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Published: 2012/12/03

Led Zeppelin: DC Celebrity Honors, Still No Reunion

Led Zeppelin were celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC last night. Surviving Led Zeppelin co-founders Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page attended the ceremony—and sat side-by-side—but did not take the stage to perform. Instead, a parade of celebrities including Foo Fighters, Jack Black, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz and Heart participated in an all-star tribute to the band. The evening also honored Buddy Guy, David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

The Led Zeppelin segment, which closed the award ceremony, featured an eclectic mix of bands: Jack Black spoke about the band’s influence, Kid Rock belted out “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and “Ramble On,” Lenny Kravitz performed “Whole Lotta Love,” and Jason Bonham joined Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson and the Joyce Garrett Youth Choir for a set-closing “Stairway to Heaven.” Despite being on hiatus, the members of Foo Fighters also came together for a version of “Rock and Roll.” Bonham—the son of Zeppelin drummer John Bonham—subbed for his late father during the band’s 2007 reunion while Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl plays with John Paul Jones in Them Crooked Vultures.

Several notable musicians also took the stage during Buddy Guy’s tribute segment. Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan shared the stage during a cross-generational jam based around “The Things That I Used to Do,” and Tracy Chapman offered a more delicate reading of “Hound Dog.” Jeff Beck spoke at length about Guy’s influence and joined Beth Hart for “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and Bonnie Raitt took on “My Time After Awhile.” All Guy’s supporters then emerged for “Sweet Home Chicago.”

All of this year’s honorees met with President Obama at the White House before the gala event, where they received rainbow-colored stashes. President Obama also attended the Kennedy Center event and watched the evening’s varied tributes. CBS will air on the event on December 26.


There are 9 comments associated with this post

Blood Bath December 3, 2012, 23:44:50

Buddy Guy deserves more coverage than Zep. I;ve been to many a blood baths and he never disappoints. Bloody Guy one of da best

dankerator December 4, 2012, 09:59:19

We give tribute to led zepplin wtf they r foreigners!! Must have been obama liked to smoke dope and listen to there music!!!( nothing wrong with that) but let’s keep it real!!! Buddy Guy Oh hell yeah!! That’s an AMERICAN blues legend!! zepplin and the stones stole everything from the american blues!!!!! who do they have on tap for next year justin bieber!!

dankerator December 4, 2012, 10:15:08

i mean u don’t see the queen of fuckn england givin any awards to buddy guy!!! and u never will!!

dvd7 December 4, 2012, 14:30:49

dank, the blues musicians we now revere might likely have been considered musical footnotes in this country if the young rock n roll groups in Britain hadn’t discovered and appreciated them the way they did. Bands like the Rolling Stones, Kinks, Led Zeppelin and many, many others elevated the blues by incorporating the music into their own modern take on the style. It was a symbiotic relationship, and while the rock bands got the lions share of the money, the blues artists got the recognition that had previously been ignored. For that alone bands like LZ deserve recognition.

dankerator December 4, 2012, 14:55:31

@ dvd7 – read my post again, this is an american award that should be recognized as american music!! They stole everything from the blues!!! (and jazz too) i’m sorry they r not worthy of this award!!!! JFK is rollin in his grave and teddy kennedy is gettn ready for another ride of the pier!!!

john December 4, 2012, 15:27:00

They took our jerbs!

Sowrong December 5, 2012, 07:46:04

@dankerator. The Kennedy Center Awrads is NOT for Americans only. It’s for people that have had a major impact on American culture. Anyone in their right minds know that Led Zeppelin has had a MAJOR impact on American culture, and still do to this day. On top of that, why would JFK be rolling over in his grave? This award wasn’t even around when he was alive. In other words, check your facts and make sure you know what you’re talking about before you go around telling people how it should be…you make yourself out to look like a uneducated moron.

DANKERATOR December 6, 2012, 13:23:32

@ so wrong!! it should be what i said i am rite ur wrong!! Led Zepplin very overrated band!!!! They def. took all of our money that’s for sure!!! If u consider them american culture u have been sittin on the wrong continent!!!

Glenn December 7, 2012, 22:59:31

Led Zeppelin deserved this more than any band. They are the best band of all time except for the Beatles. Slightly better than The Who and way better than the Stones. They improved on the American blues along with Clapton and Beck and Fleetwood Mac.

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