Feb. 2, 2011 -- There are really only a handful of players out there who know drum technique to such a degree that they can confidently get onstage and convincingly play in the shadow of the late John Bonham, Led Zeppelin's legendary drummer. Enter Ryan Moore... A drum section lead for MarchFourth Marching Band, Ryan brings an aggressive style and finesse to the classic Moby Dick drum solo, a piece that Bonham would play anywhere from 6 to 30 minutes. Watch Ryan's lively unedited 8-minute cut and you'll see that there's no question that he's done a lot of homework and spent quite a bit of time studying the master.
Moby Dick, from the album Led Zeppelin II
Performed by Headley Grange*
Brian Phyll - vocals
Tommy Pierson - guitar
Kelly LeMieux - bass
Ryan Moore - drums
* Headley Grange is a former poorhouse in Headley, East Hampshire, England, UK. It is best known as a recording and rehearsal venue in the 1960's and 1970's for bands such as Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, Peter Frampton, the Pretty Things, Ian Drury and Clover. - Wikipedia
Was Ist Das? MarchFourth Marching Band in Germany is an up-close and personal ride along with Portland Oregon’s most colorful musical export, MarchFourth Marching Band! Described as eclectic mix world music, imagine Duke Ellington meets Sgt. Pepper in an international big-top Fantasia. Shadow the gigantic 25-member band closely on the 9-day German leg of their most recent 2010 European tour and bear witness to the joyous impact of their infectious show in various locations across Deutschland.
Was Ist Das? MarchFourth Through Germany (2011) 30min.
Shot in Germany from September 3rd-10th, 2010
in Bielefeld, Hamburg, Peine, Hannoversch Muenden, Leer
An opportunity to travel as an embedded videographer with MarchFourth was just too good to be true. I'd filmed M4 shows since around the first time I saw them, back in 2003. Having seen crowd reaction to the band at Portland shows, I understood the band's musical voodoo as an exercise in hypnotism. Eight days on the road and 17 hours of raw video tape later, the haul of media from the trip was both daunting and immense. What you're about to see is a telling document of a freaky band's wobbly stomp across a culture lauded for straight lines. Far beyond witnessing amazing showmanship, filming this tribe behind the scenes as they swooned and swaggered was truly a laugh a minute. We made friends, drank lots of lager and ate copious amounts of meats, breads and cheese. I've since recently gone on to fill in for Richard as a drummer with M4 from time to time. I can now say with solid authority: performing with this band is way more fun than it looks! Love you, People...
Special thanks to my beautiful dancer friend, Jen Forti, who rocks. She was not only largely responsible for getting me over there on tour filming this band, but endured my narrow reality through the over 150 hours it took to gestate this baby last Fall. I'd also like to thank my sweet father, Spencer who died earlier this summer from cancer. He was an inspiration with the cameras and never flinched when I asked for dollars to acquire my first (and second) set of drums. This film is dedicated to him.
December 8, 2011 -- The Nowhere Band and Wanderlust Circus perform at the 4th Annual White Album Christmas. The video features behind the scene material and a montage of circus performance set to Lennon's "I'm So Tired". Merry Christmas!
More info on Nowhere Band:
Feb. 2, 2011 -- Watch the boys in Hedley Grange heroically stomp through the opening track of Led Zeppelin I. Brian Phyll Miller - vocals, Tommy Pierson - guitar, Kelly T. LeMieux - bass and Ryan Moore - drums
Good Times Bad Times written by John Bonham, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page
From the album Led Zeppelin I