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….





1 Response to “DREAD ZEPPELIN CLUB NOKIA 5/12/2012”

  1. 1 MMazMarkMark Schwind
    May 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Awesome Show, Dread Zeppelin Rocks!

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