GET THE LED OUT rocked Greensburg's Palace Theatre this past Saturday. Friday night it's ZOSO's turn at Stage AE between the stadiums.
GTLO concentrates on recreating Zep's sound through use of as many instruments and musicians as it takes. ZOSO tries to look the part. Both are AWESOME. Tribute bands are RED-HOT. People just want to hear the songs.
I saw Led Zeppelin's 2007 concert film CELEBRATION DAY three times in the theatre. I own the DVD and CD. I watch/listen constantly. That certainly appears to be Zep's final bow. If it is, it's a spectacular one. So much goes on musically. Jason Bonham pulled his dad's weight.
Led Zeppelin spent its tenure copying the old blues masters. Plagiarizing, in some cases. Furthering the genre, most important.
That night, on that stage inside London's O2 Arena, Led Zeppelin became what/who they always honored. Old men, in the twilight, who could still do it and do it well. They became Howlin' Wolf. Willie Dixon. Robert Johnson. They LIVED IT.
I can pay no higher compliment.
Sadly, no one has truly picked up the torch. Jack White, maybe. But, beyond nostalgia, it doesn't seem to be the time for that sort of music. Pity. What goes around traditionally comes around. I just won't live to see it.
But I wouldn't miss ZOSO. They had better play DAZED AND CONFUSED. GTLO didn't.