Led Zeppelin

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    Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
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Hard rock and heavy metal as we know it wouldn't exist without Led Zeppelin, one of the most popular and innovative rock bands ever.

The band's blues explosions frequently gave way to heavy folk, mystical psychedelic rock and orchestral detours–a testament to the U.K. group's versatility and willingness to push sonic boundaries.

Hall of Fame Essay


J.D. Considine

To say that Led Zeppelin invented heavy metal is like saying Einstein was good with numbers. 

It’s true enough that the quartet influenced an entire generation of heavy rockers, but to suggest Led Zep’s music was therefore equivalent to run-of-the-mill heavy metal would be like blaming the theory of relativity for all the bad science fiction in the world.

Certainly the Led Zeppelin canon had heft. From the galloping rumble of "Whole Lotta Love” to the swaggering, bluesy howl of "Black Dog” to the oriental exoticisms of "Kashmir,” Led Zeppelin’s sound was larger than life in ways other bands could hardly hope to emulate.  

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1995
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1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Led Zeppelin
pure chemistry, kind of like Howlin’ Wolf meets the Loch Ness Monster.
Joe Perry

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