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Shaun+Sanders+-+Vocals

Dwayne+Errington+-+Guitar+&+Theremin

Ryan+Spong+-+Bass+&+Mandolin

Graham+Goss+-+Keyboards+&+Acoustic+Guitar

Rob+MacEachern+-+Drums

In+my+world+I+have+the+pleasure+twofold+in+seeing+bands+play+when+I+go+out+on+an+Allstage+Crawl.

One,+I+have+the+chance+to+see+and+hear+some+great+cover+or+indie+music+and+secondly+in+95%+of+the+cases+–+the+band+consists+of+friends+of+mine+so+I+have+the+opportunity+to+take+delight+in+their+talent+and+skill+set+onstage.

ZED+fulfills+both+of+those+mandates+for+me+in+spades.

Like+a+lot+of+people+my+age,+I+grew+up+with+Led+Zeppelin+from+day+one+so+I+was+fortunate+to+witness+history. +Never+did+I+imagine+the+magnitude+the+band+would+impact+on+many+of+our+lives.

The+last+few+years+Tribute+bands+have+become+all+the+rage+again+with+many+excellent+bands+reflecting+big+name+artists+with+uncanny+ability+and+accuracy+to+detail.+If+you+are+going+to+tackle+a+tribute+band+you+had+better+nail+it+on+every+level+from+the+music,+to+the+clothes+to+the+stage+presence+and+legendary+individual+personal+attributes+the+artist(s)+were+known+for.+Seeing+a+Joe+Cocker+tribute+without+the+fabled+hand+gestures+would+just+take+away+from+the+realism+of+the+show+to+me.

This+brings+me+to+my+dear+friends+in+ZED.

This+band+NAILS+IT+on+every+level!!

I+remember+seeing+them+the+first+time+and+strangely+the+first+thing+that+jumped+out+at+me+was+the+turquoise+bracelet+on+Shawn+Saunders+wrist.+Now+Shawn+has+the+Robert+Plant+thing+down+to+a+tee+with+the+moves,+the+flowing+long+blond+hair,+and+the+stance,+yet+most+importantly+-+the+voice.

My+dear+friend+has+an+amazing+voice+for+rock+but+for+Zeppelin,+well+it’s+a+perfect+fit+as+this+man+has+pipes+–+yet+it+was+that+bracelet+that+stuck+out+to+me.

There+is+many+pictures+of+Plant+wearing+this+type/color+of+bracelet+and+the+fact+that+he+later+told+me+it+took+him+a+year+to+track+one+down,+highlighted+his+dedication+to+replicating+a+Zeppelin+show+as+close+as+could+–+that+is+detail+!!

Dwayne+Errington+took+the+same+route+putting+the+infamous+“Zoso”+insignia+from+the+Zep+Four+LP+on+the+grill+cloth+of+his+Marshall+amp.+In+addition,+Dwayne+wears+black+pants+reminiscent+of +the+pants+that+Page+wore+onstage+for+their+shows+with+the+intricate+stitching+on+them+–+again,+it+all+adds+up+to+an+authentic+replication+of+the+Zeppelin+aura.

Then+if+there+is+any+doubt+about+the+guitar+work+of+walking+down+the+path+of+Jimmy+Page+–+well+Dwayne+has+that+covered+too.+His+guitar+playing+is+amazing+for+a+fan+or+musician+to+watch+or+hear;+he+is+in+complete+control+all+the+time+and+is+faithful+to+the+original+leads/chords+of+Jimmy+Page.

In+keeping+with+the+live+show+Zeppelin+was+noted+for,+Dwayne+brings+three+famous+features+to+the+stage+–+a+double+necked+guitar,+the+violin+bow+and+a+Theremin.

Now+any+loyal+Zep+fan+knows+the+bow+solo+on+Dazed+and+Confused+and+Dwayne+has+that+down+pat+–+if+you+aren’t+sure+what+a+Theremin+is+or+does+–+well+I+guess+you+will+have+to+go+to+a+ZED+show+to+witness+and+believe+me,+it’s+a+cool+little+gizmo+which+Dwayne+also+has+down+pat.

Ryan+Spong+is+an+incredibly+gifted+bass+guitarist+and+one+of+the+most+sought+after+“hired+guns”+in+town+–+down+to+earth,+easy+to+work+with+and+a+killer+bass+player+for+any+genre+he+is+hired+for.+In+ZED+he+I+am+sure+gets+to+live+out+his+“rock+star”+life+playing+the+incredible+bass+patterns+of+John+Paul+Jones+–+and+he+does+it+very,+very+well.

My+dear+pal+Rob+MacEachern+is+the+foundation+of+the+band+on+drums,+and+his+skill+and+unique+almost+remarkable+attention+to+his+craft+makes+him+worthy+of+replicating+the+late+John+Bonham.+Robbie+is+a+hitter+and+as+such+with+his+excellent+foot+work+on+the+BD+pedals,+he+is+the+pounding+thunder+that+drives+the+band+from+behind.+To+those+of+us+that+play+drums+we+have+learnt+that+while+Bonham+material+sounds+cool+and+fun+to+play+–+it+is+NOT+easy+to+learn+and+execute,+Robbie+has+that+taken+care+of.+Between+his+goofy+non-stop+grin+due+to+the+true+love+of+what+he+does+for+a+living,+to+the+illuminated+drum+kit+to+the+complex+fills+and+grooves+required+to+learn+to+give+the+show+justice+–+Bonzo+would+be+smiling+in+approval.

Sadly,+as+of+this+writing,+I+do+not+personally+know+Graham+Goss+the +Keyboardist+&+Acoustic+Guitar+player+–+but+I+did+see+him+live+with+the+band+at+Grand+Palooza+9.+The+band+speaks+very+highly+of+him+and+seeing+him+perform+live+with+ZED+he+certainly+has+the+skill+to+play+in+the+band+without+a+doubt.

I+know+he+is+highly+respected+around+town+so+that+speaks+volumes+about+him+as+not+only+a+musician+but+as+a+person.

To+sum+it+up,+if+you+want+your+Zeppelin+fix+by+a+band+that+will+sound+pretty+much+identical+to+the+real+thing+complete+with+the+visual+aspect+–+ZED+is+the+one+to+go+check+out+live,+believe+me,+you+will+have+a+helluva+time+and+be+glad+you+did.

One+word+of+caution+though+–+if+they+are+playing+at+a+venue+where+you+pay+at+the+door,+get+there+real+early.+I’ve+seen+this+band+sell+out+The+Eastside+Bar+by+10:15pm+for+a+10:00pm+show+and+people+were+lined+up+down+the+street+waiting+to+get+in.

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