How Jimmy Page Thought a Beatles Reunion Might Have Affected Led Zeppelin

by Jeremy Spirogis
Led Zeppelin performing in Germany

When The Beatles parted methods in 1970, there was no scarcity of bands vying to take the Fab Four’s place. Leading candidates included The Who, The Rolling Stones, and the upstart hard-rock outfit Led Zeppelin. And whereas Zep as a band was new, the group included just a few previous arms.

The record started with Jimmy Page, an ace session guitarist who’d performed with each Stones and Who — and led the final stand of The Yardbirds. Page had introduced in John Paul Jones, one other acquainted face on the London scene. Along with Robert Plant and John Bonham, Zep had its personal model of a “fab four.”

For the rest of the ’70s, Led Zeppelin loved a degree of economic success that solely The Beatles had tasted. But Page, who additionally served as Zep’s main songwriter and report producer, by no means took the band’s success without any consideration.

Page didn’t think about taking his foot off the fuel even after the discharge of the blockbuster Led Zeppelin IV. To Zep’s mastermind, turning into complacent would have been a mistake. He believed the band would threat shedding its grip on music followers if one thing like a Beatles reunion got here to cross.

Led Zeppelin was rock’s dominant pressure after the discharge of ‘IV’

Led Zeppelin performing in Germany
Led Zeppelin carry out dwell on stage in Germany in March 1973. | Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns

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If you had been into symbolism, you could possibly say Led Zeppelin’s march to dominant rock pressure started when its second album bumped Abbey Road from its perch atop the Billboard album chart in late ’69. But Zep had even greater hits to come back.

After receiving a blended response to Led Zeppelin III (1970), the group launched what many think about to be its masterpiece (the untitled fourth album) in November ’71. On that report, Zep confirmed it had mastered its distinctive method to people, heavy blues, and blistering arduous rock.

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On the anthemic “Stairway to Heaven,” Page and his bandmates delivered the group’s “light and shade” with unprecedented success. And with tracks like “Black Dog” and “When the Levee Breaks,” it ended the dialog concerning the reigning blues-rock band.

In phrases of success, Led Zeppelin IV offered in a means no Beatles album ever had. (Only a handful of albums ever have.) But in Page’s thoughts there was nonetheless work to do. While he famous that “everybody was clamoring for one more Led Zeppelin IV,” he had different plans.

Jimmy Page thought a Beatles reunion may threaten Zep’s place

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Led Zeppelin poses in entrance of the band’s personal aircraft (The Starship) in 1973. | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

While The Beatles didn’t ever appear too near a reunion, Page appeared to make use of the idea as one thing of a motivating pressure. Speaking with the L.A. Times forward of Zep’s 1973 tour (in help of Houses of the Holy), Page referenced the Fab Four instantly.

“We can’t allow ourselves the luxury of becoming fascinated with our own popularity,” Page instructed Cameron Crowe. “The way I look at it, if The Beatles were to get back together, [the public] would forget all about us again.” But Page didn’t sound too anxious.

“We’re all quite at ease and looking forward to a long future together,” he instructed the Times. “You could say that we’ve settled down to just being Led Zeppelin.” Nearly 50 years later, followers are nonetheless on the lookout for one other band that would examine to being simply Led Zeppelin.

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