Kashmir by Marcia Blondin

My friend Steven Tenney sent me a message on Facebook that his band – Tequila Rush – was going to do a Led Zeppelin concert at the Roxy. Whoa.

Steven is a drummer from New Jersey originally, and I’ve heard him play jazz, blues, some Pink Floyd, but we are talking Jon Bonham here! I had also had the pleasure of hearing Steven’s bandmate Carlos on lead guitar. Same thing – jazz, blues some Floyd, but nobody plays like Jimmy Page. No one.

And then there’s the small problem of anyone, anywhere being able to try and sing like Robert Plant.

Led Zeppelin has been my favorite band for 50 years. So, my friend and I got to the Roxy early to get good seats. Showtime was 11 pm. In Mexico…riiiight!? So we waited happily ensconced next to the stage and chatted while the entire band trickled in one by one having apparently done a sound check earlier. I only knew Stephen and Carlos so three unknowns for bass guitar, keyboards and oh god, the vocals.

The Roxy was packed to the rafters and then some, everyone smoking until I thought the band would disappear in the fog. The last thing I said to my friend just as they started to play was, “first garbled lyric and I am so out of here.”

Two notes out of Danny’s mouth, I shut my eyes and listened to ‘Robert Plant’ nail every single note, every word, every nuance, every scream, and the band did the same.

For nearly three hours; no chatter and no break. No mistakes. All that was missing was the string quartet doing the backup on Kashmir written by the late, great Jon Bonham – one of my favorite songs.

And then there was Moby Dick. Without question one of the most demanding drum solos in the history of rock music. Long, freaking complicated, and Stephen was flawless. I swear I heard Jon Bonham howling his approval over the roar of the crowd. My god, Stephen, you made him so proud.

I have seen dozens of Tribute shows the last few years in Vallarta; they are the rage, and I love them. There have not been Led Zeppelin Tributes for a very good reason; they are impossible to do justice to. Until now. Obviously, I cannot say enough about Tequila Rush and their fantastic tribute to 1969 and the release of Led Zeppelin’s first album. To Tequila Rush: Steven Tenney on drums; Carlos Urrea, lead guitar; newcomer Irving Quintana on bass, and Danny Hermosillo, brilliant vocals: BRAVO! Miguel Rodriguez filled in on keyboard – you were wonderful. I sincerely hope this is not the only Led Zeppelin Tribute; I will keep you posted.

Thank you, gentlemen, from the bottom of my heart for stealing my sleep: You Shook Me All Night Long.

Marcia Blondin