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Zeppelin connections

posted Feb 18, 2019, 8:17 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 8:20 PM ]
Someday there’s going to be a museum devoted entirely to Led Zeppelin, and I am going to be part of the team that gets it done. Sixteen years ago this month, I met Brian Knapp and we began cataloguing his huge collection of Led Zeppelin memorabilia. Ever since the moment I opened up a blank spreadsheet and started making columns to reflect different characteristics of an item, he’s considered me the curator of his collection.

One of the benefits of being around the museum is getting to help him list items for sale on eBay. He currently has 16 surplus pieces of authentic memorabilia ready to unload to the highest bidder: Led Zeppelin handbills (some with artist autographs), concert tickets and stubs, radio surveys, a concert program, and a clothing patch and luggage tag, both with the Swan Song logo. Check out his item listings here:

Last night I took part in the ninth annual Ribstock, held at the Bridgeport Ribhouse and benefiting Musicopia so that kids get lightly used instruments. Paul Hammond had me play in his set, and I got to sing his lead-off song, “Superstition.” I got there in time to witness smokin’ sets from The Boatloads, Middle Class and The Right Swipes. It was very inspiring to be in their presence — especially Middle Class, who did a very good rendition of “What Is and What Should Never Be.” It was great being close to the band and simultaneously watching Paul Hammond’s reaction. As a guitarist who’s played that music all over the country with Get the Led Out, Paul’s got a discerning ear, and even he was impressed.

Guitarist Gretchen Menn of the Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepparella is about to make her first live appearance on the East Coast, and it happens to be taking place during the three-day Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival. I’ll be volunteering with the festival on Friday and watching some acts on Saturday before I leave to go play my own gig.