Ex-Ozzy Osbourne Bassist Addresses Greta Van Fleet – Led Zeppelin Debate


Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rudy Sarzo spoke to Ultimate Guitar’s Justin Beckner and shared his ideas on the ongoing arguments about the similarity between Greta Van Fleet and Led Zeppelin. Following that, the bassist revealed the main reason behind these comparisons.

As you may recall, some music critics and Led Zeppelin fans targeted Greta Van Fleet after the band released their debut studio album ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army’ in 2018. Many claimed that Greta Van Fleet was a cheap copy of Led Zeppelin, considering their sound and lyrics. On the other hand, thousands liked the band’s music, and their album became quite popular by hitting the charts.

In one of his previous interviews, the band’s lead vocalist John Kiszka revealed that Led Zeppelin greatly influenced them. However, he then highlighted that Greta Van Fleet created their own unique style in their second studio album ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate.’ Besides, Jake Kiszka also stated that the Led Zeppelin comparisons are ridiculous and obnoxious rather than insulting.

In the recent interview by Ultimate Guitar, the host Justin Beckner asked Rudy Sarzo to name the young generation bands that release original works. Sarzo responded to this by saying that he likes Rival Sons and Greta Van Fleet. Following that, he brought up the comparisons between Greta Van Fleet and Led Zeppelin and said they do not sound like the latter. The bassist then claimed the reason behind this comparison was their energy and consciousness.

Sarzo said in the interview that:

“Yeah, you know, I really like the Rival Sons. I really like their uniqueness and everything about them. That’s the first one that comes to mind. They aren’t a clone or trying to imitate other bands. They might be influenced by the consciousness of what the band is about.

Greta Van Fleet with Led Zeppelin – that’s a consciousness they’re embracing. They really don’t sound or play like Led Zeppelin, but they tapped into that frequency and that energy of what makes Led Zeppelin so great.”

Thus it appears that according to Rudy Sarzo, Greta Van Fleet’s music isn’t a copy of Led Zeppelin’s works, but people compare them with each other because Greta Van Fleet is on the same frequency as Led Zeppelin.