John "Magnet" Ward, Jan. 16, 1975
John "Magnet" Ward, Feb. 13, 1975
Stage Crew (1972-77)
John "Magnet" Ward was an old friend of Robert's from the Midlands. He worked at Jennings Farm for a while and then started going out on the road with the band.
A notorious prankster and joker, the hugely popular Magnet was apparently named for his ability to attract women. He went on to work with Deep Purple, and was immortalised in their song "Highball Shooter" on the "Stormbringer " album in the lines "A Magnet brought you to me, told me your name was Jo, He said you liked my music and you really dug the show."
He was tour manager for Whitesnake for some of their earlier tours, the last one being the 1981 "Come And Get It" tour.
Robert brought him in to tour manage alongside Rex King on his first solo tours of the US, UK, Far East and Australia. After this he left the music business, and settled down with his wife and kids. He remains good friends with Robert and his family.
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|February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England|
|February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.|
|February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40|
|February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.|
|February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident|
|February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin|
|February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name|
|February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios|
|February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair|
|February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth|
|February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.|
|February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour|
|February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems|
|February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue|
|February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert|
|February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston|
|February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales|
|February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk|
|February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour|
|February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage|
|February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines|
|February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories|
|February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour|
|February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank|
|February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.|