Category Archives: Led Zeppelin

Soundgarden, Alice In Chains & GNR Members To Honor Jimmy Page

According to Barrett Martin’s Facebook page, Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains, Kim Thayil from Soundgarden, Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses and himself will be performing at Seattle’s Experience Music Project to pay tribute to Led Zeppelin guitarist and rock n roll innovator Jimmy Page. Martin’s post reads:

The Seattle contingent is ready for the Jimmy Page Tribute on November 19th at EMP in Seattle. From left to right, Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses) on bass, Barrett Martin (Mad Season) on drums, Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) on guitar, and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) on guitar. I just gotta say, that was a whole lotta heavy in one room. 8 Led Zeppelin tunes from this particular group, and Barrett and Duff are the house rhythm section for the whole show. Zeppelin is the great church of rock & roll and Mr. Page is our high priest. We are honored to serve.

Martin and McKagan have particularly been involved a lot lately, doing multiple shows together as a rhythm section, including Mad Season reunions including one with Mike McCready and Chris Cornell earlier this year.

In our exclusive interview with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, he discussed the existence of certain unreleased Mad Season material:

I’m not sure what’s going to happen with the songs, they’re out there right now. We listen to them sometimes, but they may morph into something different that isn’t Mad Season, but we’re not sure yet. It depends on when we have the time, and the interest. We’ve been trying to do stuff with them, but hit a roadblock here and there, except for the Mark Lanegan stuff.

 

Kanye West & Eminem Reportedly Have A Larger Music Vocabulary Than Nirvana & The Beatles

Musixmatch, the world’s largest lyrics catalog recently put together a new, in-depth study regarding the largest vocabulary in all of music. Musixmatch analyzed data from 99 of the top selling musicians across 25 different genres to calculate the vocabulary size of those said musicians over the 100 (or less) of their lengthiest tracks.

The results were pretty remarkable as rappers make up four out of the top five. According to the study, Eminem, Tupac, Jay-Z and even Kanye West have a more extensive vocabulary within their songs then acts such as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elton John and even the Beatles. In fact, the only non-rapper to grace the top five? Bob Dylan.

Noteworthy placements: Metallica (29th), The Rolling Stones (30th), Green Day (37th), Led Zeppelin (62nd) The Beatles (76th), Nirvana (83rd), AC/DC (87th)

West and Eminem also bested non rock artists such as Country stars George Strait and Garth Brooks, who come in at 54th and 27nd respectively.  The two also topped pop stars like Madonna (24th) & her modern-era dobbleganger, Lady Gaga (43rd).

You can view the full study above an it should be noted that Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Def Leppard, Journey, The Beach Boys and The Doors from the original list of 99 musicians don’t grant permission to Musixmatch to use their lyrics. Therefore, they couldn’t be included in the analysis. The website would also like to remind readers that “This analysis should not be interpreted as saying that one musician is better than the other, it is just another insight into the work of these amazing artists. It gives us a peek into the minds of different songwriters, some tear your heart with just a few words while others paint an intricate picture with a thousand words

2014 In Rock & Metal: Timeline Of 200 Albums

The year of 2014 had many amazing alternative rock and metal releases. Below, you can find Alternative Nation’s 200 most notable LPs and EPs that came out during this past year in a timeline format. Each release is paired with its US release date. You can also check out reviews of the albums or interviews corresponding to a member of the band. Note that the list below is in chronological order and the position on the list does not indicate the quality of the album. Which albums did we miss? Which were your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

1. Foster the People – Supermodel – 1/14 (Columbia Records)

2. Sleeper Agent – About Last Night – 1/14 (RCA Records)
Click here for our interview with guitarist/vocalist Tony Smith

3. Supersuckers – Get the Hell – 1/14 (Acetate Music)
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4. Alcest – Shelter – 1/17 (Prophecy Productions)

5. Warpaint – Warpaint – 1/17 (Rough Trade Records)

6. Young the Giant – Mind Over Matter – 1/17 (Fueled by Ramen)

7. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything – 1/20 (Constellation Records)

8. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues – 1/21 (Total Treble Music, Xtra Mile Recordings)
Click here for our review of the album

