As a fan of classic rock, it is most likely no shock that I’m a Led Zeppelin fanatic — I guess it’s just about mandatory — so when I noticed that the Somerset Abbey experienced a new-to-me team coming in identified as Confounded Bridge to perform the music of that legendary band, I just had to delve a small further and job interview a member. The member that was advised, and some of you may keep in mind him, just occurred to be the drummer I interviewed, not that very long ago, from the Allman Brothers tribute band known as The Peacheaters: Alec Antobenedetto. It is often pleasant to reconnect with a former interviewee even though it has not been that long because previous we spoke and it is a entirely different act, so I started by inquiring …
Q: Alec, just how numerous bands are you included with anyway?
Antobenedetto: (Chuckle) I engage in in 6 bands ideal now. Certainly I have The Peacheaters — An Allman Bros. Band Encounter Confounded Bridge — The Music of Led Zeppelin then I engage in in a band identified as Parts of 8, which is a high-power dance band that does a large amount of company situations and private parties. Then we have the Chris Ross Band and with that band we participate in all in and about the Kennebunk, Maine space — Kennebunk is our summertime home. I have a place band with some outdated good friends and some band mates from other bands that we’ve put together this calendar year known as Heartland Radio and then I participate in, as perfectly as create, a band called The Daybreakers and they have some quite remarkable originals.
Q: Very good grief, you are certainly chaotic! But observing you’ll be bringing Confounded Bridge to the Somerset Abbey, can we aim on that team for now? And exactly where does the identify arrive from — I really don’t remember a reference to it in any Led Zep tune.
Antobenedetto: There are so a lot of Led Zeppelin tribute bands, you have almost everything from large-phase-generated bands to bar bands that are Zeppelin tribute bands and with our band, we desired to perform the songs of Led Zeppelin since we beloved it, for no other explanation.
Q: What is your consider on Confounded Bridge?
Antobenedetto: Well, this may seem strange but it’s the minimum fun that I have of all the bands I participate in with, but it’s the most fulfilling.
Q: Oh, person, you have acquired to reveal that to me! (Chuckle)
Antobenedetto: Now that does not imply I really do not have exciting or I do not love the fellas in the band for the reason that they’re all my brothers — we’re spouse and children. But when I say ‘the minimum entertaining but most rewarding,’ it’s mainly because when you engage in the audio of Zeppelin you better have it collectively mainly because if you don’t you are likely to listen to about it, so several persons know each tiny nuance of this new music.
Q: How so?
Antobenedetto: It’s the timing issue. If you play a Led Zeppelin some a little little bit also fast, it does not sound superior. So ‘the the very least fun’ is you have to be very exacting enjoying this songs. The ‘most rewarding’ part is when that final note is played you sense like you have attained some thing — it is the greatest sensation in the entire world. Alright, now I want to convey to you about some of the men in the band, can I do that?
Q: Oh make sure you, by all usually means! Now, who are the other a few customers of the band?
Antobenedetto: Well, there are six men in the team.
Q: Oh, and who are they.
Antobenedetto: We’ve acquired to start off with our singer, Jeffrey Baker — he’s my favourite singer in the entire environment and I’ve identified him for perfectly in excess of 25 to 30 decades Rick Goode— “The Senator” — he’s 1 of the two guitar players we have and he’s a walking audio encyclopedia. The subsequent man is Jody Briggs and we brought him in on keyboards and the other guitar player is Jay Tullio and he also performs mandolin. On bass we have Victor Comolli and I required him in the band for the reason that he performs the precise areas and I understood he’d set the work in to do it, he performs the music notice for be aware.
Q: And, of class, you’re on drums, appropriate?
Antobenedetto: Yeah, (chuckle) I’m the drummer. Oh, Fortunate, I’ve got a superior story for the paper.
Q: Go for it!
Antobenedetto: I got the total band all set in three times, now that was correct close to January involving 10 and 12 many years back, and I termed a friend of mine who owns a music venue, and I booked the gig before we had experienced our very first rehearsal, and I didn’t inform them that until eventually that evening (laughter).
Q: You just realized that the band was the serious deal, ideal?
Antobenedetto: Yup, and when they read that night time what I experienced finished, they have been like, “You did what?! Oh, my God!” (Laughter) And when we play nowadays, persons show up at the displays with Led Zeppelin T-shirts on and enable us know that we place on a excellent clearly show … it’s a superior sensation!
Q: Is there anything at all, Alec, that you’d like me to go on to the people looking through this write-up?
Antobenedetto: Very well, initially of all I want to set a term in for Tom and Stacy O’Brien … I just think the world of them and to be in a position to play their location is just a remarkable honor. And for the viewers that’s coming to see up and is looking at this, they are heading to get 110% of all the things we have bought to give them and we’re likely to rejoice the tunes of Led Zeppelin with each other. We’re going to have pleasurable and we’re going to perform their favourite Zeppelin tunes for them, and we’re looking forward to building some new pals up there for the reason that we’re all in this together.
Lucky Clark, a 2018 “Keeping the Blues Alive” Award winner, has spent additional than 50 several years writing about excellent songs and the individuals who make it. He can be attained at [email protected] if you have any questions, reviews or tips.