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Led Zeppelin

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.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

12 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Raid Their Vaults for Excellent Live DVD

Led Zeppelin were one of the preeminent live bands of the '70s, but their fans had to wait an awfully long time for a proper representation of the band's live career.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Led Zeppelin Admit to Being ‘Exceptionally Talented’ in Response to Copyright Lawsuit

As expected, lawyers for the surviving members of Led Zeppelin have continued to fight an ongoing plagiarism lawsuit by denying all of the plaintiff's allegations — with one noteworthy, and funny, exception.

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Jorgen Angel / Michael Ochs Archives / Phil Dent, Getty Images

Robert Plant’s 10 Most Historic Concerts

Ultimate Classic Rock lists the most important live performances in Robert Plant's career, from his earliest days through Led Zeppelin and beyond.

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Clash of the Titans: Fourth Anniversary Edition

For some of us, it simply isn't a party until a screaming argument erupts, so we're celebrating our fourth birthday with an epic Clash of the Titans that puts four classic albums.

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YouTube

40 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Begin Historic Five-Night Residency at Earls Court

Led Zeppelin opened a a career-defining five-concert stand at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre on May 17, 1975.

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Paul Natkin, Getty Images

27 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Reunite at Atlantic’s 40th Anniversary Concert

Led Zeppelin reunited at Atlantic's 40th Anniversary Concert on May 14, 1988.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

41 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Meet Elvis Presley

The L.A. Forum played host to some of the greatest shows Led Zeppelin ever put on, and it was also the place where, on May 11, 1974, the band came face to face with its greatest hero.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Led Zeppelin’s Copyright Lawsuit Is Going to California

In spite of the plaintiff's efforts to keep the case in Philadelphia, a lawsuit alleging that Led Zeppelin plagiarized "Stairway to Heaven" from a song by Spirit is changing venues.

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Swan Song

41 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Launch Swan Song Records

Led Zeppelin weren't the first rock 'n' roll band to be given their own record label, but they were among the most successful.

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42 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Kick Off Their 1973 U.S. Tour

On May 4, 1973, Led Zeppelin kicked off their 1973 U.S. tour, which would become legendary thanks to the 1977 concert film The Song Remains the Same.

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