Well! This is a great subject for discussion.
Who else could be? The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Eagles, Black Sabbath, Guns n roses and Bon Jovi would probably feature as some people’s choice for the greatest band of all time. I’m sure there are a whole host of others who could stake a claim to the title as well. But for me it’s Led Zeppelin.
I’m not a musician and I don’t understand the technicalities of how they achieved the great sounds of the guitars, drums and keyboards but I do know what I like to listen to. The fact that Led Zep have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide and that they have won countless awards for being “the best”, “the biggest” and “the greatest” ever, is no big surprise for many music fans around the world. Zeppelin released their last album in 1979 (not counting ‘Coda’ which came out in 1982 after John Bonham’s death). They performed their last gigs together in 1980 and yet still remain as popular today as they did thirty years ago. Just to re-iterate this point, even though Bonham, the drummer, died in September 1980, his son Jason took his place on drums when the band re-united for one gig only in December 2007. At that particular time Led Zep held the record for ticket demand for a single concert, amassing an incredible 20 million online requests.
Nowadays, the very mention of the band’s name brings back memories of best-selling albums, sold out concerts and of course fantastic songs such as Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Kashmir and many more.
For more than thirty years there have been rumours of Led Zeppelin re-uniting, possibly with Jason Bonham on drums, to actually do a tour. But, as of today, still nothing concrete I’m afraid.
So, if you were to ask me why I think Led Zeppelin are the greatest band of all time, how could I possibly give an answer in just a few words?
OK then – They just are!