Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and his beloved ‘Strider’, named after J. R. R. Tolkien’s character ‘Aragorn’ from ‘The Lord of the Rings.’
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp was penned by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page back in 1970, and named after the tiny cottage in Gwynedd, Wales where the band holed-up after coming off their North American tour. The rustic, old home (with no power or running water) was a welcome escape to refresh the road-worn band and inspired several epic songs for Led Zeppelin III, including Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. “There ain’t no companion like a blue-eyed Merle,” was Robert Plant’s tender, lyrical nod to his sweet lil’ pooch, Strider in this song. Tolkien references can also be heard in a few other Led Zeppelin songs– Ramble On, The Battle of Evermore, and Misty Mountain Hop.
I can’t resist including a few more pics of Led Zeppelin on motorcycles… like John Bonham on his BSA chopper. Please God, tell me it’s not still hanging on the wall of a Swedish pizza parlor…
“The Led Zeppelin drummer’s motorcycle stunt is one of the most famous events in the history of the Chateau Marmont, but it turns out that Bonham was not a hotel motorcycle monogamist. Bonham also drove his hog through the halls of the nearby Continental Hyatt House Hotel and the Andaz West Hollywood. Bonham and his Zeppelin brethren didn’t limit their hotel destruction to joyrides. The band left a trail of destroyed TVs and lifetime hotel bans in their wake that may never be matched.” via
John Bonham of Led Zeppelin on his Triumph chopper.
John Bonham of Led Zeppelin on his Triumph motorcycle.
Color photo of John Bonham of Led Zeppelin on his Triumph chopper.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin on a Harley-Davidson (and a guy in an old-timey Santa Claus or Father Time costume creeping in the background). Anyone know the story behind this pic?
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin on a couple of Suzuki 2-stroke motorcycles and a Yamaha 3-wheeler.
Led Zeppelin’s lyrics were in the white-hot spotlight during the controversial “backmasking” hysteria that escalated in the 1980s and captivated the media. Also tagged in the controversy were: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Electric Light Orchestra, Queen, and Styx. Listen for yourself here. I remember hearing radio programs as a kid (usually at night under the covers when I should have been asleep) dissecting the alleged evil backmasking, and how my favorite rock groups wanted me to follow the piper to the fiery bowels of hell. It kinda freaked me out, and I kinda knew it was bunk at the same time. Stairway to Heaven is undoubtedly the most infamous rock song accused of containing satanic messages:
Here’s Jimmy Page talking about composing of Led Zeppelin’s epic Stairway to Heaven: