Watch Alice In Chain’s Incredible Cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”
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It’s hard to cover a legendary song. Some people, however, have the kind of natural skill that allows them to perform anything, even a Led Zeppelin track. Luckily, Alice in Chains have that ability when they performed the classic “Kashmir” during a concert held at Seattle, Washington, to benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center.
While several artists have covered “Kashmir,” Alice in Chains’ version is often regarded as among the best. As the band performed along with North West Symphony Orchestra, they immediately delved into the song; the band and the orchestra completely floored the listeners. The guitar, drums, bass, strings, and vocals were all excellent, and there wasn’t a single weak link in the whole thing.
Alice in Chains, with then-new frontman William DuVall, began to harmonize with the Zep track. While he may not have the Robert Plant range, he can still reach very high on his vocals. His words echo in the presence of trumpets, guitars, big percussion, and… a complete orchestra. No musician should expect it to be simple, yet he perfectly executed what was unexpected of him.
Written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Bonham, “Kashmir” appears on Led Zeppelin’s sixth studio album, Physical Graffiti (1975). After its debut, the band began included the song in nearly all their sets.
The members of the band unanimously deemed this to be one of their finest musical moments. Page has cited this song in response to the question, “What is the best Zeppelin riff of all” and Robert Plant has said that “Kashmir” is one of his favorites.