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“I have to admit that what caught me early on was the Page/Plant thing. The two of them were so up-front in the mix – Plant with his haunting voice and Page with those absolutely sick riffs – that I was drawn to them instantly.
“Because of that, I completely blocked out the rest of the music for a while. But when I realized what John Bonham was doing, and just how brilliant he was, that’s when my musical journey seriously began. KISS got me interested in music, but Led Zeppelin – and Led Zeppelin IV, in particular – put me on my path as a musician.
“Misty Mountain Hop is the ultimate groove, but of course, you’ve got Black Dog. I mean, listen to those stops – people still can’t nail them because they're different every time. It’s one of those classic things where people will air-drum to it, and they’ll always miss that first hit. I’ve listened to it so many times, and it’s always surprising to me. That’s because it was the band jamming in a live room – there was no click track.
“Led Zeppelin IV still sounds fresh to me. Recording was very open and free back then. Whatever the band wanted to do, they did. Nobody will ever be able to match John Bonham’s wide-open drum sound. It’s the best I’ve ever heard – ever.”