“The time was right for us to tell our Zeppelin story for the first time in our own words…”
Episode nine takes us back 50 years to 1970 – the year that saw the band’s first two albums Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II achieve platinum sales status in the US.
It was the year that also saw Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham tour across the UK and Europe after their exploits in the US the previous year.
The clip also touches on Led Zep’s Grammy nomination for Best New Artist – and the reason why they were forced to change their name to ‘The Nobs’ for a show in Copenhagen.
Zeppelin are also producing a new anniversary film, which traces their formative years, features new interviews with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones.
The still-untitled film, directed by Bernard MacMahon “traces the journeys of the four members through the music scene of the Sixties,
The documentary features brand new interviews with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with the late John Bonham. There’s also never-before-seen archive film and photographs, state-of-the-art audio transfers of the band’s music, as well as some of the music that helped to shape Zeppelin’s sound.
The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring this story to life,” Jones contended.
“Seeing Will Shade, and so many other important early American musicians, brought to life on the big screen in American Epic inspired me to contribute to a very interesting and exciting story,” said Plant.Page echoed those thoughts, adding: “When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell Led Zeppelin story.”
Led Zeppelin formed in 1968 and went on to become one of the most influential, innovative, and successful groups in modern music, having sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. The band rose from the ashes of The Yardbirds,
when Jimmy Page brought in John Bonham, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant to tour as The New Yardbirds. In 1969, Led Zeppelin released its self-titled debut which was produced by Page, as were all the subsequent albums. It marked the beginning of a 12-year reign, during which the group was widely considered to be the biggest and most innovative rock band in the world.