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  • 1910s

  • 1960s

    • 1960s: Atlantic was a label known for a catalogue of blues, soul and jazz artists, but in the late 1960s it began to take an interest in progressive British rock acts, and signed Led Zeppelin without having ever seen them, largely on the recommendation of singer Dusty Springfield. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1963: On Led Zeppelin II the prelude to "Bring It On Home" was a cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's 1963 recording of "Bring It On Home", written by Willie Dixon. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1965: At Tampa Stadium, Florida, they played to 56,800 fans (breaking the record set by The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965), and grossed $309,000. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1966: Jimmy Page joined The Yardbirds in 1966 to replace the original bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, who had decided to leave the group. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1966: The group never formed, although Page, Beck and Moon did record a song together in 1966, "Beck's Bolero", which is featured on Beck's 1968 album, Truth. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • October, 1966: Following the departure of Beck from the group in October 1966, The Yardbirds, tired from constant touring and recording, were beginning to wind down. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • July, 1968: The Yardbirds played their final gig in July 1968. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • September 7, 1968: The band completed the Scandinavian tour as The New Yardbirds, playing together for the first time in front of a live audience at Gladsaxe Teen Clubs in Gladsaxe, Denmark on 7 September 1968. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • October 4, 1968: With their first album not yet released, the band made their live debut under the name "Led Zeppelin" at the Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle Upon Tyne on 4 October 1968. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • November, 1968: Grant also secured for the new band an advance deal of $200,000 from Atlantic Records in November 1968, then the biggest deal of its kind for a new band. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • December 26, 1968: This was followed by a US concert debut on 26 December 1968 (when promoter Barry Fey added them to a bill in Denver, Colorado[30]) before moving on to the west coast for dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • December 26, 1968: The rock group Led Zeppelin played their first concert in the United States. - Tale Ognenovski, Wikipedia.
    • December 26, 1968: Fey promoted the first Led Zeppelin show in North America. - Barry Fey, Wikipedia.
    • January 12, 1969: Led Zeppelin's eponymous debut album was released on 12 January 1969, during their first US tour. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1969: Led Zeppelin's Autumn 1969 European Tour was a concert tour of Europe by the English rock band, commencing on October 3 and concluding on October 12, 1969. - Led Zeppelin European Tour Autumn 1969, Wikipedia.
    • July 28, 1969: One alleged example of such extravagance was the shark episode, or red snapper incident, which is said to have taken place at the Edgewater Inn in Seattle, Washington, on 28 July 1969. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • October 22, 1969: Led Zeppelin II is the second studio album by English rock band Led Zeppelin, released 22 October 1969 on Atlantic Records. - Portal:Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
  • 1970s

