“I don’t care how big you are, you can’t use my name”!!!!!! On Feb. 28, 1970, L…
Written by megarock on February 28, 2018
“I don’t care how big you are, you can’t use my name”!!!!!!
On Feb. 28, 1970, Led Zeppelin performed in Denmark as “The Nobs” to keep from being sued.
The granddaughter of Count Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin, Countess Frau Eva von Zeppelin felt the bands use of Zeppelin was insulting and dishonoured her family name. Jimmy Page commented to the Melody Maker that The Countess initially took issue during an early Led Zeppelin concert performance in Copenhagen in October 1969, when she tried (unsuccessfully) to stop a television appearance. The band invited her to meet with them for a cup of tea at the television studio and by all accounts the meeting was very cordial. However, upon leaving the studio, her anger reignited when she saw the cover of their debut album Led Zeppelin, featuring the Hindenburg airship combusting into flames. The aristocrat angrily described the group as “shrieking monkeys”.
She threatened to sue Led Zeppelin for illegal use of their family name while performing in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 28, 1970, despite the bands offer of free drugs and an “all areas” backstage pass.
Jimmy Page has said: “The first time we played we invited her backstage to meet us, to see how we were nice young lads. We calmed her down but on leaving the studio, she saw our LP cover of an airship in flames and she exploded! I had to run and hide. She just blew her top.”
To prevent the lawsuit, 48 years ago today, Led Zeppelin performed a concert the band as “The Nobs”.
We have been told that the attached picture is of “The Nobs”.
She must have been pretty scary………
And of course we have to ask…. any of you at this show?