned by Abba.
Page was very concerned about packaging for the albums. This would sometimes delay the album's release, but resulted in some cover and sleeve designs that became collectors items.
A tribute album, Encomium, was released in 1995 featuring Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran, Hootie and The Blowfish and others interpreting Led Zeppelin songs.
They made very few TV appearances, avoiding TV performances because of the poor audio-video quality. According to Robert Plant, no matter how well they performed, they were always at the mercy of the in-house studio engineers, most of whom had no idea how to record a live band. After a June 1969 taping for a French TV appearance, they did no more TV ever; they'd be seen live on stage or not at all from that point on.
They toured relentlessly. Their first US tour was opening for Vanilla Fudge. Here's what Fudge drummer Carmine Appice has to say:
"People can't believe it now, but when they came over, they were green. They were a brand new band, nobody knew Robert Plant, nobody knew John Paul Jones, nobody knew John Bonham. Their first date with us was Vanilla Fudge and Spirit, and we were already sold out when they were added to the show. When they went on, the audience was yelling, 'Bring on The Fudge.' It was hilarious. I remember telling Robert Plant he should move around more on the stage. In March (2004), we went to Europe, played England, and Robert came up to jam with The Fudge. We told that story on stage and we both had a chuckle about it. Then they became so big. I got John Bonham a Ludwig endorsement, the same drums that I had, which were big 26 bass drums - a totally unique Ludwig kit that started all these crazy sizes. Bonzo saw it and loved it, so I got him the endorsement. Six months later when they came back to tour again, we toured together again, but this time it was equal bill. They got so big so fast, then they went on to become the biggest band in the world. We played with Hendrix, Cream, The Who, and at times, we blew everybody off the stage. We were a very hard act to follow, we were known for being very aggressive live and different from anyone else. We were wondering who was going to blow us off - it was Led Zeppelin."
Page, Plant, and Jones played at Live Aid in 1985 with Phil Collins and Tony Thompson on drums. They refused to allow their performance onto the Live Aid DVD as they considered it such a poor performance. (thanks, iain - edinburgh, Scotland)
Along with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin is one of 2 bands with 5 diamond albums, meaning sales of more than 10 million each. They are Led Zeppelin 4 (22 mil), Physical Graffiti (15 mil), Led Zeppelin II (12 mil), Houses of the Holy (11 mil), and their Boxed Set (10 mil).
Vinyl copies of Led Zeppelin III were pressed with 2 Aleister Crowley quotes on the inner groove: "Do What Thou Wilt," and "So Mote It Be." Crowley, a practitioner of black magic, was a big influence on Page. In 1970, Page bought a house in Scotland where Crowley used to live. He has since sold it.
They made #1 on Spin magazine's list of the 100 Sleaziest Moments in Rock for what is known as The Red Snapper Incident. The story goes that on a tour stop in Seattle in 1969, they mixed a redheaded groupie with red snapper.
Regarding the band's legend for debauchery, Robert Plant said in an interview with Cameron Crowe: "That whole lunacy thing was all people knew about us and it was all word-of-mouth. All those times of lunacy were okay, but we aren't and never were monsters. Just good-time boys, loved by their fans and hated by their critics."
Bonham was actually Zeppelin's second choice for drummer, their first being BJ Wilson, from Procol Harum.
Bonham had his own private quarter mile road so that he could relax by driving his car down it at 250 miles per hour.
They got their first recording contract based on the recommendation of Dusty Springfield. Jones and Page had both played on some of her albums.
They never won a Grammy while they were active, but in 2005 they were given a lifetime achievement award.
They had a huge influence on the next generation of musicians. A good example is Dave Grohl of Nirvana and The Foo Fighters, who told Rolling Stone magazine April 15, 2004: "To me, Zeppelin were spiritually inspirational. I was going to Catholic school and questioning God, but I believed in Led Zeppelin. I wasn't really buying into this Christianity thing, but I had faith in Led Zeppelin as a spiritual entity. They showed me that human beings could channel this music somehow and that it was coming from somewhere. It wasn't coming from a songbook. It wasn't coming from a producer. It wasn't coming from an instructor. It was coming from somewhere else."
On March 29, 1975, they became the first band ever to have 6 albums on the Billboard chart at once: Physical Graffiti (#1), Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 3)
It took a while before they sold their music online, but they did eventually allow iTunes to sell their songs. They remain holdouts when it comes to music video games, however.
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