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ZEPPELIN! Well, sorta.
February 6, 2008 7:42 AM   Subscribe

The Bonnaroo lineup announcement is always a big deal, but this morning's was especially exciting because according to the Associated Press and any number of news outlets, the reunited Led Zeppelin would be headlining. Trouble is, it's not true. It's all-girl cover-band Lez Zeppelin.

The Chicago Sun-Times had a rather lengthy piece about the would-be reunion, which has been pulled in the last hour or so. Interestingly, Robert Plant is going to be there anyway (performing with Allison Krauss), so who knows what might happen?
posted by jbickers (33 comments total)

 
Sounds like another fine piece of reporting by the AP.
posted by mikeo2 at 7:47 AM on February 6, 2008


Well,
"oops".

I recently was sitting next to Steph Paynes (the guitarist and founder of Lez Zepplin) on the subway one night. She was either in transit to or from a gig or rehearsal, and she was unconsciously air guitaring to her ipod. I snuck a peek during the ride from downtown to uptown as she scrolled through her itunes, and sure enough, her entire collection appeared to be entirely Led Zepplin. That's commitment.
posted by stagewhisper at 7:50 AM on February 6, 2008


I am trying to sneak a comment in from work, and what I get for my effort are lots of typos. Apologies.
posted by stagewhisper at 7:54 AM on February 6, 2008


Lez Zeppelin got higher billing than Little Feat?
WTF?
posted by rocket88 at 8:03 AM on February 6, 2008


rocket88 writes "Lez Zeppelin got higher billing than Little Feat?"

Well, Little Feat is great, but it's really not the same band since Lowell George died.
posted by krinklyfig at 8:06 AM on February 6, 2008


The site linked to is not great, here is their myspace page, with play-by-default mp3s built right in.
posted by shothotbot at 8:09 AM on February 6, 2008


They will never match their 2006 lineup... though I see they did bring back some of the best acts from that year...
posted by illuminatus at 8:17 AM on February 6, 2008


And I see they have at least PART of Led Zeppelin there... Robert Plant and Alliscon Krause :)
posted by illuminatus at 8:18 AM on February 6, 2008


They are actually not that bad. The lead singer takes a good pass at Plant's growl and scream. I wouldn't mind seeing them live. Besides...lesbians.
posted by thanotopsis at 8:21 AM on February 6, 2008


Yeah, I don't think Bonnaroo can ever match the greatness that was 2006. Plus....Metallica? What the hell?
posted by Diskeater at 8:32 AM on February 6, 2008


Pearl Jam, Metallica, The Allman Brothers, Robert Plant... what fuckin' year is it again?
posted by dobbs at 8:42 AM on February 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


Rockers with walkers. What no grandpa petty and heatbreakers with pacemkers?
posted by srboisvert at 8:47 AM on February 6, 2008


Yeah, but there are some good non-geriatric bands in the non-headliners.
!!!, Broken Social Scene, Gogol Bordello, Minus the Bear, etc.
posted by Dr-Baa at 8:56 AM on February 6, 2008


Seems that every year the line up gets more diverse. I went in 2004 and had a blast, but then it was mostly just hippie bands mixed with a few surprises. This coming year should be interesting. I wish I could be there next summer just to see the mighty Mastodon slay a bunch of crunchy hippies. That would be awesome. Looking over the rest of the line up, I must say they have a pretty good selection of bands. Too bad I'm in Oregon or I would think about getting some tix.
posted by friendlyjuan at 9:09 AM on February 6, 2008


a picture! of Lez Zeppelin! They look like a great band! (warning: huge)
posted by mecran01 at 9:30 AM on February 6, 2008


So AP never heard of Lez Zeppelin. Neither did I. There are plenty led zep cover bands, lordy.

I doubt Robert Plant joins in his old band cover band, wouldn't want to upstage the lead singer, :) , besides, he'll be promoting his work with Alison Krauss, which I love.

Seems Coachella has some duplication. Yeah, what the hell year Is it¿ Roger Waters performing Dark Side of the Moon, Portishead./ Kraftwerk./ ... talk about trying to cover all Ur bases. $$Grab.
posted by alicesshoe at 9:37 AM on February 6, 2008


The Sasquatch festival has the Cure and REM rumored to head the 2008 lineup. Last year, it was Arcade Fire and Bjork.

Also, I'm sort of surprised it's not all Radiohead all over the place, seeing as they're touring this summer.
posted by heeeraldo at 9:49 AM on February 6, 2008


What no grandpa petty and heatbreakers with pacemkers?

Too tired out after that RED HAWT Super Bowl performance.
posted by eyeballkid at 10:01 AM on February 6, 2008


Plus...Metallica? What the hell?

Probably because of the enormous success of their St Anger laser light show. pfft...
posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 10:03 AM on February 6, 2008


That's an awesome lineup. I'd love to see M.I.A., Sigur Ros, Gogol Bordello, Ozomatli, Orchestra Baobab, and Vampire Weekend.
posted by mike3k at 10:31 AM on February 6, 2008


I love how, on the Coachella flyer, they assure you that Roger Waters will be "performing Dark Side of the Moon." I guess they figured that it would take up too much room to print the full warning :

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN : ROGER WATERS WILL BE PERFORMING THE STUFF THAT YOU KNOW, AND NOT HIS PREACHY SOLO STUFF

although, to be fair, I actually like Amused to Death.
posted by Afroblanco at 10:31 AM on February 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


I saw Lez Zepplin in 2006 in the State Theatre in VA. The guitarist was fucking amazing, had the crowd eating out of her hand. It was a pretty good show, though some of the patrons were dicks.
posted by frecklefaerie at 11:13 AM on February 6, 2008


a picture! of Lez Zeppelin! They look like a great band! (warning: huge)
posted by mecran01 at 12:30 PM on February 6


out of curiosity, what does a great band look like?
posted by shmegegge at 11:14 AM on February 6, 2008


Apparently a great band looks like hot lesbians?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 11:22 AM on February 6, 2008


So Lez Zeppelin is this millennium's Dread Zeppelin, huh?
posted by item at 12:18 PM on February 6, 2008


Cover band as headliner? Someone's jumped the shark.
posted by tommasz at 1:10 PM on February 6, 2008


I can think of more than a few terrible bands that look like hot lesbians.
posted by box at 1:11 PM on February 6, 2008


I can't believe Metallica is playing. Well I can--I went to Bonnaroo last year, and for all it's "Hippie jam band feel good" reputation, it seemed mostly like drunk/stoned/somewhat angry fratboys. I went expecting "Peace, Love, Rock n' Roll" and came out with a slashed tire, someone trying to break my windshield with a stick/near fight, and the general impression that I was about three years late to the party.

Flaming Lips still kicked my ass, though.
posted by Benjy at 1:39 PM on February 6, 2008


shmegegge, a great band looks like this.
posted by sonic meat machine at 4:01 PM on February 6, 2008


Lez Zepp actually rawcks. Their singer is their kinda-weak part (their former singer was a little more plant-like) but the rest of the band is massive. The bass player even plays some competent keyboards.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 4:33 PM on February 6, 2008


Pearl Jam, Metallica, The Allman Brothers, Robert Plant... what fuckin' year is it again?

A good year.
posted by jonmc at 4:46 PM on February 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


FWIW, the rumor that Led Zeppelin were going to reunite and headline Bonaroo was going around as early as mid-January (possibly much longer, but that's when I heard it). Dunno if it was maliciously started or merely someone's hopeful speculation.
posted by oats at 5:46 PM on February 6, 2008


ZEPPELIN!
posted by oaf at 5:28 PM on February 7, 2008


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