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How Zeppelin Outsmarted Seattle Hotel Ban

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin attend a press conference to announce Led Zeppelin's new live DVD Celebration day at 8 Northumberland Avenue on September 21, 2012 in London, England.
Most are familiar with the Led Zeppelin “Mudshark Incident” that occurred in Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel in 1969, which resulted in the band being banned from hotel, but in a new tell-all book, apparently the band managed to check back into the hotel eight years later.

According to an account from I Killed Pink Floyd’s Pig: Inside Stories of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, James Blum, Edgewater’s former manager, said the band reserved rooms and checked in under fake names, and due to lack of computer assisted booking, Zeppelin managed to stay in the hotel…and proceeded to throw every TV in their rooms (five in all) out their windows and into Puget Sound.

The charge to replace the five TVs cost $2,500, which was almost as much as the cost to book the five rooms ($3,000).

I Killed Pink Floyd’s Pig contains 35 stories from Beau Phillips, a former DJ and program director for Seattle’s KISW, who has partied with some of rock’s most legendary acts.  The book is currently available for purchase at, where three chapters are available for preview that include stories about Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and Van Halen.