Led Zeppelin: Wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today… (April 2022)


Hello readers.

When I was visiting my cousins in Tampa, FL last February – we had so much fun. 

While there, we were getting socks and soap from a local store (yeah, socks and soap- ha). I saw a magazine with Led Zeppelin on the cover.

Then I thought of blogger Clive because we were just comment chatting about the band that week.

Clive is a huge Led Zeppelin fan….

https://cliveblogs.wordpress.com/2022/04/05/tuesday-tunes-98-heart/A

 

 

Check out the Creem magazine…. I really love this photo. Did you ever read Creem magazine? We had copies at our house.

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And speaking of Led Zeppelin and Clive, check out this fun video Clive shared on his blog (HERE) with Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth dancing to Led Zeppelin!

Screen shot from Clive’s blog:

Video:

Here are a few tidbits about my take on Led Zeppelin:

  • I grew up with their music already being a little “dated” – but I still enjoyed triple shot weekends with three Zeppelin songs in a row. 
  • My cousin “A” was an artist and she painted Stairway to Heaven (cover) as a mural on her wall. I remember being kind of scared by it. It covered the whole wall.
  • My first memory with a Led Zeppelin song is from sixth grade. I asked my friend, Robin, if she knew a song that went like this: “Oh oh oh oh oh oh, You don’t have to go, oh oh oh oh oh, You don’t have to go…” She had absolutely NO idea of what I was referring to (she was into Billy Joel and Barry Manilow). 
  • Another memory I have from Led Zeppelin is with Paul B. and my cousin R, when we were singing the first line (an ear worm) to Kashmir: “Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face; With stars to fill my dreams.”
  • I tried to pick my favorite song from the band by looking over the list at Song Facts HERE; however, it was too difficult to choose. These three are in my top ten: Ramble On, Over the Hills and Far Away, and Immigrant song.

I chose to end this post with Going to California. It is such a beautiful song all around.  I have lived in California three different times (at very different life stages) and so that is part of the connection. Also, the whole idea of going to Cali (with an aching in the heart) and the going west theme with a “mountain of dreams” feels so hopeful.

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“The sea was red and the sky was grey
Wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today…”

Okay, – what about you?

Are you (or were you) a Led Zeppelin fan? If so, what is a your top song or memory? 

Have you seen any good magazine covers lately?

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Udate

thanks to everyone for adding some fun comments –

Wanted to share some fun links that came in related to LZ and the way this band trickled into the world  (might add ore as they come in)

GRETA VAN FLEET

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

***Note- Priorhouse is on a short blog break. This is a scheduled post- I will be back to check in here closer to the end of the month****

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57 thoughts on “Led Zeppelin: Wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today… (April 2022)

    1. Cheers to California, Cindy, even if some of the politics there (and taxes) are driving people away (and East) – but such a special state and truly beautiful and connects deeply to American roots – from going west during the Great Depression or folks who go to LA (or other areas) to make a new life…

      Also – cheers to DJ Clive and his music shares –

      I hope your month of April is winding down well and be over to visit soon
      xx

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      1. Oh yes Yvette!!! It’s been a mess really and yet, there is a lot special about it with deep roots like you say for sure!
        Yes, Clive keeps us sufficiently entertained always!! 💕🙏💕

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    1. Hi Dawn – I had to laugh at the “many” final tours the old bands seemed to do…. sure did get folks to perk up and attend – but then another final tour? (I think The Who and Eagles also had a lot of finals)
      but how very cool you were able to see them in 1976. I wonder if the tickets were expensive at that time?

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        1. Thanks for coming back to share that – and in 1987 I pause $80 for four Pink Floyd tickets (Toronto) @20 each
          -it felt like a lot at the time

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  1. Now this is asking for my favourite Led Zep song which is impossible. 1969 1 and 2 came out pick any track and it’s a favourite. 1970 3 arrived with fantastic acoustic tracks. 1971 4 hit the airwaves and I was working in a factory on Saturday’s (still at school) and we played it non-stop 1973 had that song on it. 1975 the double LP Physical Graffiti had so many good songs 1976 The Song Remains the Same was not my favourite and from then on I wasn’t so enamored.
    I was sick when they came to Australia so missed out on the one and only tour. Four Sticks – John Bonham used two sticks in each hand playing that track he also did on the track When the Levee Breaks. He was one of the strongest drummers around at the time.
    1 – Dazed and Confused
    2 – Living Loving Maid
    3 – Gallows Pole and Bron – y – Aur Stomp
    4 – Black Dog
    5 – The Song Remain the Same
    6 – Kashmir
    But that’s just a quick think of a few

