Whole Lotta Led Newsletter - December 2016
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Over The Hills And Far Away

Hi, we’re back! We didn’t expect to get another newsletter to you so soon after the last one but so much has happened over the past few months we thought we’d bring you up to date.
Last postings for Christmas

All the band’s merchandise which includes their CD, T-shirts, mugs and posters are available from the web site. They’d make great Christmas presents…

If you are thinking of buying any of our merchandise for Christmas presents (and why wouldn’t you?) we need your orders by 16th December at the very latest to guarantee getting them to you before Christmas.

Upcoming Shows

Fri 16th December - Wharf, Tavistock - BUY TICKETS
Fri 20th January - Arts Centre, Colchester - BUY TICKETS
Sat 21st January - Corn Exchange, Hertford - BUY TICKETS
Fri 10th February - Queens Tap, Swindon (Light Zeppelin) - FREE ENTRY
Sat 11th February - Cheese & Grain, Frome - BUY TICKETS
Fri 24th February - Mr Kyps, Poole - BUY TICKETS
Sat 11th March - Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa - BUY TICKETS
Fri 7th April - Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill - BUY TICKETS
Sat 8th April - Brook, Southampton - BUY TICKETS
Fri 21st April - Playhouse, Harlow - BUY TICKETS
Fri 12th May - Met, Bury - BUY TICKETS: 0161 761 2216
Thu 18th May - Duke Of Wellington, Shoreham-by-Sea (Light Zeppelin)
Sat 27th May - Lechlade Festival (Light Zeppelin) - BUY TICKETS
Fri 9th June - Neeld Arts Centre, Chippenham - BUY TICKETS

For full information visit our SHOWS page on our website.
How Many More Times?

On 17th September the band made their 50th appearance at The Brook in Southampton. Whole Lotta Led made their debut at this excellent venue on 20th June 1998 and to commemorate this very special landmark the band performed a mammoth three hour set and included songs requested by the audience. A near capacity crowd made for a fantastic night and it was really good to play so many great Zep songs, some of which this line up was performing for the first time.

Our thanks go out to Bryn, who has been booking us all these years, as well as all the staff at what is one of our favourite venues. Thanks also to photographer Graham Whittington who came along to record this historic occasion with some excellent pictures.

Whole Lotta Led’s next appearance at The Brook will be on Saturday 8th April 2017.

All photos © Graham Whittington.

Thank You

We’d like to thank everybody who attended our recent shows in Southwick and Bridgwater and making them both SELL-OUTS!

It really is a wonderful feeling especially as they both sold out days in advance of the actual show date – THANK YOU!

Do you know of any suitable venues in your area? If so, let us know and we'll see if we can arrange a show there.
The Rover

Early in October our singer, Lee, was invited by Nikki Lamborn (the vocalist with our old friends Never The Bride) to join her on stage at one of their shows, so on 27th October Lee travelled from his home on the south coast to The Half Moon in Putney, a legendary venue on the London circuit and one which Whole Lotta Led used to play many moons ago.
Lee performed a solo version of ‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You’, a Never The Bride song called ‘Two Into One’ and then duetted with Nikki on Zep’s mighty ‘Rock And Roll’.
If you haven’t yet seen Never The Bride then you really should, to quote Radio 2’s Bob Harris “One of the best live bands in Britain.” Who can argue with ‘Whispering Bob’?
Nobody's Fault But Mine

Our audience at The Globe, Cardiff witnessed a first for the band. Unusually we were in two separate dressing rooms, Geoff, Nick and Charlie were in the one by the side of the stage and Martin and Lee were in another room upstairs and at the back of the venue. Our sound engineer started our intro music at the agreed time of 8.30pm on the dot and band on cue Geoff, Nick and Charlie made their way on stage. Unfortunately Lee and Martin hadn’t heard the intro start and weren’t ready! After a couple of minutes Martin arrived on stage and the rest of the band breathed a short lived sigh of relief as Lee was still getting changed. Our intro has an extra two minutes of sound at the end of it just in case we have a technical problem and it has only been needed once before at a show in Holland way back in 2001. As the music finally faded to silence Lee suddenly appeared on stage, all hot and bothered and in a total panic much to the amusement of the crowd (and ourselves). It took a couple of songs for him to get things sorted out but eventually everything was as it should be and we had a fantastic night with the brilliant Cardiff crowd in great voice singing along to lots of the songs.
The next night at the Queen’s Hall, Narberth was also very special. In the audience was what is probably our oldest fan. On our way to Narberth we received a message via Facebook from Caroline Plant that her mother, Connie Ault who is 85, was coming to the show. Connie is apparently a huge fan of ours and has loved and followed Led Zeppelin since they first appeared in the late sixties. After a couple of songs Geoff noticed her in the crowd, there she was, right at the front and seeming to be having a great time. It was a delight to meet her afterwards and proves what we’ve always believed – you’re NEVER too old to rock and roll or perhaps it’s the magic of Led Zeppelin keeping us all young?
When The Levee Breaks

On 19th November we returned to what is one of the most beautiful settings for a music venue, the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. This volunteer run theatre is situated right on the edge of the town overlooking the sea. When we arrived all was well but as the evening progressed the weather took a turn for the worse and by the end of the night Storm Angus was in full force with rain coming in through the newly renovated roof!
After a great show we began loading our equipment out of the back doors which was almost impossible with the force of the wind trying to blow the doors shut and the rain was torrential, within a minute we were all drenched and soaking wet. It made for a very damp drive home, perhaps we’ll return in the summer next time?
Light Zeppelin News

Here are a couple of dates for your diary for Light Zeppelin. For those of you that aren’t aware, Light Zeppelin is an offshoot of the main band with Nick, Geoff and Lee performing all the Zep classics but on acoustic instruments.
In February we will be at the Queen’s Tap in Swindon, a venue which Whole Lotta Led used to play in their early days and in May we will be making our fourth consecutive appearance at the annual festival in Lechlade.
We are also in the process of arranging some shows in Lee's neck of the woods, around the Brighton area, for next May.
Keep an eye on the web site for details.
Well, that’s about it for this year
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your amazing support
throughout 2016 and helping us celebrate twenty years as a band and finally,
last but not least, we’d like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas,
a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2017
as we continue performing the amazing music of Led Zeppelin.
“Whole Lotta Led, a world class tribute to Led Zeppelin”
Copyright © 2016 Whole Lotta Led, All rights reserved.

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