President Obama Pays Tribute to Led Zeppelin in Washington D.C.

Led Zep­pelin — they start­ed off mak­ing a mess of bour­geois house­holds; now, like many of their 60s coun­ter­parts, they’re get­ting hon­ored by the pow­ers that be. This week­end, the band’s three sur­viv­ing mem­bers — Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jim­my Page — were hon­ored for their cul­tur­al achieve­ments at a fes­tive cer­e­mo­ny in Wash­ing­ton D.C.. Look­ing very at ease with things, Pres­i­dent Oba­ma remind­ed us that, 30 years after the band’s last album, the “Led Zep­pelin lega­cy lives on.” Some­where Paul Ryan is eat­ing his heart out.

Below we have footage of Led Zep dur­ing their hey­day — a full con­cert record­ed Live at the Roy­al Albert Hall in 1970.

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