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Peter Grant

Peter Grant, San Francisco Airport, June 2, 1973
Peter Grant, San Francisco Airport, Jun. 2, 1973
Vital Stats
Birth Name: Peter Grant
Born: April 5, 1935
South Norwood, Surrey, England
Died: November 21, 1995
Eastbourne, East Sussex, England
Occupation(s): Actor, Bouncer, Wrestlers, Music Manager, Executive Producer
Associated Act(s): The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Maggie Bell, Jeff Beck, Terry Reid, The New Vaudeville Band, The Nashville Teens, Stone the Crows

Peter Grant was born on April 5, 1935 in South Norwood, Surrey, England, a suburb of London. His mother was Dorothy, a secretary and there was no father listed on his birth certificate, so he was most likely conceived under illegitimate circumstances.

By age 13, he had quit schooling and became a sheet metal worker in Croydon. After 2 weeks of that, he'd moved on to other positions, such as delivery boy and stage at a local theatre. He'd put in his service in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, achieving the rank of Colonel

After he got out of the service, he took a position as an entertainment director, after which he was a ticket taker at London's famous coffee bar 2i. A co-owner of 2i, Paul Lincoln, had suggested that Grant should get into the wrestling business. He wrestled under the names of "Count Massimo" and "Count Bruno Alassio of Milan".

This kindled Grant's interest in acting, and was involved in such movies as A Night To Remember, The Guns of Navarone and Cleopatra, as well as making TV appearances and playing the stunt double to British actor Robert Morley in many of his films. Grant used the money he'd made from acting and put it towards his own business of entertainment transportation.

Peter Grant had married a woman named Gloria and they had two children, a son Warren and daughter Helen (1964-).

Grant was hired by music promoter/manager Don Arden to act as British Tour Manager in 1963 for such acts as Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Brian Hyland, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, and The Animals and by the next year was managing his own acts, such as The Nashville Teens, an all-girl group called She Trinity, The New Vaudeville Band, Jeff Beck, Terry Reid, and Stone the Crows.

In late 1966, the manager of The Yardbirds, Simon Napier-Bell, asked Grant to take over as manager of The Yardbirds, as he was keen on becoming a film producer. Napier-Bell had told to "get rid of Jimmy Page" as he "would be a problem". Of course, that was not done.

As The Yardbirds folded in July 1968, Grant quickly became privy to Jimmy Page's plan of forming a new band. Grant joined them for the Scandanavian dates in September 1968 and before Led Zeppelin made its way to American in December, Grant had secured them a 5 year/ 5 album contract with Atlantic Records, along with a $200,000 advance bonus.

By August 1969, Grant had secured that Led Zeppelin receive 90% of ticket sales and was determined to protect Zeppelin's financial interests, that he would do such things as walk into London record stores and demand all bootleg records and he would destroy recording equipment of bootleggers (or what he thought was recording equipment, as in the example in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 19, 1971).

Grant was instrumental in helping Led Zeppelin set up their publishing company, Superhype Music, in 1968 and their own label, Swan Song Records, in 1974. He had even began to manage other bands under the Swan Song label, such as Bad Company and Maggie Bell.

After Led Zeppelin became no more in December 1980, Grant battled cocaine and heroin addiction and several health issues and became a recluse in his private estate in Hellingly, East Sussex, England. His next public appearance was in 1989 with Jimmy Page, when they attended a Frank Sinatra concert at Royal Albert Hall. Grant sold his estate and moved to Eastbourne, East Sussex, England and turned down an offer to become local magistrate for the town council. He acted in a role as a Cardinal in the 1992 movie Carry On Columbus.

Peter Grant's last public appearance was on July 26, 1995, at Page and Plant's final night at Wembley Stadium. Peter Grant suffered a fatal heart attack while drive home to his estate in Eastbourne, East Sussex with his son Warren by his side. Peter Grant was buried on December 4, 1995 at St. Peter and St. Paul's churchyard, Hellingly, East Sussex.

John Bonham

John Bonham, Berlin, Germany, Jul. 19, 1970
John Bonham, July 19, 1970, Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany
Vital Stats
Birth Name: John Henry Bonham
Born: May 31, 1948
Redditch, Worcestershire, England
Died: September 25, 1980
Clewer, Windsor, England
Occupation(s): Musician, Songwriter
Instrument(s): Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Associated Act(s): The Band Of Joy, Led Zeppelin

John Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 at Redditch, Worcestershire. His parents were John Henry "Jacko" and Joan. He had two younger siblings, Mick (1951-2000) and Deborah (1962-).

