Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

 

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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 was 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.

Page wrote most of Led Zeppelin's music, particularly early in their career, while Plant generally supplied the lyrics. Jones' keyboard-based compositions later became central to the group's catalogue, which featured increasing experimentation. The latter half of their career saw a series of record-breaking tours that earned the group a reputation for excess and debauchery. Although they remained commercially and critically successful, their output and touring schedule were limited during the late 1970s, and the group disbanded following Bonham's death from alcohol-related asphyxia in 1980. In the decades that followed, the surviving members sporadically collaborated and participated in one-off Led Zeppelin reunions. The most successful of these was the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London, with Jason Bonham taking his late father's place behind the drums.

Led Zeppelin are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording; various sources estimate the group's record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide. With RIAA-certified sales of 111.5 million units, they are the second-best-selling band in the US. Each of their nine studio albums placed in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart and six reached the number-one spot. They achieved eight consecutive UK number-one albums. Rolling Stone magazine described them as "the heaviest band of all time", "the biggest band of the Seventies", and "unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history". They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995; the museum's biography of the band states that they were "as influential" during the 1970s as the Beatles were during the 1960s.

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Led Zeppelin IV
 
English rock band Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album, known as Led Zeppelin IV for commercial purposes, was released on 8 November 1971 by Atlantic Records.
Stairway to Heaven
 
"Stairway to Heaven" is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in late 1971.
Led Zeppelin II
 
Led Zeppelin II is the eponymous second studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released on 22 October 1969 in the United States and on 31 October 1969 in the United Kingdom by Atlantic Records.
Led Zeppelin
 
Led Zeppelin is the eponymous debut studio album by English rock band Led Zeppelin.

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Robert Plant on possibility of Led Zeppelin reunion: 'You're talking to the wrong guy here'
  –  February 16, 2018
Since Led Zeppelin imploded in 1980 ... Why did you decide to cover the old rockabilly song "Bluebirds Over the Mountain" from the late 1950s? A I've been singing it on and off in the shower since before showers were invented. It's a kind of angst love ...
Robert Plant rocks out old school Led Zeppelin at Bluesfest
  –  March 31, 2018
The Led Zeppelin stuff. “There’s a lot of humour in the way I ... Picture: Supplied Before his own set, he went to watch Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, a musician he has known since he was a teenager. He also bought two paintings from the ...
Led Zeppelin’s ‘Houses of the Holy': Our Writers Answer Five Heavy Questions
  –  March 28, 2018
“D’yer Mak’er,” is of reggae. Any of the other tracks they’d recorded but saved for future albums would have sat better. Is this the best Led Zeppelin cover art? If not, what is? Gallucci: Possibly -- all of Zeppelin's covers are essential parts ...
Robert Plant Reveals What Greta Van Fleet Stole From Led Zeppelin
  –  April 3, 2018
We were just trying to be like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Stones, but these guys are really good at it! [Laughs] “They have that same kind of… it just sounds like they love music and they love what they’re doing and yeah, I’ve been ...
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant hears similar voice in Greta Van Fleet frontman
  –  April 2, 2018
FRANKENMUTH, MI -- There's something familiar to Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant after hearing ... heading back to the United States for a performance at the Coachella Music Festival on April 13 in California.
Robert Plant rocks out old school Led Zeppelin at Bluesfest
  –  March 31, 2018
The Led Zeppelin stuff. “There’s a lot of humour in the way I ... “A lot of the people weren’t born when that band (Led Zep) started and the music from the past is brilliant and beautiful and powerful,” he said. “But it has to have a new ...
Dancing on the ceiling: Thousands descend on Byron Bay for Bluesfest music festival headlined by Lionel Richie and Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant
  –  March 30, 2018
More than 100,000 colourful characters have descended on Byron Bay to celebrate annual family-friendly music festival Bluesfest. The iconic Australian festival, which takes place at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm over the Easter long weekend, boasts a diverse and ...
Led Zeppelin’s ‘Houses of the Holy': Our Writers Answer Five Heavy Questions
  –  March 28, 2018
Led Zeppelin recorded plenty of epics and plenty of love songs in their time. This is probably their most epic love song. DeRiso: For me, “The Rain Song" is a tour de force moment for a band emerging back then as the Beatles of heavy music. (They even ...
'It's so dull': Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant SLAMS modern rock and roll as 'boring' and remains tight-lipped about the band's debauchery
  –  March 28, 2018
Appearing on The Project on Wednesday, The Stairway To Heaven hit maker bemoaned the state of modern music, saying it was too sanitised. At the height of Led Zeppelin's fame in the mid 1970s, the band epitomised the hard-living rock and roll lifestyle ...
Suicideboys’ Impact on Hip-Hop Reminds Beastie Boys’ Mike D of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin’s Reign
  –  March 26, 2018
Despite the fact that their are more chart-topping pop hits from hip-hop artists these days, Mike D said there are some musicians who produce the gritty, punk-esque music that is comparable to the sounds of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin that inspired him ...
10 reasons why Oasis was the greatest British band since Led Zeppelin
  –  March 25, 2018
Led Zeppelin was the biggest rock band of the 1970s ... many swaggering post-Zep experiments that completely missed the dynamic nature of Zep's music. The problem with this particular line of rock is that the lineage isn't always going to be comfortable.

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