Today in 1980, as a result of drummer John Bonham’s death back on Sept 25, Led Zeppelin officially called it quits. A brief press statement from the band, issued through their record label, read “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.” The statement was signed simply “Led Zeppelin”.
The surviving members would “reunite”, briefly, only four times after this:
- On July 13, 1985 for the Live Aid concert at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia.
- On May 14, 1988 for the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden.
- On April 28, 1990 for Jason Bonham’s wedding reception in Kidderminster, England.
- On December 10, 2007 for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at the O2 Arena in London.