The Led Zeppelin album that changed Dave Grohl’s life

Dave Grohl

An album is never just a collection of songs to a music enthusiast. Even though it’s a work of art that can take years to fully understand, analysing every song will never be able to capture the emotions that listeners experienced as soon as they turned on the record. Dave Grohl’s musical heritage dates back to Led Zeppelin. However, he was already well-known for his work on albums that changed the course of rock and roll. For him, everything clicked on their third album.

Led Zeppelin III, however, seems like a strange addition to their catalogue to everyone else. Prior to that, Zeppelin was widely recognised as the band that popularised electric blues. Their sophomore album featured nearly half of the track list becoming rock classics like “Whole Lotta Love” and “Heartbreaker.” This marked the point where it stopped being a fluke, despite their debut already being one of the most intense albums of the late 1960s.

When Led Zeppelin III performed “Immigrant Song,” it seemed like fans were in for something even bigger, but the group’s abrupt tonal shifts during their downtempo material are among the most shocking things that have ever happened to rock music. Many of Zeppelin’s fans were furious since the band had embraced their folk side.

Grohl told Rolling Stone that Zeppelin III “was full of gentle beauty“. Despite the fact that the guitars weren’t as fierce on every song. Grohl was also the perfect age to experience the music. That served as the background music while I dropped out of high school. I drove around in my VW bug. And I listened to it every day as I thought about where I wanted to go with my life. For whatever reason, that album preserved some of my inner light, which I still possess.

But then again, it’s not like Zeppelin turned into schlock music for casual listeners overnight. Although “Friends,” which features Jimmy, is undoubtedly one of their more eccentric songs, “Tangerine” is one of their most heartfelt songs. However, there are still remnants of their earlier acoustic material.

But even without the acoustic tunes, everything pales in comparison to their cover of ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’. Since the majority of the record was slower-paced, hearing Page express himself through guitar solo on this song stands out. It is among the most poignant musical moments of the 1970s. It sounds like he’s having an emotional breakdown and can only let his rage out on the instrument.

Even though Zeppelin was never as straight-ahead rock as Foo Fighters are, Grohl occasionally manages to incorporate that influence into his own work. Although the group was no stranger to acoustic music, Grohl’s rendition of “In Your Honor” took wild left turns in the latter half. This perfectly encapsulated Zeppelin’s gloomy vibe, right down to John Paul Jones’s supervision of certain arrangements.

Although Grohl has always acknowledged his ardent Zeppelin fandom, Led Zeppelin III is much more than just the inferior self-titled album. We might not be able to hear “Stairway to Heaven” the way we do now. This is because they took those chances at the beginning of their self-discovery.

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