Saturday, July 3, 2010
Concert review: Led Zeppelin 2 at the House of Blues in Dallas (July 2)
Talk about getting the Led out.
DALLAS The phrase “tribute band” might not apply for Led Zeppelin 2: At their performance at House of Blues on Friday, they didn’t play songs that are on Zeppelin’s “greatest hits.” Yes, it would have been nice to hear more of the older classics like “Communication Breakdown” or “Good Times Bad Times,” but they played a set list that would have been similar to what the real Zeppelin played around 1977. If I could have gone to an actual Led Zeppelin concert in 1977, I would have probably left wishing for the same thing, but it made the show more authentic. Led Zeppelin 2's performance was probably the closest thing to seeing the real Zeppelin in concert.
Lead singer Bruce Lamont had the crowd pumping the entire night, and so did guitar player Paul Kamp. Using a double neck Gibson during "Stairway to Heaven," Kamp played an exceptionally smooth guitar. Later, with the lights off and the spotlight on him, he played his guitar using a violin bow. He looked a lot like Jimmy
Paige Page, dressed in a white dragon suit.
Chris Klien held the bass down the entire night and even played a mandolin during a few acoustic songs. Drummer Ian Lee performed an amazing drum solo during the song “Moby Dick” -- he must have broken at least three sticks before it was over. Whenever a stick would break, he’d gracefully pull out another one and continue to play without missing a beat.
Before we knew it, the set was over and the crowd cheered loudly as the band waved good-bye. With much applause, they played one encore. “When the Levee Breaks” was a great ending to a little trip into the 1970s. “See you in January,” Lamont told us.
A pretty cool band from Austin called Paradise Titty opened up the show. They are an all-female Gun’s N’ Roses tribute band, if that helps explain the name. They did a sweet job covering most of the band’s hits, like "Paradise City" and "Welcome to the Jungle," to name a few.
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