From the bombastic and epic, to the folksy` and mystical, Get The Led Out have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the big concert stage. The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center presents Get The Led Out at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2009.
Their mission is simple: to recreate on stage the complete sound of Led Zeppelin’s recordings with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed live. Oh, and without wigs.
The Philadelphia-based group consists of six accomplished musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin's studio recordings with all the bells and whistles. Unlike other Led Zeppelin tributes, the band does not attempt to copy the original’s stage show. Instead, utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, Get The Led Out re-create the songs in all their depth and glory.
Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," Get The Led Out presents a two hour set that spans the mythic career of the legendary British super group and features some of their biggest hits, including “Dancing Days,” “Heartbreaker,” “Hey, Hey, What Can I Do,” and many more. With a strong focus on the early years, they also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever, heard in concert.
“Get the Led Out didn’t just pass Zeppelin 101 with flying colors—they’re working on their Ph.D. They didn’t just do their Zep homework—they’re teaching the class,” raves The Patriot News, Central Pennsylvania’s leading news source that reaches nearly a half-million weekly readers.
Not content to play an approximation of Zeppelin, Get the Led Out strives to re-create every last sonic detail the band committed to tape. That’s as much a part of their quest as copying Robert Plant’s lyrics or Jimmy Page’s trail-blazing guitar, and—given the complexity of Led Zeppelin recordings—it’s an endless one.
Get The Led Out's approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. "Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era," says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. "I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless."
Get the Led Out was formed in 2003 when bassist Paul Piccari contacted Sinclair about singing in a Led Zeppelin project he was trying to get off the ground. Sinclair, who had spent the majority of his musical career performing in his own original band “Sinclair,” had reservations about joining a ‘tribute’ act.
“I had no interest in going the impersonator route,” says Sinclair. “I’ve always found it a bit hokey. I was much more intrigued by the thought of playing this music that I loved so much, and playing it accurately. With ALL the instrumentation.”
Enter guitarist Paul Hammond who shared a musical partnership with Sinclair that dated back to their teen years. Together they wrote songs, released albums and earned their rock and roll wings on the East Coast club scene.
“I knew Paul [Hammond] would add the stability and musical chops needed to pull this off,” Sinclair explains. “Besides guitar, he plays many other stringed-instruments and even played keyboards in an early incarnation of the band.”
Sinclair’s vision of performing on stage as themselves and doing the studio versions of the Zep catalog was not a popular concept with other early members in the band.
“In the beginning, some of the guys wanted to do the look-a-like thing. Akin to a version of the movie ‘The Song Remains The Same.’ Those guys have since moved on to other things,” says Sinclair.
In addition to the three Paul’s, Get the Led Out has seen the addition of Adam Ferraioli on drums, Jimmy Marchiano on guitar and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Lipke (keys, guitar, vocals, percussion etc.).
Predating their GTLO days, Sinclair and Hammond have run Fat City Studios out of Hammond’s home in Blue Bell. The two Pauls have mixed and mastered music for the countless bands who have recorded music there since 2000.
GTLO took the show on the road in 2004 with debut performances in major theatres, performing arts centers, festivals and concert venues throughout the East.
Now dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” GTLO presents a two-hour set each night that spans the mythic career of the legendary British super group. Last January, the band signed with SRO, a national booking agent.
A Get the Led Out concert mimics the "light and shade" that is the embodiment of "The Mighty Zep." Whether it's the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, or the delicate nature of their intimate, sit-down acoustic set (complete with special guest female vocalist for "The Battle of Evermore"), it's their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event!
This is not an impersonator act, but rather a group of musicians who were fans first, striving to do justice to one of the greatest bands in rock history.
“It turns out that our approach is the very thing that separates us from all the other Zeppelin acts out there. I’d like to say that it was a real savvy business decision, but truth be told, it’s just the only way I could see doing it,” said Sinclair.
Tickets for Get The Led Out may be purchased by calling the Pasquerilla ArtsLine at 1-800-846-2787 or 814-269-7200 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets are $37. Discount tickets of $35 are available to senior citizens (over 62 years of age) and members of the Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association. Tickets for students and children are $31. The box office is open for in-person sales from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office also opens one hour before performances. For additional information, visit our website www.upjarts.com.