President Obama Pays Tribute to Led Zeppelin at Kennedy Center Honors
On December 1st the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were honored at a gala dinner held at the State Department and were awarded the Kennedy Center Honors which is the nation's highest award for "lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts."
President Obama gave an awesome speech and here is a little bit of it:
“When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham burst on the musical scene in the late ’60s, the world never saw it coming. There was this singer with a mane like a lion and a voice like a banshee, a guitar prodigy who left people’s jaws on the floor, a versatile bassist who was equally at home on the keyboards, and a drummer who played like his life depended on it. When the Brits initially kept their distance, Led Zeppelin grabbed America from the opening chord. We were ready for what Jimmy called ‘songs with a lot of light and shade.’”
That about sums up Led Zeppelin in a nutshell.
Watch the whole speech below: