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jAZ
02-25-2006, 05:19 PM
I'm listening to "Jimmie Page & The Black Crowes Live At The Greek" album... and I had forgotten how great a job they did covering all the big Led Zeppelin songs.

Got me thinking of a couple related questions...


Which major label Band/Artist do you think is/would-be best suited to cover Led Zeppelin (though they might have never tried before)?
Which major label Band/Artist do you think had done the best Led Zeppelin cover you've ever heard (live or recorded)?


I've limited it to major label bands to make sure we all know who you are talking about.

Brock
02-25-2006, 05:25 PM
Heart does it very well.

DJJasonp
02-25-2006, 05:26 PM
If you've never seen (or heard of them) before, Dread Zeppelin puts on a great show...

Mix of Elvis (the lead singer is a elvis look a like and dresses like him), reggae, rock...all to zeppelin songs.

May be blasphemous to hardcore Zep fans...but hilarious and fun time at their shows.

http://www.dreadzeppelin.com/

luv
02-25-2006, 06:00 PM
I'm listening to "Jimmie Page & The Black Crowes Live At The Greek" album... and I had forgotten how great a job they did covering all the big Led Zeppelin songs.

Got me thinking of a couple related questions...
I listened to the same thing about two weeks ago. Excellent.

4th and Long
02-25-2006, 08:17 PM
I'm listening to "Jimmie Page & The Black Crowes Live At The Greek" album... and I had forgotten how great a job they did covering all the big Led Zeppelin songs.
If you're going to count that as a cover band, then I'm going with The Honeydrippers as my answer.

BigRedChief
02-25-2006, 09:56 PM
I liked Heart's "Rock and Roll" cover.

manchambo
02-25-2006, 10:59 PM
A great album that I highly recommend is the "Whole Lotta Blues" album from the ain't no tribute series. It has lots of great blues artist (like Alvin Youngblood Heart and Clarence Gatemouth Brown) with really good covers. There's a similar one for the Stones, Dylan and Eric Clapton. All pretty good, but the Zeppelin one's the best.

Deberg_1990
02-25-2006, 11:22 PM
I liked Hootie and the Blowfish's cover of "Hey Hey, what can i do"

stevieray
02-25-2006, 11:59 PM
The lack of people who could pull it off speaks volumes about how that band is/was still incomparable.

pikesome
02-26-2006, 12:26 AM
The lack of people who could pull it off speaks volumes about how that band is/was still incomparable.

Its hard for bands to pull of the whole drug addled, rocking swagger that Zep had. I think its like Doors songs (whether you like them or not), not many bands seem to be able to do justice because the originals were so original.

DaneMcCloud
02-26-2006, 03:26 AM
The lack of people who could pull it off speaks volumes about how that band is/was still incomparable.

With all due respect Stevie, I think it's more the fact that no one would accept a LZ cover. Or a Who cover. And who really likes to hear a Beatles cover? Or a Stones cover? Those bands are classic. For a reason.

laser1972
02-26-2006, 06:10 AM
Try Great White's album Great Zeppelin, i guarantee you wont know the difference ...

No other band comes close

Mile High Mania
02-26-2006, 07:20 AM
""Babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, I've got to ramble. Baby, baby, baby, I'm gonna leave you..."

It sounds crazy, but on one of the best of albums for Great White they did a cover of this Zep song and it was great. Jack Russell did a good job, much better obviously than most original GW stuff.

You can listen here ----> http://www.emusic.com/album/10586/10586914.html?fref=150051

StcChief
02-26-2006, 07:39 AM
The Enconium cover tribute had a few decent ones.

Baby Lee
02-26-2006, 08:19 AM
Train. Case closed.

BigChiefFan
02-26-2006, 08:24 AM
The Enconium cover tribute had a few decent ones.
I agree. Blind Melon's version of Out on the Tiles was damn good.

Bearcat2005
02-26-2006, 09:43 AM
John Bonam (I think I spelled his last name right) kid Jason Bonam has an excellent cover to Zepplin...they sound right on.

Nightwish
02-26-2006, 11:45 AM
Heart does "Rock and Roll" quite well.

Masterplan (a Helloween offshoot) does a masterful cover of "Black Dog."

Great White and Demons & Wizards both do good covers of "Immigrant Song" (of the two, Great White's is better and more Zep-sounding).

Does the Viking Kittens' video of "Immigrant Song" count as a cover?

58-4ever
02-26-2006, 11:48 AM
I can't believe it hasn't been mentioned. TOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nightwish
02-26-2006, 11:51 AM
I can't believe it hasn't been mentioned. TOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Which one did they do? I don't think I ever heard it.

58-4ever
02-26-2006, 11:56 AM
Which one did they do? I don't think I ever heard it.

No Quarter from the Salival album.

58-4ever
02-26-2006, 12:01 PM
discussion closed.

Nightwish
02-26-2006, 12:18 PM
No Quarter from the Salival album.
Ah, no wonder I haven't heard that song. I haven't even heard that album!

4th and Long
02-26-2006, 12:20 PM
Ah, no wonder I haven't heard that song. I haven't even heard that album!
You said album instead of CD. You must be old like me. :p

StcChief
02-26-2006, 12:29 PM
John Bonam (I think I spelled his last name right) kid Jason Bonam has an excellent cover to Zepplin...they sound right on.
Not to be too picky John Bonham

Yes and Jason does cover Zep good

Frosty
02-26-2006, 12:40 PM
Dolly Parton Stairway to Heaven

Discussion closed.


:p :p :p

Demonpenz
02-26-2006, 12:54 PM
sheryl crow of course

Nightwish
02-26-2006, 09:17 PM
You said album instead of CD. You must be old like me. :pHeh, I've still got a couple 8-tracks somewhere around here. Last I knew, I've still got Foreigner - "Head Games," REO Speedwagon - "Nine Lives," Bee Gees - "Spirits Having Flown" and ELO - "Discovery" on 8-track! Sad but true.

Brock
02-27-2006, 11:05 AM
Try Great White's album Great Zeppelin, i guarantee you wont know the difference ...

No other band comes close

Covering a song well doesn't mean you try to make it sound just like the original.

NewChief
02-27-2006, 11:14 AM
Phish always covered a bunch of Zeppelin live. Some of the songs they've done:
Misty Mountain Hop
Heartbreaker
Ramble On
Whoel Lotta Love
Immigant Song
Good Times, Bad Times
Kashmir
Moby Dick


A lot of times, the songs would just appear as a brief jam or even just a tease. Other times the entire song would appear in the set list. Sometimes they were good, sometimes they sucked. They always covered them "phish" style, though. As in, it sounded like Phish covering Led Zeppelin, not Led Zep.

Nightwish
02-27-2006, 11:50 AM
Covering a song well doesn't mean you try to make it sound just like the original.
Agreed. The best cover of "Johnny B. Goode" that I've ever heard is Judas Priest's, from their Ram It Down album. It is barely recognizable as the same song, they put their own melodies and riff patterns into it, and it comes out excellent!

Brock
02-27-2006, 05:13 PM
I've been listening to a lot of the "Pickin' on..." series where bluegrass artists pay tribute to rockers. The Led Zeppelin collection is a real kick.