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Whole lotta love for Zeppelin with tribute on Saturday in Crown Room

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — A Led Zepagain show features all of the Zeppelin highlights, from the high-energy electric classics, to the acoustic works; from the soaring leads on the double-neck guitar, to the brilliant keyboard passages, and from the high, Robert Plant screams, to the trademark pounding rhythms, a press statement promised. A born and bred Irishman from Drogheda, Ireland, lead singer Swan Montgomery’s portrayal of Robert Plant has placed him consistently among LA’s most popular performers since the early 1990s. Swan has toured Ireland, the UK, Europe, and all over the United States. He’s lent his voice to numerous recordings, including the widely released “Witchblade Soundtrack,” which featured G. Tom Mac and Roger Daltry. A nephew of Les Paul, multi-instrumentalist Jim Wootten fills the demanding role of John Paul Jones , covering bass, keyboards, mandolin, acoustic six- and 12-string guitars and backing vocals. Steve Zukowsky first picked up the guitar at age 11, inspired by the great rock guitarists of the 1970s, such as Page, Brian May, Peter Frampton, Pat Travers and Michael Schenker. In 1977, he witnessed Led Zeppelin in concert at the Oakland Coliseum, the band’s second to last show. Afterward, . Zukowsky picked up the guitar and learned “Over the Hills and Far Away.” In 1993, Steve formed his first tribute band, a tribute to Queen, Sheer Heart Attack, which got rave reviews from both fans and the LA music press. Since then, Steve has lent his guitar talents to no less than eight of LA’s top tribute bands, as a member or a substitute player, and still plays acoustic andamp; rhythm guitar with the highly regarded Pink Floyd tribute Which One’s Pink. He joined Led Zepagain in 2001. With an amazing feel for John Bonham, drummer Jim Kersey leaves audiences shouting for more, especially after every performance of Zeppelin’s classic drum solo epic, “Moby Dick!” A highly accomplished drummer, Jim has recorded and/or performed with Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard, Dio), Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Coco Montoya, the Mamas and the Papas, BB Chung King and the James Montgomery Band, and studied drums and percussion with Carmine Appice, Joe Porcaro and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 27, 2012 03:29PM Published Sep 27, 2012 03:27PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.