9. Indian – From All Purity – 1/21 (Relapse Records)

10. Mogwai – Rave Tapes – 1/21 (Sub Pop, Rock Action Records)

11. Of Mice & Men – Restoring Force – 1/24 (Rise Records)

12. Sleepy Sun – Maui Tears – 1/28 (Dine Alone Records)

13. Behemoth – The Satanist – 2/3 (Nuclear Blast, Metal Blade Records, and more)

14. Duo de Twang – Four Foot Shack – 2/4 (ATO Records, Prawn Song Records)

15. ††† (Crosses) – ††† (Crosses) – 2/11 (Sumerian Records)
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16. Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors – 2/11 (Sargent House)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 13

17. Temples – Sun Structures – 2/11 (Heavenly Records)

18. Cynic – Kindly Bent to Free Us – 2/14 (Season of Mist)

19. The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams – 2/18 (Washington Square/Razor & Tie)

20. Nowadays – Cut Out – 2/20 (self-released)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 26

21. Beck – Morning Phase – 2/21 (Capitol Records)
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22. Truckfighters – Universe – 2/21 (Fuzzorama Records)

23. St. Vincent – St. Vincent – 2/24 (Loma Vista Recordings, Republic Records)

24. Carnifex – Die Without Hope – 3/4 (Nuclear Blast)

25. 311 – Stereolithic – 3/11 (311 Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Nick Hexum

26. Kyng – Burn the Serum – 3/11 (Razor & Tie)

27. The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell – 3/12 (Razor & Tie)

28. Black Lips – Underneath the Rainbow – 3/17 (Vice Records)

29. Gus G – I Am The Fire – 3/18 (Century Media Records)
Click here for our interview with guitarist Gus G

30. Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch – 3/18 (Relapse Records)

31. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream – 3/18 (Secretly Canadian)

32. Animals as Leaders – The Joy of Motion – 3/24 (Sumerian Records)

33. Wolfmother – New Crown – 3/24 (self-released)

34. Bigelf – Into the Maelstrom – 4/1 (InsideOut Records)

35. Chevelle – La Gárgola – 4/1 (Epic Records)

36. Lesser Key – Lesser Key – 4/1 (Sumerian Records)
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37. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days – 4/1 (Captured Tracks)
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38. Foxy Shazam – Gonzo – 4/2 (self-released)
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39. OFF! – Wasted Years – 4/7 (Vice Records)
Click here for our interview with vocalist Keith Morris

40. Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican – 4/8 (Entertainment One, Mascot Records)

41. John Frusciante – Enclosure – 4/8 (Record Collection)
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42. The Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast – 4/15 (Sub Pop Records)

43. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata – 4/15 (Prowling Death Records, Century Media Records)

44. Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden – 4/19 (Profound Lore Records)

45. Pixies – Indie Cindy – 4/19 (Pixiesmusic, PIAS Recordings)
Click here for our interview with guitarist Joey Santiago
Click here for our interview with former bassist Kim Shattuck
Click here for our interview with drummer David Lovering

46. Prong – Ruining Lives – 4/23 (Steamhammer/SPV)

47. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots – 4/25 (Parlophone, Warner Bros. Records, XL Recordings)

48. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun – 4/27 (Chimera Music)

49. Framing Hanley – The Sum of Who We Are – 4/29 (Imagen Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Kenneth Nixon

50. Fu Manchu – Gigantoid – 4/29 (At the Dojo Records)

51. Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun – 4/29 (Century Media Records)

52. Miss May I – Rise of the Lion – 4/29 (Rise Records)
Click here for our interview with bassist Ryan Neff

53. Whitechapel – Our Endless War – 4/29 (Metal Blade Records)

54. Ben & Ellen Harper – Childhood Home – 5/6 (Prestige Folklore)

55. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed – 5/9 (Nuclear Blast)

56. Soda Pants – Soda Pants – 5/9 (self-released)

57. The Black Keys – Turn Blue – 5/12 (Nonesuch Records)

58. Agalloch – The Serpent & the Sphere – 5/13 (Profound Lore Records)

59. Avatar – Hail the Apocalypse – 5/13 (Entertainment One)
Click here for our interview with frontman Johannes Eckerström

60. Down – Down IV, Part II – 5/13 (Down Records, Independent Label Group)

61. Mushroomhead – The Righteous & the Butterfly – 5/13 (Megaforce Records)
Click here for our interview with vocalist J-Mann

