Everything … changed 

Led Zeppelin release their debut on January 12, 1969 …

It’s #29 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

 

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IV – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up …

November 8, 1971 ~ Led Zeppelin IV is released. It includes “Stairway to Heaven” which is pretty much the perfect rock song – so good that many fans feel there are other forces at play. When played backwards, it sounds something like “my sweet Satan,” so perhaps it was the Devil who was moving the pencil when the words arrived. The rumor spreads throughout high schools across America, becoming one of the great urban legends in musical history. The song is never released as a single and therefore doesn’t chart, but it becomes the most-played song in the history of FM radio.

 

Peter Grant, John Bonham and Bill Graham

The whole ’77 Led Zeppelin tour was one that almost destroyed the band. It all came to a head at the Days of the Green Festival in Oakland on July 23 …

Led Zeppelin’s two-night residency at the large outdoor venue was being promoted by concert impresario Bill Graham, who they already had had some rough dealings with them in the past. The trouble began when Peter Grant’s 11-year-old son Warren tried to take down a dressing room sign bearing the band’s name and was assaulted by a member of Graham’s staff, Jim Matzorkis. This was a huge no-no. Peter Grant was a mountain of a man; a former professional wrestler who carried with him an extremely short temper.

Bonham saw the whole thing and went after the worker. Eventually, Grant himself, along with John Bindon, a member of Zeppelin’s crew and a well-known London gangster, cornered Matzorkis in a trailer and savagely beat him down, while Cole guarded the door, refusing to let anyone in. Obviously, Graham was furious about the whole thing, but with another show the next night still on the books, he signed a letter of indemnification, absolving the band from any wrongdoing in order to get them back on the stage. Nevertheless, charges were eventually filed against Grant, Bindon and Bonham who all later pled no contest and paid a small fine to make the whole thing disappear.

Corbin Reiff, Uproxx