I listen back to my music and notice that there are little, indirect influences from Zep, all filtered through the band I far preferred, Purple. In fact, my favorite bands have all mentioned a significant Zep influence: Priest, Rainbow, 70s Scorpions, Manowar. From that same list of big influences, only the Who (most specifically Townshend) never liked them...it bears mentioning that the Who (along with the Small Faces and Jeff Beck Group) had a significant influence on Zep (which might have coloured Townshend's overall opinion of them, not to mention possibly sour grapes at their superior popularity).
I think Zep was most influential in the 70s and 80s; however, there's no denying (even from a personal who's not particularly a Zep fan, like myself) that overall they have had a tremendously lasting influence and were truly phenomenal.
Graham Bonnet even threw in a Kashmir-ish "let me take you there" during his ad lib at the end of my "Beyond the Palace", of his own accord. I left it there because it seemed to fit really well.
Dinosaur David B said:
Zeppelin influence is kind of like a Hendrix influence. So pervasive and influential, that if you play electric guitar, it's in you (directly or indirectly) whether you know it or not, or like it or not. It's pretty much inescapable, unless you were a literal peer of theirs who was already a formed muso before they hit.
I agree, and find it amusing when so many players completely dismiss those two as even peripheral influences.
In regard to Hendrix, I can't count how many players who've played down Hendrix's contribution in my presence (at one point I was one of them). These days I have a hard time arguing with people that claim he was the greatest. His at times blatantly worshipful minions continue on...and continue recruiting (for mostly good reason imo). At times I'm convinced his more over the top sound might have been the original heavy metal tone (Voodoo Chile sounds one hell of a lot like classic heavy metal to me).
Iommi:It wasn't just that his guitar style influenced our guitar style (though it did, later). More than that, he influenced our lives. Legions of us picked up a guitar for the first time because of Tony Iommi and that guitar hero image he created — because what he was doing just looked so damned cool! We grew our hair long because of Tony Iommi. And none of that even addresses the songwriting influence that this thread was about.
Corrected from both mine and many other players' perspectives, but obviously Page was at LEAST as influential. After I completely went crazy hearing the debut Sabbath album I saw Iommi playing on "Night Flight", the Never Say Die footage, and was knocked out by his black threads, the guitar with the crosses, his whole Mephistophelian demeanor, the insanely feedback drenched solo before Electric Funeral. I worked my butt off on a Summer job until I could get my first guitar, then I learned how to play the vast majority of his solos and songs. He was and remains huge for me.
I'm still a fan of the classic Blackmore, but Iommi and Page were probably way more influential to players of classic heavy rock and Metal (and Metal in general).
Dinosaur David B said:
All true, but both Sabbath and Purple admit to being influenced by Zeppelin as well. At least in the area of picking a musical direction.
Oh yeah! Ozzy mentioned being at first turned off by "Paranoid" because it sounded too much like the post solo lick off of "Dazed and Confused". Even in some of the later Sabbath there's a little Zep, the main riff of "Computer God" doesn't sound entirely dissimilar to "Kashmir".
And as mentioned in the Alchemy profiles, the mighty "In Rock" came about partly due to Blackmore's being influenced by Zep II.
And the verse section of Master of Insanity is pretty much the same thing as the Wanton Song.