As a toddler, he beat on his mum's pots and pans, signaling that he knew his future career plans at and early age. He received his first snare drum at the age of 10 and by 15 his father, Jacko, had purchased him a Red Sparkling Ludwig Drumkit.

At the age of 17, he married Pat (Phillips), whom he met at a dance at Kidderminster. They had two children, son Jason (1966-) and daughter Zoe (1975-)

Some bands John played in were Blue Star Trio (1963), Terry Webb and The Spiders (1963), The Senators (1964), A Way Of Life (1966, re-joined in 1967), Crawling King Snakes (w/ Robert Plant) (1966), The Nicky James Movement (1966), Steve Brett and the Mavericks (1967) and The Band Of Joy (1967). After the Band Of Joy broke up in May 1968, John Bonham accepted a position as the drummer in the backing band for Tim Rose for a UK tour then set up some gigs with Chris Farlowe, that eventually had to be cancelled so that the New Yardbirds could fulfill some Scandanavian dates in Sep. 1968.

In August 1968, upon recommendation by Robert Plant, Peter Grant sent out no less than 40 telegrams to Bonham and Jimmy Page & Peter Grant went to hear Bonham play at the Marquee Club in London before he accepted the position as drummer.

On Sep. 24, 1980, Bonham was picked up by Led Zeppelin assistant Rex King to attend rehearsals at Bray Studios for an upcoming tour of the U.S.; the band's first since 1977. During the journey Bonham had asked to stop for breakfast, where he downed four quadruple vodkas. He then continued to drink heavily when he arrived at the rehearsals. A halt was called to the rehearsals late in the evening and the band retired to Page's house, The Old Mill House in Clewer, Windsor. After midnight, Bonham had fallen asleep and was taken to bed and placed on his side. Benji LeFevre and John Paul Jones found him dead the next afternoon.

John Bonham was cremated and on 12 October 1980 interred at Rushock Parish Church, Worcestershire. His headstone reads: "Cherished memories of a loving husband and father, John Henry Bonham Who died Sept. 25th 1980. aged 32 years. He will always be remembered in our hearts, Goodnight my Love, God Bless."

Despite media rumors that drummers including Cozy Powell, Carmine Appice, Barriemore Barlow, Simon Kirke or Bev Bevan, among others, would join the group as his replacement, the remaining members decided to disband Led Zeppelin after Bonham's death. They issued a press statement on December 4, 1980, confirming that the band would not continue without its drummer. "We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were." It was simply signed "Led Zeppelin".

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones, Manchester, TN, Jun. 17, 2007
John Paul Jones, Jun. 17, 2007, Bonnaroo 2007, This Tent, Manchester, Tennessee
Vital Stats
Birth Name: John Baldwin
Also Known As: John Baldwin
Born: January 3, 1946
Sidcup, Kent, England
Occupation(s): Musician, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer
Instrument(s): Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Mandolin, Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Kyma, Vocals
Associated Act(s): Led Zeppelin Them Crooked Vultures
Website: http://www.johnpauljones.com/

John Paul Jones was born John Baldwin on January 3, 1946 in Sidcup, Kent. Both of his parents were musicians, his dad being a pianist and arranger for big bands and his mother was a singer and a dancer.

He learned to play the play the piano at an early age. He soon began to take organ lessons and played at his church. By age 14, he picked up the bass guitar. His father wanted him to play the saxophone because, as John Paul explained, "He said...I'd never starve".

He started a band in his boarding school and he and his father performed as a duo during the holidays. He left school at age 17 and auditioned for Jet Harris and Tony Meehan, who were putting together a band. He got hired as their bass player and the band toured with John Paul for about a year or so, playing music that bands like Blood, Sweat and Tears and Chicago would play years later.

John Paul started doing sessions in about 1964, and for the next four years, recorded for just about everyone from Lulu to The Rolling Stones. He released his own single in April 1964, entitled Baja.

During a session for Donovan, he heard Jimmy Page, a popular session guitarist, talking about starting a new group. His wife Maureen "Mo", whom he'd married in 1965, convinced him to call up Jimmy Page after reading an article in Disc and Music Echo to take the bass guitarist position. Since Jimmy's first two choices for new bass players were unavailable, he agreed to have John Paul in this new group.

After Led Zeppelin, John Paul took the most low-key position of all the remaining members, focusing mainly on producing and arranging for such performers as The Misision in 1987, R.E.M. in 1992, Ben E. King in 1986, Cinderella in 1990, The Butthole Surfers in 1992 and Peter Gabriel in 1992.

On December 7, 1983 he joined Robert Plant for an encore performance of Little Sister. John Paul put out a soundtrack album for the movie Scream For Help, which was released on March 22, 1985.

He rejoined Jimmy and Robert at LiveAid on July 15, 1985 and on May 14, 1988 for Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary party.

In September 1993, he joined the stage with Lenny Kravitz for the MTV Awards show, performing Are You Gonna Go My Way. In August 1994, John Paul joined Heart for five performances at The Backstage Theatre in Seattle performing with them as well as producing the live album that was recorded. In late 1994, John Paul joined up with Diamanda Galas for a short European tour and a tour in the States in November 1994.

In 1998, John Paul started work on his first solo CD, which was called Zooma. John Paul toured the US, Europe and Japan throughout late 1999 and early 2000, with thunderous response. 2001 found John Paul preparing material for his second solo album, The Thunderthief, to which toured through the US and the rest of the world, providing support for King Crimson.

Since 2004, John Paul Jones has made a more public showing of his acoustic abilities, perfoming in 2004 as part of the Mutual Admiration Society, with Glen Phillips and the members of the band Nickel Creek, performing at the Festival Mandolines de Lunel in 2005 and 2006, performing at MerleFest, Bonnaroo and other festivals in 2007 and making several appearances with Robyn Hitchcock.

John Paul Jones joined Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, along with Jason Bonham on Dec. 10, 2007 as part of a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun.

2008 saw Jones hook up with Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, first at the 2008 Grammys, then at an encore at a Foo Fighters concert at Wembley Stadium on Jun. 7, 2008, in front of 86,000 people.

In 2009, John Paul Jones scored music, along with members of the band Sonic Youth and Takehisa Kosugi, for Merce Cunningham's Nearly 90 dance show, performed in NYC on April 16-19, 2009.

Currently, John Paul Jones is rumored to be in the recording studio with Foo Fighters singer/guitarist Dave Drohl and Queens of the Stone Age frontman, Josh Homme. Their project is reported to be called Them Crooked Vultures

Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page, London, England, May 23, 1975
Jimmy Page, May 23, 1975, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England
Vital Stats
Birth Name: James Patrick Page
Born: January 9, 1944
Heston, Middlesex, England
Occupation(s): Musician, Songwriter, Producer
Instrument(s): Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Theremin, Banjo, Pedal Steel Guitar, Dulcimer, Sitar, Hurdy Gurdy, Harmonica, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Associated Act(s): The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, XYZ, The Firm, Coverdale-Page, Page and Plant, Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes

James Patrick Page was born on January 9, 1944 in Heston, Middlesex. His mother, Patricia (Gaffikin), was a doctor's secretary and his father, James Patrick, was an industrial personnel officer.

His parents moved from Heston to Feltham, Hounslow when he was a toddler and he spent part of his first few years living on a great-uncle's estate in rural Northamptonshire. When Jimmy was eight years old, his family moved to Epsom, Surrey to escape the noise of Heathrow Airport.

He spent his time as a youth like anyone else, but at age twelve, his life changed forever when he heard Elvis' Baby, Let's Play House. He picked up a Spanish guitar, and after a handful of lessons, he was set.

At age fifteen, he accepted a position to play in Neil Christian and the Crusaders after Neil spotted him performing in a dance hall in Epsom. He toured for two years until a bout with glandular fever forced him to quit.

He then enrolled in an art college in Sutton, Surrey. He attended for 18 months, from 1962 to late 1963. He was still involved in music and jam sessions were commonplace. Jeff Beck was a frequent guitarist at these sessions.

Jimmy had brief stints in various bands, like The Cyril Davies All Stars, Carter Lewis and the Southerners and The Mickey Finn and soon became one of the most sought after session players in London, playing for artists such as Burt Bacharach, PJ Proby, The Who, The Kinks, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Brenda Lee and Lulu.

In 1965, he was approached to join the Yardbirds, but instead recommended Jeff Beck. Also, in 1965, he managed to record his own single, She Just Satisfies, with Keep Moving on the B-Side. Jimmy Page also crossed paths with Eric Clapton at this time, recording a handful of tracks.