    • February 28, 1970: Led Zeppelin's album cover met an interesting protest when, at a 28 February 1970 gig in Copenhagen, the band were billed as "The Nobs" as the result of a threat of legal action from Countess Eva von Zeppelin (granddaughter of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the creator of the Zeppelin airships), who, upon seeing the cover photo of the Hindenburg crashing in flames, threatened to have the show pulled off the air. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • February 28, 1970: February 28 - Led Zeppelin perform in Copenhagen under the pseudonym The Nobs, to avoid a threatened lawsuit by Count Eva von Zeppelin, descendant of airship designer Ferdinand von Zeppelin. - 1970 in music, Wikipedia.
    • 1970: It included two tracks taken from the band's performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970, one each from the Led Zeppelin III and Houses of the Holy sessions, and three from the In Through the Out Door sessions. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1970s: The album is one of the best-selling albums in history and its massive popularity cemented Led Zeppelin's superstardom in the 1970s. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1970: English band Led Zeppelin recorded the song for their album Led Zeppelin III in 1970. - The Maid Freed from the Gallows, Wikipedia.
    • November, 1970: The album's opening track, "Immigrant Song", was released in November 1970 by Atlantic Records as a single against the band's wishes. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • September 29, 1971: The only known live performance of the song by Led Zeppelin was on 29 September 1971 in Osaka, during the band's Japanese concert tour, as exhibited on a number of Led Zeppelin bootleg recordings of the show. - Friends (Led Zeppelin song), Wikipedia.
    • November 8, 1971: Led Zeppelin's fourth album was released on 8 November 1971. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • November, 1971: Home supported Led Zeppelin at the Wembley Empire Pool on the second of Led Zeppelin's Electric Magic concerts. - Portal:AC/DC/Selected biography/4, Wikipedia.
    • February, 1972: English rock group Led Zeppelin held a large open-air concert at the venue as part of its Australasian Tour - Kooyong Stadium, Wikipedia.
    • 1973: The album topped the charts, and Led Zeppelin's subsequent concert tour of the United States in 1973 broke records for attendance, as they consistently filled large auditoriums and stadiums. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1973: Led Zeppelin's next album, Houses of the Holy, was released in 1973. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • July, 1973: The recording had taken place during three nights of concerts at Madison Square Garden in July 1973, during the band's concert tour of the United States. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1974: It consisted of fifteen songs, eight of which were recorded at Headley Grange in 1974, and the remainder being tracks previously recorded but not released on earlier albums. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1974: Led Zeppelin took a break from touring and launched their own record label, Swan Song, named after one of only five Led Zeppelin songs which the band never released commercially (Page later re-worked the song with his band, The Firm, and it appears as "Midnight Moonlight" on their first album). - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • February 24, 1975: 24 February 1975 saw the release of Led Zeppelin's first double album, Physical Graffiti, which was their first release on the Swan Song Records label. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1975: The song "Houses of the Holy" does not appear on its namesake album, even though it was recorded at the same time as other songs on the album; it eventually made its way onto the 1975 album Physical Graffiti. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1975: The film was particularly unsuccessful in the UK, where, after being unwilling to tour since 1975 due to a taxation exile, Led Zeppelin were facing an uphill battle to recapture the public spotlight at home. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • August, 1975: These plans were thwarted in August 1975 when Robert Plant and his wife Maureen were involved in a serious car crash while on holiday in Rhodes, Greece. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • March, 1976: Presence, released in March 1976, marked a change in the Led Zeppelin sound towards more straightforward, guitar-based jams, departing from the acoustic ballads and intricate arrangements featured on their previous albums. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1976: It also featured a 1976 John Bonham drum instrumental with electronic effects added by Jimmy Page, called "Bonzo's Montreux". - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1976: Three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York were filmed for a motion picture, but the theatrical release of this project (The Song Remains the Same) would be delayed until 1976. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • October 20, 1976: The film premiered in New York on 20 October 1976, but was given a lukewarm reception by critics and fans. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1977: Led Zeppelin embarked on another major concert tour of North America. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1977: Led Zeppelin played what turned out to be their final North American concerts with twin shows as part of their North America 1977 tour. - Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Wikipedia.
    • November, 1978: November 1978 saw the group recording again, this time at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • August, 1979: After two warm-up shows in Copenhagen, Denmark, Led Zeppelin headlined two concerts at the Knebworth Music Festival, where crowds of close to 120,000 witnessed the return of the band. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • November 3, 1979: As a result of this album's release, Led Zeppelin's entire catalogue made the Billboard Top 200 between the weeks of 27 October and 3 November 1979. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
  • 1980s

    • 1980: Close to 30 years after disbanding following Bonham's death in 1980, the band continues to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success, and broad influence. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1980: Tour Over Europe 1980 was the last concert tour by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. - Tour Over Europe 1980, Wikipedia.
    • September 24, 1980: Bonham was picked up by Led Zeppelin assistant Rex King to attend rehearsals at Bray Studios for the upcoming tour of the United States, the band's first since 1977, scheduled to commence on 17 October. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • September 25, 1980: John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin, dies at 32 on September 25, after a binge of heavy drinking. - 1980 in heavy metal music, Wikipedia.
    • October 10, 1980: Bonham was cremated on 10 October 1980, and his ashes buried at Rushock parish church in Droitwich, Worcestershire, England. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • December 4, 1980: They issued a press statement on 4 December 1980 confirming that the band would not continue without Bonham. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 1982: The surviving members of the group released a collection of out-takes from various sessions during Led Zeppelin's career, entitled Coda. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • July 13, 1985: Page, Plant and Jones reunited for the Live Aid concert at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, playing a short set featuring drummers Tony Thompson and Phil Collins and bassist Paul Martinez. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • May, 1988: The three members reunited again in May 1988, for the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert, with Bonham's son, Jason Bonham, on drums. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
  • 1990s

