Long Lost Black Sabbath Jam Session with Led Zeppelin

The history of their joint jam session originates in such a distant, but such a charming 70s...

Recall the longtime jam session of the rock giants Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin

Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin - two of the greatest rock bands in history, each of which conquered the world rock arena and secured a multimillion-dollar worldwide circulation ... Both had a unique and quickly recognizable style, both had loud hits that do not lose their relevance to this day ... In a word - this rock giantswhose influence has spread for many generations to come! And, most likely, until today you were full of confidence that their paths never crossed (at least in terms of joint creativity). However, this is not quite true. The history of their joint jam session originates in such distant, but such charming 70s years...

About the friendship between Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin

Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin
Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin

Rock royalties can't be more prestigious than Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. There is no doubt that there are no other two bands that have had a stronger influence on heavy rock music than Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. One day, which is very surprising and delightful at the same time, these two rock monsters joined forces and lit up so powerfully, as if tomorrow might not come ... It is noteworthy, but these two groups were friends even before they appeared Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. UK rock scene was not so big, and therefore Sabbath knew Robert Plant and John Bonham, but at that time they were only acquaintances ... Although they did not really know Jimmy Page or John Paul Jones, they were friends with Bonham and Plant throughout their careers. It's remarkable that there was a time when Plant, Bonham and Sabbath just played games to no avail. Midlands… However, just a few years later, none of them could have walked down the street without being followed by the stormy exclamations of the crowd admiring their work!

"We got to know Robert with his early bands and he told us he was joining The Yardbirds," Ozzy Osbourne explained in an interview with Classic Rock. “One day we were at a club called the Blazes in London and the DJ started playing this song… I come up and say, 'What's the name of the band that plays this? And this, damn it, is Robert Plant singing! He was a big deal in Birmingham... The DJ tells me, "It's The Yardbirds, but they just changed their name to Led Zeppelin." I thought, “Damn me!” I was stunned…”

Breakthrough Led Zeppelin came just a year before Sabbath hit the rock scene, but Plant's rise to superstardom gave the band a glimpse of what lay ahead for them in the not-too-distant future... Even though Zeppelin's fame skyrocketed, Bonham still trying to see Sabbath live when I could...

Minute of Truth

Black Sabbath in 1970. Left to right: Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne.
Black Sabbath in 1970. Left to right: Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne.

John Bonham often visited Sabbath - during their live performances, as well as during the recording of the group in the studio ... Word Tony Iommi:

“When we played clubs, sometimes John would come and he wanted to jam with us. The first time we said, "Okay." So he played Bill's drums and just smashed them. Bill was very angry, so after that, when John came up and asked: “Can I try?”, Bill answered “No” and did not allow him to play ... "

However, one case was an exception... Iommi continues:

“We were recording at Morgan Studios in London and John came to see us. He brought Planty and John Paul Jones with him—Jimmy Page was the only one who wasn't there. They walked in and John said, "Let's play Supernaut!" He really liked this song very much. So he sat down at the kit and we started playing it. Of course he played it wrong, but we just kept playing. There has been some oblivion…”

Memories of Ozzy Osbourne...

Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne

In contrast to Iommi, Osborne was not delighted with the appearance of colleagues on the stage ... He was sure that Zeppelin came to visit them in the studio for a reason. According to Osbourne, they wanted to sign them to a record deal. Never Say Die! But even though he was wary of their reasons for coming, that didn't stop them from breaking out into an impromptu monster jam session... Having seven supremely talented musicians in one room can either be absolutely magical or end up in an incredible mess... Unfortunately , there is no recording of their jam session, but - we still have memories Osborne about this unique moment:

"Jimmy Page wasn't there, but John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and John Bonham were," he told Rolling Stone magazine. We jammed a bit, everything was fine… It was just a classic jam, nothing fancy… I can't remember it now, like, “Wow, we just jammed with Zeppelin!” This is what we just did. We were all stoned anyway (on Rolling Stone)"

Led Zeppelin's private jet
Led Zeppelin's private jet

Were the records lost, or both groups left the session so disappointed that they decided that it was not worth presenting their game together to the public ... This is a question that we, unfortunately, will never know the answer to. Either way, it's not the end of the world! Sometimes reality doesn't match our imagination, in which case it's probably best to let our brains run wild imagining the scene...


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