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02 August 2021

Work On The New ‘Becoming Led Zeppelin’ Documentary Concludes

Becoming Led Zeppelin Documentary
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The much-anticipated authorised Led Zeppelin documentary Becoming Led Zeppelin has finally been completed.

Directed by Bernard MacMahon, the film was first announced back in May 2019 to mark the band’s 50th anniversary in 2018.

The director has today confirmed the film’s title, Becoming Led Zeppelin, and announced that work on the documentary has been completed.

Becoming Led Zeppelin is a film that no one thought could be made,” MacMahon said in a statement. “The band’s meteoric rise to stardom was swift and virtually undocumented.

“Through an intense search across the globe and years of restoration of the visual and audio archive found, this story is finally able to be told.”

Becoming Led Zeppelin is the first time that the band have participated in a documentary in 50 years, with the band granting MacMahon “unprecedented access” for the film.

New interviews with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones will feature, while rare archival interviews with the late John Bonham, who died in 1980, are also set to be included. A release date for the film, however, has yet to be confirmed.

Last month Plant spoke about how Bonham had featured in his dreams during lockdown.

“I’ve dreamt that I’ve been back with old friends, quite a lot, like John Bonham, like my father, my son who left when he was five,” Plant said on his podcast Digging Deep. “And they’ve been magnificent moments of great relief.”

Back in May, Plant launched the fourth season of his hugely popular podcast, Digging Deep: The Robert Plant Podcast.

Last October, the singer released Digging Deep: Subterranea – a journey through his solo recordings, from Pictures At Eleven in 1982 through to three previously unreleased, exclusive tracks.

Plant has spent the last two decades exploring different sounds on his solo and collaborative releases, from Raising Sand to 2017’s world music-influenced Carry Fire.

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