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Led Zeppelin tribute band aims to please fans at The State Theatre

Get The Led Out will return to The State Theatre on Thursday.
Get The Led Out will return to The State Theatre on Thursday. Photo provided

Led Zeppelin tribute band Get The Led Out will return to The State Theatre on April 14.

Guitarist Paul Hammond thinks that if you love Zeppelin, you will not want to miss this. Get The Led Out is stocked with some highly trained musicians dedicated to reproducing classic Led Zeppelin studio recordings in a live atmosphere.

“Our take on it is that we love those iconic studio recordings, so that’s what we duplicate live. That isn’t very easy,” Hammond said. “You pretty much need guys that are at the level of a classically trained performer who is well versed in rock to be able to pull that off. There’s not too many guys out there like that. ... We’re lucky that we all came together at the right place and the right time to be able to do that and do it all over the country.”

Hammond is listed as lead guitar, but it’s not always the case.

“We share the lead guitar duties, depending on the song,” Hammond said. “My style is more technical. Jimmy (Marchiano) is more like ‘feel playing.’ Whatever solo we hear, we know almost immediately who should do it ... that in itself is a testament to the great Jimmy Page. He could mix it up through the course of one side of an album and sound like three different guitar players.”

The music of Led Zeppelin has carved its own legacy spanning five decades, with little slowdown in sight.

“Really it was a groundbreaking thing at the time that has stood the test of time,” Hammond said. “People say, ‘Oh, you know it’s timeless’ — that may sound really cliche, but with Zeppelin it really is.”

This year’s show will not be the same as when Get The Led Out played The State Theatre back in early 2015.

“They can expect a different show as far as song listings go,” Hammond said. “At least 8-10 different songs as well as some of the tried and true favorites. We love to do ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ people expect that. But, you’ll hear some other, more mainstream Zeppelin tracks we didn’t play last time, like maybe ‘Rock ’n Roll,’ but also some of the deeper catalog like ‘Wanton Song.’ Some that some true, dyed-in-the-wool Zeppelin aficionados will appreciate.”

Fans of Zeppelin can expect to hear a unique show on April 14, according to Hammond.

“If you’re a fan of Led Zeppelin, then it’s a show that you won’t see anywhere else,” he said. “You’ll never experience anything like this elsewhere the way we do it. We’re not the best at what we do; we’re the only ones that do what we do. Other people try, and there are other Zeppelin bands out there, but they’re more of the look-alike type where they get four guys and try to do the live thing. ... If you want to come out and sing along like the way you remembered, or play air guitar, or play air drums or keyboards to all the parts you remember from those songs; we’re really the only way you’re going to get to experience that live.”

IF YOU GO

  • What: Get the Led Out
  • When: 8 p.m. April 14
  • Where: The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College
  • Info: www.thestatetheatre.org
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