Robert Plant’s Reaction To Dread Zeppelin And ‘Hairway To Steven’

Led Zeppelin became a prominent figure in the rock scene between their appearance in the music industry in 1968 and 1980. The band’s heavy and guitar-driven sound was considered one of the building stones of hard rock and heavy metal by combining elements of blues and folk music. The group greatly impacted the music scene, and many upcoming musicians took inspiration from its distinctive style.

While some used similar sounds of it in their music, others created covers of the band’s songs. These types of bands have always caught the attention of Led Zeppelin members. From time to time, they gave their praises to these groups. In a past interview, Robert Plant conveyed his views on the band called Dread Zeppelin and an album, ‘Hairway to Steven.’

Robert Plant Shared His Opinions About Dread Zeppelin

Dread Zeppelin began its musical journey in 1989 by combining hard rock and reggae styles with humor in its sound. The band mainly came to the forefront by performing Led Zeppelin songs sung by a frontman who was a Las Vegas Elvis Presley impersonator. They released covers of the band’s significant records, such as ‘Led Zeppelin I’ and ‘Led Zeppelin II.’

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant praised Dread Zeppelin‘s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ cover from Elvis Presley in an interview with Rock and Roll Garage. According to him, they created a very successful job by adding their solo from ‘Heartbreaker’ into this version of Presley’s track.

About Dread Zeppelin, Robert Plant said:

“There was a band called Dread Zeppelin, who played reggae rock covers with the vocalist dressed as Elvis, and did a cover of ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and included a ‘Heartbreaker’ solo from Led Zeppelin in its version. It was excellent.”

The band didn’t only influence other musical acts with their name, like Dread Zeppelin, but also inspired other acts to release records with a similar title in their catalog. While Led Zeppelin has a long list of timeless hits that many music enthusiasts know, almost everybody has heard of ‘Stairway to Heaven.’

Robert Plant Reacted To An Album Named ‘Hairway To Steven’

The frontman also gave the album ‘Hairway To Steven‘ as an example used in covers of the bands. It’s the fourth full-length studio album by American experimental rock band Butthole Surfers, released in April 1988. Though the record doesn’t have a similarity in terms of its songs, the title is an obvious reference to ‘Stairway to Heaven.’

As Plant revealed, the band Little Roger and the Goosebumps used ‘Stairway to Heaven’ in the track ‘Gilligan’s Island (Stairway),’ presented in the ‘Gilligan’s Island’ series. Although it was a great song, according to Plant, Led Zeppelin lawyers sued the band because of copyright issues.

Robert Plant continued in the same interview:

“There is also the album ‘Hairway to Steven,’ which was another excellent example. And, of course, there was also ‘Gilligan’s Island (Stairway),’ which was also great, using our ‘Stairway to Heaven’ in a parody of the opening theme of a series (this is Gilligan’s Island, 1964 series; cover is 1978). But it didn’t take long for our lawyers to get rid of this. We sued the band, who had to collect all copies of the disc with the store’s cover.”

You can listen to the songs and the album below.