Despite not having heard much Led Zeppelin prior to the gig and therefore being reasonably clueless at the time as to the accuracy of their sound, Whole Lotta Led proved to be pretty damn good as far as tribute acts go. Listening to an album they frequently paid homage to after the show, I found it difficult to distinguish an obvious distinction to set apart Led Zeppelin and their impressive tribute in the Arlington on Saturday night.
The rest of Newbury clearly agreed, with the entire audience head-bobbing, toe-tapping or hip-swaying by the end of the night or at least all three for the occasional enthusiastic soul. Although it has to be said, the main attraction and definitely the most entertaining part of the performance were the legless lunatics prancing about before the stage.
We even felt it necessary — no, essential — to place bets on who would be the first to inelegantly plant their arse on the sticky beer-saturated floor. The Brook is an excellent venue and it was packed full of fans long before the band were due on stage. I was lucky enough to get to speak to the band backstage before the gig and they were just five really nice guys who love what they do, which is please the fans by playing really good ro ck music. Charlie Hart on drums and Geoff Hunt on bass kept up a solid backing to allow guitar, keys and vocals to come to the fore.
Nick Ferris on lead guitar played faultlessly from beginning to end and Martin Weetman on guitar and keyboards added the finishing touches to an evening of classic numbers written by one of the best stadium bands in the world. The Encore was the icing on the cake. At least I was accurate when I said it was brilliant. After this performance, I can see why. Pryor grabs our attention from the start as the band open with Good Times, Bad Times. His charisma and energy is contagious and he has the ability to engage with the crowd with the familiarity of an old friend.
Nothing beats the sound of a bass guitar being played well, as bassist, Geoff Hunt, proves tonight during Dazed and Confused. Every song played tonight exceeded my expectations. Keeping Led Zeppelin alive through live music can be a difficult feat, however Whole Lotta Led undoubtedly bring us the next best thing to Led Zeppelin themselves. Two original members Nick and Geoff from the nineties remain, and the now five-piece band with more keyboard tracks than in their early days all totally deliver on everything from the thunderous voyage that is Immigrant Song to the clever pop of All My Love, and singer Lee DOES reach all those high notes!
As for drummer Charlie — the heart of the band who has nailed the Bonham sound — well, what a player! The show highlight for me was The Song Remains The Same: it was absolutely superb and surely one of the very best tracks Jimmy Page ever penned — originally as an instrumental that Robert Plant subsequently added suitable lyrics to. Percy did a great job on the sound desk, as usual, and a good sized crowd were rewarded with the band offering to return again later in the year… that went down as favourably as the preceding 2 hours plus of exciting music.
Icing on the cake then! Thanks to everyone concerned — excellent stuff! I have never been to see a tribute band, and was sceptical from the outset, but I trusted my mates recommendation. It is so obvious that every member of the band love the music of Led Zeppelin as much as I do — better still, they can all play really well, in fact, some of them have to rate amongst the best musicians I have ever heard.
Not only do they work well as a band playing great music together, they all bring something extra and personal to the show.
Not just a great straight reproduction of the music we all know so well, but a great show with a few subtle personal twists that really added to the show. Totally brilliant — the whole band. WOW — what a band!! Every single note was spot on. The band bought the whole experience of Led Zeppelin as a live band to the audience without trying to imitate them. Thank you so much guys. Even if you have a slight interest in Led Zeppelin go and see this band, you will have a great night.
Whole Lotta Led are dedicated to recreating the classic studio and live albums of the legendary Led Zeppelin. Whole Lotta Led have an astonishing level of musicianship and enthusiasm.
They keep these powerful and mysterious sounds as fresh and alive as when I first met them in the 90s browsing Zeppelin music stalls in London. I saw Whole Lotta Led earlier this year at The Brook with the old line-up and I was suitable impressed to want to come and them play again. I have seen the other top rated Led Zep tribute band, who are good, so there was lots of anticipation on what the evenings performance was going to be like. I persuaded two old buddies to come along with me they have both been to original Zeppelin concerts. What a concert. A stunning performance that made me pleased to be there.
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The new line-up has raised the level of quality in Whole Lotta Led performance of Led Zeppelin music. Both my friends and I were suitably impressed. I could not exhaust enough superlatives to emphasise how much I enjoyed the occasion. Suffice to say I will go and see you play again. The Band Members. Nick Ferris — Lead Guitar. The consummate guitarist, a master of Led Zep music.
Geoff Hunt — Bass Guitar. A solid bass player that is totally part the music being performed, equally impressive when playing the mandolin. Lee Pryor — Singer guitarist. Great vocals, built a good rapport with the audience, a crowd pleaser. A superb addition in both guitar and keyboard. It works well. Charlie Hart — Drums. Outstanding, compliments the Led Zep music line-up perfectly. Allegedly Keith Richards once asked Jimmy Page why he did not take on another guitarist as he was the most overworked guitarist in the music industry. JP replied that it would ruin the format of the band.
The introduction of David Wykeham-George on second guitar and keyboards was a masterstroke and added depth and a different dimension to the band.
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Kashmir and No Quarter were fantastic and near perfect. Whole Lotta Love, despite the Theramin technical glitch, was outstanding with that pulsating depth of the extra guitar. Not forgetting the other new members…. Sorry no insult intended. Last but not least….. Charlie Hart…. What a power drummer. Saw you for the first time last Saturday in Wolverhampton — my wife took me for my birthday. What impressed me from the start was the attention to detail on the songs — the big advantage Whole Lotta Led had was having the fifth member who could play keyboards and double up on guitar.
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When I first saw the drummer I was skeptical thinking he looked a bit young for the job but that could have been in comparison to the other members J. His lead playing was spot on and I like the fact he had a bit of showmanship too. He used a range of guitars as well — some because of alternate tunings but others simply for the authenticity the twin neck SG for Stairway and having a theramin was a great touch.
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Having a bass player who plays the mandolin also allows the band to play the accoustic numbers that other bands have struggled on — I would love to see you play the Earls Court accoustic set when you come back this way again. All in all a great show. Plant himself may be watching from the back as he still lives just up the road! We all have moments that will stay in our hearts and minds for ever. For many fans one of them will be the first moment that they heard or saw or if they were very lucky, both at once their heroes. And the Drill Hall celebrated in style. This band are all huge Led Zeppelin fans and it shows.
Their aim is to produce the sound and the experience of a Led Zeppelin gig as near as possible to the real thing. But there was always more to Led Zeppelin gigs than their exceptional music. The sheer joy and exuberance. The intensity and the intimacy. The rapport between band and fan — to the extent, on occasion, of each fan feeling that the band were performing to them, and to them alone. Told by the band, the musicians, the groupies, and fans themselves, this chronicle of one of rock's greatest bands includes meticulous research into the member's backgrounds and relationships, musical influences, tours, and recordings.
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It kept me turning the pages, whether or not I'm a huge Zeppelin fan already. However, the author didn't seem to be very rigorous in his research about the band. Most of the extra tidbits of info are pretty widespread knowledge that he doesn't expand on. The author also goes off on tangents about his teenage experiences that seem like a commercial for his own band and have nothing to do with Led Zeppelin.
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The worst parts might have been when the author would preach about Jesus an It was alright. The worst parts might have been when the author would preach about Jesus and how Zeppelin ties in to the bible and its teachings. There must be a better book about this band. Dec 08, Allison rated it really liked it.
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