Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song

Behind The Lyrics: Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”

Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” is unmistakable with its chugging guitar and Robert Plant’s wails.

It’s easy to get lost in the sonic qualities of the band’s staple song, but a deeper dive reveals there is a ton of references to Norse mythology.

“Immigrant Song” came about when Led Zeppelin was touring Iceland, Bath and Germany in 1970. While the band was in Reykjavik, Iceland on the opening tour stop in 1970, Plant was hit with the inspiration for lyrics.

He said:

“We weren’t being pompous … We did come from the land of the ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik and the day before we arrived all the civil servants went on strike and the gig was going to be cancelled. The university prepared a concert hall for us and it was phenomenal. The response from the kids was remarkable and we had a great time. ‘Immigrant Song’ was about that trip and it was the opening track on the album that was intended to be incredibly different.”

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Jimmy Page

Did You Know Jimmy Page Played Guitar On This #1 Pop Hit?

Jimmy Page‘s best work comes from his time in Led Zeppelin, but did you know he was an accomplished session guitar player before he made it with Zep?

One such song is the #1 hit “Downtown” by Petula Clark, which hit the top of the charts this week in 1965.

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In an interview with The Guardian, Clark said she heard the melody to the song, and told producer Tony Hatch “If you can write a lyric as good as that melody, I’d love to sing it.”

Two weeks later, Clark was walking into a London studio with 40 musicians, including guitarist Jimmy Page. While the orchestra was running through their parts, Hatch was in the bathroom finishing the lyrics.

It’s regarded as a sunny title, but Clark says that wasn’t the intention.

“People generally think of it as a jolly song, but it isn’t. When I sing it, I picture this person who’s alone in their room, lonely, feeling a bit worthless, close to a depression – then getting up and going out on the street to be among other people who are perhaps feeling the same way. I have had those moments myself.”

Revisit the classic and see if you can spot Page’s contributions below (Hint: his signature guitar is easiest to spot in the middle verses!)

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The Top 10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Jack-O’-Lanterns

There’s no better holiday to show your love for music than Halloween.

Whether you want to dress up as your favourite artist for a party, or throw a holiday bash with a spooky playlist, there are plenty of options to prove your musical devotions.

For all the artists out there, one avenue is Jack-O’-Lantern carving.

You can go with the traditional ghost, bat, or scary face… but if you’re feeling ambitious, why not carve your icon?

Here are ten pumpkins that have undergone a serious transformation for inspiration, and we want them all on our front porch:

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Michael Jackson

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Robert Plant

Robert Plant Unveils North American Tour Dates

Robert Plant will hit the road in support of his upcoming album, Carry Fire.

The former Led Zeppelin member will play 12 dates across North America, starting February 2018 in North Carolina. He’ll be backed by the Sensational Space Shifters, the same group that played with him on Carry Fire.

“We’ve got a kind of communal drift, which has stayed with us no matter what other projects we do,” the singer recently told Rolling Stone. “It’s like a brotherhood, really.”

More dates will be announced later this year. Carry Fire is due October 13.

Watch Plant perform “Bluebirds Over the Mountain” with special guest Chrissie Hynde from the upcoming project below.

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Five Incredible Drummers Gone Too Soon

On this day in 1948, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was born.

We lost Bonham at the young age of 32. The band was supposed to kick off a North American tour in October 1980, but on September 24, 1980, Bonham died from asphyxiation from vomit.

Today, we honour Bonham and four other drummers we lost, but their legacies will live on forever:

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John Bonham

Led Zeppelin’s drummer died at the young age of 32, but what a legacy he left behind: from the echoing behemoth percussion of “When The Levee Breaks” to the intricate kick-and-snare play on “Good Times Bad Times”, and of course, the incredible solos like the one on “Moby Dick”, Bonham was the complete package. His legacy and influence as one of the most important drummers ever will stand the test of time.


 

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Cozy Powell

Appearing on over 66 albums, Cozy Powell was an in-demand session drummer, performing with Rainbow, Robert Plant, Brian May, Black Sabbath and more. His combination of classical training and raw energy made him a drum powerhouse.

Powell died in a car crash in April 1998 at 50 years old, but not before leaving an incredible body of work and collaborations behind.

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