Why do bands have such unusual names?

Thanks to songs like “Stairway To Heaven”, “Ramble On” and “Whole Lotta Love”, Led Zeppelin is well known to every Rockf fan, but not everyone knows how the greatest rock band of the seventies actually got their name. Behind it is a somewhat flattering comment from a musician friend - the former "The Who" drummer Keith Moon.

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It all started with the yardbirds

But first things first: In 1966, two years before Led Zeppelin was founded, the London guitarist Jimmy Page became a member of The Yardbirds to replace the bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, who had left the club. The experienced studio musician quickly established himself there as lead guitarist alongside Jeff Beck, who shortly afterwards left the band.

The attempt of a supergroup

When it became clear that the band needed a break from touring and writing, Page Beck suggested a new project: The two musicians as well as Keith Moon and John Entwistle from The Who could make a good supergroup. However, only one song came about during the development phase at that time - for "Beck’s Bolero" there was at least the support of John Paul Jones, whom Page had met while working in the studio.

When The Yardbirds announced their end in 1968, Jimmy Page took the opportunity, after some casting difficulties, to join the proposed singer Robert Plant, John Bonham (a former bandmate of Plant) and John Paul Jones at the planned live shows of the Yardbirds to complete in Scandinavia. For this they called themselves The New Yardbirds. During the rehearsals, performances and some joint recordings, the musicians noticed that the chemistry was right and so they wanted to continue with new music together. After the concerts, however, they had to look for a new name to avoid a legal dispute with the founding members.