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40 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Kick Off Their 1975 North American Tour

By January 1975, Led Zeppelin had firmly established themselves as the biggest rock band on the planet. Though they hadn’t garnered as much critical acclaim as their contemporaries in the Rolling Stones , their commercial success could not be denied. With the release of their sprawling double-LP ‘ Physical Graffiti ’ just around the corner, the time was ripe for Zeppelin to take things up a notch with a truly massive tour of North America.

In something of a break from the past, the group was determined this time around to turn their concerts into a grand spectacle. Whereas before the music demanded all of the attention, Zeppelin commissioned an elaborate light show replete with lasers to add a stunning visual component. In an even more jarring turn, they'd also invited a cadre of national media reporters to follow their movements and lob a few questions their way in the down hours, the goal being to rehabilitate their image as debauched marauding barbarians.

The 38-date tour formally kicked off on Jan. 18 at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, MN. Things didn’t exactly get off to the best start. Just before the leaving for the States, Jimmy Page  broke his left ring finger when it got caught in a train door, leaving him without the use of the crucial digit. The first show, while much shorter than many anticipated, was well-received, but shortly thereafter disaster struck when Robert Plant came down with a savage flu. As soon as the singer began to shake off the effects of his illness, John Bonham was hit with a stomach problem.

The band soldiered on and managed to get through that first month or so of the tour, albeit with a string of less-than-stellar performances to their name. By the time March came around however, things clicked in. Plant and Bonham were healthy once again, and Page was finally able to utilize the full force of his left hand. Many consider the band’s collection of shows on the West Coast of this tour, especially up north in Vancouver and Seattle, to be amongst the best they ever played.

They wrapped up the North American leg on March 27 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA, at which time Plant wistfully discussed the tumultuous two-and-a-half months to Cameron Crowe in Rolling Stone . “Looking back on it, this tour’s been a flash," he said. “Really fast. Very poetic, too. Lots of battles and conquests, backdropped by the din of the hordes. Aside from that fact that it’s been our most successful tour on every level. I just found myself having a great time all the way through.”

Afterwards, the band had their entire tour set-up shipped to London for an iconic five-night stand at Earl’s Court. Once those gigs had finished, the plan was to head back to America for a second leg. Unfortunately, Plant was seriously injured in a car accident on the Greek island of Rhodes which put to bed any thoughts of more touring. It would be another two years in fact until the band took the stage together for a full show.

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January 18, 1975

Led Zeppelin began their 1975 North American tour on January 18th in Minneapolis, and rehearsed there the previous night. Their new stage show now utilized lasers for Jimmy's violin bow segment as well as a massively lit "Led Zeppelin" sign behind them.

A concert originally scheduled on February 4th in Boston was cancelled by the Mayor, when fans who waited outside for tickets rioted and trashed the stadium. An extra show in New York was later booked to compensate. A March 8th show scheduled at the West Palm Beach Speedway in Florida was also cancelled following the promoter's failure to make improvements at the venue.

The new set list included material from the band's recently-released album, Physical Graffiti, including: "Sick Again", "In My Time of Dying", "Kashmir", "The Wanton Song" and "Trampled Under Foot" .

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  • January 18, 1975 Minneapolis / United States / Met Center
  • January 20, 1975 Chicago / United States / Chicago Stadium
  • January 21, 1975 Chicago / United States / Chicago Stadium
  • January 22, 1975 Chicago / United States / Chicago Stadium
  • January 24, 1975 Cleveland / United States / Richfield Coliseum
  • January 25, 1975 Indianapolis / United States / Market Square Arena
  • January 29, 1975 Greensboro / United States / Coliseum (NC)
  • January 31, 1975 Detroit / United States / Olympia Stadium
  • February 1, 1975 Pittsburgh / United States / Civic Arena (Pittsburgh)
  • February 3, 1975 New York / United States / Madison Square Garden
  • February 4, 1975 Uniondale / United States / Nassau Coliseum
  • February 6, 1975 Montreal / Canada / Montreal Forum
  • February 7, 1975 New York / United States / Madison Square Garden
  • February 8, 1975 Philadelphia / United States / Spectrum
  • February 10, 1975 Landover / United States / Capital Centre
  • February 12, 1975 New York / United States / Madison Square Garden
  • February 13, 1975 Uniondale / United States / Nassau Coliseum
  • February 14, 1975 Uniondale / United States / Nassau Coliseum
  • February 16, 1975 St. Louis / United States / Missouri Arena
  • February 27, 1975 Houston / United States / Sam Houston Coliseum
  • February 28, 1975 Baton Rouge / United States / LSU Assembly Center
  • March 3, 1975 Fort Worth / United States / Tarrant County Convention Center
  • March 4, 1975 Dallas / United States / Memorial Auditorium (Dallas)
  • March 5, 1975 Dallas / United States / Memorial Auditorium (Dallas)
  • March 10, 1975 San Diego / United States / Sports Arena
  • March 11, 1975 Long Beach / United States / Long Beach Arena
  • March 12, 1975 Long Beach / United States / Long Beach Arena
  • March 14, 1975 San Diego / United States / Sports Arena
  • March 17, 1975 Seattle / United States / Seattle Center Coliseum
  • March 19, 1975 Vancouver / Canada / Pacific Coliseum
  • March 20, 1975 Vancouver / Canada / Pacific Coliseum
  • March 21, 1975 Seattle / United States / Seattle Center Coliseum
  • March 24, 1975 Los Angeles / United States / The Forum
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On August 4, 1975,   Robert Plant   rode in the passenger seat with his wife Maureen at the wheel when the car veered off the road and slammed into a tree. Plant shattered his right leg in addition to breaking his right elbow and ankle, while everyone else also suffered serious injuries. Doctors told him he’d have six months before he could walk without aid, according to   LZ-’75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin’s 1975 North American Tour .

Jimmy Page said in an interview with the U.K. music magazine   Sounds:   “There’s a lot of urgency about it…There’s a lot of attack to the music.”

Plant told   Rolling Stone   in 1976 he continued to work through his injury because he didn’t have much of a choice:

“My only alternative was to turn around and stand against the storm with my teeth gritted and fists clenches and make an album. All the energy that had been smoldering inside us getting ready for a lot of gigs came out in the writing and later in the studio. What we have is an album that is so Zeppelin. It sounds like the hammer of the gods.”

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Robert said he celebrated New Year's Day in Paris by taking his first step since the auto accident in August 1975.

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10 hours ago, joeboy said: Plant told   Rolling Stone   in 1976 he continued to work through his injury because he didn’t have much of a choice: “My only alternative was to turn around and stand against the storm with my teeth gritted and fists clenches and make an album. All the energy that had been smoldering inside us getting ready for a lot of gigs came out in the writing and later in the studio. What we have is an album that is so Zeppelin. It sounds like the hammer of the gods.”

I may or may not be correct in this statement, but I believe this was said with an interview with Lisa Robinson.  I know she wrote for Creem magazine (and also Hit Parader).  I don't know if she ever wrote pieces for "Rolling Stone" magazine. 

