Chad Smith: Funk Zeppelin
The line between rock and funk can be very blurry. The perfect example is Bonham, who did so many James Brown-esque beats and feels with Led Zeppelin. Bonham had this big, huge drum sound, and obviously they were laying heavy riffs on top of it, which gave it more of a rock feel, but they were really funky to me. The fills in this column are funky, but are inspired by Bonham's drum style. I was thinking in particular about the tune "Whole Lotta Love" for Exs. 2 and 3.