Get the Led Out returns 'home'
ANGELO PETRO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lead vocalist Paul Sinclair performs at the Get the Led Out concert held Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
"We are home," proclaimed Paul Sinclair, the lead vocalist for Get The Led Out, during their triumphant return visit to Penn's Peak on Friday night.
The Philadelphia based band credits Penn's Peak as where it all started for them. After a successful and exciting debut at the venue seven years ago, they are always welcomed back by a large and passionate audience.
From the opening song "Immigrant Song", famous for the wailing cry during the beginning of the song, to the closing song "Whole Lotta Love", the energy was undeniable.
Many tribute bands get lost in impersonations and fanfare, but GTLO is all about the music.
Watching the band perform and hearing the results, it becomes obvious how much the band members love and respect the music of Led Zeppelin. They keep it alive in their meticulously accurate representations of the songs.
The band's ability to reproduce Led Zeppelin's studio recordings during a concert is what distinguishes them from the rest. Their proficiency in recreating the Zeppelin sound is incredible.
During GTLO's set on Friday night, which ran over two and a half hours, each band member showcased their skills and their role in perfecting the original songs live on stage.
Vocalist Paul Sinclair has a difficult task in trying to produce the signature sound of Robert Plant, one of rock music's most treasured voices, but he pulls it off with a spot-on balance between his own style and imitation.
The crowd sang along with Sinclair throughout the entire show, with extra enthusiasm during favorites including "The Ocean", "Ramble On", "Heartbreaker" and "Stairway to Heaven."
Paul Hammond, playing guitar and mandolin, had many showcase moments. During "Dazed and Confused", he played his guitar with a glowing blue bow, adding to the band's effort in creating enhancing visual elements to the show.
Percussionist Adam Ferraioli had his shining moment during "Moby Dick", an instrumental and drum solo tune.
The remaining members include Jimmy Marchiano on guitars and vocals, Andrew Lipke on keyboards, guitars, and vocals, and Billy Childs on bass guitar and vocals. All extremely talented rock musicians, their work completes the sound of a true Led Zeppelin experience.
A highlight of the acoustic portion of the evening includes guest vocalist Diana DeSantis, who comes out to perform "The Battle of Evermore."
Sinclair took the time on numerous occasions to thank the excited crowd for their enduring support.
As a special treat for being with the band for so many years, they prepare a new song to perform each time they come to Penn's Peak. This night they chose to perform the song "Friends."
The band also performed "Ten Years Gone" for the crowd, a song not commonly included.
"Penn's Peak, you never disappoint," yelled Sinclair during the encore of the twenty plus song set list. The audience certainly felt the same way about the band, seemingly eager for more after the final note was played.
Get The Led Out has mastered the work of their inspiration and put on a fantastic display of this for the home crowd.