When Jimmy Page responded to Keith Richards’ “scathing” criticism of Led Zeppelin

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The Beatles left a throne unoccupied at the height of modern rock ‘n’ roll when they broke up in April 1970. Most people will concur that no band in the 1960s could quite match The Beatles in terms of breaking through, inspiring creativity, and topping international charts. But in the 1970s, a few well-known bands found an easier time getting their start. Such as The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and The Rolling Stones.

Each of the bands on the above list, depending on who you ask, could challenge The Beatles for the top spot. For example, prog-rock fans might support Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd, while heavy metal fans might support Black Sabbath. Whichever of these bands is your favourite, they all had their share of winning qualities. Even though there was no rock throne, there was definitely rivalry.

Led Zeppelin is infamous for not seeming to like each other’s music. While getting along well with the members of Led Zeppelin, Pete Townshend made it clear in 1995 when he gave a positive review of the band on the History of Rock ‘N’ Roll that he is not a fan. He declared, “I detest the fact that I’m ever even remotely comparable to them. I don’t like a single thing that they have done.” And I simply didn’t like them at all. I find them to be really wonderful guys, so it really bothers me. simply didn’t enjoy the band.

Keith Richards focused on the origins of the band in yet another prominent jab at the formidable Led Zeppelin. The guitarist for the Stones asserted in an interview with Uncut in the 1990s that Led Zeppelin was a group that was “manufactured” to fit a specific point in the development of rock music. Richards had previously said similar things about other bands, like Sex Pistols.

In 1978, Richards said that Sex Pistols were nothing new, similar to Led Zeppelin, while talking about punk music. He declared, “I don’t think that Bowie, Johnny Rotten, or all of the Zeppelins are anywhere near the present or the future.” “Jagger believes punk is today, is now. To think you’ve got to do something new just for the sake of doing it, it isn’t real.” He continued, “It’s fatal for The Stones to try that,” in response to the question of whether the band would ever attempt to fit in with the punk movement. For what reason, exactly, must we sound like the Sex Pistols? Why would you listen to that garbage? It is intended for use in mass media.

It’s challenging to pinpoint Richards’ exact meaning when he refers to Led Zeppelin as “manufactured.” In 1968, Jimmy Page started the group after The Yardbirds gradually broke up. The four members had a normal beginning even though they didn’t meet at the bar during a passionate spontaneous jam session. Together with fellow session musician John Paul Jones, Page procured John Bonham and Robert Plant from a West Bromwich ensemble known as Band of Joy. They certainly weren’t industry plants.

In a 1998 phone interview, Dean Goodman informed Jimmy Page of Richards’ remarks. “How can it be assembled in a professional manner? The guitarist for Led Zeppelin shot back, “It really surprises me how organically it came together.” “I really felt that he was a very intuitive person,”

Jimmy Page, who was obviously hurt, revealed that he was aware of Richards’ previous admission that, while enjoying Led Zeppelin’s music, he was never a fan of Robert Plant’s vocal style. Page went on, “Really, whether you like it or not is just a matter of taste.” I’ve actually played with Keith before, and we had some great times. So I don’t really understand what that’s all about. But I’ve never heard him being quite so critical, and that’s pretty interesting.

Page wasn’t sure Richards was being sincere, even though he took Goodman at his word regarding the remarks. “That’s one of those things that’s a little aggressive to see if I take the bait. But I don’t,” he said in closing.

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