CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. - All roads, including a circuitous side route through cinema, led to Zeppelin.
Clementine, the drummer for the all-female tribute band Zepparella, who goes by only one name, described the inspiration behind the quartet: "It was like these four people who were in this groove onstage together," she said. "If that's not there, you might as well just sit at home and listen to the greatest recordings ever recorded."
Clementine, singer Anna Kristina, bass player Nila Minnerock and guitarist Gretchen Menn aren't content to sit around the basement and listen to Led Zeppelin. Nor did they want their band to get lost among other tribute acts: The foursome pays tribute to Zeppelin's synergy as much as its music.
"I think that with the Zeppelin music, what separates all the bands is that you can't play the music well if you don't have a connection between the players," Clementine said last year. "So when you go to see any Zeppelin band, if they' re playing the song the way it is on the record, it's going to suck."
Clementine said the group didn't want to immerse itself in all "the stuff" that goes along with tribute acts and sought another source for visual information. The name is also a tribute to "Barbarella," the comic book and Jane Fonda movie.
"When I started the band, I was thinking about how I wanted it to look, and a big thing is I didn't want it to be a tribute band. I wanted to divert attention away from the tribute model," she said. "I love the movie 'Barbarella.' I love the costumes. I love Jane Fonda. I love the sets."
The concept clicked but didn't stick; the name, however, remains the same.
Tahoe has become a favorite stop for the tribute band.
"We love it," Clementine said. "It's always so much fun. It's beautiful. People are nice, and they're ready to party."