Saturday, April 28, 2018

Classic Albums Live presents Led Zeppelin II



Concert Series, Ordway Concert Hall

Remember when you used to listen to an entire album? Classic Albums Live does. For the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 60s and 70s are recreated live on stage, note for note — cut for cut.

“This has never been done before,” says series producer Craig Martin. “There’s a real thirst to hear these albums performed start to finish. For many of us this is the music we grew up with — the soundtrack of our lives.”

“All of our focus is put into the music,” says Martin. “We perform the works of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin the same way an orchestra performs the works of Mozart. We don’t bother with imitation or impersonation. The bands are big — upwards of eleven pieces. We research these albums and go to great lengths to reproduce each and every sound live. We never use tape or computers. We’ll bring in a children’s choir, a sitar player, a string quartet, whatever it takes to get it right.”

Each album calls for a new group of musicians. “That’s the real challenge,” says Martin, “Finding the right musicians for the right album. So far, we’ve been bang on with every performance.” Members of Nelly Furtado, Moist, Jesse Cook, Honeymoon Suite, David Usher and the Headstones have all taken part in the performances.

 

Also appearing at the Ordway

Classic Albums Live presents Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
February 24, 2018 | 7:30 pm

Classic Albums Live presents The Eagles – Hotel California
June 22, 2018 | 7:30 pm

 

Led Zeppelin II

Led Zeppelin really do sound like the hammer of the Gods. At first listen, it’s the guitar riffs that grab you. Then the drums. Then the honey sweet voice of Robert Plant. What’s funny is that after years of listening and dissecting the album – it’s the bass guitar that I’m now drawn to.

Led Zeppelin II has it all: Drum solos!  Guitar solos!  Lemons! I get emails from people telling me that their kids were conceived to this record! Perhaps that’s the ultimate compliment you can pay an album!

One thing I know for sure is that Zep fans are unrelenting in their love for the band. Many people don’t realize that during the 70s – no other band or artist came close to selling as many albums as Led Zeppelin. At the time the critics were panning them and making fun of them. But the people spoke. They bought the albums and went to the concerts. The nerdy naysayers were left licking their wounds. No Grammys. No number one singles. No singles! Led Zeppelin were the people’s band. And Led Zeppelin 2 was their call to arms.

Every rock musician who picks up an instrument gravitates toward Zep. Every musician says they can play Zep. But most can’t. There’s an undefinable quality to their music. Once every couple of months, I stay up all night and comb the internet for bands that can play Led Zeppelin better than CAL. I never find anyone that comes close.

I have put together the greatest Led Zeppelin band in the world. I can’t believe my luck. I get to rock out with an audience of like minded people. I can’t think of anything better than being in a beautiful communal setting and revelling in one of the greatest albums ever made.

“Thanks to you I’m much obliged – for such a pleasant stay”

Craig Martin
Founder and Music Director of Classic Albums Live