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Anne Erickson


Mount Rushmore of Rock Bands

It was close, but your Mount Rushmore of Rock Bands includes Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Foo Fighters and Shinedown!

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Here are some photos of our Mount Rushmore of Rock Bands and fun facts!

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin formed in 1968.

Led Zeppelin’s original name was the New Yardbirds.

Led Zeppelin played their first show as Led Zeppelin at the University of Surrey in Battersea in October 1968.


Metallica formed in 1981.

“Master of Puppets” is considered one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time.

Metallica has sold 58 million albums in the United States.

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters formed in 1994.

The band’s name is from “Foo fighter,” a nickname from Allied aircraft pilots for UFOs.

Foo Fighters have won a whopping 12 Grammy Awards.


Shinedown formed in 2001.

Shinedown has the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts with a whopping 16.

The band has sold more than 10 million records.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at and tweet at her @AnneErickson!