Led Zeppelin’s founder and iconic guitarist, Jimmy Page, posted a photo from eight years ago on his Instagram account and revealed what the former president of the United States, Barack Obama, really thought about Led Zeppelin.
As you may know, Jimmy Page is quite active on social media but his posts often serve a purpose. He mostly uses his Instagram account to share memories from years ago and tell stories that have never been publicized before.
Recently, Jimmy Page shared a photo from 2012 and wrote a long caption which narrated how Led Zeppelin was welcomed in the White House and by the then-president Barack Obama. Page reminisced December 3, 2012, when Led Zeppelin received a Kennedy Centre Honours as a symbol of their contribution to the American culture and arts.
Page added that he had the chance to meet President Obama and Mrs. Obama, Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton. He quoted some of Barack Obama’s kind words from the speech he gave during the ceremony. It turns out that Obama is a Led Zeppelin fan too who considers Led Zeppelin a source of musical intelligence and youth.
Barack Obama said that the band has helped millions of teenagers deal with their age’s angst and adults to feel young. Obama referred to Led Zeppelin’s members as the singer ‘with a mane like a lion and a voice like a banshee’ and the iconic guitar player as a ‘guitar prodigy who left people’s jaws on the floor.’
After such powerful and complimenting descriptions, Obama added that seeing Led Zeppelin rock even 32 years after John Bonham’s passing, has proven that not only young people can bring energy to the stage. It has given older people the hope to live a younger life, one that doesn’t have to necessarily match their age.
Jimmy Page’s flattering throwback was applauded by more than 50 thousand people who congratulated Led Zeppelin for their success and thanked Barack Obama for appreciating the contribution of such a legendary band to the history and culture of not only rock music but the United States.
Here’s what Jimmy Page wrote in the caption of his Instagram post:
“On this day in 2012, I received a Kennedy Centre Honours with Led Zeppelin. I had the honor of meeting President Obama and Mrs. Obama, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in Washington DC.
Led Zeppelin was honored by then-president Obama for our contribution to American culture and the arts, alongside David Letterman and Dustin Hoffman who also received the Kennedy Centre Honours award. ‘The Kennedy Center Honours recognizes exceptional artists who have made enduring and indelible marks on our culture,’ stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.”
Here’s what Obama said about Led Zeppelin:
“‘The Zeppelin legacy lives on’ – Barack Obama
‘When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham burst onto the musical scene in the late 1960s, the world never saw it coming,’ Obama said in his tribute. ‘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, a drummer who played as his life depended on it,’ he continued.”
You have probably heard numerous stories about how the band has trashed hotel rooms and created problems while touring. It seems like Obama has heard the rumors too as he found it noteworthy to mention that the band has been on their best behavior in the White House and thank them for not trashing the place.
Obama continued by saying:
“‘It’s been said that a generation of young people survived teenage angst with a pair of headphones and a Zeppelin album… But even now, 32 years after John Bonham’s passing – and we all, I think, appreciate the fact – the Zeppelin legacy lives on.’ The president then thanked the band for behaving themselves at the White House given their history of ‘hotel rooms being trashed and mayhem all around.’
He finished his speech, saying: ‘We honor Led Zeppelin for making us all feel young, and for showing us that some guys who are not completely youthful can still rock!’”
You can check out the photo that Jimmy Page posted on his Instagram account below.