Before the pop diva was known as the one and only meat-wearing, blood-sucking monster Lady Gaga, this hometown New Yorker had a fierce passion for all things Zeppelin. Steffani Germanotta, otherwise known as Lady Gaga, was just a simple, struggling talent that loved rock and had the voice for it. Either the world never knew this side of Gaga or we forgot how versatile the singer could be, but once upon a time Gaga was gaga for Led Zeppelin.
She reminded us of this on the Howard Stern show in October 2016, and her clear and flawless cover clip of the band’s iconic “Black Dog” had the rock world in an utter uproar. Even Zeppelin fans were in shock over the singer’s raspy a Capella pipes that resembled a raw, effeminate version of golden god Robert Plant. Not even Stern expected the impromptu belt as he was simply just stating that Gaga used to lead a Led Zeppelin cover band in her younger years on his XM radio show. Although she displayed clear talent back in 2006 with her “D’yer Maker” cover that was recently exposed by Consequence of Sound, Gaga has cleansed her vocal texture tenfold with what we can only assume has taken years and years of practice. But, even as a beginner in the industry, there was something special about her.
With performances like the live Sound of Music rendition and a Super Bowl serenade that left the world speechless, it is clear that the pop world isn’t the only genre that Gaga could call home. Stemming from a background of musical theater and the arts, most people or even fans may not know that Germanotta was born a piano prodigy, playing at age four, writing ballads by 13 and performing them by 14. Play after play, appearing in Guys and Dolls, eventually turned into earning a guest part on HBO favorite The Sopranos, things were finally happening for the half-Italian talent. After landing a few semi-decent gigs and making some friends in the industry, Gaga finally decided to channel her energy from brilliant songwriting to performing and was eventually picked up by Def Jam Records in 2006.
For only three months, however, was she was able to call Def Jam family after being dropped from the label which led to uncontrolled spiraling of underground New York unpleasantries like her relationship with an anonymous heavy metal drummer. It was around this time that the Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue came to be, in which we see in the YouTube “Dy’er Maker” performance mentioned before. Tributing iconic 70’s bands like Led Zeppelin, Gaga felt at home with sonic genius of the psychedelic time period but finally struck gold with the onstage wisdom and flare of the late David Bowie. And thanks to good friend in the industry Rob Fusari and record executive Vincent Herbert, the rest was history for the pop-inspired, sensual sensation.
After seeing such a revelation of rock emerge from the aging diva’s matured pipes, we want more. Please, Gaga?