On this Celebration Day, when Led Zeppelin have announced the release of the film of their 2007 O2 show, let's cast our minds back to the group's formation in the fall of 1968. Chris Welch filed this report for Melody Maker on October 12th of that year——Barney Hoskyns, Editorial Director, Rock's Backpages
Whatever happened to the Yardbirds? One of the great mysteries of our time, ranking with the Devil's footprints, the Marie Celeste and the Five Penny Post, is the disappearance of a group once hailed as the most progressive in Britain.
When one thinks back, the group that starred Keith Relf — and had such distinguished alumni as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on guitars — were trying experimental pop long before today's underground groups.
But unfortunately they were either too early or lacked the drive to carry their breakaway from the original blues formula through to the public.
They found, as have so many British groups, more responsive audiences and better money inRead More »from The Rock’s Backpages Flashback: Jimmy Page Forms the New Yardbirds… a.k.a. Led Zeppelin