LED ZEPPELIN is one of the most popular and successful rock bands of all time. However, there are still some secrets about the band that have never been revealed. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of those secrets and discuss what they mean for the band’s legacy. We will also explore how the different members of LED ZEPPELIN influenced each other’s musical careers. So, if you’re a fan of LED ZEPPELIN, be sure to read on!
1. LED ZEPPELIN had referred as “The New Yardbirds” on their first US tour
In 1968, the English rock band LED ZEPPELIN was nearly shrouded in mystery even before its first album was released.
Jimmy Page will later recall that he and his two partners were very nervous about headlining at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West in San Francisco. For security, they used only their last names when checking into an anonymous hotel across the bay in Oakland – not realizing that The Who, who shared the bill with them, were also staying there. To further prevent identification, they referred to themselves as “The New Yardbirds,” which The Who weren’t informed of until attempting to address Led Zeppelin by the correct name.
“I was saying, ‘Excuse me… New Yardbirds!’ ” John Entwistle later reported to Melody Maker. “There was this guy walking across the room with a pedal steel guitar – very suspicious! Then our road crew told us who they were.”
2. LED ZEPPELIN’s first album didn’t have their name on it anywhere!
No member of Led Zeppelin is pictured on the cover of the band’s first album, only a mysterious picture of an ancient symbol that represented one of their songs, “Dazed and Confused”. The group would not appear together in public or be photographed at all until 1969. Despite these cloak-and-dagger tactics, Jimmy Page still had to pay for the cover art out of his own pocket.
3. LED ZEPPELIN’s first album was an immediate smash hit!
Led Zeppelin released their debut album on January 12, 1969; by February 5, it had already entered the U.S. Billboard Top 40 Album Chart at #40 and quickly rose into the Top 10 (#7). By March 11, 1970, Led Zeppelin (which contained only six tracks) was certified Gold (500,000 copies sold), and later that year entered the US chart for 73 consecutive weeks – longer than any other album in history up to this point! The initial six-song pressing of Led Zeppelin sold more than 1 million units there alone .
4. LED ZEPPELIN was the first band to release a double album!
LED ZEPPELIN’s untitled fourth album, commonly called “Led Zeppelin IV” (but simply numbered as such by fans), is actually their sixth studio record and contains eight songs that are divided into four movements represented by the symbols for each member of the group: two mysterious circles (Jimmy Page) denote physical movement; an indecipherable rune (John Bonham); three horizontal lines (John Paul Jones); and a feather-like image (Robert Plant).
The double album went on to become one of history’s best selling albums, having sold over 37 million copies worldwide.
5. The name “LED ZEPPELIN” was taken from the name of a defunct, blues-based band!
The nascent LED ZEPPELIN grew out of two different groups. Jimmy Page was busy assembling New Yardbirds with Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton when he met Robert Plant, who had just left his post as one of the singers in British rock band called Hobbstweedle. The pair joined forces to form a new group, taking Page’s old band’s name for their own moniker.
6. LED ZEPPELIN was not “heavy metal!”
While Led Zeppelin are often referred to as one of the first heavy metal bands – along with Black Sabbath – they were never considered part of this movement by fans or critics. This is for several reasons, including the following:
– Black Sabbath are considered by fans to have created “heavy metal” – not Led Zeppelin.
– Jimmy Page once said that he was surprised when people began to refer to his band as heavy metal because he considered them an acoustic group.
– The first album by Led Zeppelin contained only three songs with electric guitar solos, and they were mostly played through a wah-wah pedal rather than plugged directly into the amplifier (a common practice among many blues players vs. electric guitarists).
Led Zeppelin’s look was also different from that of most bands in this genre or time period; their outfits were far more flamboyant than those of Black Sabbath.
7. LED ZEPPELIN was recorded live in the studio!
Though some of their songs were no doubt recorded “live” at some point, most of Led Zeppelin’s recordings were done by bringing together parts of different takes on several different songs to form a master recording. This kind of thing had been done for years before this group came along, but they are often credited with popularizing it, due to the fact that they used this method on more than half the tracks on their first five albums.
8. LED ZEPPELIN’s second album is even more successful than its first!
Led Zeppelin II went straight to #1 in both the U.S. and U.K. upon its release in October, 1969. It contained the hit singles “Whole Lotta Love” (#4) and “What Is And What Should Never Be” (#2).
9. LED ZEPPELIN has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide!
Led Zeppelin have to date sold over 200 million copies of their nine studio albums in the U.S., alone – each one certified at least Platinum (one million units sold) by the RIAA . Their second album is still the best selling album ever released by Atlantic Records.
10. Stairway To Heaven never charted as a single!
Despite being perhaps one of Led Zeppelin’s most famous songs – if not THE most famous – “Stairway To Heaven” was never released as a single in the U.S. or U.K., even though it did get a promotional release to radio stations early on. It did, however, reach #4 on Mainstream Rock Radio charts during its initial chart run from 1971-76.