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Led Zeppelin plans to take Myrtle Beach for a loop.

A roller coaster synchronized to the band's 1969 song Whole Lotta Love will be the signature ride at the Hard Rock Park, spiraling 4,000 feet over a lagoon and reaching a height of 155 feet. Park officials announced the ride Friday. No one from the band was there.

Riders, inside a Zeppelin, will watch footage of the band performing, then go on the 90-second ride. The coaster goes upside down six times, with peaks and turns planned to match moments in the song.

The coaster, one of three planned for the park, will run alongside George Bishop Parkway.

Band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones picked the song and worked on the ride's development, said Steven Goodwin, the park's CEO. Led Zeppelin, still popular decades after its heyday in the '70s with hits such as Stairway to Heaven, All My Love, and D'yer Mak'er, connects with music fans of all ages, he said.

A 15-foot statue of "The Hermit," a cloaked man carrying a lit lantern that was featured on the band's album, already has a place at the park, unveiled Friday near the park's office off George Bishop Parkway.

"It's the most iconic rock band of all time, and they appeal to multiple generations," Goodwin said. "It's one of those things that unites The Whole family."

The $400 million park is under construction and scheduled to open in spring 2008. A preview center, dubbed "Backstage Tour," debuts Wednesday and will give a glimpse of what the park will look like. A concert featuring Sister Hazel, the Marshall Tucker Band and a Led Zeppelin tribute band is scheduled for that night.

The 140-acre park will include six music-themed zones, three roller coasters, a Jamaican- themed water play area, a 10,000-seat amphitheater, restaurants and a live comedy show featuring acrobatics and pyrotechnics.

Read more at MYRTLEBEACHONLINE.COM.
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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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