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The Custard Pie Band, a tribute to Led Zeppelin

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Custard Pie, a Led Zeppelin Tribute Band, is comprised of four veteran musicians who all hail from the New England area and have come together as a result of their mutual love of the music of Led Zeppelin. The band members are all diehard fans who enjoy the challenges of recreating selections from the diverse Led Zeppelin catalog and enjoy sharing them with audiences who love the band as much as they do.

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In 1968, Led Zeppelin 1 was released with it's bluesy, experimental, psychedelic sound. The world of rock and roll was radically changed.

There are three types of Led Zeppelin fans. 1) Those who were fortunate to have 'been there' while the band came together and watched them skyrocket to a legendary status. 2.)The ones that grew up listening and wishing they could have been there. 3) The newer generation who are just now discovering the group thanks to bands like Custard Pie.

The Custard Pie Band is a large and varied offering of Led Zeppelin music with endless energy and charm. They have been consistently playing well attended shows to very appreciative, enthusiastic crowds since its inception. They often do double or triple bills with other tribute acts such as: Through The Doors, The Doors; Gilmour’s Breakfast, Pink Floyd; Dirty Deeds, AC/DC and Erick Preston, a Jimi HendrixTribute.

Examiner sat down with Mark Moretti, lead vocalist for Custard Pie.

Examiner: How did you wind up putting together your band?

Moretti: “A lot of Zeppelin’s music provides a loose framework that allows for creative, on the spot expression. For me as a musician to be fortunate enough to have the opportunity to improvise on material of that quality, it doesn't get much more enjoyable than that."

Examiner: Tell me about your band mates?

Moretti: "Though all of us have been continuously involved in successful, original and cover projects for the last 25 plus years, our appreciation for Led Zeppelin's music has brought us together in a special, humbling and
unexpected way since the band’s inception in November 2009.

We are: Jon Hathaway(Guitars), Mark Moretti( Vocals ), Pat Lynch(Bass) and Pete Dayotas:
(Drums & Percussion)

We've each always had a deep love for the band. Dayotas playing it in his earliest bands, Lynch growing up while they were still touring, Hathaway (no relation to Anne LOL) who was separated at birth with Jimmy Page and me, I was weaned on Robert Plant's vocals.

Lynch our bassist found himself joining the New England hard rock cover band Touch in the 1980's. One of Touch’s originals “Your Fighting Fire” took first place on MTV’s Basement tapes against a number of other bands. Two years later Lynch joined original metal band N.R.G. whose song “Instruments of Destruction” was featured in the movie sound track “Transformers: The Movie” which is an animated film that was released in major movie theaters worldwide and based on the Saturday morning Transformers Cartoon and Hasbro Toys. To date the song has gotten well over a million hits on “YouTube”. NRG played the Boston/Providence/ New York circuit (The Channel, Narcissus, The Living Room, L’Amores in Queens). opening for Saxon, Blue Oyster Cult, Kix, Wendy O Williams, UFO, Nazareth and Boston’s own Extreme.

Our newest band member is Dayotas who joined our band in May 2013. And….What an addition! Pete cites his musical influences as John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge and Cactus), Don Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) and Joe Morello (know most as the drummer for the Dave Brubeck
Quartet). He is also an accomplished jazz drummer having played with many
popular combo artists throughout the 1990's. He has played professionally with world renowned jazz artists in the Capital Area Region of New York such as Emla Hope, Don Sickler and also one time with the Count Basie Band. Dayotas has also been a part of the Boston circuit with the rock group Machine
Gun Kelly and Absinthe who had a brief stint with the record label Rodell Records. He since joined the Worcester party band Burnt Toast for a time and for the last seven years has been with Gilmour's Breakfast. (http://www.gilmours-breakfast.com/)

Hathaway our guitarist channels Jimmy Page. He's the best!"

Examiner: What can you tell us about you?

Moretti: "On and off since 1990 I honed in on my style busking in the ancient cities of foreign countries on a few different continents. A street session with Israeli musicians in Jerusalem being a highlight. I've also performed abroad periodically in clubs, theaters and festivals.

I actually started at age 13 with a Rhode Island band called High Voltage in the late 1970's & early 1980’s. We played New England area high schools and clubs such as Providence’s Living Room and Boston’s Narcissus.

I eventually landed in Nuremberg, Germany in 1990 where I formed an original band with bassist Lutz Mays. who has toured as a band mate of both legendary blues harpist Carrie Bell of Muddy Waters and Chris Thompson from Manfred Mann. (http://lutzmays.de/hp581/Audio.htm)

It was during this time that Gunter Flizar, drummer of Iron Maiden asked me to join his new group in
London. Though elated at the prospect, prior commitments interfered."

For upcoming gigs visit the bands website: http://www.custardpietribute.com, http://www.custardpietribute.com/Custard_Pie/Tour.html

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