By Stephen Davis
The individuals of Led Zeppelin are significant deities within the pantheon of rock gods. the 1st and heaviest of the heavy steel monsters, they violently shook the rules of rock song and took no prisoners at the highway. Their excursions have been mythical, their lives have been exalted—and in an period popular for intercourse and medication, the strong Zeppelin set an impossible average of extra and mythos for any band that attempted to stick to them. They have been strength, they have been fable, they have been black magic. No band ever flew as excessive as Led Zeppelin or suffered so disastrous a fall. And just some of them lived to inform the story.
Hammer of the Gods is the New York Times bestselling epic saga of the tough reign of web page, Plant, Jones, and Bonham—a spellbinding, electrifying, no-holds-barred vintage of rock 'n' roll historical past that has now been up-to-date to incorporate the continued adventures of the band.
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But by 1968 he was burned out. He remembers: "I had started running and arranging 45 Zeppelin Rising ended up just putting me and just sitting there and staring at it. ' And I said, 'There's no bands I want to join, what about forty or fifty things a month. ' So I rang him and said, 'Jim, how're you doing? ' And he said, 'AH right. I'm are it . going to see this singer Terry Reid told me . about, and he might know a drummer as well. ' If this account seems somewhat fey and tongue in cheek, consider that the dry-humored Jones told another interviewer he got the job as bassist in Led Zeppelin after he answered an ad in Melody Maker.
The new Progressive Rock FM stations that Jimmy so loved would be desperate for a new British blues act. But Peter Grant knew the real truth. The Beck group was already unstable. Rod Stewart and Ron Wood were already giggling like schoolgirls, and Beck was odd man out. No matter how thrilling they were on stage. if a HAMMER 42 if the personalities didn't Jimmy insisted that his OF THE GODS mesh, the band couldn't last. new band be self-owned and nancially and artistically independent. He had fi- seen the Yardbirds fall apart, and the only real cause had been poor management.
It the kind of music . . on the strength of its new drummer, John the San Francisco Sound, singing Jefferson Airplane songs, this band broke out of Birmingham and played London clubs like Middle Earth and the Speakeasy. After that they backed American singer Tim and the third rose "Bonzo" Bonham. Riding HAMMER 50 OF THE GODS Rose on an English tour. Singer Terry Reid was the other act. Robert and Bonzo loved playing together, but by the spring of 1968 the Band of Joy had run its course. Bonzo joined Tim Rose's new band and Robert was left at loose ends.