We were in Corvallis Friday night to check out Stairway Denied, a Led Zeppelin tribute band that started as one guy singing in his shower which then evolved into a sensation all across the Pacific Northwest. That guy is Noah Stroup, Aaron’s good friend from his days at OSU. When Noah isn’t belting out swan songs or writing his own solo projects, he is the editor / creator of a Corvallis weekly zine called the Alchemist, a source for events around town and a forum for anonymous writers to publish their deepest darkest dribbles. We were able to tail Noah on his delivery route and in so doing got a personalized tour of all of Corvallis’ best pubs and haunts. Corvallis is the Oregon equivalent of State College and home to 58,000 that actually feels a lot like Penn State – only cooler. (Here the frat kids drink good beer.) There are tons of great pubs and restaurants that have all popped up in the last couple years, with tons of bike lanes and bike shops to make any bike nerd happy.
But I digress. When Matt and I arrived at the show (Aaron was already inside), the line was two blocks out the door and people were being turned away because the club was at capacity. This was the last shabang for this band as each of its five members is heading separate ways and pursuing day jobs and adventures beyond the world of Led Zeppelin tributeering. However, being friends with a lead singer has its perks: we were able to walk to the front of the line where we said, “We’re the guys biking to Alaska” at which point we were greeted with “Oh yeah! Come on in!” We were then given wristbands and entered the already over-packed club.
These guys knew how to do Zeppelin. Noah was a dead ringer for Robert Plant both in voice and in the energy he brought to the show. I have no idea how he does it without estrogen supplementation, but he credits his father for his ability to hit the high notes.
On solo guitar, Curtis, would have made Jimmy Paige proud, rounding out a very talented group The sound mix was perfect, and the crowd was a great blend of friends of the band and people who came from afar to hear the band for the last time. All in all a great time. Here’s a video I took of the show:
We had to leave early because of an early day the next day but this was a great little stop before heading East towards Oregon.