Led Zeppelin – The Shark Incident

The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, Washington

The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, Washington.

The Edgewater Inn, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA.

The “shark story.” Probably one of the most infamous stories of rock n’ roll debauchery included this hotel on Elliot Bay in Seattle, WA. On July 28th, Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge were in town for the Seattle Pop Festival the night before. At the time, the hotel allowed guests to fish in the bay from their rooms. Legend has it, the group caught several fish (sharks, mudsharks and red snappers) and inserted the fish in a more than willing groupie. According to Zeppelin road manager Richard Cole, members of the band may have been present but it was Cole that did all the dirty work. “It wasn’t (Zeppelin drummer) Bonzo, it was me. It wasn’t shark parts anyway: It was the nose that got put in. We caught a lot of big sharks, at least two dozen, stuck coat hangers through the gills and left ’em in the closet. But the true shark story was that it wasn’t even a shark. It was a red snapper and the chick happened to be a f**** redheaded broad with a ginger p****. And that is the truth. Bonzo was in the room, but I did it. Mark Stein [of Vanilla Fudge] filmed the whole thing. And she loved it. It was like, “You’d like a bit of f*****, eh? Let’s see how your red snapper likes this red snapper!” That was it. It was the nose of the fish, and that girl must have cum 20 times. But it was nothing malicious or harmful, no way! No one was ever hurt.”

Also of note, the Beatles stayed at The Edgewater in 1964 when they visited Seattle.

Required Listening

  1. Good Times, Bad Times – Led Zeppelin
  2. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin
  3. Dazed And Confused – Led Zeppelin
  4. Communication Breakdown – Led Zeppelin
  5. She Loves You – The Beatles


Street View of the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, Washington


Street View of the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, Washington