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My Gig and Tour schedule as John Paul Joel

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 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 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 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.

Zeppelin Live 2016 Schedule

With my main band ZEPPELIN LIVE we've already done some great 2016 shows, with (at least) two more scheduled for the rest of the year, during the Thanksgiving Day weekend. Go to zeplive.com for complete schedule and band info.


  • Nov 25 2016, Club Fox, Redwood City, CA 8:30pm
  • Nov 26 2016, Don Quixotes Music Hall, Felton, CA 8:30pm

More added regularly, subject to change, blah blah blah.

Zeppelin Jam
I am in the process of setting up my first Zeppelin Jam gigs. Everywhere I go I meet singers and musicians who love Led Zeppelin music, and would love to perform Zeppelin music. I have had the privilege of playing with a half dozen Zeppelin tribute bands, but there are thousands (millions?) of other musicians who love the music, and have been playing some or many of their songs since they first learned to play and or sing, but aren't "tribute musicians", or only know a couple of songs, etc. This is why I am starting Zeppelin Jam, and encourage any singer and musician who feel they can really nail a Zeppelin tune (not everybody on ROCK 'N ROLL, please) to try to be part of this!

I already started a list of Southern California Zeppelin tribute musicians who have agreed to participate as the house band; once I lock in a club date or two, I will be open to hearing from singers or musicians who know a Zeppelin tune or two and want to sit in. More info at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zeppelinjamband, or Twitter @zeppelinjam

Got a big gig with your Zeppelin tribute band but need a JPJ fill-in?
I'm your man, email me to discuss.

© 2016 Joel Pelletier, email: joelp@johnpauljoel.com
Updated 11 October 2015

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