Guitarists in Three Top Led Zeppelin Tribute Bands Describe What It Takes to Pull off the Power and Genius of Jimmy Page

Zepparella guitarist Gretchen Menn

Zepparella guitarist Gretchen Menn (Image credit: Gary Clark)

On December 10, 2007, the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin — Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones — along with the late John Bonham’s son, Jason, reunited at London’s O2 Arena to play their first full set in 28 years. To say that the stakes were high would be an absurd understatement, but from all accounts, the weeks of rehearsal that went into the presentation paid off: The band exploded on stage with precision and fire, laying to waste the memories of their two wobbly previous reunions (at Live Aid in 1985 and at the Atlantic Records 40th-anniversary concert in 1988).

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.