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The Led Zeppelin Experience featuring No Quarter rocks downtown Reno

The Led Zeppelin Experience featuring No Quarter
The Led Zeppelin Experience featuring No Quarter
Photo by John Tuckness

The Led Zeppelin Experience featuring No Quarter "LIVE" in concert


On Saturday May 17, 2014 The Led Zeppelin Experience featuring No Quarter hit the stage at the Knitting Factory Concert House in downtown Reno. Also on the bill, Metal Echo and Hollywood Trashed.

The Led Zeppelin Experience featuring No Quarter
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If in fact you have never seen the real Led Zeppelin in concert, seeing these guys live is as close as one can get. They have all the moves, they know every note of every song and most importantly, they look pretty much just like the real Zeppelin did in their hay day. It is just amazing how well they impersonate the real thing. Even the drum solo on "Moby Dick" was very impressive, as was the bow and guitar solo on "Dazed And Confused" that Page is famous for.

Attendance for this show was very good with close to 700 hard core Zeppelin fans there. Most holding up their lighters instead of their cell phones on some songs, just like the good old days.

Founded in 1998 in Tacoma Washington, No Quarter has been pounding the Hammer of the Gods to Zeppelin fans all across the country. This band has been privileged to share the stage with Peter Frampton, Foreigner, Molly Hatchet, Kansas, Steppenwolf, Nazareth, Tesla, Warrent, Jefferson Starship and Eric Burden & the Animals, among many other artists.

The group recreates the look,sound and feel of Led Zeppelin in concert. Fans and rock stars alike have sworn they were watching the real group live.

No Quarter's line-up goes as follows, Lonny James (Robert Plant), Bryan Christiansen (Jimmy Page), Chad McMurry (John Paul Jones) and Nathan Carrol (John Bonham).

The bands set lasted over 90 minutes and went like this, (from the set list on stage)

"Rock & Roll", "Bring It On Home", "Black Dog", "Since I've Been Lovin' You", "No Quarter", "The Song Remains The Same", "When The Levee Breaks", "Dazed And Confused", "Immigrant Song", "Heartbreaker", "Moby Dick", "Kashmir" and one encore song, that's right, you guessed it, "Stairway To Heaven".

This examiner was privileged to be invited down to the green room for a personal photo with the band and to watch the transformation from Rock Stars to Rock Gods. It all started with each member going into the make-up room, then putting on the very authentic costumes. The thing that amazed me the most was after they all changed, everyone in the band started talking in their English accents and stayed in character the whole show, even at the meet & greet after the show where they signed autographs, took photos and chatted with the fans. Very impressive.

This examiner did a phone interview with general manager Jacob Lawrence after the show.

Here's what he had to say.

Q .... Has any member from the real Zeppelin commented on No Quarter?

A.... "There are two instances where the original members of Led Zeppelin have noticed our band, the one instance was on facebook where Jimmy Page actually gave a like on our page, which you know just might not be a huge thing, but Jimmy doesn't just go out and likes stuff that he believes that's not a good set up, so that was a good instance. The other was an encounter with our bass player with John Paul Jones, getting to meet his actual character and having him look down as they were signing the pictures and then looking up and looking back and saying, man that's eerie".

Q .... What are the bands plans for the future?

A .... "The plans for the future are a full scale global arena tour, where we are creating something we like to call a rockography, it's a biography of Led Zeppelin's career and from the beginning set to the end and it's going to have three costume changes and three set changes".

If you've never had the chance to see the real Zeppelin in concert, it's not to late, as long as The Led Zeppelin Experience featuring No Quarter is still around. You won't be disappointed.

Main support for No Quarter was a band from North Lake Tahoe, Metal Echo.

Metal Echo, the ultimate rock tribute performs a diversified variety of rock music from classic to current artists such as Alice In Chains, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns N' Roses, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, Styx, Heart, DIO, Chevelle, Stone Temple Pilots, Ozzy Osbourne, Shinedown, Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, Deftones, Slayer, Tool and more.

The band has been captivating audiences throughout the Reno/Lake Tahoe/Carson area with their striking musical interpretation of songs along with front woman Kandy Xander’s powerhouse vocal range and magnetism, which guarantees for a super charged rock show.

Metal Echo has shared the stage with national touring tribute bands such as Zepparella, the world famous "all female" tribute to Led Zeppelin as well as the ultimate Metallica tribute band Blistered Earth and now with The Led Zeppelin Experience featuring No Quarter.

Band members include, Kandy Xander (lead vocals), Derek McReavy (drums), Trina Spar (guitar), Brian Kaspar (bass), Andrew Bell (lead guitar) and Sue McReavy (keys/backing vocals).

These guys and gal tore it up and really got the crowd ready for the main event. A great band to see live. Xander has much charisma on stage and had the entire audience eating out of her hand the whole show. It was most definitely a very good set.

Their set lasted around 30 minutes and went like this,

"Awake" (Godsmack Cover), "Pry Open" (Metal Echo Original), "Stinkfist" (Tool Cover) "Enter Sandman" (Metallica Cover), "Come Together" (Beatles Cover) and "Holy Diver" (Dio Cover).

Starting the night off was a great local Reno tribute band, Hollywood Trashed.

Hollywood Trashed is a hard rocking cover band based in Reno NV. Paying tribute to the bands that influenced us so greatly as we grew up. From Classic Rock to the Hair Bands of 80's, they play it the way it was meant to be, high energy and hard rockin. Very much worth the ticket price.

Hollywood Trashed current line up brings a vast background of varying styles and influences that gives us the ability to bring an intensity to the performance and song styling that will keep you screaming for more, and the they did.

Current members are, Dave Ecker (lead guitar/vocals), Trish Good (lead vocals), Jim Wilson (bass), Dave Svoboda (drums) and Jim Jordan (rhythm guitar).

Trashed got 30 minutes stage time and their set went like this,

"Bad Reputation" (Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Cover), "Girl's Got Rhythm" (AC/DC Cover), "Heaven & Hell" (Black Sabbath Cover), "Cold Gin" (KISS Cover), "Sweet Child O' Mine" (Guns & Roses Cover) and "Highway Star" (Deep Purple Cover).

Hollywood Trashed killed it as usual. Front woman Good 's vocal's were impeccable as she was singing all male vocal parts to every song, a woman's touch never hurts. Very impressive to say the least. This band is not to be missed where ever they play.

This was a great night of the best rock tributes around, if you missed this one, you really missed a great one.

A good time was had by all.

To see what's next at the Knitting Factory Reno (click here)

As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, "The Photos Are What It's All About", so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.

All photos by, JOHN TUCKNESS

To see more photos of No Quarter at the show (click here)

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