How To Play Bonham’s Part On “Achilles Last Stand”

By Nate Brown Published on November 2, 2010

Nate Brown demonstrates an excerpt from John Bonham's powerful drum part on "Achilles Last Stand," the opening track from Led Zeppelin's seventh album Presence. The interesting part of this song happens during Jimmy Page's great guitar solo, where the band executes a metric modulation to a slower tempo, and changes to 5/4 meter, at which point the eighth-note shifts to the value of a quarter-note triplet. Bonham plays a series of triplets in 5/4 at the new tempo. It's a incredible exercise in counting.