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Led Zeppelin at 50

posted Aug 12, 2018, 1:00 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Aug 12, 2018, 1:04 PM ]
Fifty years ago today, Led Zeppelin rehearsed for the first time. They're my favorite band, which is obvious to those who know me best. Anyway, thank you to AM Radio Tribute Band for letting me mark today’s occasion a few hours ago by letting me sing “Thank You” with them. This was uncharted territory for our band, whose name denotes more of an “AM” feeling than the FM of Led Zeppelin’s catalog.

So, as we’d never played or rehearsed this or even any Led Zeppelin song before, it wasn’t perfect. I was kicking off the intro on organ when a fellow musician in the crowd appeared ready to videotape it. I warned him off, saying, “Don’t go sending this to Paul Sinclair,” a reference to the lead singer of Get the Led Out, as finely tuned a Led Zeppelin tribute band as there could ever be.

We made it through the song, with our seasoned bass player specially acknowledged afterward because he doesn’t know any Led Zeppelin songs. He'd basically learned it on the spot from watching what the guitarist did and keeping time with the drummer. The musician in the crowd, after not videotaping us, said with his true Brooklyn attitude, “I didn’t record it. I wish I did though. I thought it was gonna suck!” My audio bootleg is here.