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Whole Lotta Led Newsletter - July 2017
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Rambling On...

Hi all, we’re back with another quick round up of our ups and downs since our previous newsletter in November. Well, the year couldn’t have started any better with an almost sold out show at the Arts Centre in Colchester, one of our favourite places to play with always an enthusiastic crowd, we are back there on Friday 16th March.
Now this is when the ‘fun’ starts…

Upcoming Shows

Saturday 26th August - Plaza de Toros, Estepona, Spain - BUY TICKETS
Friday 15th September - Subscription Rooms, Stroud (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Friday 6th October - The Brook, Southampton (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 7th October - Concorde 2, Brighton (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 21st October - Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Friday 27th October - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 28th October - Wharf, Tavistock (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 4th November - Goods Shed Arts Centre, Tetbury (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Friday 10th November - Komedia, Bath (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Friday 17th November - Globe, Cardiff (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 18th November - Queen’s Hall, Narberth (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Friday 24th November - Bridgwater Arts Centre, Bridgwater (O2 Reunion Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 25th November - Bridgwater Arts Centre, Bridgwater (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 16th December - Guildhall, Gloucester - BUY TICKETS


For full information visit our SHOWS page on our website.
Hots On For Nowhere

On 11th February we set off for another of our favourite venues, the Cheese And Grain in Frome. As we pulled into our local petrol station for fuel, Lee, who was following us in his own van, informed us we had a problem with our near side rear tyre. We quickly located a garage in nearby Highworth which had the correct tyre but on arriving there we were told they couldn’t help us as some of their essential equipment wasn’t working. Another quick search on the internet found us Bathwick Tyres in Swindon, after a brief conversation they told us to get to them and they’d fit us in straight away. True to their word, on arrival the van was immediately looked at and the tyre replaced, many thanks to Bathwick Tyres for their quick and efficient help.
En route to our show at The Brook in Southampton on 8th April our van suddenly lost all power. Charlie, who was driving at the time, managed to safely pull the van onto the hard shoulder of the M27. As we got out of the van to see what was wrong we discovered diesel pouring from under the van. We raised the bonnet of the van and the fumes were overpowering, obviously we had a problem somewhere with the fuel line, we eventually discovered one of the hoses had come undone but we couldn’t get it attached again firmly enough. Geoff then rang the RAC and explained our problem, after about twenty minutes one of their mechanics arrived and took no time at all in replacing the clip and tightening the hose.  With grateful handshakes all round we were once again back on the road and still got to the venue on time. Thank you RAC.

Lee and Nick sound checking at The Brook.
“Oh let the sun beat down upon my face”

In August we will be jetting off to sunny Spain for a special concert with ourselves, Deeper Purple and Think Floyd. The venue is the Plaza De Toros which is rarely used for bull fighting any more, but has hosted many big name rock concerts over the years, including The Scorpions in 2005 and Deep Purple in 1999 and 2008. This will be the first major rock concert in the Plaza De Toros since Deep Purple played there in 2008, so The Pink Purple Zep Fest promises to be the "must see" event in Estepona in 2017.
This will be the Whole Lotta Led’s first show abroad with this line-up and our very first in Spain. It would be great to see some familiar faces in the crowd


Photo credits from top to bottom: Ian Bateman, Richard Olpin, James Yeadon.
Can I Have A Bit More Vocal?

At the beginning of this year Charlie decided that he would start using In Ear Monitors (IEM’s). This enables him to get rid of the large drum monitor next to him which sends him a mix of all the other instruments on stage (which is usually at quite a loud volume) and instead he hears what he needs via earphones. Geoff used to rely on Charlie’s monitor to be able to hear Lee’s vocals and acoustic guitars etc., with Charlie’s monitor now gone he also decided to invest in an IEM system of his own. Lee has been on IEM’s for a long time and Martin has also been using them for a while. So, the last person to join the IEM gang was Nick. Not wanting to be left out he also bought an IEM and at our show in Burgess Hill on 7th April the whole band were on IEM’s. This enables us to get rid of all the on stage monitors (those big black boxes at the front of the stage), this has enabled the band to reduce the stage volume as well as getting a clearer sound directly into our ears.
Sadly no more posing with one foot on the monitor though….


