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March Through Time: Led Zeppelin

When I was a kid, I didn’t “get” Led Zeppelin. In those days, they were so ubiquitous on the radio that there was no reason, I believed, to buy their records even if you did like ‘em. It wasn’t until the release of In Through the Out Door that I was won over. And it

Unmarked Exit: Led Zeppelin’s ‘In Through the Out Door’ at 40 (Part Two)

Continued from Side One… Nothing heard on the first side of In Though the Out Door prepares listeners for what they hear after they flip the record over and drop the needle on Side Two. As the 1970s drew to a close, many of rock’s more guitar-centric acts were struggling with finding ways to incorporate

Unmarked Exit: Led Zeppelin’s ‘In Through the Out Door’ at 40 (Part One)

Led Zeppelin’s seventh studio album, Presence, was released at the end of March 1976. In contrast with the near-unanimous critical acclaim that greeted the band’s previous release, 1975’s double-LP Physical Graffiti, Presence received a relatively tepid reception. The keyboard experimentation that the band had employed so successfully on the previous few albums was absent, and

Greta Van Fleet: The Sound Remains the Same

Greta Van Fleet can’t seem to catch a break. The young foursome from the faux-Bavarian town of Frankenmuth, Michigan, has sustained criticism for copping its sound from 1970s rock giants Led Zeppelin. The group’s debut track, “Highway Tune” is characterized by Josh Kiszka’s Robert Plant doppelganger wail and Jacob Kiszka’s Jimmy Page-style guitar licks; the

Album Mini-review: Led Zeppelin — In Through the Out Door

File Next to: Thin Lizzy, Bad Company, Van Halen At the time of its original release, In Through the Out Door was problematic for some longtime Zep fans; it featured more keyboards – synthesizers, even! – than was typical of a Zep LP, and guitarist Jimmy Page‘s involvement seemed muted. That perception was quite accurate:

Backstage with Led Zeppelin 2: The Songs Remain Quite Similar

Recently, I traveled to Charlotte NC to take in a concert that I considered a double bill: tribute bands Led Zeppelin 2 and The Australian Pink Floyd Show. Both put on superb shows that brought the amphitheater crowd to its feet. Before the show started, I enjoyed a few minutes backstage in conversation with Led

Preview: Led Zeppelin 2

I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. My dad was transferred there in February 1972 when I was in grade school, and I lived in and around Atlanta until 2000. Although the American south has never really been a major concert destination for rock acts, Atlanta was – even then – big enough

Book Review: Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin

It’s often unfortunate when a writer with an axe to grind pens the history of one of music’s great historical figures. It borders on tragic when such a work – often with its own very narrow point of view – slips into popular consciousness as something approaching a definitive history. It happened with Albert Goldman‘s