Led Zeppelin: The Greatest (Cover) Band Ever?

Denny Somach came in to talk about how Led Zeppelin "borrowed" practically every note of their first record from other artists. Denny said he was the world's leading expert in classic rock and accused Led Zeppelin of "using" other people's songs. Denny said Zeppelin stole from a Joan Baez version of Ann Breeden's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," for their own song also titled "Baby I'm Gonna Leave You." Howard played both songs and agreed it was a "dead rip-off." Howard then played a song by Jake Holmes called "Dazed and Confused" that was identical to Zeppelin's version. Jake opened for the Yardbirds when Jimmy Page was in the band, and that's where music historians claim Jimmy first heard the song. Howard also compared clips of Bert Jansch's "Black Water Side" and Zeppelin's "Black Mountain Side," and the riffs were the same. Howard then played Eddie Cochran's "Nervous Breakdown" and Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown," which were shockingly similar. Denny then asked Howard to play a Spirit song, and everyone immediately recognized the riff from "Stairway to Heaven." Denny then handed Howard his ticketstub from a Led Zeppelin concert from 30 years ago that they both had attended. Denny said Howard hasn't changed much in 30 years, as he even left the Zeppelin concert early. Howard admitted that he left early, saying he only did so because people were setting off M80s in the theater.