What band has the guts to take on the task of recreating two of the greatest records of an entire generation, Led Zeppelin IV, which was originally released 1971, and Pink Floyds The Dark Side of the Moon that was released in 1973? The answer is Yacht Rock Revue …..and they do it amazingly well! These guys know how to have fun as they make fun of the 70’s with an incredible amount of musical talent to back up the silliness. They not only sound like the 70’s, they look and act like the 70’s. Man, what a cool feeling to go back to that time for a night and listen to some great music. YRR “opened” for themselves and played a set from the Dazed and Confused soundtrack that included ‘Never Been Any Reason’ and ‘Rock-N-Roll Hootchie Coo’ to name just a couple. Most impressive during this first set was their rendition of Frampton’s ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’. In the true spirit of those times long gone, the band brought out bean bag chairs, bags of Cheetos & Doritos and the hookah pipe, lounging comfortably downstage as the lead guitarist, Mark Dannells flawlessly jammed out the notoriously long solo, complete with Frampton’s signature talking guitar effects.
Their second set went straight into Zed Zeppelin IV – these guys don’t just play a few songs, they play the whole album, song by song. It’s like you’ve got the album on your turntable, but your getting to see and hear it live! Emulating Plant, one of the greatest rock voices of all time, is a tough challenge that Singer, Nick Niespodziani, met head on, hitting all the highs and bringing all the energy and vibe each of these classic tunes called for. They ended Side One with Stairway to Heaven and flipped right onto Side Two with Misty Mountain Hop…… THIRD set they rocked Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon. Who could forget On the Run, Brain Damage, Eclipse and of course, Money. It was impressive to watch them all switch to different instruments to make the synthesized sounds of the 70’s come to life like the harmonica, keyboard, mandolin, sax, bongo, an array of guitars , and even a recorder! I was surprised to see so many Twenty’ and Thirty something’s there –this music was playing on stages before they were even thought of . What really surprised me, they knew all the words! Proof that rock- n-roll never dies! YRR, of course, had to come out for an encore – It ended with some more fun with The Who’s, ‘Don’t Get Fooled Again’.
I left the show feeling like I should go home and watch Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi on Saturday Night Live…….live. Pure fun and great entertainment – anyone that loves the music from the 70’s needs to check them out for great night! Yacht Rock Revue also cover The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Atlanta Rhythm section and lots more.
Ahhhhhh the 70’s…. I forgot how good it sounded!