When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll excess, nobody did it bigger and better than Led Zeppelin. During the dozen years that they were around, they managed to make new rules and break most of the old ones. They wrote the rulebook on touring etiquette, sold more records than almost anyone else and took the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to superhuman new levels. But none of this would matter if the music didn’t live up to the legend. It does. From the blustery blues-rock of their self-titled 1969 debut to the flawless dynamism of their 1971 masterpiece ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ to the gargantuan stomp of their double-album epic ‘Physical Graffiti,’ Led Zeppelin crafted records designed to withstand decades of come-and-go trends. The death of drummer John Bonham in 1980 put an end to the band, but their music lives on.
On Feb. 29, 1988, Robert Plant released his fourth solo album, 'Now and Zen,' and in the process finally admitted to himself and the world that it was pretty cool to have been the singer of Led Zeppelin.
A series of tape boxes belonging to engineer Ron Nevison will be going up for auction in March. As a tease, the auction house has uploaded a brief taste (embedded above) of rough mixes of two songs from Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti,' 'Kashmir' and 'Custard Pie.'
To celebrate the 39th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin's double-album masterpiece 'Physical Graffiti,' we are pleased to present an exclusive excerpt from 'Robert Plant: A Life,' a biography by author Paul Rees that reveals some fascinating insights about the group's singer while tracing his life from childhood to present day.
At a recent stop in Todos Santos, Mexico, '80s underground rock legends the Dream Syndicate were joined on stage by Led Zeppelin bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and former REM guitarist Peter Buck.
Lots of people love Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' -- it isn't a beloved staple of classic rock radio for nothing -- but on Jan. 23, 1991, KLSK-FM in Albuquerque, N.M. took that love to absurd new heights.
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