Bringing us further up to date, we replaced our old analogue mixing desk with a new digital mixer from the fantastic Behringer X32 family, which has become the default mixer for most venues in the country. We chose the XR18 “stage box” version, which keeps all the audio on the stage, and hence improves the audio quality. Traditional PA systems use a “snake” cable to send the audio from the stage to be mixed at the back of the venue. Audio is then returned to the stage for the amplification and speakers. The snake weighed a TON, and has been replaced by WiFi and ethernet. Martin designed a “Control Surface” in conjunction with our mix engineer Nick Worms, so Nick can still twiddle knobs as well as mix the band via a tablet or PC from the back - or anywhere else in the venue!

Anyone that has seen us live will know we occasionally ask for “more vocals in the monitors”. We know this isn’t too professional, so Martin worked with Lee and the band to design a 'Mixing App' for all band members. This enables each one of us to adjust the mix and volume of any of the instruments on stage via a small tablet instead of having to rely on the sound engineer at the back of the venue.
While such apps are commercially available, they aren’t designed for aging rockers with failing eyes! Hence the commercial products didn’t work for us, but Martin’s app is perfect for our needs with LARGE colour coded sliders.
IEMs take a while to get used to but having used them for a while now I don’t think any of us would go back to the old system, and our live sound is the best ever.
Sick Again

On 12th May we returned to the newly refurbished Met in Bury. The venue had been closed for over a year while the work was carried out and what an improvement. It was always a great venue but now it really is amazing with a new (larger) lift for the equipment, new PA and lights and repositioned and updated dressing rooms. However, the show almost didn’t happen. Lee had been suffering with a really bad cold and chest infection the previous week and we were all concerned about him. At the soundcheck he still wasn’t too good but insisted on carrying on. Nathan, one of the staff at the venue realised that Lee was struggling and suggested drinking hot lemon, honey and ginger and quickly disappeared to gather the ingredients, he reappeared not long afterwards with the items and Lee set about making up the drink, we were all hoping it would do the trick and ease Lee’s voice. Eventually it was time to go on stage and as our intro CD was playing we were all a bit apprehensive but after a couple of songs Lee’s voice warmed up and he managed to complete the show in fine form.

Darren Robinson, who is an excellent photographer and has become a friend of the band, also attended this show. Darren has taken some amazing live photos of us over the past few years but on this occasion he also came back stage before the show and took some more informal shots which can be viewed here.

All photos © Darren Robinson.
Led Zeppelin IV Shows

Towards the end of the year we are planning some of our special Led Zeppelin IV shows.
The first half of these special shows will consist of a selection of songs from Led Zeppelin's vast back catalogue. The second half features the whole of Led Zeppelin IV played in the same sequence as the original LP. It is three years since the band last performed any Led Zeppelin IV shows and they always prove hugely successful and incredibly popular, for this reason we suggest you book tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Friday 15th September - Subscription Rooms, Stroud (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Friday 6th October - The Brook, Southampton (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 7th October - Concorde 2, Brighton (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 21st October - Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Friday 27th October - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 28th October - Wharf, Tavistock (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 4th November - Goods Shed Arts Centre, Tetbury (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Friday 10th November - Komedia, Bath (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Friday 17th November - Globe, Cardiff (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 18th November - Queen’s Hall, Narberth (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS
Saturday 25th November - Bridgwater Arts Centre, Bridgwater (Zep IV Show) - BUY TICKETS

Photo © Neil Jarvis
Bridgwater Double Nighter

In November we will be playing TWO consecutive nights at the Arts Centre in Bridgwater. As we have sold out the venue the last two times we have appeared there we thought we’d do two nights and perform different sets each night.
On Friday 24th November we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s phenomenal reunion concert at the O2 in London by performing the same set that they played that night which was an eclectic mix covering their whole career and containing many classics.
The following night will be one of our special Zep IV shows (see above).

