Two weeks ago, Led Zeppelin II of Bethalto, Illinois, passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 64. No, the Zep album didn't die. We all know that that album will last forever because it's damned awesome and loud, and the cover rules.
The former George Blackburn legally changed his name last fall after going through a rough divorce, and, looking to take his life on a new and exciting turn, he changed his name to the title of one of his favorite albums by his favorite band.
According to his daughter, he may have seen Zep 20 times while they were active and touring.
It's hard to argue with a name like Led Zeppelin II, or the outright amazingness of the gravestone, if the former Blackburn was in fact interred in a cemetery. It's also hard to fault an album that contains not only "Whole Lotta Love" and "Heartbreaker" but also "Moby Dick" to boot.
This made me ask our readers what albums they would appropriate as their own legal names, if given Led Zeppelin II's circumstances and, well, the balls to change the name that their parents gave them and that they have been known by since birth.
I can't think of an album title that would make me want to shed my confusing last name. It already sounds like a crazy Czech metal band.
Okay, maybe Eliminator or Thriller, because I would feel like an old-school American Gladiators dude.
"Mit Gas" -- Duke
"Jello Biafra's If We Outlaw Evolution Only Outlaws Will Evolve. Then I could go around called Outlaw!" -- Jef
"Raw Power" -- Jim
"Greatest Hits Volume 1" -- Leroy
"Black Sabbath" -- Willie
"When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing Fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You'll Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You Know That You're Right" -- Jill
"Jawboneofanass" -- Marty
"Badmotorfinger" -- Robert
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"The Works" -- Alex