Led Zeppelin Tribute Band Plays At Casino


No Quarter is bringing a moment out of time, "The Ultimate Tribute to Led Zeppelin," to the entertainment hall of the Mazatzal Casino.

"We hope to please the fans of Led Zeppelin. People who have never seen Led Zeppelin can check us out and discover the magic," Brian Christiansen, aka Jimmy Page, said.

This year marks the 40th anniversary tour of Led Zeppelin's debut album that had hits: "Good Times/Bad Times," and "Your Time is Gonna Come."

It is the 35th anniversary tour of concert and album: "The Song Remains the Same."

At 7 p.m., Friday, March 14, the curtain will rise on No Quarter with Christiansen as Jimmy Page, Lonny Rice as vocalist Robert Plant, Chad McMurray as bass guitarist and keyboardist John Paul Jones and Nathan Carroll as percussionist John Bonham.

"We are just regular, down to earth people and, huge Led Zeppelin fans," Christiansen said.

Guitarist Jimmy Page blew 15-year-old Brian Christiansen's mind when his older brother played him a Led Zeppelin song for the first time.

To date, Christiansen has never met his idol, but he has watched every bit of Led Zeppelin concert footage and listened to every bit of music he can find.

Eight years ago he founded No Quarter, a Led Zeppelin tribute band.

No Quarter members will take the stage wearing authentic replicas of Led Zeppelin's1968 concert attire. Their exclusive audio visual presentation and laser lights are part of the show.

Complete with costume change, the band will flash to 1973 for an acoustic set and "The Song Remains the Same."

No Quarter is a military term for taking no prisoners and the seventh song on Led Zeppelin's fifth album.

"I picked No Quarter because I though it sounded cool. It was kind of a joke -- I wanted to make a lot of money, but I might be broke.

"Led Zeppelin thought they might go over like a lead balloon -- they didn't," he said.

No Quarter has played at venues across the United States.

The four men are self-taught musicians and actors.

They attribute their ability to take on their characters to every band member knowing his chops.

Rice hits notes most people cannot hit.

Carroll's drums thunder.

"Our bass player (McMurray) has amazing wrists," Christiansen said.

"When a concert sounds great, it feels good to the musicians and the crowd feeds off that cycle of energy.

"The music gets the magic going in us," Christiansen said.

He does a bit of visualization to adopt the Page persona.

If he could sit and converse with Page, Christiansen would question him about his struggles for ideas, what his formulae for a great song is and, how much gets tossed rather than recorded.

"Stairway to Heaven has no chorus. It breaks every rule," Christiansen said.

He hopes Led Zeppelin would be pleased if they saw a No Quarter concert.

"We are all inspired by their music. This is our way of holding a moment in time," Christiansen said.

Advanced tickets are $10, available at the casino. Admission is $15 at the door. Water King is the opening band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and, the concert begins at 7 p.m.

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