This promotional inflatable airship was given to record stores by Atlantic to promote Led Zeppelin's debut album in 1969. These and other images are taken from a new book, 'Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History Of The Heavist Band Of All Time', published by Voyageur Press.
The eight-track cartridge of Led Zeppelin's 1969 debut album, which was recorded and mixed in a mere 30 hours. "We were learning what got us off most and what got people off most," recalls Robert Plant of recording the album. "And what we knew got more people back to the hotel after the gig."
Jimmy Page ordered this double-necked Gibson guitar - one six-string, one twelve-string - in 1971 to replicate the various tones of 'Stairway To Heaven' onstage. Thanks to its appearance in 'The Song Remains The Same', it has become one of the most iconic guitars in rock history, synonymous with stadium rock excess.
Jimmy Page's Signature Model Gibson Les Paul. The model is based on a modified guitar that Page purchased in 1969 from Joe Walsh, who went on to be guitarist with The Eagles. Page is so closely identified with Gibson guitars that it's often forgotten that he recorded the whole of Led Zeppelin's debut album with a Fender Telecaster.
Apart from a deeply flawed performance at Live Aid in 1985 ("like a kind of aimless dog biting its own tail", according to Robert Plant), one of the only times Page, Plant and Jones played together between 1980 and 2007 was at Led Zeppelin's induction to the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame in January 1995. This poster commemorates that brief performance, which opened with 'Bring It On Home' and closed with 'When The Levee Breaks'.
Led Zeppelin played five dates in Japan in 1972 as part of their colossal world tour. A planned warm-up show in Singapore was scrapped because the Singapore government had introduced strict grooming laws that barred long-haired men from entering the country.
A poster advertising Led Zeppelin's reunion show at London's O2 Arena, December 10, 2007, organised as a tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun. Before the show Robert Plant predicted: "Jimmy will take a bow. [John Paul Jones] will shrug. And I'll be going, 'Baby, baby, baby!'"
Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page in 1975, touring in support of sixth album 'Physical Graffiti'. The album's famous artwork, featuring a tenement building in New York's St Mark's Place, was a last-minute replacment for the original sleeve, which featured images of Aleister Crowley, Lee Harvey Oswald, and two photos of the band in drag.
Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page onstage at Madison Square Garden, February 1975. At the time, the band were unable to go back home to the UK because they were living as tax exiles. Between January 1973 and May 1975 Led Zeppelin did not play any homeland shows at all.
Led Zeppelin's three shows at Madison Square Garden coincided with the release of the band's sixth album 'Physical Graffiti', which contained Jimmy Page's favourite Led Zep track, 'Kashmir'. The song was inspired by a long drive in southern Morocco, which the band had undertaken on the advice of druggy poet/novelist William Burroughs.
Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden, February 1975 - taken from a new heavyweight tome, 'Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History Of The Heaviest Band Of All Time'. The book features interviews with figures close to the band, including groupie Bebe Buell, who offers the revelation: "Jimmy Page had one weird penchant. When he kissed me, he loved to spew his saliva into my mouth."
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page onstage at Madison Square Garden, New York City, February 1975, as shot from the front row by a fan, "Commander Chi". The band's three nights at the venue were captured in tour film 'The Song Remains The Same', released the following year.
To mark the release of 'Led Zeppelin IV' in November 1971 the band played a series of mammoth shows at Wembley's Empire Pool venue (now Wembley Arena). Dubbed 'Electric Magic', the gigs also featured circus acts and pigs in costumes. Tickets cost 75p.
Tour poster advertising Led Zeppelin's final shows, in Germany in June and July 1980. Two months later, back in the UK for rehearsals, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died after choking on his own vomit. Later, the coroner concluded that Bonham had consumed the eqivalent of 40 shots in vodka in the 24 hours preceding his death.