The band Geddy Lee was “in ecstasy” listening to

Geddy Lee

It’s not possible to turn off your brain when listening to progressive rock. A band can only ask their audience to dance along to an odd time signature so many times before they start to get a little confused, even with all of the great hits that have come out of the experimental side of rock. Even Geddy Lee acknowledged that there was some power in shutting off his thoughts and cranking up Led Zeppelin. Lee may have been able to layer various levels of bass virtuosity throughout every song.

However, Zeppelin was never a particularly easy band to listen to. When considering some of their best songs, it seems that they were trying to sell the idea of creating danceable music by adding a few extra beats to every measure. Songs like “Black Dog” and “The Crunge” are considerably more complex than most people realize.

Despite its legendary reputation, “Stairway to Heaven” appears to be more well-known for its opulent arrangement than for its intricate writing. It’s undoubtedly ambitious and full of twists and turns. However, after years of being deeply ingrained in the collective consciousness, it’s difficult to characterize it as complicated.

Before all that mythologizing, Lee recalled being in musical heaven upon receiving their debut record. He told Mojo, ‘As soon as the first Zeppelin LP dropped, we all bought it and thought, What is this? Jimmy Page was still looking to put a group together after leaving the Yardbirds. It was more expansive and used bolder brushstrokes than Humble Pie, though. We couldn’t stop chatting about them because we were so happy.

Although Geddy Lee had been practicing his bass playing for a few years, it was at this point that he realized he was meant to be a rock musician. He knew exactly what he wanted to do and become. Maybe that vision was a little bit too on-the-nose when Rush first started putting their first tunes together.

Even though the Canadian icons’ debut record is still considered classic, it does feature too many Zeppelin references for a newly formed band. A song like “Finding My Way” was essentially the same thing but with a lot more energy. Critics often criticize Greta Van Fleet for being too similar to Zeppelin.

But it’s all about how a band develops from there, and Rush wasn’t going to turn into the next Led Zeppelin. No, Fly By Night had the vision to become a progressive rock legend. The moment the song ‘Anthem‘ began, Neil Peart, the band’s original drummer, dispelled many Zeppelin comparisons.

Zeppelin could certainly write a song like ‘Black Dog‘ or take their audience on longer tours through ‘Kashmir’. However, Rush had the right to write a story as fantastical as ‘By-Tor and the Snow Dog’. They also had the freedom to explore themes as grand as ‘Xanadu’ from the moment they locked in. Even though Fly By Night had gone far from its original path, Lee would always have that tinge of Robert Plant in his high range. The fire in his belly came from hearing ‘Dazed and Confused. Fly By Night was still a long way from their breakthrough in 2112.

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