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Lez Zeppelin plays the Hamilton

Lez Zeppelin  Credit: Pat Benic

Lez Zeppelin Credit: Pat Benic

The “lez” in the name Lez Zeppelin may be shorthand for lesbian, but the four women in this New York-based Led Zeppelin tribute band don’t publicly disclose their sexual orientations. “Keeping a little bit of mystery to a group is very old fashioned, but in my opinion, it’s much more intriguing,” says Steph Paynes, the band’s lead guitarist.

The women are as intense and powerful and sexy as you’d expect performing from the Page-Plant Company’s hard-rock songbook — even Page himself swooned after taking in a sold-out show in London a couple years ago. (“They’ve got energy and enthusiasm and they’re superb musicians,” the principal Leddie songwriter allegedly said.) The American Lez ladies stop by the Hamilton on Sunday night, performing from the Zeppelin repertoire in a recreation of concerts the British Led lads gave in 1973 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The song remains the same — even if the band is different.

Sunday, June 7. Doors at 6:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Tickets are $28 to $40. Call 202-787-1000 or visit

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.

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