Saturday, January 16, 2010

Led Zeppelin and Their Success

By Pascal Imprimatur

Led Zeppelin, one of the biggest rock bands in history, is still influencing bands today. Radio stations regularly play their most famous song Stairway To Heaven, and other hits like Whole Lotta Love and Kashmir. With over 200 million albums sold worldwide they are one of the best selling bands.

The English rock band was formed in 1968 by four of the original band members: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. Some consider the band one of the first heavy metal bands due to the intensive electric guitar sound heard on their songs. Yet their repertoire includes many different styles of music from metal to blues to pop. Robert Plant's distinctive voice made their songs easily recognizable.

The 1970's was really the period in which Led Zeppelin became well known all over the world. The English band ruled the 70's, comparable, perhaps, to how the Beatles were kings of the 60's. Their concerts were all sold-out events. Their fourth album, Led Zeppelin IV, is one of the best selling albums of all time, with over 20 million unit sold. The album is officially untitled. It includes the well known track Stairway To Heaven. It was released in November 1971.

On 4 December 1980 band members decided that a future without their drummer John Bonham would not be viable. Bonham died due to asphyxiation from vomit in September 1980. After the disbanding of Led Zeppelin band members took on solo projects.

In later years a Led Zeppelin box set was released, which attracted a whole new generation of fans. The remastering work of the tracks was done under the supervision of band guitarist Jimmy Page. The first box set includes 4 unreleased tracks. Box set number 2 was released in 1993 - combined they represent a complete repertoire of Led Zeppelin songs. It also includes several rare live tracks and studio recordings.

In December 2007 the still-living members of the band reunited for a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun. The concert was a huge success and watched by millions of people all over the world.

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