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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin!  Even though they were visiting the Late Show just to talk, not to play, the ghost of my 17 year old self was excited.  Because after all, Led Zep Rules.

So.  Here they are.

Robert Plant:

Robert Plant is not in this picture.  I reflexively snapped a couple photos when I heard fans call "Robert!  Robert!"  However, he had exited the theater via another door.  He dashed into his SUV before I could spot him.

Robert Plant's SUV driving away.  A fan yelled, "Thank you, Robert!"  Perhaps the guy was referencing a favorite Zeppelin song, "Thank You," side one track four on 1969's "Led Zeppelin II," but there's a strong possibility the guy was being sarcastic.

John Paul Jones:

Led Zeppelin's bass player and keyboardist exited through the expected doorway, allowing paparazzi to get some "Jonesy" photos.  

However, this fan hoping for an autograph on his copy of "Led Zeppelin II" was disappointed.  It's perhaps worth noting that in addition to "Thank You," "Led Zeppelin II" also includes the classic "Heartbreaker."

Jimmy Page:

The legendary guitarist, his white hair pulled back in a ponytail, emerges from the stage door.

The "Led Zeppelin II" album guy is joined by an equally hopeful "Physical Graffiti" album owner.  It's perhaps worth noting that the "Physical Graffiti" album includes "Ten Years Gone" and "Trampled Underfoot." 

The fans must have realized that autographs were a long shot.  It's Led Zeppelin, dammit, and when you're Led Zeppelin, you have to "Ramble On" and go "Over The Hills and Far Away" ...oh, forget it. 

One more Jimmy Page photo, because we can't assume he'll ever come back to the Late Show.

For Presidents Day, I may recycle this one as a CelebriGum simulation of George Washington.

And finally, John Bonham:

Mr. Bonham, Led Zeppelin's drummer, passed away in 1980.  To be honest, I had very little in the way of expectations here.

Go home, fellas.  It's all over.  John Bonham is not coming out.  

So there's your Led Zeppelin, still turning out the fans decades later.  Friday's musical guest is the British boy band One Direction.  Will fans still be clamoring for their autographs forty years from now?

All I can predict about the year 2052 is that the gum will probably still be on the ledge.


  1. The Toast in the MachineDecember 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Since Led Zeppelin graced the show with their presence last night, I think it's fitting that there is an L.Z. album entitled simply "Presence." How cool is that? That particular album features a MONSTER masterpiece which remains, to this day, my favorite Zeppelin song: "Achilles Last Stand." It's 10 solid minutes of sheer percussive genius, thanks to the unbelievable drumming of John Bonham. Couple that drumming with the aural illusion of Page's guitar work, which makes it seem as though the song is lurching ever higher, layering endlessly on top of itself, toward some unknown summit that we hope we never aceive, and you have a work of incomparable genius. THOSE DRUMS! How does he do that? If you've never heard this masterpiece, or if you've somehow forgotten about it, do yourself a favor. Copy and paste this YouTube link into your browser and prepare to be amazed:

    1. The Toast in the MachineDecember 4, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      aceive? achieve*

    2. "Achilles Last Stand" is awesome! I got into Zep in high school, circa '95. My first two albums I got were Physical Graffiti and Presence. Then I got CODA, Houses of the Holy, and In Through the Out Door. I became a quick fan of theirs.

    3. The Toast in the MachineDecember 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      I know I have to be at least 20 years older than you, Foxman (you weren't even born the first time I heard that song), but this is a fine example of why we're such good friends... :)

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    1. The Toast in the MachineDecember 5, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      Anything worth saying is worth saying twice! :)

  3. I was kind of hoping to see the ghost of your 17-year-old self in a picture with the gum, and those two guys trying to get your autograph.

  4. The Toast in the MachineDecember 5, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Jason, I don't know about Steve, but I'm sure glad there's no photographic "evidence" of me and MY activities at 17 (even though the statute of limitations has run out on ALL that stuff...I hope). :(

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