Xylophones, Kids and Led Zeppelin? Jimmy Page Loves It!
The Louisville Leopard Percussionists have received a huge Facebook endorsement for their xylophone-driven run through a series of Led Zeppelin classics. "Too good not to share," Zeppelin co-founder Jimmy Page told his 1.6 million fans.
Watch the video above as this 50-plus student orchestra, featuring Kentucky children between the ages of 7 and 12, offers spirited versions of "Kashmir," "The Ocean" and "Immigrant Song."
"Kashmir" is part of 1975's Physical Graffiti, the latest Led Zeppelin album to see a Page-curated deluxe reissue. Due Feb. 24, this new set follows similarly expanded looks back at the group's first five studio albums -- which were home to "The Ocean" (1973's Houses of the Holy) and "Immigrant Song" (1970's Led Zeppelin III).
Both Page and Led Zeppelin bandmate Robert Plant are busy with new music, too. Page is at work on a long-awaited solo album, his first since Outrider. Plant, who appeared on one song from that 1988 release, is also set to headline Mountain Jam. He will make this rare U.S. appearance with the Sensational Space Shifters, who backed Plant on his current project 'lullaby and ... The Ceaseless Roar.'
Founded more than two decades ago by Diane Downs, the Louisville Leopard Percussionists learn a variety of instruments including the marimbas, bongos and vibraphone -- all of which help round out their impressive takes on Led Zeppelin. Members of the group attend nearly 50 different schools from the Louisville, Ky., area.
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