This 1990s rock star spent years in her bedroom imitating Led Zeppelin songs
John Bonham of Led Zeppelin is so influential that a famous drummer spent “years” in his bedroom listening to his songs. Then. this drummer went on to be a part of two of the most important bands of the 1990s. Here’s a look at what he had to say – and how the popularity of this rock star compared to Bonham and company.
Why this 1990s rock star listened to Led Zeppelin songs so much
Rolling stone released a list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Each entry on the list was accompanied by an essay on them written by famous musicians. The magazine ranked Led Zeppelin at No.14 on the list.
Dave Grohl, a rocker best known for his work with Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, wrote the essay for Led Zeppelin’s entry on the roster. This is remarkable because there are many similarities between the sound of Nirvana and that of Led Zeppelin. Nirvana even released a track called “Aero Zeppelin” during their early years. As evidenced by its title, “Aero Zeppelin” is a tribute to the work of Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. In his essay, Grohl said he believed in the latter group when his faith in Christianity began to wane.
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Grohl explained how Bonham influenced him. “John Bonham was playing the drums like someone who didn’t know what was going to happen next – like he was teetering on the edge of a cliff,” he said. “No one has come close to this since, and I don’t think anyone ever will. I think he will forever be the greatest drummer of all time.
“You have no idea how much he influenced me,” he added. “I spent years in my bedroom – literally f * cking years – listening to Bonham’s drums and trying to mimic his swing or swagger behind the beat or his speed or power. Not just memorizing what he did on those albums, but putting myself in a place where I would have the same instinctive direction as him.
How Dave Grohl paid tribute to Led Zeppelin
Subsequently, Grohl revealed that he paid homage to Bonham outside of his music. “I have John Bonham tattoos all over my body – on my wrists, my arms, my shoulders,” he wrote. “I gave myself one when I was 15.” Grohl said his tattoo depicted the trio of circles on Bonham’s bass drum and the cover of Led Zeppelin IV.
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Who was more popular: Led Zeppelin, Nirvana or the Foo Fighters?
This raises an interesting question: Which band has been more successful – Led Zeppelin, Nirvana or the Foo Fighters? Zeppelin released seven albums which reached No.1 on the Display panel 200. On the other hand, Nirvana released four albums that exceeded the Display panel 200 and the Foo Fighters released two albums that exceeded the Display panel 200. Grohl took a lot of inspiration from Bonham and his company, but he didn’t match their commercial success, even when you combine his work with Nirvana with his work with the Foo Fighters.
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