Getting tired of session work, Jimmy joined the Yardbirds, this time taking the role as the bass guitarist, after previous bassist, Paul Samwell-Smith quit the band. Jimmy switched over to guitar, assuming one half of a dual lead guitarist group with Jeff Beck, when Chris Dreja, the rhythm guitarist, took over on bass.

This excitement was short-lived, because by the end of 1966, the band could not work with Jeff Back anymore, and The Yardbirds fired him from the band. About this time, The Yardbirds gained a new manager, Peter Grant. The glory days for The Yardbirds were far gone and by early 1968, they decided to call it quits.

Needing to fulfill some Yardbirds tour dates, Jimmy quickly needed to put together a band. Terry Reid became Jimmy's first choice for a lead singer, but he was under contract and could not joined. He suggested Robert Plant, who was playing in the Midlands band named Obs'tweedle. In late July 1968, Jimmy and Peter Grant went to see Robert perform at a teacher training college. Jimmy invited Robert to his house in Pangbourne to discuss some ideas about starting a band.

Although Procul Harum's drummer BJ Wilson, Keith Moon, Paul Francis and Aynsley Dunbar were under consideration for the drum spot, Robert's insistence on John Bonham got him the spot. John Paul Jones contacted Jimmy about being the bassist. After three weeks of rehearsal, the band was off to Scandinavia to play a handful of dates.

For several months after John Bonham's death, Jimmy did not touch the guitar. His live return to the stage came on March 10, 1981, when he joined Jeff Beck for a encore jam at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. He spent the next few months at his home studio, Sol, preparing material for Led Zeppelin's 10th album, entitled Coda, which was released November 19, 1982.

Also, Jimmy was hard at work, writing the soundtrack for the movie Death Wish II. This soundtrack album was released in February 1982. On May 12, 1982, he joined Robert on stage with Foreigner for a version of Lucille and on May 24, 1983, he joined Eric Clapton in a low-key encore jam, which prompted Eric to invite Jimmy to perform at some charity events at Royal Albert Hall in London on September 20 and 21, 1983 called ARMS. The success of these concerts prompted a 10-date US tour in late 1983.

In 1984, Jimmy played some guest spots, including a birthday party for producer Glyn John, some dates with Roy Harper and an encore jam with Yes. In early 1984, Jimmy assembled a band with singer Paul Rodgers that eventually had Tony Franklin on bass and Chris Slade. The band rehearsed under the name The McGregors, but started touring Europe on November 29, 1984 under the name The Firm. The Firm recorded two albums, The Firm and Mean Business over the next two years and toured the US and England.

During this time, Jimmy got together with Robert and John Paul Jones for some performances, including the Live Aid performance on July 13, 1985 and an encore jam on July 23, 1985 with Robert. In January 1986, rehearsals with Robert and John Paul sparked Led Zeppelin reunion rumors, although plans fall apart.

In 1988, Jimmy joined Robert at the Hammersmith Odeon on April 17, 1988 for a jam on some Led Zeppelin tunes and groups up with Robert and John Paul once again on May 14, 1988 for Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary part held at Madison Square Garden.

Following these dates, Jimmy worked on a solo project, with John Miles as singer, Jason Bonham on drums and Durban Laverde on bass. The resulting album was called Outrider which is supported by a US and UK tour in late 1988.

In 1989, Jimmy joined Robert Plant and John Paul performing at Robert's daughter, Carmen's 21st birthday party and on April 28, 1990 to perform at Jason Bonham's wedding.

Also, in 1990, Jimmy jammed with Bon Jovi at a benefit show and joined Robert on June 30, 1990 at Knebworth for the Silver Clef Awards, performing Wearing And Tearing, Misty Mountain Hop and Rock And Roll. He jammed with Aerosmith on two occasions in August 1990. Jimmy put together a 4-CD boxed set of the Led Zeppelin catalog, which was released in October 1990, along with a condensed 2-CD Remasters set.

He got up for a jam with Poison on May 14, 1991 with David Coverdale and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with The Yardbirds on January 10, 1992.

In 1993, Jimmy recorded an album with David Coverdale, and although a 45-date US tour is planned in mid-1993, it got shelved instead for a low-key Japanese tour in December 1993. In 1993, Jimmy released the remaining 34 tracks not included in the Remasters, along with The Complete Studio Recordings boxed set, which was released in September 1993.

On April 17, 1994, Jimmy joined Robert at the Alexis Korner Memorial Concert for a couple tunes. Two more jams solidified a Page and Plant reunion with Plant's backing band.

