The members of Led Zeppelin have generally been supportive of Lez Zeppelin, the all-female tribute band from New York City. But the group was definitely "in a state" when Zep guitarist and founder Jimmy Page finally showed up at a show, last June in London.
"It was a dream come true that he would make the effort and come and hang out with us. It doesn't really get better than that," says Lez Zep guitarist and founder Steph Paynes. "That was just a great moment. He was just effusive. He was absolutely bowled over. He came in and said, 'That's the way it should be done!~ That's rock 'n' roll! That's it!'
"It was very special."
But, Paynes admits, it was also a little nerve-wracking -- especially for her as Page's counterpart.
"I've met him and had conversations with him before," Paynes notes, "but having to play in front of him, especially for me out of everyone...Well, I had to make a decision, 'OK, now you're gonna keep it together, right?' I actually snapped into this sort of mode of being very calm and organized and ordering everyone around, and I told everyone, 'We're gonna go out there and just play with as much as we've got. We're gonna give it everything, and that's it.'
"And we did. We...killed it. We were completely on a tear, and it worked out great."
Lez Zeppelin is currently working on a multi-media show based on Led Zeppelin's 1976 concert film "The Song Remains the Same," which it hopes to have up and running this year. Paynes says the group also has "a couple other things up our sleeves," including some recording projects.
Lez Zeppelin performs Friday, Jan. 31, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
Send your thoughts and comments to