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The Top 5 Near-Led Zeppelin Moments

The Top 5 Near-Led Zeppelin Moments

I know what you're thinking: "What the hell is a 'near-Led Zeppelin moment'?"

Good question.

Four out of five scientists agree that 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.

Note that this does not include group performances by all three living members of the band, because that particular collection of musicians -- whether it's Live Aid in 1985 or the O2 Arena in 2007 -- is actually billed as Led Zeppelin. And something can't be "nearly" something if it is that thing.

The criteria I used to compile this list involves song choice, gear, the element of surprise, the quality of the performance and, of course, that intangible "cool" factor.

Anyway, here they are: The Top 5 Near-Led Zeppelin Moments:

05. John Paul Jones with Paul Gilbert and Nuno Bettencourt: "Nobody's Fault But Mine"

Here's John Paul Jones fronting a talent-packed lineup featuring Steve Hackett (Check out that harmonica solo!), Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert, Mike Szuter and Pat Mastelotto.

Simply put, this is a rocking performance of a classic Presence tune. You've got a very happy-looking Jones wailing away on steel guitar in front of some Marshall stacks -- plus it's an instrumental, so you don't have to deal with the whole "Robert Plant doesn't quite sound like Robert Plant anymore" issue.

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