Led Zeppelin 2 – House of Blues Chicago – 3-22-2014

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Chicago-based Led Zeppelin 2 played to a packed and rowdy sold out House of Blues last night.

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The Show:

The caveat, this time around, was the fact that they played Led Zeppelin’s sixth studio album, Physical Graffiti, in its entirety.

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I will add that Physical Graffiti is my favorite Led Zeppelin album. So, yes, when I heard they were going to play the album, my initial reaction was similar to this man on Maury:

They still played the perennial favorites like Lemon Song, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, and When the Levee Breaks (which they ended the night with). But the monolithic riffs from Kashmir, the brain melting slide solo from In My Time of Dying, and the underrated Ten Years Gone clearly stole the night. These guys can play! If you’re a Zeppelin fan, you owe it to yourself to see these guys in concert.

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 The Beer:

The House of Blues provides a decent arrange of domestic beers at strategically placed stands. Full bars are also readily available anywhere you turn. Nearly everyone was drinking $11 Miller Lite or Bud Light tall boys though. Which leads to:

The Crowd:

Very drunk. Which is not a shocker I suppose. Led Zeppelin 2 crowds do attract happy drunks, however. Everyone was having a good time and singing along to the music.

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As an aside, as a 6′ foot tall person, I can’t help but get in the way of people’s view behind me. So I tend to stand as far back as possible just to be polite. The folly in this logic is that other tall people think just like I do. So, of course, the tallest people in the building immediately stood in front of me to start the show. It comes with the territory.

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One More Cup of Coffee ‘Fore I Go:

A couple pointed at an elevator in the building and asked me if it goes to heaven. I told them no the stairway does. And they rolled their eyes at me.

This is not a stairway to heaven. Just a stairway to catch the Orange Line.

This is not a stairway to heaven. Just a stairway to catch the Orange Line.

A very drunk person yelled out to the band, “Echale, Vampiro!” (Spanish to English translation: play it vampire). If you’re fan of the Spanish rock band Maná then you are familiar with their song Me Vale. I seriously think he thought he was at a Maná concert. That’s how drunk he was.

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Overall Rating:

10 out of 10 burning Hindenburgs

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