Influences besides Zep: Bruce Dickinson, Brad Delp, Roger Daltrey, Bon Scott and Brian Johnson
Equipment: Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone, lots of spunk
Favorite Zep Album: Houses of the Holy, because it's so diverse and the songs are so intricate and experimental, especially The Song Remains The Same and No Quarter.
Favorite Zep song to play: The Ocean, because it's a very energetic song that just makes you feel great. It's really cool the way that it's structured and how it completely changes near the end, but manages to keep its soul.
Band says: "Hey, as they say, 'it's all about the singer'! The coolest thing about being next to Mike onstage besides that ridiculous range of his is the fact that he is always rocking out. I mean, not tapping his foot or hands but eyes closed gyrating wildly, playing air guitar, bass and drums at the same time. We get in a good groove and then I look over and see that--it's pretty frigging badass." - Rick
Influences besides Zep: Joe Morello and Louie Bellson
Equipment: Ludwig Amber Vistalite in the Bonham configuration, Paiste Cymbals
Band says: "In music, nothing dictates the texture of a piece and its desired emotive response more than its rhythm, which to me makes it music’s most important element. This is the reason why, when discussing rock and roll, the drummer is often referred to as the “backbone” of a band. So logically, without a drummer as skilled as Scott Crisafulli, a band can never hope to achieve any heightened level of success. Scott’s ability to flawlessly perform the works of the legendary John Bonham is a genuinely rare talent, and his drumming prowess continues to impress me even to this day. Simply put, without Scott Crisafulli, there is no Dazed." - Mike
Influences besides Zep: Muddy Waters, Michael Bloomfield, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, Angus & Malcolm Young
Equipment: Gibson, Fender and Danelectro Guitars, Mesa Boogie and Marshall Amps, Fractal AXE-FX II XL / MFC-101, Mission Pedals
Favorite Zep Album: Presence--it's dark, experimental and completely reflective of where Led Zeppelin was as a band at the time. All Zep albums need to be experienced as a whole, not as a simple collection of songs--Presence even more so than the rest.
Favorite Zep song to play: Rock and Roll. The reason I picked up the guitar in the first place was seeing the movie The Song Remains the Same--Power, Mystery and the Hammer of the Gods. Every time I see the lights go on in that movie, I get goosebumps. Hell, I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it now.
Band says: "Rick is an amazing, athletic guitar player and longtime Zeppelin fanatic. While his gifted playing is most easily appreciated when he's cranking out the fan favorite super fast guitar hero solos made famous by Jimmy Page on 'Dazed and Confused' and 'Heartbreaker', Rick studies and brings to life the entire depth and range of Page's work, whether it is the violin bow solo of 'How Many More Times', the acoustic picking and soaring leads of 'Stairway to Heaven' on his double-neck guitar, the bluesy R&B interplay of 'Since I've Been Loving You', or the strutting riffs of the classic rock radio mega-hits 'Black Dog', 'The Ocean' and 'Whole Lotta Love'. Rick captures the breadth of Zeppelin's sounds and energy..." - Billy
Influences besides Zep: The Cars, Queen, Ultravox
Equipment: Roland Keyboards and Amplification
Favorite Zep Album: Led Zeppelin IV. It was my first Led Zeppelin album that I stole from my older sister...she also had the sheet music to "Stairway to Heaven" so I was already practicing for DAZED at age 9. With songs like "Going to California", "Black Dog", "Rock and Roll" and the amazing "Battle of Evermore", how can you go wrong?
Favorite Zep song to play: Tie--No Quarter and All my Love
Band says: "When the band was talking about bringing a keyboard player into the mix, I was extremely hesitant but I was still the 'new guy' so what was I going to say? A Zep band with keyboards? I realized how wrong I was about a month later when Billy couldn't make a rehearsal and we all just cancelled it because it made no sense getting together if he couldn't be there. Not only does Billy play the Mellotron and Hammond parts of the songs flawlessly, he adds so much besides that in places where a straight 4-piece band traditionally sounds empty--and he makes it all feel like it was there all along. He really is a witch with that..." - Rick