Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Led Zeppelin had a fireplace in their private jet ‘The Starship’, a former United Airlines Boeing 720 passenger jet, leased to touring musical artists in the mid-1970s

It has a functional fireplace in-built in it. 1975.

The Starship was used throughout Led Zeppelin's 1975 US concert tour, and is included at the end of "Stairway to Heaven" on disc 2 of the Led Zeppelin DVD with both its 1973 and 1975 paint schemes.

English rock band Deep Purple hired The Starship for their 1974 U.S. tours.  In an interview with Circus magazine in 1974, Deep Purple's Jon Lord explained: "It's a 707 put together by a firm in L.A. that Sinatra, Dylan and The Band just used and Elton John uses. It has a lounge, a bedroom, a shower and a study. It's supposed to look as little as a plane as possible."

The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers Band and Alice Cooper were Starship clients. Peter Frampton was the last to charter The Starship in 1976. As early as Alice Cooper's 1974 tour the aircraft was beginning to show signs of engine difficulties and by the time of Led Zeppelin's 1977 US Tour it was permanently grounded at Long Beach Airport.

When the Allman Brothers chartered the plane, they found "Welcome Allman Brothers" written on the plane's bar in lines of cocaine once they boarded.

The Starship went through several ownership changes from 1977 through 1979 until it went into storage at Luton Airport. It was dismantled for parts starting in July 1982.

Musician John Paul Jones of English rock band Led Zeppelin aboard ‘The Starship’, a private Boeing 720B passenger jet, during their North America tour, 30th July 1973. With him is his wife Mo.

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