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Man Changes Name to ‘Led Zeppelin II’

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While George F. Blackburn is a perfectly fine and respectable moniker, it just wouldn’t do for a Missouri man. While shuffling around a Missouri courthouse to handle the paperwork and bureaucratic red tape surrounding his divorce from his third wife, George F. Blackburn, 64, changed his name to “Led Zeppelin II.” Why? Because it’s his favorite rock album. Duh! And it’s also an infinitely cooler nom de plume.

According to stltoday,  Blackburn had a very good reason for changing his name. “[Led Zeppelin] changed my life, forever, and that’s my whole reason for doing this,” he admitted. In fact, he said he has happily reinvented himself and that life has improved “a thousand fold” since making the change. Even the ex-wife who had him at the courthouse in the first place is now referring to him “LZ” and “Zep.” It’s the little things in life, right?

LZ (or Zep) is aware that his name change will elicit more than a few raised eyerbrows. He said, “I don’t want to appear to be some off-the-wall, drug-addict idiot. I just changed my name from the standpoint that I can be a better person than I used to be.” While that sentiment makes total sense, we’re not going to go changing our names to ‘Physical Graffiti’ any time soon.

In addition to loving ‘Led Zeppelin II,’ Blackburn, er, LZ said he was obsessed with actual zeppelins as a child. But overall, the name swap is a tribute to the music and he is getting plenty of support from rock fans. When fans of the band learn that he changed his name in honor of Robert Plant and co., they buy him drinks or pick up his dinner tab.

Some friends still refer to Zep as George, and he’s okay with that, as well.

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