Holdsg with Stairway to Zeppelin @ Elsinore Casino

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Holdsg, Aug 16, 2021.

  1. Holdsg

    Holdsg Father of Pugs Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    Hello folks.
    The maiden voyage for me with this Zeppelin tribute band occurred Saturday 8/14 at Elsinore Casino in Lake Elsinore, CA.
    I joined up with this band in 2019, right after the last time the band played at this venue (summer 2019), which turned out to be the last gig for the band before the covid lockdown. Working up the Zeppelin tunes has been a dream come tru for me, as JPJ on keys and bass.
    Pre-lockdown we were about to start playing out in Summer of 2020.
    During the lockdown we lost our guitar player, who moved to Mexico.
    Fast forward to Summer 2021 and I finally get to play these songs in public. Excited and a bit nervous because its Zeppelin and everyone expects it to be great.

    New guitar player (Marco) and I drove the 50 miles down I-15 to Lake Elsinore.
    For pictures of a California freeway, please see various BassCliff threads.

    Elisinore Casino is as old as dirt, but the staff was as friendly and accommodating as you can imagine.

    The stage was built over the hot tub in the pool area in back of the Casino.
    seating for about 200 people, with all the sides and very back behind the pool

    when I arrive, drummer was already set up, and PA guys were hard at work

    brought my Genzler BA410-3 and BA12-3 which was plenty of oomph for outdoor gig (although I did also have PA support)

    Keys rig consists of my Korg Kronos, for all the EP, Organ, Flutes, Strings, left-hand Bass, etc.

    guitar player brought some for show, some for dough, I think he played thru the Marshall half stack in the middle

    After setup, time to wander a bit and find some food (sorry, no food pics)
    We had good marketing support from the Casino

    inside the race/sports book side of the casino

    a shot of our set list for the evening. one long set, no breaks. We actually played R&R for the final encore

    here's the basses. I played the G&L El Toro all night, mostly because I prefer it's "in your face" tone versus the more polite (but more visually correct Fender Jazz)

    my daughter and son-in-law were in town from Utah for the gig (and my wife's birthday on Tuesday). My daughter took the action shots.


    making sure the singer didn't get the words wrong (I'm sure he didn't)

    IMG_3692.jpeg IMG_3693.jpeg IMG_3694.jpeg

    I was very pleased with the result, everyone loved us, what else do you want in a gig?
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  2. Jason Stock

    Jason Stock

    Aug 13, 2019
    Awesome! Thanks for sharing
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  3. Looks awesome Gary. Props to you on pulling off a tough tribute spot covering JPJ.

    What more could I ask for from a gig? Nothing.

    But @Dbaaase will bug you incessantly about the food shots.....:roflmao:

    Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup:
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  4. Out On The Tiles, how cool is that?
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  5. Holdsg

    Holdsg Father of Pugs Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    Yes. But of all the songs, that was worst received. We may be dropping it. Who knows?
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  6. Holdsg

    Holdsg Father of Pugs Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    yes, I’m well aware of that guy
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  7. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Excellent report, sir! (Thanks for the post!):thumbsup:
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  8. I could see that, but I'd keep it fresh for when you know your audience is full of hardcore ZEP fans.

    If I were at a show , it would impress me that the band went that deep into the repertoire.
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  9. Holdsg

    Holdsg Father of Pugs Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    yes, understand that.

    We've also worked on, not perfected yet:

    In the Light (you know the keys player likes that one)
    Trampled Under Foot
    No Quarter
    How Many More Times
    Night Flight
    Down by the Seaside
    Fool in the Rain (another one I like)
    Custard Pie
    Celebration Day
    Hey Hey What Can I Do?
    Living Loving Maid
    Your Time is Gonna Come

    too many good songs, it's kinda hard to get them all the proper air time.
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  10. bajaandy


    Apr 25, 2010
    Sweet! What an awesome gig that must have been!
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  11. Holdsg

    Holdsg Father of Pugs Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    thanks man, we hope to be playing all over So Cal. maybe Escondido someday
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  12. MG Wolf

    MG Wolf Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2014
    Due East
    GR8 Schtuff Gary, NICE to see the White Bull out of the closet and in the Wild where it belongs!!! :bassist:

    Thanks for giving it such a great home. :thumbsup:
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  13. Holdsg

    Holdsg Father of Pugs Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    ha... I can't believe that bass is still not being made. Is perfect for rock.
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  14. dadglasser


    Oct 11, 2009
    I used to ride motorcycles very irresponsibly from Orange County to Lake Elsinore via the Ortega Highway:

    Ortega Highway, one of the California’s bloodiest drives

    Oh well, I survive a huge load of youthful stupidity. The title Stairway to Heaven invariably reminds me of this:


  15. Wow, I've not seen Monte in ages! He's a beast on acoustic.
  16. Great read!!! Thanks for posting!
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  17. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Way cool! Great to be playing music you love that calls on you to use bass and keys chops! (I still gotta psych myself up for Immigrant Song.:D)
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  18. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    That sounds like a super cool gig. But... you forgot your wig.
    :D :D :D
  19. Holdsg

    Holdsg Father of Pugs Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    yes, well, this is JPJ, the post-chemo version (JOOOOOKE)

    not wanting to offend anyone
    The BL does not insist I wear a wig, so I am not gonna.
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  20. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    We want video, Gary! That's what we want. ;)