‘Jeopardy!’ Contestants Can’t Guess Famous Rock Band

Jeopardy! contestant and record-breaking winner Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games and more than $2.5 million during his first run as a contestant on the show, (episodes aired June 2, 2004-November 30, 2004), photographed circa November 2004
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Classic rock fans were shocked while watching one of the most recent episodes of Jeopardy! During the episode, a category called “Discographies,” came up with photos of music artists and the title of one of their albums as the clue. Contestants would need to correctly answer who the artists were to win the money.

The $400 clue showed a photo of Led Zeppelin along with the name of their 1973 album Houses of the Holy. All three contestants were silent and couldn’t figure out who the band was. When time ran out, host Ken Jennings joked, “You have annoyed Led Zeppelin fans everywhere.” According to social media during and after the episode, he was absolutely right.

British rock band Led Zeppelin. From left to right, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham (1947 - 1980), John Paul Jones

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Led Zeppelin is one of the most iconic rock bands of all time. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham were all members of the band which started in 1968. Their song “Stairway to Heaven” is one of the most recognizable songs ever. One fan commented after watching the episode, “I just experienced another striking revelation about how old I must be getting: My utter shock that none of the contestants on today’s Jeopardy episode could identify Led Zeppelin from one of their publicity photos.” Another quipped, “What kind of horrible uncultured lives have these people lived?”

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

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I always joke that because of the nature of my job, if Jeopardy! was all about pop culture, I could kill it. Yet, many of the contestants seem to be excellent with history, geography, and other brainy trivia but forget to brush up on celebrities, TV/movies, and music. In another recent episode, all of the contestants couldn’t even name country star Garth Brooks during a category about ’90s artists. Man, oh man.

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