After Robert's "injury", the whole band convened in Los Angeles to begin writing new songs for the next album.  When that did not seem to work out to well (every member out doing their "own" thing), the band re-convened in Malibu, Califorinia.  From Malibu, Led Zeppelin flew to Munich, Germany to record what would become Presence , in the basement of the Arabella Hotel. 

"Achilles Last Stand" was first rehearsed in Malibu with Robert Plant still in a wheelchair and Benji pushing Robert from here to there. 

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Official press release... I should dig up a scan of it:

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Plant Car Accident, Tour Postponed (Press Release)

Swan Song Inc. Official Press Release: AUGUST 8, 1975

LED ZEPPELIN AUGUST-SEPTEMBER TOUR POSTPONED FOLLOWING AUTO ACCIDENT OF LEAD SINGER ROBERT PLANT AND HIS FAMILY ON GREEK ISLAND.

The August-September tour of English supergroup, Led Zeppelin, has been postponed following an auto accident on the small Greek island of Rhodos in which Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant and members of his family were injured.

The accident took place on Monday afternoon, August 4th. Due to the nature and extent of the injuries sustained by Plant and his family, and the inadequate medical facilities in Rhodos, a member of the London staff of Swan Song, Led Zeppelin's record company, flew to Rhodos in a chartered jet equipped with stretchers, blood plasma, and two doctors from Harley St., England's finest medical center.

Plant and his family are currently under intensive care in a London hospital. Earlier today, physicians there diagnosed his injuries as multiple fractures of ankle, bones supporting the foot, and elbow. Following this diagnosis, it was announced by Led Zeppelin manager, Peter Grant, and Zeppelin attorney, Steve Weiss, that the August-September American tour was postponed, as was the October tour that had been scheduled for the Far East. Additionally, there is the possibility that the scheduled November tour of Europe and December tour of Japan may also have to be postponed.

Within the next couple of weeks, doctors expect to have a better idea of when Plant will be recovered and able to perform again.

Plant's wife, Maureen, also in the car, suffered a lengthy period of concussions, and has broken her leg in several places. She has four fractures of the pelvis and facial lacerations. Plant's son, Karac, 4, suffered a fractured leg and multiple cuts and bruises. His daughter, Carmen 7, has a broken wrist, cuts and bruises.

The band was due to begin rehearsals for their forthcoming U.S. tour, in Paris on August 14. 110,000 tickets to two shows at the Oakland Stadium were completely sold out at $10 apiece. Among the other concerts which were postponed were those in Los Angeles at the Rose Bowl, Kansas City, Louisville, New Orleans, Tempe, Arizona, Denver, and Atlanta. 

Danny Goldberg, Vice-President of Swan Song in the U.S.A., said that any fans or well wishers who wish to write to Plant or his family can write care of Swan Song, 484 Kings Road, London S.W.10 OLF, England.

Led Zeppelin has been called the biggest group in rock and roll. They hold the record for the largest attendance ever drawn by a single act: 56,800 who paid to see them at Tampa Stadium in Florida on May 5, 1973, toppling a seven year old Beatles record. Their six albums have sold in excess of 15 million copies world-wide, and their most recent tour of America last winter broke records all over the country. Besides Plant, the group consists of Jimmy Page, Lead guitar, John Paul Jones, bass and keyboards, and John Bonham, drummer. Their manager is Peter Grant who is also president of Swan Song.

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I had a ticket to the Rose Bowl show and was very much looking forward to it

Here's my take.......

Jimmy was rehearsing new versions of the old songs and was finally going to show the world the peak of his creativity starting August 23rd 1975.    He practiced all summer after Earl's Court like a man possessed pushing himself beyond normal human limits.  When word came about Robert's accident it was like a rug was pulled out from under him.  He couldn't understand how at the pinnacle of success life could deliver a death blow.  It was a downward spiral from then on and only his work on Presence and the Song Remains the Same kept him from totally losing it. 

On 10/17/2016 at 3:06 PM, kingzoso said: I may or may not be correct in this statement, but I believe this was said with an interview with Lisa Robinson.  I know she wrote for Creem magazine (and also Hit Parader).  I don't know if she ever wrote pieces for "Rolling Stone" magazine.  After Robert's "injury", the whole band convened in Los Angeles to begin writing new songs for the next album.  When that did not seem to work out to well (every member out doing their "own" thing), the band re-convened in Malibu, Califorinia.  From Malibu, Led Zeppelin flew to Munich, Germany to record what would become Presence , in the basement of the Arabella Hotel.  "Achilles Last Stand" was first rehearsed in Malibu with Robert Plant still in a wheelchair and Benji pushing Robert from here to there. 

Jimmy & Robert got to Malibu first (in August) and rented homes in Malibu Colony. They were joined in September by Bonham and Jones for three weeks of on and off rehearsal sessions for the new album at Studio Instrument Rental (SIR) in Hollywood. I believe I have heard that Robert found the commute from Malibu to be taking too long so he started staying at a hotel on the Sunset Strip. 

8 hours ago, joeboy said: Here's my take....... Jimmy was rehearsing new versions of the old songs and was finally going to show the world the peak of his creativity starting August 23rd 1975.    He practiced all summer after Earl's Court like a man possessed pushing himself beyond normal human limits.  When word came about Robert's accident it was like a rug was pulled out from under him.  He couldn't understand how at the pinnacle of success life could deliver a death blow.  It was a downward spiral from then on and only his work on Presence and the Song Remains the Same kept him from totally losing it. 

The reality is he and Robert traveled thru Morocco in June before joining the others in tax exile at Claude Nobs' home in Montreux. The day before the accident Jimmy had flown to Sicily to view a farmhouse once owned by Aleister Crowley. It is for this reason that Scarlet was with the Plant's the day of the accident.

On 10/17/2016 at 7:06 PM, sam_webmaster said: Following this diagnosis, it was announced by Led Zeppelin manager, Peter Grant, and Zeppelin attorney, Steve Weiss, that the August-September American tour was postponed, as was the October tour that had been scheduled for the Far East. Additionally, there is the possibility that the scheduled November tour of Europe and December tour of Japan may also have to be postponed.

Far East tour in October...Japanese tour in December...I show nothing on this, perhaps it was tentative at the time.

European tour in November...the only confirmed date I'm aware of is Helsinki on 11/5.

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36 minutes ago, paplbojo said: Reading shit like this makes me so sad

Look on the bright side...at least nobody was killed in the accident.

14 hours ago, Strider said: Look on the bright side...at least nobody was killed in the accident.

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I think Satan was the source of the trouble.

He was jealous of something ... But no sympathy for him .

Recording and filming may have been planned for the end of Summer dates.

Some one did not want the absolute greatness of Led Zeppelin in 1975 to be documented for the world to see and have that standard of excellence to live under...

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Ads/press for some of these cancelled 1975 shows:

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Those Atlanta ads are very cool.

Not sure if you can find it, Sam, but there was a further postponement announcement in the L.A. Times for the Rose Bowl show, when the rescheduled January 24, 1976 date was rescheduled yet again. Maybe around March or so. Can't recall the exact date, but they definitely teased us one more time before definitively cancelling the tour.

