IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- AUGUST 12, 1968- LED ZEPPELIN PLAYS TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME- AND THEY GET ALONG

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It was fifty years ago today- the group that the world would know as Led Zeppelin would first play together in a small space on Gerrard Street in the west end of London. The band early on would be known as The New Yardbirds. The first sound they played together was a Yardbirds song – guitarist Jimmy Page’s previous band The Yardbirds- called “The Train Kept A Rollin’. There seemed to be instant chemistry between the band members- singer Robert Plant, lead guitarist- Jimmy Page, drummer John Bonham and multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones. They would play their first concert less than a month later on September 7. 1968. In mid-October they would change their name to Led Zeppelin and the rest as they say is history. The bands first album Led Zeppelin was released on January 12, 1969 and the group would release eight studio albums until the death of John Bonham in September 1980.

 

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5 responses to “IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- AUGUST 12, 1968- LED ZEPPELIN PLAYS TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME- AND THEY GET ALONG

  1. I messed up my last comment. Stairway was my first Zep tune, and I heard it on the radio in Germany where due to its length they always faded it out during the transition to the heavy rock ending.

    At the time, I had taken up the classical guitar and was very much into acoustic guitar. When I heard the tune in its entirety for the first time, I just couldn’t believe how the band could have taken such a beautiful acoustic-oriented song and “completely ruined it” with a heavy metal-like ending!😆

    Needless to add that my views have significantly evolved since and that it is exactly the build from a quiet acoustic into a heavy rock tune that I find brilliant!

    • There are a lot of songs that at one point I didn’t care much for that years later a light goes on and I think highly of it… goes the other way too.

    • Very true, also the other way around from liking certain songs to feeling lukewarm about them. I now find myself with that sentiment for a good deal of the ‘80s tunes I used to dig. At the same, I think I’ll always have a weak spot for that music, since it came out during the decade in which I grew up.

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