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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 04:54 PM
Just got back from overeseas late last night and all I can say is this was the trip of a lifetime. What we saw and heard over the five day period was nothing less than amazing. I am working on the review and putting the all the pieces together and will post here tomorrow or Friday. One thing I will say is Devon is one great person as are the rest of the boys in the band and they rocked the SH*& out of the club we were in. More to come................

[Edited on 12/21/2007 by kdick]

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 05:13 PM
Based on your thread title, sounds like you had a great time musically!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 05:19 PM
I was at the Honeytribe gig taking photos.
have a look at my thread. Yuo were the Canadians to the right of the stage? I was sat dorectly in front of you!

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 06:49 PM
I'm so happy to see our Euro Brothers and Sisters enjoying the Tribe. Please stop by my thread and post reviews and photos!

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  posted on 12/13/2007 at 09:36 AM
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I was at the Honeytribe gig taking photos.
have a look at my thread. Yuo were the Canadians to the right of the stage? I was sat dorectly in front of you!


Yep, that was us.

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I'm so happy to see our Euro Brothers and Sisters enjoying the Tribe. Please stop by my thread and post reviews and photos!



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  posted on 12/18/2007 at 04:07 PM
As we emerged into the sunny Friday morning sky at Heathrow, we knew it was to be a colossal adventure that was to come. We made our way to the Crowne Plaza Buckingham and settled in to plan our few days in London culminating with the Ahmet Ertegun tribute show (Led Zeppelin really) on Monday evening.

We had planned a couple of music events but that evening was open for discussion. A friend arrived from Guernsey and we determined that the original Hard Rock Café would be a great starting point. I inquired what was going on in regard to live music that evening and was told that Ronnie Scott’s or the 100 Club www.the100club.co.uk were the two spots to check out. Ronnie Scott’s had a Big Band Xmas show, which did nothing for any of us however the 100 Club had The Animals and Friends www.rockartistmanagement.com/animalsandfriends.html with The Foxes www.thefoxesband.co.uk supporting. We headed out to this small club to witness this cool up and coming band and then the Animals. The two original members of the band, John Steel (drums and at it since 1957) and Mickey Gallagher (keyboards) along with bassist Peter Barton and guitarists John Williamson and Gary Fletcher (from the Blues Band).

The Foxes were energetic and tight and the tunes were catchy, however I would have liked to see the guitar player stretch out a little as he was very good. The Animals were a great surprise. Nostalgia acts are not high on my list but these guys rocked the place. While I knew of some of the hits, they basically played hits for over one and a half hours. Every song was recognizable. We were blown away. The club itself has produced a who’s who of bands over the years. Check out the History section on the website to see the number of bands that have played over the years.

The next day we enjoyed an amazing lunch at the Royal Automobile Club in preparation for Devon Allman’s Honey Tribe at the Half Moon Club in Herne Hill www.halfmoonpub.co.uk/index.php The Half Moon has seen acts like the Police, U2 and Van Morrison to name a few and for the second night in a row we were in a historical music venue.

I had called the club prior to leaving to ensure tickets as I was not going to miss the show if I was in town. What I didn’t realize was the person that I spoke with was the promoter of the European gigs and upon arrival we were treated like royalty much to our surprise. Thanks to Pete Feenstra in that regard. We got great seats just off to the right of the stage and prior to the show were introduced to Devon and the band. This was the second to last show of the Euro Tour and Devon was excited to close big and then get home to see his son. He mentioned that we should get back in and check out the support, the Oli Brown Band www.oliselectricblues.co.uk .This kid (17 years old) was simply amazing. He was a cross between Stevie Ray Vaughn and Duane Allman and totally blew us away. Totally professional for his age and in fine voice he battered us with song after song. The rhythm section was adequate but lacking the same intensity as the front man which was the only negative. By the time they were done the house was sold out in anticipation of Honey Tribe.

