Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, purveyors of filthy guitar riffs, back-breaking drum beats, and vocals that could (and probably already have) inspired a new religion. The British rockers — nay, heroes — nay, gods, can make a serious claim that they invented heavy metal and took blues-rock to a higher spiritual plane on albums like their 1969 classic Led Zeppelin II.
Earlier this month, these two cultural forces unexpectedly converged when Train announced plans to cover Led Zeppelin II in its entirety. “They are so hard to record, especially when you are trying to get as close a version as you can to the original,” said Train singer Pat Monahan, an avid heavy rock fan (apparently), in a statement. “The mixes, the time that they put in, it’s crazy how great they were as a band.”
While the words, “It’s crazy how great they were as a band” have likely never once been uttered about Train, the band still feels a kind of kinship with Led Zeppelin that transcends things like “time” and “quality.” To prove it — and to prove they’re actually serious about this whole cover album thing — they’ve shared their version of “The Lemon Song”.