Kirk Hammett On How John Paul Jones’ Remake Of ‘When The Levee Breaks’ Inspired Him

During a recent conversation with Louder Sound, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett revealed that John Paul Jones’ remake of the Led Zeppelin song ‘When the Levee Breaks’ inspired him.

John Paul Jones has been a significant influence on the music scene, especially as the bassist and keyboardist of Led Zeppelin. He was on the bass in impactful songs like ‘Ramble On’ and ‘Black Dog.’ Jones also proved his keyboard skills in pieces like ‘The Rain Song’ and ‘No Quarter.’

As a part of the band’s 1971 album ‘Led Zeppelin IV,’ Jones gained massive recognition in the rock scene. The album became commercially successful and received many positive reviews. The record included a cover song named ‘When the Levee Breaks’ by Memphis Minnie. Additionally, ‘Stairway to Heaven’ became the band’s signature song.

In the previous months, John Paul Jones remade ‘When the Levee Breaks’ for the non-profit foundation ‘Playing For Change,’ established to provide music and art education to the youth in developing countries.

During a recent conversation, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett mentioned that Jones’ remaking of the song deeply impressed him with its excellent sound, including various instruments. As Hammett said, the sound inspired him to become interested in blues again, but the guitarist didn’t reveal whether he would have such a project in the future.

When asked whether he would create country or reggae sound in the future, Hammett said:

“Well, this morning, I heard John Paul Jones’s remake of ‘When The Levee Breaks,’ and I was amazed how great it sounds with more musicians on it, all this percussion, this far-away harmonica. It moved me to come up with this haunted bluesy thing. But day in and day out, I’m always doing something creative. I have lots of nervous energy. It’s weird because I’m at a time when a lot of people are slowing down.”

You can listen to the song below.