Led Zeppelin 2 Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Feb. 27, 9 p.m. 2009

In the early 80s my friend Lisa begged me to protect a lie she’d told about being at one of Led Zeppelin’s 1977 Chicago Stadium concerts. Back then I wasn’t sure why she cared so much—I was busy wearing out my London Calling tape—but now I kinda get Zep fans. I even find myself turning up “When the Levee Breaks” on the car radio. Local tribute band Led Zeppelin 2 aren’t as meticulous in their obsession as, say, the Musical Box—even with the lights low you can spot their wigs—but Yakuza front man Bruce Lamont loses himself in the role of Robert Plant so passionately that you know he’s spent way too much time in front of the mirror singing into a hairbrush. The band also includes bassist Chris Klein (“John Paul Jones”) and guitarist Paul Kamp (“Jimmy Page”), both of the long-defunct Busker Soundcheck; Klein’s fake pageboy is merely amusing, but Kamp’s black mop actually starts to look lifelike as he works up a sweat. Zep 2 has been pretty convincing on small stages like Martyrs’ and the Empty Bottle—it’ll be interesting to see if their game of make-believe will fly at the House of Blues. —Vera Videnovich

Price: $10-$12

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