62. Nothing More – Nothing More – 5/13 (Eleven Seven Music)

63. Swans – To Be Kind – 5/13 (Young God Records, Mute Records)

64. Casualties of Cool – Casualties of Cool – 5/16 (HevyDevy Records)

65. The Burning of Rome – Year of the Ox – 5/19 (Surfdog Records)
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66. Charming Liars – We Won’t Give Up – 5/19 (Chart Maker Inc.)
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Click here here for our interview with frontman Charlie Cosser

67. Crowbar – Symmetry in Black – 5/26 (Century Media Records, Entertainment One)
Click here for our interview with frontman Kirk Windstein

68. Eyehategod – Eyehategod – 5/26 (Housecore Records, Century Media Records)

69. Wolf Alice – Creature Songs – 5/26 (Dirty Hit Records)

70. Misery Index – The Killing Gods – 5/27 (Season of Mist)

71. The Everyday Losers – Revel in the Chaos – 5/28 (self-released)

72. Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin – 6/3 (Merge Records)
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73. King Buzzo – This Machine Kills Artists – 6/3 (Ipecac Recordings)
Click here for our interview with Buzz Osbourne

74. Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie – 6/6 (Earache Records)

75. Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite – 6/10 (Metal Blade Records)

76. Anathema – Distant Satellites – 6/10 (Kscope)

77. Arch Enemy – War Eternal – 6/10 (Century Media Records)

78. The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer – 6/10 (Profound Lore Records)

79. Bleachers – Strange Desire – 6/10 (RCA Records)

80. Body Count – Manslaughter – 6/10 (Sumerian Records)

81. Hellyeah – Blood for Blood – 6/10 (Eleven Seven Music)

82. Jack White – Lazaretto – 6/10 (Third Man Records, XL Recordings, Columbia Records)
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83. Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare – 6/10 (Season of Mist)
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84. Say Anything – Hebrews – 6/10 (Equal Vision Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Max Bemis

85. Tombs – Savage Gold – 6/10 (Relapse Records)

86. Vader – Tibi Et Igni – 6/10 (Nuclear Blast)

87. Wretched – Cannibal – 6/10 (Victory Records)

88. Linkin Park – The Hunting Party – 6/13 (Warner Bros. Records, Machine Shop Recordings)
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89. Nape – Read My Mind – 6/13 (Setalight Records)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 17

90. A Bad Think – Sleep – 6/17 (Windmark Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Michael Marquart

91. Septicflesh – Titan – 6/23 (Season of Mist, Prosthetic Records, Ward Records)

92. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun – 6/24 (Reprise Records)

93. Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown – 6/27 (Epitaph Records)

94. Seether – Isolate and Medicate – 7/1 (The Bicycle Music Company, Concord Music Group)
Click here for our interview with frontman Shaun Morgan

95. Those Mockingbirds – Penny the Dreadful – 7/1 (self-released)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 4

96. Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless – 7/8 (Metal Blade Records)

97. Islander – Violence & Destruction – 7/8 (Victory Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Mikey Carvajal

98. Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls – 7/8 (Epic Records, Columbia Records)

99. Marco Minnemann – EEPS – 7/9 (Lazy Bones Recordings)
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Click here for our interview with Marco Minnemann

100. Rise Against – The Black Market – 7/15 (Interscope Records, DGC Records)

101. Weird Al – Mandatory Fun – 7/15 (RCA Records)

102. Dog Fashion Disco – Sweet Nothings – 7/22 (Rotten Records)

103. Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails – 7/22 (Unique Leader Records)

104. Overkill – White Devil Armory – 7/22 (Entertainment One, Nuclear Blast)

105. Theory of a Deadman – Savages – 7/25 (Roadrunner Records, 604 Records)

106. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye – 7/25 (Reprise Records)

107. Mark Lanegan – No Bells on Sunday – 7/29 (Flooded Soil Records, Vagrant Records)
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108. Wovenwar – Wovenwar – 8/1 (Metal Blade Records)

109. Godsmack – 1000hp – 8/5 (Universal Records, Republic Records, Spinefarm Records)
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Click here for our interview with drummer Shannon Larkin

110. John Garcia – John Garcia – 8/5 (Napalm Records)

111. Spoon – They Want My Soul – 8/5 (Loma Vista Recordings)

112. Tuatara – Underworld8/5 (Sunyata Records)
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Click here for our interview with Barrett Martin

113. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World – 8/9 (Last Gang Records, Warner Bros. Records)

