If you are a Led Zeppelin fan who's tired of hearing "Stairway to Heaven" or "Rock & Roll," Hammer of the Gods, the Led Zeppelin Experience, has a remedy for your boredom.
On Jan. 31, the band will hold a special "At Your Request" show at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore where they'll let fans compile the set list.
"The whole point is to make the show interactive," says guitarist Paul Colchamiro of Smithtown, who portrays Jimmy Page. Fans can post a song request on the group's Facebook page (facebook.com/ledzeppelinexperience). "Songs that get multiple posts will make it in the set. This way the audience is part of the show," Colchamiro adds.
The band gathers requests and then intensely rehearses the songs in preparation for that specific show.
"We've done just about the entire Zeppelin catalog, so bringing any one of those songs up to speed is really not a problem," Colchamiro says. "For the Boulton show, the requests have been coming in and we've got a bunch of A sides like 'Ramble On' and 'Houses of the Holy' plus rare songs like 'In the Light' or 'In My Time of Dying.' "
Hammer of the Gods is one of the most successful tribute bands around. Since forming in 2002, the group started in the bar scene and has grown into a headlining theater act with a strong following.
"We recognize people in the crowd at this point and let them know how much we appreciate their support," Colchamiro says. "We're humbled by it all. Zeppelin's legacy is quite astounding."
The members, who all have day jobs, only play one or two gigs a month, making them savor each performance.
"We are always excited to be onstage together and the audience picks up on that," Colchamiro says. "A lot of this music is about the chemistry."
Not only does the band strive to deliver the songs letter perfect, but they even re-create the Zeppelin look as well. "People want to be entertained and get a feel for the band," Colchamiro says. "You can put a costume and a wig, but when it comes to the music you better bring it or the fans are going to tear you apart."