46 years after their first album came out, Led Zeppelin continue to inspire countless bands and individuals, and it’s no more obvious than what you see above and below this. California Warbringer covered Led Zeppelin’s “Communication Breakdown,” a song originally on Led Zeppelin I, for a bonus track on their fourth album, 2013’s IV: Empires Collapse. And while it was recorded, it wasn’t released – until yesterday. The original is such a short, punchy song that the band almost have no choice but to be relatively faithful to it.
Meanwhile in Louisville, a group of about 55 7-12 year-olds did a Zeppelin medley despite the fact that the band broke up 33 years before the oldest of them was born. And the medley is vastly different from Warbringer’s not because of the age of the musicians, but what they’re playing on. The Louisville Leopard Percussionists played “Kashmir,” “The Ocean,” and “Immigrant Song” on xylophones, vibraphone, drums, marimbas and other percussive instruments. Here’s what the YouTube clip says about them:
The Louisville Leopard Percussionists began in 1993. They are a performing ensemble of approximately 55 student musicians, ages 7-12, living in and around Louisville, Kentucky. Each student learns and acquires proficiency on several instruments, such as marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos and piano.
Both covers are impressive for entirely different reasons, but seeing a group of kids getting the Led out on xylophones and other instruments – and doing it well – gives them the edge.