10 hours ago, Strider said: Not sure if you can find it, Sam, but there was a further postponement announcement in the L.A. Times for the Rose Bowl show, when the rescheduled January 24, 1976 date was rescheduled yet again. Maybe around March or so. Can't recall the exact date, but they definitely teased us one more time before definitively cancelling the tour.

Yes, moved again to March 13.

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Here's an interview with RP from late January '76 (published in Feb.) , just before heading back home (Feb. 4) :

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William Austin

This cancelled tour has been a subject of my interest lately. I have fully realized just how different the band’s history would have been if the car accident had never happened.

Just last night I was reading about the era between the 1975 and 1977 tours in When Giants Walked The Earth . It really is a wonder the band didn’t break up in 1976. 

I guess all of the planned tour dates have never been confirmed. I haven’t been able to find a full list yet. And it appears not many tickets had been sold yet by the time the tour was cancelled. 

But based on the dates that are known, I think the tour would have looked something like this:

August 23/24 - Oakland

August 27 - Tempe

August 29 - Kansas City

August 31 - Atlanta

September 1 - Tampa

September 2 - Louisville 

September 4 - New Orleans

September 6 - Pasadena

September 8 - Denver

September 9 - Oklahoma City

Has anything actually been written about what Jimmy was planning with the set? Since there were no rehearsal, I’d guess that most of it is speculation. 

I think it would have been similar to the EC shows with a few switches. Some additional PG songs like Ten Years Gone, Night Flight or Wanton Song. 

Since I’ve Been Loving You probably would have been added back and Dazed discarded. The EC performances of the song were average. It seems every member of the band not named Jimmy were pretty tired of it. The 1975 renditions of HMMT were really good and could have gotten better over time if kept around. This would have been a fresh and welcome addition to the set. 

I think this could have been a great tour if only. 

On 11/14/2019 at 9:05 AM, William Austin said: But based on the dates that are known, I think the tour would have looked something like this: August 23/24 - Oakland  August 27 - Tempe August 29 - Kansas City August 31 - Atlanta September 1 - Tampa September 2 - Louisville  September 4 - New Orleans September 6 - Pasadena September 8 - Denver September 9 - Oklahoma City

A total of 33 dates were cancelled but many remain unconfirmed. Everything above has already been confirmed with additions/corrections below.

August 10-20   Roughly ten days of tour rehearsals planned to be held in France on August 10th onwards were cancelled.

September 9 was Norman, Oklahoma

Pittsburgh (date unconfirmed)

This accident was a real death blow:

1.  Robert done for 1 1/2 years.

2.  Jimmy plans gone up in smoke.

3.  World tour cancelled.  

4. In 1975 the band was at the top of the world.  By 1977 KISS had overtaken the band in popularity.  The shine had worn off.

5.  Sinking into drug and alcohol spiral by some members.

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19 minutes ago, joeboy said: This accident was a real death blow:   4. In 1975 the band was at the top of the world.  By 1977 KISS had overtaken the band in popularity .  The shine had worn off.  

I don't think so. I was around back then and remember quite well. Yes, Kiss had become very popular, but if anyone was challenging LZ it was The Who as every poll I remember from that time had the Who & Zep neck & neck with The Who usually on top. Stones were still going strong but they were lagging by this point however would reclaim the top spot in 81' with Tattoo You and the massive stadium tour which followed.

Plus, by this time KISS live was a real hit or miss with much more miss than hit due to Peter Chris's antics (stopping in the middle of songs, not starting songs, not ending songs, etc.) all because he was pissed off at Gene & Paul. I understand being upset with those two jerk-off's but to take it out on the audience??? I saw them in 79' (KISS) in Chicago and they sucked. Man did they suck. Everyone in the place was less than thrilled. One guy next to me said he would have rather gone to the Village People show!

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1 hour ago, joeboy said: This accident was a real death blow: 1.  Robert done for 1 1/2 years. 2.  Jimmy plans gone up in smoke. 3.  World tour cancelled.   4. In 1975 the band was at the top of the world.  By 1977 KISS had overtaken the band in popularity.  The shine had worn off. 5.  Sinking into drug and alcohol spiral by some members.

Lots of good points here, but you always need to consider that the '77 tour might not have been nearly as good as it was without that year and a half break. Robert's voice came back much more powerful, I can't imagine the increased damage it would've sustained in late '75. 

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On 11/14/2019 at 1:05 PM, William Austin said: This cancelled tour has been a subject of my interest lately. I have fully realized just how different the band’s history would have been if the car accident had never happened. Just last night I was reading about the era between the 1975 and 1977 tours in When Giants Walked The Earth . It really is a wonder the band didn’t break up in 1976.  I guess all of the planned tour dates have never been confirmed. I haven’t been able to find a full list yet. And it appears not many tickets had been sold yet by the time the tour was cancelled.  But based on the dates that are known, I think the tour would have looked something like this: August 23/24 - Oakland August 27 - Tempe August 29 - Kansas City August 31 - Atlanta September 1 - Tampa September 2 - Louisville  September 4 - New Orleans September 6 - Pasadena September 8 - Denver September 9 - Oklahoma City   Has anything actually been written about what Jimmy was planning with the set? Since there were no rehearsal, I’d guess that most of it is speculation.  I think it would have been similar to the EC shows with a few switches. Some additional PG songs like Ten Years Gone, Night Flight or Wanton Song.  Since I’ve Been Loving You probably would have been added back and Dazed discarded. The EC performances of the song were average. It seems every member of the band not named Jimmy were pretty tired of it. The 1975 renditions of HMMT were really good and could have gotten better over time if kept around. This would have been a fresh and welcome addition to the set.  I think this could have been a great tour if only. 

I think the setlist might've been something like this

1. Rock And Roll

2. Sick Again

3. Over The Hills And Far Away

4. In My Time Of Dying

5. Since I've Been Loving You

6. The Song Remains The Same

7. The Rain Song

8. The Wanton Song

10. No Quarter

11. Ten Years Gone

12. Trampled Under Foot

13. Moby Dick

14. Dazed And Confused (w/ Woodstock/San Francisco)

15. Stairway To Heaven

16. Whole Lotta Love

17. Black Dog

Going To California maybe could've been added for the Oakland/Pasadena shows. Then they would've probably performed Heartbreaker or Communication Breakdown on certain ocassions. Also, it's said that there were supposed to be 33 dates for the intenairy. I think they'd put in some dates for Toronto/Detroit area, maybe some more in the Ohio area, the South maybe. It would've been a really succesful tour in terms of financial gross and attendance.

For the Far East Tour, they inteniary would've been similar to the 1972 Australian shows.... Deep Purple had announced shows in Jakarta for December 1975, so LZ may have opted for shows in Singapore/Indonesia area. 

European Winter Tour - A date in Helsinki probably means dates in Scandinavia and probably Germany. They'd already performed in the Netherlands and Belgium as warm-up gigs for the tour, so they'd probably leave those cities til' last.

Japanese Tour - Probably just big cities like Tokyo and Osaka. 

I've heard that they were also planning on doing a British tour in 1976, along with shows in South America. The British Tour probably would've been in around January, and it wouldn't have been too big. Probably just concert halls in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff... maybe some other big cities. But I mean, they'd just played Earls Court so....

For South American shows though, not very many bands had come to the region. The Rolling Stones were supposed to perform in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela, but those were cancelled. If this did go as planned, there would've been many riots. So probably not the safest decision to perform in the region.

After they'd complete the tour, they would've worked on Presence and The Song Remains The Same. Screw that tree. 

On 11/15/2019 at 1:46 PM, SteveAJones said: A total of 33 dates were cancelled but many remain unconfirmed. Everything above has already been confirmed with additions/corrections below. August 10-20   Roughly ten days of tour rehearsals planned to be held in France on August 10th onwards were cancelled. September 9 was Norman, Oklahoma Pittsburgh (date unconfirmed)  

Not so sure about Pittsburgh.... They'd already performed 2 nights there at the Civic Arena. 

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'It's been a long time': Black Country Communion back with new album

I t's not often that the members of Black Country Communion get together. But when they do, magic happens and the result is usually spectacular.

The hard rock band, whose four members go their separate ways most of the time, is making another comeback. Seven years after their last studio album, singer and bassist Glenn Hughes, guitarist, singer and songwriter Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham are releasing their fifth album.

What got the ball rolling this time was a text message from Bonamassa to the other three members, the guitarist told radio and talk show host Eddie Trunk. "It's been a long time. Does anybody have any interest in gearing up and getting the band back together?" It didn't take long for the others to write back.

"Everybody responded," says Bonamassa, who at 47 is the youngest member of the band. "And Glenn and I got together and we started churning out some riffs. And the one thing is: Long periods of time go with us not playing, but it only takes about a minute and a half and everybody just defaults back to where we left off."

That's exactly how 72-year-old Glenn Hughes sees things, too. Following an acclaimed world tour with songs from his former band Deep Purple, he is once again wowing fans with his spectacular voice and distinctive voice and distinctive bass work on the new Black Country Communion album.

"It's always a pleasure for me to sit down with my friends," said the veteran, who is affectionately known as 'The Voice of Rock'. "We always know we're going to come up with something special - hopefully. And I think we have on this album." And it is.

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The members of Black Country Communion clearly didn't spend much time coming up with a clever title. Their new album is simply called "V". But the songwriting is clever.

From the Hammond organ that starts off the groovy "Enlighten" to the ultra funky "Stay Free" to the final sounds of the pleasing funk rock track "The Open Road", the new LP is packed with first-class rock. The ten tracks sound fresh and powerful. A highlight is "Love And Faith", an epic duet by Hughes and Bonamassa, whose riffs and rhythm are inspired by Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir".

The band members all have different priorities. For example, Joe Bonamassa - oddly enough - plays larger venues solo rather than with Black Country Communion. Meanwhile, Hughes is a solo artist, Sherinian is a session musician and Bonham is busy with his "Led Zeppelin Evening" (he's the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham) and as a member of the band Sammy Hagar and the Circle.

Nevertheless, there is hope that the British-American supergroup, formed in 2009, will keep a few dates free for the future so that they can finally go on tour again with their excellent new album. The band's official website says that live dates are "coming soon". A performance on a Caribbean cruise is already scheduled for next year and Bonham is promising more: "We will play a few shows at the beginning of next year."

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The dazzling disco thrills and epic rock anthems of the 1970s are often cited as primary reasons for the decade’s abundance of profound musical works. While this is certainly the case, the 1970s saw a number of genres flourish apart from just rock and disco. Everything from funk, soul and R&B to country, folk and reggae music emerged during the decade, and more importantly several artists within these styles established the “gold standard” for what exceptional music should sound like in these genres. And the same can be said about both rock and disco music , as many consider the pinnacle of these genres to come from artists of the ‘70s.

Top Bands And Artists Of The 1970s

The Sheer number of exemplarily bands and artists that existed during the 1970s makes it all the more difficult in deciding who were ultimately the decade’s greatest. In an effort to construct a list of this type, a deep dive into the decade’s most popular genres was taken into account, and furthermore an investigation into which bands and artists produced the most timeless and influential work. With the latter being the ultimate factor in determining this list, it’s clear that rock and disco played a massive role in shaping the sound of the ‘70s, with groups such as Led Zeppelin, Bee Gees, and Pink Floyd reigning as some of the most acclaimed and popular acts of the decade. However, there are a handful of other artists outside of these styles that have since gone onto influence much of modern pop-culture and today’s most popular artists.

25. Earth, Wind & Fire

Verdine White, Maurice White, Philip Bailey and Al McKay of Earth, Wind & Fire perform on stage, ... [+] February 3, 1978.

The euphoric thrills and charming melodies of Earth, Wind & Fire made for some of the most exceptional sonic sensations of the 1970s. Disco and funk were emerging as some of the leading genres of the decade, and Earth, Wind & Fire played a big role in their rise to popularity.

However, more than other disco and funk acts of the ‘70s, Earth, Wind & Fire managed to traverse beyond the ‘70s as a result of their exemplarily albums and groovy hits including “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Fantasy” and “After the Love Has Gone.” To date, there’s not been another funk powerhouse to match the influence of the remarkable legacy of Earth, Wind & Fire.

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Ian Anderson, John Glascock and Martin Barre of Jethro Tull perform on stage at The Apollo Theatre ... [+] in Glasgow, Scotland on February 2, 1977.

As early pioneers of the progressive and folk rock genres, Jethro Tull had a significant influence on experimental music and rock altogether. The 1970s were certainly the band at their peak with 1971’s Aqualung routinely being cited as the most influential and acclaimed record in their discography.

From producing hits “Aqualung,” “Locomotive Breath” and “Cross-Eyed Mary” the Aqualung album was undoubtedly a critical success for the group, and it only helped with their following achievements on albums Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play, both of which reached No.1 on the U.S. charts. Without question, founder and lead songwriter Ian Anderson laid the ground work for many of rock’s most formidable names in the decades to follow, moreover he and the rest of Jethro Tull created some the most cherished records of the decade.

23. The Doobie Brothers

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, John Hartman, Patrick Simmons, Keith Knudsen, Tiran Porter and Michael McDonald ... [+] (center) of The Doobie Brothers pose for a portrait in 1976.

The funky upbeat rhythms combined with the soulful rock melodies of Michael McDonald made for one of the most ingenious and exceptional bands of the 1970s. As far as ‘70s music goes, The Doobie Brothers crafted some of the decade’s most esteemed songs with “Listen to the Music,” “Long Train Running,” and “What A Fool Believes.”

While the band would go on to release 15 studio albums with their latest being 2021’s Liberté, The Doobie Brothers’ legacy is largely regarded as being one of the most acclaimed and popular of any band from the ‘70s.

22. James Brown

James Brown waves to fans in Harlem during a visit to New York City on May 3, 1979.

As one of the most prolific contemporary American artists, James Brown would go on to see multiple decades of success and groundbreaking albums throughout his career. Although the 1960s generated a majority of the singer’s most popularized funk and soul anthems, the ‘70s were one of Brown’s most notable decades as well.

