No matter when you were born and regardless of your musical interests, one thing is for sure – there are certain bands that made history and will forever remain as some of the most prolific and innovative of their times. One of these is Led Zeppelin, a British rock band that not only revolutionized the music scene but also influenced an entire generation of artists.
Throughout the years, Led Zeppelin approached plenty of music styles, all revolving around rock, and with memorable songs in all these styles, from blues to folk to hard rock. The band remained as one of the most influential in history and received massive appreciation throughout its members’ career, between 1968 and 1980.
It is also one of my favorite band of all times, and this is why I’ve decided to make a list of the most interesting facts you too should know about Led Zeppelin.
The band’s name
The significance of the band’s name is given by some words Keith Moon used to say once, meaning that a super-band that would consist of him and John Entwistle would crash just like a Lead Zeppelin. Also, the expression was mainly used by the members of another famous band back in the days, The Who, who would use it to refer to a disastrous concert as a Lead Zeppelin.
Rumors and crazy stories
Led Zeppelin may have been one of the most popular and prolific bands of the moment but, without the Internet and “Saint” Google to back up their stories, it comes as no surprise that the band was subjected to lots of gossip and rumors.
The band is known for being one of the first promoters of the hippie movement which became extremely popular during the 60s and the 70s. However, since there were no digital cameras or any high-tech devices that are now used to follow around a band’s members in their daily lives, plenty of rumors and fictional stories revolved around the members of Led Zeppelin.
Some of these rumors involved a mudshark, the hermit, a stairway to hell, and even allegations regarding the worshiping of the devil. Obviously, most of them were mere fictions from the fans, but this only added more mystery and publicity for the band.
After the tragic death of John Bonham in 1980, the band decided to split up but its music continues to be listened by new and old generations of people alike.
Throughout its activity, Led Zeppelin managed to sell over 300 million album copies worldwide, with around 110 million copies sold in the United States alone. The band released 10 albums between 1968 and 1982, and the remaining members continued to reunite in the following decades.