My Gig and Tour schedule as John Paul Joel
Summer 2019 shows were/are busy, with more coming up: My regular Zeppelin Live shows continue (including the big yearly one at the OC Fair on 8/3/19 with audiences of 6000+ people) with a private event in the SF Bay area in September, and a return appearance to The District Theatre in Gilroy, CA on 11/9/19. There are more shows with Japanese guitarist Jimmy Sakurai (AKA Mr. Jimmy) with October 2019 in the Midwest (including Pittsburg), at the Milwaukee Film Festival in support of the Peter Dowd documentary film MR. JIMMY, and a quick tour in Malaysia in January 2020. There are also more 2019 shows with Lake Elsinore's Stairway To Zeppelin.
Besides my main Zep tribute band Zeppelin Live, I am available to do gigs as John Paul Jones (or simply as Joel Pelletier, sans wig and costume) in other Zep tributes who may need a fill-in player for single larger gigs or tours in North America, EU, Asia or basically anywhere that makes sense logistically and financially. I play most every Zep tune requested in their original keys, and am familiar with live vs. studio arrangements (see Songs for the songlist and video). My bass playing is solid, fat and stresses the groove in JPJ playing, while my keyboard sounds and parts perfectly duplicate JPJ's studio tracks while filling out the bottom with full key bass thru the bass guitar rig.
I am completely self-contained for any Southern Califonia gigs, or for tour situations with a truck, van or trailer for gear (see Basses and Keys to see the gear I use). For flying gigs, all of my keyboard gear fits in two 50lb cases for check-in (Southwest is best, they allow two free checkins, but any airline is fine if you are paying all check bag fees, including oversize for the keyboard case; booking from LAX or Burbank). I carry on the bass (or sometimes two basses in one bag) and mandolin.
My backline requirement consists of:
A stereo send is provided from my keyboard mixer for the house and monitors, and an extra direct box and channel is required if you need mandolin (although sometimes I just play it through the bass amp). I can sing any backups on any of the songs where required, and can sing the Sandy Denny part in the original key and register for Battle of Evermore (if needed).- A min 500 watt bass head with TWO INPUTS (usually Ampeg, Hartke or SWR) and (minimum) one or (preferred) two 8x10 or 2x15 cabinets
- THREE guitar stands (for my Jazz bass, 8-string bass and mandolin)
- A single keyboard stand
- A padded seat (I sit at the keys)
- Keyboard monitoring of (min) 2 floor monitors with a seperate monitor send or (pref) two powered floor wedges (usually QSC or JBL).
- If providing a keyboard (because of ridiculous oversize baggage fees from many airlines), I use a Casio Privia as my main controller (with piano and string sounds). My order of preference: Casio Privia PX-3; Casio Privia PX-330; Casio Privia PX-130. MOST ANY CASIO PRIVIA will do (they all have decent piano, electric piano and string patches, but the ones listed definately have the corect sounds required to perform Zep tunes). As of late 2016 i will be working on migrating all of my keyboard sounds to my Roland module and my laptop, after which almost any 88-key (weighted preferred) controller can be provided with the backline already listed (when I do not bring my Casio).
A NOTE ABOUT BAGGAGE FEES: Whenever I fly Southwest Airlines, I never have a problem checking in my main case (with pedals, cables, mixer, etc) and my keyboard (in an SKB hard case, exactly 50lbs, but a total of 80 inches width/length/depth). The Casio keyboard in the case exceeds many other airline restrictions for standard check-in baggage size, and is considered oversized. Some carriers (including Delta and United) charge UP TO $175 EACH WAY to check in the keyboard! Please keep this in mind when arranging flights and backline.
Please email or call me at 818-373-7511 to discuss your gig dates. And yes, I play other music, too (esp. classic rock or classic-styled new music). Besides 3 1/2 years as John Entwistle (video demo), I also have performed most classic rock music for decades, including Zep, The Who, Beatles, Stones, Eagles and most British Invasion stuff. If you have a national/international touring or recording act in need of bass, keys, or bass AND keys, I would love to talk to you.
I've participated in some great shows with some California-based Zeppelin bands in 2018. Along with my main band ZEPPELIN LIVE, I did my first MR. JIMMY LED ZEPPELIN REVIVAL gig (featuring Jimmy Sakurai, Frankie Banali and August Young), and have also performed with Temecula, CA-based Stairway to Zeppelin and Lake Arrowhead's L.A. Zeppelin. More added regularly, subject to change, blah blah blah.
Got a big gig with your Zeppelin tribute band but need a JPJ fill-in?
I'm your man, email me to discuss.
© 2019 Joel Pelletier, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated 1 September 2019
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