Led Zeppelin Does Letterman [VIDEO]
In what I describe as “interesting”, Led Zeppelin talked to David Letterman last night on The Late Show. While it wasn’t fantastical, it was interesting.
Even though David Letterman lived through the group’s introduction to America and hung out with them over the weekend, it was like he had never heard of the band. I sat, mouth agape watching in horror as Letterman stumbled and bumbled through the interview.
He asks the band about the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, etc and asked if they ever “hung out” with them. Well, David, as a matter of fact, back in that day, Led Zeppelin was in a way competing with all of those bands for album sales, ticket sales and fans. He also asked the band, “What kind of music would you say you produced?” REALLY?! They, along with the likes of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple pretty much invented heavy metal, Dave.
Then he says, “So your drummer dies…” Doesn’t mention John Bonham by name or anything. It was a sad time in the band’s history and spelled the end for the group and he says it like you’d give a detail in some horrible story that ended up being funny. For example: “Not only did Jim run out of beer, he had to leave the party to go to the liquor store to get more and he tripped on Janie’s toy and broke his ankle! So then he asked me to sign his cast and I drew a wiener!”
The talk then turned to the group being honored by The Kennedy Center and Robert Plant said that they have gotten similar accolades in their native England, but John Paul Jones said that not everyone is lucky enough to have something like a Kennedy Center honor to compare it to. John Paul is the “quiet” member of Led Zeppelin and Robert Plant even joked that he had “never heard him talk so much in his life”.