Elvis Presley got wind of Led Zeppelin’s growing reputation in the early 1970s and decided he wanted to meet the rock band. What their meeting led to would go on to be one of the most incredible moments of frontman Robert Plant’s life.
In 1974, Robert, John Bonham and Jimmy Page, who was inspired to play guitar after first hearing Elvis’ Baby Let’s Play House, went to Elvis’ gig in Las Vegas.
After spotting them in the crowd during the concert, Elvis had them invited to meet him at the hotel.
When they arrived at Elvis’ suite, however, for the first few minutes, the King ignored them, according to the LA Times.
Jimmy was the first to get uncomfortable, fidgeting as they started to wonder if, awkwardly, Elvis did in fact want them there.
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Eventually, the rock ’n’ roll star turned around.
As legend goes, he had never listened to Led Zeppelin’s records, other than his cousin playing him Stairway To Heaven, which he liked.
He appeared more interest in the tall rock ’n’ roll tales of the band on the road: that reputation preceded them.
“These stories about you boys on the road…?” he asked, to which Robert replied: “Of course not. We’re family men.
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According to the LA Times, Elvis leaned out of the door as they made their way down the corridor, calling: “Hey!”
Then he broke into song, crooning Love Me.
“I sang it with him,” Robert recalled. “It was a high point of my life.
“I could have packed it in right there, a happy man,” he added.