Richard Cole

Born Jan 2, 1946

Richard Cole was heavily involved in the rock music business from the mid-1960s to 2003, and is most famous for being the tour manager of English rock band Led Zeppelin from 1968 to 1980.

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1946 Birth Born on January 2, 1946.


1965 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Cole was drawn into the music business after meeting Richard Green, journalist for the Record Mirror, at the Marquee Club in 1965. … Read More


1967 21 Years Old In 1967 Cole moved to America and worked for Vanilla Fudge as a sound engineer.
1968 22 Years Old 1 More Event
When he heard that The Yardbirds were coming to America in 1968, he contacted their manager Peter Grant, whom he had previously known when Grant was the manager of the New Vaudeville Band, and became their tour manager. … Read More


1977 31 Years Old In 1977, manager Peter Grant gave his approval for Cole to hire John Bindon to act as security co-ordinator for the band's concert tour of the United States. … Read More
1980 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Whilst tour manager for Led Zeppelin, Cole developed substance abuse problems. He was fired from his position as road manager for Led Zeppelin's final concert tour of Europe in 1980 because Peter Grant was concerned about his drug and alcohol abuse. … Read More
1985 39 Years Old In an interview with New Musical Express magazine in 1985, Robert Plant dismissed many of the claims made by Cole in Davis' book, and discussed why Cole was removed as tour manager: … Read More


2007 61 Years Old Despite the bitterness felt by Plant, Page, and Jones to their former road manager, Cole was invited to the Led Zeppelin Reunion in 2007, and was even invited to the VIP section. … Read More
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