So I was getting the led out the other day and I says to myself, I says, "I like Led Zeppelin as much as REM and even more than I like the Doors, so why not blog about it?” I don’t claim to be an expert on Led Zeppelin; I’m just a fan. If you are like me you just like talking about them, referring to their songs, and watching things about them on VH1. So let’s do that. First, let me just set a couple of ground rules for this discussion.
1. Regarding John Bonham: Bonzo’s great and it’s sad that he died, but let’s not dwell on him too much.
2. John Paul Who? That’s right. We need to keep our discussion focused tightly on what’s really interesting and that is Jimmy Page, ROBERT PLANT, and Led Zeppelin as a whole.
3. I consider my blog rated PG so if you’ve read Hammer of the Gods and want to share some stories about the boys, please—for my sake, simmer down now. Let’s keep it clean. And light—like how they sold their souls to the devil in order to become wicked famous but which, sadly, brought a curse upon them all. You know, stuff like that.
Having said that, let’s proceed. If you are about my age your first time seeing Robert Plant was probably during the “Tall Cool One” era which, of course, made you say, “I’d like to see some more.” So when you rented The Song Remains the Same to see him in his full Led Zeppelin glory you might have been a little startled to see him prance on stage in a light blue, cap-sleeved shirt that Penelope Cruz would seriously wear today. (See photo link). I was lucky. My sister was there for me at this time. She gave me a reassuring look as if to say, “just go with it.” And so I did. I’m sure a lot of people will want to comment about the first time they saw Jimmy Page play the guitar with a bow so I won’t say anything about how AWESOME it is. People who are my age also feel a very strong link to Robert Plant because we are the same age as his son, Karac, who died. And Robert Plant feels a strong link to us too—I’m sure of it. I think that’s why it meant so much to him when I threw my bra on stage at one of his concerts.
Another thing about Robert Plant is that he loves Utah. More specifically, he loves Sundance. I got a job there hoping I would meet him. I never did. But I did see a lot of pictures of him riding on snow mobiles with the waiters I worked with. That’s how I know it’s true.
As far as favorite albums and songs, just off the top of my head I think Physical Graffiti is great. Out of I, II, III, and IV I would say I’m a III person (this is like saying whether I like John or Paul better—it’s very hard to commit. But I will, for the sake of this discussion.) But my all-time favorite album is (and I’m putting this out there without even googling anything for reviews or input) In Through the Out Door because I’m a sucker for songs that tell a story and “Fool in the Rain” is a very cute story. I also like it for a little gem called “Hot Dog.” And since I am basically Karac’s stand in now I consider “All of My Love” to be written just for me.
I hope this gets the ball rolling.