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“I remember standing in my living room when I was 16 and hearing Scott Muni saying, ‘And here’s a new supergroup from England, Led Zeppelin.’ He played Dazed And Confused, and I was just frozen in place. I could tell that I was hearing something important.
“Between that song and You Shook Me, along with How Many More Times and Good Times Bad Times, drummers had a lot to figure out. Good Times Bad Times was the first time I ever heard a drummer on a single bass drum play like it was a double. For a few seconds, I thought my record was scratched and maybe I should return it, but then I realized, ‘Oh, wait, he’s actually playing it!’ [Laughs] Remarkable.
“Dazed And Confused, with that middle section – I’d never heard a drummer hit so hard. Mitch Mitchell and Clive Bunker were more jazzy players; they're touch was lighter. Now, Bonham also had swing, but he attacked the drums. He hit way harder than any drum teacher would allow. But listen to How Many More Times – there it is, it starts with a swing.
“There are plenty of other Zeppelin songs and albums that changed the way I look at playing, but on this record alone there are so many elements that took the art of rock drumming to a whole new level.”