led zeppelin

All posts tagged led zeppelin

Kashmir Gives Brookside Park a Whole Lotta Love!

Published July 17, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1642Jean Violet (Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

SAM_1638Andy Urban (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

SAM_1631Felix Haneman (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Felix played with Zebra

SAM_1653Paul Cooper (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

A gorgeous night in New Jersey (hot but dry, not humid — Arizona type weather, yeah!)

It was fantastic. They played over two hours and sounded pretty close to the real deal. My favorite songs were “Over the Hills and Far Away” and “Kashmir.”

We had a super duper fantastic time, and it just kept getting better as the sun went down and the moon came out! Summer nights are the best to see an outdoor concert, definitely.

Here is their website: http://kashmirrocks.com/wp/

And, interesting, here is an article I wrote about them two years ago when I interviewed lead singer Jean Violet prior to a William Paterson College performance: http://wayne.patch.com/groups/arts-and-entertainment/p/tribute-band-plays-all-of-led-zeppelins-hits

Thank you Kashmir! Please come back again soon!

SAM_1617Me and Dennis enjoying!

SAM_1613Mike, Diane and Me

SAM_1616Dennis and Johnny

SAM_1619A cute granny rocking out to Kashmir!

(She stayed until almost the end!)

SAM_1634Cute dog at the show (I think it’s a Pom)

Get the Led Out – SOPAC, June 21, 2013

Published June 22, 2013 by Maryanne

Get the Led Out(Photo from Get the Led Out Face Book page)

Get the Led Out at SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center) last night was phenomenal!

The theater only seats about 400 people, and thanks to Billy Childs (bass) for the comp tickets, about seventh row!

This is the article I wrote when I interviewed Billy Childs earlier this month: http://thealternativepress.com/articles/get-the-led-out-will-perform-at-sopac-june-21

Get the Led Out live was truly a mystical experience

and a perfect way to spend the summer solstice.

It never ceases to amaze me, when you see a GOOD live performance, how much better you enjoy and appreciate the music. Now these guys are obviously about THE MUSIC, not just being a cover band that imitates a live show. It took three guitarists to create the Jimmy page studio sound. There was a total of six people in the band, plus a female vocalist helping out on two songs. And the most surreal moment of all was then they performed my second favorite Led Zeppelin song, “Fool in the Rain,” towards the end when the part with the whistle blows, a man come on stage just to do the whistle part. The entire band was absolutely flawless and I honestly entered another dimension. I will never hear “Fool in the Rain” the same way again.

It was truly a mystical experience and a perfect way to spend the summer solstice!

Please check out their website to see the promo video (http://www.gtlorocks.com/). There is a lot on You Tube, but cell phone videos do not do this band justice. You can’t even imagine how GOOD they are and I’m not even a Led Zep head, just someone who appreciates good music. And you can’t go wrong with a band that has such a massive catalog of work that so many other artists covered over the years.

They played over two hours. Opened up with “Immigrant Song” and blew me away from the get go. A little boy was sitting in front of us, he was getting into it 100 percent. You KNOW when someone is going to grow up and be a musician. It was adorable. The entire audience was a good crowd. It was an overall great vibe. No assholes there just because they had season’s passes (I hate that pretentious shit). True music fans, each and every one of them. Get the Led Out got several standing ovations throughout the evening. And not once did I see anyone texting during the show. Get the Led Out had the audience’s undivided attention! And trust me, I go to a ton of shows and this was a rarity.

Other favorites included, “Kasmir” and “Whole Lotta Love.” I loved the drum solo too. They did so much and the two hours zipped by. I couldn’t believe it was over.

After the show Dennis and I chatted with Billy Childs for about 20 minutes. I asked him what I forgot to ask him during my phone interview, if he liked the work that John Paul Jones did with Diamanda Galas. He laughed and said, “No.” We all talked about music a lot, as Dennis and Billy both recorded in the same studio in the 1980s when Dennis was with Pharoah and Billy was with Britny Fox.

A magical night indeed!

SAM_1334Billy Childs, bassist Get the Led Out and Britny Fox

SAM_1329Outside the theater, by sundial

Happy Summer Solstice!

My article/interview with Billy Childs (of Britny Fox and Get the Led Out)

Published June 7, 2013 by Maryanne

Billy Childs - Britny FoxBilly Childs

Two days ago I had a blast interviewing Billy Childs for an upcoming Get the Led Out show at SOPAC in South Orange. We talked for 1.5 hours — the longest phone interview I ever did in my career!

Enjoy my full article here: http://thealternativepress.com/articles/get-the-led-out-will-perform-at-sopac-june-21

Interesting side note, Billy Childs recorded at House of Music in West Orange, New Jersey, with Britny Fox around the same time as my husband’s ’80s hair band Pharoah recorded there.

Their website, which you can find via my article has some cool videos so you can see them performing. They truly are an amazing band. I look forward to the show later this month!


Published April 1, 2013 by Maryanne

The Fool

I LOVE LOVE LOVE April Fool’s Day!

I just love jokes, and fun and making people laugh, so today will be super fun for me!

Every year I trick people and pull fun jokes. It’s hard when you work at home, alone, but I will definitely get my husband.

The best trick someone pulled on me was when I was working in Hoboken. A young stranger asked me where “Sesame” was.

Hoboken is a fairly big city and I was confused … where is “Sesame”? I didn’t know. I was stunned, trying to think of where it could be.

He looked at me and started laughing. He said “What day is this?”

Okay … April Fool’s Day! He was going with the old, “Can you tell me how to get … how to get to Sesame Street.” (Of course there was no Sesame Street!)

Here are some foolish songs to enjoy today:

Elvis – FOOL’s Rush In

Elvis – FOOLS Fall In Love

Elvis – FOOL Such as I

Daniel Ash – FOOLISH Thing Desire

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers – Why Do FOOLS Fall in Love

Elvis – FOOL

Elvin Bishop – Fooled Around and Fell in Love

Foreigner – FOOL For You Anyway

Angel – You’re Not Fooling Me

Styx – Fooling Yourself

Led Zeppelin – Fool in the Rain

Stone Roses – Fool’s Gold

Cinderella – Nobody’s FOOL

Record “Release” Party

Published February 26, 2012 by Maryanne


They say when a woman cleans out her purse, she cleans out her life.

I feel the same about music.

Now, when it comes to music, I’m a major pack rat. My collection consists of vinyl, tapes and CDs. Call me a dinosaur, but I’ve not yet come into the iPod or iPhone stage. All my music is neatly kept in my dressing room and some of the older cassettes are in boxes tucked away for safe keeping.

As much as I love music, all types of music, I do believe that there comes a time when a woman (or man) should go through his/her collection and clean house.

So for those who still keep a record or CD collection and it’s a lot harder to get rid of something rather than just pressing a “delete” button on an iPod, here are my top five reasons for cleaning house.

1. Greatest Misses. Did you ever buy a “greatest hits” CD only to find out a lot of the songs suck and weren’t really hits at all? Then get rid of it. The “hits” you can always hear on the radio anyway.

2. Misguided Loyalty. Do you have every CD of an artist, including the ones that were lukewarm? Trust me, Steve Jones isn’t going to be disappointed in you as a fan if you toss his “Fire and Gasoline” album. Admit it, it’s the worst thing he’s ever done. Who cares that he was a Sex Pistol, that he wrote some of the greatest songs with Paul Cook, and that everything else he ever was musical gold. That album is awful and it doesn’t need to be in anyone’s collection — fan or not!

3.The Local “Stars.” Okay, so you were dedicated to a friend’s band, back in the 1980s, and went to every single show. That was the time of your life and you have a ton of memories. This band put out a CD, you brought it for support, but it wasn’t quite the same as going to see them live. The CD is in your house gathering dust. Unless they put your name on the CD, thanking you for being their greatest fan, you may as well toss that too. Face it, the ’80s are long gone and you’ll never listen to that CD again. If you ever feel you need to hear it again, you may find it in the $1.98 bin at Vintage Vinyl.

4. CDs or Records that Skip. Yikes! You weren’t exactly careful with your collection and now you have these ugly sounds on your favorite music. Even if it’s something super rare, just throw it out and move on. It’s just so annoying to have a great song pop into your head, but you’re so used to hearing a skip, that skip will be a constant in your psyche.

Remember 8-tracks? Songs would fade out at the end of one track and then pick up on the next. As a child, whenever I heard “A Cowboy’s Work is Never Done” by Sonny & Cher on the radio, I’d automatically hear that “fade out” in my head because it was embedded in my brain thanks to that damn 8-track tape! Just like skips, it’s not good. Your favorite music deserves so much more!

5. Overplayed “Classics.” I can definitely go the rest of my life without ever hearing “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones or “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd. And maybe even “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. Honestly! Yes, they are great songs. They are fabulous songs! But they are overplayed to the point that I get nauseated when they are on the radio.

“Wayne’s World” came out in the early 1990s and murdered “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Prior to that movie being out, Queen was an under-rated, hidden treasure that selected music fans cherished (that would be me). For almost a decade, I couldn’t listen to “Bohemian Rhapsody” thanks to “Wayne’s World” (which was a great movie, by the way, but abusing the work of Queen is almost as bad as stepping on Elvis’s blue suede shoes!)

So there you have it … go through your collection and if any of these musings are relevant, feel free to release them from your life. And if you can’t simply “toss,” then just put the shit aside for your next garage sale.

Then when you’re sifting through your music to find something to play, you’ll have a refreshing collection that’s not obscured by stuff you don’t really need to hear!