Feb. 2, 2011 -- My eldest brother seemed to me to be the biggest rock and roll fan out there. Back in the mid-70's, the airwaves around our house were filled with the lavish sounds of Pink Floyd, Yes, Peter Gabriel-era Genesis and of course Led Zeppelin. A budding 12-string guitar player I now suspect was inspired by Jimmy Page, Marshall seemed to take joy in sharing music that he listened to and loved. Man, Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy were weird and mysterious album covers - and kind of creepy to a little kid! Yet, the presentation of the art in those stark images really did inspire and make the imagination soar. What the hell was behind this understated sonic assault and why do the walls rattle when the needle hits these vinyl records?
It's great to hear accomplished players like Hedley Grange deliver Zep's music. It really stirs those childhood memories - and takes me back to a time when I initially got a glimpse of what sort of rock and roll music separated men from the boys. You absolutely cannot successfully pull off any kind of tribute act unless you are... well, awesome. If you're ballsy enough to go down the Zeppelin wormhole, you'd better have a good compass. Fortunately, the vets in Hedley have the training, the education and the talent to deliver the crowd a mighty blow. Here they are spitting fire at a tiny little joint in Old Town Portland. If you can take your eyes off of the screen for a minute, it's almost as if you can hear Bonham's ghost setting off land mines in the background.
Thank you, Marshall. This one is for you...
Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)
written by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham
from the album Led Zeppelin II
Performed by Headley Grange*
Brian Phyll - vocals
Tommy Pierson - guitar
Kelly LeMieux - bass
Ryan Moore - drums
Location: Tiger Bar, Portland, OR
Camera/Edits: Kevin Balmer
Diggable Monkey Productions
* Headley Grange is a former poorhouse in Headley, East Hampshire, England, UK. It is best known as a recording and rehearsal venue in the 1960's and 1970's for bands such as Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, Peter Frampton, the Pretty Things, Ian Drury and Clover. - Wikipedia