Led Zeppelin is an iconic English heavy metal band from London. This band is among the top-selling bands in music history, and has had a strong influence on rock music. They are also one of the longest running groups in the history of modern music. The band was formed in 1968, and disbanded in 1980 when drummer John Bonham passed away. It was a sad day for music fans all over the world.
Led Zeppelin is made up of four members. Two were household names by the 70s and 80s. Jimmy Page was the lead guitarist, and Robert Plant was the singer. John Paul Jones played the bass and keyboard, while the late John Bonham played the drums. The four were all musicians in the same blues and rock scene, and when they finally got together to play some songs, the chemistry was hard to ignore. The four works so well together that they decided to form their own band. They chose the name Led Zeppelin, and the rest is history.
The first album, simply titled “Led Zeppelin” debuted in the top 10 on American billboard charts. They continued to churn out albums while on tour in both the United States and the UK. In total, Led Zeppelin released 9 studio albums. All were wildly successful on the US music charts. Worldwide, Led Zeppelin’s album sales are in the hundreds of millions. One of their most famous songs, Stairway to Heaven, is one of the most well known songs in history. Not only were they successful in selling albums, their longevity points to their musical talent. With influences from both blues and traditional folk music, and a preference for the sound of an electric guitar, Led Zeppelin considered their sound a heavier, more in-your-face form of the blues. Now, Led Zeppelin can be considered the unofficial fathers of heavy metal. They also emphasized the importance of the live show, and gave their fans a great experience. This led to record-breaking ticket sales and the after-show shenanigans also gave way to the culture of excess at heavy metal concerts.
Led Zeppelin in only 12 years had single-handedly transformed the face of blues, rock, and popular music. Its influences ranges from rock bands like Queen and Nirvana, to pop musicians like Madonna and Lady Gaga. Acting as a musical bridge between the psychedelic sixties, over the river of the funky seventies, and to the hard eclectic eighties, Led Zeppelin has rightly earned its place in musical history.