Watch Eddie Van Halen Play Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’
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Eddie Van Halen’s magnificent virtuoso on the guitar was godly; no one could ever do it like how Van Halen did it. His extreme power to manipulate riffs and create some extremely hard ones was a work that few could only attain. If you ever plan to learn the chords of “Eruption,” we suggest preparing your minds and devoting your time to learning one of the most complicated guitar arpeggios of all.
But, while Eddie sure did dedicate his time to learn and improve his guitar skills, that also opened him to the possibility of exploring songs outside of his contemporaries. In this one video presented below, Van Halen took the moment to explore a Led Zeppelin classic, “Whole Lotta Love,” as the guitarist ventured on its ever-famous riffs.
“Whole Lotta Love” is the band’s single for their sophomore album Led Zeppelin II. It was a clear cut above the Zep’s songs, which is often stated to have contained the greatest riff of Jimmy Page paired with Robert Plant’s sensual lyrics. Page came up with its melody upon his stay at his houseboat on the River Thames at Pangbourne, Berkshire, England, in summer.
On the video, Van Halen was no Jimmy Page, but he dealt with the guitar frets like he owned the song. It was pure magic that would make you wish to have seen the two perform together this fantastic track.
You can hear Eddie Van Halen’s take on “Whole Lotta Love” here.