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.
…and Led Zeppelin said yes, and let us use the music which was incredible! To go to England and show [Almost Famous] to Led Zeppelin with the editor and sit in a small room on the ONE day that Jimmy and Robert spent together going over Zeppelin business. And we’re in the back row, the five of us, and every time the two heads of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant would come together and talk about something, we’d go ‘What are they talking about, what are they talking about?!?’ And when it was over, they were, [pauses] kind of emotional and Robert Plant said, ‘I have a bottle of quaaludes I’ve been saving since 1969 and I’m going to take one tonight!’ And then we went across the street and talked about the music and Jimmy Page says, ‘I would like one of our acoustic songs, one more of our acoustic songs in there and I’ll let you have it for free, just find a place for it.’ And I was like, damn!, you’re supposed to be the people that say no music for ANYone. And so they said, ‘the movie’s coming from the right place, and how great is Jeff Buckley!’, and they just started talking about Jeff Buckley. Page and Plant, like fans. Exactly what we’re talking about, like the way you wanna hear musicians you love talking about the musicians they love.