Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan was one of the latest interview guests of Metal Hammer this week and talked about many things from his earlier relationships to the current status of social media while sharing the Led Zeppelin song that changed his life forever.
In his interview with Paul Brannigan, Duff was asked to recall the eight songs that changed his life, and Guns N’ Roses star selected many legendary tracks from Sex Pistols, The Heartbreakers, The Stooges, The Damned, Motörhead, and of course, Led Zeppelin. According to Duff, Led Zep’s ‘Immigrant Song’ from ‘Led Zeppelin III‘ was the first-ever track he listened to and it was a complete life-changer.
The iconic English band’s third studio album ‘Led Zeppelin III’ was released in 1970 and it features ten tracks including the opening track ‘Immigrant Song’ which was co-written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. The album was ranked at 31st place in Classic Rock’s ‘100 Greatest British Rock Albums’ list.
Here is what Duff McKagan said in the interview:
“I had older siblings, so I heard Led Zeppelin and The Beatles and the James Gang and Sly and The Family Stone at home before I really knew music. As a kid, the playing on Immigrant Song is unimaginable, you knew you couldn’t possibly play like that, but everyone could sing along to that amazing opening Robert Plant scream.
Immigrant Song opened up Led Zeppelin III to me, and when I got to see Zeppelin in 1977 at King Dome in Seattle, they were astonishing.”
You can listen to the remastered version of ‘Immigrant Song’ right below.