There is a special discount if you buy tickets for both shows in advance, check the venue’s web site for full details.

New Video

On 1st April last year Charlie‘s brother, David, came along to our show at The Fleece in Bristol with his video cameras. David is a very experienced, professional cameraman with his own production company based in Bristol called Ice Box Video Productions. For this show he used a three camera set-up and a sound feed from the venue’s mixing desk. Lee later took some of the footage and compiled the video opposite.
Gloucester Christmas Show Now In December Shock!
Last year our annual end of year show at the Guildhall in Gloucester had to be brought forward to November as the venue was hosting an exhibition in December. This year you will be pleased to hear it is back in its usual time in December, on Saturday 16th to be precise. Tickets available here

Photo © Richard Olpin
New CD?
In our last newsletter we told you about our 50th appearance at The Brook in Southampton. This special three hour show was recorded and we hope that we will be able to produce a new CD later in the year from this show. We are back at The Brook on Friday 6th October performing one of our special Led Zeppelin IV shows.

Photo © Graham Whittington
Light Zeppelin News

In between band shows Nick, Geoff and Lee occasionally perform as ‘Light Zeppelin’.
For those of you who don’t know this is an all acoustic affair and as well as playing Led Zeppelin's beautiful acoustic songs they also play all the classics such as ‘Kashmir’, 'Rock And Roll' and of course ‘Stairway To Heaven.
Up until recently they have only played in the Gloucestershire area but earlier in the year Lee set about arranging a couple of shows in his neck of the woods.
The first of these was at The Duke Of Wellington in Shoreham, a lovely little venue with a great atmosphere. We were also lucky to have the wonderful Jo Arrowsmith performing the Sandy Denny vocal part on ‘The Battle Of Evermore’.
The following night we were in the much larger All Saints Centre in Lewes. The venue is a converted church and was the first time the band had booked and promoted their own show. On entering the hall of the building Geoff was amazed to see an area of floor tiles with the John Bonham symbol from Led Zeppelin IV on them, so perhaps Mr B was with us in spirit? Prior (no pun intended) to the show Lee was concerned about the night and was worried that perhaps they had ‘bitten off more than we could chew’ but in the end the show was really well attended, with some people traveling quite a distance to see us, and the audience was fantastic. Once again Jo joined the band for ‘Battle’.  Due to the success of these two shows I’m sure there will be future Light Zeppelin gigs in the area.

Geoff, Nick, Jo and Lee plus John Bonham floor tiles.

A week later Light Zeppelin performed again at Lechlade Festival, now in its seventh year, this was the fourth consecutive year that the band had been asked to perform. Once again the SAM Stage marquee was packed and the response was amazing as ever, such a shame we only get to play for an hour but that’s always the way with festivals!
It was also great to catch up with Whole Lotta Led’s previous drummer, Graham Twist, who’s band ‘Felix And The Funk’ were playing on the main stage later the same day.

Photo © Eric Hobson

And Finally...

Just a quick reminder that all our merchandise, including our latest CD, T-shirts, mugs and posters etc., are available from our web site.

Well, that's about it for a while. The band is taking a short break before our trip to Spain in August, on our return we will be touring our Led Zeppelin IV shows, we hope that you'll be able to make it to one of them.

Lastly, we hope you've enjoyed this newsletter and we hope to see you soon. Please send any feedback to: info@wholelottaled.co.uk
“Whole Lotta Led, a world class tribute to Led Zeppelin” MJ
“The sound was as close to the real thing as you are likely to get”  BBC
"You're getting great reviews, I wish you all the best" Jimmy Page

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