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Jimmy Page on tribute band Lez Zeppelin: ‘superb musicianship’

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Acclaimed tribute band Lez Zeppelin appears in Redwood City. (Courtesy photo)

Lez Zeppelin, the remarkably spot-on all-women Led Zeppelin tribute band, got this great endorsement from Jimmy Page, who caught a 2013 gig in London: “They played the Led Zeppelin music with an extraordinary sensuality and an energy and passion that highlighted their superb musicianship.”

Not a bad recommendation from the iconic rock group’s guitarist and founder.

New York guitarist Steph Paynes founded the band in 2004. Since then, it’s played its note-for-note sets across the world, earning rave reviews the likes of SPIN’s “the most powerful all-female band in rock history,” to this from the New York Times: “Strapping on the double-necked Gibson with attitude to burn, this all-girl quartet pays tribute to its swaggering namesake, tipping through the catalog with blazing accuracy.”

The band’s first album even was produced by Led Zeppelin’s producer-engineer Eddie Kramer.

The fact that the musicians are female is only somewhat relevant. In an online iDigitalTimes interview in 2015, Paynes said, “I don’t want to make a sexist issue out of any of this. I don’t want to make a political issue out of it. It was just an idea that I had. I wanted women to do it. I had no plan to make a point with it, but with that being said, there are things that it brings out just by the nature of its existence that are much more powerful than I could have anticipated.”

Lez Zeppelin plays at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 at Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, and tickets are $23 to $29; visit www.clubfoxrwc.com.

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