LED ZEPPELIN's Stairway To Rock's Heaven Is Now A Ruin

Neil Elkes of Evening Mail reports: The Queen's Head may now be a burnt-out shell of a pub, but it rocked to the cream of Birmingham's music industry during the Sixties and Seventies.

LED ZEPPELIN's Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Bonham, SLADE, THE MOVE, Ozzy Osbourne and BLACK SABBATH all cut their teeth at Erdington's premier rock'n'roll venue.

But whereas the pub was once at the epicentre of Birmingham's youth culture, in recent years it has become a blight on the community, home only to squatters, vandals, fly-tippers and travellers.

And the bulldozers could soon move in after Birmingham Labour MP Sion Simon added his voice to calls from residents for the eyesore to be torn down.

Two years ago the site was almost sold to supermarket chain Lidl, but planners decided it was an unsuitable site for a food store and the building has stayed derelict ever since.

"I was shocked at the state of it. It is soul destroying," said Les Cole who ran the nightclub from 1964 to 1978, working for the licensee Bob Thomas.

"I lived there for 14 years and now my old bedroom is burnt out." Read more.


Posted in: News


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).