The English rock band Led Zeppelin were formed in 1968 evolving from The Yardbirds, with a line up of Robert Plant (vocals), Jimmy Page (guitar), John Bonham (drums) and John Paul Jones (keyboards and bass guitar). They developed a unique style (at least then) blending heavy metal rifts with ‘acoustic’ interludes’.
Led Zeppelin incorporated musical genres of heavy metal, hard rock and blues rock. Apart from that they also used a wide range of other musical genres such as reggae, funk, rockabilly, soul, Celtic, Classical, Arabic, Latin, Pop and Country.
One thing that distinguished Led Zeppelin was their notion to promote album-oriented rock in the United Kingdom and around the World so they never released famous songs from their albums as singles in the country (for example "Stairway to Heaven"). Their first album "Led Zeppelin 1" was already in the Billboard 100 before being released in the UK, following an extensive US tour. Posters/ads from that tour can be found in this archive.
Led Zeppelin sold over 300 million albums globally and has a massive world wide following. The Band was rated No.1 in the list of VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. In addition, Rolling Stone magazine rated the band the heaviest and the largest band of 70’s.
Following the death of John Bonham the band announced that they would never tour again, but came back together for a tribute concert in 2007 at the O2 in London where over one million people attempted to buy tickets.
Albums include "Led Zeppelin 1", "Houses of the Holy", "Led Zeppelin II", "Physical Graffiti", "Led Zeppelin III", "Presence", "Led Zeppelin IV", "Coda" and "In Through the Out Door". Led Zeppelin released majority of their album on the Swan Song and Atlantic labels. Collaborations range from working with The Yardbirds, The Honeydrippers, Page & Plant, Coverdale & Page, The Firm, Robert Plant & Allison Krauss and Band of Joy.
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