DREAD ZEPPELIN BIOGRAPHY
Original Birdcage Records Bio, 1989
ser-en-dip-i-ty n: the gift of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for
It is a well known fact that Elvis Presley, the King of Rock & Roll’s, birthday falls on January 8th. It is a slightly lesser known fact that Jimmy Page, the creator and mastermind of Led Zeppelin and arguably the greatest hard rock (read: heavy metal, kids!) band ever, celebrates his birthday on January 9th. Given that England is six hours ahead of Tupelo, Mississippi, these two musical icons could have been born on the same day!!
It is almost an unknown fact that a strange, yet supremely talented, group of musicians calling themselves Dread Zeppelin played their first gig on January 8th, 1989 (or 1956 if you believe lead vocalist Tortelvis; but be forewarned, if you do, you’ll also be hearing stories of alien abductions, exploding Ford Pintos, otherworldly weight gains and bizarre parentage).
Elvis, Jimmy and Dread Zeppelin all born on the same day?!! Truly serendipitous!
Since that all-hallowed day in 1989, DREAD ZEPPELIN have released four full-length albums worldwide, have starred in several videos (including their clip of “Heartbreaker Hotel” that appears regularly on the MTV Beavis & Butthead show), have appeared in the motion picture “National Lampoon’s Last Resort” (playing themselves, natch) and have toured the world several times, including stops in such exotic locales as Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia & Japan.
Combining outlandish costumery, a tight and agressive musical approach and conjuring the charisma of three kings (Elvis, Zep and Bob Marley), Dread Zeppelin’s stage show has become a favorite the world over. Indeed, Kerrang Magazine (UK) were so moved after a live performance that they proclaimed Dread Zeppelin to be “The greatest covers band ever…”; and Robert Plant himself, lead vocalist of Led Zeppelin, admitted that he preferred Dread Zep’s version of “Your Time Is Gonna Come” to the original.
By Jah Paul Jo – Live/Peace in Amsterdam! (1990)