George Blackburn felt that he didn’t receive a “Whole Lotta Love” from his wife in 2011 so they divorced. After their marriage dissolved, Blackburn seemed “Dazed and Confused” so he decided he needed a fresh start. He changed his name, officially, to Led Zeppelin II.
A fan of the band for decades having seen them perform more than 20 times in concert, Blackburn felt his life improved immensely once he changed his name. By adding the “II” Blackburn was honoring of the legendary rock group’s second album, released in 1969. It would reach number one on the Billboard charts in the US and top the charts in Japan, UK, and Canada and Australia.
Blackburn understood that it was an odd move (some would say it’s “What Is and What Should Never Be”) but told the local paper that “I don’t want to appear to be some off-the-wall, drug-addict idiot. I just changed my name from the standpoint that I can be a better person than I used to be.”
Blackburn took the “Stairway to Heaven” at the age of 64. There is no notice of whether he owned a “Black Dog.”