They opened with Mahalo and pretty much played the entire record along with a couple of tunes from the new record, that is still in production. A killer version of Torch, and Mercy Mercy were highlights for me along with One Way Out (to which he toasted the Canadians – Thanks brother!). Devon and Jack toasted Gregg as it was his 60th that day and played a beautiful version of Melissa. The crowd wanted more and they finished with Midnight Rider (sorry about the counting thing Mark). I only have bits and pieces of the set-list as we were having too much fun to take notes. I can’t however think of anything I didn’t enjoy. The band is as tight as I have ever heard and in my opinion awed the South London crowd. Devon’s guitar playing was incredible and I gotta say that anyone that doesn’t put him in a category with the other great players of the day isn’t listening to the style that he has developed. Its cutting edge and fresh and I for one give him huge props!

Devon and the boys hung around after the gig and did their thing with those that stayed afterward. We had a few (he says with fingers crossed) drinks with them after the show and exchanged stories and travel in Europe and abroad. I think there was some comfort in the fact we were from North America which I can understand after being over there for a couple of months. I did ask Devon if he had spoken to his Dad on his birthday to which he replied, “I sure did and he is sitting at home relaxing and enjoying the moment”.

From what I saw I would say that Europe was a great success and I am sure a new fan base was created over there for the Tribe. Thanks again Devon for your hospitality, kindness (to the crazy Canadians) and for putting on one killer show! I am looking forward to running into you and the band again back in the colonies in 2008.

We spent most of Sunday at the O2 standing in line terribly hung-over for our tickets. After about two and a half hours we had the tickets and then over to the T-Shirt line for another two hours. Sunday night was spent with some other fans at the hotel bar preparing for the big show on Monday.

On Monday we were back to the Hard Rock to see our friends at Toronto’s Classic Rock Q107 broadcast live. John Derringer, Bill Hayes, Maureen Holloway and Ryan Parker were all there doing the morning show (at noon) from the Hard Rock Store. On a break we had a short chat with the crew and I was introduced to Jimmy Ward, the keeper of the “Vault” at the Hard rock and a pretty decent guitar player in his own right. He noticed my Allman Brothers shirt (I spread the word wherever I go) and asked if I would like to see something special in the vault. Well, that something special was Duane Allman’s’ 1954 Strat (#00019) that was used on most of his early session work and Layla. I got to hold it, play it (badly as I am the drummer) but it was nothing short of incredible. Stevie Ray Vaughn’s black Strat was there along with Bo Diddley’s “Big B” Gretsch guitar and his trademark hat, Jimi Hendrix black Flying Vee and the lyrics for Imagine and Let It Be. Just stunning!

Of course, on our way to the show we had to hit Warr’s London Harley Davidson. It’s one of the oldest, circa 1924 and hidden in Fulham. From there we were off to the O2 for the Zeppelin show.

The buzz was incredible around the arena, or should I say complex. The place has a 20,000 seat arena, a skating rink, a multi-theater cine-plex and about 30 bars and restaurants. For as tough as security was (no one was allowed in until 6pm, including the celebs) we found that getting around was far easier than at home or for that fact in the US. We saw numerous celebs, walking through the place, having a drink in various establishments and generally have fun like the rest of us. Chad Kroeger from Nickleback was sitting across from us in one of the bars we checked out and being from Canada we went over to say hi and had a drink with him, real nice guy just waiting to get in. There were all sorts of rumours that Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton were going to play but never did. Sir Paul and Sir Mick were there as were Dave Grohl and Chad Smith, both partying hard. The buzz and the feel were electric and the drinks were going down nicely. We never did see Warren Haynes and his wife, but understood he was there.

Opening slot highlights for me were, Keith Emerson doing Lucky Man, Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke doing Alright Now and Paulo Nutini. He joined Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman for a couple of tunes and he can play and sing. I have already picked up his latest recording. Maggie Bell was in good voice, but all of that was a rounding error in regard to what was to come.

