Playing At The Altar Of Led Zeppelin

No Quarter to perform pair of Long Island shows

When drummer John Bonham unexpectedly passed away at the age of 32 on Sept. 25, 1980, an entire generation of Led Zeppelin fans missed out on the chance to ever see this legendary group play in concert. Thanks to No Quarter, Zep Heads get that chance.

For the past 15 years, this quartet has been hitting the stage with a live show that replicates the quintessential 1970s Led Zeppelin experience with meticulous detail. No Quarter’s attention to detail is drawn from the band members intensely studying every Zeppelin song, album and filmed live performance. “Stairway to Heaven.” “Kashmir.” “Immigrant Song” and “Whole Lotta Love” are just some of the classic songs No Quarter plucks from the Zep canon. And while the musical presentation is bang-on, No Quarter goes one step further with a full tribute containing all of the subtle nuances, authentic look, sound and mannerisms you’d expect from Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Bonham.

No Quarter in their live element (Photo by Walter Petrule)

The end result of No Quarter’s preparation is comparable to an actor preparing for a character in a film. Even when Led Zeppelin bassist Jones was caught off guard after meeting Chad McMurray (Jones for No Quarter) and signing a concert photo over his character, Jones commented, “That’s scary,” looking at the likeness of each character before adding, “As long as you’re doing it, means we don’t have to.”

No Quarter’s Bryan Christiansen (Jimmy Page) and Michael Anderson (Robert Plant) (Photo by Michael Rubenstein)

As for the upcoming pair of Long Island shows that No Quarter is preparing to play, No Quarter founding member/guitarist Bryan Christiansen is particularly excited about hitting the stage in Suffolk County.

“The last time we came to the Patchogue Theatre, there was a winter warning telling everyone to stay inside and don’t go out. We drove all the way across the country, literally ‘through the land of the ice and snow,’ only to believe no one was coming. We were in shock that the concert sold out and the energy of a New York crowd experience almost brought us to tears,” he recalled. “It was very overwhelming to all of us. Led Zeppelin named their fifth album Houses of the Holy in reference to the concert halls and the connection that took place. There is a reason they played three to five shows in the Garden. If concert halls across the country are Houses of the Holy, then New York and its surrounding areas are the Holy of Holys.”

No Quarter will be performing on Feb. 21 and 22 at The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. For more information, visit www.patchoguetheatre.com or call 631-207-1313.

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Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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