Led Zepagain | 02.06.15

For those of us who didn’t get to see Zeppelin live and those of us who wanted to see the magic recreated, we couldn’t do any better.

 

River City Casino, St. Louis          

Tribute bands: have you ever seen one? I’ve seen about ten of them, but I should mention that about seven of them are Kiss tribute bands. It grows to eight if you count the current Kiss Kosplay line up.

What I love about these shows is comparing what they do to what the actual band has done. Being a guitarist, I hear things most people don’t, and that’s part of the fun. Did they get the sound right? Are they playing it exactly like the album or the live album?

Even when a tribute band is awful, it’s honestly as much fun as if they’re great, but in the case of Led Zepagain—they were absolutely phenomenal.

Musically speaking, I had two issues with the band, and both of them came from the right side of the stage. Jimmy “Page” Sakurai, from Tokyo, Japan made two flubs all night, and both came in one song. He just hit the chords wrong. The most grievous issue, however, came during the violin bow solo in “Dazed and Confused.” He played it far better than the real Jimmy Page ever could! He made it sound like an actual instrument instead of a live gimmick. It was quite staggering.

Overall, it was a greatly enjoyable show as Led Zepagain played through many of Zeppelin’s most famous his, “Ramble On,” “Kashmir,” “Dazed and Confused,” and of course, “Immigrant Song,” along with several others during their 90 minute set.

Not only did they get the notes right, but their tone was perfect. Close your eyes, and Sakurai sounds just like Page, including Pagey’s famous slop. Open your eyes, and then squint a little bit, and you’ll see Led Zeppelin in front of you.

For those of us who didn’t get to see Zeppelin live and those of us who wanted to see the magic recreated, we couldn’t do any better. | Nik Cameron

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