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16 May , 2011,
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Led Zeppelin-Not your basic blues band

I collected a lot of grief from a reader over my decision to run a story on how much I enjoyed the guitar part of an old Eagles song.  The Eagles.  Yeah, okay.   Moving on.   I got one more classic rock piece on my mind, then I’ll let it go for a while.

Being a blues fan, I like what the young, English guys in the 1960s did with the American Delta blues.  I like that guys like Jimmy Paige, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and so many others I can’t recall now, played the blues.  Their music had much of the same emotion as the originals, but  had an energy that could only have come a generation later.

Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven

Like most of us, I have heard Stairway to Heaven a million times.  I’ve heard that song my entire life, it seems, and it never gets any better.   The first hundred times I heard Stairway to Heaven, I liked it.  The next hundred times I heard it, I was only moderately annoyed.  The third hundred  times I heard it…you get the idea.  After that, I kinda tuned it out.  Isn’t Stairway to Heaven the most heavily-rotated FM radio classic rock song in history?  Hasn’t Stairway to Heaven become as bad a punch-line as Freebird has?

Yeah, I know.   But, that doesn’t mean I’m not a Led Zeppelin fan, anyway.

Led Zeppelin, formed in 1968, was guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant,  drummer  John Bonham, and bassist  John Paul Jones.  Led Zeppelin is often credited as being one of the earliest fore-runners of heavy metal.  But, Led Zeppelin was so much more than a hard rock band.  When it got down to it, Jimmy Page wanted to be a blues band.

Led Zeppelin-Reunited after 30 years

More than 30 years after disbanding following Bonham’s death in 1980, Led Zeppelin continue to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success, and broad influence. The band are widely considered to be one of the most successful, innovative and influential bands in the history of rock music.

Led Zeppelin have sold over 200 million albums worldwide according to some sources, while other sources state sales of more than 300 million records, including 111.5 million certified units in the United States,making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the second best selling band of all time in the United States. They have had all of their original studio albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard album chart in the US, with six reaching the number one spot. Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as “the heaviest band of all time”, “the biggest band of the ’70s”and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history”. Similarly, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described the band in the 1970s as being “as influential in that decade as the Beatles were in the prior one”.

In 2007, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited (along with John Bonham’s son,  Jason) for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London. The band was honored with the “Best Live Act” prize for their one-off reunion at MOJO Awards 2008 where they were declared the “greatest  rock and roll band of all time.”

Well, okay.  ‘Greatest of All Time’?  I don’t really know about that.  But, I like Led Zeppelin a lot.  I always have.  I like the way Led Zeppelin play the blues.

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  • Mead

    LOL. I knew this would happen: We are starting to get link farmers commenting. (Link farming on a blog is to post a generic comment that carries a link back to the owner’s site, thus building the total inbound links to that site). If you have studied up, you would know this only works when the blog is RELEVANT and has GREATER TRAFFIC than your site. So if a guy had a Led Zep fan site and posted with his URL, it would help both our sites. But when it’s generic, it is a waste of time for both of us, and I might even approve it. Oh, well. As site admin it is part of my job to make sure those kinds of comments never see the light of day.

  • TheMisterPk

    Got to see Led Zeppelin in Oakland in their first of two “Day On the Green” appearances at the outdoor Colosseum. It was the “good” show. The one where they showed up on time, and played over three hours. It was a fine day of rock and roll and they did not disappoint as they did so many the next.

    I don’t play my vinyl much anymore, not like I did thirty years ago (which was over and over and over). I too have heard most of the Zeppelin music enough to not get one of theirs out of the record jacket unless someone really has to hear something.

    I have great memories tied to their music yet never played Led Zeppelin to hear the blues. I didn’t hear them in that way and of course it’s all there.