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Led Zeppelin’s Mile-High Party Aboard The Starship 1973

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Led Zeppelin 1973

British rock band Led Zeppelin, (left – right): John Paul Jones, John Bonham (1948 – 1980), Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, pose in front of an their private airliner The Starship, 1973. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

In 1973, Led Zeppelin toured North American Tour for the ninth time. The tour was divided into two legs, with performances commencing on 4 May and concluding on 29 July 1973.

Led Zeppelin would travel on The Starship – a pimped United Airlines Boeing 720B passenger jet owned by Ward Sylvester and singer Bobby Sherman.

 

Initially, they’d flown on a Falcon Jet, but it was small and often hit by air turbulence.  So. For $30,000, the Starshiop was given a paint job – the exterior was re-sprayed with Led Zeppelin emblazoned down the side of the fuselage – and the inside was decked in furs, shag-pile beds and booze:

* Inside, the main cabin contained seats and tables, revolving arm chairs, a 30-foot long couch running along the right hand side of the plane opposite the bar, a television set and video cassette player; an electronic organ was built into the bar. At the rear of the plane were two back rooms, one a den with a low couch and pillows on the floor, the other a bedroom, complete with a white fur bedspread and shower room.

The Starship was even staffed by two stewardesses, Susie, and attractive eighteen-year old blonde, and Bianca, a twenty-two year old with a dark complexion and a sense of humor.

”John Bonham once tried to open the plane’s door over Kansas City because he had to pee,” remembers Suzee Carnel, one of the flight attendants. John Paul Jones would belt out a lively version of I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts and other pub staples.

 

Led Zeppelin 1973

John Paul Jones of English rock group Led Zeppelin plays a Thomas electric organ behind the bar on board a private Boeing 720B airliner known as ‘The Starship’, which is being used by the band on their North American tour, 30th July 1973. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Led Zeppelin 1973

Two bartenders prepare drinks for guests at the bar aboard the British rock band Led Zeppelin’s private jet, July 30, 1973. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

Led Zeppelin 1973

British rock singer Robert Plant (L) of the band Led Zeppelin and the group’s road manager, Richard Cole, relax on a bed covered by a fur rug and discuss details of their upcoming concert, New York City, New York, July 30, 1973. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

Led Zeppelin

A young woman watches a video on board a private Boeing 720B airliner known as ‘The Starship’, which is being used by English rock group Led Zeppelin on their North American tour, 30th July 1973. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Led Zeppelin

Musician John Paul Jones of English rock band Led Zeppelin aboard ‘The Starship’, a private Boeing 720B passenger jet, during their North America tour, 30th July 1973. With him is his wife Mo.

 

  • Eric Veritas Blair

    Picture #5 the woman is watching the “James Paul McCartney” TV special

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FenQK6N0zcA

  • AlanOne7

    That’s how Rock Gods travel. Busses are for pussies.

    Thanks for posting these.