I know what you're thinking: What the hell is a "near-Led Zeppelin moment"? Good question. A near-Led Zeppelin moment is a post-1980 live performance by one -- or two -- members of Led Zeppelin that captures -- in any number of ways -- some intangible spark of a classic Led Zeppelin performance.
American Idol, which has been catching some flack this season -- its 11th -- for its lower-than-usual ratings and a panel of judges (including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler) who refuse to say anything even remotely critical or mean, got slightly more interesting last night when contestant Elise Testone belted out Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."
Led Zeppelin's December 10, 2007, reunion concert at London’s O2 Arena -- a show that saw three aging rock legends revisiting their storied past -- will have a significant impact on future musicians. Proceeds from the event, which was staged as a tribute to the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, make up most of the $45 million being donated by Ertegun’s widow, Mica Ertegun, to Engand's Oxford University. The donation, the largest in the University’s 916-year history, will be used to kick off the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities.
When you think of tribute bands, you might think of them as bands that merely plays someone else's music, somewhere in small dive bars on weekends. But the guys in Led Zepagain, quite easily the best Zeppelin tribute band around, have taken it to a whole another level, and they really are a tribute band in the truest sense.