“Even though Led Zeppelin II totally knocked me out, this one was more influential as a drum album for me.
“I had never listened to a record before and pictured things in my heard. Led Zeppelin IV made me do that. It was like I could see movie scenes as well as drums. The recording was so unbelievable. I mean, the sound... I never heard rock ‘n’ roll hit me so potently since the first Boston record, which really got me into rock ‘n’ roll. Boston isn’t on this list, however, although it affected me hugely.
“Bonham’s entrances to songs, coming on an up 16th note, and his use of feel without a metronome – that stuff struck me hard. Even though I could sense that his timing sped up here and there – he would rush some things – it didn’t seem like a bad thing to me. It’s all in the feel as it relates to the music.
“The Battle Of Evermore – I could see forests! It wasn’t even a drum thing, but the visuals continued through the whole of the record. But again, Bonham’s feel, his power – what he did made me learn everything on the album. At least I had to try.”