Led Zeppelin 2's Bruce Lamont on Playing Robert Plant, Groupies, and Nirvana's Nevermind

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​Given the nature of the tribute band game, acts usually wow or disgust. There's not much room for gray area. When it comes to the real legends and the emotional attachments fans have to their records, bands like Led Zeppelin, it's go big or go home.

For example, "Achilles Last Stand," one of Zeppelin's most metal moments in my opinion, taught me about machine gun drums. "No Quarter" catapulted me into a 10-year foray of classical piano competition. "Since I've Been Loving You" made me fall in love, and "Black Dog" reminds me of high school summers and hot desert breezes, mingling with sweet acrid smoke from burning papers.

So when I heard Led Zeppelin 2: The Live Experience was coming to The Foundry this Wednesday, I was pretty stoked.

As a working tribute band for almost 12 years, LZ2 has the band's sound down to an artful science. But what stands out about the members is the acharade that is their live performance. Stepping into the roles of Robert Plant (Bruce Lamont), Jimmy Page (Paul Kamp), John Bonham (Ian Lee) and John Paul Jones (Chris Klein), LZ2 have honed their act to represent all the iconic elements from the band's heyday -- not to mention they all resemble their counterparts -- while incorporating some of their own touches along the way to provide a snapshot of Led Zeppelin for a younger generation.

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Seven More Alice Cooper Songs for His Grotesque Haunted Maze

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​Could there be any better Halloween gift than to wander around in Alice Cooper's brain for an evening, watching him teeter on the edge of sanity, just about to fall off?

Proooobably not.

That's why this year, Halloween Horror Nights 2011 at Universal Studios Hollywood will veer from its traditional horror movie theme with a personal addition from Alice Cooper himself: a haunted maze that draws on elements from the shock rocker's theatrical concerts and feature music from his 1975 concept album, Welcome to My Nightmare.

Imagine actual snakes, a sadistic insane asylum, Cooper's childhood bedroom where he turned from Vincent Furnier to Alice Cooper forever, and decapitations, all set to themes from some of his classic songs.

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Aries of Diamond Jacks Gentlemans Club

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Welcome to Stripper Songs, a weekly feature that proves not all Phoenix strippers bump and grind to Warrant's "Cherry Pie" of Flo Rida's "Low."

Of the dozens of adult cabarets and peepshows littering the Valley landscape, Diamond Jacks Gentlemans club is something of a diamond in the rough. This scintillating strippeteria stands out from its competitors (as well as the blighted stretch of University Drive it sits upon) due to its bevy of bodacious and beautiful African-American dancers and a tendency to play nothing but hip-hop tracks, Top 40 hits, and urban jams. 

Self-described by its proprietors as the "only hip-hop strip club in Phoenix," DJs lives up to its boast by hosting such nights at Pornstar Thursdays and Freakum Saturdays, as well as any number of off-the-hook weekend parties that occasionally feature such big-name recording artists as Too $hort.

It makes for an interesting backdrop to encounter a dancer like Aries, who's the focus of this week's edition of Stripper Songs. This super slim siren looks like the kinda girl we'd normally see strutting around the annual Phoenix Comicon, instead of working the stage at DJs. 

Read on for the...uh, skinny on her background and which particular song she enjoys getting down to.
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Page of Bombshells Cabaret

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Welcome to Stripper Songs, a weekly feature that proves not all Phoenix strippers bump and grind to Warrant's "Cherry Pie" of Flo Rida's "Low."

Just in case you hadn't glanced at a calendar lately, April 20 (a.k.a. 420) is this coming Tuesday, man, which means plenty of marijuana-related parties, music fests, and celebrations going on around Phoenix.

As your pothead friends are likely to tell you (in-between mouthfuls of skunky smoke, that is), however, true lovers of the leaf don't are living the 420 lifestyle 24-7.

For instance, the focus of this week's edition of Stripper Songs isn't at all shy about sharing her affinity for cannabis, how much she smokes it, and why it's the reason behind her favorite song to dance to.

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Heidi of Christie's Cabaret Tempe

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Welcome to Stripper Songs, a weekly feature that proves not all Phoenix strippers bump and grind to Warrant's "Cherry Pie" of Flo Rida's "Low."

Scan the Internet for the top stripper songs of all time, and chances are you'll happen upon list after list filled with such rock and pop anthems as Korn's "Freak on a Leash," Buckcherry's "Crazy Bitch," or even Brittany Spear's "Toxic."

So do any EDM artists ever make the cut? Hardly. Other than the occasional Prodigy or Crystal Method track, it's kinda rare that you'd come across any striptease artists doing their thing to any sort of electronica.

Which is why Heidi, the long-legged topless dancer who employed by Christie's in Tempe is somewhat unique, as she's down with getting down a fairly well-known techno DJ/producer.

Find out who and what she's taking her gear off to -- and get an undistorted look-see - on the flipside of the break.

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Vicki Vaughn of Xplicit Showclub

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Welcome to Stripper Songs, a weekly feature that proves not all Phoenix strippers bump and grind to Warrant's "Cherry Pie" of Flo Rida's "Low."

This weeks ecdysiast (that word sounds extra dirty, right?) is diminiuative dame Vicki Vaughn, whom you can find at Xplicit Showclub over in Glendale.

Learn more about what Ms. Vaughn is shaking her booty to -- and see an undistorted picture -- after the jump.

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Stripper Songs: Sapphire of Diamond Jack's Gentlemans Club

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There's no shortage of strip club action in the Valley of the Sun. From high-end gentleman's clubs like Christie's Cabaret and Le Girls Cabaret to the low-rent flesh parlors of the West Valley's skeezier industrial neighborhoods, Phoenix is definitely skin city.

Despite what you might think, the buxom babes baring it all inside these strip joints aren't just bumping and grinding to Warrant's "Cherry Pie" of Flo Rida's "Low."

We're debuting a new series dedicated to discovering what the preferred striptrease tracks are for the exotic dancers of the Valley.


This week, we're checking out the sultry Sapphire, an off-the-hook employee of Diamond Jack's Gentlemans Club.

Read about what Sapphire is dancing to -- and see an undistorted picture -- after the jump.
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Tawni of Cheetahs Gentlemans Club

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​There's no shortage of strip club action in the Valley of the Sun. From high-end gentleman's clubs like Christie's Cabaret and Le Girls Cabaret to the low-rent flesh parlors of the West Valley's skeezier industrial neighborhoods, Phoenix is definitely skin city.

Despite what you might think, the buxom babes baring it all inside these strip joints aren't just bumping and grinding to Warrant's "Cherry Pie" of Flo Rida's "Low."

We're debuting a new series dedicated to discovering what the preferred striptrease tracks are for the exotic dancers of the Valley.

First up, the tempting Tawni, who works her magic six nights at Cheetahs.

Read about what Tawni is dancing to -- and see an undistorted picture -- after the jump.

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