Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford talked about Greta Van Fleet and their comparison with Led Zeppelin during a recent appearance on Dr. Dot.
As you know, Greta Van Fleet is one of the most popular new generation rock bands and has made an impact in the music industry since their first album, ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army,’ which was released back in 2018.
Even though the band achieved success with this record, Greta Van Fleet was also criticized for having a sound very similar to Led Zeppelin’s. However, the band didn’t back down, and after three years of hard work, they released a new record this year, ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate.’
In the conversation, Rob pointed out that every new band uses old bands as a reference, which is normal. He then said that many new metal bands are often compared to Priest, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden.
In this way, he showed why it is normal for Greta Van Fleet to sound like Led Zeppelin and also mentioned that one of the most important things about Greta Van Fleet is their love for Led Zeppelin.
Rob Halford on Greta Van Fleet:
“What I love about Greta Van Fleet – when Greta Van Fleet burst out on the scene, they mildly said that they love Zeppelin, and I thought what was great about that…
Here’s the thing about a lot of these newer bands – they’re referencing bands from the past, as we all do. When we started as Priest, we didn’t have a reference, we didn’t have a metal reference because we were there at the beginning.
But a lot of bands will say, ‘Oh yeah, it was Priest, or it was Sabbath, or it was Maiden, or it was Motorhead, or it was Scorpions…'”
“It was from 30-40 years ago that we listened to as young musicians, and I think that’s a great compliment. Some of the greatest music, in my opinion, came through the back end of the ’60s, the ’70s was a great turbulent type of decade.
But by the time we got into the 80s and the 90s, some of the greatest things were happening in music, and they still live with us today.”
You can listen to the full interview below.