From world renown hits “It’s Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” to “Get Up Offa That Thing,” Brown saw another massive wave of success at the beginning of the decade, eventually culminating in him releasing his 48th studio album by the end the ‘70s. While the singer’s career came to a close in 2006 following his death, the ‘70s certainly brought some of Brown’s most revered and influential works.

21. Steely Dan

Jim Hodder, Walter Becker, Denny Dias, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and Donald Fagen of the rock and roll ... [+] band Steely Dan pose for a portrait in 1973.

The New York rock outfit lead by songwriting duo Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have become synonymous with the soft-rock and yacht-rock sub-genres ever since their breakout success in the 1970s. Albums Can’t Buy A Thrill and Aja are constantly cited as essential albums from the decade and rock genre altogether, with hits “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ In The Years,” and “Peg” only adding to their legendary stature.

Steely Dan had an undeniably massive sonic presence throughout the 1970s, which is made all the more significant considering the group didn’t appeal to the typical rock or disco tropes of the decade.

20. Aerosmith

The Massachusetts rock outfit is still one of the most popular and esteemed bands of the entire genre, however, Aerosmith’s career throughout the ‘70s was the band firing all cylinders and breaking traditional rock formulas at the time. Between their 1973 self-titled album to 1975’s Toys In the Attic , Aerosmith produced their most successful hits to date with songs “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion” and “Walk This Way.”

Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton played a significant role in sculpting the sound of the 70s, and furthermore without Aerosmith modern rock would not sound and look like what it does today.

19. The Who

Bassist John Entwistle, singer Roger Daltrey, drummer Keith Moon and guitarist Pete Townshend of The ... [+] Who perform onstage in circa 1973.

The frantic high octane rock antics of The Who have played a major part in shaping much of modern rock and even pop music. Beyond the band’s notorious behavior, The Who’s music throughout the ‘70s was as superb and impactful as any of their likeminded British rock piers, although The Who had quite the breakout in the previous decade with albums Tommy and My Generation .

However, with their 1971 album Who’s Next Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle achieved their magnum opus as heard on hits “Baba O’Riley,” “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” This album and The Who’s career at large have cemented them as one of rock’s and the last century’s most notable bands, moreover a foundational pillar to the ‘70s music scene.

18. John Denver

John Denver performs live at the Jaap Eden Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 8, 1979.

The signature country folk bliss of John Denver has been cherished within pop-culture throughout the last 50 years. Hit songs “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High” and “Leaving On a Jet Plane” have become iconic works of not only Denver but American folk music entirely. Through these hits and the singer’s charismatic allure, he grew to become one of the decade’s most accomplished songwriters.

While Denver tragically passed in tragic aviation accident in 1997, his legacy and music continue to resonate amongst millions of adoring fans and musicians to this very day.

Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd of the Australian rock band ... [+] AC/DC pose in a studio in London in August of 1979.

The Australian hard rock outfit are undoubtedly one of the rock genre’s most respected and influential bands, but much of their early success was a result of their breakthrough with vocalist Bon Scott. Scott fronted the band from 1974 up until 1980, when he tragically passed, though his tenure in the band brought world renown hits “Highway To Hell,” “TNT” and “It’s A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll),” which are still some of the bands most celebrated songs.

While AC/DC have since gone on to produce some of the rock genre’s most acclaimed and highest selling albums — specifically with 1980’s Back In Black, which marked the debut of the band’s new singer Brian Johnson — AC/DC’s longstanding career rests on the solid foundation they built with Bonn Scott during the ‘70s.

16. Deep Purple

Jon Lord, Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice, David Coverdale and Richie Blackmore of Deep Purple pose for a ... [+] group portrait on December 9, 1973 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The early foundations of the hard rock and heavy metal genres were laid out throughout the 1970s, and Deep Purple were one of the primary contractors. While the band has seen various lineup changes throughout it’s existence, Glenn Hughes, Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Ritchie Blackmore are considered to be the band’s most formidable lineup, as together they produced hits “Highway Star,” “Child In Time” and “Smoke on the Water.”

However, the band’ early success in the ‘70s was only the start of their rather lengthy career, as vocalist David Coverdale would replace Ian Gillian in the mid-’70s and help produce a new wave of success the band hadn’t yet seen with albums 1974 ’s Burn and 1978’s When We Rock, We Rock and When We Roll, We Roll. To this day Deep Purple are routinely cited as one of rock and early heavy metal’s most influential bands, and furthermore one of the most popular groups of the 1970s rock scene.

15. Marvin Gaye

Soul singer Marvin Gaye plays piano circa 1974.

The melancholic melodies and poignant themes sung by Marvin Gaye are what have made him one of the most iconic artists in all of American music. To say the least, Gaye’s seminal 1971 album What’s Going On has been one of the most influential and revered albums of the last century. Combined with the singer’s other works from the 1970’s including Let’s Get It On and I Want You, Marvin Gaye had one of the most well respected and acclaimed musical outputs of the decade.

Hits “What’s Going On,” “Let’s Get It On” and “I Want You” have remained some of the most popular works of Marvin Gaye, and many modern artists routinely cite him as being primary influence in their musical upbringing.

14. Al Green

Soul singer Al Green performs on stage circa 1974.

The powerful records of Al Green were not only mainstays of the the ‘70s musical renaissance, but are some of the soul and R&B genres’ most defining works. Nearly all of the Arkansas singer’s greatest hits and popularized records were produced during the ‘70s, with songs “Love and Happiness,” “Let’s Stay Together” and “Take Me to the River” still resonating as influential pieces within modern music.

Al Green’s stamp on the ‘70s music scene can’t be undermined, and if anything his legacy after all these years has cemented him as one of the decade’s most important artists.

13. Elton John

Elton John performing on stage.

As one of the most successful solo artists in pop-rock, Elton John saw some of his most thriving years throughout the 1970s. During the decade the British songwriter would go on to become a multiplatinum selling artists with albums Madman Across The Water and Honky Chateau, which produced world renown hits “Tiny Dancer” and “Rocket Man,” among others.

Since then not only has Elton John continued to break boundaries in today’s pop scene, but his legacy from the ‘70s is regarded as one of the most highly acclaimed of any solo artists.

12. Bill Withers

American soul and R&B musician Bill Withers in New York City, 1971.

The soothing, rich, and sometimes haunting voice of Bill Withers has made one of the most lasting impressions on modern music ever since his breakout success in the ‘70s. Withers’ performance on multiplatinum hits such as “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lovely Day” are some examples of the singer’s ingenious and infectious vocal delivery, which has since influenced a plethora of modern pop and R&B’s most formidable names.

With seven of his eight studio albums releasing during the 1970s, Withers career was largely at its peak during the decade, though his influence and cherished anthems continue to resonate throughout pop-culture and modern music.

11. Black Sabbath

Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, circa 1970.

The pioneers of the “heavy metal” genre were at their height in the 1970s. Unlike many acts of the decade, Black Sabbath went for a darker and grittier sound in their musical direction compared to other rock bands at the time. In doing so, Ozzy Osbourne, Tonni Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward laid the groundwork for one of the most popular and well respected genres in contemporary music — heavy metal.