114. The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt – 8/12 (Island Records)

115. Nonpoint – The Return – 8/12 (Razor & Tie, Metal Blade Records)

116. Upon a Burning Body – The World Is My Enemy Now – 8/12 (Sumerian Records)

117. He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit – 8/15 (Tragic Hero Records)

118. Accept – Blind Rage – 8/19 (Nuclear Blast)

119. King 810 – Memoirs of a Murderer – 8/19 (Roadrunner Records)

120. Arctic Sleep – Passage of Gaia – 8/21 (self-released)
Click here to view this band on Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 23

121. Royal Blood – Royal Blood – 8/22 (Warner Bros. Records)

122. Opeth – Pale Communion – 8/25 (Roadrunner Records)

123. Ty Segall – Manipulator – 8/25 (Drag City)
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124. Wand – Ganglion Reef – 8/26 (Drag City)
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125. Infinika – Echoes and Traces – 9/1 (TogethermenT)
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126. Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland – 9/2 (Capitol Records)

127. Earth – Primitive and Deadly – 9/2 (Southern Lord Records)

128. Incite – Up in Hell – 9/2 (Minus Head Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Richie Cavalera

129. YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend – 9/2 (Neurot Recordings)

130. Robert Plant – Lullaby and The Ceaseleass Roar – 9/5 (Nonesuch Records, Warner Bros. Records)

131. Interpol – El Pintor – 9/9 (Matador Records, Soft Limit)

132. Tony Levin – Levin Brothers – 9/9 (Lazy Bones Recordings)
Click here to view our interview with Tony Levin

133. U2 – Songs of Innocence – 9/9 (Island Records, Interscope Records)

134. Nick Olivieri – Leave Me Alone – 9/12 (Schnitzel Records)

135. Philm – Fire From the Evening Sun – 9/12 (UDR Music)

136. Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain – 9/16 (Metal Blade Records, Howling Bull)

137. The Contortionist – Language – 9/16 (Entertainment One, Good Fight Music)

138. Flyleaf – Between the Stars – 9/16 (Loud & Proud Records)
Click here for our interview with bassist Pat Seals

139. Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will – 9/16 (Relapse Records)

140. Shellac – Dude Incredible – 9/16 (Touch and Go Records)

141. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators- World on Fire – 9/16 (Dik Hayd International)

142. Trapt – The Acoustic Collection – 9/19 (Crash Collide Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Chris Taylor Brown

143. alt-J – This Is All Yours – 9/22 (Infectious Records)

144. Decapitated – Blood Mantra – 9/22 (Nuclear Blast, Mystic Production)

145. Charm City Devils – Battles – 9/23 (The End Records)
Click here to view this artist on Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 20

146. The Growlers – Chinese Fountain – 9/23 (Everloving Records)

147. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – Tyranny – 9/23 (Cult Records)

148. Yumi and the System – Wonders of Origin – 9/23 (self-released)
Click here to view this artist in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 24

149. 1349 – Massive Cauldron of Chaos – 9/30 (Season of Mist)

150. Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars – 9/30 (Entertainment One)

151. Davenport Cabinet – Damned Renegades – 9/30 (Equal Vision Records)

152. Electric Wizard – Time to Die – 9/30 (Spinefarm Records)

153. Sick of it All – The Last Act of Defiance – 9/30 (Century Media Records)

154. Scar Symmetry – The Singularity, Phase 1: Neohumanity – 10/3 (Nuclear Blast)

155. Godflesh – A World Lit Only by Fire – 10/7 (Avalanche Recordings)

156. The Picturebooks – Imaginary Horse – 10/7 (RidingEasy Records)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 22

157. Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End – 10/7 (Republic Records)
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158. Exodus – Blood In, Blood Out – 10/14 (Nuclear Blast)

159. Grinder Blues – Grinder Blues – 10/14 (Megaforce Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman dUg Pinnick

160. KMFDM – Our Time Will Come – 10/14 (Metropolis Records)

161. Melvins – Hold It In – 10/14 (Ipecac Recordings)
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Click here for our interview with frontman Buzz Osbourne

162. Revocation – Deathless – 10/14 (Metal Blade Records)

163. Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died – 10/14 (Century Media Records)

