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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.


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