In the December 2007 reunion concert at London’s O2 Arena to pay tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, Led Zeppelin trotted out “For Your Life”, a song which lead singer Robert Plant informs us that the original band with the late drummer John Bonham had never performed in concert.
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Legendary wrestler-turned-Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant had an appropriately out-sized role in the Led Zeppelin “4” story as told here In the Studio by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
Thus began a five year period when a series of tragedies befell Led Zeppelin even while they continued to record timeless hard rock such as “Achilles’ Last Stand”,”Nobody’s Fault but Mine”, and “For Your Life” from Presence which amaze even now almost half a century later. Jimmy Page blesses us with his Presence and joins me here In the Studio for “Physical Graffiti” and “Presence” .
Led Zeppelin III appeared October 5, 1970 with surprisingly little notice. Containing “The Immigrant Song”,”Gallows Pole”, and “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, Led Zeppelin III also planted exotic seeds of sounds in “Friends” with its Middle Eastern orchestration, which would skip several subsequent albums only to germinate with legendary impact on Physical Grafitti . My guests Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Led Zeppelin “III” recording engineer at Ardent Studio in Memphis, Terry Manning, tell the story In the Studio.
Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page discusses the grandeur of “Kashmir”, the progressive rock of “In the Light”, the furious electric funk of “The Wanton Song”, and the shimmering delicacy of “Ten Years Gone”.
By the time of its late February 1975 release, Led Zeppelin’s sixth album, “Physical Graffiti” , signaled a fundamental change in the popular music and media equation that began with Led Zeppelin ” IV”. Jimmy Page joins me for the story In the Studio.
Led Zeppelin II interview with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant In the Studio.
In the Studio episode #20 for November 7, 1988 featured what turned out to be my first of many subsequent in-depth conversations about the Led Zeppelin legacy with band mastermind Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant recall first rehearsals for Led Zeppelin first public performance 11-9-68 at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm.
“The Principle of Moments”, Robert Plant’s second solo album, first convinced us forty years ago that Plant could sustain a viable solo career outside of the legendary Led Zeppelin, which he fronted for twelve fabled years. But for me personally it was “Shaken ‘n’ Stirred” in 1985, served pre-release on a Walkman at 40,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, that began my professional relationship with the complicated singer. And then with 1988’s “Now and Zen”, Plant scored with his most popular effort to date, “Now and Zen”. Robert Plant is my guest In the Studio.