Get The Led Out has toured for years as one of the country’s premier tributes (read my review from way back in 2010 here) and Long Islanders turned out in droves for the sold out show. The floor of the Paramount is usually reserved seating for classic rock shows, but Friday night’s GA admission meant fans of all ages could rock out right up against the stage with the band.
Fronted by impressively ranged vocalist Paul Sinclair and backed by several guitarists, GTLO opened with Rock and Roll and carried on through nearly 20 more Led Zeppelin classics like Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, The Ocean, and a particularly epic Dazed and Confused. Fans on the floor sang along and swayed to their favorite tracks, each song perfectly recreated by the musicians on stage in all their hard rock glory.
At one point Paul explained the necessity of their six man (and one woman) band, telling fans that reproducing all of Zeppelin’s album redubs requires a lot more than just four guys on stage. And while fans sang along the loudest to the more bombastic songs, the band also included a brief acoustic set led by Going To California and Battle Of Evermore for a more mellow feel, showing off both the range of their talents and visiting oft-forgotten gems in the discography.
But the best hits were saved for last, and Get The Led Out absolutely crushed it with a 4-song grand slam finish of Kashmir, Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven and Whole Lotta Love. It’s hard to pick a favorite from a group like that, but there’s also no comparing the euphoric majesty of experiencing Stairway from the floor of a sold out concert, everyone around you air-guitaring the solo and singing along to the timeless lyrics.
There’s no lack of modern Led Zeppelin tribute bands, especially in the New York region, but Get The Led Out consistently delivers both a genuine-sounding show and a performance that encompasses, explores and worships the music just like ordinary fans. The group comes through this area at least once a year, so if you missed Friday night’s show keep an eye out for their next local concert and be sure to buy tickets in advance because just like the real Zeppelin, this band sells out every show.
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