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Led Zep could have split up in 1977

By | Published on Monday 1 November 2010

Robert Plant has revealed that Led Zeppelin very nearly disbanded two years earlier than they did following the death of his five year old son from a lung infection in 1977. In an interview with the BBC, Plant says he was all set to quit rock n roll and become a teacher, but that John Bonham persuaded him to stay with the band. 

Plant: “All of us had been thinking about what would happen next because the illusion had run its course. I’d already lost my boy and then you think, ‘I really have to decide what to do’. I applied to become a teacher in the Rudolf Steiner education system. I was accepted to go to teacher training college in 1978. I was really quite keen to just walk”. 

Of course, the band did disband two years later anyway, following Bonham’s untimely death in 1980. On that, Plant adds: “John had been incredibly supportive to me so to lose him, that was the end of any naivety. It was very evident that my last connection was severed. As far as strong affairs of the heart and a confederacy it was gone”.