Howard Stern had the rock band Train on talking about their incredible note-for-note Led Zeppelin II cover album simply called Train Does Led Zeppelin II. Train owes Zeppelin the honor, they say, because playing Zep is how the band first got people to come out and see them. (They ignored, apparently, all those “No Stairway” signs.)
Stern mentioned that Cheap Trick did a similar thing with The Beatles Sgt. Pepper and that he loves it, listens to it a lot. He loved the Train, too. One listen to Train lead singer Patrick Monahan sing and you’ll believe Robert Plant has been reincarnated — while the Zeppelin front man is still alive. Stern listened awestruck and rendered this opinion: “I’m speechless.” BTW, Train switched drummers a few years back, taking on Drew Shoals after the departure of Scott Underwood. Shoals is crazy impressive, a rock genius who left the rock life to get a Ivy League Law degree at the University of Pennsylvania. But all that was in preparation for his new and miraculous transition into Zeppelin kit legend John Bonham.
Listen to this insanely tight exceptionally loyal Train take on “The Lemon Song”:
Here’s some non-Zep Train: