To say this show was amazing would be an understatement. If I were to tell you that my hair was blown back by the sheer energy and showmanship executed by a group of professional musicians would be more accurate. September 30th 2018, on a Sunday night in Las Vegas, I walked into the Brooklyn Bowl, located at The LINQ. I knew going in that I would I was going to see a Led Zeppelin tribute band, however, I was not prepared for the epic performance that I was about to witness.
Drummer/ Percussionist Adam Ferraioli was sitting behind his set that was set up exactly in the style of the late, great John Bohnam. Huge gong, timpani, bongos and all. The stage lights were not on yet, but as the other members started entering the stage, BANG!!! The lights come on and the concert hall is flooded with the familiar sound of the Immigrant Song. They were into the song about 2 measures by the time I realized there were 6 members. I thought to myself, “OK so they need 6 guys to pull off what Led Zep had done with only 4.” These guys sounded so good though, and I like to think I have an open mind, even though when it comes to music I love, I must admit, I am quite the critic.
As they got deeper into their set, playing such classics as Trampled Under Foot and Custard Pie, I’m starting to realize that these guys are playing the music exactly the way it was recorded in the studio years ago by “the mighty Zep” themselves. Paul Sinclair, lead vocalist, was belting out the lyrics we all know so well, and I swear to you, he sounded just like Robert Plant. This man’s timing was amazing!! He nailed every note, every ooo, every ahh and every emotion that Plant is so well known for.
Phil D’Agnostino was laying down the bass line so perfectly. Every woman in the place was shakin’ what the good lord gave ‘em. And the guys were banging their heads and dancing too!! At one point I even spotted an elderly lady right up front on the guard rail, moving and swaying to the music. Truly warmed my heart to see someone brought back to the days of her youth.
Jimmy Marchiano and Paul Hammond shared the duties of electric and acoustic guitars as well as mandolin and backing vocals. I was impressed thru and thru as they recreated the sounds of Jimmy Page’s timeless guitar solos bringing back memories of every place I had ever been the first time I heard them.
Eddie Kurek was wearing many different hats, so to speak. Not only was he playing the keyboards with such masterful detail that I’m sure John Paul Jones would be proud, but he also was laying down riffs on electric guitar as well as acoustic. Oh yeah, he was even putting in work on percussion and back up vocals. So much talent!!!
After kicking our collective asses with a barre of 19 tremendously performed Zeppelin songs, this group of painstakingly dedicated musicians ended the night with Whole Lotta Love. In order to recreate the song just as it was on the original album, the band utilized a reel to reel and guitarist Paul Hammond did his thing to make the orgasmic effects they we are so familiar with come to life.
In closing, I would recommend Get The Led Out to anyone who truly loves Led Zeppelin!! These guys are surely not som
e run of the mill cover band, but in fact, they are comprised of true lovers of the music and I can guarantee that you will be amazed at the dedication and passion of these professional musicians as they pay homage to one of the greatest bands in history.
-Chris “Rockin’ Red” Engel
Photos: Paul ROCK Santos