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    1. thank you
      thank you
      thank you dear bushboy for your awesome comment.
      I read comments here on the day this post was published and so your comment had us playing some of your six songs on our drive.
      How could I forget Black Dog?? That might be one of the most overplayed LZ songs in my area – but still good
      and so sorry you were ill and had to miss their tour in your area –

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    1. Hi Derrick – thanks for chiming in and I think it is very cool to hear someone say that a decade was not the best for them – I have “entire years” that I can write off like that – but not quite a decade – and also I enjoy learning more about your past years via the Kinght’s Tales posts.

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  2. Yvette, I love this post! And I’d have said that without all the links, for which I’m very grateful. I still hoot with laughter whenever the band comes in on that video – something to do with the look on the drummer’s face, I think. And Going To California is another of my favourites of theirs – one among many that showed just how good their softer side could be.

    I saw them live in March 1971, at the University of Kent, when they were starting a tour of smaller venues as a warm up for a huge international tour later that year. Stairway To Heaven was introduced by Plant as ‘here’s a song off our next album.’ Happy days, and a fabulous experience.

    Hope your break is going well 😊

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    1. Hi CLIVE!!
      thanks for your comment and my break is going well. Although I was on the blog reading comments when this post went live – and it was SO TOUGH to not log in and comment back. However, I restrained myself and that whole day (April 15th) became Led Zeppelin day for the priors – and funny because I was getting something fixed at the mall and while passing time to wait – we went into a store and they had mannequins wearing Led Zeppelin shirts – they were targeting Gen Z (I think) I took an image to show ya.
      And funny thing to share – my husband’s friend (Mike who plays the bass) said when he sees young folks where the classic bands t-shirts – he will sometimes walk up and ask them if they know one song from the band. they usually do not. – hahaha

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      1. Glad it’s going well, Yvette. Having a Led Zep day sounds a good plan to me. Reading some of the other comments I see mentions of Greta Van Fleet – I really dislike them, sorry!

        Who is Trent?

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        1. Hi!
          i fixed the typo – I had just finished Trent’s comment when I replied to you! But it is fixed now -😊

          And you don’t like Greta Van Fleet? I sure enjoyed a handful of their songs (especially love “You’re the One” – but I am sure you have your reasons.
          I heard there was a meme going Around about them after they were on SNL – making fun of the smiles or something like that (our society can be so mean at times – brutal)
          And even if we have a Led Zeppelin day we can still enjoy them throughout the year

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        2. You had me puzzled there!

          GVF’s music is ok, though very derivative. I just don’t like the idea of a band setting out to say ‘we are the new…’ when they are nowhere near as good as the real thing 😊

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  3. I like LZ. They’ve been background music for my life, not front and center but always around underscoring events. The guitar, so amazing.

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    1. Hi Ally bean – thanks for your comment about LZ being background music – because I recently said something like that about growing up with Van Halen music – they were there in my life – there was morning cereal – new school clothes every August and Van Halen playing at different times – haha
      and so I can see how led Zeppelin was “always around underscoring events” 🙂

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    1. Hi JT – thanks for chiming in and the Fred and Rita dancing still makes my smile to think of the way someone synced all that
      hope your month is going well
      🙂

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    1. I totally agree.
      And I think experiencing their music during those decades that they were released was amazing – kind of like seeing photography in the early 1900s – it was explosive and new to the world with visual details not seen. And so when Led Zeppelin was delivering such unique music it was before we had “garage band” and streaming and all the saturation of options.
      and you said it right – when music was its own culture

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      1. Something is missing from that experience, and it just cannot be replicated. I know the word organic gets a lot of play but it WAS organic. Everything from Woodstock to record stores where the manager knew EVERYTHING to that sound when you laid vinyl on a turntable and the needle hit paydirt. Wow.