Whether you listen to their anthemic hits “Paranoid,” “War Pigs” or “Iron Man,” or their deeper, heavier cuts like “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” or “Symptom Of The Universe,” Black Sabbath’s sonic attitude and ingenious musicianship is fully transparent, and there’s no other act with an similar oneness from their respective decade.

10. Dolly Parton

American singer, songwriter and actress Dolly Parton, performs with a guitar, 1976.

As one of the most well-respected and acclaimed artists from the last century, Dolly Parton has had one of the single biggest impacts on both the popular and country music genres since her breakout success in the 1970s. As a songwriter, her work has been covered countless times, with famous renditions of her hits performed by Whitney Houston, Miley Cyrus, and Beyoncé among other modern artist.

While Parton has had a prolific career throughout the last five decades, releasing 49 studio albums, her 1974 album Jolene was the catalyst that turned her into an international sensation with hits “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” (famously covered as a 1990s favorite by Whitney Houston) among her other many masterful works from the decade.

9. Fleetwood Mac

John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac ... [+] pose for a portrait in 1975.

Fleetwood Mac’s ingenious amalgamation of folk and rock styles is one of the primary reason they’ve remained so relevant since the mid ‘70s. However, ever since Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined the group for its 10th studio album in 1975, Fleetwood Mac’s career saw completely new planes of success. To this day, 1977’s Rumors, the band’s second record with Nicks and Buckingham, is hailed as Fleetwood Mac’s magnum opus, largely because it’s the group’s most popular album.

The Grammy-winning diamond album has produced nearly all of the band’s most notable hits including “Dreams,” “The Chain,” “Go Your Own Way” and “Landslide” among others. Without question, the addition of Nicks and Buckingham has enabled Fleetwood Mac not only to become one of most popular bands in history, but has solidified them as one of the greatest bands of the ‘70s.

8. Bob Marley

Jamaican Reggae musician, songwriter and singer Bob Marley performs on stage in Stockholm, Sweden.

The international sensation that Bob Marley stirred within 1970s’ pop culture has persisted over the last five decades. Not only did Marley help pioneer the Reggae genre altogether, but with his songwriting and messaging, Marley was able to reinvigorate a sense of love and wisdom through music.

While his 1984 greatest hits album, Legend , remains one of the highest selling albums of all time, Marley was most active during the 1970s releasing 10 studio albums, which produced international hits from the likes of “Is This Love,” “Stir It Up” and “No Woman, No Cry,” among several others. Unfortunately, Marley’s life ended far too soon after he lost his battle with cancer in 1981, however, his legacy and posthumous career has been one of the most long lasting and highly revered of any artist from the ‘70s.

7. The Eagles

Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Don Felder of The Eagles perform on the television show "Don ... [+] Kirschner's Rock Concert," 1979.

As one of the most popular rock bands of all time , and furthermore one of the highest selling bands in history with Hotel California and Their Greatest Hits , The Eagles were by in large one of the 1970s’ most defining musical acts. Key members Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Glenn Frey and Don Fedder formed in Los Angeles in 1971 and released six of the band’s seven studio albums throughout the decade.

With hits “Hotel California,” “Take It Easy” and “Life In The Fast Lane,” among others, The Eagles have stood the test of time as one of rock’s most respected and cherished acts, easily making them one of the 1970s’ most formidable music groups.

6. Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder performs on stage in 1981.

The infectious grooves and soulful melodies of Stevie Wonder can’t be replicated, and for over six decades Wonder has remained one of most respected and popularized artists in contemporary music. Despite the singer starting his career in the early ‘60s, it wasn’t until the 1970s when Wonder’s work was truly embraced and his talents got the attention they deserved. Albums Talking Book , Inversions and Songs in the Key of Life made the singer into a global sensation, producing hits “Sir Duke,” “Superstition” and “Isn’t She Lovely,” among a plethora of others.

The sheer number of hits and songwriting credits Wonder has under his belt is a feat in its own right, however, his work throughout the 1970s is his most highly regarded and acclaimed, and given the lasting impact this era has had on modern music makes Wonder one of the greatest and most important artists of the ‘70s.

Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus of the Swedish pop group ... [+] Abba.

The Swedish pop act are undoubtedly one of the biggest European groups from the ‘70s, and to this day ABBA are still one of Europe’s most successful contemporary artists. Causing an international sensation with multiplatinum hits “Dancing Queen” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” ABBA brought some of the most celebrated hits of the disco era.

However, unlike a majority of disco and pop acts who lost their relevancy at the turn of the decade, ABBA have seemingly remained relevant over the years as their records from the ‘70s continue to find a timeless appreciation amongst new generations. ABBA’s Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad are a rare case from the 1970s’ disco and pop scenes that have been able outlast musical trends with their wholeheartedly brilliant songwriting and sonic charisma.

4. Bee Gees

Maurice, Barry, and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees performing at the Music for UNICEF Concert at the ... [+] United Nations General Assembly in New York City in January of 1979.

From hits “Stayin’ Alive” to “How Deep Is Your Love,” Bee Gees became the face of the ‘70s music, and today they’re still overwhelmingly seen as a big part of the pop culture from the decade. While the trio didn’t see their massive break until 1977 after their contributions to the soundtrack on Saturday Night Fever, the wave of international success the group saw immediately solidified them as one of the decade’s most formidable and popular acts.

The disco and pop anthems of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb have forever impacted contemporary music, and the group is still one of the most recognizable and successful artists from the decade for their timeless contributions to music and pop-culture.

Freddie Mercury and Brian May of Queen perform on stage.

While Queen’s career was met with great success in both the 1970s and ‘80s, the ‘70s saw much of the rock group’s finest work, some of which has aged finer than any other rock act from their respective era. A Night At The Opera, Queen’s seminal 1975 masterpiece which produced hits “You’re My Best Friend,” “Love Of My Life” and top 70s song “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is still praised as one of the most mesmerizing contemporary musical works of all time.

What Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, top guitarist Brian May and John Deacon achieved with this record is a testament to the wonders and power of music, and moreover rock’s timeless qualities when done to this degree. Although Freddie Mercury tragically passed in the early ‘90s, Queen’s legacy is still one of the most respected and robust of any band in history, especially that of a band from the 1970s.

2. Pink Floyd

Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Rick Wright of ZZPink Floyd.

As kings of prog-rock, Pink Floyd helped to popularize the sub-genre of progressive music with their powerful songwriting and iconic concept albums. However, the 1970s were unquestionably the band’s most defining decade, as the decade saw the band’s 1973 opus Dark Side Of The Moon , a diamond selling album that’s seamlessly traversed through every decade of pop-culture since its inception.

Roger Waters and David Gilmore, the band’s two most prominent members, were ingenious in their approach to songwriting and instrumentation, which can be heard on their many hits from the decade including “Money,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Time” and so many more. While the band is no longer together or function as it once did, Pink Floyd are easily one of the last centuries most revered bands, making them an essential artist from the ‘70s.

1. Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, John Bonham (behind drum kit) and Jimmy Page of British heavy rock ... [+] group Led Zeppelin performing at Earl's Court, London in May of 1975.

