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The Brag: Whole Lotta Love

The Brag: Whole Lotta Love

Most rock’n’roll fans would agree that there ain’t nothing like a good live show. We can sit and pontificate about the illuminating merits of classic records, but a properly exciting live performance trumps all else. However, as the wheels of time keep turning, an increasing number of killer bands will retire from the live arena. Led Zeppelin are one such example. While three of the band’s original members are still alive, they’ve adamantly refused to reform. Laudable as this is, it means generations of Zepophiles will never get to witness them at full strength. This is something Sydney musician Joseph Calderazzo simply couldn’t tolerate, so back in 2003 he conceived the Whole Lotta Love concert. Over the past 12 years, Calderazzo has led an impressive ensemble of musicians in an annual night of Zeppelin celebration. Whole Lotta Love returns this September, with a lineup featuring vocalists Jeff Martin, Sarah McLeod, Dallas Frasca, Frank Lakoudis and Simon Meli of Sydney band The Widowbirds. This is Meli’s sixth year taking part in the onstage Zeppelin worship, and he’s pretty chuffed to be involved. “It’s Led Zeppelin the loudest that you’ll ever hear it, with guys playing it with as much gusto and passion as you would expect from the real thing,” he says. “The State Theatre is no small little pub, so there’s volume, there’s ambience, there’s the architecture, there’s a big lineup of people and they’re all pouring out huge passion for the band. Joseph only gets people involved if they really love Led Zeppelin, otherwise it doesn’t translate. So you’ve got all those people combined walking out onstage year... read more

Whole Lotta Love Announces 2015 Sydney and Central Coast Shows!

“Matches anything in this vein presented worldwide”  Michael Smith – The Music For Release: Friday, 29 May 2015: Australia’s longest running Led Zeppelin celebration concert, WHOLE LOTTA LOVE, returns to Sydney’s State Theatre on Saturday, 5 September, 2015 and the Laycock Street Theatre in North Gosford on Friday, 28 August and Saturday, 29 August, 2015. WHOLE LOTTA LOVE 2015 will once again recreate the magic and mystique of Led Zeppelin with another sensational group of guest vocalists including: Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus) Simon Meli (The Widowbirds) Dallas Frasca Frank Lakoudis (The Voice) Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin’s seminal Physical Graffiti double album this year, WHOLE LOTTA LOVE is an unrivalled concert experience that has toured all over Australia and built a peerless reputation for exceptional interpretations, stunning musicianship and spine-tingling moments throughout it’s eleven year history and 2015’s vocalist line-up will be sure to have audiences needing coolin’, way down inside. Joined by a 9 piece band featuring some of the country’s best rock musicians under the creative direction of Joseph Calderazzo (guitars), string section and big screen visuals, WHOLE LOTTA LOVE will deftly traverse the back catalogue of the biggest band in rock history. Universally recognised as one of the world’s most influential bands since forming in 1968, Led Zeppelin produced nine studio albums, three live albums, and have sold a staggering 300+ million albums worldwide featuring guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bass player John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Passionate interpretations of Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Kashmir, The Rain Song, Moby Dick, Black Dog, Ramble On, No Quarter,... 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

Jimmy Page

Australian Guitar’s Craig White goes behind the curtain for a unique look at the life and legacy of Led Zeppelin immortal guitar genius, Jimmy Page. The story of Led Zeppelin and ace guitarist Jimmy Page has been recounted so often that we have to assume anyone reading a guitar magazine is familiar with at least the basic details. Formed in the wake of the Yardbirds, and for a short period billed as the New Yardbirds, the band would come to be called Led Zeppelin, which was a jokey name attributed to Keith Moon that compared their imagined reception to the fate of a lead balloon, though on a much grander scale. The spelling was altered at the suggestion of manager Peter Grant so that Americans would not pronounce it as if it rhymed with ‘feed’. Page and bassist John Paul Jones were accomplished London session hands, while vocalist Robert Plant and stickman John Bonham were from the West Midlands and had played together previously. The chemistry was there from the first moment, and the band would go on to record six era-defining albums in as many years, each of which the All Music Guide rates as a five-star effort. The band is widely regarded as the prime progenitor of modern hard rock music and the myriad genres that have derived from it. Page produced the recordings and devised recording techniques that lent Led Zeppelin albums a unique vibe that has rarely been emulated successfully. He insisted on regularly switching recording engineers so that it would be clear that Page alone was responsible for the signature sound. His influence on... read more

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