After recent rumors of a Led Zeppelin reunion were debunked, fans likely won’t get a chance to see the band perform anytime soon. Cue the return of tribute band Get the Led Out to State College, likely the best chance for fans to hear live renditions of the British rock group’s music.
Get the Led Out is a tribute band, but it’s not your standard affair. Rather than direct impressions or impersonations, GTLO, which started its mission in 2003, aims to replicate Led Zeppelin’s iconic sound without playing the copy-cat role.
“Our approach to this whole thing is so different than most tribute acts in that we’re not doing impersonations, we’re not trying to be Led Zeppelin,” lead singer Paul Sinclair said. “We make that very clear during the course of the show. In our case, we’re musicians that have been at this a long time in the music business. We got into it because of our love for bands like Zeppelin. It’s really a celebration of the catalog of Led Zeppelin.”
The band is proud to carry on the legacy of Led Zeppelin, especially when Zeppelin’s reach seems wider than ever.
“The audience for Led Zeppelin, with each passing, year actually grows,” Sinclair said. “We’re 40-plus years after the release of the first record, and yet there are 16-year-old kids who come to our shows that have long hair, wearing Zeppelin shirts and are so happy to hear these tunes live. For me, we’re pinching ourselves for what a lucky gig we have.”
While the band may accurately reproduce Zeppelin’s music live, they do not aspire to Zeppelin’s intense rock ’n’roll lifestyle offstage.
“We all have our own way of enjoying our time after the shows, but generally speaking, it really and truly is all about the songs,” Sinclair said. “We’re here to celebrate the songs. Afterward, the guys may want to go out and tip a few back, but it’s not crazy. In fact, Danny Bonaduce once said (during an interview with us) that he heard that we took the Led Zeppelin tribute so seriously that after every show our drummer would drink themselves to death and have to be replaced for the next show. Obviously, that’s not true.”
Fans can expect to hear Zeppelin’s hits as well as a balanced mix of deeper tracks. GTLO faithfully replicates Led Zeppelin’s recorded sound, layering multiple guitars and several other instruments.
Recently, rumors formed that former Led Zeppelin Robert Plant singer was offered $800 million to reform Led Zeppelin for a single tour. The rumors were quickly debunked by the band itself.
“People posted on our Facebook page about it,” Sinclair said with a laugh. “Our guitarist, Paul Hammond, is close with people in the Zeppelin camp and the (Jimmy) Page camp, and he knew right away it was bunk. There will forever be rumors like that.” .”