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Led Zeppelin (1982-present)


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1982-84 saw Plant forging ahead with his solo career. Then, in 1984, he teamed up with Page for a one-off project produced by Nugetre (Ahmet Ertegun), and the Fabulous Brill Brothers. The EP, The Honeydrippers: Volume One, featured a band of mystery musicians including Jeff Beck and Nile Rodgers. It was released on Plant's Es Paranza label and though commercially successful Page revealed the following year that he and Plant hadn't been on speaking terms since the fateful day the previous summer when the guitarist had overdubbed his part on the Honeydrippers' unsolicited hit, Sea of Love.

The differences were patched up as on 13 July 1985 Led Zeppelin reunited at the Live Aid concert at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. Page, Plant and Jones, with drummers Tony Thompson and Phil Collins (who had actually toured with Plant on his 1983 The Principle of Moments tour) standing in for the late John Bonham, and Paul Martinez (from Plant's touring band) performed a lousy twenty minute set featuring Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven. Plant had just done three gigs on the trot resulting in his voice being shot; Page's roadie handed him a completely out of tune guitar on which to play Stairway to Heaven, which didn't help.

Peter Grant, now no longer acting as manager for any of them, summed it up best:

'It was diabolical ... it was absolutely horrendous'.

So bad, in fact, that when Live Aid was released on a four-set DVD in late 2004, the group unanimously disallowed usage of footage from their performance though Page and Plant donated all proceedings from their Unledded DVD to the Live Aid charity, and Jones donated a portion of the profits from his US tour with the Mutual Admiration Society toward the charity as well.

In 1986, Page, Plant and Jones gathered near Peter Gabriel's home at Bath, England for rehearsals with Thompson with a view to play again as a group. Thompson had a car accident so one of Plant's roadies played drums. For whatever reason (and each band member has different views) the idea of reforming quickly fizzled out.

However, Zeppelin did reunite again in 1988 for Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary concert for only their second public performance after Bonham's death. They performed a 31-minute set, with Jason Bonham (sitting in for his father, John) joining the remaining three.

The three original members also played with Jason at Carmen Plant's (Robert's daughter) 21st birthday party, and at Jason's wedding.

1990 came with a new release. The Led Zeppelin four-CD box set collection, released in November, contained 54 tracks including two previously unreleased tunes culled from 1969 BBC broadcasts. The set was remastered by Page.

1990 also saw Plant and Page play a brief set together at the Knebworth music festival, which included a rarity from Coda, Wearing and Tearing.

Then it happened. Page and Plant, without Jones, reunited in 1994 for an MTV Unplugged performance (dubbed Unledded) which eventually led to a world tour with a Middle Eastern orchestra, and an album entitled No Quarter. 'Page and Plant are Led Zeppelin', John Paul Jones observed in 1998, 'in everything but name'. Why they did it without him has never been satisfactorily explained. It seemed unfair and just plain wrong, and neither Page or Plant came out of it looking great. Led Zeppelin's strength was that all members played a precise and integral part in the mechanics of the band, and to strip it of one member meant it just wasn't the same. Nevertheless, the tour was deemed a success if success can be only measured by bums on seats.

1995 saw the band inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It also saw the death of one many saw as the fifth member of the band, the ex-manager, Peter Grant.

The BBC Sessions followed in 1997. This release was the first Led Zeppelin album in more than 15 years and the two-disc set included almost all of the band's recordings for the BBC. Atlantic also released a single edit of Whole Lotta Love making it the only Led Zeppelin CD single.

Page and Plant continued their collaboration with Walking into Clarksdale the following year, the pair's first album-length collaboration on all-new material since Led Zeppelin.

2003 saw a live album and video collections featuring material from the band's heyday. By the end of the year, the DVD had sold more than 520,000 copies, easily making the list of the most popular DVDs of the year.

Finally, in 2005, Led Zeppelin received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. It was the first Grammy the band had received.


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Led Zeppelin: From Early Days to Page and Plant - Ritchie Yorke


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LED ZEPPELIN

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