It’s hard to put into words the colossal impact that Led Zeppelin had in the ‘70s and within rock music altogether. Today the band’s infectious influence still persists throughout contemporary music, with their reverence having exponentially grown over the past decades. It could be a result of the recent nostalgia for gritty, raw and old school rock and roll, or simply a result of the band’s timeless music from hits like “Stairway To Heaven,” “Immigrant Song” and “Whole Lotta Love” being passed down to new generations.

Whatever the reasons are, John Bonham, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were the essence of “lightning in a bottle” from their musicianship, songwriting and chemistry as a band, and to this day there’s still not been another band or artist that glimmers with the same kind of oneness as Led Zeppelin once did.

Bottom Line

Amongst rock, disco, funk, R&B and few other genres, these artists produced the most exemplarily, timeless and influential work of the decade. While there were a number of hugely popular acts and artists that didn’t make this list, the artists above better fit the criteria by showcasing timeless musical work and a reverence within pop-culture today.

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One of the greatest live acts the world has ever seen: The Humble Pie albums you should definitely listen to

Humble Pie were unable to capture the power of their live shows in the studio, but their best albums still include some absolute gems

Humble Pie in a New York street circa 1970

History recalls them as the runt of the litter. In their prime, they were considered to be one of the greatest live acts in the world, but they never quite captured that energy and excitement on record, and thus got left behind in the Great British Rock Boom of the late 60s and early 70s. Yet Humble Pie bestrode the era with a confidence and swagger that few could match. 

The band formed in 1969 around 22-year-old former Small Faces singer/ guitarist Steve Marriott and 19-year old former pretty-boy guitarist-singer with The Herd, Peter Frampton , augmented by previously unknown 17-year-old drummer Jerry Shirley and 21-year-old former Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley, and the initial idea was to play a mashup of post-psychedelic pop, earth-bound blues, a whisky-tumbler of country roots, and heavy-as-a-hammer rock with a capital ‘R’. 

Jimmy Page – a big Small Faces fan who had originally approached Marriott about fronting Led Zeppelin (before Marriott's manager Don Arden threatened to break his fingers) – arguably took many of his ideas for Zeppelin from the full-spectrum direction Humble Pie initially took. As did Rod Stewart ’s Faces, Free, and a great many other lesser lights of the era. 

Unlike all those other bands, however, Humble Pie had limited commercial success at home: just one hit single, their debut, Natural Born Bugie (No.4) and just one hit album, Smokin’ , which reached No.20. In America, however, it was a better story: three chart albums, sold-out tours, and a reputation as one of the shit-hottest bands on the live circuit. 

But when has commercial success ever been an accurate measure of how good or bad something is? The truth is, they didn’t release an album that came close to matching the extraordinary power of their live shows. Marriott was living, breathing pyro, and the band were capable of roasting audiences alive. 

They did, however, eventually realise an impressive and unique catalogue of high-grade material scattered across those albums that makes the tremble-tremble metal and rock-by-numbers young pretenders of today look and sound like the blank ammo they are. 

As Marriott sang on one of Humble Pie’s biggest showstoppers: ‘ I don’t need no doctor, for my prescription to be filled .’

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Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore (A&M, 1971)  

One of the greatest live albums ever, this is where to begin – in New York, over two nights in May. Not some ‘greatest hits’ package with audience noise tacked on, this is the real motherfucking deal. 

Seven monumental tracks over a four-sides of vinyl, with only one original, Stone Cold Fever , and Side 3 and 4 containing one track apiece – the 23-minute I Walk On Gilded Splinters and the 16-minute Rollin’ Stone – this was a standalone masterpiece from a band that only really caught fire on stage. The closing nine-minute tour-de-force I Don’t Need No Doctor will send you straight to hell. Where you’ll be glad.

Rock On (A&M, 1971)

Rock On (A&M, 1971)  

Released two months before the Fillmore shows, Pie’s fourth album was the one where they established their heavyweight credentials. Their last studio album with Frampton, it still contained wonderfully fresh tracks like Shine On and The Light . 

While Marriott shows off his vocal range on the sweet country soul of A Song For Jenny , their sulphurous take on Muddy Waters ’ Rollin’ Stone made other would-be badasses of the period sound like choirboys. But the steak on the plate was now funky come-git-some rockers like Sour Grain and the thunderous Strange Days . If you wanna know where the Black Crowes learned to fly, look no further.

As Safe As Yesterday Is (Immediate, 1969)

As Safe As Yesterday Is (Immediate, 1969)

Humble Pie’s most broad-spectrum album was actually their debut. Rock, blues, folk, mod… You can still hear the Small Faces influence: the rustic, semiacoustic Growing Closer was written by Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, who rehearsed with Pie before joining the reconfigured Faces; the Marriott-only-credited Bang! and What You Will were originally credited to Marriott and SF bassist Ronnie Lane, and recorded months earlier by ‘French Elvis’ Johnny Halliday. 

Delights include the Steppenwolf cover Desperation and the epic Frampton and Marriott demi-title track As Safe As Yesterday .

Town And Country (Immediate, 1969)

Town And Country (Immediate, 1969)

Released just months after their debut, the second Humble Pie album was an unexpected departure – and way ahead of the curve that would find everyone from Rod Stewart to Zeppelin coming to embrace the roots music spearheaded suddenly by The Band . 

Acoustic guitars, tabla, maracas, sitar, even a plastic cup and a brandy bottle are credited as instruments. An approach that suited Frampton, whose Take Me Back sets the sweet good smoke vibe. Marriott matches the mood with The Sad Bag Of Shaky Jake . Should have put the Rizlas away though before deciding on the cover of Buddy Holly’s Heartbeat .

Humble Pie (A&M, 1970) 

Humble Pie (A&M, 1970)  

Nicknamed the ‘Beardsley Album’, after the Aubrey Beardsley illustration on the cover, the band’s first album under a new deal with A&M was the official relaunch of Humble Pie – and a big step away from its more self-consciously loose predecessor. 

From the river-deep blues of Live With Me , to the cock-of-the-walk strut of One Eyed Trouser Snake Rumba , the lite-rock whimsy of Earth And Water Song (written by Frampton in the style that would later transform his solo career) and the big rock drama of Red Light Mama, Red Hot! , this was the firing-on-all-cylinders sound that would shake America.

Smokin’ (A&M, 1972)

Smokin’ (A&M, 1972)

Their biggest hit in the US, where it reached No.6, a success built largely on the impact of the Fillmore live double the previous summer. With Frampton gone (replaced by Clem Clemson), Marriott was free to lead the band into full-on kick-ass rock territory. In that respect, Smokin’ delivered on all counts, like opening brace Hot ‘N’ Nasty and The Fixer . 

The high point, and best-remembered moment now on classic rock radio, is 30 Days In The Hole . Soulful and sleazy – name-checking cocaine, heroin, a ‘greasy whore’ and varieties of hash – this was not-so humble Marriott truly telling it like it was for him right then.

Eat It (A&M, 1973)

Eat It (A&M, 1973)  

With the band having spent most of the previous year touring America, Eat It was recorded on the hoof, a fact belied by the scale of its ambition. 

