You are here

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.

Guitar World Presents Ultimate Guitar's Giants of Rock: Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin is considered one of the most influential bands in rock-guitar history, and now GW and have joined forces to bring fans an extraordinary box set of Zeppelin tabs, magazines and collectibles. With more than three hours of video lessons, 10 song transcriptions and hours of reading material, this box set is the ultimate gift for Led Zeppelin fans and guitar players alike! It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store.


NAMM 2017: ENGL Amps Announces Marty Friedman Inferno Signature 100 Head