From August 31 to September 3, Get The Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute band that formed in Philadelphia, performed their annual residency at Sellersville Theater. The band played deep cuts as well as Zep’s biggest hits, switching up the set list each evening.
The band remained high energy throughout Friday’s performance, though the band was constantly moving around the stage and switching instruments off stage. The audience interaction was top-notch, with the performers playing with the audience with banter and anticipation before the encore.
While the band might not look like the original Led Zeppelin, they certainly imitate the sound. They even clear this up by flat-out saying that their goal is to imitate the sound, not the look, in order to keep the music alive.
Get The Led Out has proven time and again to be talented. Each band member has various roles on stage, often playing an instrument and singing. Andrew Lipke performs on at least four different instruments through the show, jumping between each seamlessly.
Overall, GTLO’s concert was outstanding. The energy through the theater was high, with audience members singing and dancing along and the band feeding off them. The audience interacted heavily with the band, shouting out song requests, and the band replied back most times, even if it was to say they were not playing the song.
On April 7, One Night of Queen, a Queen tribute band, performed at Glenside’s Keswick Theatre. The band captured the essence of seeing Queen perform live, from the songs and staging down to the looks, looking and dressing exactly like Queen. The stage effects added excitement to the show.
The energy throughout the theater was high as the band encouraged the audience members to be on their feet. The band seemed to only play the super upbeat songs, avoiding many deep cuts and slow songs to give the audience a break. There are more Queen songs than just the hits after all.
The lighting was a bit much at times, often shining into the audience members’ faces. Also, there was one point in “Bohemian Rhapsody” where the band stopped playing and a recording of Queen doing the song, which most bands do not do, but the audience was into it nonetheless.
Here, Ashley grades the tribute band performances she saw in 2016.
Bruce in the USA: B+. Willing to see them again.
Tuesday Morning: A. So good, sounded just like Lynyrd Skynyrd
Get the Led Out: A+. Great experience, both concert and feeling.
Almost Queen: A+. Great musicians, donate merchandise proceeds to Mercury Phoenix Trust
Brit Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band, recently released a PBS concert special ahead of their world concert tour in 2017. The PBS special covers the entire experience of a Pink Floyd concert experience, from the music to the light show.
The 12-piece band seeks to imitate the sound of Pink Floyd down to each individual note from each vocalist and instrument. They capture the essence of each song and note using various instruments and computer programs.
There is documentary-style commentary that tells the story of the band and the background of how they formed the band. While this information is awesome and valuable, it would be better to have it between songs, not during the songs.
During the interviews, some of the name lines that appeared on screen got cut off. While this may not have happened on every TV or screen, it is important to ensure that it does not happen on any screen.
Overall, this is an amazing concert experience to watch and experience on public television. It is exciting to see a tribute band take center stage in a medium that does not feature tribute bands very often. This band is very worthy of the attention.
On November 25, 2016, Almost Queen, a Queen tribute band, made their tenth annual appearance at Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. They performed hits such as “We Will Rock You” and lesser known songs like “White Queen.” Their interaction with the audience in the small and intimate theater was fun and frequent throughout the show. The concert was sold out, which is nothing new for this annual concert.
The guys took the time to talk to fans in the lobby after the show. Besides being crazy talented, they are also very personable. They took photos, signed autographs, and generally enjoyed the conversations with those who decided to stay. Merchandise was available for purchase, with part of the proceeds going to support the Mercury Phoenix Trust. This is a charity that was set up by Brian May and Roger Taylor to raise money for and awareness of HIV/AIDS, which was Freddie Mercury’s cause of death.
From September 1-4, 2016, Get the Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute band that formed in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, played their annual residency at Sellersville Theater is Sellersville, Pennsylvania.
According to the band, the set list changed every night. On the first night, the band played songs such as “Rock and Roll,” “The Wanton Song,” “Moby Dick,” and “Stairway to Heaven.”
The band lives up to its nickname as the “American Led Zeppelin.” Though they do not look like the original band, they sound just like them, focusing on sound rather than appearance. They even have 2 people beyond what the original band had in order to get the various vocals and instruments to mimic the style of the original band.
While they paid some attention to those who have seen them before, they were very welcoming to newcomers, explaining the goal of the band and why they do what they do. The band fed off the audience and the audience had a blast.
The trick of seeing this band live is to not leave right after they leave the stage. If the lights in the audience stay off, they will come back out and play a couple more songs. On the first night, several people were unaware of this and left.
The band is so personable. They have so much fun doing what they do and it is so much fun to watch. They perform each song like they wrote it and with an incredible emotional attachment not seen in many tribute bands.
Overall, the concert experience, particularly the first night, was phenomenal. The band is the real deal. They have so much energy and the effects they use enhance the concert. It is like seeing the real Led Zeppelin live.
Tuesday’s Gone, a North Carolina-based Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, performed at School Road Park in Hatfield, Pennsylvania as a part of their annual MusicFeast concert series. This concert was the second in the series.
The band played Lynyrd Skynyrd’s best-known songs and some songs that determined the “real fans from the real fans.” They dedicated “Red, White, and Blue” to the veterans in attendance. They even played “Simple Man,” which audience members were requesting towards the end of the show.
The audience was a wide mix of ages, from the very young to the older folks who grew up listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd. There were a few teenagers and young adults in attendance as well. Tuesday’s Gone took notice of the ages and engaged the audience well accordingly. The wide variety of hits and lesser-known songs introduced the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd to old and new fans alike.
The band looked and sounded just like Lynyrd Skynyrd. They nailed the instruments and the vocals. Their sound was amazing, with the vocals and the instruments in perfect harmony.
They were a fun band to see perform. They brought the whole Lynyrd Skynyrd experience to those who have never seen them and to those who remember seeing them. They communicated with the audience, making it interactive and fun.