In August 1994, filming began for an MTV Unplugged show. New versions of old Led Zeppelin tunes awere performed along with some newly written tunes. The resulting album No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded was released on October 14, 1994, with a supporting 1995-96 world tour.

January 12, 1995, Led Zeppelin was entered into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Jimmy jammed with Robert, John Paul, Jason Bonham, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Neil Young, as well as Charlie Jones and Michael Lee.

In April 1997, Jimmy joined Robert for a cover of Rainer Ptacek tune Rude World on a tribute album for him. On December 7, 1997 Jimmy joined Robert with Charlie Jones and Michael Lee as part of a charity concert for the Seniors Tennis in England.

On April 21, 1998 Walking Into Clarksdale, Jimmy's first new album with Robert in almost 20 years was released. A 1998 World Tour started in Croatia on February 21, 1998 and ended on December 10, 1998 in Paris.

Jimmy lent a riff and his guitar playing to Puff Daddy for a track called Come With Me, a re-working of Kashmir, that was included on the Godzilla movie soundtrack. Jimmy appeared with Puff Daddy on Saturday Night Live on May 9, 1998.

Jimmy joined Robert on the Jimmy Rogers All Stars CD in late 1998. After the World Tour, Jimmy took a break from touring and from Robert. On June 13, 1999 Jimmy performed in London at a party launching Gibson Guitar's new office in London and he appeared in late June, with the Black Crowes for the ABC Task Brazil Trust, for the street children of Brazil.

Jimmy and the Black Crowes joined up once again for NetAid at Giants Stadium in NYC on October 9, 1999 as well as October 12-14 in NYC and October 16,18,19, 1999 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, the latter which produced a live CD, which was first available for purchase and download via the WWW.

Jimmy toured with the Black Crowes once again in the year 2000 in the States, but the 2nd leg of the US tour, as well as the European and Japan dates were cancelled due to a back injury that Jimmy had.

Jimmy joined Robert for another tribute track entitled There's A Hole In My Bucket in early summer 2000 for the Sun Records tribute and in addition, performed a short set (including the first-ever performance of Candy Store Rock) with Robert at the 2001 Montreux Festival on July 7. On Nov. 8, 2001 Jimmy performed at the MTV Europe Music Awards show, along with Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit and Wes Scantlin of Puddle of Mud, performing Thank You.

In 2005, Jimmy Page joined John Paul Jones in accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammy Recording Academy on Feb. 12. Jimmy Page was awarded the Order of the British Empire on Dec. 14 for his work with the ABC Trust and British charity Task Brazil.

Jimmy was on hand to have Led Zeppelin inducted into the UK Hall of Fame. Australian band Wolfmother performed Communication Breakdown on Nov. 14, 2006.

2007 brought Jimmy Page back together with Robert Plant and John Paul Jones for the first time in 19 years, headlining the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at the O2 Arena in London, England on Dec. 10, 2007.

In 2008, Jimmy Page participated in the Closing Ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing on Aug. 24, along with Leona Lewis, performing Whole Lotta Love on top of a double decker bus, as part of the handover to London 2012 Summer Olympics. Jimmy also appeared (and co-produced) a documentary entitled It Might Get Loud, co-starring The Edge of U2 and Jack White of the White Stripes. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on Sep. 5, 2008.

On Apr. 4, 2009, Jimmy Page inducted Jeff Beck into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, performing with Beck and the allstar jam.

Robert Plant

Robert Plant, Brussels, Jan. 12, 1975
Robert Plant, January 12, 1975, Vorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium
Vital Stats
Birth Name: Robert Anthony Plant
Born: August 20, 1948
West Bromwich, England
Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter, Musician
Instrument(s): Vocals, Harmonica, Tambourine, Guitar
Associated Act(s): The Band Of Joy, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, Page and Plant, The Priory of Brion, The Strange Sensation, Alison Krauss
Website: http://www.robertplant.com/

Robert Anthony Plant was born on August 20, 1948 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire to parents Robert C. and Annie C. (Cane) Plant and grew up in the town of Kidderminster.

By age fifteen, he quit school in favor of music. Robert joined various bands in the Black Country, such as The New Memphis Bluesbreakers, The Black Snake Moan, The Delta Blues Band and The Crawling King Snakes.

In 1966, Robert gathered a group together, named Listen, which recorded a few singles for CBS, including You'd Better Run. Plant's next group was The Band Of Joy, with John Bonham. Although they were successful in area gigs, they failed to secure a record contract, and disbanded in Spring 1968.

