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Piano Used By Led Zeppelin Given To Teenager

A teenager given a beaten-up piano used by Led Zeppelin has said that learning to play her instrument was no stairway to heaven.

Emily Davies, 17, from the Forest of Dean, has been taught to play on the piano used by rock legends including Queen, Black Sabbath and Led Zep, who used it to rehearse their eighth and last album In Through The Out Door in 1978.

While she might be the envy of fans who attended the band's comeback gig on Monday, she said the piano was "not the best she had ever played on".

She said her piano was "hammered" when bands, which also included Deep Purple and Whitesnake, came to stay at the piano's former home at Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire.

Her family said Freddie Mercury once had to pay for it to be repaired after playing it too roughly.

Now a wedding venue, the gothic castle was once a well-known rehearsal and recording studio.

Forest of Dean sculptor David Yeates, who lived in the castle as a youngster, rescued the piano when his grandparents sold it.

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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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