On 4 December 1980 legendary Rock band Led Zeppelin Disbanded after the tragic death of drummer Jon Bonham ‘ The Circumstances leading upto his death Started On 24 September, When Bonham was picked up by Led Zeppelin assistant Rex King to attend rehearsals at Bray Studios. During the journey, Bonham asked to stop for breakfast, where he downed four quadruple vodkas (450 ml/15 oz.), with a ham roll. After taking a bite of the ham roll he said to his assistant, “breakfast”. He continued to drink heavily after arriving at the studio. The rehearsals were halted late that evening and the band retired to Page’s house—the Old Mill House in Clewer, Windsor. After midnight, Bonham, who had fallen asleep, was taken to bed and placed on his side. At 1:45 pm the next day, Benji LeFevre (Led Zeppelin’s new tour manager) and John Paul Jones found Bonham dead. The cause of death was asphyxiation from vomit; an autopsy found no other drugs in his body. Bonham was cremated on 10 October 1980, and his ashes were buried at Rushock Parish Church in Droitwich, Worcestershire. A verdict of accidental death was returned at an inquest held on 27 October.The planned North American tour was cancelled, and despite rumours that Cozy Powell, Carmine Appice, Barriemore Barlow, Simon Kirke or Bev Bevan would join the group as his replacement, the remaining members decided to disband. A 4 December 1980 press statement stated that, “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”. The statement was signed simply “Led Zeppelin”
Led Zeppelin were formed in London in 1968. The band consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The group’s heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues on their early albums, has drawn them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal withAtlantic Records that afforded them considerable artistic freedom. Although the group was initially unpopular with critics, they achieved significant commercial success with albums such as Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), their untitled fourth album (1971), Houses of the Holy (1973), and Physical Graffiti(1975). Their fourth album, which features the track “Stairway to Heaven”, is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and it helped to cement the popularity of the group.Page wrote most of the music early in Led Zeppelin’s career, while Plant generally supplied the songs’ lyrics. Jones’ keyboard-based compositions later became central to the group’s music, and their later albums featured greater experimentation.
The latter half of the band’s career saw a series of record-breaking tours that earned them a reputation for excess and debauchery. Although they remained commercially and critically successful, their output and touring schedule were limited in the late 1970s, and the group disbanded in 1980. since, the surviving members have sporadically collaborated and participated in one-off Led Zeppelin reunions. The most successful of these was at the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London, with Jason Bonham taking his late father’s place behind the drums.Led Zeppelin are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative and influential rock groups in history. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording; various sources estimate the group’s record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide. they are the second-best-selling band in the United States’ Each of their nine studio albums placed on the Billboard Top 10 and six reached the number-one spot. Rolling Stone magazine described them as “the heaviest band of all time”,”the biggest band of the ’70s” and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history”. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995; the museum’s biography of the band states that they were “as influential in the 1970s as the Beatles were in the prior one”
Led Zeppelin are widely considered to be one of the most successful, innovative and influential rock bands in the history of music.Led Zeppelin have influenced hard rock and heavy metal bands such as Deep Purple,Black Sabbath,Rush, Queen, and Megadeth as well as progressive metal bands like Tool Dream Theater.They influenced some early punk and post-punk bands, among them the Ramones and the Cult. They were also an important influence on the development of alternative rock, as bands adapted elements from the “Zeppelin sound” of the mid-1970s, including the Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Bands and artists from diverse genres have acknowledged the influence of Led Zeppelin, such as Madonna, Shakira, Lady Gaga and Katie Melua’ Led Zeppelin have been credited with a major impact on the nature of the music business, particularly in the development of album-orientated rock (AOR) and stadium rock.Led Zeppelin also had a significant cultural impact. . Led Zeppelin laid the foundation for the big hair of 1980s glam metal bands such as Mötley Crüe and Skid Row. Other musicians have also adapted elements from Led Zeppelin’s attitude to clothes, jewellery and hair, such as the hipster flares and tight band t-shirts of Kings of Leon, shaggy hair, clingy t-shirts and bluesman hair of Jack White of the White Stripes, and Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno’s silk scarves, trilbies and side-laced tight jeans
Led Zeppelin – Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1970 http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=edPEBB6VjRQ
Throughout their career, Led Zeppelin have collected many honours and awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006 Among the band’s awards are an American Music Award in 2005, and the Polar Music Prize in 2006 Led Zeppelin were the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and four of their recordings have been inducted into theGrammy Hall of Fame They have been awarded five Diamond albums, as well as fourteen Multi-Platinum, four Platinum and one Gold album in the United States while in the UK they have five Multi-Platinum, six Platinum, one Gold and four Silver albums In addition to listing five of their albums among “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, Rolling Stone named Led Zeppelin the 14th-greatest artist of all time in 2004 Page was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his charity work in 2005 and Plant was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to popular music in 2009 The band are ranked number one on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and Classic Rock’s “50 best live acts of all time”. They were awarded an Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Contribution to British Music” in 1977, as well as a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 42nd Annual Ivor Novello awards ceremony in 1997.The band were honoured at the 2008 MOJO Awards with the “Best Live Act” prize for their one-off reunion, and were described as the “greatest rock and roll band of all time” The three surviving members (Page, Plant, and Jones) were named as 2012 recipients of Kennedy Center HoIn November 1978 the group recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. The resulting album, In Through the Out Door, featured sonic experimentation that again drew mixed reactions from critics. Nevertheless, the album reached number one in the UK and the US in just its second week of release. With this album’s release, Led Zeppelin’s entire catalogue returned to theBillboard Top 200 in the weeks of 27 October and 3 November 1979In August 1979, after two warm-up shows in Copenhagen, Led Zeppelin headlined two concerts at the Knebworth Music Festival, playing to a crowd of approximately 104,000 on the first night A brief, low-key European tour was undertaken in June and July 1980, featuring a stripped-down set without the usual lengthy jams and solos. On 27 June, at a show in Nuremberg, Germany, the concert came to an abrupt halt in the middle of the third song, when Bonham collapsed onstage and was rushed to hospital. Speculation in the press suggested that his collapse had been the result of excessive alcohol and drug use, but the band claimed that he had simply overeaten.A North American tour, the band’s first since 1977, was scheduled to commence on 17 October 1980.
