I played my first show with Led Zeppelin tribute band Dazed and Confused last Saturday night. It went really well, considering I had learned about 100 minutes of material in just over a month. It doesn't sound like much when I put it that way, but the learning slows down when it requires a Jimmy Page solo in the middle of every song. Some of those are really hard: Heartbreaker, Rock and Roll. I try to go note for note with the recorded versions unless we're in the middle of an improv section, but I had to fake it on a few solos.

We had to cut a few songs from our full setlist, but here's what we ended up playing:

Good Times Bad Times
Black Dog
Rock and Roll
Living Loving Maid
Four Sticks
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (Jason played acoustic, I was on harmonies and claps.)
Since I've Been Loving You
Moby Dick
Bring it on Home
The Ocean
Whole Lotta Love

I'm excited to play more with these guys. Everything sounded awesome. Jason (vocals) said he didn't hear any mistakes from me. I'm not sure who he was listening to, but I did try to keep them all Page-like. We have a 2.5-hour gig in a month, and a big one in December at Belly Up Tavern, a prominent venue just outside San Diego. After that, I expect smoother sailing, more refining, not so much rampant learning.

Have some pictures, courtesy of HeavyMetalDave.