Why Led Zeppelin’s Hall of Fame Induction Had Some Painfully Awkward Moments

by Jeremy Spirogis
Led Zeppelin at Rock Hall of Fame induction

Who cares concerning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? No one I can consider, however in the event you’re going to have a Hall you higher have Led Zeppelin in it. That very factor occurred in 1995, some 15 years after the dying of John Bonham and subsequent dissolution of the Zeppelin.

At the ceremony, as in a number of different reunion concert events, the three surviving members of Zep performed with Bonham’s son Jason on drums. But whereas everybody waited to see how Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones would sound in any case these years, many of the drama wasn’t music-related.

In the months earlier than the induction ceremony, Jones had spoken with the media about Page and Plant’s Unledded undertaking. He talked about being shocked by the album and tour. “It’s kind of embarrassing because everybody’s been asking me about it and I’ve got to explain myself,” he informed Entertainment Weekly in 1994.

Two months later, as he attended Zep’s Hall of Fame induction, the viewers acquired a close-up view of the stress between the outdated bandmates. On stage, Plant appeared to take crack at Jones, who returned some hearth in his remarks.

Robert Plant mocked John Paul Jones’ outdated band and made a crack about his feedback within the press

Led Zeppelin at Rock Hall of Fame induction
January 1995: The surviving members of Led Zeppelin pose with the youngsters of the late John Bonham after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. | BOB STRONG/AFP through Getty Images

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As at any previous present, Plant did many of the speaking at Zep’s Hall of Fame induction. After paying tribute to Atlantic Records legend Ahmet Ertegun, Plant introduced up British music of the period.

“Being English and having to put up with Herman’s Hermits wasn’t much fun,” he mentioned with fun. “Even though John Paul Jones did play with them for a bit,” he added, gesturing towards Jones (at 3:50). After some uncomfortable laughter from the group, Plant made a pointed media reference.

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“Ooh, New York Times today?” he mentioned, as Jones put his head down laughing. Before the occasion, the press had nonetheless been asking about Jones not making that Unledded tour, and Plant was seemingly referencing feedback from his outdated bandmate.

Indeed, Jones had taken the pose of a person who had moved on. “Playing songs we did 20 years ago wouldn’t have been that interesting to me — even new versions,” he’d mentioned (through EW). “I’ve already done it in the best band. […] I know a lot of people like to hear the old stuff, but I prefer to look forward.”

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Robert Plant and Jimmy Page carry out at Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 7, 1995. | Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

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After Plant’s prolonged (six-minute) speech, Page got here to the rostrum to make some feedback. It didn’t final lengthy. “For my part of this I’d like to say it’s a great honor to be inducted,” he mentioned. “Actually it’s the second time for me because earlier I was inducted with The Yardbirds. It’s almost like inducted, induced, and this time it’s the forceps.”

With that, Jones stepped as much as the microphone. He temporary phrases lasted even much less time than Page’s. But in Jones’ case the traces got here with way more chew. He began out by acknowledging Zep supervisor Peter Grant for the liberty he gave the band within the studio. Then he turned to his bandmates.

“Also, thank you, my friends, for finally remembering my phone number,” Jones mentioned. Following that line, you hear a clumsy silence adopted by some uncomfortable laughter from the group. For his half, Plant appeared like a person who’d been burned. He clapped slowly and turned to have a look at Page. All in all, it was a memorable night time for the Hall.

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