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WHOLE LOTTA LED - ZEPHYR LOUNGE

Just over a year after the bands debut Zephyr Lounge show Whole Lotta Led bought their Zep magic back to the venue, unfortunately vocalist Lee was suffering with a cold which although it must have affected his performance (like the whole band I am pretty sure he is a perfectionist when it comes to the music/performance) for me it did not hinder the show at all.

Again the performance weighed in at well over two hours but unlike last year supplied in one mega set and I was impressed by the number of changes bringing in the likes of ‘Celebration Day' and the rarely heard ‘Royal Orleans'.

Of course the absolute classic Zeppelin knockouts were kept in place so still room for my standout number from last year ‘Ramble On' where once more I (along with many others I am sure) looked on in amazement at the amazing drumming and work rate of Charles.

Other must haves in the set present and correct a magical ‘Stairway To Heaven', the Eastern promise of the mighty ‘Kashmir', ‘Black Dog' (a real test for Lee on the vocals) and lead guitarist Nicks showpiece ‘Dazed and Confused'.

A special mention must go to a jaw dropping ‘When the Levee Breaks' for its thunderous drum work, bluesy harmonica and top slide lead guitar and a simply beautiful ‘The Rain Song'.

One encore this evening and no surprise as a large dose of incendiary drumming introduced the mighty ‘Rock and Roll'.

Great show again lads and maybe see you here next year and on another note I am impressed by a few of the changes to the Zephyr since my last visit with the improved stage lighting and stage in general.

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WHOLE LOTTA LED RETURN TO THE ZEPHYR LOUNGE ON SATURDAY 11th MARCH

Making a welcome return to the Zephyr Lounge here in Leamington Spa on Saturday 11th March are top Led Zeppelin tribute band Whole Lotta Led who last February played the venue as part of their 20th Anniversary Tour and a belter it was as well.

The 5 piece band (even more Zepp for your money !) are all die hard fans of this most classic of classic rock bands which really comes across throughout their performance and this along with their fine musicianship and stage craft puts them up there with the best tribute bands I have seen (and I have seen a good few).

Think of your favourite Led Zepp tunes and the odds are they will play it during their mammoth set (nearly 2 and a half hours last year) and they are also not afraid to throw in a couple of the bands lesser known numbers for the mega fans (which includes myself).

Among the numerous standouts for me during last years show a majestic ‘Ramble On‘ the brace of rockers that should always be performed together (as of course on Led Zeppelin II) 'Heartbreaker' and ‘Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)' and an epic ‘Stairway To Heaven'.

Last years gig was my introduction to the band and instantly put them on my personal list of top tribute acts, so if you want a great night brim full of classics made famous by possibly the most iconic rock band of all time played by fellow fans who also happen to be top rate musicians maybe this is for you.

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WHOLE LOTTA LED, ZEPHYR LOUNGE, LEAMINGTON SPA

A few more of my images from this fantastic show by Whole Lotta Led.

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WHOLE LOTTA LED, ZEPHYR LOUNGE, LEAMINGTON SPA

A late in the day change from the spacious Assembly to it's smaller sister the Zephyr Lounge did nothing to hinder this full blooded tribute to the mighty Zeppelin and 2 1/2 hours of the bands most iconic tunes and a few rarities was the order of the day.

This is one of the most impressive tribute acts I have ever witnessed a 5 piece outfit (who's counting when they were this good !) who concentrated on the music rather than going down the look-a-like route and who are this year celebrating their 20th anniversary.

The line-up included upfront impressive vocalist Lee doing full justice to Mr Plants impressive range and a great story teller to boot, Nick on lead guitar very much the rock god pulling off all the mighty Page riffs and solos with his huge rack of guitars and aircraft control like pedal set-up while at the back Charles gave a momentous Bonham like performance on the sticks, the line up was completed by Geoff on bass and Martin supplying keyboards and at times second guitar.

After a mood enhancing montage intro tape the surprise opener was a stirring 'In the Evening' and other first half rarities included a groove filled ‘Night Flight' and a raucous ‘Custard Pie'.

Blues fans were kept happy early doors with a down 'n' dirty ‘You Shook Me' (fab harmonica by Lee) and an epic ‘In my Time of Dying' and my personal highlight of set 1 was a magical ‘Ramble On'.

From the start of the second set the audience seemed to have swelled and definitely had made their way closer to the stage and were more ready to rock and this set was chock full of stone cold classics.

On the punchy, full throttle rock side ‘Misty Mountain Hop', ‘Heartbreaker' and ‘Living Loving Maid' had the first few rows boogieing and head banging and the epics returned with spellbinding performances of ‘Dazed and Confused', a momentous ‘Kashmir' and with the addition of the iconic double neck guitar a crowd pleasing ‘Stairway to Heaven'.

All that was needed was a strong finish and the encore was just that with the audience rocking up a storm to the one-two punch of ‘Black Dog' and ‘Rock and Roll'.

A night to remember for Zeppelin fans performed by Zeppelin fans who just happen to be top rate performers.

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