Rush biggest influence was Led Zeppelin at the start.
I just said that the influence of Led Zeppelin was mostly on Rush's first album. There is no question that the influence of The Who quickly took over. Heck, Rush were on the Colbert Report a couple years ago and when asked who their biggest influences are the very first artist they named was The Who. And that wasn't even the member who said that he was the world's biggest Who fan. And then there's the third member who said this: "Pete Townshend is one of my greatest influences. More than any other guitarist, he taught me how to play rhythm guitar and demonstrated its importance, particularly in a three-piece band."
You aren't going to get anywhere name-dropping Rush for Led Zeppelin. Not when it's in comparison to The Who.
Look, Led Zeppelin most likely are more influential on American Rock Music than the Who.
So you keep saying. And I'll keep saying you're wrong. They are both massive
influences on hard rock. But The Who's influence extends much further beyond hard rock than Led Zeppelin's does.
That is not dismissing the Who but Led Zeppelin is a lot more popular here in America than the Who.
Popularity and influence are not the same thing. Hootie and the Blowfish are a lot more popular than the Velvet Underground.
As for the last point the Beatles influence on modern pop and rock music fingerprints are all over the place and more enduring than Elvis and Chuck Berry. Those are the facts anyone who knows the music scene knows it.
How old are you? You think we don't know music here? Okay, we get that you think the Beatles are more influential than Elvis Presley, but you want to knock the guy right out of the top five and that is just completely fucking ignorant.
You think Alternative Rock and bands like Green Day are referencing the 50's.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9XUc5O_54w