Random Cover Song: Bad Religion – “Rock and Roll” (Led Zeppelin)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today’s Random Cover Song is a flashback to 1983, when Bad Religion performed a cover version of the Led Zeppelin classic “Rock and Roll” live at the Skylite Club in Long Beach while they were promoting their iconic 1982 debut album How Could Hell Be Any Worse?. The original version appears on Led Zeppelin’s 1971 album Led Zeppelin IV (also known as Four Symbols), while Bad Religion’s version was only performed live and has never appeared on any of their albums.

You can listen to both versions of “Rock and Roll” below.


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