Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin sat down with fellow 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recipient David Letterman on his talk show last night. They touched on the events from the previous night in Washington D.C., including the influence of fellow honoree Buddy Guy and blues music in general, meeting Elvis Presley, the connection with fellow british rock bands of their era, why they didn’t recruit a new drummer and continue the band after the tragic death of John Bonham, a then and now picture comparison, being joined by Jason Bonham on the ‘Celebration Day’ release, and more. It’s just a great and thoroughly entertaining interview with the legends of rock and popular culture. The mighty LED ZEPPELIN!!
At the Kennedy Center Honors 2012 event (which will air on CBS Dec. 26) after a hilarious Led Zeppelin spoken tribute by Jack Black, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins took the stage with a performance of ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Rock and Roll’ with Hawkins on vocals and Grohl behind the kit, showing homage to one of his idols, the late John Bonham. Grohl has a John Paul Jones connection, as the two are in Them Crooked Vultures together. Kid Rock was next with renditions of ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ and ‘Ramble On,’ followed by Lenny Kravitz on ‘Whole Lotta Love.’ Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart were then joined by John Bonham’s son Jason to round out the evening and tribute for a fantastic version of ‘Stairway To Heaven.’