  • 2000s

    • 2003: 2003 saw the release of a triple live album, How the West Was Won, and a video collection, Led Zeppelin DVD, both featuring material from the band's heyday. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 2004: When Live Aid footage was released on a four-DVD set in late 2004 to raise money for Sudan, the group unanimously agreed not to allow footage from their performance to be used, asserting that it was not up to their standard. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 2005: The four members of Led Zeppelin were voted the United Kingdom's ideal supergroup in a Planet Rock Radio poll. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 2005: The magazine Guitar World held a poll of readers in which "Stairway to Heaven" was voted as having the greatest guitar solo of all time. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • November, 2005: It was announced that Led Zeppelin and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev were the winners of the 2006 Polar Music Prize. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • May, 2006: The King of Sweden presented the prize to Plant, Page, and Jones, along with John Bonham's daughter, in Stockholm in May 2006. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • November, 2006: Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • November 14, 2006: Bon Jovi were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame alongside James Brown and Led Zeppelin. - Bon Jovi, Wikipedia.
    • 2007: Along with concentrating on the duo's American tour, Plant remained evasive on the subject of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, and expressed displeasure at the process leading up to the 2007 reunion show during an interview with GQ Magazine, saying "The endless paperwork was like nothing I've experienced before. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 2007: Led Zeppelin agreed to allow Apple to sell their music in Apple's iTunes Store, with the greatest hits collection Mothership as the marquee offering. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 2007: The song was used prominently in Cadillac automobile commercials—one of the few instances of Led Zeppelin's surviving members licensing songs. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • July 27, 2007: Atlantic/Rhino, & Warner Home Video announced three new Led Zeppelin titles to be released in November, 2007. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • July, 2007: Led Zeppelin II topped a poll conducted to find the favourite album of British politicians commemorating the London opening of a British library display. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • September 12, 2007: It was announced on 12 September 2007 by promoter Harvey Goldsmith in a press conference. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • September 16, 2007: 16 September 2007: The ballot deadline for Led Zeppelin's reunion concert has been extended due to demand. - Portal:Heavy metal/News/Archive, Wikipedia.
    • September 16, 2007: 16 September 2007: The ballot deadline for Led Zeppelin's reunion concert has been extended due to demand. - Portal:Heavy metal/News, Wikipedia.
    • September 16, 2007: 16 September 2007: The ballot deadline for Led Zeppelin's reunion concert has been extended due to demand. - Portal:Heavy metal, Wikipedia.
    • September 12, 2007: It was confirmed during a press conference by promoter Harvey Goldsmith that the surviving members of Led Zeppelin would reunite for the show, with Jason Bonham filling in on drums. - Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert, Wikipedia.
    • October 15, 2007: It was reported that Led Zeppelin were expected to announce a new series of agreements that make the band's songs available as legal digital downloads, first as ringtones through Verizon Wireless then as digital downloads of the band's eight studio albums and other recordings on 13 November. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • November 3, 2007: A UK newspaper the Daily Mirror announced that it had world exclusive rights to stream six previously unreleased tracks via its website. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • November 12, 2007: Mothership is a compilation album by English rock group Led Zeppelin, released by Atlantic Records and Rhino Entertainment on 12 November 2007 in the United Kingdom, and 13 November 2007 in the United States. - Mothership (album), Wikipedia.
    • November 8, 2007: XM Satellite Radio launched XM LED, the network's first artist-exclusive channel dedicated to Led Zeppelin. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • November 13, 2007: Led Zeppelin's complete works were published on iTunes. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • December 10, 2007: The surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited for a one-off benefit concert held in memory of music executive Ahmet Ertegün, with Jason Bonham taking up his late father's place on drums. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • December 10, 2007: He played with Led Zeppelin on the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, as well as their previous reunion at the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary show on 15 May 1988. - John Bonham, Wikipedia.
    • December 10, 2007: Jones played in the Led Zeppelin reunion show at London's O2 Arena on 10 December 2007 with the other remaining members of Led Zeppelin as part of a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun. - John Paul Jones (musician), Wikipedia.
    • December 10, 2007: Led Zeppelin reunited for a one-off show in a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun at the O2 Arena in London on December 10 2007. - Ahmet Ertegun, Wikipedia.
    • December 10, 2007: Wyman and his band appeared alongside a reunited Led Zeppelin at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at The O2 in London. - Bill Wyman, Wikipedia.
    • December, 2007: He slammed bands such as Led Zeppelin and The Police for charging their fans £100 for tickets to their live concerts. - Steve Kemp (musician), Wikipedia.
    • May 9, 2008: The ride officially opened with the park on 9 May 2008. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • 2008: In an interview promoting the release of the Mothership compilation in Tokyo early in 2008, Jimmy Page revealed that he was prepared to embark upon a world tour with Led Zeppelin, but due to Robert Plant's tour commitments with Alison Krauss, such plans will not be announced until at least September. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • January 7, 2009: MusicRadar reported that Jimmy Page's manager Robert Mensch said that the band had "tried out a few singers, but no one worked out, that was it. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • January, 2009: The park filed for Chapter 7. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • February, 2009: The park was sold to new owners FPI MB Entertainment, who planned to reopen by Memorial Day 2009. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.
    • October 28, 2009: It was reported by NME that Robert Plant had revealed that he is in talks with Michael Eavis to perform at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival in England. - Led Zeppelin, Wikipedia.






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