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The complete Kennedy Center Honors Gala 2012 Led Zeppelin tribute segment….(above photo AP)

Not just a band …more a way of life…here’s the conclusive proof…

Until next time… keep reading -keep listening

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy

December 28th , 2012.

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  • Paul said:

    Does anyone know if a copy of the awards is available on DVD?

  • Mark Harrison said:

    Just a final thing on the identity of the lady behind Jimmy. I know Pat Bonham WAS there definitely. However having met her several times some years ago I don’t think that it was her. I’ve never seen a picture of Joan Hudson. My feeling is that it was Joan!
    Just a thought!

  • Ed- Washington DC said:


    Robert Plant was accompanied by his wife Patty Griffin, and JPJ was with his wife Maureen Baldwin.

    I initially thought Jimmy Page was escorted to the ceremony by Pat Bonham (presumably for her to accept her late husband’s posthumous medal), but I read elsewhere that it was actually a woman named Joan Hudson, accountant and adminstrative assistant to the band.

    However, I don’t know if that information is correct or not.

  • Lea said:

    Robert was with Patty Griffin and I believe that Jimmy brought along long time accountant for Led Zeppelin along with their solo work, Joan Hudson although some have claimed it was Pat Bonham.

  • Roxanne said:

    The Center Honors were wonderful, and I agree with most of the comments. I do have a question–does anyone knnow who were the three women sitting behind JOnes, Plant and Page were? I thought I recognized Mo Jones, behind John Paul, but I was curious as to the others.

  • Glen said:

    A few comments from myself about the Kennedy Centre Honor’s.

    — Jason wearing a bowler hat and the the entire choir, a la 1975 tour during Stairway…

    much better than black arm bands as a tribute to his father…you could tell Jason was

    thinking about his Dad during that piece.

    –And then Robert who steadfastly refused to do Stairway for so long, tears up during

    the Wilson’s sisters performance of Stairway. Now he knows why we wanted to hear it!

    –Also Plant’s wanting to be in charge of the music, not just the singer, which in my opinion

    is the real reason Zeppelin hasn’t re-united in all these years. He would have to relinquish

    control to Page. I could go on, but I will refrain.

    When Plant is the

    producer, the albums don’t go platinum. Raising Sand goes platinum…he was not the

    producer….tired of not being the Boss he quits T-Bone and Alison and forms a somewhat

    similar project, The Band of Joy.

    So…. I wonder how long it will be before he performs Stairway

    with a choir himself…giggle.

  • Pete Leigh said:

    Jimmy kept the band alive. Thank god for Jimmy

  • Denzepp58 said:

    Just beautiful!!!!

  • Steve said:

    Who would have thought we’d live to see the day when the President of The United States
    would be on TV singing along to Whole Lotta Love 🙂

  • Ian from France said:

    I think after years of being in denial, it finally came home to Robert just how good Led Zep were …. the best!

  • Doug said:

    The Kennedy Center honors rendition of Stairway was amazing. Stairway has fallen into comparative disfavor amongst Zeppelin fans – it has, after all, been overplayed and caricatured for the last 20 years – but after hearing the Wilson sisters’ version, an emotionally devastating experience for me, I am reminded of what a truly brilliant song Stairway is and how important that song is in rock history.

  • Jimmy said:

    No one can take anything away from The Beatles nor The Rolling Stones. Both were/are phenominal bands. But I was thrilled to hear Jack Black say publicly “Led Zeppelin was the best rock band…ever. Better than The Beatles, better than the Stones……..ever.”

  • Vic Morgan said:

    Just brilliant emotional isnt a word that covers it

  • Ian from France said:


  • André Cruz said:

    Very, very emotional Dave. Tears still droping. I just want to understand Plant…

  • John said:

    Thanks Dave/Gary,

    Enjoyed seeing Plant/Jones and Page watching and listening with such intensity. Did I see Robert looking emotional during Stairway. Wonder why bearing in mind the controversy he heaps on this song?

  • Petri said:

    Fantastic, funny and moving. Thanks Dave.

  • Mark Harrison said:

    Dave, I didn’t think it was possible to be taken to tears yet again by “Stairway” but seeing the three of them sitting there exchanging glances, and in particular Robert’s own tears drove me “misting up” over the edge…… The choir also added an extra dimension – easily the best musical performance of the evening. Very good to see the President “getting into” all of the songs!

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