When Led Zeppelin and Elvis Presley collided on Letterman’s ‘Late Show’

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In full Superfly mode, Elvis Presley and Memphis Mafioso Red West are on their way to the Felt Forum in Los Angeles on May 11, 1974. Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham attended the sold out evening concert. Image Credit: FECC Elvis-Collectors
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Elvis Presley’s former wife Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, singer Robert Plant, singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, and Memphis Mafia insider Jerry Schilling are captured backstage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles following a Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters concert on June 26, 2013. Image Credit: Led Zeppelin News via Twitter
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In this April 3, 2014 file photo, David Letterman, host of “The Late Show with David Letterman,” shyly acknowledges the crowd’s rapturous response after announcing his retirement during a taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Photography by Jeffrey R. Staab / AP / CBS
Click to experience Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant delivering “House of Cards” on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on February 4, 2011. Producer-guitarist Buddy Miller and singer-songwriter Patty Griffin complete the satisfying package. Video Credit: Worldwide Pants
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Patty Griffin and Robert Plant, who dated seriously for a time, pose backstage at the 13th annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show at the Ryman Auditorium on September 17, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photography by Terry Wyatt
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A trendy Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin [John Bonham was also present] are captured in a limo backseat after attending Elvis Presley’s concert at the Inglewood Forum on May 11, 1974. The trio would visit Elvis’ hotel suite that evening. Image Credit: LedZeppelin.com
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With guitarist James Burton in the background, Elvis Presley is captured in his American Eagle jumpsuit and sporting a 1968 Ebony Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar on May 11, 1974 at the L.A. Forum. Led Zeppelin attended the show and met the superstar Image Credit: FECC Elvis-Collectors
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Elvis Presley is captured in his gorgeous American Eagle jumpsuit on May 11, 1974 at the Inglewood Forum near Los Angeles, California. Led Zeppelin (minus bassist John Paul Jones) attended the show and met the superstar afterward. Rhythm guitarist and general flunky Charlie Hodge is obscured behind Elvis while bassist Duke Bardwell is at far right. Image Credit: FECC Elvis-Collectors Forum
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Wearing one of his prized DEA track suits, Elvis Presley enters room 105 of the Holiday Inn in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on September 7, 1976. Notice Memphis Mafia member Joe Esposito sporting a 1975 Led Zeppelin tour T-shirt. Image Credit: FECC Candid Central [Paul’s Elvis Page]
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Bassist John Paul Jones, drummer John Bonham, lead singer Robert Plant, and bearded guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin pose backstage at the legendary Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music in Shepton Mallet, England, on June 28, 1970. Image Credit: Pictorial Press Ltd. / Alamy
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Led Zeppelin pose at the infamous Hyatt House in Los Angeles on September 4, 1970, shortly before playing at the Inglewood Forum. Clockwise from top left is drummer John Bonham, Robert Plant, bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones, and guitarist Jimmy Page. Photography by Jim Marshall

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