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    1. Hi – thanks for the comment Nora, Plant sure did have a great voice with a range of cool sounds – so unique – and I remember when he released Principles of Moments album – still love a few of the songs from that non-Led Zeppelin project….
      esp “In the Mood”

      In the Mood

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  4. I liked Led Zepplin and know a lot of their songs, but did have other bands I liked as well. “Stairway to Heaven” (probably one of the longest songs ever) was the theme song for our high school graduating class (1973) as it was so popular at the time. Here in Michigan, we have a band called “Greta Van Fleet” – they sound so much like Led Zepplin if you heard their music, it would give you cause to pause. For the longest time they were just popular in Michigan, but they went on a nationwide tour this year and will very soon embark on an international tour. In a separate comment, I’ll leave a YouTube video about Robert Plant’s impression of Greta Van Fleet – he thinks they’re great!

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    1. Oh Linda – thanks for your fun comment!
      I read all of the comments the day this post went live (and it was tough to not log in and comment- but we were doing errands that day and so I just read and enjoyed) – anyhow, your comments took this post to another level and I thank you so much
      For example, thanks for mentioning Stairway to heaven.
      That led us to talking about Wayne’s World and the music store rule to when trying out a guitar there is “no stairway to heaven” allowed t be played.
      Here: No Stairway

      Also, Jack Black’s Tenacious D’s “TRIBUTE SONG

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      1. Whenever I hear “Stairway to Heaven” I am always transported back to 1973 and high school senior year. I never saw Wayne’s World – funny bit about one of the most famous and recognizable riffs. I watched the other video too Yvette – thank you for sharing it.

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      2. Hi Linda
        It is fun to share videos and how cool that we can stream videos and share so easily –
        Sure beats the days of Casey’s and 8 track “cartridges”
        Hahaha

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    1. Thanks so very much – I look forward to checking this out.
      and this is a side note – but we were just talking about Steve Perry and wondered
      how he felt about someone having a voice so similar to his – we just wondered what
      that might feel like to see a guy from Manila, Arnel Pineda, sound so much like him.
      🙂

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      1. Reading the many comments in the Robert Plant interview, there were haters galore as they thought they were riding on LZ’s success, but given Robert Plant’s almost-envious stamp of approval, I think they can only go up, not down. I remember that post. I do not know much about the band Journey, though people here associate them with the line about “born and raised in South Detroit” which is a line many here have gotten a chuckle over.

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    1. oh thanks for this – I will ask him!
      we had a lot of fun jamming to LZ songs on the day this posted – and he shared some misc tidbits about the band
      I think I am going to dedicate every April 15th as LZ day (or not) but it was fun this year – I will be in touch once I check this out

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      1. When Greta Van Fleet first started doing small concerts, everyone spoke about how much they sounded like LZ. I think they do – some songs more than others. Have fun listening and the interview with Robert Plant who gives them a thumbs up was fun as well.

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    2. Linda – thanks again for sharing such interesting stuff for this post –
      and that led me to finding Greta van Fleet on SNL(here) doing a cover of a song I really love – called “You’re the One I want”

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      1. Glad you enjoyed the introduction and I did not know they were on SNL so enjoyed seeing them here. I used to watch SNL, but now only if I see SNL trending on Twitter and click to find out why. They are a novelty here in Michigan, but they’re big-time now. 🙂

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        1. Hi – I only see what tends from SNL as well!
          And I did hear the “You’re the One” song a while ago but you really did show me how awesome Greta Can Fleet is- and I was surprised at how young they are! The lead singer has some serious “pipes”
          And I listened to them perform “live at red rocks” while I made a tiled shelf today!
          It was fun – and we used to go to red rocks a couple of times a week back in the 90s – so it was also a flashback!

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        2. I open up some of the trending items on Twitter if they pique my interest and I have no clue who that person is and I’m sorry I opened it. I do like Twitter for the Trending feature. That’s great Yvette and you had a great flashback! Yes they are very young with serious “pips” – two of the three brothers are twins and there’s another brother and their friend. I always listened to music in the house if I’m working in the house and used to have a portable headphone with an AM/RM radio and I’d forget myself and be singing away at the top of my lungs. In those days I knew all the songs by heart. 🙂

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  5. I love Led Z! I randomly discovered them changing radio channels when I was 13 years old. I previously have listened to R&B and Disco and the late 70s soft rock that played on the AM stations and then bam – Zeppelin! I remember singing “Whole Lotta Love” at the top of my lungs when it came on the radio though it was not until years later that I realized what he was singing about – ha! I enjoyed the video of Fred A and Rita H dancing to Zeppelin!

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