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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Get The Led Out---The Music of Led Zeppelin

The Stiefel Theatre,  Salina, KS
© Lydia Lowe  11/18/2011
This stage says: "Hey, this is a rock-n-roll show" with classic style.
Left to right: Andrew Lipke, Paul Hammond, Paul Sinclair 
Left to right: Diana DeSantis, Jimmy Marchiano, Andrew Lipke
Left to right: Billy Childs, Adam Ferraioli, Diana DeSantis
The band signs autographs after the show.
GET THE LED OUT-the music of Led Zeppelin . . .the curtain came up on a stage decked out with big amps, expensive instruments, guys with long hair and tight jeans, and a big sound.  This is the rock-n-roll type of show that I remember from the 1970's.  Today's rock-n-roll groups just don't have the style that groups from the 1970's had.  You know it's going to be a great show when they hand the audience earplugs as they enter the theater.

The music was amazing!  This is a tribute band like none other.  GTLO is not about re-creating the band-Led Zeppelin, but re-creating the music of this super group.  The accuracy of the music is what it's all about for GTLO.  The music was loud and the beat was pounding.  There are over 80 songs in the Led Zeppelin repertoire which gives GTLO a vast amount of music to work with and present to the audience.

This was the first time the group has been to Kansas.  The Stiefel Theatre was packed to nearly capacity.  People were dancing in the seats, the aisles, and up next to the stage.  There was clapping, yelling, and singing out loud along with the lyrics to the songs.  Even the lights on the stage were more of the vintage variety.  There were lots of blues, greens, golds, and white. 

GTLO played from 8:00 to after 11:00 p.m.  The audience really got their money's worth with this concert.  After the concert, the band came out and signed autographs for every person that stayed to meet and talk with them.  It was awesome.

Earlier in the day, during the sound check, GTLO had invited area youth to the theatre to a guitar workshop.  They also played an acoustic set that was taped for KJAG Radio and interviewed with other area radio stations, too.

During one of the songs, I noticed one of the guys, Andrew Lipke, off to the side running his hands through the air creating an unusual sound.  I asked him about it while I was in the meet and greet line.  He said it was a Theramin.  Check out this link to find out more about what a Thermin is: Theremin on Wikipedia.

This group is a class act and I can't wait for them to make a return visit.  I think they should play The Stiefel Theatre every year, make it an annual event. 

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