For many/me, Led Zeppelin are the quintessential rock’n’roll band. Their heyday coincided with a golden era of debauchery, in a time before the media saturation of celebrity culture meant that any tales of extreme partying would be exposed by the various gossip pages which dominate the news cycle. So it should come as no surprise to learn that when Zeppelin decided to turn it up to 11 off-stage, things got very, very wild.
One particular incident, which occurred at Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel in 1969, has gone down in infamy for its particularly fish-based antics. Due to its location, the Edgewater Hotel (clues in the name) could allow guests to fish out of some of its room, which allowed Zeppelin’s road manager Richard Cole and drummer John Bonham to catch a large number of mud sharks. Once the two men had a large collection of fish ‘decorating’ their room, some groupies decided to join them and that’s (as opposed to before when they thought filling a room full of large fish was a good idea) when things got weird.
Accounts vary, but, according to Cole, one particularly adventurous women seemed to delight in a certain method of carnal delights with one of the recently caught fishy fiends, climaxing ’20 times’. This, and a subsequent 1973 visit in which they instead hid their catch all over the hotel, led to the band being banned from the hotel, news the legendary band took with surprisingly good grace – ha, just kidding, they totally trashed the place!