Viva la Zep!

The sound is perfect. John Paul Jones welcomes the congregation on the

organ, Jimmy Page's guitar plucking is sublime, Bonzo's unflappable,

and just as Robert Plant lays into the chorus of "Your Time Is Gonna

Come," I realize: This is as good as it's gonna get—my old LP, my

"new" speakers, my turntable, and my living room. If I'm gonna get the

Led out, there's no better place to do it than in my own house. Yet

this week, there's a pair of bills that beg to differ. There's the

tribute act, No Quarter (at the Tractor Tavern), which was recently

snubbed by Bonnaroo in favor of Lez Zeppelin, the all-female fakers.

The other is a rock band and orchestra performing "The Music of Led

Zeppelin" at the Paramount. If it's anything like that mid-'90s set I

saw at the same venue, featuring the Seattle Symphony and a rock band

(Soundgarden's Matt Cameron, Slash, half of Queensryche, etc.)

performing grunge staples, it'll be well worth it. The Music of Led

Zeppelin, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 683-1414. 8 p.m., $28–$68.

Friday, February 22; No Quarter, Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave.

N.W., 789-3599. 9 p.m. $15 adv./$18. Saturday, February 23. CHRIS


Sat., Feb. 23, 9 p.m., 2008

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