Led Zeppelin Tribute

Led Zeppelin Tribute The Hindenburg Project - Frequently Asked Questions

The Hindenburg Project has launched and are now available for bookings. This FAQ section is designed to address questions that both fans and venues may have in regards to The Hindenburg Project experience. If you have additional questions about the band or bookings, please visit the Contact page for more details.

What is The Hindenburg Project?

The Hindenburg Project is the ultimate tribute to the world's greatest rock 'n roll band Led Zeppelin. The Hindenburg Project emulates the pure essence, power, and musicianship of what a Led Zeppelin show is all about - classic rock 'n roll at it's best. The Hindenburg Project performs the best of Led Zeppelin from the early roots of the band's post-Yardbirds days to the stadium rock classics and "deep cuts" that defined the Zepp legend and proved "how the west was won". Based in Dallas, Texas The Hindenburg Project launched in the summer of 2011 after extensive rehearsals to perfect every element of the sound of Led Zeppelin.

What makes The Hindenburg Project different from other Led Zeppelin tribute bands?

There are several things that set us apart from other Zepp tribute bands. First, there is the voice of Bob Brewer. One listen to the intro to "Black Dog" will convince you! Also, the band is composed of top-notch musicians dedicated to bringing the attention to detail neccessary in order to produce the sound and glory of mighty Zeppelin.

Where can I view videos of recent shows?

The Hindenburg Project has a dedicated YouTube channel with great videos from past shows. The videos are accessible from the YouTube logo at the top of the site or by clicking this link.

How close do you sound to Led Zeppelin?

The audio available on the home page is real. Yes, Bob Brewer does do an amazing rendition of Black Dog, The Immigrant Song, and other Zepp classics. In fact, he is one of the best vocalist out there in the competitive world of Zepp tribute bands. However, the musicians providing the music behind The Hindenburg Project include top-notch musicians with years of experience performing live.

How do I book the band and how much does it cost?

You can inquire about booking by calling Randy Ranew 214.808.7260 or submitting an email request from the Contact page. Costs will vary depending on the location (i.e., local DFW area vs. out-of-town/state) and the duration of the gig. We also offer a discount to first-time venues and clubs.

Can I book the band for a private event or party?

Yes, they are available for a variety of events and venues.

Can I book the band outside of Dallas/Texas?

Yes, The Hindenburg Project is available to play shows both locally as well as nationwide.

What venues and events have you played?

The band members have played in various projects over the years that has included sharing stages with bands Dokken, Yngwie Malmsteen, George Lynch/Lynch Mob, Michael Schenker Group, Dangerous Toys, Drowning Pool, and played local venues such as Trees, Cadillac Bar and Grill, The Mule Barn, Bubba Moose Sports Bar, Dallas City Limits, and The Basement as well as Cardi's in Houston and several Cornerstone festivals in Chicago.

Just where the hell did the name "Led Zeppelin" come from anyway?

"That will go over like a lead balloon" is the US version of the phrase, that means that something is destined to be a definitive failure.. In the UK a complete failure translates to "goes down like a lead balloon." The phrase is American in origin, and the first mention of a lead balloon with the meaning of something that fails comes from a Mom-N Pop cartoon that was syndicated in several US newspapers in June 1924.

That's when the phrase can be said to have entered the language and there are many examples in print from US sources of ventures which "went down like a lead balloon" from that date onward.

The most celebrated use of the term is the part played in the naming of the English heavy-metal band Led Zeppelin. The story goes that Jimmy Page had completed a Scandinavian tour with the New Yardbirds ,(an impromptu band that was formed from the popular, and rapidly disintegrating Yardbirds). Keith Moon of "The Who" fame is reputed to have said the new band would "go down like a lead balloon" .( some reports say" go over like a lead balloon" , or zeppelin). Moon is said to have borrowed the term from John Entwistle, who had previously used it to describe bad gigs. Moon and Entwistle, both being English, would have been more likely to have used the English 'go down' version. The details of this are difficult to verify as the anecdotal comment wasn't recorded or put into print at the time, and as Moon and Entwistle are deceased.

Jimmy Page has confirmed the essence of the story in several subsequent interviews (although, as we all know, 'If you can remember the 1960s, you weren't really there.'). The irony, and the association with the heavy metal lead, was too good to miss for an aspiring heavy metal band. Page and the band even made sure that people got the point that they were referring to the metal by changing the spelling to Led, and avoiding any possible mispronunciation as lead - as in leader (reputedly at the suggestion of their manager, Peter Grant). Dumb idea Pete.

The choice of Zeppelin in the band's name was surely influenced by the Hindenburg disaster of 1937. The newsreel of the event, complete with Herbert Morrison's famous Oh, the humanity line, was commonly seen footage in English cinemas during the 1950s and 60s and Page would certainly have been familiar with it. The band used an image of the crash for the cover of their first album, and the rest is pure rock and roll history. Moon's prediction could hardly have been more wrong. Led Zeppelin became one of the most popular, arguably the most popular, musical act of the first half of the 1970s, and reputedly have sold more than 300 million albums.

Therefore..the name…" The Hindenburg Project" ….the true roots of Led Zeppelin.


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