Friday, September 15, 2006

Band of The Week - Led Zeppelin

As I promised I'll post something about my favorite rock band/artist. This weekend I want to present you the most famous classic rock band... Led Zeppelin. Before start read about them, I would like to share with you all the best ever classic rock song... Stairway To Heaven. This song was rated as the best classic rock song and the guitar solo for the end part was excellent! It's my all time favorite song.

Click on 'Play' to listen the song.

Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band, one of the most successful and influential groups in popular music history. Led Zeppelin consisted of four members: Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (lead vocals), John Bonham (drums), and John Paul Jones (bass guitar and keyboards).

From left to right: John Bonham, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones

Formed in 1968, Led Zeppelin were innovators who never lost mainstream appeal. While the band is perhaps best known as pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal, Led Zeppelin also drew on many styles including blues, rockabilly, reggae, soul, funk, jazz, Celtic, Indian, Arabic, folk, pop, latin and country.

Over 25 years after disbanding in response to drummer John Bonham's tragic death in 1980, Led Zeppelin continue to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success and influence. To date, the group is reported to have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide, including 109.5 million sales in the United States.

John Bonham... A Tragic End.

On September 24, 1980, John Bonham was picked up by Led Zeppelin assistant Rex King to attend rehearsals at Bray Studios for the upcoming tour of the United States, the band's first since 1977. During the journey Bonham had asked to stop for breakfast, where he downed four quadruple vodkas (roughly sixteen shots (~8dl) of vodka), with a ham roll. After taking a bite of the ham roll he said to his assistant "breakfast."

He then continued to drink when he arrived at the studio. A halt was called to the rehearsals late in the evening and the band retired to Page's house. After midnight, Bonham had fallen asleep and was taken to bed on his side. It was rumoured that he had a total of forty shots that night. Benji LeFevre (who had replaced Richard Cole as Led Zeppelin's tour manager) and John Paul Jones found him dead the next morning. Bonham was 32 years old.

The cause of death was asphyxiation from vomit. A subsequent autopsy found no other drugs in Bonham's body. The alcoholism that had plagued the drummer since his earliest days with the band, ultimately led to his untimely death. John Bonham was the best drummer ever in 70's.

After the Bonham's death, rest of the members issued a statement in December 1980, once and for all clarifying that the band would not continue without its irreplaceable drummer. "We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend, and the deep sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were".

Jimmy Page:

Jimmy Page 's incredible career spans four decades, appearing on an innumerable list of recordings. Best known for his trademark Les Pauls, double-neck guitar and riff-master deluxe, his contributions to rock history are nearly unmatched. He first picked up a guitar as a child, curiously plucking away on a Spanish acoustic given to the family. Soon after, Page became entranced with rock and roll, inspired by Elvis Presley's "Baby, Let's Play House". The rest is history...

Page became one of the hottest session guitarists in the U.K., turning down an offer to join the Yardbirds after Clapton left. Of course, he later joined the Yardbirds in 1966 in a brief guitar super-group with Jeff Beck and taking over the lead guitar spot until the group's demise in 1968. The formation of Led Zeppelin in the summer of 1968 would bring unparalleled success. Through Zep, Page could unleash his playing and songwriting in a variety of styles: blues, folk, Indian etc., but the magic of Led Zeppelin created an unimaginable chemistry of its own.

Robert Plant:

Robert Plant, the most sexiest man in 70's (look at pic, you will find the answer why... hehehe)

Robert Plant's interest in music began at an early age, entering the club scene at age fifteen. American blues artists such as Robert Johnson, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and many more fascinated Plant as he studied their music incessantly. Rock & Roll pioneers such as Elvis and Gene Vincent were also great influences.

He played with various groups in the 1960s such as The Crawling King Snakes, Listen, Hobbstweedle, The Band of Joy (with John Bonham), which concentrated mainly on the blues. In 1967, he released several solo singles on CBS, but it was a far cry from his true capabilities.

Rare demos from the Band of Joy era reveal a glimpse of what the future held. After a session with Alexis Korner in 1968, Plant would soon be asked to join Led Zeppelin, and recommended Bonham as well.

His style varies through the years as does his influences. Through Led Zeppelin, Plant was able to explore a variety of styles including heavy rock, folk, blues, Indian and Celtic. The quintesential rock vocalist and frontman, often immitated but never duplicated.

