Click on the artist(s) name to check out their "artist Essential"

Derek And The Dominos
Doobie Brothers
The Doors
More Links

Led Zeppelin

Arising as an emergency measure to fulfill The Yardbirds' post-breakup tour obligations, Led Zeppelin went on to become one of the most important rock bands of all time, crafting a unique sound that combined hard rock and blues with mythology and mysticism in a blend that set the stage for, and still epitomizes, heavy metal. In the summer of 1968, The Yardbirds disbanded, leaving guitarist Jimmy Page with unfulfilled contracts for concert appearances by the group. He quickly put together a band with singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones, and the group went out on tour as the New Yardbirds. By October of that year they had recorded their debut album and changed their name to Led Zeppelin. They enjoyed blockbuster success with a series of albums and tours up through the mid-'70s, when the sudden death of Plant's young son threw the band into hiatus. In September 1980, just as the band was preparing for a new tour, Bonham died after a drinking binge; several months later his bandmates decided they couldn't go on and officially ended the Zep's long run. Page and Plant have periodically reunited for various projects.

Written by: Mary Eisenhart

Wolfgang's Vault Information

Advisory Board Login

Login to access chat and Drive Contests
Not a member? Sign up here.

Email Address:  
Login via
Thursday, Jan 29, 2015
Thursday Spotlight
Guitar Gods
Ten @ 10 Replay
Lost & Found
Long One @ 9
Ten Years After
Friday, Jan 30, 2015
Milestones in Rock
Ten @ 10
One 45 @ 1:45
Humble Pie
Lost & Found
Ten @ 10 Replay
Saturday, Jan 31, 2015
The Deep End
Sunday, Feb 1, 2015
Rock 'n Roll Roots
Featuring the 60s and 70s (3hrs)
Sunday Night Star
Tatiana Pearson of Heartland, WI (1hrs)