The lights went down, a short tribute to Ahmet Ertegun and Zeppelin was played and then, appropriately so, Jason Bonham hit that so familiar rim shot to begin Good Times Bad Times. The hair stood on the back of your neck, goose bumps all over, instant sobriety occurred and Led Zeppelin was back! How could you not go right to the very beginning? There was agreement amongst all of us that this was the right opening tune. We got Good Times Bad Times, Ramble On and Black Dog before there was that familiar, “Good Evening” from Robert Plant, whose voice I might add was great. Next In My Time of Dying, For Your Life (1st time ever live) and Trampled Underfoot, whipped the place into a frenzy. Anyone who might have thought that Jimmy Page would be sub-par was proven wrong immediately. His playing was precise, fluid and right on the money. JPJ had a constant grin for the better part of the show. Nobody’s Fault But Mine just about put me down the stairs (too much air drumming) and the slide work was meticulously performed. Then there were those unmistakable keys to begin No Quarter. JPJ playing the keys and bass pedals like he never stopped and he was nicely acknowledged by Robert Plant. To add to the 70’s feel of the evening, and the fact there was no smoking inside, a big dry ice cloud floated over the stage to make the tune feel like you were there 30 years ago. Since I’ve Been Loving You really showcased Jason Bonham. It is a beautiful blues tune that has to be played with feel no just covered. It was at this point that I realized he was playing the drums and his dad was not. I know that sounds ridiculous, but he hit it on the head. The fact that he was in the pocket for the entire show gives you an idea of not only how bad he wanted this to happen and it to be right (so much so he puked a couple of times prior to going on) but how much respect he had for his dad. He did the old man proud! The 12 minute version of Dazed and Confused was stunning and when Jimmy pulled out the violin bow the crowd was mesmerized. They played it, you know, the song. And for as much as we all hate the fact it is so overplayed, 20,000 people were singing along in unison. I must admit I am glad they put it the middle of the show wrapped between Dazed and Confused and The Song Remains the Same. Since Jimmy had the double neck out why not The Song Remains the Same? We were making our way around the arena, rocking, drinking, taking numerous pics and just having a great fu*&ing time. I did not see one incident which goes to show how intense the crowd was that was at this historic show.

The big finish, in my view was a tribute to John Bonham. The off tempo Misty Mountain Hop followed by the dirge and Middle Eastern air of Kashmir. The fills were bang on and the smiles on all the boys’ faces were proof that it was all good in 2007.

They came back with A Whole Lotta Love, which again was greeted with intense audience participation and incredible playing by Jimmy Page, now with jacket off and only vest on.

Back for a second encore acknowledging Jason with a smile was Rock and Roll, which is what it is all about really. I have been playing the song for as long as I can remember and when I heard that drum intro, I took a shot of Jason Bonham and found him smiling while trying to maintain the rhythm. This was his nirvana also, for totally different reasons, but many of the same.

And then just as it had started it was over. They took a collective bow, acknowledged Ahmet and the crowd and just like that – they were gone.

My 4 GB card in my camera was full with pictures and video. No room left, batteries dead. I needed a camera pit stop.

We partied into the night with all sorts of new friends met. Drinking and talking about the show, looking at the various pictures taken, one of which I have procured from a friend that was right up front. He asked a young lady if he could have the set-list to which she responded no and proceeded to inform him that she was Scarlet Page Jimmy’s daughter. He then asked if he could take a picture of it and presto, I now have a picture of the set-list and Scarlet Page’s hands. She is a very accomplished photographer in her own right and was there doing just that and giving Dad a little support. The cool thing is where the dry ice and pyro is indicated on it. That would be a nice collector’s item to have but it would seem it is staying in the family. We missed the Tube back to town, and upon arriving back at the hotel, we both stood in the lobby wondering what was next. The adrenalin was strong as was the buzz and of course the two of us along with everyone else that was there did not want this to be over.

The next morning we were still in the same boat, kind of wandering around London trying to get to the airport.

Well, we eventually did, and we got home and have gone back to our lives, but for 5 days in London nothing else mattered and for me there is now this experience and everything else.

Pics and film to come and my apologies for the lengthy dissertation.

 

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  posted on 12/18/2007 at 04:12 PM
Glad you made it back safely. Sounds like a blast!!

 

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  posted on 12/18/2007 at 04:13 PM
Thx John

 

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  posted on 12/19/2007 at 03:58 PM
You forgot to metion the moutain jam jessica tease!!

