Foos, Kid Rock & Kravitz: Tribute Led Zeppelin
Kid Rock, the Foo Fighters and Lenny Kravitz took turns tearing through short versions of Led Zeppelin classics during the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to the band, which aired last night (Dec. 26) on CBS.
On our televisions at least, the Foo Fighters’ two-song set from the live event on Dec. 1 was cut in half — yeah, cause who would want to watch Dave Grohl drum on ‘Black Dog’ anyway, right television guys? At least we got to see him bash through ‘Rock and Roll’ as the band’s usual drummer, Taylor Hawkins, took over lead singer duties and did his best Robert Plant impression.
Kid Rock was up next, with another special guest drummer, Kenny Aronoff, for a somewhat screechy and over-abbreviated take on ‘Ramble On,’ from 1969′s ‘Led Zeppelin II.’ In his defense, there are very few Zep tracks this side of ‘Immigrant Song’ where the mood and dynamics can be delivered properly in the two minutes each artist was apparently allowed.
Kravitz — again joined by Aronoff — fared better on his sprint through ‘Whole Lotta Love’ from that same album, thanks in no small part to his “oh yeah, we forgot how good that guy is” lead guitarist, Craig Ross. President Obama could be seen singing along in the crowd for this song, a sight that probably gave Ted Nugent a seizure.
Watch Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and Lenny Kravitz’s Kennedy Center Performances