Following the dissolution of Led Zeppelin, the first significant project for the band members wasthe Honeydrippers, which Plant formed in 1981. The group featured Page on lead guitar, along with studio musicians and friends of Plant and Page, including Jeff Beck, Paul Shaffer, and Nile Rodgers. Plant focused the band in a different direction from Led Zeppelin, playing standards and in a more R&B style, highlighted by their cover of “Sea of Love”, which peaked at number three on the Billboard charts in early 1985.1982 saw the release of Coda, a collection of outtakes and unused tracks from the band’s career. It included two tracks taken from the band’s performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970, one each from the Led Zeppelin III and Houses of the Holy sessions, and three from the In Through the Out Door sessions. It also featured a 1976 Bonham drum instrumental with electronic effects added by Page, called “Bonzo’s Montreux”.]On 13 July 1985, Page, Plant and Jones reunited for the Live Aid concert at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, playing a short set featuring drummers Tony Thompson and Phil Collins and bassistPaul Martinez. Collins had contributed to Plant’s first two solo albums while Martinez was a member of Plant’s group Band of Joy. .The three members reunited again on 14 May 1988, for the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert, with Bonham’s son, Jason Bonham, on drums.
he first Led Zeppelin box set, featuring tracks remastered under Page’s supervision, was released in 1990 and bolstered the band’s reputation, leading to abortive discussions among members about a reunion. This set included four previously unreleased tracks, including a version of Robert Johnson’s “Travelling Riverside Blues”. The song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. 1992 saw the release of the “Immigrant Song”/”Hey Hey What Can I Do” (the original B-side) as a CD single in the US.Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2was released in 1993; the two box sets together containing all known studio recordings, as well as some rare live tracks.ln 1994, Page and Plant reunited for a 90-minute “UnLedded” MTV project. They later released an album called No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, which featured some reworked Led Zeppelin songs, and embarked on a world tour the following year. This is said to be the beginning of a rift between the band members, as Jones was not even told of the reunion.In 1995, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the United States Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Jason and Zoë Bonham also attended, representing their late fatherAt the induction ceremony, the band’s inner rift became apparent when Jones joked upon accepting his award, “Thank you, my friends, for finally remembering my phone number”, causing consternation and awkward looks from Page and Plant.Afterwards, they played one brief set with Tyler and Perry, with Jason Bonham on drums, and then a second with Neil Young, this time with Michael Lee playing the drums.In 1997, Atlantic released a single edit of “Whole Lotta Love” in the US and the UK, the only single the band released in their homeland, where it peaked at number 21. November 1997 saw the release of Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions, a two-disc set largely recorded in 1969 and 1971. Page and Plant released another album called Walking into Clarksdale in 1998, featuring all new material, but after disappointing sales the partnership dissolved before a planned Australian tour.
2003 saw the release of the triple live album How the West Was Won, and Led Zeppelin DVD, a six-hour chronological set of live footage that became the best-selling music DVD in history In July 2007 Atlantic/Rhino and Warner Home Video announced three new Led Zeppelin titles to be released that November. First was Mothership, a 24-track best-of spanning the band’s career, followed by a reissue of the soundtrack The Song Remains the Same, which included previously unreleased material, and a new DVD.Led Zeppelin also made their catalogue legally available for digital download, becoming one of the last major rock bands to do so On 10 December 2007 Led Zeppelin reunited for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at theO2 Arena in London, with Jason Bonham again taking his late father’s place on drums. According to Guinness World Records 2009, Led Zeppelin set the world record for the “Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert” as 20 million requests for the reunion show were rendered online.Music critics praised the band’s performance and there was widespread speculation about a full reunion.Page, Jones and Jason Bonham were reported to be willing to tour, and to be working on material for a new Led Zeppelin project.plant continued his touring commitments with Alison Krauss, stating in September 2008 that he would not be recording or touring with the band. Jones, Page and Bonham reportedly looked for a replacement for Plant, considering singers including Steven Tyler, and Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge, but in January 2009 it was confirmed that the project had been abandoned. A film of the O2 performance, Celebration Day, premiered on 17 October 2012 and was released on home video on 19 November.The film grossed $2 million in one night, and the live album peaked at number 4 and 9 in the UK and US, respectively.the band’s discography was remastered and released In 2013