Who: Whole Lotta Led
Where : Boot Pub
When: Monday, Nov. 10
Tickets : $7 at the door
It was pretty cool witnessing a band as big time as the Tragically Hip play the Boot Pub a couple weeks ago. So how would it be if Led Zeppelin played the Boot this Monday?
Yeah, right, youre probably saying. For one, the original drummer is dead. For two well theres just not enough room in this publication to list all the reasons thats not going to happen.
But Whistler doesnt need Plant, Page et al when weve got Whole Lotta Led, the kick-ass Zeppelin tribute band fronted by local jack of all musical trades Greg Reamsbottom.
Since forming back in June 2002, Reamsbottom, along with guitarist Phil Richard, bass player J.P. Trottier and drummer Tom Rimmer have been wowing locals with high octane renditions of all the Zeppelin favourites.
Reamsbottoms drivers license doesnt say Robert Plant, but he sure can wail like him. And Richard rocks out the deft Page solos on the dual neck like hes channelling Sir Jimmy himself. This is no deadbeat music store clerk playing Stairway riffs to impress teenaged wannabe customers. This is full on Zeppelin. This is rock n roll!
The Pique caught up with Robert Plant Reamsbottom for a little Zep-chat in honour of the upcoming show.
Pique: First Zeppelin Memory?
Greg Reamsbottom: Being 11 or 12 years old and hearing Dazed and Confused on the radio and being absolutely awestruck by it.
Pique: Favourite Zeppelin Song to sing?
GR: How Many More Times.
Pique: Favourite Zeppelin Song to hear?
GR: The live version of No Quarter. Picking a favourite is like trying to pick your favourite puppy out of a bunch. Its hard.
Pique: Favourite Zeppelin lyric?
GR: The words to the Immigrant Song. Such vivid imagery.
Pique: Favourite Zeppelin legend?
GR: There's always the infamous "mud shark" story from the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle.
Pique: Ever slow-danced to Stairway?
GR: Oh, yeah. Totally.
Pique: Ever seen Zeppelin live?
GR: Since the original drummer died in 1980, its pretty hard to see them live as they were in all their glory. I have seen Robert Plant solo a few times, and saw the Page and Plant tour twice. The best live experience was when Page and Plant ripped into their version of Nobodys Fault but Mine.
Pique: Own any Zeppelin memorabilia?
GR: Ive got all their albums on vinyl. Im dating myself a little bit telling you that. Ive got a couple vintage 70s posters, stuff like that.
Pique: Whats Zeppelins mark on rock n roll?
GR: I think every hard rock act from the 70s on was influenced by them in some way.
Pique: Why is Zeppelin so timeless?
GR: It's just real damn good music, especially when you hear it played live! We see people my fathers age right down to 19 year olds at our shows, and they all know all the words to every song. It's trans-generational Did I just make up a word?
Pique: What can people expect from your show at the Boot this Monday?
GR: A couple new songs we havent played before, and just non-stop, good old-fashioned hard-rockin Led Zeppelin.
If you cant make it to the Zeppelin show on Monday, swing by the Boot on Thursday to catch Reamsbottom and Richard as part of their six-piece jam band. The band will host open mic/instrumental jam sessions starting this week and continuing Thursdays throughout the winter season. Call 604-932-3338 for more information.