Led Zeppelin are an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consists of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.
After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that afforded them considerable artistic freedom. Although the group was initially unpopular with critics, they achieved significant commercial success with albums such as Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), Led Zeppelin IV (1971), and Houses of the Holy (1973).
Led Zeppelin are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history.
Richie Finestra's driver, Leo, picks him up at the airport with news that there's an emergency with Led Zeppelin that Richie needs to attend to. Backstage at Madison Square Garden, Richie sees the band's manager, Peter Grant, arguing with the concert promoter for allowing the sale of unlicensed Zeppelin merchandise, so he instead approaches Robert Plant and attempts to smooth things over. Apparently the band agreed to a 20 percent royalty rate, but discovered that Richie's associates over at American Century Records attempted to it cut in half without their knowledge. Richie claims to have no awareness of this and informs them that other bands in the label (Jethro Tull, Edgar Winter Group, Black Oak Arkansas) all have 20 percent and reminds them that they're "Michelangelo". Richie promises to make things right, but Robert dismisses him and leaves to perform. Still backstage, Richie witnesses the band perform "Somethin' Else" and "You Shook Me" while let's out a single tear, reminding him that his passion for music is dead and is nothing more but a sell out.
Back in the car, Richie calls Scott Leavitt, the label's lawyer, and berates him for messing up the deal. He orders Scott to fix the situation with Grant.
Songs featured on Vinyl (HBO) Edit
- Somethin' Else (1969) - Led Zeppelin
- You Shook Me (1969) - Led Zeppelin