 

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  posted on 12/20/2007 at 01:52 PM
Some of my pics of the show.......


Good Times Bad Times


The Song Remains the Same


Bob & Jim 1


Big Bob and Big Jim






Jimmy Dazed & Confused


Jimmy Page


Mr. Jason Bonham




Heading to the floor for the encore!



Scarlet Page holding the set-list - what a night!

 

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  posted on 12/20/2007 at 02:29 PM
Wow Kdick, I don't know how I missed your thread till now, but anyway thanks so much for the wonderfully written review. It's nice to see someone win this lottery who so thoroughly enjoyed himself. I was getting all weak-kneed just reading this! I wish I'd pushed harder to have you post your extra ticket in the spare tix forum! Congrats and well played.

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  posted on 12/20/2007 at 02:54 PM
My fault actually. The title of the thread needs to be changed to garner some interest. If ya know how to do that let me know and thanks for the note, I hope I did it some justice.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2007 at 03:27 PM
I was going to suggest that. Just click edit button below your original post and change up the thread title. "Led Zeppelin" somewhere in the title ought to do it. That vault experience must have been something, and the photos and setlist, and setlist story, were great.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2007 at 08:37 PM
Ken, great review and Zep pics! Thanks for sharing.

Did you happen to ask Devon if he plans to tour in Canada anytime soon, particularly in the Toronto area? I've been wondering about this for a while.

 

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  posted on 12/21/2007 at 07:54 AM
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Ken, great review and Zep pics! Thanks for sharing.

Did you happen to ask Devon if he plans to tour in Canada anytime soon, particularly in the Toronto area? I've been wondering about this for a while.


Intersting you ask. We spent quite a bit of time on the subject. He has played at a couple of blues /jazz fests out west but that's it. He was quite interested in the Ontario market and we exhanged numbers to contact in the new Year to explore further. I have many contacts in the area in regard to venues and he was quite interested in some that I mentioned. My guess is you will see the Honeytribe in Canada in 2008. Stay tuned.

 

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I was going to suggest that. Just click edit button below your original post and change up the thread title. "Led Zeppelin" somewhere in the title ought to do it. That vault experience must have been something, and the photos and setlist, and setlist story, were great.



The "vault" was a true highlight. Here's a taste of some of the stuff:

Stevie Ray Vaughn's Jet Black Strat



Jimi Hendrix's Flying V



Bo Diddley's "Big B" and the trademark Hat



Duane's 1954 Strat (#00019) that he used on his session work and on Layla. Note the drummer has no idea how to hold the thing.




A Short Bio on Duane and the Strat (didn't quite get it all the pic, but you get the idea).


 

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Ken, great review and Zep pics! Thanks for sharing.

Did you happen to ask Devon if he plans to tour in Canada anytime soon, particularly in the Toronto area? I've been wondering about this for a while.


Intersting you ask. We spent quite a bit of time on the subject. He has played at a couple of blues /jazz fests out west but that's it. He was quite interested in the Ontario market and we exhanged numbers to contact in the new Year to explore further. I have many contacts in the area in regard to venues and he was quite interested in some that I mentioned. My guess is you will see the Honeytribe in Canada in 2008. Stay tuned.


Well, that's great news! Thanks very much.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2007 at 12:56 PM
Thanks for the reviews and pictures. Glad you had a great time.

Imagine the Canadian being spotted in the crowd.

 

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Thanks for the reviews and pictures. Glad you had a great time.

Imagine the Canadian being spotted in the crowd.


Glad you enjoyed them James, it truly was an experience. Easier to spot the CDN when he's a skinny guy like me! Happy Merry.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2007 at 11:06 PM
Easy to spot the Canadians. They are the loud ones who drink all the beer and talk to everyone in the building.

Jealous of your tour of the vault. too bad you couldn't sneak out one or two.

 

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Easy to spot the Canadians. They are the loud ones who drink all the beer and talk to everyone in the building.


Yep, you're definitely from Canada if ya know that.......

 

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