I heard live versions of Stairway where he also played badly, with Bonham.Nobody is going to sound good if the substitute drummer is clueless as to the structure of the tunes, the verses, choruses and rhythms. I just think musicians should get that. People are judging it like picky consumers and not fellow players IMO. It doesn't mean Page sucks and can't play. That was probably one of the worst nights of his life.
EVH said tgat he loved Page's studio work but that he thought that live the guy played like a two year old. So it was always an issue...
Blaming a drummer is just a lame excuse.