For many, Led Zeppelin is the first and last word in rock.
When Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and John Bonham began playing together in 1968, they knew that it felt good in the rehearsal room but they would have had no idea that they were embarking on a career that would make them the biggest rock band in history.
In 1969, Led Zeppelin released their debut, self-titled album. Within two months the album reached Billboard’s Top Ten. Every album that followed quickly attained Platinum status, and the group began to break box-office records set by the Beatles. By 1975 Led Zeppelin was the most commercially successful rock band in the world.
Those who had the privilege to see Led Zeppelin live report that it was an experience of rare power and startling inspiration. The band never used the stage as a platform for slavish recreations of previously recorded material: instead, performances frequently featured songs that would not be released for months or maybe years to come, alongside expanded, improvised, extended versions of established classics.
After 9 studio albums, 1 film, 26 tours and over 200 million album sales later in 1980, Led Zeppelin disbanded when John Bonham tragically died. The legend of the band has continued with the release in 2003 of the fastest selling music DVD of all time in (Led Zeppelin ‘DVD’), along with a breathtaking live album (‘How The West Was Won’) that emphasized once again why Led Zeppelin is held in such awe by millions across the world.