Another vinyl double, side one comprised four Marriott-penned rockers, exemplified by Get Down To It ; side two, four soul covers, including the brilliant Black Coffee (even better than the Ike & Tina Turner original); side three, four more Marriott originals, this time all-acoustic; side four, three live numbers recorded in Glasgow, including a Honky Tonk Women that would make Mick Jagger cry. In truth, variable quality made it – literally – too much. Nobody complained, though. But it was their last big hit.

Thunderbox (A&M, 1974)

Thunderbox (A&M, 1974)  

It wasn’t all downhill from here, although it sure felt like it at the time. Catching them at London’s Hammersmith Oden in November ’74, Humble Pie still blew like a hurricane. But albums like Thunderbox marked a steep decline in musical cred. 

With Marriott co-writing only four (admittedly decent) of its songs, and seven of the remaining eight comprising covers, including, rather unimaginatively, two that had been huge hits just months earlier for Anne Peebles ( I Can’t Stand The Rain ) and Dobie Grey ( Drift Away , here sung in almost mocking style by bassist Greg Ridley fer Chrissakes), only the cool-as-fuck title track sounded truly inspired.

Street Rats (A&M, 1975)

Street Rats (A&M, 1975)  

Four years, 21 tours, three US hit albums – and at the end of it they were broke. It wasn’t just the crazy lifestyle. It was also the suits and cigars that ‘handled’ their money. Marriott left to make a solo album at the same as recording a side project with Ridley. But another US tour was booked anyway and another album was needed to promote it. 

So the label and management simply stole the tapes from Marriott’s home studio and turned it into one last Pie album. Although any album on which Marriott sings only five of its 11 tracks, and only three are co-written by him, cannot really be classed as such. Amazingly, some of it is still enjoyable.

...and one to avoid

Go For The Throat (Polydor, 1981)

Go For The Throat (Polydor, 1981)

The second of two forgettable 80s ‘comeback’ albums, this one featuring ‘heavy’ covers of the old Elvis hit All Shook Up (where Marriot suffered the indignity of coming off second-best to the much earlier Rod Stewart version as recorded with the Jeff Beck Group) and the old Small Faces hit Tin Soldier (where he suffered the even greater indignity of coming off second-best to his younger self). 

The cash-in tour that followed sold so badly it was cancelled, and Humble Pie called it a day for the last time. A sad ending to a once-great British band. Not least as it’s easy to imagine them having made a successful comeback now.

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You may know Led Zeppelin as one of the most iconic bands of all time, but did you know that Jimmy Page chose the band’s moniker as a defiant message to anyone who didn’t believe in them?

The story behind Led Zeppelin’s name is known by hardcore rock fans and your uncle who had an ear piercing in the 70s, but many more casual fans have never stopped to think about the bizarre epithet.

In fact, the source and reason behind the name is often a subject of hot debate on Reddit, with many believing that Jimmy Page came up with the name on his own while other’s claim that The Who ’s Keith Moon was responsible.

User @Wuzzy_Gee wrote, ‘I would say Keith Moon inspired the name,’ a claim thatwas rebutted by user @smashthehandcock who posted: ‘My grandfather used to say, “Well that went down like a led zeppelin or balloon.”‘

Another user, @smurf_cherries, agreed: ‘”That went over like a lead balloon” is a very old saying. They just turned a common idiom into a band name.’

In reality, the story of the iconic name is a combination of these factors and features appearances by an array of famous rockers, making it one of the most legendary origin stories in music history.

Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and Robert Plant

Why is Led Zeppelin called Led Zeppelin?

The tale of the band’s creation begins in 1966, when The Who’s Keith Moon and his bandmate, bassist John Entwistle, recorded the track Beck’s Bolero with Jimmy Page, multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones, and The Yardbirds’ Jeff Beck.

The musicians were so pleased with the track that they considered forming a brand new band. 

According to legend, Moon joked that the band would never work, in fact, it would go down ‘like a lead balloon,’ a quip that stuck with Page through the years.  

Keith Moon of The Who folding his arms

A year later in 1967, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones began to take the idea of forming a new band more seriously.

Page was fresh off his time playing for the Yardbirds, a legendary band that was responsible for launching the careers of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and of course, Page himself. 

In 1965 Clapton left the Yardbirds and recommended Page, then just a session guitarist, as a new member for the band. Page spent about two years playing lead guitar alongside his childhood friend Jeff Beck and then as the group’s only lead guitar when Beck suddenly left the group in the middle of a tour. 

Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin onstage in front of a huge crowd

After Beck’s departure and another tour, the group broke up despite their success, leaving Page with lots of rock n roll in his soul but nowhere to put it. 

The band we know as Led Zeppelin today began to emerge from the marble in August of 1968 when Page invited vocalist Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham to join him and Jones on their new project.

In September of that year, the group played a tour of Scandinavia – funded out of Page’s own pocket – under the name the New Yardbirds. 

The band was soon forced to change their name after Chris Dreja, one of the founding members of the Yardbirds, issued a cease and desist letter, stating that Page was only allowed to use the New Yardbirds title for the Scandinavian tour.

The Yardbirds with Eric Clapton

According to Page, he was intentionally concealing the band’s new name during this time anyway.

Inspired by Keith Moon’s comment about the band going down like a lead balloon, Page had landed on the name Led Zeppelin for his new group. It was obviously meant as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the astronomical odds stacked against a new band. But in reclaiming an idiom that means something is unpopular, the group found their identity.

Page upgraded the idiom from balloon to the largest inflatable of all: a zeppelin, which is an airship similar to a blimp.At the suggestion of music manager Peter Grant, the guitarist decided to drop the ‘a’ in lead so that the uninitiated wouldn’t pronounce it ‘leed.’ 

Led Zeppelin performing onstage at their first concert in 1968

Iconic music journalist Keith Shadwick later praised the imagery the name conjured, calling it ‘the perfect combination of heavy and light, combustibility and grace.’ 

Page told Ultimate Guitar of the name: ‘It was a name that Keith Moon had mentioned back then…And I asked him if we could use the name because I was gonna be in this band Led Zeppelin with Keith Moon, so was Jeff Beck.’

He continued: ‘So when we were playing in Scandinavia we were out there as New Yardbirds, it was a cloak of invisibility really.

Led Zeppelin performing onstagein Los Angeles

‘And even on the first recordings, it said New Yardbirds on the box because I didn’t want anybody to know what the name of the band was until we really officially unveiled it. And [the first album] was it.’

That one fateful day recording Beck’s Bolero in 1966, which left such an impression on Page, can be credited for much of Led Zeppelin’s eventual culmination.

Page told David Fricke in 2012 of that day recording: ‘This session was absolutely magnificent, like a force of nature. Keith was having troubles in the Who. He’s going, “We should form a band with this.”‘

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin performing onstage

In fact, in opposition to the commonly held idea that Page had been inspired by Moon’s comment but eventually came up with the name himself, Page credited Moon exclusively: ‘“We can call it Led Zeppelin,”‘ Page remembered the drummer saying.

‘”Because it can only go down, like a lead balloon.” I thought it was a great name, and I didn’t forget it,’ he concluded.

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