LED ZEPPELIN Played Their Last UK Concert 40 Years Ago In KNEBWORTH…

11 August 2019

This day 40 years ago, on 11 August 1979, heavy rock icons LED ZEPPELIN played their final concert (in the original line-up) on the grounds of Knebworth House near the village of Knebworth in the north of Hertfordshire, England . This was the second of two massive shows (the first a week earlier). The band had not played live for two years since the death of frontman Robert Plant‘s son during the band’s 1977 North American tour, and they had not performed in Great-Britain for four years. More than 150.000 people attended
the historic event.

Here are three highlights…




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Knockouts from the past

20 May 2019

Today 50 years ago, on 20 May 1969, rock icons LED ZEPPELIN started recording HEARTBREAKER. A rambling corker of their second album Led Zeppelin II released
in October 1969. It was the opening track of the 2nd side of the LP and features a truly special guitar riff by Jimmy Page described years later by virtuoso producer Rick Rubin
as “one of the greatest riffs in rock. It starts, and it’s like they don’t really know where the “one” is. Magical in its awkwardness.”

Although their no singles policy this cracker, like other ones before and after got a single release in other countries than their native one. The single sleeve (on top) and pic of the
7″ vinyl (below) is from an Italian pressing.

Now, let’s rock…

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LED ZEPPELIN – 16 April 1970 – ‘A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’ Goes Gold…

Knockouts from the past

16 April 2019

The classic LED ZEPPELIN track ‘WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’, released as a single almost everywhere in the world, except in the UK was certified Gold in the US on 16 April 1970, 49 years ago today after selling over one million copies. The band’s record label Atlantic Records also wanted to launch this gigantic rocker in the UK as a single and had pressed initial copies for release on 5th December 1969. But giant (literally) band manager Peter Grant refused categorically. He wanted no exception regarding Zep’s no-singles policy for the British market (the reason for this strategy was to maximize album sales).

Anyway, here’s that towering ripsnorter with its king-sized riff…


LED ZEPPELIN Released Their Self-Titled Debut Longplayer 50 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

11 January 2019


Album: Self-titled debut also known as ‘Led Zeppelin 1

Released: 12 January 1969 – 50 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Led Zeppelin had a fully formed, distinctive sound from the outset, as
their eponymous debut illustrates. Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix,
Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme, Zeppelin created a majestic, powerful brand of guitar rock constructed around simple, memorable riffs and lumbering rhythms. But the key to the group’s attack was subtlety: it wasn’t just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos. As Led Zeppelin proves, the group was capable of such multi-layered music from the start. Although the extended psychedelic blues of ‘Dazed and Confused’, ‘You Shook Me’ and ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ often gather the most attention, the remainder of the album is a better indication of what would come later. ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ shifts from folky verses to pummeling choruses, ‘Good Times Bad Times’ and ‘How Many More Times’ have groovy, bluesy shuffles. ‘Your Time Is Gonna Come’ is an anthemic hard rocker. ‘Black Mountain Side’ is pure English folk and ‘Communication Breakdown’ is a frenzied rocker with a nearly punkish attack. Although the album isn’t as varied as some of their later efforts, it nevertheless marked a significant turning point in the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal
.” – Score: 5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: all Led Zep members were blues fan before they met. When Jimmy Page formed the band the foursome turned up the heat and the decibels and used elements of the original genre to create their own sonic vision of heavy blues rock. They were probably the most (in)famous, most legendary and most sexy band, on and off stage, of their loud generation.

Album in full..

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Happy 75 To JIMMY PAGE…

9 January 2019

James Patrick Page was born 75 years ago today – on 9 January 1944 – in Heston, Middlesex, England. He started his career as a successful session guitarist, then played with The Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968 and formed afterward LED ZEPPELIN, one of the most famous and influential rock bands of all time. The band broke up after the death
of their mammoth drummer John Bonham who passed away on 25 September 1980, only 32. Rolling Stone Magazine once described Jimmy Page as the pontiff of power riffing and ranked him number three in their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, behind two other legends Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Let’s celebrate the icon’s 75 birthday with one of his dirtiest riffs ever. Here we go…

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(photo JP on top: FB Jimmy Page)

When Heavy Legendary Rockers LED ZEPPELIN Hit SOMETHIN’ ELSE…

10 December 2018

British hard rockin’ legends LED ZEPPELIN knew all the classics back then. They not only covered some of them live and on record but used others’ work, mainly songs from black blues artists, as a (sometimes literal) inspiration. But before starting an endless plagiarism debate, let’s hear/watch their thunderous 1970 live rendition at London‘s Royal Albert Hall of Eddie Cochran‘s 1959 firecracker SOMETHIN’ ELSE

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YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1975 …

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Longplayers per year/per week. Let’s start with the star-studded year of 1975

Here’s the 25 KILLER TRACKS selection…

Here are 3 TOP ALBUMS

‘Physical Graffiti’ by LED ZEPPELIN

Stream here

‘Blood On The Tracks’ by BOB DYLAN

Stream here

‘Horses’ by PATTI SMITH

Stream here


See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Happy 70 To ROBERT PLANT – Once Blonde God Frontman And Extraordinary Vox Of Legendary Rock Icons LED ZEPPELIN…

20 August 2018

ROBERT ANTHONY PLANT was born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England on
20 August 1948, seventy years ago. Blessed with an overwhelming blues rock vox
and an awe-inspiring talent for epic songwriting he formed – in 1968 – with Jimmy
Page, John Paul Jones
and John Bonham one of the most famous, hard rockin’ and inspirational rock band ever in musical history. The fact that he looked like a young
blond God added to the iconic band’s worldwide fanatic following. Led Zep called it
a day after the death of drummer Bonham in 1980. Plant started an impressive solo
career and collaborated with countless other artists. His newest album Catch Fire was released last year. To celebrate the 70th birthday of this outstanding artist/performer
Turn Up The Volume‘s three selected first-rate knockout moments…

WHOLE LOTTA LOVE played at their legendary 1979 Knebworth concert…

Striking live KASHMIR performance

Plant‘s goosebumps cover of Tim Buckley‘s ‘SONG TO THE SIREN‘ (2002)

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LED ZEPPELIN Recorded Their Steamrollin’ Classic ‘WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’ 49 Years Ago – Most Devilish Macho Rock Riff Ever…

When timeless in sound and vision it’s a…


24 June 2018


With monumental classic WHOLE LOTTA LOVE, searingly rockin legends LED ZEPPELIN, hammers of the Gods, scored the most devilish rock riff ever in Turn Up The Volume‘s noisy book. Guitar hero Jimmy Page‘s massive opening chords blew me away the very first time I heard their crushing steamroller and it still does transport me to a wild state of mind when it strikes my hungry ears. The monstrous track was recorded 49 years ago today, on 24 June 1969. Here’s the nastiest, filthiest, sexiest and most devilish macho rock intro ever. Hell Zep Yeah!…

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Hammering Gods