Lez Zeppelin, AC/DShe, Misstallica—And Other Female Tribute Bands That Rock

by Evelyn Chapman

It seems wrong to say that any of these lady bands are out to pay tribute to anyone; they rock so hard on their own. But bands like Lez Zeppelin and Vag Halen are doing so much more than covering old faves—they’re out to take on the male dominated world of rock and roll, one metal band at a time.

Lez Zeppelin 

Founded in 2004 by lead guitarist Steph Paynes, Lez Zeppelin thinks of themselves as a “she-incarnation” rather than a tribute band. They have recorded albums with former Led Zeppelin engineers, are known for having gained global recognition for their renditions of some of the greatest rock songs of all time, and have even been acknowledged by Jimmy Page, lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin, himself who said “They’re extraordinary, very sensual… They’ve got energy and enthusiasm and they’re superb musicians.”

Watch the group live in Paris here:

Vag Halen

Torontos finest female art rock group with the best pun yet, Vag Halen, covers hard-rock classics by Guns-N-Roses, Led Zeppelin, and Motorhead. Referred by Chuck Klosterman as “the most-powerful all-female band in rock history.” This rag-tag group of lesbians are head-banging and hip-thrusting the sex back into rock and roll.


The trailblazers of female tribute bands, AC/DShe has been on the Highway To Hell since 1999. They only cover the early-era AC/DC songs, because lets face it, they rock the hardest, and have toured throughout the US and Europe.  

The Iron Maidens

Based in LA, and quickly becoming one of Southern Californias most well known tribute bands, The Iron Maidens, are hard-core professionals. These ladies don’t get by just on the popularity of the songs they cover, its their well-trained talent and technique that keeps fans crowd-surfing.

The Ramonas

London’s only all girl tribute band to The Ramones; Margy, Cloey, Pee Pee & Rohnny Ramona joined up in 2004 and have been touring around Europe and the US ever since. These girls are more about a good time than a political movement, but we love their angst all the same.


Formed in 2008, Misstallica, was originally a side project to their King Diamond tribute band Queen Diamond. They mostly perform Metallica’s first 4 albums, with all the hard-core thrashing and flashing that every metal show promises.


images via Kyra Kverno, metaladies, Vag Halen, fewandfarwomen, ramonas, independent 


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