File under things you never thought you’d read: playing London’s Mean Fiddler this Sunday (February 11) are the puntastically named Lez Zeppelin, an all-lesbian tribute to the rockin’ good work of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham.
Formed two years ago, the New York City-based group lay claim to being the world’s first and foremost, gender-bending Zep tribute act.
Lez Zeppelin are Sarah McLellan (vocals), Steph Paynes (electric/acoustic guitar and theremin), Lisa Brigantino (bass, keyboards and mandolin) and Helen Destroy (drums) – the girls are adored by The New Yorker, which said: “These ladies channel the sonic bombast of Led Zeppelin and gleefully invert the band’s original sexual essence.”
Steph Paynes, Lez Zeppelin’s founder, dismisses those who don’t believe they are capable of recreating the intricate musicianship of the original band: “It takes only a few chords for the audience to realise that they’re going to get something genuine and intense, not some gimmick. And that’s when they go kind of crazy.”
Lez Zeppelin are currently recording their debut album with legendary Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix producer/engineer, Eddie Kramer, at Electric Lady studio in NYC.
Lez Zeppelin play their first UK show at the Mean Fiddler this Sunday.