Headley Grange is a private English residence where Led Zeppelin recorded some of its most famous songs.
It’s the place where Jimmy Page came up with “Stairway to Heaven,” and where John Bonham recorded the legendary drum beat for “When the Levee Breaks.” In a new video shared by sample library Spitfire Audio, The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Queen’s Roger Taylor are shown separately at the historic dwelling pounding away on a drum kit.
Smith, who counts Bonham as a major influence, also is shown exploring his personal house of the holy.
“To be able to just look up and see the way the stairs go, just to be in that space and play those notes and be in this same air — goosebumps, man,” Smith says in a voice-over heard during the clip. “It was amazing.”
Taylor, meanwhile, comments that the sound of drums captured at Headley Grange was considered the “benchmark” for all drummers, noting that while he was playing there, “it just sounded like thunder.”
According to Wondering Sound, Smith reportedly became the first drummer to record at Headley Grange since the late Bonham last recorded there 40 years ago.
Spitfire Audio arranged for Smith and Taylor’s visit to the house to record a series of sampled beats, breaks and loops for other musicians to use in their recordings. The clip is titled “The Grange — NAMM Teaser,” referring to the National Association of Music Merchants annual trade show that’s scheduled this year for January 22-25 in Anaheim, California, so details about the project are expected to be unveiled then.
Other famous artists who recorded at Headley Grange during its 1970s heyday include Genesis, Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac and Peter Frampton.