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The Rock Pit Interview

Mark Diggins talks to Joseph Calderazzo Mark: This year is 10 years for the ’Whole Lotta Love’ show, it’s a long time, how does it feel to have made it this far? JC: It’s really good. We actually started twelve years ago in a tiny little room in Kings Cross; I used to run an acoustic music night there every Tuesday night. It was a room that held probably 80-100 people, and it was in the back of a bar. It was for original artists, who would come in and do their songs, I had some great artists come through, John Butler and Pete Murray played there, and all these great people, before they became famous. I had this idea of getting about sixteen artists together all on the one night, just for fun, and I thought of getting them all to do a Beatles song, in their own way, and that would glue it all together. So, we did that, and it was a really successful night, and good fun. We ended up doing a couple of Zeppelin shows, totally unplugged, with a couple of violins, a viola and a couple of cellos and it was really cool, and that’s sort of how it started. It started more as a Zeppelin unplugged vibe, and then we took it to The Basement, which is still a small venue, but we were able to go electric, and since going in to the theatres, we’ve been able to bring in multimedia and more musicians, more percussion, more strings sometimes, keyboards, so it’s been able to grow really well. I never thought... read more

Sludge Factory Interview

Robyn Morrison speaks to Joseph Calderazzo about a Whole Lotta Love This year is the tenth anniversary of the Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin Celebration. From its humble beginnings, the show now moves to amazing venues like the State Theatre in Sydney and the Palais in Melbourne. It’s something creative director Joseph Calderazzo could only dream of when he first started this venture. He explains to Robyn Morrison what the tenth anniversary shows will involve and what this year means to him. “I actually started this about twelve years ago at the Iguana Bar in Kings Cross (Sydney). I was running a regular Tuesday nightclub there. It was all done in acoustic mode due to volume restriction. While I was doing that, I had an idea where I could get a special night together so I decided to do THE BEATLES show, then it moved on to doing ZEPPELIN as well. I never imagined I’d be doing this at the big theatres and taking it interstate.” The burning question for a show such as this is how do you decide on a set list to pay tribute to such an iconic band? “I mix it up a bit,” says Calderazzo. “I’ve actually got three new songs in it this year. It’s hard to know what to do with that one. If we change it too much then people say they came because they saw it two years ago and we missed out on the songs they wanted to hear. Then there are those who say it’s the same show again. It’s so hard because there are so many essential... read more

Australian Guitar Magazine Interview

Paul Southwell in conversation with Joseph Calderazzo Australia’s own Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin celebration will hit their tenth anniversary this year. Helmed by proven and highly capable director Joseph Calderazzo, Australian Guitar’s Paul Southwell managed to chat to the busy man about all things Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin has such a vast back catalogue. How do you pick and choose songs? That is really hard and to get that right I think we’d need to do three nights. It is only a two and a half hour show. We’d probably get about 19 songs in as some are quite long. It comes down to picking the song that is most representative of particular styles like folk with “The Battle Of Evermore” to being kind of pressured into doing “Stairway To Heaven”. We have to do “Kashmir” and then “The Rain Song”. We use strings in the last half and that takes it to a different level within the journey. It is only three strings but it is just enough. There is a lot of great string stuff with Zeppelin such as “Four Sticks” and of course “The Rain Song”. We try to cover all of the elements that made Zeppelin what they were. Have there been any copyright issues with Zep’s management? No, it is just a cover band so there have been no issues. At a theatre level we have to pay APRA, we have to list the songs we are doing, they take a percentage of the box office and that goes back to the writers. If you are playing it in a pub, you don’t have... read more
Forte: Whole Lotta Love

Forte: Whole Lotta Love

Q&A with Amy Findlay No matter who you are or what your taste in music is, chances are you love at least one Led Zeppelin song, or you’ve got some sort of childhood memory attached to their bands. We had a chat to Amy Findlay, drummer for Stonefield, who’s set to perform in the Led Zeppelin celebration show: Whole Lotta Love. So normally you’re playing drums and singing for Stonefield, how did you get on board for the Whole Lotta Love show? A while ago I sang a couple of guest songs for Frank Zappa cover band Petulant Frenzy.One of the guys from that band is friends with the organiser of the Whole Lotta Love shows and put us in touch. It’s been a very different experience for me. I am so used to singing my own songs, so there is a lot of pressure when performing Led Zeppelin songs for hardcore fans! It’s also a lot of fun and an honour to sing some of my favourite songs. And the rest of Stonefield weren’t interested in the part? The way the show works is that they have a great band for the whole show and rotate guest vocalists. It makes for a really entertaining, exciting show. I guess being a vocalist opens me up for a lot more opportunities like this. It must be pretty great knowing you’re a part of such a well-respecting and long-running national show? For sure, I feel totally honoured to have been asked in the first place. The musicians I get to sing with are pretty phenomenal! Growing up were you always a big fan... read more

A Whole Lotta Love

Australia’s own Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin celebration will hit their tenth anniversary this year. Helmed by proven and highly capable director Joseph Calderazzo, Australian Guitar’s Paul Southwell managed to chat to the busy man about all things Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin has such a vast back catalogue. How do you pick and choose songs? That is really hard and to get that right I think we’d need to do three nights. It is only a two and a half hour show. We’d probably get about 19 songs in as some are quite long. It comes down to picking the song that is most representative of particular styles like folk with “The Battle Of Evermore” to being kind of pressured into doing “Stairway To Heaven”. We have to do “Kashmir” and then “The Rain Song”. We use strings in the last half and that takes it to a different level within the journey. It is only three strings but it is just enough. There is a lot of great string stuff with Zeppelin such as “Four Sticks” and of course “The Rain Song”. We try to cover all of the elements that made Zeppelin what they were. Have there been any copyright issues with Zep’s management? No, it is just a cover band so there have been no issues. At a theatre level we have to pay APRA, we have to list the songs we are doing, they take a percentage of the box office and that goes back to the writers. If you are playing it in a pub, you don’t have to worry about that because there is... read more

Shane Rockpit talks with Joseph Calderazzo

Shane Rockpit talks with Joseph Calderazzo about Whole Lotta Love December 2010 Calderazzo is the creator of the WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin tribute show, now in it’s eighth year in Australia and about to visit Perth for the first time. The two and a half hour show features a variety of singers such as Dave Gleeson (The Screaming Jets), Steve Balbi (Noiseworks), Ngaiire and Zyke to recreate the eclectic back catalogue of arguably rock’s most consistently stunning band. SR – Thanks for talking to The Rockpit! Firstly, what is it about Led Zeppelin that made you want to create an act in tribute of them? JC – I love the fact that they write powerful songs with meaningful lyrics. I’m also attracted to the variety of influences that shape their music. SR – How closely do you present the band onstage – both musically and visually? JC – Some of the tracks are quite close musically, however we don’t do the visual thing. We just present ourselves as we are, we’re not trying to be them, we’re just playing their songs. SR – You have an amazing group of artists involved – Dave from The Screaming Jets, Steve from Noiseworks, Swanee joins in over East, plus people from Blue King Brown, Ooh La La and more. With such diverse backgrounds, were there any hurdles in getting everyone to gel stylistically during rehearsals? JC – The reason we have so many artists from diverse backgrounds is so that they bring their own style to the table. This gives the show a twist that the audience is not expecting and... read more

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