Preview: Music to Your Ears – Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy

In the early to mid 1970s, Led Zeppelin reigned supreme in the world of rock. Rising from the ashes of seminal ‘60s band the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin drew upon classic American blues for its sound, but added levels of power, sophistication, nuance and (sometimes) malevolence to create something remarkable and new. Every one of their studio albums – eight released between 1969 and 1979 – went multi-platinum, often many times over. Led Zeppelin concert tours were emblematic of the era, with the band playing to packed arenas across the globe. The excess of that era was on full display: the group traveled in its own branded jet, and tales of backstage and hotel room mayhem were legion.

But at the center of it all was the music. And While most all of Led Zeppelin’s music enjoys critical acclaim commensurate with its commercial appeal, the band was arguably at the pinnacle of its creativity on 1973’s Houses of the Holy. The music effectively melded the subtlety and grace of Jimmy Page’s acoustic guitar with the crushing roar of his electric work, and it all worked closely with Robert Plant’s distinctive vocals, John Paul Jones’ underrated bass and keyboard playing, and the thunderous, commanding percussion of John Bonham.

Houses of the Holy features several hit album tracks including “No Quarter,” “The Rain Song, “D’yer Maker” and “Over the Hills and Far Away.” And the record holds together as a cohesive, complete work as well. We’ll chat about the background, creation and legacy of key tracks, dig into some of the lesser-known gems on the LP, and maybe even listen to some unreleased music from the period.

The October 4 event at Asheville Guitar Bar will feature a discussion of Houses of the Holy, led by author, speaker and music journalist Bill Kopp (that’s me), joined by special guest Christopher Everett, lead guitarist with Hustle Souls. The Music to Your Ears series is sponsored by AshevilleFM. Don’t miss this special opportunity to convene with your fellow rock fans for this interactive evening.

WHAT: Music to Your Ears Discussion Series: Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy
Discussion led by music journalist/author Bill Kopp with special guest Chris Everett
Asheville Guitar Bar, 122 Riverside Dr., Suite D, Asheville
Wednesday Oct. 4 @ 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30) $10 at the door / SEATING IS LIMITED