Writing lyrics is all a melange, it’s a soup. I was really impressed with how American artists and musicians were able to comment on their environment. Especially with Vietnam and it wasn’t that much longer after the riots of ‘68. Everyone that was part of this thing was holding the flame to create awareness, trying to contribute, be part of the movement. That was my whole deal and still is really.
Cut Led Zeppelin’s set in half and you’ve still got twice as much as what anybody else was delivering, not just in length but in terms of undeniable fuck-me power.
It’s the drum intro of the Gods. You could play it anywhere and people would know it’s John Bonham. I never had the chance to tell dad how amazing he was – he was just dad.
I think that Led Zeppelin was bold and brave and chaotic and honest- in a very loose framework, it was honest- and it took risks and chances which are no longer possible if you start a band from scratch today. Musically, it captured all the elements of the kind of wondrous music that we’d all been exposed to. What we did was, we were able to translate and kick on. It’s like we were a filter for all the good things, we filtered it, and begged and borrowed and stole and we made something that was particularly original, by which a lot of other music has been measured.
Robert Plant (to audience): You don’t know how difficult it is to tune a guitar in front of thousands of screaming people.
Jimmy Page (to Plant): You don’t, either.
There will be a Led Zeppelin as long as there’s a Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant. This isn’t a nostalgia band playing the hits forever. If anything ever happened and somebody left – which I really can’t see happening – I don’t think we’d bother to carry on. The magic for me is as it is now.
The sex god, with the glory-the halo around his head, you know, the hair; and you had, if I may say so, the son of the devil on guitar.
It was just young blokes having a laugh. The band had this belief about them then that they were untouchable — as we all do. It was all to do with testosterone and, believe me, Robert had more of it than anybody I’ve ever known.