Story by by Christian Holub, Entertainment Weekly
It’s difficult to hear the wistful piano of “Drops of Jupiter” or the easygoing ukulele of “Hey Soul Sister” and be reminded of Jimmy Page’s overpowering guitar, and yet according to Train, Led Zeppelin is one of their biggest musical influences. To prove it, the band announced on Thursday that they will be covering Led Zeppelin II in full.
Train Does Led Zeppelin II is due out June 3 on Crush Music. It will follow the original’s tracklist exactly, including hits like “Whole Lotta Love” and “Ramble On.” The album is available for pre-order now, and will come in vinyl and CD editions. All proceeds will go to Family House, a charity organization that supports families of kids suffering from cancer.
The band got the idea after covering the album this year’s Sail Across the Sun cruise, although in the studio they found that recreating Page’s iconic production was harder than it sounded.
“They are so hard to record, especially when you are trying to get as close a version as you can to the original. The mixes, the time that they put in, it’s crazy how great they were as a band. They were virtuosos at what they did,” lead singer Pat Monahan said in a statement. “I would love it if people get a dose of what’s hiding underneath Train’s songs, our influences, but we basically did this for the fun of it.”