Robert Plant recalls the moment he knew Led Zeppelin would be successful

The Yardbirds were formed in 1962, as were the Rolling Stones, and like them, they were one of the main promoters of the blues in England. With a sound influenced by Chicago blues, the group mixed elements of their own and took advantage of the fact that they had three of the greatest guitarists of all time: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

With the implosion of the Yardbirds in 1968, it was up to Page to find new members to fulfill the rest of the schedule of shows like The New Yardbirds. The chosen ones were Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham — and thus Led Zeppelin was born.

As published by Rock and Roll Garage, already in the first rehearsal of the quartet the singer already knew that the band would go far.

“When I first went to a Yardbirds rehearsal, I was 19, almost 20. I told Jimmy Page that their drummer didn’t come close to the dynamism of John Bonham, which was a whole different thing. John’s wife gave him permission to go to a rehearsal […] we both went to London in John’s mother’s van, which we borrowed. In that room that afternoon when we played a bunch of songs nobody knew about, I knew that I was in a room full of giants, really. And that was it.”

“In 1973, what happened in that room exploded into one of the boldest and most different rock songs you could imagine. It was the sum of the parts. Those guys were insanely good. It was like we were all waiting for each other in everything that came before that. . It was like: BANG!”

Led Zeppelin lasted from 1968 to 1980, having its trajectory ended by the death of John Bonham. It is considered one of the greatest and most innovative bands of all time, both for the enormous commercial success it made and for the influence it exerted on those that came after it, especially those of heavy rock and heavy metal.

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