Led Zeppelin is considered one of the most influential rock bands in history, and they were never dull. With their distinctive fusion of blues, folk, and hard rock, a style that was entirely fresh and distinct from anything that had come before, the British rockers revolutionized rock music. Led Zeppelin stood out from their peers with their intricate arrangements, avant-garde musicianship, and strong vocals.
By combining extravagant light displays, pyrotechnics, and other theatrical elements into their performances, they also pushed the limits of live performances. They now stand for the excess and glitz of the 1970s rock culture. The debaucheries that Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones were involved in ranged from Devil worship to parties with pornstars to getting passionate with fish.
When tour manager Benji LeFevre and bassist John Paul Jones discovered John Bonham dead on September 25th, 1980, Led Zeppelin’s career came to an end. He had been put to bed the previous evening, but during the night he choked on his own vomit. Led Zeppelin’s remaining members debated whether to continue without Bonham for two months. They ended their relationship on December 6th.
In the Spokesman-Review, They explained, “We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.”
They got back together for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in 2007, and Jason Bonham played drums for the band. Robert Plant, the band’s leader, had previously voiced opposition to reuniting Zeppelin, citing The Who as an example of how “dull” reunion tours can be.
While talking with Rolling Stone, he clarified, “I was frightened of the bandwagon, I saw the Who trundled around the stadiums of America, and I found it so dull, obvious and sad. The fact that they carried on without [Keith] Moon was always a mystery to me, but the fact that they did it again and again, augmenting it with more and more musicians … I don’t want to be a part of that aspect of entertainment. I’ve played Vegas already.“