15 Facts About Led Zeppelin


Originally named the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that gave them considerable artistic freedom.

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Some early Led Zeppelin concerts lasted more than four hours, with expanded and improvised live versions of their repertoire.

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The band had wanted to release the fourth album with no title or information, in response to the music press "going on about Led Zeppelin being a hype", but the record company wanted something on the cover, so in discussions, it was agreed to have four symbols to represent both the four members of the band and that it was the fourth album.

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In 1974, Led Zeppelin took a break from touring and launched their own record label, Swan Song, named after an unreleased song.

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The label was successful while Led Zeppelin existed, but folded less than three years after they disbanded.

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In May 1975, Led Zeppelin played five sold-out nights at the Earls Court Arena in London, at the time the largest arena in Britain.

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The film was particularly unsuccessful in the UK, where, unwilling to tour since 1975 because of their tax exile status, Led Zeppelin faced an uphill battle to recapture the public's affection.

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In 1977, Led Zeppelin embarked on another major concert tour of North America.

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In 1995, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the United States Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.

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On 10 December 2007, Led Zeppelin reunited for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at the O2 Arena in London, with Jason Bonham again taking his father's place on drums.

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At some deep level, Led Zeppelin's music is about the relationship between humanity and technology.

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Many have considered Led Zeppelin to be one of the most successful, innovative, and influential bands in the history of rock music.

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Andrew Loog Oldham, the former producer and manager of the Rolling Stones, commented on how Led Zeppelin had a major influence on the record business, and the way rock concerts were managed and presented to huge audiences.

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The band's fashion-sense has been seminal; Simeon Lipman, head of pop culture at Christie's auction house, has commented that "Led Zeppelin have had a big influence on fashion because the whole aura surrounding them is so cool, and people want a piece of that".

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In 2010, Led Zeppelin IV was one of ten classic album covers from British artists commemorated on a UK postage stamp issued by the Royal Mail; they were unveiled by Jimmy Page.

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