John Paul Jones:

John Paul Jones

John Baldwin (born January 3, 1946 in Sidcup, London), better known by his stage name John Paul Jones, is an English musician and was the bassist and the keyboardist for Led Zeppelin from its inception until the band's breakup following the death of John Bonham in 1980. A versatile musician, he also plays guitar, mandolin, koto, lap steel guitars, autoharp, ukulele, cello, and the three over-dubbed recorders heard on "Stariway to Heaven". He is widely respected as both a musician and a producer and is considered as one of the most influential bassists in rock music.

Led Zeppelin Pictures:

A photo of the flaming Hindenburg; an image famously (and controversially) used by Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin in concert

Led Zeppelin with their personal jet plane

Led Zeppelin's logo

Led Zeppelin... the greatest classic rock band ever!


Cocka Doodle said...

Great review Kenny! One Kilkenny on me, yeah!

ah nel said...

yeahhhh...Stairway To Heaven the korean movie i heard a lot of

no wonder i duno the band as i was born in 1968...

i think i learn more n more about rockers in ur blog... ;)

Maverick SM said...

aiyo...why singers only... what about Gillian Chung, madonna, and Chow Sing Chi???

Kenny Ng said...

[cocka] sure or not? one kilkenny on u? okok... wait u kambing to KL... kekeke

[ah nel] yeah... learn more about legendary rock bands, they r really great!!! thanks for interesting :)

[maverick] those not ngam me la... im rocker la... classic rocker la... kekeke

AceOne said...

I dont really know this rock N roll band.

Kenny Ng said...

[aceone] coz u r not rocker maybe... u can ask any old man, they will know.

Simple American said...

I loved Zeppelin. I had music books with all of the chords. I owned all of the albums in vinyl, which all been stolen. :(

I saw them in concert for the Physical Graffiti tour. Best concert ever. No warm up bands. Just 3 and half hours of metal music wonderfulness. Major head banging going on.

Great tribute Kenny. :)

shea speare said...

Wah! Rare rocker fan la. Only very few of my friends are interested of rock songs. Doesn't know who are those guys but it does sounds VIP.

Nonnie said...

So I see your pattern. Every weekend you'll blog about your fav rock bands right?

Kenny Ng said...

[simple american] No!!! all the albums stolen? that really bad. I got all their albums too, but all in MP3 format.
OMG! u've seen their concert? ahh!!! how wish i was there, but too bad that time i just a baby.
Cheers to rock n roll!

[shea speare] now days many people dunno how to appreciate rock songs especially classic rock. to me, that is pure art of music. they r not just VIP but also legend.

[nonnie] yes... to suit my blog title mah... let's crap n let's rock!

Cocka Doodle said...

Oi! who are you calling old man??? *Cocka chases kenny on his wheelchair....*

Kenny Ng said...

[cocka] ahhh? i din call anyone old man la... we rocker never count old or young 1... as long we r rock! kekeke.

shea speare said...

Yeah yeah. It's true actually. I feel most of the music are emphasizing on the beauty and how cool they act on music video instead of the quality.

**L-Y-N** said...

Elo brader....=p Lyn back back here...WOW the hair real geng heheheh geng then mine eh...

Kenny Ng said...

[shea speare] yup... to me most important is how beauty the music, maybe i'm a guitar freak, so i'll like any music with great guitar solo... hehehe

[l-y-n] ello mello Lyn, tot u caught by alien dee =P in 70's all hair r like that ma... next week i'll show another band also got such kind of hair too... kekeke

Nine3 Nine 3 said...

Woh another Rock Kaki ! & good review !!
Believe you like Queen and Eagles ?

Kenny Ng said...

[9393] yeah, sure like them! classic rock rules man! Thanks for dropping by :)

Phil said...

I totally agree with your take on Bonham. You'll be happy to hear he's currently leading the ranking for "Best drummer ever" on

Anonymous said...

Combination of John Paul's thumping bass, Jimmy's psychedelic overdriven guitar, Bonham's groovy drumbeat and Robert's vocals. I wonder if Korean drama, Stairway to Heaven is inspired by Led Zeppelin's song. Grrrr....I still can't play Stairway to Heaven yet after years of practice, damn hard.

Kenny Ng said...

Many songs now days are inspired by Led Zep's songs. Stairway... I can play the acoustic guitar part, the solo part I still haven't learn it.

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