Since their last concert in 2007, the likelihood of a Led Zeppelin reunion is highly unlikely. If one's thirst to see a live Zeppelin show was never quenched, there was luck after all this past weekend.
Get The Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, performed at the Bijou Theatre on Sunday night. Lead singer Paul Sinclair has a voice strikingly similar to that of Robert Plant. Sinclair made the comment at one point in the show, "I know you're all thinking: what's Howard Stern doing singing lead vocals?"
All joking aside (as well as any resemblance to Stern), Sinclair is spot on.
A few songs into the band's set he let loose a rendition of "Babe (I'm Gonna Leave You)" that sent chills across the crowd. For the first few songs his levels were down and it was hard to tell how good he really was, but as soon as "Babe" started everyone in the audience was floored. People would call anyone crazy for trying to recreate Plant's voice and charismatic nature, but Sinclair steps up to the challenge.
It takes serious guts to attempt to portray any of the members of Led Zeppelin, but perhaps the most intimidating is John Bonham, Rolling Stone readers' choice for greatest drummer of all time. Adam Ferraioli picked up his sticks and wailed away with a passion that shows an immense amount of respect. Bonham's famous drum solo on "Moby Dick" is every drummer's dream to play, and Ferraioli broke it out in its epic nature shortly after the intermission, tearing through the nearly five minute long drum solo without missing a beat.
A seemingly odd choice for a tribute band is including extra members, and GTLO had three guitarists playing, with Paul Hammond, Jimmy Marchiano and Andrew Lipke trading out solos and riffs attempting to accurately represent Rolling Stone's ninth greatest guitarist of all time, Jimmy Page. Sinclair directly called out most people's major critique of the band, that they need three guitarists to recreate Page.
"We want to bring you everything that you hear on the album," Sinclair said. "All the extra guitars and stuff. That's why we do it like this."
The extra guitarists seemed like an unwise choice at first, but after they played through the first half of the set it began to make sense. The three mesh together, and to give the audience an accurate Zeppelin experience like they would hear on any of the group's albums, the presence of three guitarists worked.
The guitarists were true to Page fashion, sporting Les Pauls, breaking out the signature double-neck SG, a type of electric guitar, and even raking a LED encrusted violin bow across their guitars just as Page famously did (minus the LEDs). Hammond dawned the signature double-neck SG that Page used for the band's biggest hit "Stairway to Heaven" during the much applauded encore; however, instead of playing through while switching necks as Page was known for doing, he let Marchiano take one of the most famous solos ever recorded.
Jacob Mullican, undecided freshman, asked a question that was likely on many minds during the performance.
"Why don't people make music like this anymore?" Mullican said. "You don't hear any bands doing this these days."
The audience mostly consisted of hardcore "Led Heads" from an older demographic, but it was a surprise to see one small child covering his ears from his perch on his father's shoulders.
Sinclair could easily be mistaken for Plant if one closed one's eyes, Ferraioli pays a respectable homage to Bonham, and the collection of guitarists make it sound like Page himself is on stage. The band played a collection of songs from all of Zeppelin's albums, including several crowd favorites, but it was when they came back out on stage to play "Stairway" that there seemed to be a chill over the audience for the next eight minutes.