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Led Zeppelin, The World's #1 Hard Rock Influencers

Led Zeppelin finally streamed their one-off reunion concert over the weekend, drawing 877k Youtube views in the first 24 hours.

On London’s O2 Arena stage there were more than just Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham (son of the late drummer John Bonham).

I could also hear Geddy Lee, Neil Peart & Alex Lifeson from Rush, Axl Rose & Slash from Guns N' Roses, Paul Stanley from KISS, and many more.

The list of musicians influenced by Led Zeppelin is endless, and of course it includes One Man Mambo. If my vocal chords could take it, I’d surely sing more like Robert Plant.

I first learned about the Youtube streaming event from Dorany Pineda (LA Times), Claire Shaffer (RollingStone), Sam Moore (NME), and Daniel Kohn (SPIN).

Zeppelin played at the O2 Arena in London on December 10, 2007, their first headline show since 1980. It was a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records who died a year earlier.

Steve Baltin, one of 16 journalists from the US at the concert, wrote at Forbes.com: “I will grant you the Beatles were the greatest band ever in terms of impact, but, to me, growing up, no band more embodied the rock star spirit or mythology that Led Zeppelin had.”

In this interview, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from Rush tell how they met Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Curiously, Lee was on a bicycle trip in Morocco when he bumped into Plant.

Led Zeppelin is dear to millions and that alone would warrant a months-long residency in London or Las Vegas, or a world tour.

The dream setlist should have “All My Love,” “D’yer M’aker,” “Bring It on Home,” “Living Loving Maid,” and “The Crunge.” Please take note, Zeps.