On July 7, 1980, Berlin, Germany saw the final act of the gigantic 1970’s band
The day Led Zeppelin played their final concert together
On July 7, 1980, one of the top acts of the 1970’s, Led Zeppelin, performed together in their original line up for the very last time. The band was touring Europe promoting their 1979 album ” In Through the Out Door”. They played the Eissporthalle in Berlin, Germany, the last stop of the European tour and had a North American tour scheduled to begin in October. The band had struggled with several problems during most of 1980 and just two weeks before the final show, drummer John Bonham had to be rushed to the hospital after suffering what was reported as food poisoning but rumored to instead be the result of a blackout due to his increasing and uncontrolled alcohol addiction. Also Jimmy Page was struggling with addiction which was leading the band into an uncertain direction at the time. But, on September 24, Zeppelin suffered their ultimate fatal blow. After reportedly drinking 40 measures of vodka during a 12-hour period on a rehearsal day, John Bonham went to bed at Page’s house and was found dead, aged 32, the following morning. A few months later, on December 4, 1980, the group issued a statement declaring they would be breaking up as a result of Bonham’s passing. The band only got reunited again (without Bonham) for three occasions, in 1985 for the Live Aid, the 40th anniversary concert for Atlantic Records in 1988 and the final time in 2007 for a one time only concert in London. Among the songs the band played on their last concert in 1980 were their classics “Black Dog”, “In The Evening”, “Rain Song”, “All My Love”, “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, “Stairway to Heaven”, “Rock and Roll” and ended the show with “Whole Lotta Love”. The band also played several songs from their last two albums, “Presence” and “In Through the Out Door”.
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