164. Justin Symbol –  V Ω I D H E A D – 10/15 (self-released)
Click here for our interview with frontman Justin Symbol

165. Polanski – Between This and Hate – 10/15 (self-released)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 24

166. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter – 10/17 (Roadrunner Records)
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167. Sunn O))) and Scott Walker – Soused – 10/20 (4AD)

168. Thurston Moore – The Best Day – 10/20 (Matador Records)

169. Bush – Man on the Run – 10/21 (Zuma Rock Records)

170. Mark Lanegan – Phantom Radio – 10/21 (Vagrant Records)
Click here for our interview with Mark Lanegan

171. Pitch Black Forecast – As the World Burns – 10/21 (Ferocious Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Jason Popson

172. Primus – Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble – 10/21 (ATO Records, Prawn Song Records)

173. Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum – 10/24 (Metal Blade Records)

174. Pianos Become the Teeth – Keep You – 10/24 (Epitaph Records)

175. At the Gates – At War with Reality – 10/27 (Century Media Records)

176. Black Map – And We Explode… – 10/27 (Minus Head Records)
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177. Crobot – Something Supernatural – 10/27 (Wind-up Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Brandon Yeagley

178. Devin Townsend Project – 10/27 (HevyDevy Records)
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179. Unearth – Watchers of Rule – 10/27 (Entertainment One, Century Media Records, and more)

180. Live – The Turn – 10/28 (Think Loud Recordings)
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181. Obituary – Inked in Blood – 10/28 (Gibtown Music, Relapse Records)

182. Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds – 11/7 (Nuclear Blast)

183. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways – 11/10 (Roswell Records, RCA Records)
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184. Haken – Restoration – 11/10 – (Inside Out Music)

185. Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel – 11/10 (Season of Mist)

186. Pink Floyd – The Endless River – 11/10 (Parlophone, Columbia Records)

187. Job for a Cowboy – Sun Eater – 11/11 (Metal Blade Records)

188. Emigrate – Silent So Long – 11/14 (Vertigo Records)

189. Alain Johannes – Fragments and Wholes, Vol. 1 – 11/17 (self-released)

190. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral – 11/17 (Peaceville Records)

191. In This Moment – Black Widow – 11/17 (Atlantic Records)

192. TV on the Radio – Seeds – 11/17 (Harvest Records)

193. Crash Midnight – Lost in the City – 11/18 (Bronx Bridge Entertainment Inc.)
Click here for our interview with vocalist Shaun Soho

194. Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen – 11/21 (Metal Blade Records)

195. Soundgarden – Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path – 11/24 (A&M Records)

197. The Amsterdam Red Light District – Gone For A While – 11/26 (Red Light Records)
Click here for our interview with guitarist Maxine Comby

198. AC/DC – Rock or Bust – 11/28 (Columbia Records)

199. Angels & Airwaves – The Dream Walker – 12/9 (To the Stars Records)

200. Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy – 12/9 (Martha’s Music)
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Jimmy Page Reveals Why Led Zeppelin Disbanded After John Bonham’s Death

In an interview with Rolling Stone, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page revealed why the band broke up in 1980 after the death of John Bonham at age 32 and haven’t regrouped for more than one-off performances.

According to Page, “Led Zeppelin wasn’t a corporate entity. Led Zeppelin was an affair of the heart. Each of the members was important to the sum total of what we were. I like to think that if it had been me that wasn’t there, the others would have made the same decision. And what were we going to do? Create a role for somebody, say, ‘You have to do this, this way?’ That wouldn’t be honest.”

“There were attempts at reunion that didn’t work — trying to push it together in a hurry. That’s why the reunion show had to be done with such intent — rehearsing as much as we could so [Jason, John’s son] felt he was part of the band as opposed to a novelty. He was filling big shoes, and we needed all of that.”

The band had one-off reunion performances in 1985, 1988, 1995, and 2007. When frontman Robert Plant opted out of a full fledge reunion tour with Jason Bonham in 2009, Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and Bonham were reportedly courting Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy alongside other vocalists like Steven Tyler.

“It wasn’t just Robert going, ‘I don’t want to do it,’ there were other things going on. He told me, ‘It doesn’t matter how great you are on the drums, Jason. I love you to bits, and you play absolutely amazing. But John was the drummer in Led Zeppelin, and John was part of me and Jimmy and John Paul. We shared something very, very special. I struggle sometimes just thinking about trying to create some magic again when he’s not there. He was a very, very dear friend of mine, that I miss every day.'”