Negative Creep wrote:
Because The Who have influence extending past hard rock and metal.
They are also objectively the greater live band than Zeppelin.
They are very close by the criteria though.
As for influence on hard rock and metal, I completely disagree -- Led Zeppelin was the progenitor of hard rock and metal along with Sabbath and Purple.
First, you didn't understand what Negative Creep was saying (which is that The Who's influence extends further beyond hard rock and heavy metal than Led Zeppelin's does). Second, Led Zeppelin is not a progenitor of hard rock. They didn't release anything until 1969. Hard rock was already thriving
by then. The progenitors of hard rock are The Kinks, The Who, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Jefferson Airplane, Steppenwolf, and less successful/enduring artists such as The Sonics, Blue Cheer, The Amboy Dukes, and Iron Butterfly, among others. The groundbreaking efforts of those acts are a big part of why Led Zeppelin was such a huge success right out of the gate. The stage had been set.