Robert teamed up with blues legend Alexis Korner for a couple recording sessions in August 1968, and started gigging around the Midlands with a band named Obs'tweedle. One day in late July of 1968, Jimmy Page, Peter Grant and Chris Dreja came to see Robert perform at a Teachers Training College in Bromsgrove.

Robert married Maureen Wilson on November 9, 1968, whom he'd known for the previous two years. They had a total of three children together, a daughter Carmen Jane who was born on November 21, 1968, and two sons Karac Pendragon, born on April 22, 1971 (died on July 26, 1977 of a viral infection) and Logan Romero, who was born on January 21, 1979.

After Led Zeppelin broke up, Robert was seemingly the most unaffected, forming a new band in early 1981 named The Honeydrippers with some local R&B players. They had several low-key performances in the UK in March-June 1981.

With Robbie Blunt, Robert prepared material for his first solo album Pictures At Eleven, which was released on June 28, 1982. Robert's second album Principle Of Moments was released on July 11, 1983 and he toured in support of it in the US, UK and the Far East throughout the second half of 1983 and early 1984. In March 1984, Robert went into the recording studios at Atlantic and recorded Honeydrippers Vol One and had Jimmy Page play on two of the tracks. On January 18, 1985 Robert reformed The Honeydrippers to play at a benefit show in Monmouth. A third album, Shaken 'n' Stirred, was recorded and released on May 20, 1985.

Robert joined Jimmy and John Paul for LiveAid on July 13, 1985, sparking Led Zeppelin reunion rumors, which complicated Robert's solo career. In March 1986, Robert played some dates with a local Midlands R&B band, The Big Town Playboys. In late 1987, Robert recorded a fourth solo album Now And Zen and released it on February 29, 1988. He had a new lineup for his band and they toured the US and UK in 1988.

In December 1989, Robert joined a local Kidderminster band for a charity event. On January 10, 1990, Robert's fifth studio album Manic Nirvana was released and he toured Europe and the US and had a short UK Tour in December 1990 and January 1991. Son, Jesse Lee was born in September 1991 (mother was rumored to be Shirley Wilson, Maureen's sister). 1992 was a quiet year for Robert, playing some benefit shows and appearing as part of an all-star line up at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in London on April 20. 1992.

Fate Of Nations was released on May 27, 1993 prompting US and European tours. Robert jammed with Def Leppard on May 6, 1993. A South American tour was held in early 1994.

Robert performed at the Alexis Korner Memorial Concert on April 17, 1994 with Jimmy and in August 1994 filmed for the MTV Unledded show and album. The newly formed Page and Plant group had an enormous North American tour in 1995, along with tours in Europe, Japan and Australia.

In 1995, Robert lent his voice and talent to a track on the Led Zeppelin tribute CD Encomium in which he paired up Tori Amos for a version of Down By The Seaside. Material was written with Jimmy Page and Walking Into Clarksdale was released on April 21, 1998.

Page and Plant toured throughout 1998, but Robert scrapped plans for anything new in 1999, instead returning to his roots and hooking up with his old mate from The Band Of Joy, Kevyn Gammond, and playing old tunes in a band called Priory Of Brion. They played dates in and around England, including dates in Scandinavia and Europe.

In 2001, retained bassist Charlie Jones and formed a new band Strange Sensations and toured in early 2001 through Scandinavia and the US for some summer dates.

Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation released a DVD on October 24, 2006 from a live performance on September 16, 2005, entitled Soundstage: Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation.

Robert Plant reinvented himself in 2007, and recorded a CD Raising Sand with bluegrass performer Alison Krauss, made up of old R&B, Blues, folk, and country songs, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett. They toured throughout 2007 and 2008.

On December 10, 2007, Robert Plant reunited with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, along with Jason Bonham and performed at the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at the O2 Arena in London, England. The concert was originally scheduled to take place on November 26, 2007; however Jimmy Page fractured the little finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show was postponed.

On February 8, 2009, Plant and Krauss won a Grammy for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Country Collaboration with Vocals, and Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.

As of January 2009, Plant and Krauss were in pre-production for a second album, which Krauss said in July 2009 would be "different" [from Raising Sand]. On April 25, 2009, Robert Plant reunited with Justin Adams and Billy Fuller (from the Strange Sensations) and headlined the last night at the WOMAD Abu Dhabi International Music Festival, along with other musicians Juldeh Camara and Martyn Barker.

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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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