This is arguably the most famous photo ever taken of Led Zeppelin. It was taken by photographer Bob Gruen on July 24, 1973 in New York shortly before Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham get on “The Starship” on the way to a concert in at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
At the time, this legendary photo of Led Zeppelin standing in front of their own “Led Zeppelin Airplane” single-handedly helped make the band seem bigger than life.
Gruen said Robert Plant asked him to snap a few unplanned photos of Zeppelin in front of the airplane before take-off for memories. A few different photos of the band were taken from the same angle that day but I just came across a screen grab of a different angle of the now iconic photo taken from a 8mm promo film shot that day. Here is a side angle of the exact moment the famous photo was snapped.
My buddy and Led Zeppelin expert Darryl Alber of (@hkcollectibles) sent me this GIF of the exact moment the photo was taken.
I also came across this one of Plant & Bonham taken aboard “The Starship” after the famous airplane photo was taken.
Here’s a great clip of Gruen talking about the unplanned Led Zeppelin airplane photo.
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