Who: A Whole Lotta Led
When: Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 p.m.
Meet Whistler's favourite hard-rocking Led Zeppelin cover band: Whole Lotta Led. Featuring Phil Richard on guitar, Tom Rimmer on drums, Mike Wilson on bass and Greg Reamsbottom (one half of the Hairfarmers duo) on vocals, this foursome will transport you all the way back to the '70s era of psychedelic-infused rock with their incredible live set. Before they kick off the 2010-2011 season with a show at Merlin's on Saturday, the group sat down to answer a few questions for Pique readers:
Pique: Tell me about your first memory of hearing Led Zeppelin...
G.R.: On the radio when I was about 11 years old... the song was Dazed and Confused and it really grabbed me. I ran out and bought the album that day and listened to it non-stop for weeks.
P.R.: I remember seeing graffiti all over school: LED ZEPPELIN ROCKS and being oblivious to what it meant. I thought to myself: "What is the purpose of spray painting this on the school wall?" But it all came clear when I heard Stairway to Heaven on the school lunch radio program and asked a friend, who is this? He replied "Led Zeppelin." I was enlightened...
T.R.: Sitting in my mom's basement with my brother and his friends who were older by a few years watching The Song Remains the Same movie and being amazed at how sexual the band was with Plant in his tight pants and the grind that they had going. I was impressed beyond belief.
Pique: They were all about fusing rock with psychedelic and blues influences and it seems like people of all ages, to this day, appreciate their music. What exactly is it about their sound that's so timeless?
G.R.: No one else approached the fusion of blues and rock like Zeppelin. It's timeless because it's very powerful and mysterious music with an undercurrent of danger and sexuality, which is always interesting. You want to hear and learn more about it.
P.R.: Unlike Pink Floyd, Zeppelin did not fuse much with psychedelic effects, too much. They just kept everything pretty well up in your face. It was the first time anyone had taken a regular blues format to the next level, in decibels and heaviness, of course. It was revolutionary and continues to inspire musicians to this day. I remember hearing an interview with Eddie Van Halen stating that the solo in Heartbreaker made him quit drums and pick up a guitar; that says a lot, I think.