As usual the Sound Academy was packed with about 1000 people in attendance. When you think about it that number is staggering and a true testament to the power and endurance of Led Zeppelin’s legacy. Toronto is blessed to have the most prolific Led Zeppelin tribute band in the planet here, and every time Michael White and his band of The White (Brian Wall – Drums, Dano Murray – Guitars and Davin Goudie – Bass) get on stage we are guaranteed to be rocked.
Dano Murray guitarist for Michael White and The White
Davin Goudie – bassist and keyboardist for Michael White and The White
Tonight was a special night as both Wall and White were celebrating birthdays. Needless to say the band played an excellent set that started off with Houses of The Holy, but not in order as found on the record. The order White and his gang chose to present the work was as follows:
The Song Remains the Same The Rain Song No Quarter D’yer Mak’er The Crunge Dancing Days Over the Hills and Far Away The Ocean
Michael White doing a Robert Plant wail
Of course the show does not end there and the audience is treated to a few more songs in the following order:
What is and What Should Never Be Bring It On Home Moby Dick Whole Lotta LoveRock and Roll
Michael White, Davin Goudie, Brian Wall Dano Murray are Micheal White and The White
If you have read any of our past reviews you will know that The White do put on an incredible Zeppelin tribute that captivate the audience. White is an incredible performer that loves to interact with the crowd and is often seen acknowledging familiar faces in the crowd while he is performing. Houses of the Holy features the funky song The Crunge which really stretched Plant’s vocals – needless to say White nailed this one as he did with the reggae-ish island beach sounds of D’yer Mak’er. Particularly strong was The Ocean – one of Led Zeppelin’s hardest rocking songs.
Dano Murray of Michael White and The White
Tonight we must highlight Wall’s drum solo during Moby Dick. Every time Michael White and The White play, Moby Dick is a song on the setlist. Moby Dick for those that don’t know features an extended drum solo but rock’s greatest drummer of all time – John Bonham. Brian Wall really gets in that “Bonzo Zone” and hypnotizes the audience with his best Bonham tribute. Tonight Wall delivered one of his most amazing solos ever, and he left the audience with dropped jaws. If you are a drummer (or an aspiring drummer) you really need to get out there and see Wall and learn a trick or two.
Brian Wall of Michael White and The White
There is a wide range of ages at the shows and it really doesn’t matter if you are 19 or 65 you will have a good time. In fact we ran into 3/4th of our favorite up and coming band TimeGiant who were out to enjoy the sounds of Zeppelin and Michael White. TimeGiant even had the opportunity to give White a copy of their last EP entitled Grow and we plan on working on a future article involving Michael White and TimeGiant.
Michael White (second from left) with Charlie McKittrick, Tyrone Buccione and Ryan Watson of TimeGiant
Michael White’s next show as part of The Discography Series is Thursday June 21st at The Sound Academy to perform side one of Physical Graffiti (Kashmir AND In My Time Of Dying!!) We leave you with What Is and What Should NeverBe as performed by Michael White and The White and their unique Led Zeppelin tribute sound. Review by: Terry Makedon Photos/Video by: Steve Mallinson and Terry Makedon
Check out our reviews of others shows in the Michael White and The White’s Led Zeppelin Discography Series: