Jack Black hit a huge high note when it came to ‘School Of Rock,’ not only did it resonate with many kids of the generation, but it also had a lot of classic rock undertones that really set the stage for the movie having a great reception by all.
One moment that sticks out from the movie is when Jack Black would go off on his little tangents referencing bands and artists who changed music. One of those bands being Led Zeppelin.
Robert Plant spoke about the decision to allow Jack Black to use Led Zeppelin’s world-famous “Immigrant Song” in the cult movie “School of Rock”, arguing that “to give it to the kids is important”.
However, giving actors and directors the rights to use their music in projects wasn’t something Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones always did freely. “We were afraid they weren’t going to let us use it, because they have a history of not letting people use their songs”, Jack Black says in the preface to a video message in which he pleaded with “The Gods of Rock” to relent and make the “Immigrant Song” a part of “School of Rock”.
Nowadays, Plant seems very confident in thinking they made the right decision, since the movie did a stellar job in making another, younger generation fall in love with rock, and Led Zeppelin was a part of it. In a new interview with Vulture, Plant was asked why the rights to the song were given to Black & Co. He said:
“Why not? Our songs didn’t come from Valhalla. It’s not a preferred destination, either. I like the idea of taking the hammer to another time.
Via UG Plant said: “Jack Black made a magnificent meal of it. It’s a killer guitar riff. What a shame ‘Immigrant Song’ isn’t easy for kids to play, by the way. Everyone gets it, young and old. It’s a great song. Not only slightly ridiculous but ridiculous. Considering that we wrote it in midair leaving Iceland — a fantastically inspiring gig and an adventure, beyond which there will be no books written. To give it to the kids is important. Send it up, send it down, and just keep sending it. Just dig it because there’s no hierarchy.”
Robert Plant would then go deeper into it and say that everyone did a great job with the song in the movie.
He said: “Because it’s all myth. It doesn’t matter. I’ve watched the film and find it funny.”
Explaining the band’s stance on having their music used in movies, Plant said: “I’m not responsible for all the decision-making when it comes to where we allow our music. It’s group decisions. There are two Capricorns and one Leo. We have to go through the whole thing together.
Plant then said that not all movies deserve his music, but this one did.