Trivia / Led Zeppelin

  • Hipgnosis did the cover art for Houses of the Holy, Presence, The Song Remains the Same soundtrack album, In Through the Out Door and Coda.
  • Big Name Fan: Inverted with Pete Townshend, who likes the band very much as people, but really can't stand their music.
  • Black Sheep Hit: "Stairway to Heaven". Robert Plant once called it a "bloody wedding song".
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Robert Plant has come to abhor the band's classic song, "Stairway to Heaven" - and refuses to play it in concerts. His lengthy refusal to take part in a Led Zeppelin reunion was due to his disgust with the fact that he would inevitably be forced to sing it.
    • Jimmy Page has also stated that he hates "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" from Led Zeppelin II, saying it was just written as filler note  and making it one of the few Led Zeppelin songs never performed live. Doesn't stop classic rock stations from keeping it in heavy rotation to this day (usually following "Heartbreaker", since there was no real gap between the songs on the original album).
    • Then, to round things out, John Paul Jones is said to have never been too fond of the song "D'yer Mak'er".
    • That leaves John Bonham as the only member who had no dislike for something note .
  • Creator Breakdown: Presence was rush-recorded in eighteen days just prior to the arrival of The Rolling Stones, who block-booked the studio Zeppelin were working in to record Black And Blue, and in a period when Robert Plant was recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident in Rhodes, Greece which led to the him recording Presence in a wheelchair, and the band cancelling a major tour. The lyrics are filled with Plant's introspective lyrics on the rock and roll lifestyle, and his fears that the weirdness surrounding the band was jinxing him and his bandmates. He contemplated retiring from music at one point. This, along with the band's short time to record the album and the band's wishes to return to a harder-rocking sound gave the album a tension and desperation not present in any other album, and is widely regarded as Led Zeppelin's worst album.
    • Doesn't mean it doesn't have awesome songs, though. Jimmy Page holds the opening track "Achilles Last Stand" in very high regard.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Ledheads or Zepheads
  • Fan Nickname: "Led Zeppelin IV" — or, somewhat less commonly, "Zoso" or "The Ruins" — for the Led Zeppelin album with just the symbols on it.
  • Follow the Leader: Try to name the number of rock bands (and noodling bedroom guitarists) this band hasn't inspired.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance:
    • Plant absolutely hates "Stairway to Heaven" and it is rumoured that the fact that he would have been pressured to perform it repeatedly is one reason Zeppelin's reunion did not last for very long.
    • While Page doesn't dislike "Stairway" as much as Plant does, he regards "Achilles Last Stand" as their finest song. To be fair, this isn't an uncommon opinion among people familiar with it.
    • Although most fans consider Led Zeppelin IV to be the band's best album, Robert Plant considers Physical Graffiti to be their greatest work.
  • Name's the Same: Many examples, musical or not. Among them are:
  • One of Us: Plant is a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings, and has worked in references in his lyrics, most notably in "Ramble On".
  • Old Shame: The band would like to forget their reunion performances at 1985's Live Aid and the 1988 Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert. What were supposed to be epic reunion performances were made infamous by Jimmy Page's faulty guitars, poorly functioning monitors; and in the case of Live Aid, Robert Plant's voice was shot and Jimmy Page was higher than Snoop Dogg on 4/20. The band went as far as preventing their performance from being put on the official Live Aid DVD in 2004.
  • The Other Darrin: Jason Bonham, John's son, has filled in on drums in the handful of live performances the group has done since his death.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: Led Zeppelin had a career that spanned little more than a decade, cut short by drummer John Bonham's death. Their impact on the rock genre is undeniable, and their sound was one of the precursors to Heavy Metal.
  • Throw It In: There's many instances throughout their catalogue, to the point that you could say most of it is just the band jamming. Examples are on that page.
  • Trope Namers:
  • Urban Legend of Zelda:
    • The alleged Satanic messages when "Stairway to Heaven" is played backwards.
    • Another rumor about the band is that the members sold their souls to Satan in exchange for fame and fortune, and John Paul Jones was the only one who refused, which is why Jones is the only member of Led Zeppelin who hasn't suffered a horrible tragedy in his life.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Zepp - or at at least, Peter Grant - turned down an invitation for the band to perform at the original Woodstock.
    • A tour planned in August 1975 got cancelled when Robert Plant got injured in an accident in Greece. The group recorded Presence instead.
    • The planned XYZ project with Page, Plant, and Yes's rhythm section Alan White and Chris Squire. Didn't happen due to Plant's grief over Bonham's death and his dislike for the complexity of the music. It eventually turned into Yes's later reunion and 90125 album. Page did perform with Yes at one show in 1984 (although I'm unsure if any recording of this show exists), and a demo tape of XYZ material can be found on the internet.
    • The follow-up to In Through the Out Door was to be a return to the band's hard rock roots.

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