Classic Rock

My First Love

Led Zeppelin Led ZeppeLin iii

- Michael Schenker Fest’s Revelation is out on September 20 via Nuclear Blast. By Michael Schenker

The guitar hero looks back on first hearing Immigrant Song and learning Since I’ve Been Loving You.

“I was lying in bed one morning, aged fifteen, alone in my room, listening to our family’s old vintage radio. Led Zeppelin III had just come out, and it was being introduced on a programme that I always listened to. When I heard the drums of Immigrant Song I just went, ‘Oh, this is life…’ Then I’d hear it in clubs. I’d hear it everywhere.

There was something about III that was more snappy than the first two albums. I learnt the whole guitar part from Since I’ve Been Loving You, because [Scorpions singer] Klaus Meine and I performed it. It was a fantastic melody and the note structure was unbelievab­le. And the way Robert Plant sang – he sounded like he was just jamming.

“I think John Bonham is so responsibl­e for a lot of Zeppelin’s songwritin­g on III. On Immigrant Song, I realised immediatel­y that his drums were leading, and all Jimmy Page had to do was follow. What I loved about songs like Gallows Pole was the way the drums made the acoustic guitar work. They were so heavy and grooving, so it didn’t matter if it was accompanie­d by acoustic guitar, it still rocked.”

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