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Huntersville 4th graders rock out to Led Zeppelin



HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- They are little voices, but they are belting out some big songs.

The fourth graders at Huntersville Elementary School are learning to rock out, rehearsing for their upcoming concert.

"It feels pretty good. You get to picture yourself being like a rock star," said Jackson Kmieciak.

Music teacher Mike Salvatore says inspiration struck when he saw a perfect teaching opportunity.

"When a fifth grader asked me--I have a picture of John Lennon and Yoko over there--they asked me who's that and nobody in the class knew. I was like, this is wrong. I need to do something about this," Salvatore said.

He wrote all of the arrangements himself.

"I was questioning-did my dad know this or something?" asked Peter Alperi.

"Led Zeppelin could arguably be called the biggest rock band of the 70's," Salvatore said. "I was a little anxious to see how they were going to receive the music. It’s obviously much different than today’s music."

"My dad thought it was pretty awesome because he grew up listening to (them) so he thought it would be pretty cool for me to have the experience," Kmieciak said.

Fourth grader Acadia Dubiel said, "I didn't really know them much but now I love their songs."

From: WCNC
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Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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