Led Zepagain

July 30, 2017 - 8:00pm

On Sunday, July 30, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and 96.1 KZEL Rocks proudly welcome Led Zepagain back to the WOW Hall.

Led Zepagain (stylized Led ZepAgain) is an American hard rock tribute band formed in Ventura, California in 1988.  The band last performed at the WOW Hall on May 27, 2016.  The current lineup consists of vocalist/harmonica player Swan Montgomery ("Robert Plant"), guitar/ mandolin player Anthony David ("Jimmy Page"), bassist/keyboardist/mandolinist Jim Wootten ("John Paul Jones") and drummer/percussionist Derek Smith ("John Bonham").

Having formed in 1988, Sony recording artists Led Zepagain have become highly regarded as the most accurate and authentic replication of Led Zeppelin in the world today.  With well over a million downloads on iTunes to their credit, Led Zepagain’s popularity has also seeped into pop culture by having been mentioned on the network TV shows The Gilmore Girls, Chicago Fire and Bad Judge!

In January of 2004, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page himself attended a Led Zepagain show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. He was absolutely astonished at the bands accuracy stating, “It’s amazing how much you sound like us. You must have grown up on this because you were inside the music, and you paid attention to detail in your presentation… I can tell you guys really love our music!”

This encounter led to the members of Led Zepagain attending Led Zeppelin's 2007 Reunion Concert at London's O2 Arena by invitation of Mr. Page, as well as a surprise visit from Jason Bonham in March of 2009 as he sat in with the band on their encore performance of the song "Rock and Roll".

 

 

Led Zepagain was honored to have been featured on AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” in 2014, and were asked to come back for an encore performance in March of 2017 to perform the iconic Led Zeppelin lV album in it’s entirety.

Having played nationally and internationally in such places as Japan, Ireland, Alaska, Germany, Bosnia, Peru, Canada, Kosovo, Mexico City and Guam, Led Zepagain regularly performs to packed houses all over the world. We guarantee that from the sound and the look, to the vintage equipment and costuming, Led Zepagain will be the closest thing that you will ever see to a live Led Zeppelin performance!  Come on out and see what Jimmy Page was talking about.

Meet the band:

 

 

Swan Montgomery: Vocals, Harmonica

 

Born in Drogheda, Ireland and performing in the role of Robert Plant is the incomparable Swan Montgomery. Swan is the longest serving member of Led Zepagain and his powerful tenor voice and electrifying stage presence has been the driving force that has propelled the band into its current position as the most authentic tribute to Led Zeppelin in the world today!

Not only does Swan possess the vocal range of a young Robert Plant, but his uncanny resemblance and incredible emulation of Plant’s swagger and mannerisms will absolutely astonish you.

Swan is also a very accomplished solo artist as well, having released several recordings of his original material over the years. One very special highlight of his career was the night that Roger Daltrey of the Who honored him by calling Swan out of the audience at the Henry Fonda theater to sing a crowd pleasing duet of Joe Cocker’s version of “With a Little Help From My Friends” with him.

Swan has also reached beyond the bounds of Led Zepagain’s electric show and created “Symphony To Heaven, a full-production acoustic show featuring custom visuals and a Quartet playing original string arrangements to many of Zeppelin’s classic acoustic songs. Swan Montgomery currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Anthony David Thymiakos lV: Guitar, Mandolin, Theremin

 

Anthony David picked up his first guitar, which was given to him by his grandmother, at the tender age of 12. That sparked the passion of music that was dormant inside of him. He spent all of his time teaching himself how to play.

At 15, Anthony David discovered the amazing talents of Led Zeppelin’s guitar player Jimmy Page. From then, to the present, he has devoted himself to emulate the passion, talent and marvel that is Jimmy Page!

 

Derek Smith: Drums and Percussion.

 

After receiving his degree in Illustration and Fine Art from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Derek Smith moved back to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue a career in the arts and music.

Having played the drums since he was 12 years old and worshiping music since discovering his parent’s record collection at an early age, he figured it was a good omen when his first band’s recording sessions had him working next door to KISS and No Doubt. As he says, "It was definitely quite an honor to be sharing the same bathroom with Gene Simons and Paul Stanley."

Despite a lifelong devotion to a number of bands like The Doors, The Who, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, no other ban’s music quite influenced him like Led Zeppelin’s, and in particular, the drumming of John Bonham.

The dichotomy in Bonham’s playing, from the ferocity with which he could attack his drums to the level of finesse, sensitivity and discretion he could exercise, were traits that resonated greatly with Derek, and he connected to him in a way that no other drummer has been able.

Derek Smith has performed with Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, The Doobie Brothers, Billy Idol’s Steve Stevens, legendary bass player Phil Chen, Chas West of Foreigner and the Jason Bonham Band, Chris Wyse of The Cult, Francesco DiCosmo of Thin Lizzy and Evanesence, and many more.

He maintains a website www.bonzosmontreux.com and YouTube channel dedicated to the work of John Bonham and other influential drummers in his life. Derek is a full-time musician and artist and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

 

 
Jim Wootten: Bass, Keyboards , Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals

 

Led Zepagain multi-instrumentalist Jim Wootten comes from a very musical family that bred many professional musicians, most notably, his father Red Wootten who played bass with Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman to name a few, and his uncle and aunt, world renowned recording artists Les Paul and Mary Ford who had 16 top ten hits in the 1950’s.

Says Jim, “I feel extremely blessed to have grown up in a family that was so musically inclined.  It instilled in me a love for music and inspired me to pursue my own dream of becoming a professional musician.”

Jim’s hallmark is his attention to detail and has played in a variety of original and cover bands over the years, mainly concentrating on tribute bands over the last 16 years.  

“I particularly enjoy playing in tribute bands because of the challenge of trying to replicate an artist’s music with note for note accuracy.”

Jim fills the demanding role of John Paul Jones masterfully; covering bass, keyboards, mandolin, bass pedals, acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars and backing vocals. Jim’s other tribute projects include the popular southern California tributes The Long Run “Experience the Eagles, and Deja Vu “Celebrating the Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young”.

Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.
 

Door Time: 
July 30, 2017 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$13 Advance, $15 Day of Show