Well, as I completed yet one more lap around the block this past Friday and found myself receiving tons of pleasantries and well wishes from all corners of the world – except the usual Antarctica and North Pole, if you live there hit me up! – I was especially positively surprised when my pal Troy that runs The Bigfoot Diaries congratulated me and informed me that I share birthday with none other than Tortelvis from Dread Zeppelin! Now that, sir, is what we call awesome.
If you somehow should be unaware of this band – really? – I can inform you that they are probably the most unique damn outfit there ever was. In short they do reggae cover versions of Led Zeppelin. With an Elvis impersonator handling the vocal duties. Yeah, everybody goes “WTF!?” when I explain that. Still, if you’re gonna do something like covers – something I usually loathe – you should do what these guys are doing; A completely unique and original take on the material.
Growing as a phenomenon and cult band since the 1990s they have Robert Plant himself among their fans – check it out here for yourself if you don’t wanna take my word for it - I recommend you at least checking out some of their videos on YouTube, and speaking of Troy you can read his interview with Tortle here.
Audiophiles rejoice! Legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer shares anecdotes as well as advice in this great lecture from back in the 90s. Not only the chief engineer of Electric Lady Studios Eddie’s also engineered and produced tons of now classic albums. Led Zeppelin‘s Led Zeppelin II, Jimi Hendrix‘ Cry of Love, Kiss‘ Alive! – he’s worked on all of them.
After an initial speech Eddie opens up the mike for a Q&A and here’s where it gets good. There’s tons of nice little information, tips and tricks and fun drawing from his 30+ years of experience, all told in a laid back, intimate style. Eighteen parts in total – check them out!
Hey, sometimes it just have to be something really simple. Like this pic I got from Facebook (as always these days) that shows a nice bit of Photoshop wizardry. Actor Nicholas Cage meets Led Zeppelin. Fun!
Speaking of ‘Zep I gotta admit I never was a huge fan. Heavy metal isn’t my forte, but I consider John Bonham to be a brilliant drummer! Described by many that knew him he was loud and boorish and quite a handful to deal with when he was drunk, but when it comes to keeping the beat steady he’s second to none (and he is a favorite to sample among rap artists).
For a dose of truly “out there”, are you familiar with Dread Zeppelin? The first time I saw them (which was actually the video below) I kinda sat there with my jaw on the floor going “what THE HELL is this?” A personal fave of singer Robert Plant (he considers them genius), they do reggae versions of Zep’s classics. With an Elvis Presley impersonator handling the vocal duties. Yup, you read that right. Now, you’ll either love or hate them, there’s really no in between, which for me is the tell-tale sign of a great artist. Check out their version of Immigrant Song: