FROM ‘NEW YARDBIRDS’ TO THE BIG SCREEN: LED ZEPPELIN’S ‘METEROIC’ RISE DOCUMENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME!
Although uncharacteristic of the group, Led Zeppelin are set to release ‘Becoming Led Zeppelin’, with the help of its co-creators and producers, making it one of the very few projects the band has signed off on and participated in regarding the biographical significance of the Mighty Zepp!
In fact, this will be the first time Led Zeppelin have participated in and endorsed a movie based on their career. It is currently making its rounds in film festivals around the world after its debut a short time ago on September 4th in Venice, Italy.
Directed by Bernard McMahon, the movie, which was was initially announced in May 2019, marks the band’s 50th anniversary and will include new interviews with surviving members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. The film will also feature archival interviews with the late John Bonham. (ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK)
In a statement, the director, McMahon said:
“Becoming Led Zeppelin is a film that no one thought could be made. The band’s meteoric rise to stardom was swift and virtually undocumented. Through an intense search across the globe and years of restoration of the visual and audio archive found, this story is finally able to be told.”
Guitarist Jimmy Page was interviewed on the film festival’s red carpet in Italy, where he told Associated Press the band had received multiple film pitches over the year[s], but “they were pretty miserable”.
“Miserable and also to the point where they would want to be concentrating on anything but the music,” he said.
It was only after the band received a leather-bound storyboard mapping out the movie from producers Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty that they agreed to Becoming Led Zeppelin.
“This one, it’s everything about the music, and what made the music tick,” Page told AP. “It’s not just a sample of it with a talking head. This is something in a totally different genre.”
When the project was first announced in 2019, Page declared: “When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story.”