John Waite joked about how he used to play big arenas back in the 1970s and 80s when his hits were in their prime, but for his Thursday, Oct. 18 show, he said he was playing “low budget.” Even though the Auburn Public Theater, which also hosted him last fall, looks pint-sized next other venues he’s played, bright 70s power pop transported the crowd back in time to when Waite wasn’t playing low budget. Nostalgia permeated the theater, but it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

People stood up from their seats and filled the aisles to dance along with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page’s immortal riff. Waite and crew added their own break down and build up, playing the song with a certain insight and realness that only Zeppelin’s contemporaries could reasonably achieve. He pounded his chest like a gorilla while wearing a slick suit with a black and white striped T-shirt.

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