Led Zepagain (1988 - Present)
As they are celebrating their 30th year in existence in 2018, Sony recording artists Led Zepagain have become highly regarded as the most accurate and authentic replication of Led Zeppelin in the world today. With well over a million downloads on iTunes to their credit, Led Zepagain’s popularity has also seeped into pop culture by having been mentioned on the network TV shows “The Gilmore Girls”, “Chicago Fire” and “Bad Judge” !
In January of 2004, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page himself attended a Led Zepagain show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. He was absolutely astonished at the bands accuracy stating “It’s amazing how much you sound like us. You must have grown up on this because you were inside the music, and you paid attention to detail in your presentation…I can tell you guys really love our music!”
This encounter led to the members of Led Zepagain attending Led Zeppelin's 2007 Reunion Concert at London's O2 Arena by invitation of Mr. Page as well as a surprise visit from Jason Bonham in March of 2009 as he sat in with the band on their encore performance of the song "Rock and Roll". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w6noToYSqQ
Led Zepagain was honored to have been featured on AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” in 2014, and were asked to come back for an encore performance in March of 2017 to perform the iconic Led Zeppelin lV album in it’s entirety.
Having played nationally and internationally in such places as Japan, Russia, Ireland, Panama, Alaska, Germany, Chile, Bosnia, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Canada, Paraguay, Kosovo, Mexico City and Guam, Led Zepagain regularly performs to packed houses all over the world. We guarantee that from the sound and the look, to the vintage equipment and costuming, Led Zepagain will be the closest thing that you will ever see to a live Led Zeppelin performance! Come on out and see what Jimmy Page was talking about.
Swan Montgomery (Robert Plant)
Vocals / Harp
Born in Drogheda, Ireland, Swan Montgomery is an Irish entrepreneur, musician, vocalist and producer/engineer most notable as the lead singer of internationally successful tribute band “Led Zepagain.. Montgomery is the voice of “Robert Plant and has helped with the continued the success of Led Zepagain which was founded twenty four ago in Ventura, California by Tracy Longo. Swan is the longest severing member. The group has toured the world including the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Japan, South America, etc., performing sold out shows worldwide in major international venues, concert halls, performing arts centers, etc. Swan was also invited to perform on stage with The Who vocalist Roger Daltry as well as being a guest vocalist with many other internationally known musicians. As a solo artist, Swan is about to release his second solo CD of original world music with co-writer Bo Weinberg (2015 release) as well as a CD called The MurMurators which was released in 2014.
ANTHONY DAVID THYMIAKOS (JIMMY PAGE)
Electric & Acoustic Guitar / Mandolin
Anthony David picked up his first guitar, which was given to him by his grandmother, at the tender age of 12. That sparked the passion of music that was dormant inside of him. Music was his escape from everything around him. He spent all his time teaching himself how to play. At 15, Anthony David discovered the amazing talent of Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page! From then to the present, Anthony David has devoted himself to emulate the passion, talent and marvel that is Jimmy Page.
JIM WOOTTEN (JOHN PAUL JONES)
Bass / Keys/ Mandolin / Acoustic Guitar
Led Zepagain multi-instrumentalist Jim Wootten comes from a very musical family that bred many professional musicians, most notably, his father Red Wootten who played bass with Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman to name a few, and his uncle and aunt, world renown recording artists Les Paul and Mary Ford who had 16 top ten hits in the 1950’s.
“I feel extremely blessed to have grown up in a family that was so musically inclined. It instilled in me a love for music and inspired me to pursue my own dream of becoming a professional musician. Jim’s hallmark is his attention to detail and has played in a variety of original and cover bands over the years, mainly concentrating on tribute bands over the last 13 years.“ I particularly enjoy playing in tribute bands because of the challenge of trying to replicate an artist’s music with note for note accuracy.
Jim fills the demanding role of John Paul Jones masterfully; covering bass, keyboards, mandolin, bass pedals, acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars and backing vocals. Jim’s other tribute projects include the popular southern California tributes The Long Run “Experience the Eagles, and Deja Vu “Celebrating the Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
DEREK SMITH (John Bonham)
Drums / Percussion
Having played the drums since he was 12 years old and worshiping music since discovering his parent`s record collection at an early age, he figured it was a good omen when his first band`s recording sessions had him working next door to KISS and No Doubt. As he says, "It was definitely quite an honor to be sharing the same bathroom with Gene Simons and Paul Stanley."
Despite a lifelong devotion to a number of bands like The Doors, The Who, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, no other band`s music quite influenced him like Led Zeppelin`s, and in particular, the drumming of John Bonham.
The dichotomy in Bonham`s playing, from the ferocity with which he could attack his drums to the level of finesse, sensitivity, and discretion he could exercise, were traits that resonated greatly with Derek and connected with him in a way that no other drummer has been able.
Derek Smith has performed with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, The Doobie Brothers, Billy Idol`s Steve Stevens, legendary bass player Phil Chen, Chris Wyse of The Cult, and many more. He maintains a website and YouTube channel dedicated to the work of John Bonham (Kick it like bonham) and other influential drummers in his life.