They're "rock gods," says one lifelong fan, laying down the ten reasons why the legend of Led Zeppelin remains etched in stone.
Monday will see rock history when Led Zeppelin reunites in London. But die-hard fans can tick off the milestones of their 40 years in classic rock. They savored the notoriety of that glorious rumor that they'd secretly hidden a Satanic phrase in Stairway to Heaven if you played the song backwards. ("America's more extreme branches of Christianity...never met a better friend/punching bag than Led Zeppelin.")
Other elements of their mythology are more inspiring. Their refusal to title their fourth album, or even put the band's name on it, showed their fierce anti-commercialism which continues to this day. (The band still refuses to sell its songs for car ads.)
This fan lists them all, but ultimately comes back to what made the band a legend -- their music.
"They were the first to really understand and exploit the fact that heavy sounds even heavier when paired with lighter influences. Since then, rock bands from Iron Maiden to the Pixies to Nirvana have added new twists to the basic loud-quiet-loud dynamic..."