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12

MY 2011 LIST OF TOP CONCERTS I ATTENDED (73 TOTAL)

1. Dream Theater Nokia Theatre 9/25/2011

2. Return To Forever4&Zappa Plays Zappa-Greek 9/20/2011

3. Steely Dan Santa Barbara Bowl 7/6/2011

4. Prince Forum 4/21/2011

5. Duran Duran Nokia Theatre 9/27/2011

6. Mr. Big Canyon 7/31/2011

7. Steel Panther House of Blues Sunset 5/23/2011, 5/30/2011, 6/6/2011 and 8/22/2011 and 11/28/2011

8. Dread Zeppelin Key Club 5/19/2011

9. The Cars Palladium 5/12/2011

10. Devo The Canyon 8/26/2011

11. Wayne Static Key Club 10/10/11

12. Roger Daltrey Nokia Theatre 10/19/2011

13. Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger Hollywood Bowl 10/11/2011

14. Def Leppard Heart Gibson Ampthitheatre 9/7/2011

15. Robert Plant Santa Barbara Bowl 4/25/2011

16. Lee Ritenour OpenBorders 7/16/2011

17. Al Di Meola Canyon 2/17/2011

18. George Thorogood Canyon 4/13/2011

19. Guitar Masters- Eric Johnson and Andy McKee The Canyon 1/23/2011

20. Yngwie Malmsteen Club Nokia 10/29/2011

21. Eric Johnson- Canyon 7/10/2011

22. Red Cross Benefit at Hard Rock Café Hollywood 12/15/2011

23. Stryper The Canyon 10/8/2011

24. Molly Hatchet Canyon 3/11/2011

25. Blondie Club Nokia 10/5/2011

26. Ray Manzarek Open Borders 6/4/2011

27. Brian Setzer Orchestra Gibson Amphitheatre 12/17/2011

28. Gordon Lightfoot The Arlington Theater 11/9/2011

29. OZOKIDZ- Canyon 3/5/2011 and Ozokidz- Grammy Museum 2/12/2011

30. Dave Mason The Canyon Club 11/19/2011

31. Jake Shimakaburo The Canyon 3/25/2011

32. Brian Auger Canyon 6/2/2011

33. Alcatrazz and Uli Jon Roth Ventura Theater 1/20/11

34. Zo2, Jeff Scott Soto and Fozzy at The Whisky 1/14/2011

35. Andy McKee at Borders on Vine 1/14/2011

36. Hurricane Alcatrazz HOB Sunset 7/2/2011

37. Michael Lee Firkins Montrose Canyon 9/8/2011

38. George Benson DMS Hollywood Bowl 8/31/2011

39. Leon Russell Canyon Club 10/20/2011

40. Disco Inferno Constitution Park

41. Berlin The Canyon Club 11/25/2011

42. Albert Lee John Jorgenson Canyon 7/11/2011

43. Go-Gos Greek 8/17/2011

44. Y&T Canyon 3/31/2011

45. Totally 80s- Berlin, Fixx, B-52s, The Human League Hollywood Bowl 9/2/2011

46. 80s concert (Malibu Benefit) Canyon 6/10/2011

47. Cinderella Canyon 9/22/2011

48. John Waite The Canyon Club 12/9/2011

49. Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Ventura Theater 10/1/2011

50. The Carl Verheyen Band The Canyon Club 12/1/2011

51. Adrian Belew Power Trio Stickmen Canyon 10/21/2011

52. Led Zeppelin 2 at the Key Club 11/5/2011

53. Boogie Knights at the Canyon 2/27/2011

54. Charo TOCAP 5/6/2011

55. Renegade Creation Canyon 8/20/2011

56. Lita Ford Canyon 5/20/2011

57. Circa The Canyon 10/6/2011

58. Spazmatics at The Canyon 1/14/2011

59. Champlin Canyon 7/7/2011

60. Psychedelic Furs Canyon 4/29/2011

61. Tubes Canyon 7/22/2011

62. House of Floyd TOCAP 3/19/2011

63. Whiskey Chimp Constitution Park 7/16/2011

64. Kenny Loggins The Canyon 3/26/2011

65. Marshall Tucker Band 5/28/2011

66. Matisyahu TO Civic Arts Plaza- 2/15/2011

67. G. Love Grammy Museum 4/9/2011

68. The Misfits Ventura Theater 9/30/2011

30
Dec
13

2013 in review

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12

2004 Concerts

  

 

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2005 Concerts

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2006 Concerts

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2007 Shows

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2008 Shows

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2009 shows

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2010 SHOWS

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DREAD ZEPPELIN CLUB NOKIA 5/12/2012

There are tons of Led Zeppelin covers bands- some are really good and some are really bad.   Dread Zeppelin gets a really bad rap for being a “novelty” act and is dismissed as a joke band, which is total garbage.  These guys are excellent musicians, and, although people take exception to an Elvis impersonator doing reggae versions of Led Zeppelin tunes, this is some seriously good music.   From the quirky 8-string guitarist, to the incredible bass player, to the awesome keyboard playing, percussion and drumming, you really can’t go wrong with this band.   They do more than just Led Zep covers.     Some of the music and the act is cheesy by design, but once you get past the gimmicky, low-budget Las Vegas lounge act vibe, there is so much to discover and appreciate in their playing and ingenious renditions of the tunes.

Mark Schwind and I were completely besides ourselves when we heard about this show.    This was my third time seeing Dread Zeppelin- I caught them in 2010 at The Canyon to a fairly sizeable crowd and  in 2011 at The Key Club with a very small audience.   Both times, they played great sets.  This Club Nokia show was by far the largest venue to date that I’ve seen them perform at.  They were the opening act for the headliners (Super Diamond), which is quite a different audience demographic and contrasting styles of music.

Dread Zeppelin came out and played an intimate show for Mark Schwind and a few others in attendance.   They ripped it up- Led Zep songs reggae style, Viva Las Vegas, Big Old Gold Belt- they rocked it.   Conspicuous by his absence was bass player Bob Knarley.   He was replaced by a new bass player- Fred Zeppelin.   Fred was awesome, but I was planning on seeing Bob.   Anyhow, the show was as good as expected.   We also stayed for a few Super Diamond songs.  That band is awesome- the singer doesn’t really sound like Neil Diamond to me, but the band sure can play….   Anyhow, we left early to beat Laker traffic.  It was the smart thing to do….

 

 

 

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